Tag: nintendo

May 24

Nintendo Fumbles With Wii Ware

Nintendo’s Wii revealed its own portfolio of original and downloadable games this month with the WiiWare.  It was intended to widen consumers options through digital download services and take out the costs of both publisher and retailer.  It will provide developers more room and less risk — ultimately giving consumers a better deal.

However, initial reports show that there are big problems with the system that still had to be worked out.  There is only 512 MB on-board storage and the interface is not exactly the best.  the limited room limits the players choices.  Though you can store the games in an SD card, you will still need to copy them back before playing.  This will definitely bring out complaints from heavy users.  While it is still in its maiden stage, space is already limited.  It will definitely not fare any better in the coming years.  Nintendo seems to have blundered this great opportunity.  We’ll have to wait and see how they will work this out.

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Oct 25

PS3, Xbox 360, or Wii?

Christmas is merely breaths away and I’m starting to decide what to give the kids this Christmas. It has been a tradition to give 3 rowdy boys just one big gift every Christmas instead of 3 separate smaller tokens. Last year, they got their PSP. This year they were hinting on any of the bigger consoles that came out the market about a year ago. I did some research and thought it might help out anyone who may be in a similar dilemma.

Sony’s PS3 is the most expensive of the new consoles at a hefty price of $499 or about PhP22,000. Bulk of the cost is attributed to the Blu-Ray DVD capabilities of the console, a new format that enables high-definition DVD playback and allows for better resolution and more sophisticated games. It has a 3.2 GHz cell processor which is the most powerful chip ever found inside a video game console and holds either a 20GB or a 60GB hard drive, depending on which version you opt for. The 60GB version ($599) comes with WiFi and a media card reader. Sony updated its bluetooth controllers to the new SixAxis controller –looks and feels like a DualShock controller, but is motion-sensitive in six directions. It’s not as innovative as the Wii controller, but the SixAxis does add another element to gaming, such as utilizing the motion sensitivity to control skating or driving. It also allows up to 7 bluetooth controllers — that means the entire family can play together. Moreover, unlike the the XBox live, Sony’s online service is absolutely free, allowing free multiplayer games without any add-on softwares or upgrades.

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