Last fall, Nintendo set the gaming world abuzz with a cryptic announcement of their curious upcoming gaming device, the Nintendo Switch. The unique console seemed to follow in its predecessors’ footsteps, emphasizing the gaming experience and communality more than outright graphical power. Some gaming demos and the basics of gameplay were revealed, but much else was kept secret. Nintendo finally pulled the rest of the details out from under wraps, announcing a release date, final price, and the details of a Nintendo Switch subscription online-gaming service.
Posts Tagged ‘nintendo’
The Nintendo Switch is the company’s first new home video game console since the Wii U
For years, while Sony and Microsoft have focused on crafting consoles with cutting-edge power, Nintendo has opted to emphasize the fun of the gaming experience. Consoles like the Wii and Wii U were more about innovative controls than pure specs, while games like Super Smash Bros excel because of their addictive group gameplay rather than unbeatable graphics capabilities. Their newest announcement, the Nintendo Switch, looks to continue that trend.
For those gamers out there that still have a passion for handheld console gaming devices, Nintendo has a treat for you: The New Nintendo 3DS XL. Nintendo Direct, featuring a 4.88-inch top screen and a 4.18-inch bottom screen. The new hardware adds over an inch to the current 3DS’ display, and will also come with a 4GB SD card.
Priced at $199.99, this new 3DS is more suitable for video content like Netflix and the 3D Nintendo Video service. Nintendo has been slipping in hand held console sales the last few years but will this new, larger unit be enough to energize the line’s initially slow-growing sales? What are your thoughts?
The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 for short, is the world’s premier trade show for computer and video games and related products. The show is owned by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of the companies, publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet.
When the Nintendo 3DS launched earlier this year, its lack of two thumbsticks was cited by critics as a major flaw. Two thumbsticks, like those employed in traditional game controllers, typically allow for more appealing gameplay by offering users better control over characters. Nintendo is planning on moving forward and actually create a new Nintendo 3DS with an additional right joystick for easy playability.
Nintendo has hit a bump recently, reporting less than expected profits, but as always, they continue to reinvent themselves. Be on the look out for new Nintendo products as well as alterations to their existing hand-held units.
The hot news keeps rolling out from E3. Nintendo had a big press release regarding the sequel to their popular Wii console: The Wii U.
The video game console will have a unique tablet-like controller allowing the gamer to have full control of their gaming experience both on and off their TV. The touchscreen on the new Nintendo controller measures 6.2 inches and is placed between more traditional game-control buttons. It can be used to either play the same images as displayed on a TV screen, or can display information that doesn’t appear on the TV.
It can even be specially used during games for furthering the storyline. For example, Gearbox’s impending release Aliens: Colonial Marines will require gamers, at various moments in the game, to use the controller as a motion tracking device. The gamer will slowly move their controller from the left, to the right, or even up and down, attempting to track any aliens coming their way.
Watch the announcement and trailer of the new console from Nintendo. Skip to 1:20 if you want to see it in action:
Nintendo showed off their 3D handheld gaming system. Scheduled to be released in March, users can switch on and off the 3D gaming effect for their gameplay.
Next is Samsung’s flexible phone screen. For select models, the The 4.5-inch screen has an impressive WVGA (800×480 pixel) resolution that is bendable and extremely thin, measuring at less than 0.3mm thick.
Finally, the manufacturer Razer revealed their concept touch-screen portable gaming device named Switchblade. The unit will come with an 11.6 inch screen and a keyboard that adjusts itself to whatever game you are playing. Wi-fi capabilities should revolutionize portability when it comes to playing MMORPG games.