The gaming world is excited by the rumours that Nintendo is shortly to unveil a new gaming console; the system is currently being called codenamed NX. Not a great deal is known about the rumoured console, but it is sure that it will delight core gamers, but what we can deduce is that it could be just what everyone has been looking for in a Nintendo console, but time will tell.
The news that many fans have been waiting for seemingly for a long time has finally been announced, Nintendo is to bring its games to mobile devices after concluding a deal, which took the industry by surprise, after signing an alliance with Japanese mobile gaming firm DeNA.
With the next gen console war in full swing, Sony today put another feather in its cap by announcing that it had sold 5.3 million PlayStation 4 consoles since its launch in November. The data takes end user sales up to the 8th of February and is great news for the company as it plans to release the console in its strongest market, Japan on February 22nd.
Nintendo’s profits are falling in the face of competition from Smartphones and rival consoles. Nintendo has been around for longer than you think. It began in 1889 as a playing card company, so it would seem unthinkable that it risks of being swept away by more nimble competitors.The challenge for Nintendo is finding a way to compete against the rise of Smartphone gaming. The company has some great titles but why pay for a separate games console and pay £30 for a game when you can have fun with a title for under a £1 on the device you carry in your pocket every day? The Nintendo Wii can take a lot of credit for the boom in casual gaming but its innovative control system, however many think that there are now better systems by both Sony’s PlayStation Move and Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect. Many people think that is would be wise to follow the path taken by Sega more than a decade ago and get out of the console business entirely. This would allow it to focus on making its undeniably brilliant catalogue of games available on other platforms. We shall see how the coming year shapes up for Nintendo.
In an effort to boost sluggish sales of its 3DS console, Nintendo are cutting the price to £180 from the figure of around £230, in anticipation many retailers have already implemented the price reduction in an effort to increase their sales. In a statement made this morning, the video games giant said “Nintendo of Europe will be reducing the European trade price of Nintendo 3DS to retailers by around a third from 12th August 2011, as part of a global trade price reduction initiative. The ultimate price to consumers is, of course, determined by retailers, however we look forward to consumers benefiting from much lower retail prices very soon.”
Last week the new Nintendo DSi handheld gaming console was released in the UK. The new device has been revamped and Nintendo is hoping for the new console to maintain its handheld console dominance. The original Nintendo DS sold over 100 million devices worldwide and the new DSi is set to continue the trend. The DSi continues the same form factor of the original device, sporting the familiar folding style with two screens; the screens are slightly bigger: 3.25 inches compared to the 3 inches on the DS.The Nintendo DSi is also 12% thinner than the DS and has two integrated cameras; a rear mounted 3 megapixel camera and a front facing VGA camera mounted on the hinge. There is also an advanced audio player to listen to your favourite tracks.Nintendo has also stated that it will be extending their application shop, which will have programs specially made for the DSi for a small fee, and the DSi has an SD card slot to store them on.Although the DSi is an upgrad from the original DS there are some downsides; the charging cable has been changed, so owners of the DS and DS Lite cannot use their cables as spares. The front mounted VGA camera is only a woeful 0.3 megapixels and probably won’t be used that much and the device is now no longer compatible with GameBoy Advance games.The Nintendo DSi is available now in either white or black for £149.99 from all major retailers.
After the success of the Nintendo DS and DS Lite devices, having sold nearly 78 million worldwide, Nintendo has announced a new and improved device the DSi. The new Nintendo DSi looks similar to the previous models and now has two 3.25 inch screens instead of the 3 inch ones found on the DS and DS Lite.