Nintendo is hard at work on 2 Wii U Zelda games. the first one is a HD remake of the GameCube hit Wind Waker, whereas the other is the long expected spanking new Zelda game for the Wii U.
According to Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata, they’ve got a team working on the new Wii U Zelda game currently, that doesn’t return as a surprise to anyone. And he added that they hope to form an official announcement and reveal the game within the “not too distant future”.
As you almost certainly know, the term “not too distant future” in Nintendo-speak suggests that anyplace between six months to six years.

Princess Zelda and Link

Princess Zelda and Link back on our screens again.

It is smart that Nintendo won’t announce the new Wii U Zelda game just yet, mainly because of Wind Waker HD. From a selling perspective, it’s a troublesome one for Nintendo, as they need Wind Waker coming out this Fall. saying the other Wii U Zelda game at this point can take focus away from Wind Waker HD.
On the other hand, there are lots of Zelda fans out there who are dying to check out the new game, and it provide a little hope and optimism to current Wii U owners. For now, we’ll have Wind Waker HD, which is, after all, a remake of 1 of the foremost original and distinctive Zelda games ever created.

 

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Microsoft has unveiled the Xbox One which will go on sale later this year.

The next-generation console was shown off alongside a new Kinect sensor and a redesigned gamepad.

The US firm described the voice and gesture-controlled machine as an “all-in-one” system offering games, live TV, movies and music.

The firm’s Entertainment and Devices Division accounted for $9.6bn (£6.3bn) worth of sales in Microsoft’s last financial year.

That only represented about 13% of its total revenue for the period – but one analyst said the importance of this launch should not be underestimated.

“Microsoft is very strong in business software and the enterprise cloud business, but its consumer businesses are facing tremendous challenges: PCs are declining rapidly and Windows Phone handsets have only a fraction of the market shares of rivals,” said Jia Wu from consultants Strategy Analytics.
Microsoft has added the ability to watch live TV with channel selection controlled by voice
“Xbox represents Microsoft’s core strategy in the consumer entertainment market, especially after it sold its Mediaroom video distribution business to Ericsson earlier this year.

“This is also the unique asset which Microsoft has that can differentiate itself from Apple, Google and several of the other large tech companies.”

Microsoft’s decision to show off its new hardware in the opening minutes of its presentation sharply contrasted with Sony’s PlayStation 4 press conference in February when the Japanese company decided not to reveal the look of its machine – a move that was mocked by some commentators.

New features
The Xbox One sees Microsoft add a Blu-ray drive and Skype functionality to its console, incorporate vibrating feedback into its gamepad’s triggers, and upgrade the Kinect camera’s sensor to 1080p high definition resolution.

It said the new Kinect would be better at analysing body movements, allowing users to more accurately control games characters and navigate other entertainment options.

“When you’re exercising, it can read your heartbeat,” claimed the firm.

New tools will also allow users to record and edit gameplay so clips can be easily uploaded to the web.

EA Sports was first to announce new titles for the machine revealing Fifa 14, Madden NFL 25, NBA Live 14 and the fighting game UFC would all launch on the platform within the next 12 months using a new games engine called Ignite.

It said the new machine allowed it to carry out four times as many calculations a second as the Xbox 360 and 10 times more “animation depth and detail”.

Microsoft Studios also revealed that Forza Motorsports 5 – the latest in its own racing car franchise – would be available when the console launched.

The division added that it planned to release 15 games within the console’s first year, eight of which would be new franchises.

Activision also provided a first look at the next title in its Call of Duty series – Ghosts. It will use a new games engine to take advantage of the Xbox One’s improved graphics capabilities, offering more detailed textures for human skin and other features. The title will also be released on rival platforms.

French publisher Ubisoft was not part of the launch, but took the opportunity to announce that two games in development – Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – would be available for the Xbox One before the end of 2013.

The company’s chief executive, Yves Guillemot, said he was excited by the opportunities offered by the machine’s improved specifications.

“We believe it will reinvigorate the industry,” he told the BBC.

“There’s a huge step up in graphics and there’s a big step up in terms of memory as well.

“It will take time to take full advantage of the machines because we’ll have to learn how to best optimise the technology – but even from the beginning you will see a huge difference between a game on the two different generations.”

Entertainment epicentre
Much of the presentation was dedicated to the console’s non-gaming features including its ability to make video calls; trigger live TV and online movies by voice command; and run several progams simultaneously without any apparent drop-off in performance.

Time was also given to promote an upcoming live-action television series based on Microsoft’s Halo games franchise which movie director Steven Spielberg is working on. The firm said tie-in interactive content would be offered exclusively to the Xbox One.

“Where Nintendo’s approach to next-gen gaming seems to ignore the need to share time with television and other forms of entertainment, and Sony’s approach seems willing to share the space, Microsoft’s vision is to so blur the line between different forms of entertainment that switching from game to television or movie watching will be as simply as flipping between television channels,” said Brian Crecente, news editor at games site Polygon.

