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January 17, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 17, 2014

Freedom industries, the company responsible for the chemical spill that led to a major drinking water shortage in West Virginia, filed for bankruptcy on Friday, a move that protects them from the nearly two dozen lawsuits filed against them already.

Thailand’s anti-government protests got violent on Friday, after an explosive was thrown into a crowd of protesters marching in the streets. At least one person was killed and nearly three dozen injured.

In 1974, Japanese soldier Hiroo Onoda was discovered in the Philippines, operating under orders to not surrender 29 years after World War II ended. Onoda, who died Friday at 91, eventually gave in.

Nintendo’s Wii U is doing so badly that the company is talking about making games for smartphones. It’s gotten that bad.

Here’s a guy who got stuck in a pipe.

23:15 // 7 months ago
November 18, 2012
The sad part isn’t that he waited in line for a month to buy a video game console. (In the age of the iPhone, that’s allowed.) No, the sad part is that the man’s name is Triforce Johnson.

The sad part isn’t that he waited in line for a month to buy a video game console. (In the age of the iPhone, that’s allowed.) No, the sad part is that the man’s name is Triforce Johnson.

22:12 // 1 year ago

Roundup: Highlights from reviews of the just-released Nintendo Wii U

  • Gizmodo "While technologically, the Wii U sort of feels like the step you’d take before you get to motion controls in the Wii, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t totally fit into Nintendo’s ethos of interaction. It’s fun. It’s something your family will enjoy using. If you’re looking for a network-enabled media center, like the Xbox or Apple TV, though, definitely wait before purchasing this.*”
  • Time "The Wii U already feels like a much more robust and fascinating idea, one that shows even more promise, in my opinion, than the Wii did in 2006. That’s partly because the Wii U is still a Wii (a radically more powerful Wii with a second screen that floats around your living room, true), and motion control still factors big in the Wii U’s future. But it’s mostly because I haven’t been this impressed with a new interface since Nintendo put a joystick on a gamepad in 1996.”
  • USA Today "Whether the Wii U reaches the incredible heights of its predecessor remains to be seen. The Nintendo Wii had a clear target (casual players) and game in Wii Sports that served as a shining example of motion-based gameplay that was easy to enjoy. The Wii U needs a similar kind of experience to sell players on a world with two screens.”
  • The Verge "The Wii U is close — tantalizingly close — to being a portable console. So close, in fact, that I found myself wondering constantly why the GamePad wasn’t the console, and the TV-connected piece a peripheral.”
  • Engadget "Nintendo promised consumers a modern HD gaming console, and the Wii U — what’s there of it thus far — delivers on that promise. Games look gorgeous (HD Mario!), the risky controller is another successful control innovation and there’s a ton of promise on the horizon. What’s missing, sadly, is a huge part of the puzzle* — so huge, in fact, that it’s impossible for us to pass judgment on the whole package just yet.”

* — As the Engadget and Gizmodo reviews note, a key part of the Wii U’s play — a digital streaming package which includes Hulu, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon — wasn’t ready for them to review.

12:27 // 1 year ago
June 7, 2012
cnbc:

The Inside Story on the Making of Nintendo’s Wii U
Judging by the lines at Nintendo’s E3 booth, Nintendo’s Wii U is a hit, but the system could have been a lot different if Nintendo had listened to its inner demons.  Global President Satoru Iwata says the idea of a two-screen, video game system was something the company went back and forth on—and didn’t finalize until nearly a year and a half into the development process.
Work on the Wii U began in 2008—one year after the Wii hit retail shelves and began to take over the videogame industry. But there was much internal debate before the schematics were finalized.
Full Story
See Complete Coverage on E3
Photo: Nintendo

Hardcore gamers tend not to like gimmicky approaches like the original Wii or the Wii U, especially when the entire console is built around it, but think Nintendo has a hit on their hands here?

cnbc:

The Inside Story on the Making of Nintendo’s Wii U

Judging by the lines at Nintendo’s E3 booth, Nintendo’s Wii U is a hit, but the system could have been a lot different if Nintendo had listened to its inner demons.  Global President Satoru Iwata says the idea of a two-screen, video game system was something the company went back and forth on—and didn’t finalize until nearly a year and a half into the development process.

Work on the Wii U began in 2008—one year after the Wii hit retail shelves and began to take over the videogame industry. But there was much internal debate before the schematics were finalized.

Full Story

See Complete Coverage on E3

Photo: Nintendo

Hardcore gamers tend not to like gimmicky approaches like the original Wii or the Wii U, especially when the entire console is built around it, but think Nintendo has a hit on their hands here?

9:56 // 2 years ago
June 8, 2011

Nintendo - promising more than they can deliver?

  • excited Yesterday Nintendo announced a new console, and it seemed pretty awesome. From the touch screen controller to the HD graphics, the Wii U was proving itself to be a console that could compete. It was exciting seeing Nintendo stepping up to be a real competitor.
  • disappointed It seems that Nintendo used some footage from the competition during their press conference. Some of the games they showed weren’t from their new console, but from the current-gen Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Which is kind of embarrassing.  source
13:17 // 3 years ago
June 7, 2011
Nintendo’s new console steps up to compete, finally
The Wii U takes the controller a step further: The new Nintendo console will remind you a bit of their handheld DS. It has a touch screen in the controller, which will add a bit to gameplay. In addition, the Wii U will be the first Nintendo system to feature HD graphics. The controller can also be used to make voice calls and run old Nintendo games, which is pretty awesome. It’s going to come out next year, but there hasn’t been a price announced yet. Expect that controller to be pretty expensive, though. source
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The Wii U takes the controller a step further: The new Nintendo console will remind you a bit of their handheld DS. It has a touch screen in the controller, which will add a bit to gameplay. In addition, the Wii U will be the first Nintendo system to feature HD graphics. The controller can also be used to make voice calls and run old Nintendo games, which is pretty awesome. It’s going to come out next year, but there hasn’t been a price announced yet. Expect that controller to be pretty expensive, though. source

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14:31 // 3 years ago