Posts Tagged "Wii U"

Can the Wii U Save Gaming in Japan?

Can the Wii U Save Gaming in Japan?

Gamers who practiced their art through the ’80s and ’90s can pen a few memorials about the battles fought between themselves and family members who wanted the TV “Right now. No, I don’t care if you have to find a save point.” The Wii U’s ability to switch from a television to a tablet display is ingenious; it’s a piece of technology that 16-bit RPG enthusiasts would have shanked their own mothers to possess. Now, however,...

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Fake Wii U Footage: Bait and Switch

Fake Wii U Footage: Bait and Switch

When Nintendo showed off a few of the third party titles coming to the Wii U in 2012, you probably noticed some familiar faces in the trailer. Said faces are more familiar than you think: All the footage used in the video came from PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. When GameTrailers asked Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime outright whether or not the Wii U’s third party reel utilized footage from competitors, Fils-Aime was open...

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Are Developers Running Out of Ideas?

Are Developers Running Out of Ideas?

E3 is three solid days of flipping out over video games. Every minute on the show floor is crammed with gaming: We run from kiosk to kiosk, sampling this and that. A certain metaphor about kids in candy stores comes to mind, and boy, is it apt. So it’s kind of weird to lean back after E3, reflect on what we’ve played, and ask ourselves, “Gee…what’s new?” Nobody is questioning the quality of the demos, all of which offered up...

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Wii U: So Much for Introductions

Wii U: So Much for Introductions

If you attended Nintendo’s E3 2011 press conference, or if you watched the live feed, you probably clapped after seeing the trailer for the Wii U and exclaimed, “Great!…So, uh, is this a new video game system, or what?” The Wii U is most definitely a whole new console; it’s more powerful than the Wii, and possibly even more powerful than the PlayStation 3. It features impressive high-definition graphics. Unfortunately for Nintendo, a...

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Will Wii U Win the Next Console Race?

Will Wii U Win the Next Console Race?

The unveiling of the Wii U at E3 2011 confirmed a point that’s been illustrated since the home console industry was resurrected in the ’80s: Nintendo does its own thing. After all, Nintendo’s independence is what brought motion controls to living rooms across America–and spawned a “casual/core gamer” divide in its wake. Since other concerns mushroomed on top of the Wii’s success, including Nintendo’s hesitation to...

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