With the Wii U struggling and the Xbox One and PS4 slated to dominate the E3 news this year Nintendo has decided to try something new. Instead of holding their usual big E3 press conference and announcing a whole bunch of new games that will come out later this year, Nintendo has teamed up with Best Buy to allow you to try some of the new games right in your local Best Buy store. In the past demoing these new games were limited to only those who could make it out to California for E3, so its great to see Nintendo open this up for more people.
Now as with all good things there are a few caveats to point out. While Nintendo and Best Buy have teamed up to bring the demos to 89 Best Buy stores across the country, they will unfortunately not be available in every Best Buy store. The demo times will also be limited to 4-8 p.m. local time on Wednesday, June 12th, and 1-5 p.m. local time on Saturday, June 15th. Nintendo also hasn’t yet shared which new games will be available to try out though Best Buy says that list will be revealed on June 11th. For the full list of Best Buy locations participating in this event check out Best Buy’s site here.
All in all, if you’re near one of those Best Buy stores and are interested in checking out what Nintendo’s got planned this should be pretty great. And remember, E3 takes place in just under two weeks from June 10th through June 13th.
The Wii U and the next generation of video gaming is almost upon us. With the Wii U going on sale in just a few days, Nintendo wants to give everyone in the US a chance to experience it before the big launch day. To do this, they have launched over 5,000 kiosks all over the country in stores like Target, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart and Toys ‘R’ Us. At these stores you’ll actually be able to learn more about the Wii U, and in some stores even play some of the launch games like Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U and SiNG PARTY, along with ZombiU and Rayman Legends.
You can check out to see where your nearest kiosk is by heading to Nintendo’s site here and entering your zip code.
For those who don’t know, the Wii U is the first of the next generation of video game consoles (with the long rumored next Xbox/Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 said to be coming sometime next year). The Wii U, builds on the uniqueness of the original Wii with some all new ways to play games. And like the Wii, the Wii U comes with a brand new controller– this time though it’s a buttoned controller with a 6.2 inch touchscreen in the middle of it. With this new controller you can not only play games in all new ways, but you can also do things like stream games right from the TV to the controller so you can play even if the TV itself is off. There is also a camera on the controller (for games and things like video chat), and a full array of buttons on the right and left (including triggers on the back) for the full controller experience. There will also be more traditional Xbox/PS3 like controllers available, and you can also use all your old Wiimote. And of course, the Wii U also now supports full online and HD gaming, areas Nintendo has been lacking in over the years.
The Wii U will be available this Sunday, November 18th in either a $300 basic bundle or a $350 deluxe bundle. For more info on the bundles, see our earlier post here.
So, anyone try out the Wii U yet, and if so, how do you like it?
The next generation of game consoles are almost upon us. Last year, Nintendo previewed the first of these new next-gen systems, the Wii U (Microsoft and Sony still haven’t talked about the next Xbox/Xbox 720 or PS4 but both are expected to be announced next year). Now though we finally have a price and release date. Nintendo has announced this week that the Wii U will be available starting on November 18th, for either $300 for the basic bundle, or $350 for the deluxe bundle.
The $300 basic bundle includes a white Wii U console with 8 GB of internal storage, one white GamePad controller (the tablet like controller you see above), AC adapters for both the console and controller, a sensor bar and a HDMI cable. The $350 Wii U deluxe bundle comes with a black Wii U as well as black versions of everything in the basic set plus the Nintendo Land game, increased console storage capacity of 32 GB, a console stand, GamePad charging cradle and a stand that allows users to place the GamePad vertically on a table. The deluxe bundle buyers will also be enrolled in the “Deluxe Digital Promotion,” which lets you receive points for each digital download and redeem those points for future downloads from Nintendo’s eShop.
Nintendo also revealed 51 games that will be available around the launch, including: Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Skylanders Giants, TRANSFORMERS PRIME, Assassin’s Creed III, ZombiU, Rayman Legends, Just Dance 4, Madden NFL 13, FIFA Soccer 13, Mass Effect 3, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, NBA 2K13, Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, Wii Fit U, LEGO City: Undercover, BAYONETTA 2, and The Wonderful 101. Nintendo Wii U games will cost $60, or similar to the current price for most Xbox 360 and PS3 games.
The Wii U
Wow. That’s really all we can say right now– wow. Nintendo has just taken the wraps off of its successor to the hit Wii, named the Wii U, and to say it looks insane would be like saying Dwayne Wade or Dirk Nowitzki are just “ok” basketball players– a ridiculous understatement.
The focus of the Wii was everyone playing together. The Wii U has that too, just with a new focus on you– the individual gamer (hence the “U”). As rumored this new Wii U is packed with impressive power so you can expect very impressive HD games and a real online gaming platform (similar to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network)– but the big deal here is the new controller.
The Wii U controller
The Wii U comes with a brand new controller with a massive 6.2 inch touchscreen in the middle of it. As rumored it will allow you to stream games right from the TV to the controller so you can play even if the TV itself is off (or if you’re playing multiplayer, without worry someone will be watching your screen the whole game). There is also a camera (for games and things like video chat), and a full array of buttons on the right and left (including triggers on the back) for the full controller experience (and if you have a Wii you can also use those controllers, but it may only be for certain games. Wii games will play fine on here). Full controller plus incredible new touchscreen? Again, this is just insane. Words don’t even do it justice, check out this video of the power of the Wii U:
And just to show how Nintendo is fully back in the hard core gaming market, here are just a few titles announced for Wii U: Arkham City, an Assassin’s Creed game, Dirt, Ghost Recon Online, Tekken, Metro Last Light,Aliens Colonial Marines, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, and Darksiders II, Madden NFL. Yeah, this is a system for all gamers.
