The Week in Review news piece is a weekly article that summarizes and highlights the most important gaming related news and rumors over the past week.
Early in the week Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida stated that the PS3 is finally beginning to turn at least a minor profit for Sony. While that was great news, later in the week Sony appeared to be making a money grab, with Hulu’s website showing that Hulu Plus will be restricted to only those PS3 owners who have a current PlayStation Plus Network membership.
Xbox 360 owners didn’t fare much better this week, having the Medal of Honor beta delayed once again, although this time with no mention as to when it would be arriving.
Nintendo, on the other hand, sent out a fairly mixed message this week. Last week on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show, Reggie Fils-Aime let loose that the 3DS wouldn’t be out until 2011. However, a source close to Nintendo’s Japanese headquarters said that Reggie’s statement was indeed an error, implying that we may see the 3DS before year’s end. This was later backed up by a sighting of the handheld on a Japanese retail site slated to be in stock by this holiday. Of course, one message that came across very clearly was Shigeru Miyamoto letting slip that this would be the year that he finally finishes off the new Pikmin title he’s been working on as well as starting work on creating his first new character in about ten years.
Wrapping up this week, retro games were once again the focus of some positive speculation. For one, the PS2 HD updated compilations have been rather successful for Sony and are said to be continuing in the future. The PSP is also rumored to be getting both Turbo Grafx 16 and Neo Geo games, thanks to some empty folders found on one gamer’s PSP go after downloading the most recent update. And finally, Sega’s Saturn console may soon be receiving a new lease on life as Yosuke Okunari stated that Sega may indeed begin to port the system’s games to new consoles.
That’s all for this week, be sure to check back next week.