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  • Nintendo Wii News

    by Published on April 15th, 2011 21:17
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    Physical retail sales in the US stumbled again in March, dropping 4 per cent despite the launch of a new handheld from Nintendo and huge Pokemon sales.
    The market took $1.53 billion in sales compared to $1.58 billion for the same period last year, with software down 16 per cent to $735.4 million.
    Hardware was up 12 per cent to $494.5 million and accessories climbed to $241.3 million, or 13 per cent.
    Because of the price differential, the 3DS generated greater revenues than did the DS in its launch month in November 2004
    Anita Frazier, NPD

    Nintendo revealed that the 3DS sold 400,000 in the month from its March 27 debut, outsold by the DS which moved 460,000 units. The Wii moved 290,000 units.
    Microsoft had the highest-selling home console with 433,000 units, marking 15 months of growth. PlayStation 3 sales were not available, although NPD confirmed that PS3 and PSP units were up over last March. Sony has this morning announced the PlayStation 3 has topped 50 million unitsworldwide.
    NPDs Anita Frazier said that sales of the 3DS "compared favourably" to the launch of the DS in 2004.
    "While the 3DS sold about 100,000 units less than the DS did in its launch month, we must consider that the DS launched in November and had holiday seasonality and a price differential of about $100.
    "Because of the price differential, the 3DS generated greater revenues than did the DS in its launch month in November 2004. In addition, the 3DS was launched in an environment where there are more devices that can support the portable gaming experience such as tablets and smartphones."
    Although physical channels are down 1 per cent for the first quarter, NPD predicts that digital content will help lift the overall market.
    "The trends we've measured with regard to growth in digital formats like full game and add-on downloads, microtransactions, mobile apps and social network gaming will likely result in net industry growth when we release our full measure of the first quarter consumer spend on games in June," said analyst Anita Frazier.

    In software, Pokemon Black and White dominated the top ten with 2.5 million units sold combined, but it was also a strong month for EA with Dragon Age II and Crysis 2, as well as THQ's Homefront.
    • 01 Pokemon White Version (DS)
    • 02 Pokemon Black Version (DS)
    • 03 Home front (360, PS3, PC)
    • 04 Dragon Age II (360, PC, PS3)
    • 05 Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3, PC, 360, Wii, DS)
    • 06 LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Wii, DS, 3DS, PC, PSP, 360, PS3)
    • 07 Crysis 2 (360, PC, PS3)
    • 08 NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, PS2, Wii, PSP, PC)
    • 09 MLB 11: The Show (PS3, PSP, PS2)
    • 10 Fight Night Champion (360, PS3)
    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/article...dheld-launches
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    by Published on April 15th, 2011 21:15
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    Various analysts have been discussing the possibility of a new Nintendo console being announced at E3 in June, with the consensus being that a reveal at the LA show is very likely.
    Speaking to Eurogamer, analysts Michael Pachter, Jesse Divinch and Billy Pidgeon all said that leaving the announcement of a successor to the Wii any later would be a mistake for the publisher - with Pachter even suggesting that the optimal window has already passed.
    "I think the right time for the console was in front of Kinect and Move, and think that Nintendo has forever lost one customer for each Kinect and Move unit sold," explained the Wedbush analyst.
    "That means they should have launched the Wii 2 in Fall 2009, and at the latest in Fall 2010, so a launch in 2011 is late.
    "With that said, it's never 'too' late, since they can retain the lion's share of the market by inducing current Wii owners to upgrade, and by capturing undecided consumers who have either not yet purchased a console or who have not yet bought Kinect or Move.
    Nintendo has forever lost one customer for each Kinect and Move unit sold.
    Michael Pachter, Wedbush.

