Today we received a question about Nintendo's upcoming console release, Wii U, with GeekWire reader Alex wondering why the company continues to release new peripherals for a console that's seen better days.
Question: What's up with the Wii U? Why is Nintendo releasing yet another expensive peripheral for the aging Wii?
Nintendo originally announced Wii U in June 2011 in a vague manner, leaving much of the pertinent details left to the imagination. Because of this, many assumed that Wii U was the name of the new tablet-esque controller, and that it would interface with the Wii console that originally hit stores in November 2006. Thankfully, nothing could be further from the truth.
It's Memorial Day, and while we all remember those who've fought--and continue to fight--for our freedom, plenty of stores are also offering deals. For example, the Apple App Store is featuring a bunch of heavily discounted titles, some up to 90% off, for Memorial Day. We've got a list of some of the best deals below! Definitely the right time to stock up if you own an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch (oh, and don't forget, you can jailbreak them all now too!):
Universal Apps (iPad, iPhone, iPad)
- Grand Theft Auto 3 for iPad, iPhone, iPod, regular 99 cents, regular $4.99
- Infinity Blade II, $2.99, regular $6.99
- Mass Effect: Infiltrator, $2.99, regular $4.99
- Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, 99 cents, regular $9.99
- Burnout CRASH!, 99 cents, regular $4.99
- Combat Arms: Zombies, $1.99, regular, $6.99
- Solar Walk 3D Solar System, $1.99, regular $2.99
- NBA Jam for iPad $1.99, regular $4.99
- Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 for iPad, 99 cents, regular $4.99
- Real Racing HD for iPad $1.99, regular $4.99
- Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit for iPad, 99 cents, regular $4.99
- FIFA Soccer 12 for iPad, $2.99, regular $9.99
- Battlefield Bad Company 2 for iPad, $1.99, regular $9.99
- Monopoly Here and Now: World Edition, 99 cents, regular $9.99
- Skyfire Web Browser, $2.99, regular $4.99
- Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD, 99 cents, regular $9.99
- Dead Space, $1.99, regular $9.99
- Madden NFL 12, $2.99, regular $6.99
- Tiger Woods: PGA Tour 12, 99 cents, regular $4.99
- Flight Control HD, 99 cents, regular $4.99
- Battleship for iPad, 99 cents, regular $4.99
- Monopoly, 99 cents, regular $6.99
- Star Walk for iPad, $2.99, regular $4.99
- FIFA Soccer 12 for iPhone, $1.99, regular $4.99
- Need for Speed Undercover, 99 cents, regular $2.99
- Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, 99 cents, regular, $4.99
- Real Racing 2, 99 cents, regular $4.99
- Skyfire web browser, $1.99, regular $2.99
- Battlefield Bad Company 2, 99 cents, regular $2.99
- Dead Space, 99 cents, regular $6.99
- Madden NFL 12, 99 cents, regular $4.99
- Hipstamatic, 99 cents, regular $1.99
- Star Walk, $1.99, regular $2.99
- Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, 99 cents, regular $4.99
- Fight Night Champion by EA Sports, 99 cents, regular, $4.99
Since we’re on the topic of childhood memories today, one of the first video games I remember being exposed to was Frogger, followed by Grand Turismo, which explains the ever present need for speed, power, and having my traffic court lawyer on speed dial. But that’s a different story in and of its self.
The Smithsonian Museum has opened its doors to video games. Among the classic video games that grace its halls are Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, and other household classics. However, Frogger is no were to be found in the line up.
We, along with other, more creative activists, feel that the Frogger snub is an injustice! How do you rep a 30-year-old game in modern times? Well, take Frogger to New York City and attempt to get him across a street of traffic. Oh, and make sure it's based on real time traffic flow in order to make the game near impossible to complete. If you’re not located in NYC, get a look at the action in the video below, then head on over to the Smithsonian’s Facebook page and tell them you want Frogger.
If you've been looking for an epic AAA title to get your hands on and haven't yet played Mass Effect 3, today is the day that you should make that consideration. It's a huge game with awesome atmosphere, and it's selling for half-off today on Amazon. Yep, you can get the latest Bioware blockbuster for 50% off for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, right now. Hurry though, because tomorrow the price returns to normal.
