Despite earlier failures of the 3DS, Nintendo has managed to launch back with surprisingly strong sales in Japan. It has sold over 5 million units there and 15 million units worldwide. It’s become the fastest selling portable console in Japan and has already surpassed the Nintendo DS sales.
This was definitely surprising news because of Nintendo’s reported losses. They hadn’t lost profits in twenty five years, and the 3DS was certainly the cause of it. Maybe now that the 3DS has picked up, Nintendo will show a profit? One can only hope for the studio behind Mario, Link, and Donkey Kong. Have you seen the commercials for their latest games? It definitely makes me want the 3DS more.
Let’s just hope that the Wii U has a major success worldwide.
Since I just finished The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, I’m looking for new games to play. I’ve always been a platformer kind of girl, and as of late I seem to be stuck on Nintendo. Few games catch my eye, but there’s a certain game developer that’s caught all of my attention.
Double Fine is a game production studio that develops games for PC, Mac, Xbox, and PlayStation. They’ve created intriguing and original games like Psychonauts and Costume Quest. These guys are about to become my new favorites because of their quality games.
I just bought Psychonauts and played the first thirty minutes. The artwork and dialogue remind me of a 90s cartoon like “Aaaaahh!! Real Monsters.” It’s nostalgic yet fresh. There’s nothing more I love than a witty character in a video game. Clever writing in video games isn’t too common anymore and definitely needs to be appreciated more. I’ll probably end up doing a full review on it later, but the quirkiness of Tim Schafer (head of Double Fine Production Studio) lives on in his other games.
There’s even a Kinect game from this company that puts you in retro video games, kind of like the game show “Legends of the Hidden Temple.” You can also pretend you’re a fish and dance around. It puts you in another reality, and it’s actually you not an avatar. You can also smash buildings, shoot fireworks, and play with lava. It’s great because now you don’t have to pretend that the floor is lava, the Kinect will do that for you. The game is called Happy Action Theater and it’s available on Xbox Live for 800 Microsoft points.
The bad news about this company is that they’ve been struggling to put out games for financial reasons. The good news is, they just raised $800,000 to create another video game. It was all thanks to Kickstarter, who allowed for gamers to directly pay the company money to publish their own games. No word on what game ill be released yet, but people are already talking about a sequel for Psychonauts. Tim Schafer is leaning more towards a point and click game, but any game from this epic developer is fine.
If you want to see more of their artwork, just go to doublefine.com and check out their games. They’ve even got games you can play on their website, along with a few comics.
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Alas, I am the bearer of bad news today. Amidst all of the rumors about the new Xbox 720, French marketing director Cedrick Delmas has told the site Lepoint.fr that there will be not be a 2012 release of the newest Xbox. Rumors have been flaring up recently about the technical aspects of the Xbox 720, and it’s only made the anticipation worse. The Wii U is also being released late 2012, so many people assumed Microsoft would be going head to head against Nintendo. Delmas stated that they were basically going to let Nintendo have their fun, and steal all their glory later on.
Delmas also mentioned E3 in his interview with Lepoint.fr, but he isn’t really sure what Microsoft will do for this year’s convention. I’m guessing that maybe they’ll introduce some aspect of the new Xbox 720 and make it official (like the rumors about the processor being seven times more powerful). Maybe they’ll hint at what the new design for the controller looks like. E3 will be bombarded with questions about these rumors, so Microsoft better have some answers ready.
I have to say, I’m kind of grateful that another Xbox won’t be released this year. Like most gamers, I only have so much money set aside for games this year. Besides if the Xbox 720 bans any used game then I may have to boycott them.
Ok, not really, but I will probably end up switching to PC gaming anyway. Steam always has some good deals going on, and I heard there are many advantages to becoming a PC gamer. I will miss that controller in my hand though. Consoles better not ever become a thing of the past; I’m too nostalgic to let go of the good old days when glitches meant you had to start back at the beginning. If a new Xbox does come out in 2013, it better blow us all away.