On Dec. 22, Nintendo won a patent case in a federal court in Seattle. Judge Robert S. Lasnik found that Nintendo’s Wii system does not infringe two patents asserted against Nintendo by UltimatePointer, LLC. Judge Lasnik also found a number of UltimatePointer’s claims invalid, and decided, as a result of these decisions, that no trial is needed.
Judge Lasnik’s decision follows earlier decisions for Nintendo by Chief Judge Leonard Davis of the Eastern District of Texas, which occurred before the case was transferred to Seattle. Judge Davis similarly held that Nintendo did not infringe certain asserted claims and that others were invalid.
“We are very pleased with these decisions, which confirmed Nintendo’s position from the beginning – we do not, nor have we ever, infringed these patents,” said Richard Medway, Nintendo of America’s vice president and deputy general counsel. “The result in this case, once again, demonstrates that Nintendo will continue to vigorously defend its innovations against patent lawsuits, even if it must do so in multiple courts and commit significant resources to defend itself. Nintendo continues to support reform efforts to reduce the unnecessary and inefficient burden patent cases like this one place on technology companies in the United States.”
News publication Forbes recently had the opportunity to sit down with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime to discuss the all-important holiday season. During the interview Reggie talks about the difference between the Wii U and its rivals, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the interview, above.
Those investigative sleuths over at Unseen64 have discovered that the popular TV show Family Guy was going to be a Nintendo 3DS and Wii game, but was ultimately canceled. The game which was titled Family Guy: Back To The Multiverse was developed by Heavy Iron Studios. It originally came out in November 2012 on PC, PlayStation and Xbox 360 and was published by Activision.
”We stopped working on them around August. They weren’t that far along but both were up and running just fine. Everyone working on it was transitioned into working on the other version of it after that. The Wii version was dropped first and then the 3DS one quickly after. I think it was a combination of them wanting us to focus on making one version of the game and growing concerns about how it would perform on those platforms.”
Activision brings the energy and excitement of one of the hottest shows on television to a new stage today with the release of The Voice, an original singing video game for home consoles based on NBC’s flagship, Emmy Award-winning music competition television show of the same name.
Featuring compelling solos, powerful duets and heart-pumping head-to-head Battle Rounds, The Voice video game nails the drama and emotion of the TV series from the Blind Auditions all the way to the Finale. Players can go through a range of single and multiplayer game modes, battling rival singers on the road to stardom. Party Mode lets up to eight friends duke it out over chart-topping classic and modern hits across every genre from rock and pop to country and R&B, including songs from key moments on the show including popular songs like:
· “Counting Stars”
· “My Songs Know What you Did in the Dark”
· “You Won’t Find This”
· “Over You”
While The Voice video game is designed to accommodate newcomers by rewarding passionate performances, its scoring system is sophisticated enough to let creative, exceptional singers shine. Players can even go in-depth to learn professional-level techniques and improve with simple, responsive feedback in Voice Coach Mode.
The Voice video game is now available on PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Nintendo’s Wii U system for $49.99. It is available for Nintendo’s Wii system for $39.99. Each retail copy of the game will be bundled with a microphone. Digital copies of the game will require a USB microphone to play.
Not a fan of the brilliant Wii U Pro Controller? Well you will soon be able to purchase a new adapter in Japan that will allow you to hook up a Dual Shock 4 or a Dual Shock 3 to your Wii or Wii U. The USB adapter, which is made by Cyber Gadget, plugs into the port in the Wii Remote. Cyber Gadget will be releasing the adapter on November 30th in Japan. Here’s the controllers it will work with:
- DualShock 3
- DualShock 4
- Cyber Analog Turbo 3 (PS3)
- Classic USB Gamepad (PC USB controller)
- iBuffalo Arcade Stick 13 II (joystick)
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UK trade publication MCV has revealed that the PlayStation 4 sold one million consoles in 42 weeks which makes it the second fastest selling games console in the United Kingdom. The fastest selling console in the United Kingdom is the original Wii which sold one million units in 38 weeks.
“We have certainly seen PS3 consumers come across quite hard and fast.”
“But a very significant proportion are people we have never seen on our network before. And from their behaviour and the types of games they are playing, it’s fairly clear that a big chunk of those have come across from Xbox, which is tremendous to see.
– Sony UK MD Fergal Gara
We heard earlier today that the acclaimed Xenoblade Chronicles is being ported to the new Nintendo 3DS system, but how does it stack up against the original Wii version? Thankfully, YouTube has you covered on this one. You can check out the comparison of the two versions in the video embedded above.