Posts Tagged "Nintendo 3DS"

Fewer and Bigger Brands: A Good Strategy?

Fewer and Bigger Brands: A Good Strategy?

Given the rising costs associated with video game development and distribution, it wasn’t a big surprise when EA announced in 2010 that it was aiming to focus on making fewer titles from bigger franchises as a means of saving money. Flash forward to 2011. EA confirmed that its “fewer, bigger” strategy is serving it well. Big-name games like Bulletstorm, Crysis 2 and the upcoming Battlefield 3 have the publisher off to a good start retail-wise. EA...

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Is There a Future For Handheld Systems?

Is There a Future For Handheld Systems?

It’s a transitional time for video gaming, and nowhere is that transition more evident than in the handheld portable video games market. Up until a few years ago, Nintendo was unquestionably the king of portable gaming. Sony made an impressive showing with the PSP, especially in Japan, but ultimately spent most of its time skulking around at Nintendo’s feet. Then, all of a sudden, the iPhone nuzzled up to the Nintendo DS and said “hi.” Now...

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Wii 2: 10 Features We Want to See

Wii 2: 10 Features We Want to See

Rumor has it that a very special guest will be making an appearance at E3 2011, namely, the Wii’s successor. Call it the Wii 2; call it the Wii HD; call it “Fred” for all it matters: We won’t know anything about Nintendo’s new video game system until the company is good and ready to tell us all about it. But that just makes it extra-fun to put together a wish list. Here’s what we’d like to see in terms of features from the...

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Best Video Games 2011: Summer Preview

Best Video Games 2011: Summer Preview

The summer months can be downright chilly as far as video game sales are concerned. Much of the game-playing population goes away on holidays, and publishers use June, July and August to polish up their big Christmas releases. But that doesn’t mean that summer is a wholly barren time for gaming. In fact, some interesting stuff is coming our way in the hot months of 2011. Here’s what you can expect. Torchlight II (Mac/PC, July 2011) — An action...

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10 Best Games, Franchises for Kids

10 Best Games, Franchises for Kids

When a video game is described by a reviewer as a “kids’ game,” it’s usually meant as an insult. The term “kids’ games” conjures images of overly-simplistic gameplay, bland, licensed characters, and titles that are intended from the start to entertain very young children. The problem is that our predisposed ideas of kids’ games aren’t unjustified. Many games for children are rotten. But it’s important to...

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