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Final Fantasy VII Remake: More Story, Less Action

Square Enix last week offered some tidbits about its upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake, which likely will be episodic in nature with the emphasis on action toned down. The company revealed the first gameplay footage of the remake at the PlayStation Experience 2015 event in San Francisco. The game, w...

NX Leaks Hint at Nintendo Comeback

Nintendo reportedly has started to distribute software development kits for its next game console. The company hasn't laid out in detail the ecosystem of third-party software that it plans to build around its upcoming console, code-named "NX," but it plans to integrate it with a digital platform for...

Wii U Wii U Rock You

Nintendo's next-generation video game console system, the Wii U, will arrive at stores on Sunday and is expected to sell out quickly. This could leave many holiday shoppers unable to find one as Nintendo will be unable to meet the demand. In many ways this is a replay of the 2006 launch of the Ninte...

Wii 2 Will Rock You – Maybe

Five years after Nintendo launched the now-legendary Wii, the company's rumored to have its successor -- the Wii 2 -- in the wings. Hearsay abound about the Wii 2, which is expected to be unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, to be held in Los Angeles in June. A sampling...

VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY WATCH

Nintendo’s DSi Gathers Buyers While Wiis Gather Dust

Nintendo made headlines in the gaming industry this week with the U.S. release of a new device, the highly anticipated Nintendo DSi portable gaming system. The third iteration of the top-selling on-the-go video game machine features two built-in cameras and recorded sounds that users can alter. The ...

Game Consoles, Part 4: A Window on the Wii

The success of Nintendo's Wii gaming system came as something a surprise to almost everyone. Hardcore gamers wrote it off as a lightweight contender, best suited for small children, and without any true HD graphics capability, how could it compete? But compete it has, despite a list of hurdles. Desp...

Study: Gluttonous Gaming Machines Could Use Lesson in Power Management

As many industries focus on green technologies like hardware and devices that use less energy, a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council suggests that makers of video game consoles could do more to cut their hardware's hunger for electricity. In the U.S., video game consoles consume ro...

GAME REVIEW

‘Animal Crossing: City Folk’: Slow, Boring, Lonely

Among the titles Nintendo highlighted during E3 this year, "Animal Crossing: City Folks" stood out. Previously a bestselling franchise on the Nintendo GameCube, the updated Wii version, Nintendo said, would take advantage of the console's Internet connection and new Wii Speak microphone accessory to...

Revenge of the Wii, Part 2

Seven years ago, after the release of the Sony PlayStation 2 and the Microsoft Xbox, it seemed as though Nintendo, once a market leader, would never regain its No. 1 position. The GameCube, which sold a paltry 21.74 million units worldwide, had been a relative dud for the longtime gaming champion. H...

Revenge of the Wii, Part 1

In the take-no-prisoners environment of the video game console industry, Nintendo was not so long ago considered an also-ran. The video game console pioneer and one-time market leader had been outmaneuvered and outsold by video game juggernaut Sony and even upstart entrant Microsoft, as their respec...

Nintendo Plans Nov. 19 Wii Launch

Nintendo on Thursday said it will launch its newest video game console in the United States on Nov. 19, just in time for the lucrative holiday shopping season. The firm's Wii system will come to market as the most affordable among the next-generation gaming consoles from the Big Three players: Ninte...

Goliaths Square Off in Game Console Battle

The battle plans have been laid, and the combatants are poised to attack. After months of mystery, the big three game console makers -- Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo -- have each revealed their next-generation gaming machines. Whether the coming market showdown will result in any dramatic reshaping o...

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

EA’s Schappert Has Eye on Gaming’s Future

With a new generation of video game consoles, increasing online game play and distribution, cross-platform development and play, in-game advertising and more, there are earth-shaking changes going on in the video game industry. TechNewsWorld posed some questions about the new gaming landscape to Sen...

Microsoft Set to Launch Kid-Focused Gaming Franchise

Microsoft is introducing an entertainment franchise including games and television programming featuring characters that appeal to young consumers. The software giant on Wednesday revealed plans for a new entertainment franchise called "Viva Pinata." More than just a video game title, Microsoft plan...

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