    "It's highly likely that there is a Wii 2 reveal at E3," he concluded. "If they don't do it this year, then it might be too late next year."
    Eedar's Divinch was more guarded in his speculation, but agreed that E3 is a likely venue for an announcement.
    "Unfortunately I cannot speculate on what a Wii 2 will have. I literally have no information on it, so anything I speculate will surely be wrong.
    "But I can say this. Nintendo doesn't go with the flow, they never have, and gamers can expect Nintendo to continue to be original and offer up an experience that simply cannot be found or matched on other platforms.
    "But if you want to use some historical information. Nintendo announced the Revolution, later renamed the Wii, at their 2005 E3 press conference, a full year and half from its official release. So a Wii 2 announcement certainly wouldn't be a shocker if they plan for a 2012 holiday release."
    Billy Pidgeon, of research firm M2, pointed out that, as well as needing to come soon, the new platform will need to improve on some of the Wii's shortcomings if it's to compete.
    "Nintendo needs to launch first in the next generation, as Wii is somewhat saturated and the console's low resolution graphics lag in the current generation," he explained. "I expect the next Nintendo console in 2012 at the latest, so a 2011 E3 launch announcement is a strong possibility.
    "There will be some risk for Nintendo in the next generation - Wii has a huge installed base and Nintendo should work to keep that base active as long as possible.
    "Nintendo has successfully straddled handheld generations, but console succession is far trickier. 'Wii 2' will need to be backwards compatible, as Nintendo is likely to support Wii with software until the next console gains sufficient penetration."
    "The next Nintendo console is likely to have improved motion control and to include video camera tech, but I'd be disappointed if it didn't have some off-the-wall innovation that pushes the medium forward in an unforeseen direction.
    "With Wii and with handhelds, Nintendo doesn't compete with other vendors on hardware. In fact, Nintendo leads with hardware control and user interface.
    "However, Nintendo must step up and compete in the online console marketplace and multiplayer experience, where Microsoft and Sony are performing strongly. Connected devices' online experience should lead, rather than follow, the hardware's capabilities."
    Speculation over a new console being unveiled has been rife since the announcement of a price drop for the Wii and reports in Game Informer and on IGN that new technology is coming.
    Nintendo has yet to officially comment on the rumours.

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/article...tendo-platform
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    by Published on April 15th, 2011 21:00
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    'New controller has in-built sensor bar, features 6" touch-screen', report claims

    Nintendo’s successor to the Wii is built with a “custom IBM PowerPC with three cores”, an ATI-built GPU, and at least 512MB in memory, according to new unconfirmed reports.
    Nintendo has declined to comment on the validity of widespread hearsay regarding a successor to its home console.

    Information on Wii 2 from several independent sources has been fed to various news sites, it is believed.
    Now French technology publication 01.net has published more unconfirmed details on the device, including its rumoured internal codename, ‘Project Cafe'.
    The article adds that Project Cafe will have “similar architecture” to the Xbox 360 and could support GameCube and Wii games.

    A reading of the French article, from a NeoGaf forum post, suggests that Project Cafe will “support all Wii peripherals”
    The post added: “CPU is custom IBM PowerPC with three cores, GPU should be an ATI from the R700 family, with a shader unit at version 4.1. Ram should be at least 512 MB.
    In more far-reaching speculation, the article goes on to suggest Project Cafe will feature a touch tablet controller, with moderate graphic output, its own 6-inch single touch screen, a front camera.
    01.net says the controller itself will have an in-built sensor bar,, along with sundries such as d-pad, bumpers and triggers.
    INTENSIFYING SPECULATION

    The games news media has been awash with details on the new device, of which games site VG247 has collated.

    News outlet Game Informer last night suggested the new Wii console supports HD resolutions, citing multiple sources.

    Games blog Kotaku, claiming to have information from separate informants, said the new console appears to be comparable in hardware specs to both Xbox 360 and PS3.

    UK-based website CVG, citing industry sources, has claimed the device will feature a new controller.

