Archive for the ‘Project Cafe’ Category

How to Fix Nintendo's Problems in 4 Easy Steps

July 29, 2011

It’s no secret that Nintendo has been having trouble with the 3DS and its other consoles recently. I have been pointing out things that they are doing wrong for awhile now and today my mom asked me something. She asked me if I was CEO of Nintendo, what would I do to fix their situation. I think if they did these 4 doable things, Nintendo wouldn’t have problems for quite awhile.

1. Change the Wii U’s controller into a portable device that can play games independently of the system anywhere, which would allow it to be more like a tablet.

2. Make the first 3DS’s price reduction be at a break-even point so that they don’t lose money per console. I don’t think anyone expected a $80 drop 4 months after launch.

3. Create open development programs for the 3DS and Wii U that would allow anyone to create games like it is for iOS devices.

4. Reduce the price of all retail games to $25-$30 and slowly transition all games to download only.

Nintendo E3: First Impressions

June 7, 2011

Nintendo just announced the Wii U! Here is my list of Pros and Cons of Nintendo’s presentation.

Pros

New console! The Wii U

Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS incoming!

Mind blowing graphics!

Cool uses of controller.

Lego City Stories announced!

3DS Luigis’s Mansion 2 coming next year!

3DS Mario Kart, Super Mario, Kid Icarus, and Starfox 64 all look awesome and are coming this Year!

Kirby Wii announced!

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords coming free too DSi Shop.

Cons

Wii U? Really? The Stream was better. Sounds like a peripheral.

No first party Wii U games shown at conference.

Luigi’s Mansion was the only entirely new Nintendo game with a trailer.

No Animal Crossing or Paper Mario 3DS at presentation?

Are You Ready?

June 7, 2011

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It’s finally here, Nintendo’s E3 press conference. We will learn about Project Cafe, Super Mario 3DS, Mario Kart 3D, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and many, many more. This is sure to be an exciting E3 for any Nintendo fan or any fan of gaming in general.

Above is an E3 bingo sheet created by Joystiq. It’s pretty self explanatory and it should be fun to play after and during the event.

Are you ready for 9:00 PST tomorrow?

Nintendo's E3 Time and Date List

June 5, 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011:

-EA 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM PT, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET

-Ubisoft 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM PT, 4:00 PM – 6:30PM ET

Tuesday, June 7, 2011:

-Nintendo 7:15AM PT – 10:15AM PT, 10:15AM ET – 1:15PM ET

-Nintendo roundtable, number one @ 5:30PM PT – 7:30PM PT, 8:30PM ET – 10:30PM ET

Wednesday, June 8, 2011:

-Nintendo roundtable, number two @ 5:30PM PT – 7:30PM PT, 8:30PM ET – 10:30PM ET

Via Joystiq.

Nikkei Confirms Project Cafe Touch Screen Controller?

June 3, 2011

 

Nikkei (a site that accurately “predicted” the DSi, DSi XL, and 3DS ) has “confirmed” that the Project Cafe controller that will have a 6-inch touch screen, a camera, and possibly double as a portable gaming device. Here is the summary of the subscription-only article.

– Includes a touch screen
– allows for tablet-like controls for games
– tap the touch screen to control the characters on your television
– can also be used as a portable game machine
– six inch screen
– built in rechargeable battery
– includes a camera
– camera can be used for a variety of play opportunities, for example, a player making an avatar of himself for use in a game
– due out in the later have of 2012

Via GoNintendo and Joystiq.

IGN Speaks of More Nintendo E3 Events

June 3, 2011

IGN made the following comment in there believe in Nintendo post earlier today.

…expect to hear news outside of the press conference. Not only in the form of impressions, videos and a few interviews, but I would make sure you’re checking the IGN Nintendo sites on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. I will have live blogs fired up. Just saying.

So after you watch Nintendo’s press conference, don’t believe that you’ve seen everything until Wednesday has passed.

Via GoNintendo

E3 Less than a Week Away

June 2, 2011

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With E3 just around the corner and Nintendo’s sure to be great press conference on the 7th (they are set to reveal a new console), I figured I’d give you a quick reference guide of where to go and what to expect.

Where and When

Nintendo’s E3 press conference begins at 7:15 a.m. Pacific Time on June 7th.

First off if you want to watch the press conference in it’s entirety, than there are two really good ways. You can watch E3 live on the channel G4, but Directv dropped G4. If you have Directv and can’t watch it on your big TV screen, then go to plan B, watch the live or recorded stream on Nintendo’s website.

