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5:44 PM on 09.05.2007

Microsoft thinks UK is 51st State.

Apparently some silly old sausage at Microsoft has shipped somewhere in the region of 20,000 American Xbox360s to good ol' Blighty by mistake.

If only it were Nintendo so I could make a joke about imports and Super Paper Arseholes-on-toast Mario. Someone finish writing this post for me in the comments section.   read

3:52 PM on 08.20.2007

What if Nintendo "did a SEGA"?

Let's say, hypothetically, Nintendo pulls a SEGA and jacks in the Hardware biz to become a 3rd party company, developing only games.

It sounds at least like an idea worth considering, after all it worked for SEGA. The Sonic creators were in deep financial trouble following the Saturn and Dreamcast, but managed to turn their fortunes around by quitting the hardware business entirely. So there must be something in it, right?

The difference (the Nintendo difference, if you will) is that SEGA were up the creek with barely even a boat, and rabid horny alligators closing in from all sides. In contrast, Nintendo is printing money and lots of it.

Sure, Nintendo would have a larger potential audience, but would it really make much of a difference in sales? As far as I can gauge, the people who enjoy Nintendo games already buy their consoles, so it may be that games like Mario Galaxy and Metroid Prime 3 would not shift any more units even if they were available on 360s and PS3s. Any extra money made from selling on more platforms would have to first negate the money they lost due to withdrawing from the hardware race.

Even as gamers jumped ship from the SNES to the PlayStation, in many cases never to return, Nintendo remained profitable. Back in the Gamecube days when this all looked extremely possible, and even fanboys like myself were beginning to think it might not be a bad idea, Nintendo was unconcernedly making money. So now, with the phenomenal success of the Wii behind them, why should Nintendo consider 'doing a SEGA'?

The reason I present this idea is that I, as both a gamer and a Nintendo fan, believe Nintendo would make better games if they were free of the need to compete against Sony and Microsoft. I don't care about profit margins as long as I get to play good games, and this of course is where it all falls down. Nintendo is a business, and so has no choice but to care about profits over increased game quality.

Although, perhaps this is all because I know for a fact that neither Sony nor Microsoft would have released WiiFit. I hate that thing.   read

11:54 AM on 07.09.2007

The sound of one hand... playing XBox?

Some bright young thing has created an Xbox 360 controller for a one-handed person.

His blog tells us he built this by request for a serviceman injured in Iraq. It's a left-handed version which works by setting it on your knee. Thus, tilting the controller against your leg acts as the right analog stick, which was the trickiest part of the controller to replicate.

The possibilities are endless... When is Soulcalibur released again?   read

11:11 AM on 07.09.2007

Mario Kart Wii in time for Christmas?

N-Europe has posted an article. It says this:

"Mario Kart for the Wii will be a "replacement" for Super Smash Bros. Brawl in Europe, which will sadly miss Europe this year, and it will be out early 2008 instead. However, this also means that the US will not see Mario Kart until early 2008, and they will be getting Smash Bros. Brawl in 2007. This means that Nintendo fans in both Europe and the US will have something to moan about (they'll have something to be glad about, too....but there will probably be more moaning).

Also note that at the beginning of June Patrick Nagel, Deputy Marketing Manager for Nintendo Germany, stated that Europe will see Metroid Prime 3 and Mario Kart in 2007. We have reason to believe that he really was speaking the truth then."

I'll believe it when I see it, however I can't say I'd be too disappointed to get Mario Kart instead of Smash Bros. You?   read

7:39 PM on 06.05.2007

Get it tested, son.

Test Test Test. Everyone watch me copy and paste from GameTab for the next few weeks before I get bored.

Also cocks etc.   read

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