Category: Console Wars

Smartphone Gaming Growing Rapidly, Nintendo DS Declining

Posted on November 10th, by raymond padilla in Console Wars, iPhone, Nintendo DS, PSP. 7 comments

[Updated 9:21AM PST] Flurry Analytics posted a fascinating pie chart (as fascinating as pie charts get, anyway) that illustrates the rapid growth of Android and iOS gaming, as well as the decline of Nintendo DS gaming. According to the company, Android and iOS are responsible for approximately 58 percent of U.S. portable game software revenue in 2011. This is up from 19 percent in 2009 and 34 percent in 2010. Compare this to the Nintendo DS’ 2011 software revenue, which Flurry estimates to be 36 percent of the market. This … continued

Nintendo to Lose Money for the First Time Ever, 3DS Sales Up

Posted on October 27th, by raymond padilla in Console Wars, Nintendo DS, Wii. 11 comments

Nintendo Logo slider Nintendo to Lose Money for the First Time Ever, 3DS Sales Up

Nintendo has announced that it expects to lose 20-billion yen (a shade under $264-million) for its fiscal year ending March 2012. Software sales are down, hardware sales are down, and the Japanese yen continues to be one of the strongest currencies in the world, which is bad news for a company that’s dependent on exports and global sales. This will be the first lost since the company started releasing its financial results in 1981.

In some positive news, worldwide sales of the Nintendo 3DS portable console have hit 6.68-million units. … continued

Coffee Talk #412: Predict Nintendo’s Future with 3DS and Wii U

Posted on October 18th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Console Wars, Nintendo DS, Today's Specials, Videogames, Wii. 34 comments

Today I’d like you guys and gals to put on your analyst caps and predict Nintendo’s future. In the past, people have questioned Nintendo’s DS and Wii consoles, which went on to become two of the best-selling systems in videogame…

PlayStation 4 Coming in 18 Months?

Posted on September 2nd, by raymond padilla in Console Wars, PS3, Today's Specials. 36 comments

You already know that Nintendo will have a new console (Wii U) in 2012, but what about its competitors? Well if Bitmob’s source is to be believed then you can expect a new PlayStation in about 18 months (Q1 2013). According to the site:

An anonymous source shared a quote with me, direct from what they described as a “high-level meeting” at Sony: “PlayStation 4 in 18 months.”

My source — who, I hasten to add, isn’t a neophyte, an outsider, a gossip, a fake, or a show-off — remains

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Pachter: Xbox 360 Price Cut Needed to Beat PS3

Posted on September 1st, by raymond padilla in Console Wars, PS3, Today's Specials, Xbox 360. 2 comments

I love Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter. In addition to videogames, we can talk about WWE and gaming United Airlines’ frequent flyer program. That’s pretty much all I know. I also love that he’s so quotable. He recently told Industry Gamers that Microsoft needs to slash the price of the Xbox 360 in order to beat Sony’s PlayStation 3 this holiday season. Here’s the deal:

If Microsoft does nothing, I think PS3 will outsell Xbox 360. However, my friends at Microsoft are extremely proud, and they absolutely refuse to tolerate

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Today’s Poll: Who Had the Best E3 2011 Press Conference?

Posted on June 7th, by raymond padilla in Console Wars, Nintendo DS, PS3, PSP, Today's Specials, Wii, Xbox 360. 65 comments

The “big three” pressers are over! Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony strutted their stuff and kicked off E3 2011 with a bang. Which company did best? Kindly vote for your favorite press conference and discuss!

E3 2011 Nintendo Press Conference Live Blog

Posted on June 7th, by raymond padilla in Console Wars, Nintendo DS, Today's Specials, Videogames, Wii. 36 comments

Are you ready for details on Nintendo’s next home console? How about information on the future of the 3DS? Any classic Nintendo franchises you want to see make a comeback? How do you think Nintendo of America’s new executive — the Dial soap guy — will do? Let’s see together in this Nintendo press conference live blog!continued

What Do You Think of the PlayStation Vita?

Posted on June 7th, by raymond padilla in Console Wars, PSP, Today's Specials. 8 comments

One of the biggest surprises of E3 Day 0 was the PlayStation Vita. Everyone knew that the hardware was going to be powerful since details were known when the system was codenamed NGP. The big surprise was the price point — $249 for the WiFi model and $299 for the 3G/WiFi model. That’s a bit cheaper than people were expecting. The recently released Nintendo 3DS retails for $249 and uses older technology (CPU, GPU, screen, etc.). Compared to the Vita, Nintendo’s portable system seems like a rip-off at … continued

E3 2011 Sony Press Conference Live Blog

Posted on June 6th, by raymond padilla in Console Wars, Videogames. 40 comments

Sony Computer Entertainment is set to announce details on PlayStation Vita, previously codenamed the Sony NGP. The company also has some hot games in the works for its PlayStation 3 console. How much time do you think Sony will spend addressing the recent PlayStation Network hack? Any predictions on the Vita’s price? Join me for his Sony press live blog and learn all sorts of exciting details!continued

E3 2011 Microsoft Press Conference Live Blog

Posted on June 6th, by raymond padilla in Console Wars, Today's Specials, Videogames, Xbox 360. 28 comments

It’s time for Microsoft’s E3 2011 press conference! Microsoft is the only one of the “Big Three” that hasn’t confirmed new hardware for the show. Will the company counter with some hot games? How will it take Kinect to the next level? You think there’s a chance that there will be a hardware surprise? Follow this live blog and find out!continued