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  • Hulu Plus Lands On The Nintendo 3DS

    Hulu Plus Lands On The Nintendo 3DS

    Hulu, one of three bigreasons why you should probably cut the cable soon, has today announced that it will provide access to its library of streamable TV shows and movies to Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, and Nintendo 2DS owners. According to the official blog post, Hulu and Nintendo worked together to provide a solid experience across the various handheld gaming devices, one that… Read More

  • Nintendo 2DS Review: Back To Basics Proves Brilliant For Mobile Console Gaming

    Nintendo 2DS Review: Back To Basics Proves Brilliant For Mobile Console Gaming

    Nintendo has a rhythm that’s predictable when it comes to product releases: Create a new console, then create different iterations of those consoles with upgrades aimed at expanding market share in clever ways. The new Nintendo 2DS is no exception to that rule, but it is remarkable in that it’s a bit of a backtrack for the company, which takes the marquee feature out of its 3DS… Read More

  • What Games Are: The Nintendo Difference Still Exists

    What Games Are: The Nintendo Difference Still Exists

    There are three kinds of articles that regularly get written about Nintendo. The first article says Nintendo’s hardware business is doomed. The second laments the state of the company’s games. The third article, including this one, says that only a fool bets against Nintendo. Nintendo, it says, is different. Because it is. Read More

  • Fifteen Years On, Pokemon Still Holds Power Over This Thirty-Something

    Fifteen Years On, Pokemon Still Holds Power Over This Thirty-Something

    While iPhone launch days and big gadget reveals represent some of my most anticipated events because I’m a tech blogger, a day like today can still awaken just as much excitement. Today is the launch day of a new Pokemon game, you see – the newest installment of the “Catch ‘Em All” franchise, Pokemon X/Y for the Nintendo 3DS, hits store shelves and is being… Read More

  • Be Still My Beating Heart, This Might Be Logitech’s Gamepad For The iPhone

    Be Still My Beating Heart, This Might Be Logitech’s Gamepad For The iPhone

    A leaked image of what appears to be Logitech’s gamepad for the iPhone has hit the Twitter wire today, via the @evleaks account. The account has been known to reliably tweet images of upcoming products from a variety of mobile companies including Samsung, Nokia and others. The gamepad looks a lot like the leaked prototype from earlier this year and images that were shown during… Read More

  • If You Watch One Partially Cacophonous NES Player Piano System Video Today, Make It This One

    The folks at RoboBand have created a robotic band that plays the soundtracks to famous Nintendo games using a Raspberry Pi, a Yamaha Disklavier, and a robotic drum kit. The system took the audio output from the NES, converted it to MIDI, which in turn either controlled the solenoids on the drum machine or the piano keys. The result is a sometimes cacophonous, sometimes sublime rendition of… Read More

  • The Death Of Nintendo Has Been Greatly Under-Exaggerated

    The Death Of Nintendo Has Been Greatly Under-Exaggerated

    I love Nintendo. I love Nintendo. I love Nintendo. I feel the need to say that over and over again to begin with because this post will inevitably be read by some as some sort of anti-Nintendo screed. I know that because every single time I write anything mildly critical of Nintendo, groups of folks reveal themselves that make Android and iPhone diehards look like placid hippies. Those people… Read More

  • 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

  • Nintendo Promises More Titles For Wii U Including New Zelda, Mario Games

    Nintendo Promises More Titles For Wii U Including New Zelda, Mario Games

    Nintendo has a lot to announce this morning, including an app for its Miiverse platform, as well as some fan-favorite game titles that will be available on the Wii U platform in the coming months. By the time E3 rolls around, in mid-June, the Wii U will support two new Zelda games, as well as new Super Mario and Mario Kart titles. Nintendo announced the Wii U back in June, offering a new level… Read More

  • Nintendo Is Working On A Mobile App For Its Miiverse Social Network

    Nintendo Is Working On A Mobile App For Its Miiverse Social Network

    Nintendo is no stranger to gaming on the go (I’ve been clinging to Nintendo handhelds for as long as I’ve been able to walk) but president Satoru Iwata just let slip some unexpected information about the company’s next mobile foray during a live Nintendo Direct address. No, Nintendo hasn’t decided to make smartphone games — instead, Iwata spoke of plans to let… Read More

  • Amazon Launches Instant Video For Nintendo Wii

    Amazon Launches Instant Video For Nintendo Wii

    If you own a Wii, you were probably a little bummed out to hear that Amazon would be serving up Instant Video to the Wii U and not to your older console. But fret no longer, as Amazon has just announced that its library of streaming video content is now available to Wii owners. Amazon’s Instant Video library is home to over 145,000 titles, and if you’re a Prime member you… Read More