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Sunday, 9 October 2011

Nintendo Having Issues With Wii U Development?


 Gaming mammoth Nintendo is having some serious issues with its next generation console the Wii U according to the second article published by French tech website 01net
Wii U (Legend of Zelda - on screen)
The news entity explains that Nintendo has sought to keep costs low in order to improve its margin. This has proved to be a successful strategy in the past as Nintendo was the only gaming major to make a profit on each console sold.

But it looks like cutting costs on the Wii U has gone a tad too far. The chip in the Wii U wireless gamepad, 01net reports, is apparently underpowered which menas that some wireless features as well as the streaming capabilities are not working properly despite the fact that Nintendo is working on the third iteration with the fourth one scheduled to be delivered to gaming studios by the end of the month.
As it stands, developers have been forced to use a black box with a wired connection in tandem with the software development kit, one which apparently requires almost daily updates. As a result, this could have a significant impact on the release date of the Nintendo Wii which ought to be in June 2012 but which could be postponed by up to three months.


Monday, 22 August 2011

First look at the PSP-E1000

Fresh of the official PlayStation blog and Kotaku are images of the upcoming budget model for the PlayStation Portable and official specifications for the the PSP-E1000.
Specifications for PSP-E1000 series
LCD screen: 4.3 inches / 10.9 cm (16:9) full-transparent type, TFT drive. Approximately 16,770,000 colours displayed.
Sound: Monaural speaker.
Internal disc drive: Read-only Universal Media Disc drive.
Interface: DC IN 5V connector. Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compliant). DC OUT connector. Headset connector. Memory Stick PRO DuoTM slot.
Power source: AC Adaptor: DC 5.0 V. Lithium-Ion rechargeable Battery Pack.
Maximum power consumption: Approx. 6 W (when charging).
External dimensions: Approx. 172.4 × 73.4 × 21.6 mm (width × height × depth) (excludes largest projection).
Weight: Approx. 223 g (including Battery Pack).
Operating environment: temperature 5°C – 35°C.
Compatible codecs: Universal Media Disc Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile Level 3. Music: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile Level 3, Linear PCM, ATRAC3plusTM Memory StickTM For details, refer to the User’s Guide.
Universal Media Disc laser
Wave length: 655 – 665 nm.
Power: Max. 0.28 mW.
Type: Semiconductor, continuous.
AC Adaptor
Input: AC 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz.
Output: DC 5 V, Max. 1500 mA.
External dimensions: Approx. 61 × 23 × 84 mm (width × height × depth) (excludes largest projection).
Weight: Approx. 62 g.
Judging from the specs above, the PSP-E1000 basically feels like the PlayStation Portable’s better looking sibling with very little going inside. Aside from the obvious cosmetic changes which includes the now capacitive strip of buttons at the bottom part of the PSP, lack of LED indicators, new placement of the power button/slider, the UMD door that now encompasses the back of the whole unit and the non-glossy matte finish, the PSP-E1000 is exactly the same as the PSP-3000 sans the WiFi.  Here’s a few more shots:
The PSP-E1000 is expected to ship with a new official firmware on board, likely above 6.60 OFW.  As per our recommendation before, if you’re interested in multiplayer games that support adhoc (like the Monster Hunter series), get one of the older models.  If not then this is a great bargain for the price.
The PSP-E1000 is priced at 99 Euros.  No word of the US release date or pricing but we can expect this thing to cost just around $99.

Nintendo drops 3DS price, gives free games

Being an early adopter is sometimes like shooting yourself in the foot. Those who bought the 3DS early could be feeling the pinch right about… now.
Just a few months into the release of the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo has announced a price drop for it’s latest portable console from £195, down from £115. (in Japan, that will be ¥15,000 from ¥25,000).

The reason for the price cut? Nintendo officials says that it’s meant to speed up the spread of the 3DS as the year end rush approaches– and with good reason. To date, Nintendo has only sold 0.71 million 3DS units from it’s launch date in March up to June 30, 2011 with 4.53 million 3DS software titles sold. In comparison, the aging DS lite sold 1.44 million units in the same period, along with 12.13 million pieces of DS software. Of course the 3DS’ disappointing software sales could be attributed to the lackluster launch game line-up.
Still, the new pricing will no doubt spark interest in the console once more. The new pricing will take effect in August 12 (August 11 for Japan).
For early adopters (who are no doubt sore about the announcement), Nintendo has a special offer to make it up to you.
All you need to do is connect to the Nintendo eShop (which means you need to update your 3DS to the latest firmware available) at least once before 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Aug. 11 to be automatically included in the the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program. What’s in it for you? Free 3DS games of course :)
Here’s the complete details from Nintendo:
Starting Sept. 1, Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors will be able to download 10 NES™ Virtual Console™ games at no charge and before they are available in the Nintendo eShop to the general public. These games, including Super Mario Bros.™, Donkey Kong Jr.™, Balloon Fight™, Ice Climber™ and The Legend of Zelda™, are slated to become paid downloadable games, but Ambassadors get them early for free. Once the paid versions of the games are posted to the Nintendo eShop later in the year, the updated versions will be available to Ambassadors for download at no cost.
By the end of 2011, Nintendo will provide Ambassadors with 10 Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games. These include games like Yoshi’s Island™: Super Mario™ Advance 3, Mario Kart™: Super Circuit, Metroid™ Fusion, WarioWare™, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kong™. These games will be available exclusively to Ambassadors, and Nintendo currently has no plans to make these 10 games available to the general public on the Nintendo 3DS in the future

Sources: Andriasang and Nintendo