Right now Nintendo is sticking to its plan of cutting the Wii U’s price and hoping that big-time games such as Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8 will propel sales of the console in 2014. But what happens if the plan falls through and sales of the Wii U are still awful in six months’ time? As The Associated Press notes, continued poor Wii U sales could force Nintendo to do what had once been unthinkable to the company: Make its popular gaming franchises available on other companies’ hardware. This doesn’t mean that we’ll be seeing Super Mario World on the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 anytime soon, mind you, but Nintendo could make a bigger push in the
In a recent interview, Nintendo of America's president Reggie Fils-Aime revealed that the venerable gaming company has been tinkering with making games on iOS. Unfortunately, it isn't on full "Mario" or "Zelda" games, but rather smaller tie-in games. "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," said Fils-Aime in a television interview. "We are 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. It’s largely going to be much more marketing activity-oriented." So what does that mean for you? Ports of existing Nintendo games or proper sequels are off the table, but two other kinds of games may be coming to your iPhone or iPad soon. First, companion apps that work with Nintendo games. Maybe you go digging for treasure that you can add to a new "Legend of Zelda for Wii U." Or perhaps a "Super Mario Bros." minigame unlocks suits you can use in a new "Super Mario" game for the Nintendo 3DS handheld. The second possibility is small, branded experiences that stand on their own, promoting Nintendo's characters in the hopes it leads to system or game sales. You could be playing just mini game, such as a simple Smash Bros.-themed endless runner or a Metroid-based tower defense game. MORE: Nintendo 2DS Hands-on: Comfier Than it Looks It is no surprise that Nintendo is not yet ready to start putting entire games on mobile phones. The company has a thriving business selling titles from its older hardware in a Virtual Console app that plays on Nintendo's current platforms, so those would not make the jump to iOS. And the company's own portable business with the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo 2DS is still going strong. Responding to data firm NPD Group's latest gaming sales numbers, the company said that "sales of Nintendo hardware systems in November increased by 100 percent over the month prior." That includes nearly 770,000 units of the Nintendo 3DS family, the company said pushing lifetime total sales past 10 million. The company also stated that several games had triple-digit growth over October, including legacy titles that are years old. The company's Japanese management has made its views clear in the past. Speaking to gaming site CVG, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said that Nintendo's game experiences require Nintendo hardware. "I'm really responsible for the long-term future of Nintendo as well, so I would never think about providing our precious resources for other platforms at all," he said. "And because we have hardware and software developers in the same building, they stimulate each other. Those kinds of conditions have enabled us to create something that no other companies can create." Iwata has also criticized mobile games in the past, particularly during his keynote for the 2011 Game Developer's Conference. "The objective of smartphones and social networks, and the reason they were created, are not at all like ours," said Iwata. "These platforms have no motivation to maintain the high value of videogame software. For them, content is something created by someone else. Their goal is just to gather as much software as possible, because quantity is what makes the money flow. The value of videogame software does not matter to them." Perhaps Fils-Aime's revelation that Nintendo is working on iOS content shows a subtle shift in the company's mobile stance. Either way, when Nintendo does start publishing games for Apple's devices, don't be surprised if they are small experiences that lack the scope or depth of past games from the company's lead franchises. Follow Kevin Ohannessian at @khohannessian and on Google+ . Follow us @tomsguide , on Facebook and on Google+ . Top Holiday Gift Ideas 2013 10 Classic Gaming Consoles You Should (and Can) Still Play What Can Save the Wii U? Copyright 2013 Toms Guides , a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The Wii U had an undeniably disastrous 2013 in terms of sales but Nintendo thinks it has two aces up its sleeve for next year. Nintendo on Wednesday released two new videos showing off the two most important exclusive games that it will release next year — Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8. Both games are loaded with beloved characters from Nintendo’s Mario Bros. games and both are based on franchises that have made Nintendo a lot of money in the past. The Mario Kart 8 trailer shows off some truly stunning graphics and level designs that make it look like it could be the very best Mario racing game yet. And the big news from the new Super
