It’s Official.. Nintendo has dropped the Price on the WII

Nintendo drops Wii price to $199.99

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.

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First official lightsaber accessories for Wii announced update: no Motion Plus

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 lightsabersand 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.

Joystiq NintendoFirst 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.

Yahoo best answers…

6 days ago ‘captnesti’ posted a question to [Yahoo Answers] stating:

i have a ps2 and to be honest i want something that is considered a “next-gen” consle. I don’t know what to buy, and i don’t want to spend $700 on it.

Now here there where a lot of replies, ‘NYY 27 IN 08!!!‘ got best answer with this post. Now I happened to miss this, but thought what the hell… my counter points are in RED, I want to show you the gamers how easy it is to snow someone over with buzzwords.

first off i want to let you know that i am a PS360 owner meaning that i own both systems, so i have experienced both systems and you are better off getting a ps3 because…

– ps3 has a built-in blu-ray player

Good if you like Sony movies and extremely slow seek times.

-ps3 supports 1.3 HDMI which has rich colors and xbox supports 1.2 HDMI

HDMI 1.2:
Released August 8, 2005.
Added support for One Bit Audio, used on Super Audio CDs, up to 8 channels.
Availability of HDMI Type A connector for PC sources.
Ability for PC sources to use native sRGB color-space while retaining the option to support the YCbCr color space.
Requirement for HDMI 1.2 and later displays to support low-voltage sources.

HDMI 1.3:
Released June 22, 2006.
Increases single-link bandwidth to 340 MHz (10.2 Gbit/s)
Optionally supports Deep Color with 30-bit, 36-bit, and 48-bit xvYCC, sRGB, or YCbCr compared to 24-bit sRGB or YCbCr in previous HDMI versions.
Incorporates automatic audio syncing (Audio video sync) capability.
Optionally supports output of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio streams for external decoding by AV receivers.
TrueHD and DTS-HD are lossless audio codec formats used on Blu-ray Discs and HD DVDs.

If the disc player can decode these streams into uncompressed audio, then HDMI 1.3 is not necessary, as all versions of HDMI can transport uncompressed audio.  Cable Categories 1 and 2 defined. Category 1 cable is tested up to 74.25 MHz while Category 2 cable is tested up to 340 MHz.
Availability of a new Type C mini-connector for portable devices.

Pretty much HDMI 1.3 adds more colors then you eye can see, and some audio features that aren’t needed if your player can already decode the audio stream.  So it’s kind of a toss up on if you need HDMI 1.3 VS HDMI 1.2.   It would totally depend on the 1000’s of dollars you have set up in your audio/visual equipment.  [SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA]

– ps3 has much more and better exclusives, most of them cant go to xbox 360 because it cant handle that many data(DVD- 8.5gb, blu-ray 50gb)
Ok.. *blink*   What?  What “more and better” exclusives? a hand full a games perhaps.  But better?  nothing seen so far.  A few trailers.. a lot of promised, but no ‘killer app’ and NOT ONE PS3 game made the top 20 games sold in 2007. (hey, 2008’s data isn’t out yet)

– because of the blu-ray’s huge space, ps3 will have WAY better graphics than 360
For rendered movies perhaps.  However, the PS3 doesn’t have the 360’s throughput on the poly’s either.  You push higher rex textures and you slow the frame rates.  It’s that simple.  Besides.. GRAPHICS DO NOT MAKE THE GAME.

– online is free for ps3 not like 360
But for how long?  Servers and bandwidth cost money.  You’ve got to re-coup the costs somewhere.  Besides, only the GOLD version of Xbox Live costs money.  the Silver version is free.

– you can browse the internet on ps3, no such thing for xbox 360
Well there ARE ways to do it on a 360, but the real question is why would you want to?  You buy a PS3 for two reasons.  A) it’s a cheap Blu-ray player and you’ve got that new 60″ HD-TV and one hell of an audio system, and need something to justify the purchase. B) to play games. 
why would you want to sit on your sofa and search the net when you can do it SO much easier and faster with a mouse, keyboard and IE/Firefox?

– the graphics for multi platform games are starting to look better on ps3
Name one.  Seriously, name one game that looks better on the PS3 then it does on the 360. Even BioShock won’t have enhanced graphics for the new PS3 version.  Though yeah, they will look better then what’s on the Wii.

– developers stated that they will start using ps3 as the lead platform and port ps3 games to xbox
Yeah, when the PS3 first game out.  Now developers are finding the Xbox SO much easier to program for.  Therefore you have two problems with the PS3 from a developers/publishers point of view.  Do you create a game on a platform that’s easier to program for.  Therefor giving you a faster turn around time, and for huge user base?  or develop a game for a small user base, that costs more money to develop for because of the hardware?
just from a straight business point of view you develop for the system that’ll give you the most profit.  Right now, that’s the 360.  Or the Wii for you casual game developers.

