"Nintendo 2DS system gives you all the features of the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, minus 3D viewing."
I’m looking at this webpage.. and all I can do is think.. WTF are you thinking Nintendo? Go home! you’re drunk!
Nintendo has officially announced that the price of the Wii will drop to $199.99, effective on Sunday. The long-rumored $50 price cut comes in the wake of recent price drops for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
I was talking with one of my gaming friends over the weekend and somebody set up us the bomb on this one. According to this rumor, Sony is working on a new marketing strategy and system.
In order to get the PS3 more market saturation and order to compete in the casual gaming [PogoWolf: Nintendo, Natal, and that whole motion controller thing] market Sony is working on a new SKU for the slim PS3 that removes the Blu-Ray player itself.
This new SKU removes the most expensive part of the PS3 allowing Sony to drop the price to around $150 and still leave most of the standard PS3 hardware. I was informed that this new version will also be available in an array of colors and what are being called “tattoos” (skins) for the system and that the first release model will be in white to differentiate the system from the full PS3 SKUs.
It was also been stated that Sony will release a piggy-back Blu-ray player for this new SKU sometime after launch. It will connect to the system via the USB port and will offer a full Blu-ray movies and gaming experience. [PogoWolf: Think of the HD-DVD drive for the Xbox 360]
This ‘arcade’ version of the PS3 will connect to the PSN, using the built in Wi-Fi in order to download games and demos. Some of the smaller PS3 games might even show up on the PSN for these ‘Arcade’ users. I was also informed that Sony is looking into allowing users, using a code, to ‘store’ their digital copy of a movie they have bought for streaming from the PSN.
However in order to cover the costs of the bandwidth needed to download Blu-Ray based games Sony is to create a new ‘Platinum’ pay for version of the PSN for Arcade customers The standard PSN will still be free but the Platinum version will offer premium content and exclusives not available to the free PSN customers and will cost about $49.99 for a full year.
Most likely this is complete BS…
But it’s really not a bad idea. It would be the first console to go to a complete digital delivery way of distributing its games and content. Granted downloading full 25gig games would be a bit of a bitch. However, it’s known that a lot of space on the Blu-Rays are duplicate files to help load times and no compression on audio and textures because there’s all that extra room. Remove the redundant files and compress not only the audio and textures (lossless mind you) but then ‘ZIP’ the package.. and even the downloads shouldn’t be too bad. Hell Sony might even be able to stream the games to the system the same way sites like GameTap does.
There are a few weird, internal reactions a nerd has to deal with when a company — Bensussen Deutsch & Associates, in this case — announces that it’s creating the first officially licensed Star Wars lightsaber and blaster accessories for the Wii. On one hand, Wii accessories are, by and large, completely pointless. On the other hand, they’re lightsabers … and they light up. On yet another hand (wait … three hands?) the accessories, including the blaster, clearly don’t have enough room to accommodate MotionPlus (as far as we can tell).
Granted, these are being released in conjunction with Star Wars – The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes, which has no MotionPlus support that we’re aware of, but come on! Any lightsaber accessory should have an extra slot for MotionPlus. We don’t care if LucasArts ever makes another lightsaber game or not. Hell, we’ll pick up Red Steel 2 and just pretend we’re using a lightsaber. At least, we would, if these accessories supported MotionPlus.
Oh, the Clone Trooper blaster also comes with stickers.
Update: We’ve confirmed with BDA that neither Republic Heroes nor its accessories support MotionPlus.
First official lightsaber accessories for Wii announced [update: no Motion Plus] originally appeared on Joystiq Nintendo on Thu, 25 Jun 2009 16:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.