Who needs a cable box anymore? Microsoft has announced that the Verizon FiOS app was released for the Xbox One. The app allows members of Xbox Live Gold ($60 per year) who subscribe to FiOS to stream live cable television on the system, with 74 channels being offered. The app had already been available on Microsoft's previous-generation console, the Xbox 360. Pay TV service Time Warner Cable was not to be outdone: Microsoft announced that the TWC app on Xbox 360 has been updated to include video-on-demand, with more than 5,000 on-demand choices available in addition to the 300 live channels TWC offers. Where does this leave the state of pay TV on Microsoft's consoles? As the new kid on the block, the Xbox One doesn't offer many television apps. FiOS is the first app from a pay-TV provider on the console, though there are apps from specific channels — the CW, ESPN, Fox, FX and Univision — as well as Amazon Instant, Crackle, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Target Ticket and Xbox Video for streaming television shows. MORE: Xbox One Review The venerable Xbox 360 has more TV selections available, with Xfinity (Comcast), Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS apps. Specific channels include apps for A&E, Animal Planet, the CW, Disney, ESPN, Fox, Fox News, FX, HBO Go, History, MTV, National Geographic, NBC News, Nickelodeon, PBS, Starz, Syfy, Telemundo and Univision. And you can watch TV series via the same general streaming apps offered for Xbox One: Amazon Instant, Crackle, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Target Ticket and Xbox Video. With the Xbox One's capabilities to connect a pay-TV receiver directly to the console via HDMI, what would be the use of television apps? Beyond additional on-demand options that your pay-TV box may offer, having separate apps allows multitasking on Xbox One that wouldn't be possible otherwise. You could watch live TV via the cable box and have a smaller screen "snapped" to the side streaming another show. Or vice versa. Whichever way you choose to watch, it is clear that Microsoft is getting serious about entertainment options on its consoles. Follow Kevin Ohannessian at @khohannessian and on Google+ . Follow us @tomsguide , on Facebook and on Google+ . PS4 vs. Xbox One: Which Console Wins? Xbox One Launch Titles: The Full List How to Use Xbox One Snap Copyright 2013 Toms Guides , a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Over the past few months, we’ve spent a great deal of time discussing the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Both consoles offer a unique take on the next generation of gaming: the PlayStation 4 is a streamlined, lightning fast device that lacks some very basic media functionality, while the Xbox One is a mostly successful all-in-one media center replacement that still needs some polishing to capitalize on its potential. Although BGR settled on the PlayStation 4 as the better of the two consoles so far, both boxes would be little more than paperweights without a decent game lineup. Unfortunately, console launches aren’t historically paired with great games. Developers haven’t had much time to learn the ins and outs of the
Retailing for £6,000 ($9,800) from London's boutique department store Harrods is a 24-carat gold plated Xbox One. The piece was supplied by Crystal Rocked, a customization company also based in the UK capital that specializes in applying crystal and gold layers to headphones, smartphones, and tablets -- even concert pianos. Reddit user SirSyhn posted the image after spotting Microsoft's gold-encrusted console on a trip around the London store -- one founded by a 19th century grocer and now owned by Qatar's investment arm. Does it include a complimentary subscription to Microsoft's $50-a-year online access scheme, Xbox Live Gold?
It’s been weeks since the release of both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One and I admit that I’m still torn over which one to buy. And given that sales of both consoles have been in a virtual dead heat so far, I’d wager that a lot of gamers are feeling conflicted as well. It wasn’t always this difficult for me. Back when Microsoft was committing its inexplicably boneheaded PR blunders by restricting used game sales and requiring once-a-day Internet connectivity to play games, I thought for certain that I would be getting a PS4. Now that Microsoft has done an admirable job of listening to its customers and has scrapped most of its controversial policies, the Xbox One
The early battles of the 2013 console wars have been largely a draw so far, with early sales figures suggesting that the PlayStation 4 has a very slight edge over the Xbox One. However, sales may not be the only area where Sony’s new console is just barely beating Microsoft — it looks as though the PS4 has persistently generated more online buzz among gamers this year as well. Google this week has released its report on the most searched-for words and terms of 2013 and found that the PlayStation 4 beat out the Xbox One on its consumer electronics searches chart. In fact, the PlayStation 4 even made the top 10 overall searches of the year, which was something
Microsoft first unveiled its indie development program for Xbox One in August, and the company now says the first games will arrive in the next few months. Speaking to Edge, ID@Xbox director Chris Charla says Microsoft has 32 studios working on titles for the company's Xbox One console, with games arriving early next year. "Some developers started developing for Xbox One, others already had games in development and are working on Xbox One versions. I would say they’re at all stages of development, honestly." While some ID@Xbox developers are still waiting for access to the development tools, Microsoft is planning to expand the program up the platform with a focus on attracting game players that can create their own games using Project Spark.
