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IBM Microprocessors to Power the New Wii U

9 Jun

I love learning about the technology behind the powerful machines we use day in and day out. It’s funny because most of us don’t understand how complex and smart the technology is behind what we think are some of the simplest machines to use like our smartphones, computers, laptops, and gaming systems.

Did you know that IBM’s microprocessor will power Nintendo’s latest Wii, the WiiU?

The all-new, power-based microprocessor will pack some of IBM’s most advanced technology into an energy-saving silicon package that will power Nintendo’s brand new entertainment experience for consumers worldwide. IBM’s unique embedded DRAM, for example, is capable of feeding the multi-core processor large chunks of data to make for a smooth entertainment experience.

On the Net: e3.nintendo.com

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Nintendo Confirms Wii Successor, 2012 Release

25 Apr

Up until today everything surrounding what I’m calling the Wii 2 has been rather cryptic. Even though tech and gamer journalists kept trying to pry crucial information out of the gaming giant they wouldn’t confirm or deny, that is until today.

Nintendo will show a playable model of the Wii successor at the E3 Expo – June 7 – 9, 2011 in Los Angeles. Nintendo has sold 86.01 Wiis to date.

Read the release on the Nintendo Japan web site.

Nintendo’s 3DS Not Intended for Younger Children

21 Jun

Kotaku ran a story last week, Nintendo Testing Healthiness of 3DS, Advising Young Children to Avoid 3DS, that alerted parents to the potential danger of the Nintendo 3DS, the new DS that allows 3D play without glasses, on young eyes. We know how many little ones play the DS and carry it around with them everywhere. Well, the 3DS is a gadget those seven and under can’t use.

According to Kotaku, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said:

“We will recommend that very young children not look at 3D images,” he said. “That’s because, [in] young children, the muscles for the eyes are not fully formed… This is the same messaging that the industry is putting out with 3D movies, so it is a standard protocol. We have the same type of messaging for the [1990s Nintendo virtual reality machine] Virtual Boy, as an example.”

The Nintendo 3DS is said to arrive in stores before March 2011. Here’s video from E3 to check it out if you missed the news about the most sought-after device coming out of E3.

For more information about the 3DS visit e3.nintendo.com/3ds