Nightly News Roundup: 09.25.2012

Donkey Kong machinery, Wii U set to dominate in France, and Nintendo saving money on each new system.

By Robin Wilde. Posted 09/25/2012 20:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

Mechanical Monkey Madness

Ready your NES controllers and prepare your laser cutting equipment. No, the robots haven’t started the uprising – engineer Martin Raynsford has created the first version of a laser-cut mechanical Donkey Kong game. Controlled with the NES pad, Mario can currently jump up and down (and die, if you fail at games) but sideways movement is currently under development. Here’s to some retro platforming on retro hardware before too long!

Source: Kotaku

Wii-ve La Revol-U-tion

Tech company IDG has released sales projections for the next generation that show Wii U with a comfortable lead in sales in France by 2014. The report, due to feature in French magazine Media One, predicts total sales of 5.9 million for Nintendo’s latest system by 2014, compared with 1.9 million for Xbox 3 and 1.4 million for PS4. Granted, Nintendo’s competitors haven’t revealed their next generation plans yet, let alone set release dates for any consoles, so these figures might not be indicative of the whole generation, but it can only be helpful for Nintendo to gain an early lead.

Source: NintendoLife

Val-U For Money

A recent interview with Nintendo of America COO Reggie Fils-Aime has revealed that Nintendo remains committed to selling their consoles at a profit. What makes this interesting is that $299/£250 is a rather low price for a brand new console which supposedly outperforms the PlayStation 3 in terms of power. Logically then, the parts used to construct the Wii U must be quite cheap, which raises questions about the eventual power of the system relative to its looming competitors; that said, we’re getting a console that’s half the launch price of the monstrously expensive PlayStation 3, so perhaps we shouldn’t complain too much. Nintendo have always pulled a few tricks out of the bag and there’s no reason to suppose they won’t do so this time.

Source: Nintendo World Report

Thank you, Danke Schön and Arigato. Have a great night, and keep on gaming!

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