Posts Tagged "Nintendo"

Gaming’s Dirty Little Secret

Gaming’s Dirty Little Secret

We’ve gone on record with the media many times explaining what’s happening to the video games industry, and how it’s being utterly transformed by the advent of online game downloads, social gaming, iPhone/iPad apps, free-to-play titles and other new forms of interactive entertainment. But our recent column for The Daily Beast, dubbed simply The New Revolution in Video Games summarizes the situation quite nicely, if you’re looking for a short...

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How Many 3DS Systems Can Nintendo Sell?

How Many 3DS Systems Can Nintendo Sell?

Nintendo is understandably excited about the launch of its new 3D gaming system the 3DS, planned to debut throughout Japan in February and the US in March of 2011. It’s also confident about the portable handheld console’s sales potential. Very confident. As in, “The Nintendo 3DS will sell 4 million units in its first month of life” confident. That’s a heck of a number. By comparison, the Wii shipped close to 4 million...

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Why User-Generated Content Hasn’t Boomed

Why User-Generated Content Hasn’t Boomed

Video games that are based on user-generated content (UGC) present an interesting departure from the norm. Basically, titles like LittleBigPlanet 2 for the PlayStation 3 and Spore for the PC allow you to make your own games as much as play them. UGC isn’t new: We’ve been enthralled with the idea since Excitebike for the NES let us craft tracks that bounced our poor biker pal over courses made entirely of ramps. Gamers with the know-how began programming...

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How Many Spin-Offs Kills a Franchise?

How Many Spin-Offs Kills a Franchise?

Sequels and spin-offs are an inevitability in any entertainment industry. They’ve been present in video games almost since day one (hello, Donkey Kong Jr.), and instances of game remakes, retreads and revamps only continue to creep upwards in 2010 and 2011. Expect the trend to only continue as developers strive to seek out ways in which to make established franchises appeal both to the nostalgic crowd and younger newcomers in hopes of minimizing risks and...

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Is the Nintendo 3DS Grossly Overpriced?

Is the Nintendo 3DS Grossly Overpriced?

Love hurts. That’s the general sentiment with Nintendo fans right now, who learned that the Nintendo DS’s successor, the Nintendo 3DS, will cost ¥25,000. Given that both the US dollar and the Japanese yen are staggering around the market with the vigor of poisoned mice, that translates roughly into $300 USD. And $300 USD for any games system–especially a portable system–is a big “yikes.” Nintendo president Satoru Iwata...

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