In this weekly feature, our journalist Mark Raby recounts all the big video game stories from the past week and ties them all together with his own editorial opinion.
This week saw a very slim amount of big news in the world of video games, but the stories that did break sure were something to talk about. It seems that we at I4U launched our comprehensive Wii and PS3 reports just in time (check them out here and here). Immediately afterwards, it became all about PS3 & Wii news that Sony and Nintendo would have preferred stayed behind closed doors.
First off, sparks flew when there were reports of PlayStation 3 consoles already being manufactured. This was the first time we had heard such a statement, and it was quickly responded to by the manufacturing company, who neither confirmed or denied the reports. Folks, that means it's true. Retail PS3 units are actually in the pipeline already.Also, thanks to some slick website hunters, a concealed page on nintendo.com revealing Wii online details was unearthed. The site's since been taken down, but that wasn't until after all the details there were recorded by the masses. We now know that Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam and the Wii Super Smash Bros game will be online. It also hinted at a possible name change for the latter, which has become known as Super Smash Bros Brawl. The less alliterative Super Smash Bros Dojo is the title shown on the formerly-existant website.
Other than that, this week showed us that even analysts have controversial battles over video game predictions. DFC Intelligence reports that the Wii is going to reign supreme, and that PS3 will be dead last, at least in Japan, and it will not sell well in the less-obsessed-with-home-theater continent of Europe. This directly conflicts with an earlier report from another analyst saying that the PS3 would win.
It just goes to show that no matter how many ins you have in the gaming industry, it still comes down to a matter of opinion (and maybe personal preference?) Also it's fun to see that, even with just a couple months to go, we can still get some "unofficial" details that Sony and Nintendo breathlessly try to cover up. They've got to unleash all that "neither confirm nor deny" talk they've been saving up, since they won't be able to use it again until the next generation
Feature Published by: Mark Raby
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