Top gaming technologies of 2012

This year saw the continued evolution of three consumer technologies — autostereoscopy, touch sensing, and motion sense – with direct application in the gaming world.

Kingdom Hearts boosts 3DS in Japan while PS Vita flags

Handhelds continue to dominate the video game sales charts in Japan, and one handheld in particular. Driven by the release of a new exclusive title in Square Enix’s hit Kingdom Hearts series, the Nintendo 3DS had a very strong final week in March, leading the software and hardware sales charts by wide margins.

Kid Icarus: Uprising only gets so far on wax wings (review)

26 years have passed since Kid Icarus was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Aside from a forgotten handheld sequel for the Game Boy in 1991, the series has remained dormant for several generations. Resurrecting an ancient game franchise is no small task, especially when the developer has over two decades of rose-tinted memories to take into account.

A roundup of stories from the Game Developers Conference

Our GamesBeat team is exhausted after five days of covering the biggest show for game developers in San Francisco. Here’s a day-by-day roundup of the major stories that we wrote from the Game Developers Conference this week. We’ve also thrown in stories from Microsoft’s pre-GDC press event. As you can see, it was a busy week for game news.

Team Ninja studio head talks DLC costumes and Tekken vs. Dead or Alive

Team Ninja, an in-house development studio owned by Tecmo Koei, is best known for its work on the Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden franchises. The last major entry in the Dead or Alive fighting game series, Dead or Alive 4, was released one month after the launch of the Xbox 360 in late 2005. Since then, Team Ninja has focused on ports, such as Dead or Alive Dimensions for the Nintendo 3DS, Ninja Gaiden sequels for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and even brought their unique style to Nintendo’s Metroid: Other M, to mixed results. Now, with notorious figurehead Tomonobu Itagaki having left the company amid sexual misconduct allegations and a well-publicized lawsuit, Yosuke Hayashi has taken over as studio head and is charging into 2012 at full-speed with Ninja Gaiden 3 and Dead or Alive 5.

Review: Super Mario 3D Land may resurrect the 3DS

Mario has been the face of video games since his creation in 1985. The kind of popularity that Mario and Nintendo have received from him is unfathomable, and I have no doubt in my mind that his newest reiteration, Super Mario 3D Land, will continue to keep Mario’s popularity and legacy in tact.

Why music video games aren’t dead

Music video games such as Activision Blizzard’s Guitar Hero and Electronic Arts/MTV/Harmonix’s Rock Band were among gaming’s fastest-growing sectors a few years ago, soaring to become a $1.7 billion business by 2008. But after a 46-percent sales crash in 2009, they become a cautionary tale and fodder for endless jokes describing “the day the music died.”

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Nintendo 3DS redesign could come next month

Nintendo, the manufacturer behind home consoles like the Wii and handheld consoles like the Nintendo DS, could unveil a redesign of its latest Nintendo 3DS handheld console at a trade show next month, according to a report by Bloomberg.