If your internet is so bad that you can’t play video or you just don’t want to, you can read GoNintendo, ONM, Joystiq, or IGN‘s live blog. All are high quality and instant.

If just want to see clips and trailers, Nintendo will post them on there site along with some exclusive content (last year Nintendo revealed Mario Kart 3D, Paper Mario 3D, Animal Crossing 3D and more on there site). Also (if you have a Wii) you can watch all the good clips on the Nintendo Channel (they might also have the whole thing after the live stream, but I’m not sure).

Of course I’ll also do a bunch of posts about E3 after the fact with info and my opinions. Also I’ll definitely do a round up post with all the info.

Now, here is a list of what you can expect from Nintendo’s press conference.

Project Cafe

Nintendo has confirmed that they are announcing their new console, Project Cafe, at this years E3. The console is said to be more or as powerful as the Xbox 360 and PS3. The controller is supposed to be similar to the Gamecube’s but with a touch screen in the middle.

Obviously there will be some games shown for it, but none are known currently (that kind of adds to the fun). It has been rumored though that Grand Theft Auto 5, Pikmin 3, and a sequel to Donkey Kong Country Returns are coming.

Super Mario 3DS

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Miyamoto has said that Super Mario 3DS will be across between Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Bros. 3. All that’s known so far is a few brief comments and these 5 images released at GDC. Note the raccoon tail on the logo which clearly points out the return of the raccoon suit from Super Mario Bros. 3.

3DS eShop

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With the eShop launching on the night of the 6th (the day before the press conference) we can expect announcements of eShop games and apps. We know that Mutant Mudds is coming, as well as a list of virtual console titles, but I still want a list of fantastic new games to really sell me.

Other 3DS Games

Although Nintendo has not said for certain, it’s kind of a given that we’ll hear more about Mario Kart 3D, Paper Mario 3D, Animal Crossing 3D, and Kid Icarus: Uprising, all of which should be awesome. There is sure to be many surprises and many new announcements at E3.

Wii Games

We will probably hear a lot more about The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword. Hopefully, we will also see announcements for other new Wii games while we wait for Project Cafe. Also if the Vitality sensor isn’t mentioned at this E3, it is probably nonexistent.

DS Games

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We will hopefully learn of a Atsumete! Kirby localization and hopefully see more support for the DS before it’s phased out by the 3DS.

Well I hope this gets you prepared for E3 this year.

Another Project Cafe Camera Rumor

May 29, 2011

 

Earlier today, Wii 2 Blog ran the following story about Project Cafe having a front facing camera.

We recently ran a story discussing rumours that the Wii 2′s controller might have a front-facing camera. Now we have more information that seems to add a little more weight to those rumours.

In a quarterly results call, the company OmniVision hinted that they were getting ready to ship their 8-megapixel camera for use in a smartphone, possibly the Apple’s iPhone. The most interesting thing was that they hinted that they were also getting ready to supply cameras to a gaming console.

The console wasn’t named but it is unlikely to be for a Microsoft console because the next generation Xbox hasn’t even been announced, and OmniVision let it slip that it was for a console that would be ready in the next several months.

That pretty much leaves the NGP and the Wii 2. The NGP is definitely a possibility but then again Sony would probably use their own cameras. This leaves only the Wii 2.

I really like the idea of a front facing camera on Project Cafe’s remote, although I am curious how you would use it.

Via Wii 2 Blog.

Everything We Know About Project Cafe (So Far)

May 27, 2011

Wii 2 Blog just posted the following.

In the works since April 25th – the day Nintendo officially announced the Wii’s successor – Newbs’s piece serves as an all-in-one compilation of all the rumours, news, and “facts” we know about the system so far.

It’s well written, thoroughly comprehensive, and an enjoyable read that doesn’t drag itself on. If your head’s spinning from all the Wii 2 rumours from the past month, this article’s a great way to get up to speed. Click here to read it!

It’s quite a good article that explains everything known thus far.

Via Wii 2 Blog.

Project Cafe Rumor: Front Facing Camera and Stylus

May 21, 2011

The possibly trust worthy source, Develop, has reported that Project Cafe will have a front facing camera and possibly a stylus. Here are the main points of the article.

– includes a front-facing camera system
– can be used for in-game images
– this source also says there’s a six-inch touch-screen
– may include a stylus
– speculation that the 3DS could be used as a controller
– “The functions are the same. It is a standard wireless controller added with a front-facing camera and touch screen. That sounds far too much like a 3DS to me. But I can’t confirm this, Nintendo is being very cautious about the details.”

I can’t wait to see what becomes true at E3 on June 7th.

Via Gonintendo.