Nightly News Roundup: 06.20.2012

Of CEOs, downloadables, and hardware.

By Mel Turnquist. Posted 06/20/2012 21:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

Nintendo UK GM David Yarnton Stepping Down

It seems as if the Nintendo UK section has lost yet another vital cog in their business, perhaps the most vital of all. It’s been reported that Nintendo UK GM David Yarnton will be stepping down after 17 years with the company. Yarnton was reported as saying that he is hoping to pursue other interests outside of Nintendo.

Plans have not yet been announced for a replacement for Yarnton, but Nintendo of Europe’s president Satoru Shibata will act as interim GM until a suitable replacement is found. This is the third veteran of the company to leave within the year.

Source: Gamasutra

Nintendo Wants Wii U Titles To Be Downloadable

Nintendo, who has been criticized for its lack of downloadable content in years past, is looking to shed that stereotype of being behind the times. According to an anonymous European developer, Nintendo wants to offer all Wii U retail games– both first and third-party– as downloadable titles that will be available on the Wii U eShop. This is a drastic change from WiiWare, which is kind of a bit of a laughingstock to most gamers. Nintendo will be offering quote-unquote “insane incentives” for other developers to follow suit upon this request. The incentives that will entail mostly pertain to bigger revenue cuts and more exposure. This would be ideal for the up-and-coming gaming company looking to get their name out there.

Source: Wii U Daily

Crytek CEO: Wii U “at least as powerful as Xbox 360”

For those keeping tallies on who is pro-Wii U and anti-Wii U, here’s another tally for the pro section. Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli sung the praises for the console, citing how well it runs and how great the hardware really is. Yerli also revealed in the interview that a CryEngine 3 title will be slated for the Wii U. Yerli says that the technology of the hardware is on par with the Xbox 360, if not even better than it. While it is yet to be seen if his words will ring prophetic since we’ve only gotten a few small glimpses here and there, there is still hope out there. Here’s to the Wii U not giving us any kind of Red Rings of Deaths, in the meantime.


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