Worst part of today’s news? We’ll have to wait until sometime between April 1 and December 31 2012 to get our hands on this.
For those that don’t know, E3 is the big video game event that takes place for a couple of days (this year it’s June 6-9) once a year in LA where all the newest and hottest things in the world of video games are announced. Last year for example, we saw our first peek at Microsoft’s Kinect for the Xbox 360 (and the redesigned, slimmer 360), the PlayStation Move for the PS3, and the Nintendo 3DS. Not to mention info on new video games like the latest in Madden, Gears of War, Halo and Call Of Duty.
This year of course looks to bring things up a notch with Microsoft and Sony taking the stage later today for their E3 keynotes (with Microsoft expected to show off a bunch of new games for Kinect and Sony expected to give a whole lot more info on the NGP/PSP 2. And when we say a “whole lot of info” with Sony we mean it– their event is slated to go for 5 hours!). Nintendo takes the stage on Tuesday and they look to have planned some big announcements of their own.
We’ll have all the info on the big 3’s keynotes covered for you back here. If your interested in following along live, here are the links and times for their respective live streams: Microsoft (today 12:30 PM ET/ 9:30 AM PT); Sony (tonight 8 PM ET/5 PM PT); Nintendo (Tuesday 12 PM ET/ 9 AM PT).
Oh, and in case that wasn’t enough for a crazy tomorrow, we also have Apple’s WWDC keynote (beginning at 1 PM ET) with what promises to bring a whole lot of new info on Apple’s upcoming iOS 5 and OS X Lion operating systems, and more info on Apple’s big new product: iCloud (said to be for storing things like your music, documents etc. on the internet– aka “the cloud” because the data is not just on your one device but available for you to access from anywhere you have internet access. What exactly Apple is going to do with iCloud is sure to be very interesting). And who knows, maybe Apple will surprise everyone with a “one more thing” and announce the next iPhone like they have done at WWDC the past 3 years.
Again, we’re gonna have all of this covered for you tomorrow. You’re definitely gonna wanna check back.
Is this the Wii 2?
With the big video game conference E3 only a few weeks away the rumors on what’s next in the video game world are beginning to spread like fire. Obviously we expect to learn a lot more about Sony’s forthcoming NGP (aka the PSP 2– hopefully this will include a price and release date) and what Microsoft has planned for the future of the Xbox 360 and Kinect (which has been surprisingly quiet since its big launch last year. In the past 6 months since its been out we’ve hardly seen any new games that take advantage of its awesome controller free gameplay). In Nintendo’s case however things look to be going a whole ‘nother level with a preview of the next generation of the Wii currently code-named “Project Cafe.” Nintendo has even confirmed that this E3 they will talk about the Wii’s successor.
So what are the latest rumors saying we can expect in the Wii 2? Well, if they are anywhere near true, Nintendo is back in the hard-core gaming market— and in a big way.
The 3DS— it’s finally here. A device where watching 3D doesn’t require you to wear those annoying glasses, a game system which allows you to take that glasses-free 3D anywhere you want in your pocket. We’ve had a chance to test out Nintendo’s latest and greatest portable game system and while we haven’t spent enough time with it yet to give it a full on review, here are our first thoughts.
So by now you’ve heard the news. Sony’s finally back in the portable gaming space in a HUGE way with their announcement of their new Next Generation Portable/NGP/PSP2. You’ve also probably heard that Nintendo is planning to release their next big portable game system, the 3DS, in exactly two months from today. Both are major products and really usher in the next generation of gaming on the go. But what’s the big difference between the two you ask? A lot actually.
Read on for a everything you need to know about the NGP/PSP2 vs the 3DS.
After over a year of wishing, waiting and watching from afar Nintendo’s highly anticipated glasses free 3DS is finally almost here, taking a crucial step to finally being in your hands with an official announcement of a price and release date. The best part? That rumored $300-$400 expected price is actually HIGHER than what the real price is, a solid $249.99 when it comes out as was rumored, this March 27th in either blue or black.
But price wasn’t all Nintendo let out of the bag, read on for all the details on what’s new in the 3DS.
Ever since Nintendo’s E3 video game press conference, whenever I heard the term “3D,” I immediately began to think about the Nintendo 3DS— 3D video gaming in your pocket without the need for those annoying glasses. There was though one problem the 3DS’s unveiling– we were all left without any price or release date for when would be able to pick up one of these bad boys. Today however, we have finally gotten those answers from a Nintendo event in Japan.
According to the video game site IGN, Nintendo will be releasing the 3DS next year in Japan on February 26th in blue or black colors for about $300 (the official Japan price is 25,000 yen, which converts back to about US $300), with Europe and the US said to be getting it in March (though what the prices are here may be different from the Japan price. Nintendo US also hasn’t yet announced US pricing and availability).
Nintendo also showed off some cool new features of the 3DS like using the front camera to create yourself a Mii, as well as some of the strong graphic capabilities (and I’m not gonna lie, Mario Kart looks pretty sweet!) which you can see in the YouTube video below:
Here’s the thing, with the holiday season almost upon us, are you willing to wait a few months for this or would you rather just go for a new iPod Touch, which while not 3D, does a solid job for on-the-go gaming as well as a whole lot more with all the iOS apps and Facetime (and not to mention comes in cheaper than the Japan price of $300– the iTouch starts at $229 for the 8 GB).
If you’re looking for a new portable game system this holiday season, what’s it gonna be– you gonna go for that iPod Touch or can you wait it out until the 3DS arrives?