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  •   Today, November 18th 2012 marks the long awaited release of the new Nintendo Wii U console. The Wii U is the first Nintendo console to support high-definition graphics, capable of producing video output up to 1080p, and has 2 GB of memory with half dedicated to the console’s operating system. The console was released in two versions: a “Basic” white-colored version with 8 GB of internal Flash storage; and a “Deluxe” black-colored version with 32 GB of Flash storage, which includes stand and docks. An HDMI cable is included with both versions. The Wii U’s primary controller is the Wii U GamePad, which features an embedded touchscreen. The touchscreen is used to supplement the main gameplay shown on the […]

    Wii U launches today!

      Today, November 18th 2012 marks the long awaited release of the new Nintendo Wii U console. The Wii U is the first Nintendo console to support high-definition graphics, capable of producing video output up to 1080p, and has 2 GB of memory with half dedicated to the console’s operating system. The console was released in two versions: a “Basic” white-colored version with 8 GB of internal Flash storage; and a “Deluxe” black-colored version with 32 GB of Flash storage, which includes stand and docks. An HDMI cable is included with both versions. The Wii U’s primary controller is the Wii U GamePad, which features an embedded touchscreen. The touchscreen is used to supplement the main gameplay shown on the […]

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  • I just read an “in depth” article about the upcoming Wii U console and to say I’m underwhelmed is an understatement. Let’s look passed the fact that Nintendo isn’t confirming ANY of the hardware specs for a moment, ignore the bogus claims of PS3 and 360 besting graphics and get to the meat of the information available. One: Nintendo is still calling the new console the Wii U. Why? Who knows, Nintendo is in love with stupid names for systems. Two: Nintendo is rumored to be more accessible to third party developers. This is supposed to mean that gamers may get more games than Mario 95 Galaxy Warrior Princess, Mario Kart 52 Tokyo Drift, and another god damn Wii Sports […]

    New Information Revealed About The Wii U: Should We Care?

    I just read an “in depth” article about the upcoming Wii U console and to say I’m underwhelmed is an understatement. Let’s look passed the fact that Nintendo isn’t confirming ANY of the hardware specs for a moment, ignore the bogus claims of PS3 and 360 besting graphics and get to the meat of the information available. One: Nintendo is still calling the new console the Wii U. Why? Who knows, Nintendo is in love with stupid names for systems. Two: Nintendo is rumored to be more accessible to third party developers. This is supposed to mean that gamers may get more games than Mario 95 Galaxy Warrior Princess, Mario Kart 52 Tokyo Drift, and another god damn Wii Sports […]

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  • Nintendo was well-known in the videogame industry during the NES era for their restrictive licensing agreements. Third-party developers were obligated to set limits on the number of titles they produced per year (typically five) to avoid flooding the market with similar games, as well as agreeing that their games would be available exclusively on Nintendo systems for a certain period of time (typically two years). Restrictions of this kind allowed Nintendo to maintain a degree of control over both the number of games produced and the content of those games. Nintendo also had a relatively strict policy regarding sexual content, violence, language, and other mature content; and developers were required to hew closely to Nintendo’s standards in order to keep […]

    Nintendo’s Restrictive Licensing History

    Nintendo was well-known in the videogame industry during the NES era for their restrictive licensing agreements. Third-party developers were obligated to set limits on the number of titles they produced per year (typically five) to avoid flooding the market with similar games, as well as agreeing that their games would be available exclusively on Nintendo systems for a certain period of time (typically two years). Restrictions of this kind allowed Nintendo to maintain a degree of control over both the number of games produced and the content of those games. Nintendo also had a relatively strict policy regarding sexual content, violence, language, and other mature content; and developers were required to hew closely to Nintendo’s standards in order to keep […]

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  • Nintendo has always had a wide variety of internal and semi-internal development teams: from Retro Studios and Brownie Brown to Intelligent Systems and HAL Laboratory, the different directions and approaches emphasized by each of these quasi-autonomous developers has always been evident. This system of development teams has its roots in the early days of of the NES.   Before the hugely successful launch of the Famicom, Nintendo created and marketed a variety of products, from playing cards to light-beam games. In 1969, Nintendo manager Hiroshi Imanishi was tasked with creating a division of the company that would focus on electronic toys and games. This new unit was appropriately referred to as Nintendo R&D1. Gunpei Yokoi joined the team in 1970 […]

    Nintendo Dev Teams

    Nintendo has always had a wide variety of internal and semi-internal development teams: from Retro Studios and Brownie Brown to Intelligent Systems and HAL Laboratory, the different directions and approaches emphasized by each of these quasi-autonomous developers has always been evident. This system of development teams has its roots in the early days of of the NES.   Before the hugely successful launch of the Famicom, Nintendo created and marketed a variety of products, from playing cards to light-beam games. In 1969, Nintendo manager Hiroshi Imanishi was tasked with creating a division of the company that would focus on electronic toys and games. This new unit was appropriately referred to as Nintendo R&D1. Gunpei Yokoi joined the team in 1970 […]

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  • Cooking Mama, aka What The Hell Happened To Nintendo? I remember the first time I saw the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). I was in junior high, still playing games on my Commodore 64 (yeah, I’m that old, bitches) when a grey box with huge cartridges and a cool-looking robot arrived next to my television. That robot turned out to be nothing more than a piece of plastic that stood by your Nintendo, not really doing anything. Funny, how that sounds like every Nintendo peripheral released since. Anybody out there still using their Wii Fit Board? Thought not.   What I didn’t realize then was that the grey box by my TV was about to change video gaming forever. All of […]

    Cooking Mama, aka What The Hell Happened To Nintendo?

