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8:09 PM on 09.22.2009

Wii still in Very High Demand

COUNTY: Three juveniles were arrested and charged with burglary, theft and dealing in stolen property.

On September 10th, a house at 19041 Bartow was burglarized. The resident said a Wii with two controllers and three games were stolen, reports said.

On September 15th, two deputies were in an unmarked car in the area of Miami Boulevard and Coral Gables Road because of a recent trend of daytime burglaries, reports said.

Deputies say they arrested three juveniles after they committed a burglary while under surveillance, reports said.

The boys were identified as 15-year-old Ernesto Lopez, 12-year-old Cody Demeyere and 14-year-old Dylan Parry

All three provided statements to deputies about burglaries that have happened in the last seven days, reports said.

At Lopez's residence, deputies say they found a blue Nintendo DS game console and several Wii games.

At Demeyer's residence deputies seized Playstation 2 video games, music CDs, DVD movies and a screwdriver, reports said.

Parry has been charged with:

3 counts Burgl of unoccupied dwelling; unarmed; no asslt/batt
3 counts Larc theft is $300 or more but less than $5000
3 counts Stolen prop-deal in
1 count Arson 1st degree dwelling building people present
1 count Burgl of dwelling unarmed no asslt or batt

Demeyere has been charged with

3 counts Burgl of unoccupied dwelling; unarmed; no asslt/batt
3 counts Larc theft is $300 or more but less than $5000
3 counts Stolen prop-deal in
1 count Arson 1st degree dwelling building people present
1 count Burgl of dwelling unarmed no asslt or batt
Lopez has been charged with

2 counts Burglary
2 counts Larceny theft
2 counts Stolen prop-deal in   read

8:37 PM on 08.18.2009

Nintendo's 10 year controller beats Sony's 10 year console plans


Point One: Nintendo already saved massive dollars by recycling old Gamecube hardware, development programs and repackaging it inside the Wii.

"The hardware is basically a GC. We've upgraded our development tools to new versions but, you can still use GC programs as they are. With that in mind, I thought we could remake GC titles for the Wii and modify them to work with the Wii remote so that they're more fun to play." confirms Miyamoto. They were first with a ten year console hardware plan. They atarted it with the Gamecube hardware 8 years ago.

Point Two: Its not the first time they have recycled and repackaged hardware and technology.

They have used the 10 year console plan before. They just never told anyone they were doing it. They've done it to much financial success and fanfare while entertaining millions in the process. In terms of graphics, the GBA is "basically" a SNES, and the DS is "basically" a N64 with a touchscreen. Both handhelds have done extremely well. So lack of success and controversy aside, why does Sony seem to make a fuss over the PS3 being a console to end all consoles?

Point Three: Nintendo will of course upgrade its console hardware. But this time the controllers have a ten year life cycle.

"I believe that any sort of changes to interface that allows people to get into games and enjoy games is a great trend," said Miyamoto. "One of the challenges is not just to create a natural controller, but how do you get it into the hands of the people? How do you do that cost effectively? And I think we've accomplished that."

"We have sold millions of controllers at a good price point. And we have that delivery system successfully already implemented," explains Miyamoto. "For other companies starting from zero and trying to figure out how to get it out there at a decent price point is a big challenge."

Point Four: Who knows where controllers and interfaces will be in ten years?


7:39 PM on 06.18.2009

Natal + Computer = Minority Report Interface


11:25 AM on 04.25.2009

Okami more successful on Wii than PS2

Since its initial launch on the PS2 in 2006, Okami has earned high acclaim from critics and reviews. Despite that and the IGN 2006 Game of the Year Award, it has suffered from poor sales totaling only 150,000 on the PS2.

Developed by Clover Studios, the same studio responsible for Viewtiful Joe and God Hand, Okami was innovative in both its gameplay and artstyle featuring watercolor and wool carving features. Clover Studios was closed shorted after that same year.

Since, Okami has been redeveloped and reproduced by Ready at Dawn and Capcom for the Nintendo Wii in 2008 and has earned similar praise with the updated motion control schemes. Sales have approached a quarter million at 220,000 so far already surpassing the total sales of Okami on the PS2.

A 50% increase in sales for an unsuccessful 2 year old port is impressive. Success of enhanced ports speaks volumes of the appeal the Wii has when developers apply and leverage the systems stengths correctly.

Other ports such as Dead Rising also from Capcom shows what watering down a franchise can lead to in sales and critical backlash.

What ports are you looking forward to on the Wii? What upcoming ports concern you?   read

12:18 PM on 09.13.2008

The Wii - Madden selling Twice as much on Nintendo's new system

Madden has always sold less on Nintendo consoles since the N64. All sports games have in fact sold better on Nintendo's competitors' consoles.

Even with the recent news it seems that not even motions controls on the Wii can attract people to buy mainstream sports titles.

Or not. Sales for Madden 06 and 07 were 420K and 460K respectively on the Gamecube. Less than stellar compared to the competition.

Madden 08 on the Wii has sold 800K so far. The first month sales of Madden 09 for the Wii has already passed the quarter million sales mark totaling 270,000 units sold.

A 100% increase in sales one year then crossing 250,000 in one month doesn't seem that inhospitable to me.

Next step:

If Dead Rising on Wii sells well, I wouldn't be surprised to see RE5 hit the system next year too.

What are your thoughts on third party support for the Wii?   read

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