Nintendos New NFC Tech – Amiibo

Nintendos New NFC Tech – Amiibo


Nintendo teased Skylanders-style figures that would work with the NFC sensor in the Wii U gamepad and now we’ve got the first solid details.

The new system is called Amiibo and, like Skylanders, the plastic figures will hold character stat data. The first game to support Amiibo is Super Smash Bros. on Wii U, which releases this holiday season. Other games will feature these figures as well, including the already released Mario Kart 8.

Figures shown include Mario, Link, Wii Fit Trainer, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Yoshi, an Animal Crossing villager, and more.

In an additional video, Nintendo added that Amiibo characters in Super Smash Bros are playable, can team up and fight alongside you, and serve as opponents. The more they fight, the more their stats increase. You can choose which specials and abilities the characters take on as they develop. If you battle two Amiibo against each other, they’ll…

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Nintendo Releases Official Video Of Aonuma’s Presentation On Zelda A Link Between Worlds

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Eiji Aonuma’s New York Comic-Con presentation on A Link Between Worlds is beginning to reach legendary status. Nintendo has finally released an official video of the event, hosted by Krysta from Nintendo Minute. Aonuma infamously revealed many details about the game at the event, including a hint that info regarding a Majora’s Mask re-release may be hidden in the game. One interesting segment shows the differences between the 2D and 3D versions of the overworld map imported into A Link Between Worlds from A Link To the Past, with Aonuma admitting that he worked on the conversion to 3D himself because no developers were ready to work on the project yet at that point. A Link Between Worlds will launch on November 22nd.

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Sony’s New Device: The PS Vita TV

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Along with the PS Vita 2000, that I might not make a post about, Sony showed off a new streaming box that just might rival the Roku and the Apple TV. The PS Vita TV shown to stream internet TV (Netflix, Hulu, etc), music, and PS3/4 content. You can also play Vita games, mostly why it’s called the Vita TV. There is a slot for PS Vita games and a slot for an expandable memory card.



Not a lot of information is known about this device other then the basics. The PS Vita TV will be released on November 14th in Japan for, what would be for us, 95 – 100 dollars. There’s no official US release date or price but it’s believe to be out a month after the PS4 and will sell at 100 dollars.



Also, when I looked up everything I could, that was in English, and after showing the…

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Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U sales seen falling short of previous-gen consoles


While the Wii U continues to flounder, the video game industry is looking to Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 to boost the market as sales continue to slide. A forecast released recently by ABI Research paints a somewhat disheartening picture though, as it estimates that combined Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U sales over their first five years of availability will fall short of Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 sales over the same period of time.

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Why the comics business had such a great year


This weekend in San Diego, hundreds of thousands of geeks, nerds and pop culture maniacs descended on the Convention Center for the event that has become a consumer show mecca — Comic Con. Attendees were paying tribute to hit TV shows and movies, but it could just as easily have been a celebration for the comics industry as a whole: 2012 was one of its best years in a long time, and a lot of that has to do with digital strategy.

New York Times report this weekend spotlighted Comixology, the digital comics distributor that was the third-highest grossing iPad app of 2012. It also had hit its 50-millionth and 100-millionth downloaded comic, last year, and is now closing in on 200 million downloads.

But the broader industry has also grown sharply. Digital sales tripled last year, to $70 million. The print side, meanwhile, saw sales gains of…

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