    Cooking Mama, aka What The Hell Happened To Nintendo? I remember the first time I saw the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). I was in junior high, still playing games on my Commodore 64 (yeah, I’m that old, bitches) when a grey box with huge cartridges and a cool-looking robot arrived next to my television. That robot turned out to be nothing more than a piece of plastic that stood by your Nintendo, not really doing anything. Funny, how that sounds like every Nintendo peripheral released since. Anybody out there still using their Wii Fit Board? Thought not.   What I didn’t realize then was that the grey box by my TV was about to change video gaming forever. All of […]

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  • Before people send me death threats or anything- yes, I know people LOVE the Wii. I don’t. I think it was a mass market, low tech disgrace to gaming. Now, before you bother hating me, I have played it and the motion technology is sub-par at best. And, don’t get me started on the garbage Nintendo passes off as games. Cooking Mama, really? Like that’s what I want to do with my time gaming, act like I’m preparing cookies. Anyway, Nintendo announced plans for the surprisingly named, Wii 2. Tech specs are shady as of yet, and some wild claims (graphics better than both the PS3 and 360, I don’t think so), have already been recanted. HDMI and 1080p are also […]

    The New Wii, Does it Matter?

    Before people send me death threats or anything- yes, I know people LOVE the Wii. I don’t. I think it was a mass market, low tech disgrace to gaming. Now, before you bother hating me, I have played it and the motion technology is sub-par at best. And, don’t get me started on the garbage Nintendo passes off as games. Cooking Mama, really? Like that’s what I want to do with my time gaming, act like I’m preparing cookies. Anyway, Nintendo announced plans for the surprisingly named, Wii 2. Tech specs are shady as of yet, and some wild claims (graphics better than both the PS3 and 360, I don’t think so), have already been recanted. HDMI and 1080p are also […]

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  • The new Nintendo Wii U was introduced to much fanfare at the 2011 E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo).  The Wii U sports a concept new to gaming, a controller with it’s own screen.  Nintendo has basically taken it’s Wii console and DS portable system and merged the two producing a multi-faceted approach to gaming.  The Wii U will feature a controller which doubles as a small portable system which can be utilized if the TV upon which the game is being played is needed, or if an extra controller and split screen is required (over 4 players).  In some games (such as Zelda Skyward Sword) the controller screen will contain your menu screen so that you can change weapons or items, […]

    Wii U: Closing the gap, Opening a portal

    The new Nintendo Wii U was introduced to much fanfare at the 2011 E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo).  The Wii U sports a concept new to gaming, a controller with it’s own screen.  Nintendo has basically taken it’s Wii console and DS portable system and merged the two producing a multi-faceted approach to gaming.  The Wii U will feature a controller which doubles as a small portable system which can be utilized if the TV upon which the game is being played is needed, or if an extra controller and split screen is required (over 4 players).  In some games (such as Zelda Skyward Sword) the controller screen will contain your menu screen so that you can change weapons or items, […]

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  • The successor to the Wii has been announced by Nintendo of America. The announcement came on April 25th 2011 and was received as follows: To whom it may concern: Re: Wii’s successor system Nintendo Co., Ltd. has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed Wii, which the company has sold 86.01 million units on a consolidated shipment basis between its launch in 2006 and the end of March 2011. We will show a playable model of the new system and announce more specifications at the E3 Expo, which will be held June 7-9, 2011, in Los Angeles. Sales of this new system have not been included in the financial forecasts announced today for the fiscal term ending March […]

    Successor to Wii announced

    The successor to the Wii has been announced by Nintendo of America. The announcement came on April 25th 2011 and was received as follows: To whom it may concern: Re: Wii’s successor system Nintendo Co., Ltd. has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed Wii, which the company has sold 86.01 million units on a consolidated shipment basis between its launch in 2006 and the end of March 2011. We will show a playable model of the new system and announce more specifications at the E3 Expo, which will be held June 7-9, 2011, in Los Angeles. Sales of this new system have not been included in the financial forecasts announced today for the fiscal term ending March […]

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  • The Nintendo 3DS is coming out this weekend and those who jump on the pre-order will not only get a killer $25 credit deal through Amazon, but will also have it delivered to their front porch thereby circumventing the ridiculous crowds on the weekend! The Nintendo 3DS will take a new leap in the personal gaming arena by bringing the 3-D experience to players without 3-D glasses! Here’s the link for the Amazon deal: Nintendo 3DS – Cosmo Black

    Buy 3DS at Amazon Get $25 Credit!

    The Nintendo 3DS is coming out this weekend and those who jump on the pre-order will not only get a killer $25 credit deal through Amazon, but will also have it delivered to their front porch thereby circumventing the ridiculous crowds on the weekend! The Nintendo 3DS will take a new leap in the personal gaming arena by bringing the 3-D experience to players without 3-D glasses! Here’s the link for the Amazon deal: Nintendo 3DS – Cosmo Black

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  • ORIGINALLY POSTED 18 JANUARY 2011 I know both Sony and Microsoft have gone “kiddie” with their new peripherals (Move for Sony and Kinect for Microsoft), but have no fear hardcore gamers, great games are still on the horizon!

    Upcoming Titles To Keep Your Eye Out For!

    ORIGINALLY POSTED 18 JANUARY 2011 I know both Sony and Microsoft have gone “kiddie” with their new peripherals (Move for Sony and Kinect for Microsoft), but have no fear hardcore gamers, great games are still on the horizon!

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