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In the video game industry, there have always been debates among gamers over which company delivered the best hardware on the market. Years ago, that debate raged on between Sega and Nintendo fans. After Sega was knocked out of the market, the attention shifted to Nintendo and Sony.
Nowadays, we have our work cut out for us. We need to decide which console — the Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 3, or Microsoft Xbox 360 — is the best of this generation.
There are some who have supported Nintendo over the years that can point to several reasons their favored company should take that prize. They say that the Wii delivered a new style of gaming and changed the industry forever. Read the rest of this entry
The Wii 2 may be off in 2012, but Nintendo is also talking about its current range, including sharing sales figures for the 3DS. According to the company’s latest financial results [pdf link], Nintendo sold 3.61m 3DS along with 9.43m games to play on it; that pales in comparison to the DS, which Nintendo sold 17.52m of and almost 121m games.
Nonetheless, sales for hardware and software overall were down in comparison to the previous year, with net sales for the twelve month period up to 2012 being 1,014 billion yen, down 29.3-percent, and net income of 77.2 billion yen, down 66.1-percent year-on-year.
The Wii, which will be replaced next year, sold 15.08m units worldwide, while 171.26m Wii games were sold. An extra 24 titles joined the list of “million sellers” for Wii – taking the total to crack that figure to 103 – while two of the 3DS games also broke the 1m barrier.
Nintendo maintains production is unaffected by the Japanese earthquake, though warns that indirect impact is likely. The company expects to sell 16m 3DS handhelds this coming year, as well as launching the Nintendo e-Shop download store for the console.
Nintendo has announced [pdf link] it will release its next games console, the successor to the Wii, in 2012, with the first preview of the new hardware at E3 2011 in early June. Confirmed in a new investor note, the unnamed console – referred to in rumors as the Wii 2 – will seemingly drop sometime after March 2012, given Nintendo has not included it in its current financial forecasts.
Specifications of the Wii 2 are unknown at present, though recent leaks suggested a so-called Project Cafe – and the potential launch name Nintendo Stream – which would mark Nintendo’s stepping up to HD gaming. The Stream would come with wireless controllers each featuring 6.2-inch touchscreen displays, which could show individual gameplay views or other personalized data.
Alternatively, GameKyo [via CVG] reports that Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto suggested this weekend that the Wii 2/Stream could use the Nintendo 3DS as a controller. The developer confirmed Nintendo had been exploring ways the 3DS could be connected with its “future home console.”
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 2012.
In an interview with USA Today, Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, confirmed that Nintendo sold nearly 400,000 of its 3DS units in the week following its March 27th launch. That’s the same figure Nintendo sold in Japan on its first day of availability when it launched there in February. “We are very satisfied with this start and we look forward to the momentum that we will build on the Nintendo 3DS with the launch of the E-Shop, the launch of the 3-D trailers for Hollywood movies, and the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in mid-June, as well as the launch of Netflix later on in the summer,” Fils-Aime said. We noted the glaring lack of services like Netflix and an app/game store in our recent Nintendo 3DS review, so we look forward to those updates. In addition to solid 3DS sales, Nintendo sold more than 460,000 units of its previous-generation DS portable gaming consoles, and 290,000 Wii consoles during the month of March.
Nintendo has said that the new 3DS handheld game system has set a day-one sales record. Specifically, the company said day one sales were “the highest of any Nintendo hand-held system in our history.” They have not provided specific sales figures at this time, saying they reveal first-week sales figures for the system on April 14th. The 3DS seems to be avoiding the shortages which occurred with the Wii, and there are plenty of 3DS handhelds in stock at Toys R Us, Target, and other retailers.
The company said they “worked hard to get as much product as possible to retailers on day one to meet demand, and we will continue with these efforts moving forward.” So even if you didn’t have the foresight to pre-order a 3DS, you can probably just pick one up at your local store with no problem. The glasses-free 3D system has a lineup of 3D games available now as well, and a Toys R Us representative said that Super Street Fighter IV, Pilotwings Resort, and Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars were all selling well, especially with the retailer’s “buy one, get one half off” offer.
For more on the 3DS, be sure to check out our full review. Have you tried it out yet? What do you think?
[via Game Stop]
You would think that all these years of being told not to sit too close to the TV, not to read a book too close, not to play video games for extended periods for the sake of your vision, that optometrists, of all people, would be up in arms against young children fixated for long hours on the dizzying 3D graphics of the Nintendo 3DS. But nope, they are all for it. In fact, they think the use of the Nintendo 3DS for children under the age of 6 will help identify vision problems early on.
Despite manufacturer’s warnings that 3D screens should not be used by children 6 or younger for fear of harm to their immature vision, optometrists are saying the opposite. “The 3DS could be a godsend for identifying kids under 6 who need vision therapy,” said Michael Duenas, associate director for health sciences and policy for the American Optometric Association. Joe Ellis, president of the optometrists’ association even said, “This has presented my profession, optometry, a wonderful opportunity.”
However, ophthalmologists or eye surgeons—actual medical doctors—don’t quite agree. Nonetheless, the Nintendo 3DS is hitting U.S. shelves March 27 for $250 and will likely land in the hands of many youths including those younger than 6. Would you let your kids have at it or do you think optometrists are just celebrating the oncoming of more patients?
[via USA Today]
For as long as content has been displayed on a screen, parents have been telling kids not too sit to close. To blink. Or maybe not stare so hard. All of this in hopes that maybe, just maybe, their child’s vision wouldn’t get messed up before life eventually degraded them naturally. It looks like Nintendo is going to go ahead and step forward and say that, for kids that are six years or younger at least, using the Nintendo 3DS for extended periods of time with the 3D turned all the way on is dangerous for your kid’s eyes.
According to the company, kids under six just shouldn’t use the full 3D ability of the 3DS, because their eyes are still in the development stage. And thanks to the stereoscopic 3D that the machine uses, and the fact that a different image is thrown at the user’s eyes, it “has a potential impact on the growth of children’s eyes.” Of course, having the warning is one thing, and parents can only do so much, so Nintendo has added a parental lock on the device, which will turn off the 3D capability of the portable gaming unit when the time is right.
This type of warning for younger children, when 3D is involved, isn’t new. Sony has made the same kind of warnings in the past, saying that a child should be seen by an eye doctor first to determine whether or not they’re ready for the use of the technology. Of course, considering the device is for the family, and many families include smaller children, this seems like a pretty sizable hill for the company to climb.
Nintendo has confirmed that, while the new Nintendo 3DS will arrive in the US on March 27 and in Europe on March 25, 3D gamers will have to wait longer for the 3DS eShop. CEO Satoru Iwata told GamesIndustry that not only will the game store be delayed until May 2011, the 3DS will also not have a browser to begin with.
Neither was initially expected to be preloaded onto the 3DS, but Nintendo had previously expected to have the eShop and browser ready alongside the commercial release of the console. Now, the download store will be “drastically redesigned” versus the existing DSiWare store, which Iwata criticized as slow and inefficient at highlighting the best titles. “”It is critical in digital software distribution” Iwata suggested “that the software available there won’t be buried and go unnoticed.”