Analyst: Wii 2 in 2011, 3DS garnering third-party support, Wii/DS enhancements at E3
“We note that Nintendo is widely expected to deliver a Wii refresh in 2011, well before Sony and Microsoft come to market with new platforms, although this is unlikely to represent the launch of a new generation. Instead, we expect Microsoft and Sony to leverage their growing online content and services platforms, along with new motion sensing controllers, and to a lesser extent 3D and Internet-enabled televisions, as three pillars for growth over the coming 2-3 years.” – Lazard Capital Markets analyst Colin Sebastian
“3DS could emerge as an E3 winner. Our conversations with industry contacts suggest the Nintendo 3DS is an impressive device, and is garnering support among third party developers.” – Lazard Capital Markets analyst Colin Sebastian
“We also expect Nintendo to announce enhancements to the online capabilities of the Wii and DS. While another price reduction on the Wii is unlikely at E3 this year, we believe it remains a possibility before the end of the year depending on unit sell-through trends.” – Lazard Capital Markets analyst Colin Sebastian
The most important piece of information out of these comments is the 3DS third-party support. It’s critical for the system to be supported by developers other than Nintendo right out of the gate. Hopefully we’ll hear about a bunch of third-party announcements next week.
“I will tell you, I’ve seen it; it’s cool…they’ve [Nintendo] got a lot to say at E3, and I want to be careful to not accidentally transgress an NDA.” – EA Chief Executive John Riccitiello
This must mean EA is one of the few developers that have had fairly extensive time to try out the 3DS. Believe it or not, EA released the most games for the DS when the system launched in North America. I wonder if the same thing will happen with the 3DS.
Rumor: Nintendo allowing third-parties to reveal 3DS software once E3 begins
It has been said for quite some time that Nintendo will be unveiling their next handheld, the 3DS, along with the system’s first round of software at E3 next week. Obviously the Big N has some titles in development, but what about third-parties? Well, according to Game Informer, other companies have been told that they can announce their projects once E3 begins.
The thing is, Nintendo’s conference will be taking place next Tuesday even though the trade show officially begins one day prior. So will third-parties reveal their games on Monday? Or will they wait until Nintendo’s conference is over?
Nintendo Voice Chat podcast summary (E3 and 3DS talk)
– Nintendo’s conference is Tuesday at 9 AM Pacific
– They will be number two, Microsoft is on Monday
– Guesses that this conference will be more hardcore-focused
– Craig thinks the 3DS name won’t change
– The cool games we want to see might just be put into a montage like last year
– Craig’s theory about the Vitality Sensor was that Nintendo needed to fill a gap to show they were working on something
– Epic Mickey will probably be at E3, Craig has it scheduled in his second day at E3
“Of course, it allows us to do things that couldn’t be done until now, so the development staff is showing great interest, but what’s important is how much the users themselves want 3D content. What we’re more looking forward to is the offering of a new business model. Nintendo has been in the hardware business for a long time, and I believe they must be looking closely at Apple’s recent success. We third parties are paying attention to Nintendo’s E3 3DS announcement because of this point as well.” – Capcom CEO Haruhiro Tsujimoto
Well, I guess Capcom doesn’t know that much about the 3DS! Eventually I’d like to see the company support it with a lot of original content. They have talented developers, but a lot of content on the DS has consisted of ports.
Pachter: 3DS can help Nintendo steal the show at E3, DS price drop expected
“[Nintendo may] steal the show with its upcoming new handheld (scheduled for release by March 2011), the 3DS.” – Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter
“The only price cut that we expect is for Nintendo’s DS in the U.S. (following recent price cuts in the UK and Japan). Nintendo is unlikely to drop the price of the Wii below $199 as it recently introduced a new bundle that includes Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, and the Wii Motion Plus. Similarly, Sony is unlikely to announce a PS3 price cut, as we believe a price reduction below $299 may lead to a loss on each unit sold. Microsoft is not expected to drop the price of the Xbox 360 below $299 either; instead, we expect the company to bundle the Natal motion controller with a redesigned (slim and black) console.” – Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter
The 3DS is definitely one of the biggest mysteries of E3. Even though we know it exists and that it can play games in 3D without glasses, a flood of details are expected to be unveiled next week. If the system turns out to be innovative like past Nintendo handhelds and a few noteworthy titles are shown, gaming fans will probably look back fondly at this year’s conference.