Read More | Amazon
For those that live in Seattle, you might have noticed the bird-like tumor growing on the Space Needle. Upon closer examination, you'll realize it's an Angry Bird. You might be asking yourself, what's going on? Well, it’s all for the sake of marketing.
The popular mobile game, Angry Birds, has taken over our phones, toys, apparel, a racing team, and now the city of Seattle. The 35-foot suspended bird, held by a T-Mobile slingshot, is a part of a marketing scheme to promote the newly themed game, Angry Birds Space, which was released on March 22.
Peter Vesterback went on the record saying, “We wanted to do all things space and Seattle is famous for the Space Needle, so that’s why we’re here.”
Sadly, the bird won't be launched from the Space Needle, but nevertheless, it stirred up quite a bit of media buzz around the Emerald City.
Read More | Seattle PI
We chat with hip-hop superstar Xzibit about Monster's upcoming line of gaming headphones. The Monster Gaming T1 headphones feature 7.1 virtual surround sound, 40mm drivers, Monster's most advanced noise isolation earcups, an LED Light Drive System, and even a built-in ControlTalk for use with the iPhone and other smartphones so you can take phone calls. The T1 gaming headphones will be available in February 2012. This was recorded at CES 2012.
Big thank you to MozyPro and JackThreads for sponsoring the show - be sure to check them out! MozyPro provides simple, automatic, and secure data backup. As for JackThreads, we've got exclusive invite codes that give you $5 to use towards anything you'd like on the site.
Last week, as some know, Valve released its mobile steam app for the App Store and Android Marketplace in beta mode. Now, it's open and available to all. Go pick up the Steam app today from either store for free if you want to give it a try.
Looking to pick up a 12-month Xbox Live Gold subscription on the cheap? Head on over to Amazon right now to grab one for 40% off. Seriously, you'll pay $35 instead of the typical $60, and you get access to stuff like Netflix, Hulu Plus, ESPN, and much more on your Xbox 360. Even if you're in the middle of a subscription, you can just get one and extend whatever time you have left by another year.
Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread. Oh, and if you're on Twitter, be sure to follow @TechPromos for the latest deals, or you can Like TechPromos on Facebook.
Microsoft also announced a significant number of related content partnerships, bringing most major services to the Xbox platform this week or by early 2012. On Dec. 6, Starting Dec. 6, a free Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone will let also let users find, learn more about and control content from popular entertainment services on Xbox LIVE.
Shortly after midnight on Sunday night, Microsoft said that the "Bing on Xbox" update would arrive on U.S. consoles beginning "tomorrow," and roll out to U.S. console owners over the coming weeks. Those without a Kinect peripheral will be able to search using Bing text search.
The voice search capability, first revealed in June, will work with both the Xbox Live Marketplace, Zune Video, and selected content partners. On Dec. 6, presumably the date of the update, Microsoft plans to add content from new entertainment partners, including apps, from EPIX, ESPN, Hulu Plus, Netflix, and MSNBC's Today.
Microsoft's vision for the Xbox platform, including voice search via Kinect, probably was more significant six months ago before Apple's Siri began dominating headlines with its ability to naturally search and interact with the user and a variety of apps. Nevertheless, it allows users to interact with a growing sea of content as simply as possible.
The next major Xbox 360 dashboard update happens on December 6th, and we’ve got a look at all the new changes and additions in this episode of Bleeding Edge TV. The Fall 2011 Xbox 360 Dashboard Update is the official name of this release, and we show you the update process, and then walk you through the new interface. We give you a look at new features like Bing, Cloud Storage for games and profiles, the new Social, Games, Movies, and Music channels, and more. Expect good things from Microsoft's latest update, including full Kinect integration. This is a big update that brings another big redesign to the Xbox 360, similar to what they did a couple years ago with the New Xbox Experience. Things are a lot more flat...even boxy. It's somewhat similar to the Metro UI that you’d find on Windows Phone 7 devices or Windows 8, and the synergy is understandable…plus, it makes things a lot more user-friendly as it pertains to Kinect.
Big thank you to GoToMeeting and JackThreads for sponsoring the show - be sure to check them out! As for JackThreads, we've got exclusive invite codes that give you $5 to use towards anything you'd like.