If there’s one tremendously annoying trend over the past few years, it’s been the rise of “freemium” games that are free to download but that constantly charge you money to make the game actually enjoyable. The most infamous example of this was EA’s botched Dungeon Keeper reboot where players complained that the game took hours to even really get started unless you sent the developers money via microtransactions.
Nintendo’s Wii U is a capable little game console with a nifty touchscreen-equipped GamePad controller, but one thing it’s not is profitable off the bat. Traditionally, most console hardware is sold at a loss at launch because of high-cost components that provide cutting-edge graphics and processing power. To put it into perspective, it took five years for Microsoft’s (MSFT) Xbox business to become profitable and four years for Sony’s (SNE) PlayStation 3 to get out of the red. Nintendo’s modus operandi has always been to make a profit on every console it sells, so it was shocking to hear the Wii U would be sold at a loss. But Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime recently sat down with MercuryNews and set the record straight, explaining that the Wii U isn’t losing much money per unit sold.
If you’re looking for an extremely cheap Christmas gift for someone you don’t particularly like, you could do worse than buying them an iPhone game featuring a gun-toting version of Apple (AAPL) co-founder Steve Wozniak. Vengeance: Woz With A Coz, the new game that pairs up Wozniak with “Machete” star Danny Trejo, is now available on the Apple App Store for just $0.99. The premise of the game is simple: Woz’s wife has been kidnapped by dastardly criminals and it’s your job to help him get her back. Making things even more enticing, it seems that Woz himself wrote the game’s “intriguing storyline,” so there’s really no excuse to avoid buying the game unless you’ve already completely drained your checking account from Black Friday shopping.
Hulu on Friday announced that it has added thousands of new video game trailers to its expansive online video catalog. The gaming page, which is now live for PC users and will roll out to Hulu Plus apps over the “next few months,” includes HD trailers, gameplay footage and reviews of the latest games. Hulu offers users both paid and ad-supported on-demand videos such as TV shows, movie trailers and behind-the-scenes footage. The company announced earlier this year that it is going to begin airing original content to attract new users and further compete with Netflix (NFLX). Hulu has more than 2 million paid subscribers, a small number compared to Netflix’s estimated 23.4 million users.
How big is Rovio Entertainment’s Angry Birds Star Wars? The company announced on Friday that its latest Angry Birds game reached the No. 1 spot in the U.S. iTunes App Store in 2.5 hours, beating out the previous record held by last month’s release of Bad Piggies. Rovio didn’t make any announcements on the new game’s performance on Android, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it made a killing on the Google Play Store as well. Angry Birds Star Wars puts the disgruntled little birds in the Star Wars universe, complete with lightsabers, lasers and Bad Piggies dressed up as Darth Vader and Stormtroopers. The game was released on November 8th for iOS and Android.
The iPhone 5 hasn’t had a break since it was launched in October. While most people have already gotten used to the scuffing and the scratching, the iPhone 5′s touchscreen that uses in-cell screen technology to bond the glass to the touch has been nothing short of perfect. At least, it was perfect until Recombu reported that U.K.-based game developers CMA Megacorp discovered a glitch where the iPhone 5′s touchscreen stops accepting input and sometimes even freezes up after being swiped diagonally at quick speeds. Most iPhone 5 users won’t even notice the glitch, but games that require tons of swiping from different directions and angles such as Fruit Ninja might see some issues.
Spacetime Studios is set to release another chapter in its “Legends” series of MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online) games, this time called Arcane Legends. As a teaser for the upcoming game, the studio has released a full cinematic trailer.
We’ve got a jam-packed week of app picks for you guys today. Everyone around Android Central is chiming in with their favorite app. This is another diverse week where we hit all the different app genres — games, sports, productivity, tools and more. The best part about these picks is they’re all either completely free, or have a free version. That’s how we like it, folks. Read on.
After a brief period of exclusivity on Sony handsets, Call of Duty: Zombies is now available on most Android devices. The first-person shooter comes from what was a simple side-game bundled with the popular Call of Duty title for PC and consoles, but has quickly taken on an unlife of its own. It’s essentially a wave defense game where players have to keep their hideout barricaded and fortified against hordes of undead while simultaneously clearing out the ones that find their way inside. It’s all very goofy and arcadey, with new weapons and upgrades being purchasable between waves.
Gameloft has announced that they will be expanding their Let’s Play brand with five more games launching this summer on Google Play. Let’s Play is geared towards casual mobile gamers in a free-to-play (read IAP-heavy) format. The new games will be:
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