It’s hard for some gamers to admit this, but the best possible conclusion to the overhyped console war of 2013 would be three systems that all sell exceptionally well. After an extended console generation, hardware sales had become relatively stagnant, and the initial response to the Wii U was frighteningly underwhelming. Thankfully, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One came along to pick up the slack, and the Wii U has started to see a slight rebound in the process. Now that the dust from the console launches has settled, the biggest holiday for video game hardware in years is right around the corner, but one writer thinks that no matter the outcome, everybody wins. Forbes contributor Paul Tassi wrote a
In the relatively brief history of video game consoles, we have seen many more failures than successes. Consoles have failed for various reasons, from poor game selection to being overpriced. However, some fail because they were simply not very good. The most recent console generation has brought us a couple of solid options in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but the Wii U’s struggles have also given us a reason to reflect — it’s not a bad console at all, but sales have been very slow thus far. So with that, let’s take a look at the 10 worst gaming consoles of all time. Sega 32X, 1994 The 32X was a bad idea from the start. Released in 1994, it was meant as a
The one who hears, through a friend of a friend of a friend, that you're into books, or movies, and instead of accounting for popularity or your particular taste, gleefully hands you a Dean Koontz novel or a DVD of “Ishtar.” "Why, yes! This is exactly what I wanted," you exclaim – dreading the line at the returns counter and masking your distaste with a stretched smile that would make a used car salesman shift uncomfortably in his seat.
This year in gaming 2013 was a good year to be a gamer. Some of the year's titles, like "BioShock Infinite" and "Proteus," pushed the boundaries of video game design. Others, like "The Last of Us" and "Grand Theft Auto V," took time-honored game conventions and perfected them. And some, like "Tomb Raider" and "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag," were just tons of fun to play. Here are the top 10 games of the year. 'The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds' Hyrule needs another hero to save it and its dark counterpart, Lorule, in the latest "Legend of Zelda" game by Nintendo. The influence of earlier title "A Link to the Past" is evident, but "A Link Between Worlds" stands apart for its brilliant puzzles and a new mechanic that lets players "merge" with walls to become a two-dimensional painting. MORE: 'Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds' Review 'Outlast' This terrifying indie game from Red Barrels Studios puts players in the role of journalist Miles Upshur, whose investigation of Mount Massive Asylum turns up much more than he bargained for. Armed only with a video camera and its flickering flash, Miles must sometimes sneak, sometimes hide and sometimes run for his life as he makes his way through the asylum, gathering notes on the building's chilling history and searching for a way out of its mazelike halls. MORE: 'Outlast' for PC Review 'Super Mario 3D World' Among the Wii U's generally weak selection, "Super Mario 3D World" is one of the best multiplayer experiences of the year. Up to four people can play, as Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad, in a three-dimensional world full of mind-bending puzzles and enemies both old and new. Players can cooperate and, inevitably, backstab each other for the highest scores. MORE: 'Super Mario 3D World' Review: A Challenge at Every Angle 'Proteus' This indie game is wildly different from any other game that came out this year. In each playthrough, the environment is procedurally generated, making it different each time. And depending on where you stand in relation to the ocean, trees, rocks and flowers in your surroundings, different melodies play, combining and recombining to form a constantly changing song as you explore. MORE: 10 Fun, Cheap Steam Games for a Rainy Day With no "win" state and no end besides shutting the game down, you might argue "Proteus" isn't a game at all. But for its experimental, well-executed weirdness, it ranks as one of the most important video game experiences of 2013. 'Grand Theft Auto V' The "Grand Theft Auto" games set the bar in terms of sprawling, dynamic game worlds, and with "Grand Theft Auto V" the series has reached an all-time high. The game balances open-ended exploration and a thrilling crime story by switching among three different characters whose personalities range from "morally gray" to "murdering sociopath." With hours and hours of gameplay and a world that feels real, the game is both a landmark achievement in video games and just plain fun to play. MORE: PS4 vs Xbox One: Which Console Wins? 