In that 13-year period, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony have released some beautiful hardware, as well as some not-so-beautiful devices that probably needed another trip to the drawing board. Of course, when they came out, many of the designs seen in the gallery below were beyond fresh and considered innovative, at least to some degree.… Read more
Thank you, Nintendo, for livening up an otherwise humdrum late-August hump day by releasing the 2DS, a new portable gaming console that's unleashed a wave of Twitter hate and snark not seen since, well, the Batfleck brouhaha of a few days ago.
The device essentially delivers the 3DS experience without the 3D viewing. While some commentators call the mass-market-friendly $129.99 tag a smart move that will appeal to parents ahead of the holiday season (another possible bonus for the kid crowd: there's no hinge to break), others are opting for a simpler analysis involving adjectives such as "dumb," "ugly," and yes, even "fugly."
Care to see just how offended some of the tech-following masses find this device's design? Here, in no particular order, are just a handful of tweets that made us laugh, including a couple by our very own CNET techsperts. Of course, Nintendo's likely to have the last laugh, selling a ton of these devices in the months to come. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Greg's Cable Map shows international fiber-optic cables installed underwater.
- This is the NYPD's secret spy cab.
- Could a Spawn remake really be happening?
- Too easy: Porn Hub breaks down popular search terms by state.
- Meet the Nintendo 2DS: Just $129.99, minus the good looks.
Nintendo's Wii U wasn't the only device that received some attention from the game company on Wednesday.
Nintendo today announced a new portable it's calling the 2DS. The device looks somewhat similar to the 3DS XL, but lacks the 3D viewing. In addition, it doesn't appear to be able to close like a clamshell.… Read more
Nintendo has finally made a move to improve the Wii U's chances of finding more suitors.
The company on Wednesday announced that it will cut the price on the Wii U Deluxe set by $50. Starting September 20, the deluxe console will be available for $299.99. In addition, Nintendo will sell a limited-edition Wii U bundle featuring The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD on September 20 for the same $299.99 price tag.
Nintendo's announcement did not mention any changes to the Wii U Basic Set which also currently has a suggested retail price of $… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Police: 8-year-old shoots, kills elderly caregiver after playing video game.
- Xbox 360, 3DS lead disappointing July for game business.
- Check out Harold's book, "All Your Base Are Belong to Us: How Fifty Years of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture."
Despite victories for the Xbox 360 and 3DS, the gaming business had one rough July.
Total physical game sales, which includes hardware, disc-based software, and accessories, hit only $443 million in the U.S. in July, research firm NPD has revealed. That figure is down 19 percent compared to the same period last year. Hardware sales topped out at an abysmal $99.4 million, while software could only muster $222.3 million in sales.
Microsoft's Xbox 360 was the top-selling console last month, reaching 107,000 units sold during the period. It was the 31st-consecutive month the Xbox 360 … Read more
Nintendo might end up paying less than expected for a patent infringement case.
U.S. Federal Judge Jed Rakoff ruled in a New York court on Wednesday that the company should only be forced to pay $15.1 million in damages to Seijiro Tomita, instead of the $30.2 million the man was originally awarded. If Tomita doesn't accept the new deal, he'll be forced to try his luck in a new damages trial and potentially risk getting nothing.
Tomita hit Nintendo with a lawsuit in 2011, alleging that the game-maker violated a patent he owns related to … Read more
We've dazzled you with a 70,000-piece Lego Serenity spaceship and Lego-ized vintage consumer electronics, but Julius von Brunk's custom Lego creations show off a different side of building with the classic brick toy.
Brunk takes inspiration from Transformers and classic gaming consoles to create Legoformers, Legos that actually transform into fun alien creatures.… Read more