Nintendo has been rather tight-lipped about its upcoming NX console, but it's clearly in the works, as the company has now distributed a software development kit for it. According to The Wall Street Journal, this means Nintendo's NX could hit the market as early as next year. Some analysts agree, noting that the "softness" of Nintendo's two big flagships, the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS (all of its various versions), suggest Nintendo could use a hardware hit. A Nintendo spokesperson, however, told the paper that we shouldn't expect details until next year. Currently, rumors suggest that the device will be a gaming console, but that it'll also have some kind of mobile device that could either be used as a controller for the console or as a mobile device. It's also likely that Nintendo's new console will use what the Journal described as "industry-leading chips." That's important, since Nintendo's consoles are typically viewed as underperforming and graphically inferior compared to … [Read more...] about Report: Nintendo Distributes SDKs for New ‘NX’ Console
In a bit of news that should surprise absolutely nobody, given just how many delays have affected the game's development thus far, those who still cling to their last-generation gaming consoles will not be able to play the latest iteration in the Mortal Kombat franchise. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has finally pulled the plug on the project—fitting, since Mortal Kombat X came out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC more than four months ago. In other words, if Warner Bros. didn't have it ready by now, there doesn't seem to be much of a point to waiting even longer to release what would be an old game for even older consoles. "After months of development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has come to the regrettable conclusion that we cannot release Mortal Kombat X for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Please know our teams worked diligently to meet the quality standards set by the current-gen versions of the game. We were not able to get the PS3 and Xbox 360 … [Read more...] about Warner Bros. Finally Kills Mortal Kombat X for Last-Gen Consoles
At E3 on Sunday, Microsoft finally pulled back the curtain on its secretive Project Scorpio hardware, which is now known as the Xbox One X. At $499, it will be the premium option in the Xbox lineup, delivering more power than any console before it when it launches on Nov. 7. That includes Sony's PS4 Pro, the One X's closest equivalent. Both tout 4K gaming capabilities, but there are some differences in what that means for each console, and how adept the hardware is at pulling it off. In addition, the two are similar in how they'll treat existing and future games; both aim to be as inclusionary as possible. But the PS4 Pro costs $100 less than the Xbox One X, so what's causing the discrepancy, and is it worth paying for? Hardware In no uncertain terms, the Xbox One X is more powerful than the PS4 Pro across the board. Teraflops (trillion floating point operations per second) are a means of measuring raw graphical power, and the One X boasts 6 TFLOPS compared to the PS4 Pro's 4.2 TFLOPS. … [Read more...] about Xbox One X vs. PS4 Pro: Which 4K Console Reigns Supreme?
There are records every console manufacturer wants to smash, but none more so than "fastest-selling home console." Nintendo just set a new record with the Switch for fastest-selling home console in the US, and if that wasn't good enough, the record it beat was already held by Nintendo hardware. As Business Wire reports, the Nintendo Switch is now officially the fastest-selling console in the US, managing to sell over 4.8 million units in just 10 months. The previous record holder was the Nintendo Wii, which managed just over four million sales within the same time frame. It's not just the hardware that's selling well, though, Nintendo's first-party games are, too. 60 percent of Switch owners also own a copy of Super Mario Odyssey. 55 percent own a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It wasn't too long ago there were more copies of Zelda sold than Switch available, but with many more games available now, it's not too surprising to see Zelda ownership scale back. If you've … [Read more...] about Nintendo Switch Becomes Fastest-Selling Home Console in US
Nintendo is rebooting the Classic Edition of its NES and SNES consoles, which are 33 and 28 years old, respectively; they'll ship on June 29. But anyone who tries to revive two 8- and 16-bit consoles in a market dominated by the likes of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is probably committing business suicide—right? Well, Nintendo is not just anyone. In its first launch of the retro NES Classic in late 2016, the company sold approximately 2.3 million units in five months and sold out its entire stock by July 2017. It then sold 5 million units of the SNES Classic in a few months. This doesn't mean that dusting off any old gaming console is a recipe for success. Nintendo has mastered the art of reboot through perfect timing and meticulous planning. We have yet to see how these retro gaming consoles will perform this summer—but if the past is any indication, they'll be a hit. Here's everything that made the NES and SNES Classic such huge successes. The Right Mix of Nostalgia and … [Read more...] about Why Nintendo’s Gamble on Retro Consoles Paid Off