– playstation home is coming out this fall, its a virtual community where you can hang out with friends and customize your own apartment which xbox doesnt have(FREE)

Fall.. so that’s the newest due date?  and how long as home been in development?  better yet, how many times has it been pushed back?  and for what?  an over glorified MySpace.  I’m not 12.  I don’t need a ‘virtual community’  if I want that I’ve got WoW or EQ2 to play in.  Home.. really.. who cares?

– ps3 is a true HD console. xbox 360 upscale games to 1080p and ps3 DISPLAY games up to 1080p
Not True.  the 360 DOES have native 1080p, and at least 3 games support it.    Though yes, the PS3 has more supported titles.  Point is the 360 can have native 1080p support.  [SOURCE: MakeYouGoHmm.com]

– built in Wi-Fi
Point.  You need an extra piece of equipment to make the 360 wireless.  But then again, for me at least, it’s a moot point.  I like my equipment wired.  Less energy floating though the air, and all and all tends to be a bit faster and easier to set up.

– xbox 360: 33% hardware failure  ps3: .2% hardware failure(see the decimal? less than 1%!)
Again, point.. But that’s also if you’ve bought the older version of the system.. new system boxes don’t have that RRoD problem and Sony doesn’t give any one model long enough on the market to even see if it will fail.  Even the 80 gig is due to be replaced by a 120 gig model.  

– ps3 plays almost all ps1/ps2 games except the 40gb, xbox 360 can only play certain titles mostly the “greatest hits”

Except for those games that need the rumble pack or have extra controllers (like Guitar Hero), and the NEW 80 gig model will have the BC removed completely, and the list for 360 BC list [is rather large].

– dualshock 3 is now available
Finally. its only like 3 years later.

– xbox 360 already has been maxed out to its potential with gears of war. ps3 has not been maxed out yet- look at uncharted drakes fortune, better graphics than gears and its only 30% of ps3’s potential
O.o  and where do you get those numbers?  I wouldn’t say uncharted looks bad by any means, but better then Gears?  I wouldn’t do that far.  There’s a lot more ‘going on’ on the screen in gears at any one time then I’ve seen in uncharted.

– you can upgrade your harddrive without voiding warranties with any 2.5 HDD, which xbox cant because you have to buy a xbox HDD
(they actually have the step by step on how to upgrade it on playstation.com)
Now there you have a point.  No you can’t upgrade the HD.   However, you’re missing one little detail.  the 20 gig drive for the Xbox is plenty of room if you keep up with deleting the old crap off it.  With the PS3 you NEED the bigger space, because you need to INSTALL your games before you can play them.. Why?  because of the all mighty Blu-ray seek times are so freaking slow that the game needs to put parts of itself on the hard drive. 

those are the ones that i know right off my mind but there are much more reason than this
You forgot to add: ‘Because I’m really a fanboy’ (sorry, you all know I’ve been wanting to say it.. LOL)

Now I want you to do me a favor, list all the reasons why xbox is better than ps3. I PROMISE you that nobody will get at least 5 reasons
Why should I?  Didn’t I just blow out 90% of your argument on why the PS3 is better then the Xbox?

if you get ps3, look at this, you will be able to play metal gear solid 4, haze, killzone 2, resistance 2(60 player online!!!!), final fantasy XIII, motorstorm 2, little big planet, better version of GTA IV, god of war 3, uncharted drake’s fortune, uncharted 2, heavenly sword, ratchet and clank, SOCOM: confrontation, gran turismo 5, ETC- http://news.filefront.com/ps3-exclusives…

Metal Gear Solid 4:  Which you need to pay for some online options, and besides having one hell of a release, there’s not much noise on the net about it.  I find that interesting.
Haze:  One word.. SUCK and there’s a NUMBER of articles out there to back me up on that one.
Killzone 2: Didn’t I already play this game?  Oh yeah, it’s called Team Fortress.
Resistance 2:  Could be interesting, but a killer app?
Final fantasy XIII: No longer exclusive.
Motorstorm 2:  LIke the first one was really that much to write home about.
Little big planet: Right now it’s pure hype, and not much ‘news’ about it.  Looks good though.
GTA IV:  better version: Most of the side by side movies have proven the 360 looks a little better.
God of war 3: No where near complete yet.
Uncharted: Drake’s fortune: Good game, so there’s one out of the list.
Uncharted 2: Well duh.  Naughty Dog eats out of Sony’s hand.
Heavenly Sword: Oh that forgettable,We spent a whole processor to make her hair move like crap.’ Game?
Ratchet and Clank: another Good one.
SOCOM: confrontation: hopefully better then the first…
Gran turismo 5: not due until like 2010.

