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Nintendo: No Reason to Make Wii HD-Compatible at This Time

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288w ago - Nintendo is still insisting that as far as the original Wii is concerned, there is not a significant reason to make it HD compatible.

However, a new Wii may well support HD because HD is common across the world.

To quote: Nintendo president Satoru Iwata recently talked to VentureBeat about the HD upgrade of the Wii and revealed that:

"If we have an opportunity to make a new console, it will probably support HD because it is now common throughout the world. However, as far as the Wii is concerned, we have not found a significant reason to make it HD-compatible at this time."

The executive went on to say that: "What is the significant meaning to the users? I don't think we should do it unless we find that reason. If we decide for other reasons to make new hardware, then HD is one of the things we would naturally add. As for timing, it may be three years from now, five years from now or eight years from now."
 

Judge Investigating Pirate Bay Bias Removed for Same Reason

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291w ago - The original Pirate Bay ruling was appealed against as the judge was a member of the Swedish Copyright Association, hence there may be some bias in his ruling.

He was then replaced by another judge who has since been dismissed as well, as she too is a member of the copyright associations.

To quote: Jumping for joy at judge's replacement: A pirate, today. So, the Pirate Bay four (Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Peter Sunde, Carl Lundström) were sent to prison.

That ruling was appealed because the judge who sent them down - Tomas Norström - was a member of the Swedish Association for the Protection of Industrial Property and the Swedish Copyright Association. The faint possibility of some personal bias raised its head.

He was replaced by Ulrika Ihrfelt, who has now been stood down because she's a member of the Swedish Association for the Protection of Industrial Property and the Swedish Copyright Association.
 

February 2009 NPD Numbers Give Sony Reason to Celebrate

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300w ago - Sony was able to put two games on the top ten software sales chart in February, as well as sell a respectable amount of each of its systems. The big winner in software is Street Fighter IV, taking the number two and three slots on the Xbox 360 and PS3, respectively.

The NPD gaming numbers are in, and February sales enjoyed a 10 percent bump over last year, while gaming enjoyed an 11 percent bump thus far this year.

To quote: Sony has some great news this month, although the 360 still beat the PS3 in hardware sales. The PS3 sold 276,000 units, which is still a tiny drop from last year's 280,000. The PS2 sold 131,000 units, and the PSP sold 199,000 units. Three consoles, over 600,000 units shipped.

What has to feel even better is that Sony did a good job of putting software up on the sales charts. The PS3 release of Street Fighter IV came in third place with 403,000 units sold, and Killzone 2 came in fifth place with 323,000 units sold. Very good numbers, two games in the top ten, and some evidence that Sony is starting to shift some serious software. Excellent news.

All we need is to see that rumored price drop on the PS3 and some titles from that upcoming push of PSP software, and Sony could be doing some intense business in the market.
 

The Reason Sonic The Hedgehog Lost His Way

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316w ago - Ever Since Sonic Adventure 2 on the Sega Dreamcast, the hedgehog has suffered some pretty piss poor releases. Sonic fans have been hurting for a long time now with titles like "Sonic Riders" and more recently "Sonic The Hedgehog".

What little good will gamers had left for the blue blur is quickly evaporating thanks to Sonic Unleashed, an otherwise decent Sonic game ruined by brawling levels that turn Sonic into a werehog combatant.

So why exactly do the development team keep screwing things up exactly? Turns out it's an entirely conscious decision.

In the latest IGN Three Red Lights podcast at the 19:40 mark David Clayman recalls a time when he talked to a member of the Sonic Unleashed team about this very issue...

"I asked one of the developers at TGS, you know I was like, come on everybody just wants Sonic running, like whats up with the werehog? And he was like, well, heres the deal... he runs at this miles per hour, kilometers per hour, and he laid out all of the statistics on how fast this hedgehog goes, and he was like:

In order to make a game where Sonic is running and everybody enjoys the whole thing we'd have to design this many miles of level,...
 

IGN: LittleBigPlanet is the Reason to get a PlayStation 3 Console

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323w ago - IGN has published its review on LittleBigPlanet for the PlayStation 3 and report that it is an incredible game which merits a 9.5/10. They conclude by stating that if you own a PS3 then you simply cannot miss this one, likewise if you don't have a PS3 yet, then this game is a reason to invest in one!

To quote: As you can see, I had a ton to say in this review, but that's because there's a ton to this game. LittleBigPlanet is a massive game, one that is essentially two parts intertwined so well that they're practically inseparable.

Media Molecule has created a brilliant platformer, and then given you the tools to recreate the whole thing over again, or better yet, to create your own ideas from scratch. It's not perfect - the controls could be tighter, automatically shifting between planes can be problematic, the editor isn't quite as robust as you might hope - but what's there is nothing short of astounding.

If you own a PlayStation 3, you cannot miss this. If you don't have a PS3 yet, this is the reason to get one.
 
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