2012 marked the year Nintendo finally started to understand the social aspect of video games. Chatting and playing games with friends on the Wii U still isn't quite up to par with the likes of Xbox Live, but it's a start. According to a presentation this afternoon, Nintendo is looking to expand Miiverse a bit, with a smartphone app. Will Nintendo actually break the trend and release something on the App Store?
One of the many things we were able to take away from Apple's unveiling of the new iPad this morning in San Francisco, is that when it comes to messing around the latest iteration of Apple's tablet means business.
The rumor mills are heating up as September enters its second half. Next week we expect things to really get hot and the week after that'll be like living on Mercury. We've got a few of these tasty stories, mainly involving a third (possibly fourth?) carrier for the iPhone, as well as some gaming news sure to make at least one reader squee in our hottest stories of the week round up.
According to an article translated from the Japanese newspaper Nikkei, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has reaffirmed his position that mobile game development would be bad for Nintendo in the long run.
While no one can deny Nintendo had a huge hit on its hands with the Wii, outside of the living room a very different tale has unfolded. As the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad have risen in popularity, it’s coming at the expense of Nintendo’s own portable game systems.
We love our iPhones, and they're utterly spectacular gaming devices. But that doesn't mean we're blind to the wonders of other gaming systems. It would be silly to ignore the successes of developers on other platforms. This year at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the Nintendo 3DS showed off some fantastic software. With several iOS developers showcasing many different ways to bring 3D apps to iOS (and with us not wanting to shell out $250 for a 3DS,) we decided to make a list of all the games that are coming out for the 3DS that we're hoping will one day get ported over to the iPhone and iPad.
Sitting in the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Tuesday for Nintendo's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) press conference, I had undoubtedly the same reaction to Nintendo's new console as many of you watching live streams and reading the ensuing tweets: What the hell? My second thought couldn't have been terribly unique, either -- with that white bezel, touchscreen, and front-facing camera, I couldn't help but think that the controller looked just like a white iPad 2 with buttons and directional inputs on the sides.
We’d like to tear you away from the latest rumors and scuttlebutt surrounding the next iteration of the iPhone for just a moment in order to bring you an important public service announcement: Companies other than Apple are currently busy preparing their own next generation devices too. It’s a shocking, we know, but we swear it’s the truth. Take Nintendo, for example. Word has it that they’re in the middle of prototyping their next generation console gaming system. Given that a little over a year ago, Nintendo declared Apple “the enemy of the future”, will their next hardware offering be designed to take on Cupertino’s forays into the realm of gaming?
Over the weekend, news broke that Apple had hired two new public relations executives by the names of Nick Grange and Rob Saunders. Why was there so much excitement? Because those two executives came from console gaming giants Activision and Nintendo, and they'll be coming to Apple to head PR for iOS apps. Of course this means Apple is about to take over the gaming industry, and they're rubbing it in Activision's and Nintendo's face by stealing their executives! Right? Yeah, probably not.
After last week's strange revelation that Rovio Mobile wants their company to become "Disney 2.0" we expected them to quiet down a little bit. However, that's certainly not the case this week as the same representative, Peter Vesterbacka, fired back at Nintendo president Satoru Iwata for saying that mobile games are "disposable."