The Week in Review news piece summarizes and highlights the most important gaming related news and rumors over the past week. This weekly article will keep you plugged in and in-tune.
By far the biggest news getter was Apple. While they’re not known for quality gaming, their latest hardware announcement might just change that sentiment. Starting in March and then in April, the Apple iPad is releasing in Wi-Fi Only and Wi-Fi + 3G models, respectively. The iPad features a 9.7 inch multi-touch, backlit LED IPS display and will come in 16, 32, and 64 GB flash memory versions. Models will start at $499 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi Only version and go up to as much as $829 for the 64 GB Wi-Fi + 3G, with separate 3G service plans being provided by AT&T. Already numerous gaming companies (including EA and THQ) have come out with vocal support for the platform. The 25,000 iPhone/iPod Touch games already up on the App Store will be compatible. For the entire lowdown, check out our full report by clicking HERE .
On the Sony front, renowned iPhone hacker George Hotz has supposedly hacked the PS3. Hotz plans on publishing his efforts online once he’s worked out a few of the details. Better news for Sony concerns God of War III. The most anticipated Sony exclusive of the year is set for a firm launch date of March 16 th in North America.
Nintendo made a ton of announcements this week, though none of them were truly earth-shattering. Still, their sales numbers continue to be impressive. New Super Mario Bros. Wii has sold over 10 million units worldwide. The Wii now sits at 68 million consoles, with 510 million copies of software sold. The family of Nintendo DS portables has sold through 125 million units, with 688 million copies of software.
Of course, excellent past performance isn’t enough for Nintendo. On Friday, Nintendo gave guidance on a ton of quality software titles coming to their platforms in 2010. While most are due to hit Japan first, it is likely that most will also make a worldwide release in 2010. Games such as Metroid Other M, Xenoblade, The Last Story, the next Legend of Zelda, yet another Mario title, GoldenSun DS, a new Pokémon – the list seems to go on and on
Finally, EA also continues to put out great games. It is now confirmed that Mass Effect 2 is the second-most critically acclaimed game on the Xbox 360 of all-time.
Thanks so much everyone and we will see you next week!