'Injustice: Gods Among Us' For fighting-game enthusiasts, 2013's best title was "Injustice: Gods Among Us," a beat-'em-up featuring iconic superheroes like Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Nightwing and the rest of DC Comics' ensemble. From the makers of the "Mortal Kombat" series, "Injustice" features complicated move sets and diverse fighting styles that are difficult to master but allow for extremely robust and strategic gameplay. And for comic book fans, the game's story mode takes an interesting new look at what would happen if the Justice League weren't actually the group of heroes they believed themselves to be. MORE: PlayStation 4 Review 'Tomb Raider' The 2013 "Tomb Raider" reboots the almost 20-year-old franchise with a new origin story for iconic hero Lara Croft. When her ship runs aground on a mysterious island, Lara, a young archaeology student, must free herself and her fellow explorers from the bloodthirsty cultists also trapped on the island. For its strong story, fun exploration and beautiful graphics, and with a compelling new Lara Croft as the lynchpin that ties it all together, "Tomb Raider" is a must-have for any gamer this year. MORE: Xbox One Review 'BioShock Infinite' The follow-up to the landmark 2007 game, "BioShock Infinite" took it's predecessor's penchant for frenetic first-person shooter gameplay and themes of power and choice, and cranked them up to 11. You play as Booker DeWitt, a hired gun sent to the floating sky-city of Columbia to "deliver the girl [and] wipe away the debt." With brilliant performances by lead voice actors Troy Baker and Courtnee Draper, and a conclusion that still has gamers talking, "BioShock Infinite" will definitely have gamers talking for years to come. MORE: Review: BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea: Episode 1' 'Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag' Players take to the high seas in the next of the "Assassin's Creed" series, which follows sea captain Edward Kenway, whose simple life of pirating around the 18th century Caribbean is interrupted by a new Assassin plot. But cloak and dagger intrigue aside, "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag" is just plain fun, with a huge, explorable world, exciting ship-to-ship combat, and plenty of swashbuckling adventures. If you've ever wanted to be a pirate, this is the game for you. MORE: Top Holiday Gift Ideas 2013 'The Last of Us' A fungal infection has turned most of humanity into mindless monsters in "The Last of Us," a PlayStation 3 exclusive from Naughty Dog. You'll play as a middle-aged man named Joel tasked with escorting Ellie, a plucky young girl who may hold the secret to a cure, across the ruins of the United States. Gritty combat and stealth, breathtaking visuals, and haunting performances by Troy Baker (also of "Bioshock Infinite") as Joel and by Ashley Johnson as Ellie make "The Last of Us" a game that will stay with you long after 2013 ends. Email email@example.com or follow her @JillScharr and Google+ . Follow us @TomsGuide , on Facebook and on Google+ . Top 10 Coolest Nintendo 3DS Games 20 Great Games for Android 10 Best Mobile Games for Hardcore Gamers Copyright 2013 Toms Guides , a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Despite both Sony and Microsoft reporting similar new consoles sales numbers so far, AllThingsD says citing a new NPD Group report that the PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One in the U.S. in November – or at least it sort of did. The PS4 registered “the highest first month sales of a hardware platform on record,” according to the report, although the console was available in stores for a week longer than the Xbox One. Citing the same report, Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb tweeted that the “Xbox One was the fastest selling console in North America [in November] averaging 101,000 units sold per day,” sportively adding that “both next generation platforms are off to a great start” in a following tweet.
Lynne Gauthier is a neuroscientist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and she contributed this article to LiveScience's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. There's a new video game out this year that can make a big difference in the lives of stroke patients. It's a therapeutic at-home gaming program, targeted for the 80 percent of stroke survivors who experience motor weakness. Constraint-induced movement therapy (CI therapy) is an intense treatment recommended for stroke survivors.