Recently, at the Credit Suisse 2013 Technology Conference, EA CEO Andrew Wilson had a few things to say about Sony and Microsoft's new consoles. Wilson said that, in a few years' time, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be facing "stiff competition" from companies like Google and Apple.
Hit the jump to read the full quote.
RPG fans, get hyped. Namco Bandai has started counting down to the reveal of the next Tales of game. In just six days, we'll most likely get the first shots of the new main characters, as well as the game's title, and maybe even a target release. Don't bet on it being soon, though, since Tales of Xillia just came out earlier this year, and both Tales of Symphonia Chronicles, (an HD remastering of Tales of Symphonia and its Wii sequel) and Tales of Xillia 2 are coming out in early 2014.
The Tales of series has been a favorite of RPG fans everywhere since it saw its first release in the 1990s. It's nice to see Namco Bandai still supporting it, and it seems now the series is becoming a stable American release for the company. Be sure to come back in a few days to see everything the reveal has to offer.
Here's more information from the Siliconera interview with Reggie Fils-Aime! While Reggie said that the Wii Remote is the "most significant gaming innovation in a decade", another question was asked regarding the DS. How does the completely different play style and concept of the DS appear in the 3DS? Reggie answered this question by not actually answering the question.
When you released the DS, you had an entirely different idea of play style in mind. How does that concept manifest itself in the 3DS?
"So here’s what’s interesting. The question that you asked me is 'what was the single biggest innovation in the video game industry in the past decade?' If you would have asked the question differently, 'during my tenure, what was the gaming system that arguably has redefined the industry,' I would’ve said the [Nintendo] DS. Because if you think about it, it was the first system that had a touch screen, a built in microphone—and 'the types of games that that enabled?' You know, in many ways, it’s the forefront of what’s happening now with mobile and touch and things of that nature. 'The system that sold over 150 million globally?'" — Reggie Fils-Aime
In what was quite an interesting and informative interview with Reggie Fils-Aime by Siliconera, Reggie revealed to us his thoughts on the company, games, and the effect fans have on the decisions of Nintendo of America. While many questions were asked and answered, one stood out to me; it asked what the most significant gaming innovation of the past decade was. Reggie's answer was, of course, the Wii Remote.
What would you say is the most significant innovation in gaming in the past decade?
"It’s gotta be the Wii Remote. The Wii Remote introduced a completely new style of play that arguably set an industry standard for motion controls, and let the consumer experience games in an entirely new way. The thing, I think, that’s really set Nintendo apart from the competition is its focus on new styles of play. We’re always looking for ways to innovate, ways to bring new and fun experiences to the consumer. In the end, it’s all about the software, and all about how you experience that software—and controllers have a huge effect on that." — Reggie Fils-Aime
Hardware manufacturer Nvidia may have found itself left out from this console cycle, with PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U all touting AMD graphics, but that doesn’t mean they're out of the gaming loop; some of the most powerful graphics cards exist on the PC platform, and are produced by Nvidia. In an interview with MCV, Nvidia consumer sales manager Matt Wright claims that the PC platform is superior to any of its competitors, citing the added utility of a desktop computer as a benefit.
“The PC platform is far superior to any console when it comes to gaming, plus you get all the extra functionality that a computer brings.” – Matt Wright
Moreover, Wright also spoke about Valve’s SteamOS and PCs as living-room replacements to consoles, but you’ll have to hit the jump to read about that!
A few weeks back, we reported that two Dutch retailers had updated their stock with two brand-new 2DS bundles, coming with Pokémon Y and X respectively. Now, we can report that the devices will hit store shelves in America as well, with the two bundles coming out tomorrow, December 6th. US Retailer Target will stock its stores with a red 2DS that comes pre-installed with Pokémon X, while Toys R Us will sell a blue 2DS, pre-installed with Pokémon Y.
Have you yet to pick a member of the 3DS family, and if so, will this bundle convince you to do so? Share some of your thoughts in the comments!
For those of you who don’t know, GameSpot's Danny O'Dwyer hosts a weekly show called The Point, where he picks apart and analyzes hot topics within the past week or so. This week, Danny analyzes how the Wii U has been doing as of late. He argues that the Wii U has finally managed to collect enough software to have a good library of games, but it still doesn’t seem to be enough.
Want to know why? Check out the video after the break!
Last February, Nintendo announced that 2013 would officially be the Year of Luigi! In 2013, we got games like Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, New Super Luigi U, and even Luigi Bros. and dozens of little 8-bit Luigis running all around Super Mario 3D World, all to celebrate the history of Mario's less-famous younger brother. But if you thought that your Luigi fix would be coming to an end in 2013, you were sorely mistaken. According to Reggie Fils-Aime, the Year of Luigi will actually extend into 2014.
"There are some Year of Luigi activities that will continue into 2014—including some of the special products that we’ve launched (the Luigi remote and the Mario and Luigi 3DS XL)—so there will be some Luigi products to carry the Luigi banner into the next calendar year." — Reggie Fils-Aime
Some are joking that this should be called the "Fiscal Year of Luigi." Some are saying "the Decade of Luigi." But no, folks, welcome to The Glorious Age of Luigi. All hail The Green Lord.
Rare Ltd. is one of the most famous game developers in the industry. Founded over 28 years ago and still going Strong, Rare has a lot of history behind them. Perhaps the most famous event at Rare was the acquisition from Microsoft after Nintendo sold their 49% stake in the company. But against what many have said and heard up until now, two Rare employees have recently revealed that they believe Microsoft was actually a healthy change for the company.
"I think there is a level of professionalism and project management that has ingressed here that we didn’t have so much before. The industry has changed—it really is an industry now, and there is so much more to developing a hit title than simply writing something that you thought was cool. I think we’ve grown up." — Paul Machacek
Head past the jump to see what Gregg Mayles, an employee of Rare since 1990 had to say!
Call of Duty is, regardless of how you feel, one of the best selling series year in and year out. But this year, the new installment Call of Duty: Ghosts only had the third biggest launch of the year behind GTA V and FIFA 14. However, sales of the game are down 50% from Black Ops 2.
When asked if the series was suffering from franchise fatigue, Activision's publishing boss Eric Hirshberg had a lot to say and started off his answer with a simple "no."
Hit the jump to read the rest of Hirshberg's thoughts.