Microsoft not Planning to “Counter” Wii U
With this generation of consoles growing ever older and Nintendo prepping Wii U for a likely late 2012 launch, it seems only natural that the next generation is creeping into many people’s thoughts. Microsoft France’s Cedrick Delmas has added his opinions to the conversation and the topic of Nintendo and Wii U came up.
“We’re not here to counter Nintendo and they’re not here to fight the other manufacturers.” Delmas said, “Nintendo has put itself in a different cycle, they’re advancing at their own pace.”
Nintendo definitely set themselves apart by focusing more on re-imagining the controller than upgrading graphics processors when they created Wii and that independent spirit can be seen not only in Wii U’s controller, but also in the fact that Nintendo is preempting both Microsoft and Sony’s next console offerings.
Delmas also discussed his own theories on where his employers were going, expressing a belief that Xbox 360’s successor will definitely not find its way to market in 2012, and probably won’t even be revealed at E3 this year.
Source: VG 24/7
ESRB Reveals Potential Possible Game Gear Games on 3DS
Wii’s Virtual Console started as a shrine to the glory of classic Nintendo platforms but has, over the years, expanded to include titles from Nintendo’s various competitors throughout history. Now it looks like Virtual Console of 3DS will be following the same path.
The latest update to the ESRB’s rankings of upcoming games includes two interesting entries, Shinobi and Sonic Triple Trouble. Not only are these the titles from Sega’s brick of an old-school gaming handheld, but the ESRB listing specifically lists the platforms for these games as Game Gear and 3DS.
Of course nothing is official until somebody makes an announcement or generates a press release, but this isn’t the first time that ESRB rankings have unintentionally revealed games and past examples have proven exceptionally accurate. Add in the fact that this would totally be in keeping with past precedent and you have a very likely leak on your hands.
New Paul McCartney Music Coming to Games
Not satisfied with being a driving force in the most successful band in the world and following it up with a wildly successful solo career, Sir Paul McCartney has announced he will be writing music for video games now.
The former Beatle has apparently already began working on a project and feels that video games could in fact prove to be a better way to bring his work to new audiences than more traditional methods.
“It’s a fascinating market. A new computer game sells so much better than a new CD these days.” McCartney said. “Young people will hear my music for the first time in a game.”
McCartney’s work with The Beatles is of course very familiar with gamers thanks to The Beatles: Rock Band, but from the sound of it, this will be completely new material and its first debut to the rest of the world will be in a game. As for what that game might be, that is anybody’s guess so keep a look out for more info as things develop.