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Jun 7 2011

Nintendo’s Next Console Is Wii U

Adam Shear


Nintendo today held their annual E3 press conference and shocked everyone with the expected announcement of their next home console.  Nintendo’s approach is an interesting one, and they made it clear that their next system, known as Wii U, will deliver deeper gameplay experiences than anyone has ever experienced before; it will also have a much wider appeal towards all gamers.  So what makes Wii U so special?  What makes it different is the controller, which you probably know all about if you have been keeping up with the recent rumors and leaks behind Wii U, which was known by us as Project Cafe.  The controller has a gyroscope, accelerometer, speaker, microphone, front facing camera for video calling, and, oh yeah, it also has a giant 6.2 inch touch screen in the middle of it.  This touch screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio and Wii U will be capable of displaying games in glorious 1080p HD. The Wii U is also compatible with all existing Wii Remotes and Wii accessories.

So what can this controller do?  When you can’t play your favorite Wii U games on your nice HDTV, you can always just play them on the controller.  The Wii U was not designed to be a portable system so you can only play while around your house or from a short distance.  This can totally take the TV out of the equation entirely.  Another way to use it, is to use it with a game on the screen.  One demo showing The Legend of Zelda gameplay in HD, which looks spectacular, will allow you to access your items directly on the touch screen, if you want, or you can easily take the image on screen, and within a couple seconds view the whole game on the controller instead.  Another tech demo is like the Nintendo GameCube game, Pac-Man Vs., except with Mario characters.  Four people use Wii Remotes play as Toads to run around a map trying to chase Mario and catch him, while another person playing as Mario, with the Wii U controller, has a map on their own independent game screen to see where the other players are and keep away from them.  These are just some of the innovative things that Wii U is capable of.  I never thought I’d hear of the day where a TV is not necessarily required to use a console.  Another interesting thing is that no tech demo ever requires more than one Wii U controller.  These controllers are probably very expensive and I’m sure Nintendo is only planning on most people having only one controller per household, which is definitely a good thing.

Not too many first party games were announced, with a new Super Smash Bros. being the only one confirmed.  Third parties are definitely on board and excited to work on games for Wii U.  Some of the third party games coming include: Batman: Arkham City, Dirt, Assassin’s Creed, Metro: Last Light, Tekken, and two Ninja Gaiden titles, one being Ninja Gaiden 3, and the other being an original Ninja Gaiden title for Wii U.  Additionally the CEO of EA spoke out at the press conference and announced that EA is definitely supporting Wii U.  It’s only the beginning, and already, Wii U has an exciting lineup of third party software.  We will hear more about Wii U in the months to come as we look forward to its 2012 release.


Jun 7 2011

Sony Releasing Affordable PlayStation Branded 3D TV

Adam Shear

One thing that Sony is is pushing more than any other game company is 3D and playing 3D games on 3D televisions.  The biggest problem is that most people cannot afford 3D TVs but Sony announced at its E3 press conference that it thinks it has the solution.  That solution is a PlayStation branded 3D display.  This 24″ 3D display will show off full HD 3D using shutter glasses.  New technology in the TV makes sure players never have to split screens again.  In local multiplayer when putting on 3D glasses, you will only see your own personal screen while the person next to you sees their own independent gameplay screen.  With this TV, there’s no more screen looking or sharing.  Aside from one pair of shutter glasses, you will also receive in the box an HDMI cable and a copy of one of the biggest 3D games this Fall, Resistance 3, all at the fairly low price of $499.  Extra glasses which will be Sony’s new lightweight shutter glasses will be available for $69.99 each.  This is a good price for the bonuses but 24″ is fairly small.  You can easily get a 32″ Vizio theater 3D TV for the same price although I am very skeptical of this new theater 3D or cinema 3D technology.  I recently got to check out an LG Cinema 3D television and while the 3D visuals were very impressive, the resolution of the images I was seeing was just awful.  It could have been just the demo reel I was seeing but I would love a second chance at seeing it again for further inspection.  Unlike the new theater 3D technology, the shutter technology the Sony displays use do not impact resolution in any way but might lead to more headaches and flickering images.  You be the judge on whether you want to enter the realm of 3D console gaming with this TV or another.  The PlayStation branded 3D TV will release this Fall.