Rumor: Developers claim 3DS processing capabilities surpass Wii, close to PS3/360
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“Several developers that have experienced 3DS in its current form have reported, off the record, that it has processing capabilities that far exceed the Nintendo Wii and bring the device with abilities that are close to HD consoles such as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. According to several developer sources, the 3DS device is not using the NVIDIA Tegra mobile chipset, a rumor that’s been floating around since 2009.”
I’m having a hard time believing this one. Looking back at previous portables, they’ve never really surpassed their console “counterparts” in terms of processing power. I think we’d be lucky if the 3DS’ power matched the GameCube, though I’d be very glad if it was more powerful than that! We’ll have to see which specs Nintendo reveals at E3.
SEGA on game sales, 3DS, more
This information comes SEGA’s Naoya Tsurumi, who was featured on Nikkei…
– Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games was SEGA’s biggest IP last year
– SEGA hoped to sell 7 million copies of Mario and Sonic (currently at 6.53 million worldwide)
– Mario and Sonic sales lower than expected in North America
– Most of SEGA’s games didn’t meet expectations in North America, Tsurumi thinks this is because consumers purchased titles from other companies instead
– Regarding 3D gaming, 3DS: “I believe 3D will become a big wave. The Nintendo 3DS is a landmark hardware. We’d like to invest heavily in it.”
– SEGA interested in supporting 3D on consoles, but its success will depend on 3D televisions
– SEGA releasing 12-15 games this year
– Tsurumi wouldn’t say if there will be a Mario and Sonic title for the London Olympics
– SEGA will support downloadable games (VC-like titles and new games)
– On package and download sales: “Just so there’s no mistake, our core is in package games. This is an area that’s packed with high-end technology and knowhow. We cannot lose that strength. I don’t believe we can do away with that and focus on titles with simple technology.”
Nnooo announces Spirit Hunter Inc: Shadow/Light for DS, “future Nintendo portable devices”
Sounds to me like this will end up hitting the 3DS at some point. I’m pretty sure that’s the only portable system Nintendo has in the pipeline!
PRESS RELEASE: Nnooo announce the development of Spirit Hunters Inc: Shadow™ and Spirit Hunters Inc: Light™ for Nintendo DSiWare™ and future Nintendo portable devices.
Spirit Hunters Inc: Shadow and Spirit Hunters Inc: Light are augmented reality games in which the player works for Spirit Hunters Inc, a mysterious company which specialises in the detection, capture and trade of ghostly spirits.
“Spirit Hunters Inc. is essentially a Role Playing Game set in the real world.”, said Nic Watt, Creative Director, Nnooo. “Players use the camera built into their devices to hunt out and battle spirits anywhere in the world. Whether it at the supermarket, shopping mall, home or even on holiday. Spirits are hiding all around us!”
Frontier will consider 3DS support
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“The concept is very interesting. I’ve always been sceptical about 3D TV and cinema technologies that require you to wear glasses. The great thing about 3DS as I understand it is that it uses lenticular technology I first saw at Cambridge University in the early 1990s which doesn’t need glasses or anything special. The screen is designed to send a slightly different image to each eye using microscopic triangular lenses on top of each pair of pixels. The gamplay software renders each screen from a slightly different viewpoint so it looks 3D. Obviously the new machine is something that Frontier will look at seriously from the point of view of supporting it.” – Frontier’s David Braben
There are many, many companies who seem intrigued with the 3DS. With so many developers interested in the system, we should see some really unique content over the system’s lifespan.