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Nintendo Wii U Gamepad Might Work in Your Bathroom, Does More Than Developers Planned For

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Wii Console Drops to $130

Nintendo has just announced that they are shaving $20 off the cost of the Black Wii console, which will now cost $129.99. The console will be bundled with Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort, which will be on a single disk.

A price drop for the Wii had been expected as Nintendo gears up for the launch of the Wii U on November 18.  Nintendo is hoping that the Wii will have the sort of staying power of the PS2, which continued to sell well long past Sony’s introduction of the PS3.  How likely this is will depend upon whether Nintendo continues to support the Wii, as they have said they will.

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Game Developer Explains Why Rayman Legends Needed to Be a Wii U Exclusive

We all like it when experts say what we believe, which may be why I like the remarks of Rayman Legends level designer Chris McEntee in an interview in Nintendo Everything regarding why the game makes sense as a Wii U exclusive.

“Well, technically we could to it with SmartGlass [for Xbox 360] and with the Vita being linked to the PlayStation 3 … but we chose to really focus on Wii U specifically because it has a special toolset, and because everyone that buys it gets what they need to play the game.

“We don’t want to have the player dependent on other technology that they have to purchase to make sure they can play the full experience…. [W]e didn’t want to give somebody half of the experience just for the sake of getting it out on another console. “

This is why claims from Sony that a Vita/PS3 combo can mimic the Wii U don’t mean a lot. Designers have no guarantee that PS3 owners have a Vita, and will have no guarantee that 360 owners will be using Smartglass. If you’re making a game that makes use of a touchscreen controller, your best bet has to be the Wii U.

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Nintendo Offers Geeky Tech Details on the Wii U

The latest Iwata Asks gets together the folks who designed the internal workings of the Wii U and lets them talk about how multi-chip modules lower power consumption and the challenges of heat dispersion. A lot of it is over my head, but it’s still interesting to see how much goes into getting a console to work properly. Check it out if you’re geeky enough to want to.
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Destructoid Ponders Why Game Journalists Are Down on Nintendo

In Destructoid, someone called  NoctisDragonGamer has written an impassioned defense of Nintendo, complaining that game writers have different standards for Sony and Microsoft.

In fact, when Nintendo unveiled the Wii U and its tablet controller most of the gaming expressed their “professional scepticism,” many dismissing it as a “gimmicky”. However, when Microsoft unveils something like Smartglass, then there isn’t quite the same scepticism within the professional circles.

Quite true. There was far less skepticism towards SmartGlass (which I have serious doubts about) than about the Wii U gamepad. The failure of the PS Vita hasn’t lead the industry to insist that Sony needs to get out of the console business.  Most tellingly, game writers constantly portray the Wii as a failure even though the Wii was insanely successful.

Journalists like to create narratives. Sony is the giant whose recent mistakes have weakened it but who ultimately can’t be stopped. Microsoft is the smart, determined one who will do whatever it takes to win. And Nintendo is the fumbling old man who used to be cool but just doesn’t get it anymore.

I don’t have a problem with game writers criticizing Nintendo; I do it all the time. My issue is that they are so damn gentle with Sony and Microsoft, giving them the benefit of the doubt at almost every turn. I don’t ask anyone to take it easy on Nintendo; I would only ask that they ridicule the flaws of their competitors just as often.

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Seattle Times Offers Details on TVii and a Chat with Fils-Aime on Non-Gaming Wii U Features

The Seattle Times has two articles focused on the non-gaming aspects of the Wii U. One is a good article describing Nintendo TVii, Nintendo’s interface for controlling a multiplicity of television choices. According to the Times, TVii will be able to integrate with broadcast TV coming via antenna, something I had been wondering about. It doesn’t explain how that is done (does the Wii U contain a tuner? Do TVs have some sort of output that allows you to direct the signal to another device?).

The other article is an interview with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime with more discussion of TVii, as well as comments on Miiverse and questions on how Nintendo plans to make money off of these things. The guy doing the interview must not be a gamer; he keeps asking if Nintendo is shifting away from gaming and towards general entertainment (Reggie says Nintendo already thinks of itself as an entertainment company, but doesn’t see their main focus becoming video delivery).

Fils-Aime has a couple of interesting things to say. He claims Nintendo is a good choice for something like TVii precisely because they don’t have a stake in providing video content, making them disinclined to create the sort of closed system Apple created with iTunes.

He also says that  even though  tech people like me tend to focus on watch-on-demand options like Netflix or DVRs, Nintendo found that 95% of people still just watch what’s on when it’s on, which is why TVii includes a TV guide.

It’s actually refreshing to read an article on the Wii U that’s not about gaming; I’ve read so many interviews on the Wii U as a gaming machine that I can pretty much predict everything anyone at Nintendo will say on the subject.

Weird thing about the Seattle Times; they have two related articles about the Wii U on their website, and neither article contains a link to the other! What’s up with that?

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Nintendo Power Retrospective Part 2 – The Power Burns Bright, Then Shuts Down

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Nintendo Power to End After 24 years and 285 issues

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RUMOR: Wii U Launches Black Friday, Game Prices at 360/PS3 Level

GoNintendo has heard from a GameStop employee who says the store will begin taking pre-orders next week in anticipation of a launch on so-called Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that signals the beginning of U.S. holiday shopping.

The site also has an image of what appears to be a GameStop document listing upcoming Wii U games and prices. Some games have the placeholder price of $99, but others have what looks to be a real price, with Assassin’s Creed 3 and Zombi U selling for $59.99, Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition and Scribblenauts Unlimited going for $49.99 and lesser titles Ben 10 Omniverse and Family Party: 30 Great Games going respectively for $39.99 and $29.99.  Nintendo’s own titles are using the placeholder values, so we still don’t know how they will price their products, but it appears likely that Wii U game prices will be similar to those of the PS3/360, i.e. around $10 more than equivalent Wii games.

The list may not be final, or even real, but it t is missing some announced titles, including New Super Mario Bros. U, Project P-100, Game & Wario, and Darksiders II. I find it hard to believe Mario Bros won’t be a launch title, but anything is possible. It does list 26 games, including the vast majority of games previously announced for a 2012 release.

This looks pretty convincing, particularly since previous rumors have suggested a Black Friday release, but of course, people who purposely create false rumors do so by staying close to what people expect. Nothing is certain until Nintendo makes the announcement.

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