Posts Tagged "Wii"

Can Zelda: Skyward Sword Save the Wii?

Can Zelda: Skyward Sword Save the Wii?

If you’re the owner of a Wii, your system may currently seem…er, a bit dusty. The latter half of 2011 has not been booming with games for Nintendo’s little console. But cheer up! The dry spell is coming to an end!…if you like the Zelda series. The long-awaited Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword finally has a release date: November 20. Not a big surprise, given that it’s the Wii’s only tempting offer this holiday season outside of...

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Operation Rainfall: Nintendo’s Folly?

Operation Rainfall: Nintendo’s Folly?

Nintendo knows how to make legendary games and properties that survive through the decades to be embraced by multiple generations. Nintendo also knows how to infuriate its fans. Oh boy, does it ever know how to infuriate its fans. Nintendo’s latest punt at the hornet’s nest involves three Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs): Xenoblade Chronicles, Pandora’s Tower, and The Last Story. The games aren’t connected story-wise, but they share three...

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Motion Controls: Game Design Tips

Motion Controls: Game Design Tips

When Nintendo conceived the Wii, maybe it expected that fifty percent of our games or better would utilize shaking and waving within a mere couple of years. Needless to say, that hasn’t been the case. The reality has left gamers split, with casual audiences adopting motion control and traditionalists sticking to their keyboards, mice, and controllers. Ken Levine, the creative director of Irrational Games, believes that maybe things ought to stay that...

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Zynga’s Success: Hurting Core Games?

Zynga’s Success: Hurting Core Games?

Zynga’s aspiration to file an initial public offering (IPO) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has made the social gaming giant the talk of the town. Well, Zynga always seems to be the talk of the town; let’s just say the IPO filing has cranked the volume up to 11. Zynga’s valuation is rumored to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $15 to $20 billion–more than EA, more than Majesco, more than THQ, more than...

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Can Price Cuts Revitalize Console Sales?

Can Price Cuts Revitalize Console Sales?

Maybe the current generation of game consoles is wheezing and writhing in the shadow of upcoming systems like the Wii U and the PlayStation Vita, or maybe the digital and free-to-play markets are increasingly eating up gamers’ time. Either way, sales of boxed retail game product appears to be stagnating in Europe and the UK. UbiSoft believes that price cuts for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 will shock some new life into the fading consoles. “[Game...

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