console wars

Infendo Radio Episode 319: Console Wars

Episode 319 of Infendo Radio is on now! Join Lewis Pugh and I as we talk about the latest Nintendo news, discuss Console Wars by Blake J. Harris, respond to reader mail, and butcher our timezones! (You’ll have to forgive my on-the-spot math skills; they’re shaky at the best of times.) Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Hyrule Warriors, and Shovel Knight all get some time in the limelight, so d...

‘Console Wars’ book to be adapted to the big screen

Booktrade has reported  that Blake Harris’ upcoming novel Console Wars will be made into a feature-length film. The book will be a retelling of SEGA’s rise to prominence during the late 80s and early 90s as they challenged Nintendo for market share of the video game industry. The film project, which will be helmed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (their last endeavor was the 2013 surpri...

“Sonic, I don’t hate you anymore.”

Nintendo Power editor Chris Slate wrote a great column this month on Sonic vs Mario. I enjoyed it so much, I wanted to share. Here it is transcribed in its entirety from print to internet: Sonic, when you first burst on the scene bragging about blast processing, I kind of hated your guts. For me, no other platformer came close the Super Mario series. So when some friends suddenly sided with the ne...

How do PS Vita details change how you feel about 3DS (if at all)?

Sony named, dated, and priced its new handheld today. Dubbed PS Vita, the touch and control enabled handheld is as powerful as modern consoles. It supports interoperable multiplayer with PS3, and has a street pass like feature called “near.” Oh, and it’s $250, just like 3DS, and launching this fall. That said, it’s being reported that Sony will lose money in releasing Vita,...

Video game visionary predicts console-less future

Hideo Kojima, one of the world’s most famous video game creators, thinks consoles will be extinct “in the near future,” thanks to server-based systems like On Live. “We’ll have games that don’t depend on any platform,” the former NES developer and long-time PlayStation man said at a news conference this week. “Gamers should be able to take the experi...

The Final Word: Why the N64 wasn’t a huge success (and how the next Wii can be)

Looking back on Nintendo systems, it’s easy to see why the NES, GameBoy, DS, and Wii were such successes. The NES had Super Mario Bros. GameBoy had Tetris. DS had Nintendodogs. Wii had Wii Sports. In other words, they all had must-have launch games. But to get theses games, you had to buy the hardware. Conversely, it’s easy to see why the GameCube never really took off, despite its pot...

Deep blue thoughts

If developers today really cared about the consumer—nay, the gamer—there’d be a 2D NEW Sonic the Hedgehog title on the Wii, complete with mass marketing and viral advertising, akin to what Nintendo did with NEW Super Mario Bros Wii. Just Sonic vs. Doctor Robotnik. No voice acting and no filler. No experimenting. No worthless online features or over-hyped, under-delivering multipl...