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Nintendo has revealed the latest in their innovation armoury, the Wii U! Its an interesting concept, certainly a different direction from their friends at Sony and Microsoft. This release is the first stage preceding the new console iteration to be unveiled later this year.

The idea is to create a different paradigm to gaming as we traditionally know it, borrowing from the 3DS in adding a ‘second’ screen to the equation. So users would be able to look at the TV as well as the 6.2 inch screen in their hands. This controller also features an accelerometer, gyroscope, vibration feedback (or Rumble as Nintendo affectionately call it) and a camera (which creates potential for augmented reality gaming! 😮 ). The controller screen will show additional information to what is being displayed on the TV screen and will also change according to position of the controller.

The Wii U will also be backward compatible with current Wii controllers and games as well as supporting HD 720p. Not as great as PS3/XBox360 but its close.

The coolest part is the potential it creates for a whole new paradigm of gaming. One game on show at the E3 conference involved 4 players with standard Wii controls running through a maze with a 5th player with the Wii U controller looking at their respective positions. Quite cool to see the scenarios that could be created.

via engadget

tech it or leave it :p

Casey Edwards aka Basicnoir on DeviantArt has the coolest pics of your favourite super mario characters mashed up with your favourite Xmen.

Really fun to see cool stuff like these especially around great movie season.

pics below…



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Nintendo 3DS vs PSP2(NGP)

Posted: February 8, 2011 by mightymatt1989 in Gaming, Technology
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Though there are still many unknowns regarding Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS and the recently-announced NGP (or PSP2) from Sony, the debate is already in full swing about which portable device is going to reign supreme for the next half-decade (give or take). Will tried-and-true with a dash of 3D win out over quad-core muscle, OLED and 3G?

In order to understand these upcoming hand-helds, we need to go back to 2004, a year that saw the original DS and PSP come to market in Japan (The DS was out in the US in 2004 but the PSP did not come stateside until March 2005). As most already know, the DS and PSP are markedly different machines; The Nintendo DS was both a bold new offering, with two screens and touchscreen capabilities, and a symbol of Nintendo’s proud Game Boy history, with backwards compatibility and a stable of legendary characters in the wings. The PSP was Sony’s first handheld ever, but it boasted superb hardware, graphics on par with the (at that time current-gen) PlayStation 2, and access to some well-known characters from the PlayStation family.At the start (after each company showed their wares off at E3 2004) many were putting their money on the PSP because of its superior hardware. However, six years and several product refreshes (from both companies) later, the DS platform is the clear winner, with well over 140 million consoles sold worldwide versus the 62 million PSP variations sold. While the PSP melted your face off with terrific graphics, the DS was far less expensive ($149.99 versus $249.99) and that proved to be the ultimate difference-maker.

The effect of price on dedicated fans (Nintendo fans need their Mario fix just as Solid Snake fans love their PlayStation products) is only a small concern; in reality, the parents buying video games for kids around the holidays and for birthdays can make or break a system. When you factor that in, it’s no wonder that the DS did so well (not to overshadow its many other fine qualities). Price has always, and will always, make or break the success of a console. This is true even going back all the way to the original Game Boy, which debuted at $90 compared to the $150 or more to buy a Sega Game Gear or Atari Lynx. There were other variables, of course.

Eastern vs Western gaming… Which handheld gaming device is your money on?

*All monetary amounts can be adapted to the S.A Rand using the exchange rate Rand/$7.24-also add a little for shipment fees!