Posts Tagged ‘dsi’

Nintendo Developing New Device

February 4, 2010

It seems that the folks at Nintendo, despite its persistent and fairly unconvincing dismissal of any rumours until now, could well be working on a new console, something outside of its current lines entirely.

This... is not a GameBoy

Rumours that Nintendo had been working on something new had been floating around for a while, though many indicated that Nintendo would be to build an updated version of its motion-sensitive Wii (with many wondering if it could possibly be capable of high-definition output) while others had pointed to a motion-sensitive version of its by now near ubiquitous DS hardware. Instead, it seems that Nintendo is working on something a little different.

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E3 to see Mario Galaxy 2, New Zelda

February 1, 2010

It seems that things are already heating up for E3, the games industry’s tradeshow that amounts to a kind of annual second-Christmas for some. Details have already emerged of what Nintendo will have on display.

It'll be nice to get some new RPGs for the Wii :)

Adriasang is reporting that among the games that we’d been expecting to see something of this year, but perhaps not quite as early as E3, we can expect to see something of the sequel to Nintendo’s Mario Galaxy and, perhaps more interesting still, something of the new Legend of Zelda game, of which relatively little has been released so far. There are also a few other curiosities from Nintendo to make appearances at this year’s E3 though.

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Special Offers – Week of January 18th

January 18, 2010

Good afternoon all, I hope everyone is well and having an alright (if a little rough) start back to work this week. We’re all doing quite well in the Komplett office, for what it’s worth. Anyway, for those just joining us now, we like to post our special offers for the coming week on a Monday afternoon, just to make sure that you guys have as long as possible to consider them before the offers end.

It’s on of those win-win situations :)

We won’t get too bogged down in all that for now, this week’s offers are pretty interesting, hopefully you’ll find something you like.

Nintendo DSi:

Nintendo’s DS line broke the record for the highest number of a games consoles sold in a month (it just so happened that in the same month, the Wii broke that record too). Clearly it’s a device that’s not only incredibly popular, but continuing to sell to new customers.

Click through to check out our page for Nintendo's DSi :)

For those of you who haven’t used a DSi yet, it’s functionally very much like an old Gameboy, though with a clamshell design and two 3.25” screens. The lower screen is touch-sensitive, and there’s a stylus included with the device. It also boasts two cameras, which tie in to various games, as well as Facebook. It’s a relatively simple little machine, but has enough of a range of games to provide some solid entertainment.

We’ve got a bit of a soft spot for Nintendo’s DS line, even if it is based on bitter intra-office rivalries of Mariokart DS and Pokémon… the important thing to remember isn’t that it’s okay to play games as an adult; it’s that Ryan cheats at Mariokart. I don’t know how, I don’t know why, he just does.

Our bitter feuds aside, Nintendo’s DSi is dropped to €147 this week.

The DSi is also available in black, for those who want to have it match their existing bits and pieces or wardrobe.

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Nintendo Sees Record Breaking Christmas

January 18, 2010

Nintendo has managed to break records twice in the last month, with both its Wii home console and its handheld DS managing to exceed the previous records for most consoles sold in a month.

While we’ve yet to receive anything quite as detailed for Europe, Wired is reporting that the NPD group has released its figures for the games industry over the month of December, and they certainly make for some very interesting reading indeed. Despite many analysts’ predictions to the contrary, Nintedno has managed to beat stiff competition from both Sony and Microsoft (both of whose consoles saw price drops over the months leading up to Christmas) and see the most sales, not only in this Christmas, but in any single month ever.

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New DS to Hit Europe in March

January 15, 2010

Nintendo’s latest addition to the DS line has finally been given a release date in Europe and, surprisingly enough, it looks as though it’ll be before the US release date.

As a rule, games consoles tend to hit Europe last, though after the fairly furious backlash from Sony’s PlayStation Portable launch delay over here, it seems that the effort is being made to ensure that Europe gets hardware in a timelier fashion than once we did. Now, it seems that Nintendo will reverse the trend, offering it’s the new, bigger version of its DS hardware in Europe from March onward, though there’s no real detail on the US release date (which has been tentatively penned in as “Q1.”

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Next-gen Nintendo DS Motion Sensitive

January 7, 2010

Nintendo has announced that the next generation of its handheld console line will boast better graphics, as might be expected, and motion sensitivity.

The word comes from an interview with Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, translated by gaming blog Kotaku, which quotes the head of the gaming giant as having said, “[It will have] highly detailed graphics, and it will be necessary to have a sensor with the ability to read the movements of people playing.” Interesting stuff indeed, though we’ll be curious to see just how well motion sensitivity works when the screen is on the device being moved…

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Nintendo DS Breaks Console Record

December 10, 2009

Nintendo’s dual screened handheld, the by now nearly ubiquitous DS, which has morphed into the DS Lite and DSi, has just broken sales records and become the best-selling console in the UK, ever.

Nintendo’s DS has just passed out Sony’s PlayStation 2 as the best selling console and it’s still going strong. Sony’s last-gen console had seemed to be particularly hesitant to die while its successor, the PlayStation 3, had some trouble establishing itself. The fact that the PS2 held on for so very long was a fairly major contributor to the fact that Sony managed to sell 10.02 million units.

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Judge Rules DS Flashcarts Legal

December 7, 2009

Nintendo has lost its long running case against Divineo, one of the bigger companies behind the production and manufacture of so-called “flashcarts” for its DS, DS Lite and DSi range, with a Parisian judge ruling against the gaming giant.

According to a report from MaxConsole, it seems that the judge may well have been swayed in favour of the devices by the argument that they’re particularly useful to homebrew developers, who might normally be excluded from the development process by the expense of a devkit for the handheld devices while some have simply been refused without Nintendo detailing just why they’re not allowed to develop for it.

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Man to Wed Virtual Girlfriend

November 24, 2009

The world just got a little sadder this morning with news that a young man is to marry a character from a particularly addictive game for Nintendo’s DS based on the concept of developing a relationship with a virtual girlfriend.

Things had been strange enough when reports emerged that some game developers had become so addicted to the software that they’d been a little hard to get a hold of, sneaking away from work for clandestine meetings with their virtual girl of choice. If nothing else, the whole thing sets a strange precedent, but what is perhaps strangest is the lengths the man in question went to to ensure that he could, in fact, marry a lady who lives in his Nintendo DS.

According to BoingBoing, the man in question flew to Guam, DS in tow, using various video-sharing services to ensure that anyone from back home who really wanted to could quite easily keep up with the combination marriage/honeymoon.

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Nintendo Admits Wii Has “Stalled”

November 2, 2009

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has admitted that its until now phenomenally successful Wii games console has “stalled.” Iwata blames the current situation on a lack of solid, new software for the device.

Wii

When it was revealed last week that Nintendo profits had taken a massive hit, falling 50% compared to the same period of last year, blame fell squarely on the company’s inability to shift more units of its Wii games console, which saw a sharper decline than its DS range of handhelds. Perhaps most interesting though, are the comments made by Iwata about just why the Wii has stopped moving the way it did last year. Cnet has a translation from the Nintendo president, in which he says,

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