Ninty Still "Absolutely" Threatened By Apple
Microsoft is only weeks away from launching Kinect, but Nintendo aren't at all worried. Besides the fact that Kinect, Playstation Move and the Wii aren't technically in direct competition, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime has once again identified Apple as a far more immediate threat to their finances.
Do I think that in the near term [Apple] can hurt us more than Microsoft? Absolutely. Apple and its newly-found interest in gaming isn’t Nintendo’s only problem, though. It’s all about time. I compete with Zynga, I compete with surfing the net, I compete with the newspaper. - Reggie Fils-Aime to Forbes.
Reggie makes the interesting point that Nintendo's most dangerous adversaries aren't other console manufacurers. Nintendo products have become synonymous with casual gaming, family and fun time-fillers... meaning that their real competition includes everything from picnics, novels, Twister and television. We'll soon discover who's the real thief of time. [Forbes via VG247]
Hi-Rez Resurrects Tribes!
Tribes' designer Scott Youngblood may be hard at work on Firefall... but it appears that his old IP will be coming back for another outing. Hi-Rez, the studio behind futuristic shooter Global Agenda, has acquired the Tribes trademark and will be developing an MMO sequel.
Apparently Tribes Universe will feature a substantially-tweaked Unreal Engine (that also powers Global Agenda) to allow 100+ players to fight on the same map. A slew of UI and terrain upgrades will also be included. Global Agenda is a solid if uninspiring shooter- and we hope that Hi-Rez will put a little more time and effort into making Tribes Universe as remarkable as its predecessors.
Rumour Control: PSP2 Out Fall 2011 With Bigger Screen?
PSP2 rumours have been popping up faster than we can track them these last few months, with myriad contradictory reports flying in the face of Sony's stoic wall of silence. We already know that the platform is "pretty powerful" and dev kits are already in developer hands, but we've otherwise been able to confirm very little about the handheld.
However, Kotaku has caught some choice rumours courtesy of several unnamed sources. Apparently the PSP2 will be releasing in "Fall 2011", with an "HD" screen that's a full inch larger than the current model. This will naturally make the entire console bigger, though this should allow them more room to work with. According to the reports, the PSP2 will indeed include the rumoured rear-mounted touch pad that resembles a "big mouse trackpad." No news on a second thumbstick yet... though I smell a mutiny brewing if Sony have decided to ignore the fan outcry.
Ostensibly there are also some overheating issues that will almost certainly be rectified long before it hits the shelves. Or at least with subsequent models.
So, what should we make of this one? We can probably confirm the rear touchpad considering the sheer number of sources that have mentioned it these last few weeks... but as for release date, I'd hold tight for now. Considering that the Nintendo 3DS is set for March release and the PSP is enjoying a Japanese sales upswing, we might be holding on a good while longer.