“More importantly, it is lining up to make its system the one through which all entertainment happens. If it manages to pull it off, the Xbox One could become the one jumping off point for all forms of entertainment.”

News of a five-year deal with the US’s National Football League – which will allow sports fans to call up statistics, video replays and information about what live events mean for their fantasy teams – may also appeal to Microsoft’s domestic audience.

However, it did not discuss whether it was pursuing similar tie-ups for consumers overseas.

Processor change
Microsoft is planning to launch its new console at a time when many video games makers are trying to reduce costs.

Electronic Arts, Square Enix and Activision Blizzard are among firms which have announced layoffs over the past couple of months.

But the updated machines may put the companies under fresh strain.

Games engine developer Epic has warned that if studios want to take full advantage of the advances in graphics power that will be available, then their design costs could be double what they were when the Xbox 360 and PS3 launched.

“The additional rendering capabilities of these consoles will demand larger budgets for the marquee high-end games,” said Lewis Ward, video games analyst at tech research firm IDC.

“That creates a risky proposition for developers.

“But the costs are going to be mitigated to an extent – studios have said it will be easier to make games on next-gen platforms because they’re going to be closer to the development environments that are common on the PC side.”

Mr Ward was referring to the fact that Microsoft has decided to power its machine with an eight-core x86-based CPU (central processing unit) made by AMD rather than continue with IBM‘s PowerPC technology. The move means its console will run off a chip that is similar to those found in most PCs.

Sony has also opted to switch from its proprietary Cell processor tech to the x86 architecture meaning, in theory, it should be easier to port a title across different platforms.

However, the move means neither of the two new consoles will be backwards compatible with the former generation’s catalogue of games.

Both Microsoft and Sony plan follow-up “keynote” announcements at the E3 trade show in Los Angeles on 10 June.

Nintendo launched its next-generation console, the Wii U, last year and has said it will not host a major press conference at the event.

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Microsoft Corporation will be unveiling its next generation Xbox, thought to be called the Xbox 720, on 21 May.

It follows months of speculation that the company was preparing to announce a new video game console later this year.

The company has sent out press invitations hinting it would be announcing the successor to its seven-year-old Xbox 360.

Rival Sony announced in February that it would be launching the PlayStation 4 this year.

Microsoft’s event in May will be held at its Xbox campus near Seattle in the northwest of America just under a month before the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.

“On May 21, we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment,” the company said on its official blog.

“At E3 we’ll continue the conversation and showcase our full line-up of blockbuster games.”

Falling spending

The Xbox 360 is the market-leading console and has 76 million users around the world.

Gaming blogs have been speculating about the possible features on a next-generation console but Microsoft has not commented on the rumours.

The present version of the Xbox has voice and gesture command capabilities.

Figures released at the end of last year suggested the amount of money being spent on traditional games consoles had dropped dramatically.

Video games analysts IHS said spending on consoles had fallen 20% in the last two years.

 

Since a new console is only as good as the games that carry it, here’s the confirmed list of PS4 games !, so far only 3 have been confirmed for day 1 release in 2013. 17 PS4 games are confirmed to be in development

We feel that five games in particular are probably being worked on right now, and though they might not make it in time to be launch titles, we will not be surprised to see them announced within the next few months.

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FIFA 14 has been announced by EA, and this is kind of a shocking news… OK not really. But the game contains a bunch of new features and we also have some screenshots for it.

The game will be released on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. No Wii U version has been revealed which is a bit weird because they there’s no point in hiding that version. They did say that more platforms will be announced later.

“FIFA 14 will play the way great matches are contested with build up through midfield, tension throughout the match as chances are created, and incredible finishing,” said David Rutter, Executive Producer for FIFA 14. “Opportunities in FIFA 14 will be rewarding and great goals will look stunning.”

There are some new features like Pure Shot and Real Ball Physics and here’s a description of that:

Finishing has been transformed with Pure Shot so players have the intelligence to adjust their stride and approach angle to find the best position for hitting the back of the net. Well-hit balls feel more exhilarating and rewarding. New shot types include pure strikes, as well as off-balance and rushed shots. Plus, Real Ball Physics now determines the trajectories of balls, enabling players to kick the ball with force from distance, drill low rising shots with accuracy, and blast dipping or turbulent shots, just like real players.

There’s no release date for the game yet but it will probably be released sometime later this year. The game contains 500 officially licensed clubs as well.

 

 

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“The PlayStation 4 hasn’t even been shown off to the public yet, but already the box is on the minds of millions of people across the globe. In fact, in a recent earnings call with investors, GameStop president Tony Bartel said that his company has 900,000 people signed up for its first-to-know list on the PlayStation 4. And he expects demand to far outstrip supply of the console when it launches.”

 

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It’s certainly an improvement 🙂