    Entertainment site IGN said the new controller will feature touch-capabilities.

    http://www.develop-online.net/news/3...n-Project-Cafe
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    by Published on April 14th, 2011 22:19
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    A 2012 launch for Nintendo's next home console could already be too late, so says industry analyst Michael Pachter.
    Following reports today that Nintendo is planning to take the wraps off a successor to the Wii at E3 in June, ahead of a late 2012 launch, a number of industry experts have given Eurogamer their verdict on what we might expect from the system and the challenges that the platform holder will face.
    Wedbush Morgan's Michael Pachter kicked things off, insisting that Nintendo has left it too long to jump into the HD space.
    "I think the right time for the console was in front of Kinect and Move, and think that Nintendo has forever lost one customer for each Kinect and Move unit sold," he said.
    "That means they should have launched the Wii 2 in Fall 2009, and at the latest in Fall 2010, so a launch in 2011 is late.
    "With that said, it's never 'too' late, since they can retain the lion's share of the market by inducing current Wii owners to upgrade, and by capturing undecided consumers who have either not yet purchased a console or who have not yet bought Kinect or Move.
    "It's highly likely that there is a Wii 2 reveal at E3," he added. "If they don't do it this year, then it might be too late next year."
    M2 Research analyst Billy Pidgeon agreed that Nintendo needs to act fast.
    "Nintendo needs to launch first in the next generation, as Wii is somewhat saturated and the console's low resolution graphics lag in the current generation," he explained. "I expect the next Nintendo console in 2012 at the latest, so a 2011 E3 launch announcement is a strong possibility.
    "There will be some risk for Nintendo in the next generation - Wii has a huge installed base and Nintendo should work to keep that base active as long as possible.
    "Nintendo has successfully straddled handheld generations, but console succession is far trickier. 'Wii 2' will need to be backwards compatible, as Nintendo is likely to support Wii with software until the next console gains sufficient penetration."
    Pidgeon went on to speculate that the new console would pack in better motion control and possibly even a Kinect-esque tracking camera.
    "The next Nintendo console is likely to have improved motion control and to include video camera tech, but I'd be disappointed if it didn't have some off-the-wall innovation that pushes the medium forward in an unforeseen direction.
    He also argued that if it hoped to prosper against the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the machine would need to feature a hugely improved online set-up over the Wii's much maligned efforts.
    "With Wii and with handhelds, Nintendo doesn't compete with other vendors on hardware. In fact, Nintendo leads with hardware control and user interface.
    "However, Nintendo must step up and compete in the online console marketplace and multiplayer experience, where Microsoft and Sony are performing strongly. Connected devices' online experience should lead, rather than follow, the hardware's capabilities."
    EEDAR VP Jesse Divnich was more cautious with his predictions but agreed that a late 2012 launch was likely.
    "Unfortunately I cannot speculate on what a Wii 2 will have. I literally have no information on it, so anything I speculate will surely be wrong.
    "But I can say this. Nintendo doesn't go with the flow, they never have, and gamers can expect Nintendo to continue to be original and offer up an experience that simply cannot be found or matched on other platforms.
    "But if you want to use some historical information. Nintendo announced the Revolution, later renamed the Wii, at their 2005 E3 press conference, a full year and half from its official release. So a Wii 2 announcement certainly wouldn't be a shocker if they plan for a 2012 holiday release."
    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/20...aunch-too-late
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    by Published on April 14th, 2011 21:50
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    3. PS3 News,
    4. PS2 News,
    5. Nintendo DS News,
    6. Nintendo 3DS News,
    7. Nintendo Wii News,
    8. Xbox 360 News

    D3Publisher's Earth Defense Force franchise has earned itself another Japanese number one this week, although it does so with just 64,000 unit sales and amidst little competition.
    The PSP title is a version of PlayStation 2 game Chikyuu Boueigun 2, which was never released in North America and only in Europe as Global Defence Force. However, it is the best regarded of the series by fans and part of a push by D3Publisher to promote other new entries in the franchise.
    Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional on the Nintendo DS sold just 42,000 units at number two in the charts, with third-placed dating simulator Amagami selling just 24,000 units.
    The only other new entry in the top ten is manga and anime tie-in Kimi ni Todoke: Tsutaeru Kimochi, which sold 11,000 in its debut at number seven. Number 10 title Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity on PSP sold just 9,000 units to secure its place in the top 10.
    There is some positive news for the 3DS format though, with one of the three versions of nintendogs + cats returning to the top 10 at number eight. The system is unlikely to see a significant boost though until next week, when Pilotwings Resort is released.


