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  • Nintendo Reveals The Hideous $130 2DS, Will Cut Wii U Price To $299

    Nintendo Reveals The Hideous $130 2DS, Will Cut Wii U Price To $299

    Nintendo wants to compete with cheap tablets more than ever, but just not the way you think. The company will release a new version of the 3DS — the Nintendo 2DS, which has a tablet-esque form factor. As the name suggests, it is a 2D-only handheld console compatible with 3DS and DS games. At $129.99, the 2DS is $40 cheaper than its sibling. The company also announced a $50 price cut for… Read More

  • What Games Are: The Ludophile Mindset

    What Games Are: The Ludophile Mindset

    Like the audiophile who spends serious money on her music, the ludophile spends aplenty on games and consoles. Both want perfection. The question for the games industry, however, is whether perfection is really the goal any more. To chase that market is very expensive, and although gamers may not like to hear it, good-enough seems like a better goal industry-wise in the long run. Read More

  • Who Won E3?

    Who Won E3?

    By now we’ve heard most of what the big three have had to say. Nintendo is holding the line with the Wii U, Microsoft has announced an always-on box for $499, and Sony has made nice with gamers by offering a $399 device that allows users to share and sell games. All of the consoles are HD, all of them support multi-player, and the console wars are essentially over. Each console is a… Read More

  • Nintendo Offers Smartphone App Porting Tool, But Should Be Porting Its Content To Phones Instead

    Nintendo Offers Smartphone App Porting Tool, But Should Be Porting Its Content To Phones Instead

    Nintendo is trying to get people to buy the new Wii U, but it just isn’t working, according to recent sales numbers. Now, the Japanese gaming giant is hoping that helping developers port their smartphone content to the home gaming console with conversion software will help entice buyers, according to the Japan Times. Read More

  • Nintendo’s $20 Circle Pad Pro Is Coming to The 3DS XL In The U.S. This Friday

    Nintendo’s $20 Circle Pad Pro Is Coming to The 3DS XL In The U.S. This Friday

    Nintendo is gearing up to bring an extra nub to your 3DS XL, if that’s what you’re into. The company listed the previously Japan-only accessory on its website in the U.S. today, with an anticipated ship date of this Friday. The Circle Pad Pro for 3DS XL is like the original version for 3DS, but beefier, and perhaps even more unsightly when glommed on to your portable console. Read More

  • Nintendo Amazingly Gets Worse At Marketing Just In Time For Plummeting Wii U Sales

    Nintendo Amazingly Gets Worse At Marketing Just In Time For Plummeting Wii U Sales

    Perhaps poor marketing is holding back Wii U sales for Nintendo. As Spike TV’s GTTV host Geoff Keighley noted on Twitter, a new campaign from Nintendo is using flyers to show just how awesome the Wii U is. Except, instead of going after console rivals Nintendo decided to aim its attack at its own, older-generation console the Wii. To be fair, the Wii is probably the strongest competitor… Read More

  • What Games Are: Where Did Wii U Go Wrong?

    What Games Are: Where Did Wii U Go Wrong?

    Remember that console that Nintendo launched with the tablet controller? No, not the Wii, the other one. No? Strangely most of us seem to have forgotten all about it too, and quickly. Sales are terrible and buzz about the system is almost nil. Is it salvageable at this point, or does Nintendo need to go and have a good long think about how it got to this point after riding so high. Read More

  • What Games Are: Consoles Are Sinking. Get To The Lifeboats!

    What Games Are: Consoles Are Sinking. Get To The Lifeboats!

    While the Sony press event this week has largely been received as a wasted opportunity, it speaks more to the fate of the game console than the PS4. Microsoft may win the next generation, but will winning really look like total victory or merely an example of being the best loser? With microconsoles shaking up the entire industry from top to bottom, the game console as we know it looks doomed. Read More

  • The Fall TV Lineup May Include Apple Dominating Gaming

    The Fall TV Lineup May Include Apple Dominating Gaming

    What I’m about to say is undoubtedly going to piss some of you off. And that’s fine. Because in a few years, I’ll be right and you’ll look silly. While everyone is focused on the next generation video game consoles from Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft — the latter two of which should be coming later this year — Apple is going to dominate them all. And it… Read More

  • Google Maps With Street View Is Now Available For The Wii U

    Google Maps With Street View Is Now Available For The Wii U

    Nintendo just announced that Google Maps with Street View is now available for Wii U systems in North America. So you now have the ability to wander around Martha’s Vineyard if you don’t have access to your tablet, computer, or phone — or pretty much any other Internet-connected device. Read More