Nightly News Roundup: 2011.01.13

Nintendo gloats about how much money we gave them last year, Hollywood has officially eaten one too many power pellets, and Iwata wants you to make home movies… in 3D!

By Andy Hoover. Posted 01/13/2011 23:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

Nintendo Announces Ownership of 2010

Nintendo’s latest press release is touts the companies success during December and even the rest of 2010. December saw 2.5 million DS and 2.3 million Wii sales, bringing annual totals to 8.5 million for DS and 7 million for Wii. Altogether, that brings the totals over the years to 47 million for DS and 34 million for Wii, and that is just in the US.

Wii software also excelled during December, and in a rare twist, 3rd parties had an especially strong showing. Just Dance 2 from Ubisoft took the top spot while Donkey Kong Country Returns and Disney’s Epic Mickey also found their way into the top 5. As for annual software number, 13 of the top 25 played were playable on Nintendo platforms either as exclusives or multiplatform releases, while New Super Mario Bros. was the best selling Wii exclusive of the year, coming in 4th place – an impressive feat for a game released in 2009.

Source: Nintendo

Pac-Man Could Be Coming to TV

Merv Griffin Entertainment has announced a partnership with Namco Bandai to produce a reality/game show based on Pac-Man. No, this is not April Fool’s Day.

“The idea we have is to take what Pac-Man is and bring it to life, to bring what is essentially the world’s biggest game of tag to television,” said Roy Bank, president of TV at Merv Griffin entertainment, who went on to promise “a big, crazy Wipeout type event with a lot of energy.”

Buckner and Garcia, the musical masterminds behind the 1982 hit “Pac-Man Fever” will probably be excited to know there is finally a chance for their song to be licensed for the first time in a post-Cold War world.

Source: Deadline

Iwata and Miyamoto Discuss 3DS’s Potential as a 3D Camcorder

In the latest addition to Nintendo’s Iwata Asks series, Miyamoto revealed that Iwata is a proponent of adding the ability to take 3D video to the 3DS’ repertoire.

While it has already confirmed that 3DS will only ship with the ability to take still 3D pictures, Iwata did mention the potential to add this feature in “future updates”. Whether this means updated hardware, something Nintendo has a long history of producing, or software in the form of a firmware update is anybody’s guess.

Source: Iwata Asks

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