    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/article...umber-one-spot ...
    by Published on April 14th, 2011 21:48
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    3. PS3 News,
    4. PS2 News,
    5. Nintendo DS News,
    6. Nintendo 3DS News,
    7. Nintendo Wii News,
    8. Xbox 360 News

    The PSP has again outsold the 3DS in Japan, with sales of Nintendo's new handheld dropping by 10,000 units to just 32,910.
    All formats have seen a drop though in what has been a very slow week for the market in Japan, with the best-selling software title recording just 64,000 unit sales.
    According to data obtained by Andriasang, sales of the PSP-3000 alone dropped by almost 22,000 in just the space of the week, to a total of 35,478. Combined sales with 356 units of the PSPgo stood at 35,834.
    The PlayStation 3 experienced a drop of 5000 units to 22,431, but remained easily the best-selling home format. Wii sales fell by around 1500 units, dropping to a four digit total of just 8825.
    The Nintendo DS family of consoles sold 16,935 units in total (DSi XL: 8386, DSi: 8035, DS Lite: 514) - a drop of just over 2000 units. The PlayStation 2 was down a few hundred to 1395, but the Xbox 360 was up slightly to 1906.

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/article...again-in-japan
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    by Published on April 14th, 2011 21:43
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    Following speculative comments from analystsreported earlier today, Game Informer has stepped up citing 'multiple sources' that claim Nintendo will indeed announce a new console this summer.

    According to these anonymous sources, Nintendo is preparing to make the announcement at E3 in June 'if not sooner'. They also claim it will be a HD console comparable in power to Xbox 360 and PS3, although GI notes that it's unclear if it'll surpass or fall short of those consoles in terms of processing power.




    According to the report, the system is headed for a late 2012 release, but Nintendo is already showing the console to third-party firms in an extra effort to drum up interest and offer plenty of time for development of launch games.

    "Nintendo is doing this one right," GI quotes one source as saying, in regards to its support of third party firms on the new machine after being criticised for its lacking support of third parties with Wii and DS.

    "[It's] not a gimmick like the Wii," they also added, although they shared no further information on any other features - whether it will be backwards compatible with Wii games, how it will support online and, crucially, how its controller will work.

    Elsewhere, Kotaku says it's "heard" the new Nintendo console will be more powerful than the current-gen systems.

    Nintendo has issued 'no comment' statements in regards to the rumours, although it apparently signed off an email to GI with "Stay tuned".

    http://www.computerandvideogames.com...VG-General-RSS ...
    by Published on April 13th, 2011 22:43
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    AnyTitle Deleter MOD v7.1 released by Red Squirrel.

    AnyTitle Deleter MOD is an unofficial mod by Red Squirrel of tona's AnyTitle Deleter, which allows you to completely delete (almost) any title on your Wii. This is useful as a space-freeing application, an informative application, and a paranoia tool.
    It keeps all original tona's AnyTitle Deleter functions but it allows the program to show the real names of titles instead of just ID numbers, making it easier to select which ones you actually want to delete.
    From MOD v3 it has also many new features, as a installed titles backupper, IOS chooser, display modes or the possibility to exit rebooting the Wii.


    MOD v7.1:
    • After several requests, I reintroduced the function to get titles names from database.txt for all categories.
    Now the program first tries to obtain title's name from internal NAND and on failure reads it from database.txt.
    http://wiibrew.org/wiki/AnyTitle_Deleter_MOD ...
    by Published on April 13th, 2011 21:56
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    Nintendo could be set to cut the price of the Wii home console this May, according to a new report.
    Engadget suggests May 15 will see the console drop to $150 in the US, although it points out the move would be only weeks before the annual E3 games show, where big price announcements are usually made.
    If true, a price drop would fuel speculation of a successor to the Wii, which has been on the market since 2006 and boasts lifetime sales of more than 85 million units.
    The console currently retails for $199 in North America.
    Update: Go Nintendo has posted what it claims is an internal price sheet from retailer Kmart, also suggesting a reduced price for the system of $149.99.

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/article...ut-set-for-may
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    by Published on April 11th, 2011 22:16
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    3. Nintendo Gamecube News

    The Dolphin Team have released a new version
    of the Gamecube and Wii Emulator for Windows, heres whats new

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    Fix sysconf generation. Fixes issue 4348.
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