Nintendo games on iOS?

Nintendo Is “Experimenting” With Bringing Games To IOS

Nintendo_on_iphoneNintendo has been finding themselves between a rock and a hard place in recent years when it comes to handheld gaming versus mobile gaming, as is Sony with their PS Vita.

While the DS, 2DS and 3DS are great devices and are enjoying great sales, it could always be better. Smartphones and tablets have been taking potential profits away from their portable consoles little by little over the past few years.

The belief by many is simple, who wants to carry an additional device dedicated to gaming when our phones have everything we need already? Well I guess it really depends on the type of consumer/gamer you are and where you are going. If it’s a quick commute, maybe a quick round of Angry Birds, Candy Crush or my favorite Nimble Quest is enough but most gamers do not consider these types of games as true deep playing games along the lines of, lets say a Zelda or Mario Kart for 3DS on the go are.

To remedy (somewhat) this problem, Nintendo is looking at various experimental ways they can add their brand on mobile devices but, and here is the tricky part..not take sales away from their own devices. A catch 22.

In a recent interview, Reginald “Reggie” Fils-Aime, president/chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, suggested a shift in Nintendo’s current strategy. Fils-Aime explained that while the ultimate goal will be to draw gamers to Nintendo hardware, the company is aware of the need for expansion. “We recognize that there are a lot of smartphones and tablets out there, and so what we’re doing is we’re being very smart in how we use these devices as marketing tools for our content.” He went on to say, “We’re also doing a lot of experimentation of what I would call the little experiences you can have on your smartphone and tablet that will drive you back to your Nintendo hardware.”

Fils-Aime was also quick to point out “We believe our games are best played and best enjoyed on our devices,” so it’s unlikely that Donkey Kong 3D and Mario Kart 8 will be available in full mode on a future iOS.

Many consumers and analysts are suggesting that Nintendo get out all together from the console market and focus on the great games they make just as Sega has done. But as a writer for Cult of Mac suggests and I tend to agree:

“Many people will wonder why Nintendo doesn’t just give-up, and just start releasing games for iOS, but that’s too cynical. Nintendo is, in many ways, Japan’s Apple, tightly integrating hardware and software to create a magical experience. Telling them to just give up on hardware is like telling Apple to start licensing iOS to competitors and stop making iPhones. But Nintendo does need to be smarter about what a gaming console even looks like in a world saturated with smartphones, and it looks like they have finally started.”

Wii Mini price is $99.99 – full details and new images

Available exclusively in Canada during the holiday season

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Nintendo has officially confirmed plans to launch Wii Mini.

Launching for $99 on December 7, the platform holder says the compact console will be available exclusively in Canada during the holiday season. 

“No information is available about its potential availability in other territories in the future,” Nintendo said in a press release.

The flat resting Wii Mini features a manual release top-loading disc tray. The console will come in matte black with a red border and be packaged with the Wii sensor bar and a red MotionPlus controller and Nunchuk.

The system has no internet connectivity options or GameCube support, but is compatible with more than 1,400 disc-based Wii games and supports “most Wii accessories”.

“There are games in the Wii library for every type of player,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice president and general manager. “Wii Mini is a great gift for the holidays that brings everyone in the family together to play. Wii Mini has a mini price.”


Nintendo Wii mini
Nintendo Wii mini
Nintendo Wii mini


source: CVG 

‘Wii Mini’ reportedly set for release on December 7

Wii Mini

Nintendo may be planning to release a redesigned Wii console as soon as next month.

Nintendo World Report claims to have received access to an internal release schedule from a major retailer stating that Wii Mini is set to launch on Friday December 7, 2012.


The compact console will reportedly be bundled with a Wii sensor bar, Nunchuk and Wii Remote Plus.

A Nintendo UK representative told us this morning that the company doesn’t comment on rumour and speculation.

Nintendo released a streamlined Wii console last November. Unlike the original, the newer system isn’t compatible with GameCube software or accessories. It also sits horizontally rather than vertically.


