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From Modern Warfare 3 to Nyko's New Wii Remote - News Roundup 10th January 2010

Marius Goubert
Infinity Ward, Modern Warfare, News, Nintendo

In today’s news roundup fierce speculation arises over who’ll be taking the Modern Warfare reigns from Infinity Ward. 2009 has been a bit of a let down for American retailer giant GameStop who announce a slump in sales compared with the previous year. And finally, in a bid to alleviate the stress which now goes with buying a new Nintendo Wii Remote, Nyko unveils an innovative new design.

Infinity Ward not doing Mod War 3?

From Modern Warfare 3 to Nyko's New Wii Remote - News Roundup 10th January 2010

The hype surrounding Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has barely subsided and already Activision are making noises about a possible sequel. However, according to VG257, Activison bosses have decided that Modern Warfare 3 won’t be developed by Infinity Ward but passed onto an as yet unnamed ‘Canadian studio’. This had let some to speculate that responsibility for the next instalment of Activision’s legendary first person shooter will fall to Radical Entertainment, the company responsible for action title Prototype, and the only development studio in Canada which is owned by Activision.

However, VG257 have not ruled out the possibility that a new company called Sledgehammer Games will be picking up the Modern Warfare mantle, as the studio is currently looking to hire (CVs at the ready) ‘a lead online / multiplayer designer with "experience working on current AAA multiplayer shooters for current consoles and PC". [Eurogamer]

GameStop cuts profit forecast, still expects massive year

From Modern Warfare 3 to Nyko's New Wii Remote - News Roundup 10th January 2010

It looks like those poor old bosses over at GameStop (the big American video game retailer) will be consoling themselves after they end the fiscal year with just $700 million in cash. In its Holiday Sales Report, GameStop reported an accumulated revenue of around $2.86 billion, a sum which actually fell short of their total earnings for the previous year. According to their report, sales of new games were up, sales of hardware were down, and the company’s sales of pre-owned games increased by ten per cent. This means that, unlike 2008 which saw the company’s highest ever sales figures, GameStop will have to make do with the second highest for 2009. [Joystiq]

Nyko Releasing Wii Remote with Intergrated Motion Plus Support

From Modern Warfare 3 to Nyko's New Wii Remote - News Roundup 10th January 2010

Buying a Nintendo Wii remote has become – in many ways thanks to all this Motion Plus business – a real pain in the neck. You have all the hassle of acquiring dongles, custom sleeves and docking bays only to find that, for one reason or another, they are incompatible with your remote. However, in a bid to solve all these problems - which Nintendo have no doubt deliberately created to maximise profits - Nyko have created a Wii Remote which should offer Nintendo gamers some relief. According to Nyko their controller, which has Motion Plus already built in, should provide Wii lovers with ‘all the functionality Wii gamers expect, plus the versatility and convenience they deserve’. [1UP]

Add a comment4 comments
Chris  Jan. 8, 2010 at 16:05

If IW aren't doing MW3, I will hold off purchasing until it hits < £20. Not going to be stung like I did with WaW...

(WaW was a great single player, but multiplayer was diabolical).

Gunn  Jan. 8, 2010 at 16:15

The Wii peripherals are a joke, most people complain about companies prices for their official accessories but I've never seen anything like Nintendo charging serious money for bits of plastic and rubber.
Its' promoted as a party/family console but they only give you one Motionplus with sports resorts.
So you need multiple wii motes, motion pluses, nunchucks, tennis rackets, steering wheels, zapper and some classic controllers. phew. is it still the cheapest console...

Matt Gardner  Jan. 8, 2010 at 16:59

I agree with Gunn...the sheer amount of extras you need for the Wii are crazy. I hate the fact that on the other consoles the Guitar Hero/Rock Band instruments work as controllers fine on their own....but you actually need multiple Wiimotes to plug into the instrument to make them work on Ninty's albino money box.

Ten years back Nintendo were the underdog princelings of the console war, and therefore (for the most part IMHO) valued quality over ripping people off. The Wii seems to have turned them into money whoring fiends.

At least Microsoft have always been money whoring fiends! It's not the betral Ninty, it's the damn false hope!

Late  Jan. 9, 2010 at 03:17

It's not really a new thing with Nintendo. Look at the DS (and before that the GB). They've spent most of the last decade or so releasing handheld after handheld, each being only marginally different to the last. And then of course there's their usual new colours coming out a while after the normal colours do.
That said, I do like the DS, and loved my gameboy.
I've even had a little bit of fun on my wii. (Probably about 1 hour, all told - in the 2 years since it was bought.)


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