Today in Gaming – 3/15/11: Earthquake Relief, EA on Wii 2
EA’s Frank Gibeau referring to the Wii as a “legacy console” seems to me a bit premature. With a strong month in March, the Xbox 360 will have outsold the Wii in the U.S. over the past year, but that’s not necessarily reason for Nintendo to panic. More than 450,000 Wii systems were sold last month and Nintendo still has a new Zelda to release, not to mention whatever other surprises it has up its sleeve. Games like Just Dance 2 are enjoying incredible success on Wii, and while that might be the exception to the rule for third-party publishers, it doesn’t seem like the public’s interest in the system has faded to the extent some are suggesting.
- How gamers can help earthquake relief efforts in Japan.
- EA Games president believes controversy should be courted.
- Sony wants to use the PS3 and LittleBigPlanet as educational tools.
- The Old Republic doesn’t play like a “shopping list,” as WoW does.
- Rocksmith is a new guitar game where you play with a real guitar.
- How many 2010 games were rated Mature?
- Unboxing the United States 3DS.
- Tina thinks she’s Michael Jackson.
- Creating a Mii on 3DS of Frank.
And here’s what else happened today:
Wii a “Legacy Console,” EA Boss on Wii 2
For a time, the Wii was the big thing, but it’s now faded into the status of a legacy console on par with the PlayStation 2, according to EA Games president Frank Gibeau. He said, “Now, [Nintendo are] coming back with a second act. I think they know that. They’re very self-aware as an organization and a very powerful brand.” He added, “They understand the dynamics and the fact that HD consoles is a booming part of business right now. Legacy platforms like PS2 and the Wii have dropped off significantly. They’re not stupid. They’re going to figure something out. They’re going to come back at it.”
iPhone Hit Doodle Jump Coming to XBLA
It may not be nearly as successful as Angry Birds, but Doodle Jump has done very well on the App Store, having sold 10 million units. In addition to an iPad version and multiplayer support on iPhone, Lima Sky has announced that the game is coming to the Xbox Live Arcade and will support Kinect.
New Mass Effect 2 DLC Teased
PSN Trophies recently revealed that a new helping of Mass Effect 2 DLC was coming at some point. BioWare is now teasing fans with the release of two screenshots of the Arrival DLC over the past two days on Facebook, with a promise of a third screen tomorrow if today’s reaches a total of 750,000 views.