Source: CVG

Yes, the Wii’s Going Away But It Did Pretty Good Things For Mickey Mouse and Warren Spector

Epic Mickey

Epic Mickey was supposed to be one of the games that pumped new life into the Wii.

The 2010 creation carried big expectations with it, namely that the Wii exclusive would be the third-party creation that showed how outside parties could make games as compelling as releases from Nintendo’s internal studios.

Things didn’t work out that way, of course. As the Wii rides off into the sunset, third-party publishers and their marquee titles have largely abandoned the console. “We’ll probably be the last significant Wii title, certainly the last significant third-party Wii title,” says game design icon Warren Spector about Epic Mickey: The Power of Two. “And a whole new generation of consoles is about to come out. We’re hitting just at the beginning of that wave. It’s a very different world. What are we [as a medium] going to be doing in two years?”

Transition does indeed loom, both for Nintendo and the s his latest game featuring Disney’s iconic mascot prepares to come out, I asked Spector to look back at Epic Mickey’s debut on the Wii. “I thought then and I think now that it was the perfect platform for that game at that time. We wanted to get Mickey to gaming for everyone. That’s what Disney does; they make entertainment for everyone,” he explained. “And so, at that time, in 2010, if you were looking for kids and adults, boys and girls, men and women, the only place to go was the Wii.”

if you’re not doing things that are meaningful to you, all you’re doing is making a living. I have no interest in that.

“It’s not like Microsoft and Sony had much penetration beyond core gamers at that point because of their price points, and because of the kinds of games that the traditional game publishers were coming out. So I thought it was perfect then. And it did its job. We know pretty clearly from all of the fan mail we’ve been getting and from the research that Disney’s done, that we really did move the needle on Mickey.”

Epic MickeySpector says that people think about Mickey Mouse differently now than they did before the game came out. “And people know about Oswald now,” he continues. “There’s an openness to, ‘Hey, you know maybe this Disney stuff is OK for adults?’ Like it always has been in other media. We’ll find out if that audience is still there waiting for another interesting big high-profile [Epic Mickey Wii] title or not. If they are, we win. If they’re not, well, we win because we’re on the other platforms too.”

Yet, the business of making video games at Disney has shifted around Spector. The mega-conglomerate has shuttered almost every division that was making console games and has chosen to its internal development focus on the mobile/casual space. When I asked Spector what he felt about these developments, he answered frankly. “Well it’s as stressful as the game business has always been,” he began. “The thing that you have to remember… I’ve heard this kind of thing for years. When we started up Junction Point, we started out like two of us, and then there were six of us, and then there were 11 of us.”

I thought then and I think now that it was the perfect platform for that game at that time. We wanted to get Mickey to gaming for everyone.

“And you try to build a studio from nothing and I would sit across the table from someone and I’d be interviewing them, and they’d say, ‘You know, this all sounds really good, but I need more stability.’ And then I would say, “Then get out of the game business.” Because this is not a business that has never been anything but chaos. And it’s just a different kind of chaos now.”

“If you’re making the kind of games we’re making at Junction Point,” Spector said, “in your entire career you are going to make a certain number of games. They all have a chance of being great. Your life is going to be defined by X number of things. It’s not like you’re working on an assembly line and you’re going to make 50,000 car doors.

My dad was a dentist. He filled 20 teeth a day. His life was defined by different things. If you’re a novelist, or a filmmaker, or a game developer now, your life is going to be defined by a very small number of things. And if you’re not doing things that are meaningful to you, all you’re doing is making a living. I have no interest in that.”

What he is interested in doing is thinking about the future. “Tablet gaming is the most interesting thing to me right now,” he divulges. “And multiples of those talking to each other and talking to consoles and talking to phones and stuff, there’s some really interesting things we can do. That’s kind of the direction Disney wants to go in anyway, which is kind of cool. I was reading this morning, there’s 70 million PS3s in the world. There are 100 million Wiis, I guess. And there are what? A billion iPhone/smartphone devices or something like that? That just spells opportunity for the rest of us. If we have the will, and we have the courage, and we don’t say, ‘Oh, no, it doesn’t have sticks and buttons.'”