Prices as of today:
ps3- 80gb: $499 with metal gear solid 4
        40gb: $399 with spiderman 3 blu-ray
xbox 360(premium)- $349
(elite)- $449
if you want the accessories that ps3 comes with, that would add up to over 700 dollars, so that means ps3 is cheaper
like what.. Wireless?  just plug it in.  So the Xbox is cheaper.

xbox 360 pricing to match ps3’s features:
$349/$449- console
$50- XBL subscription(only for 1 YEAR) pay $50 every year (Only if you want to play with your friends online, and I’ve seen it as cheap as $39)
$100- wi-fi adaptor (Don’t need it if you just plug it in)
$200- HD-DVD drive add-on (why?  HD-DVD is dead, and you can find it on E-bay for like $20)
$20- rechargeable battery kit (or a $10 store bought one)
all comes out to $720/$820- add $50 each year you subscribe for XBL

ps3 features:
$399/$499- console
spiderman 3 blu-ray movie/MGS4
online- free
rechargeable battery- built in the controller
wi-fi built in
blu-ray player(better than HD-DVD) built in
all comes out to $399/$499, oh my,look at that, its the same price as before

Talk about some skewed numbers.. 

Now to REALLY answer the question.  Look at the games you want to play.  Both online and offline and then see how many of those games are on what console.  If more are on the PS3, then buy a PS3.   If more on the Xbox, then buy a 360 and don’t forget about the Wii.

THAT’S how GAMERS pick a console.  They look at the games.  Not the hardware.

Well Duh!

It’s being reported around the ‘Net that the WII is the top selling console now.
anyone that’s been watching the numbers and information floating around would have already known that over ~6 months ago, or pretty much since the WII was released.   Just because the ‘numbers’ prove it now, now it’s news?

Sega gives the Wii some love?!

Well I never thought I would see this in my lifetime, but Sega in a [super secret meeting] has partnered with Platinum Games.   A team of programmers mostly from the Capcom Clover studios, the guys that created Devil may Cry, Okami, Viewiful Joe among others.   3 new games are are slated for release on the Wii.

Sega.. making games for the Nintendo.. who would have thunk it..  🙂

EA to get into the fitness game…

Fitness game.. HA!  you get it?  huh? did you?   Well fine..    ANYWAY…

EA figuring there’s money to be made in the whole play games as a diet craze that’s starting to hit the Wii (Come on people.  Moving around burns calories.  Burn more then you take in.. you lose weight!!)

But [Eurogamer] is saying that Peter Moore wants to make you sweat, where as that concepts scares the holy jeebus out of me.. I’ll push though the fear to continue writing.

The newly created ‘Freestyle’ sub-division of the EA Sports divisionis working on a new game that will utilize the Wii balance board and focus on more ‘Western’ cardiovascular workouts.

Peter Moore went on record at the EA Sports showcase stating:

“We’re watching very closely what the Wii Fit board does,” he said. “We think we have to have a role to play with that mum – the kids have gone to school, she’s got 45 minutes on her own, the Wii is there, it’s the first console she’s ever liked because she can do things herself. And we’re working on stuff, trying to work out how we can use EA Sports applications there.”

“We also need to make sure we’re delivering something that’s truly exercise. I’ll call [Wii Fit] more eastern fitness, where it senses weight and balance, like Tai-Chi. It’s more about holistic fitness. I don’t think the board is going to take a pounding. We need to look more at western fitness in which I can actually be moving and start to sweat a little bit, and that’s what we’re working on right now.”

“It can’t feel like a workout, The team has to figure out, how do I smile while I’m doing this? You play soccer for 90 minutes; if I say you’re going to run five miles you’re not gonna want to do that. But you run for five miles playing soccer and you’ve had a good time.” 

“The difference is you’re distracted. We need to distract people and not make this exercise feel like work, but like they’re having fun. So mini-games, things where you’re actually laughing out loud, that’s the stuff we’re working on. It’s something I’ve always been passionate about, and who better than us to go and play in that market?”

 

1 million Mario Kart for the Wii Sold…

[Games Industry] is reporting that Media Create has charted the Wii version of Mario Kart selling another 174,000 units in the past week pushing it over the 1 million sold mark.

 

the current top 10 in Japan is as follows:

  • 1. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
  • 2. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP)
  • 3. Link’s Crossbow Training (Wii)
  • 4. Wii Fit (Wii)
  • 5. Taiko Drum Master DS: Seven Island Adventure (DS)
  • 6. Pokemon Ranger: Batonnage (DS)
  • 7. We’re Fossil Diggers (DS)
  • 8. Valkyria Chronicles (PS3)
  • 9. Deca Sports (Wii)
  • 10. Wii Sports (Wii)

     

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    Well this goes to show that Nintendo is doing VERY well, with Sony trying to get 3rd place.   But with only 1 PS3 title in the top ten.. wow. =/    Of course, the Xbox is no where to be found..LOL