Jun 7 2011

PlayStation Vita Revealed, Powerful and Affordable

Adam Shear

At Sony’s E3 press Conference, Sony blew the lid on new details of their Next Generation Portable which is now officially named PlayStation Vita.  PSVita did not change in terms of features since we saw it last.  It still has a five inch OLED multitouch display, a rear touch panel, front and rear cameras, Sixaxis motion controls, and of course the dual analog sticks.  Vita’s powerful quad core processor has games running fairly close to the power of PlayStation 3.  PS Vita can do many interesting things revealed for the first time tonight like cloud saving and being able to pick up a saved game on a PS3 as well as competitive multiplayer between PS3 and PS Vita users.

So what games are coming to Vita?  Sony showed off Uncharted: Golden Abyss which looks spectacular, a new action RPG called Ruin which allows players to save game data in the cloud and pick up where they left off on a PS3, and an all new ModNation Racers game that allows you to draw new tracks with your fingertips as well as import all of the over two million ModNation Racers tracks from the PS3 version to the PS Vita version on day one.  LittleBigPlanet was also announced for PS Vita and will utilize all of the new capabilities of the new portable system including the touch screen, rear touch panel, and motion controls to help players create incredible levels. In terms of third parties, Ken Levine from Irrational Games, the creators of Bioshock and the upcoming Bioshock Infinite teased on the Sony stage that an original Bioshock title is in development for PlayStation Vita.  Additionally, Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono was on stage to show off the first gameplay of Street Fighter X Tekken on PlayStation Vita and it will even include Cole from inFamous as a playable character.

Now for the details we all want most, when and how much.  PlayStation Vita will be out worldwide by the end of 2011.  The Wi-Fi only version of PlayStation Vita will cost only $249 while the Wi-Fi + 3G version which will use AT&T’s 3G network will cost $299.  This is a much lower price than expected.  PlayStation Vita looks amazing and it clearly has a software lineup to prove it.


Jun 4 2011

Adam Shear’s E3 2011 Predictions Part 3: Nintendo

Adam Shear

Well it comes to the final part of my E3 predictions, Nintendo. In my opinion, Nintendo’s story for this year is definitely the most interesting with the recent launch of Nintendo 3DS and a drought of first party software on all of its systems. Not only that but Nintendo will be unveiling their next home console at their E3 press conference. It looks to be exciting and all of the current information out there makes it easy to predict what will happen. Nintendo has been more open this year than in the past but they still somehow have so much to still unveil. Remember, what you are about to read are my predictions and opinions so take it all in with a grain of salt.
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Jun 4 2011

Adam Shear’s E3 2011 Predictions Part 2: Sony

Adam Shear

Now for part two of my E3 predictions, Sony. Sony is easily the most open out of the big three. They were not at all afraid to reveal the majority of their 2011 lineup by the end of 2010. Even with all we know, there still are surprises. Not only is Sony’s press conference about PS3, it is also about NGP, Sony’s next portable system which they unveiled earlier this year. Just remember that these are all predictions and everything I am writing is just my opinion based on fact, not actual fact.
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Jun 4 2011

Adam Shear’s E3 2011 Predictions Part 1: Microsoft

Adam Shear

Well, it is that time of year again. The largest gaming expo in the world otherwise known as E3 is almost upon us and everyone is making bets as to what the hottest games of the show will be.  I will be sharing what I think Microsoft has in store for this year’s show. They certainly have kept quiet since the last E3 and have not revealed much of their 2011 lineup. Will Microsoft have something other than Gears of War 3 and Forza Motorsport 4 to keep hardcore gamers happy? Will Kinect have a software lineup worth drooling over? I think I’ve got this figured out.

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