Today in the Rundown, we spare no expense with new details on the Nintendo Switch, we also have some good news for fans of the Wii U, even better news for the makers of Mafia and Grand Theft Auto, get floppy with new technology from Apple, and finally, lasso a new look at Wonder Woman!
A few new details have come in about the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo has stated that they aren’t planning to make any more big announcements about the new system until January, but apparently their president Tatsumi Kimishima didn’t get the memo. During a recent call with investors, Kimishima revealed a few new tidbits. First up, the price. Although he hasn’t said exactly how much the system will cost, he says the price will be around what users have come to expect from Nintendo. Their last consoles, the Wii and Wii U, sold for $250 and $300 respectively when they first launched, although unlike those consoles, Nintendo has previously stated that they don’t plan to sell the Switch at a loss. That means we’ll have to wait a little longer to know how much we’ll be paying. As for what games the Switch will have, Kimishima says that they’re getting a lot of support from third-party developers, primarily because they’re interested in the unique gameplay possibilities that the Switch has the offer. The only officially confirmed title so far is the new Zelda game Breath of the Wild, but other titles like Skyrim and NBA 2K17 were glimpsed in the system’s announcement video. Hopefully an official list of launch window titles will be made available soon. The Switch will hit stores in March 2017.
And in other Nintendo news, it looks like their last console the Wii U might have some life left in it after all. Earlier this week, rumours surfaced that Nintendo is ending production of the Wii U, signalling the final nail in the coffin for the poor-selling system. Now, Nintendo itself has reportedly denied the news. Japanese financial website IT Media, citing an unnamed source within Nintendo, claims that there’s no truth to the reports of the Wii U ending production this week, and there’s no change to their plans for continued production. Just how long that continued production will be hasn’t been named, but this means the Wii U will likely be around for at least a few more months.
The Wii U might have been a bit of a failure, but that doesn’t mean other game makers aren’t doing well. Game publisher Take-Two Interactive, which owns 2K Games and Rockstar Games, has unveiled their quarterly financial results, and they’re doing great to say the least. First of all, Mafia 3, published by 2K, has become the fastest-selling title in 2K’s history. It shipped 4.5 million copies to stores, which isn’t exactly how many have been sold to consumers, but that’s still an impressive number and indicates that the game is doing very well. Take-Two is also raking in the dough through Rockstar. Grand Theft Auto 5 has now sold more than 70 million copies, almost quadrupling the record set by its predecessor, GTA 4. The fact that GTA 5 has been released on a lot more systems probably helped, not to mention the fact that its Online component is still being updated with new content on a regular basis. Expect Rockstar, and Take-Two, to have another big success when Red Dead Redemption 2 launches next fall.
Apple might be coming around the bend with a floppy new innovation. The tech giant has patented a new way to make smartphones bendable and foldable. The patent, which was discovered by the news website Patently Apple, details how a phone or tablet could be flat like existing iOS devices, but also be able to fold down the middle along a predetermined seam by using advanced carbon nanotubes, whatever those are. Basically, it would fold in on itself like a 3DS, but with no hinges or joints in the middle. Apple isn’t the only company interested in bendable and foldable screens. Their biggest rival Samsung has also been researching different ways to do it, and LG already has prototype bendable TVs. Incorporating this technology into smartphones would make them a lot easier to fit into your pocket, and would hypothetically allow you to roll them up into a tube for use as a microphone or defensive weapon. Don’t hold your breath, though. It will probably be years before this becomes a reality.
Wonder Woman is here to save the world, and hopefully, the DC cinematic universe. Warner Bros has released the latest trailer for their new Wonder Woman movie, starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. It offers a closer look at the film’s story, which will see the Amazonian warrior Diana Prince join forces with fighter pilot Steve Trevor on a mission to end the first world war. The trailer features all the bullet time, slow motion jumping, and superhero landings that you’d expect, and like the footage that was released at Comic Con earlier this year, it’s definitely got us pumped to see the movie. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the last two DC movies, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, also had cool trailers, but the films themselves were pretty terrible. That set the new DC cinematic universe off to a shaky start, so we’re all hoping that Wonder Woman can put things back on track. She’ll lasso theatres on June 2, 2017.