Wii U GamepadTablets and the allure of the touchscreen clearly have influenced Nintendo’s design of the Wii U and that makes the new console particularly intriguing for Spector. “You immediately start thinking about all the new kinds of games we could make that we couldn’t make before. I mean, any kind of double-blind game—where one person is supposed to have information that other can’t see—you can now do that far more readily than before.”

“There are a lot of people who are going to take the easy way out and they’re going to move their UI down to the second screen, which I think is a complete mistake,” Spector offers. “‘Let’s unclutter the bigscreen.’ [sarcastically] You actually need that information on the screen, because it’s where the action is happening. But, at some point people are going to start figuring out that you can actually do completely different kinds of things. Nintendo is doing it in a very proprietary way and the way that Nintendo always does. But they’re first with a new idea, again, as always.


Source: Kotaku

Games people throw out.

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This article is about something that happened to me during the course of 2 weekends back to back just a few weeks ago. I went out to the hallway to throw out the garbage in the building I am living in and I noticed a white box beside the recycle can. I picked it up saw it was a Nintendo Wii box. It felt heavy and as I thought, nah..I opened the box and immediately saw the blue 1 and 2 boxes which hold the Wii and it’s contents. I thought, could it be that someone on my floor threw a Wii out? It probably didn’t work but still I had to verify this, so I looked around the hall to make sure no one was looking, It was around 12:30 am but still, I did not want to look like a garbage picker or worse..what my sister calls me…a (hoarder)..which is NOT true by the way. I do not own over 60 pairs of shoes 🙂

Inside the apartment I opened the box on the sofa and pulled it all out and to my surprise a Wii in plastic with cables, booklets and a senor bar BUT, no controller. I plugged it in and it started but with no controllers. I played with the eject button and a game slid out, it was Wii sports. The Wii screen came up and it seemed to be working so far, I put the Wii sports CD into the console and heard a low clicking sound as it tried to read the CD an error came up..A-Ha! It doesn’t read the CD, this is the reason for throwing it out, but I know if I got a controller I could still use the online features and watch Netflix right?

I went online to see the procedure to opening the Wii up and will post an article as soon as I get it open and let you know If I ever get it to work. Now I know what your thinking, just buy a Wii man! Its only $129 here in the States but you see, I already own a Nintendo Wii, it’s back home in Puerto Rico. I just want to see if I can get this to work without paying for repairs. I really would like to give it to my sister as a functional Wii..from her hoarder brother.The following weekend I decided to again throw out the garbage late again and this time, low and behold a PlayStation 3 box. I took it in again, looking all around to see if it was a trap. As you can see in the picture above it was a PS3 slim box but the console inside the box was in fact a PlayStation 3 Fat version.

Now had this been an old 40GB console with the front SD card slots, I would have screamed in joy, even though it probably would need repair which I would gladly pay. Just so you know, that’s the version that was backward compatible with PS2 games. Not the emulated version that came out with the Metal Gear combo but the real deal first generation PS3. This version had again all the cables, but no controllers. It started up beautifully and seemed fine. I brought it to default settings, again everything was fine and I connected by own PS3 controller which I did have. I own a slim by the way and my old fat one will not stay on for more than 5 min. Anyway….again, I slid in a game and although no error message appeared and no clicking sound was heard, it failed to load and no visible CD icon showed up on screen either.

I assume the neighbors who got rid of both systems are the same and they bought new consoles. Although these systems do not play CD’s, they are not quite un-usable since games,movies and TV shows can be downloaded from both Playstation Network and Nintendo’s own online store. Demos and music can be enjoyed also and movies on Netflix and Hulu Plus can all be watched on them without a hitch. Isn’t it amazing all the wonderful things we can do without ever putting a CD into our consoles nowadays? So you see the saying still goes..One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure. As for my sibling who likes to label me a hoarder..those systems are for you with love sis 🙂