With 2011 being put to an end, it’s the time where we all look back and reflect on the worst and the best of the past year. Now we will be looking at the Game Crunch Editor’s choice for Best Games of the Year. Read More!
Torrent News Site Torrent Freak has published it’s list of most pirated games in 2011. Unsurprisingly, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 both hold a high position consistently, both coming second and third respectively on both the XBox 360 and PC. Amazing but not shocking, Xenoblade Chronicles makes the top three most pirated on the Wii. You can see the full list below after the break. Read More!
Last night (Saturday), the winners of various Video Game Awards were announced, including Game of the Year. Incase you happened to miss it, or haven’t seen the results yet, you can find the list of all the Video Game Awards and their winners below right after the break. Read More!
Well, this is something. Nintendo has revised its fiscal year estimate from ¥20 billion ($264M) in profits to a ¥20 billion loss. This marks the first fiscal year with a loss since the Video Game giant first took off. A number of factors contributed to this. Nintendo says the change was caused by a decrease in both hardware and software unit sales as well as the value of yen highly appreciating. Not only is Nintendo struggling to get sales high, it has to compete with the growing market of mobile gamers who are quickly choosing the portable and cheaper option over more established platforms. Apart from being the first fiscal year loss in 30 years, Nintendo’s stocks are currently at a five-year low with no sign of picking back up.
Zelda fans rejoice! The biggest Legend of Zelda yet has finally has it’s release date confirmed after a long wait. Skyward Sword will be released on November 20th in North America while on November 18th in Europe. Skyward Sword is probably the final big release the Nintendo Wii will see in it’s lifetime as the Wii U is months away. Skyward Sword is said to be the “longest and deepest Zelda experience yet” according to Aonuma and with motion controls, this might really be the best Zelda game yet. If you haven’t and want to, you can preorder Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword from Amazon here.
Sony has done quite a bit of executive shuffling recently with the retirement of two major members on top the Sony chain, some promotions were made. With the retirement of Chairman Akira Sato (as of August 31) and Ken Kutaragi, Honorary Chairman and Father of the PlayStation retiring yesterday, some spaces needed to be filled. Kazuo Hirai who was formerly President and CEO will take up Sato’s position as Chairman of Sony International. Andrew House, formerly Sony of Europe’s President will take the role of Group CEO while Sony of Europe Executive Vice President Jim Ryan takes over his spot as President of Sony of Europe. With the recent PSN Outage and hacking and the massive laying off of employees, it sounds like a strange time for promotions but with the leave of two executives, it does make sense.
In a Question and Answer session with analysts, Nintendo Global President, Satoru Iwata said “Wii U does not have DVD or Blu-Ray playback capabilities.” Iwata has a reason for this decision. “we feel that enough people already have devices that are capable of playing DVDs and Blu-ray, such that it didn’t warrant the cost involved to build that functionality into the Wii U console because of the patents related to those technologies.” he says. The Nintendo Wii also isn’t able to play DVD or Blu-Ray movies and it looks like its successor wouldn’t either. Both the XBox 360 and PlayStation 3 can play movies from DVD but Iwata still makes a good point especially considering the Wii U is predicted to be a tad expensive. Although, no movies from DVD, doesn’t mean, no movies from USB.
Nintendo’s new home console is called, WiiU, was revealed at their E3 Conference yesterday with no price tag talk, just features. Today, we have price ranges. Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata, the WiiU wouldn’t be the same as the current price as the Wii (as expected). The Wii is currently being sold at $250 US (¥20,000) in Japan while it went on sale back in 2006 for a price of $313 (¥25,000) in Japan and $250 US in the USA. The 3DS also launched at those same prices in both regions, this means the WiiU will be sold for atleast $250 and probably above in the USA and above ¥25,000 in Japan.
We’ve got one more trailer for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. A bird-filled one too. In the trailer, we have a small hint of the characters. We see Link (like other trailers), Zelda and that mysterious man seen before in the other trailers. Nintendo also confirmed today that the game is indeed coming to Wii (shooting down the rumour that the game might skip the Wii and head for the WiiU).
Update: GameTrailer.com’s gameplay video revealed that, that mysterious man in many trailers before is called “Demon Lord Ghirahim”
First trailer for the upcoming Animal Crossing 3DS. For a 2D video of a 3D game, Animal Crossing 3D looks quiet refined compared to it’s older versions. Looks like many additions have been made, including the ability to swim.