Breaking Bad and the advent of television.

As Breaking Bad soon comes to a close and Mad Men ends in 2014, I have to wonder if this marks the end of the golden age of television. Since 1999, we’ve been treated to numerous culture-defining television that have shaped television as we know it.

  • The Sopranos – 1999- 2006
  • Six Feet Under – 2001 – 2005
  • The Wire – 2002 – 2008
  • Carnivale – 2003 – 2005
  • Deadwood – 2004 – 2006
  • Mad Men – 2007 – 2014
  • Breaking Bad – 2008 – 2013

While there do seem to be several solid shows still on the horizon such as Person of Interest and Looper (Idris Elba, anyone?), there doesn’t seem any other pop culture-defining shows on the horizon. While television has certainly enjoyed itself a golden age, I have to say that I would be disappointed if this marks the end of the quality television we’ve come to expect.

Does the end of Walt’s empire and Don Draper’s troubles mean the end of television as we know it? Voice your thoughts in the comments below.

Mega Wii U Conferences Summary!

We recently had multiple conferences regarding the Wii U. I’ve summarized all the things you need to know right here in this post!

Two SKUs

Basic: 8GB storage, HDMI cable, GamePad 299.99

Deluxe: 32GB storage, HDMI cable, GamePad, Stands, Includes NintendoLand + Deluxe Digital Promotion 349.99

Some Specs

Wii U supports full HD 1080p, GPU is able to perform general computing tasks (GPGPU). Main mem: 1 GB. System: 1 GB. Total: 2GB.

Games use only 1 GB of main memory. System memory is for OS. Game discs 25 GB, up to 22.5 MB/s (megabytes per second).
16:03 The Wii U consumes up to 75 watts of electricity. Typical power usage is 45 watts.

  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (otherwise known as Tri G) was announced for the Wii U and 3DS. It’s coming to the US this march and Europe sometime, the Wii U version has online but the 3DS version only features local-multiplayer. They feature the ability to transfer a save file between the 3DS and Wii U version of the game.

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Japanese Nintendo Direct Hardware summary

Cheesemeister of Neogaf has translated and summarized the Japanese Wii U Hardware Nintendo Direct.


16:00 The presentation has begun! Iwata is behind a podium. This will be 20 min. Launch details. First, going over hardware details again.
16:02 Wii U supports full HD 1080p, GPU is able to perform general computing tasks (GPGPU). Main mem: 1 GB. System: 1 GB. Total: 2GB.
16:03 Games use only 1 GB of main memory. System memory is for OS. Game discs 25 GB, up to 22.5 MB/s (megabytes per second).
16:03 The Wii U consumes up to 75 watts of electricity. Typical power usage is 45 watts. Wii accessories can be used, as can Wii games.
16:04 You can import your Virtual Console and Wii Ware games from the Wii.
16:05 Reiterating the controller specifications now. Headphone jack is still on top. Why there?
16:07 You can play games, watch video on the Wii U GamePad. It features smooth, low latency.
16:08 In other words: you won’t feel any lag on the controller’s screen. Wii has sold 96m units LTD.
16:09 Over 80% of Wii systems are in living rooms, causing conflicts over TV usage.
16:10 You can do multiplayer using a GamePad and several Wii remotes. Dual-screen play possible.
16:11 On controller screen: menus, maps, communication interface. Play without the TV possible. Miiverse is the system-level social network interface. You aren’t the only one playing.
16:12 Miiverse is the system-level social network interface. You aren’t the only one playing. Wii U software will be showcased at 11 pm Japan Time tonight. Now: NSMBU and NintendoLand.
16:13 NSMBU is the 1st Mario game to launch with a Nintendo system since N64. NSMBU is the 1st Mario game to launch with a Nintendo system since N64.
16:14 NSMBU and NintendoLand to go on sale in both physical and download versions on launch day, for 5985 and 4935 yen, respectively. The Pro Controller will be 5040 yen in white and black. Chargeable with USB cable. Black vertical stand for 315 yen, GamePad charger and play stand set to be available for 1890 yen. 13,440 yen for Wii U GamePad when sold separately. Prices include tax.
16:17 Black 32GB Premium Set, White 8GB Basic Set. All sets include system, Game Pad, system and Game Pad AC adapters, and HDMI cable. Nintendo Network Premium provides points for purchases by Premium Set customers, 10% points back on digital purchases depending on the title, to be applied toward future purchases. Points can be redeemed for prepaid codes in 500 yen increments. Runs through 12/2014.
16:18 Nintendo Network Premium runs through 12/2014. Premium includes controller stands. Wii accessories to NOT be included with the Wii U. Remote + nunchuk + sensor bar set sold separately, 5250 yen.
16:19 The Wii U will be launching in Japan on Saturday, December 8th. 32GB Premium Set with Nintendo Network Premium: 31,500 yen (30,000 yen before tax). 8GB Basic Set: 26,250 yen (25,000 yen before tax). You can view a summary of differences between sets here.

There will also be a Japanese software summary soon. Stay tuned!

GBA games coming to the eShop?

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It seems GBA games might be coming to the eShop soon. Nintendo Australia’s website features a GBA Virtual Console logo under the list of Virtual Console platforms. The only title listed for the GBA so far is Dr. Mario. While Dr. Mario was released for the GBA, it was ported from the NES. As the 3DS has a NES Virtual Console, it could be referring to the NES game.

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Even so the fact that there was a specific image made for a GBA Virtual Console gives me hope. Playing Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga as well as other great GBA games on my 3DS would be really awesome!

Ace Attorney 5 confirmed for 3DS, Layton vs. Ace Attorney Japanese release date

In the latest Famitsu issue, we got details on Ace Attorney 5 which was confirmed to be coming for the 3DS. It will have a playable 15 minute demo available at TGS. The game will feature Phoenix Wright returning as a lawyer as well as a new female companion. Unlike previous iterations in the series, it will feature fully 3D character models.

One new gameplay element is the ability to choose facial expressions via icons on the touch-screen during a testimony. It is unknown what purpose this will serve, though. Some pictures of the game can be viewed below.

Layton vs. Ace Attorney’s release date is believed to be November 29. At the back of the magazine, there is an ad for Layton vs. Ace Attorney featuring a puzzle that shows the numbers “6211”. Numerous clues supposedly suggest that the numbers are supposed to be read the other way around as “1129” revealing the date.

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zero Footage

 

Footage of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zero, the prequel to MGS5 has been released (extended footage here). Looking at the trailer, the game boasts very impressive visuals, the ability to enter and drive vehicles, an open-world and features an older Big Boss. The game is slated to come out for the PS3/360 but there is no confirmation for the Wii U. We can hope.

Nintendo Power closing down, might have a digital future

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According to a source over at Ars Technica and numerous tweets, Nintendo Power will be coming to an end because Nintendo has chosen to not renew their licensing agreement with Future. The magazine which launched in 1988 was run by Nintendo until it was licensed over to Future Publishing in 2007. With Nintendo Power being one of the longest running videogame magazines, many are sad to see it go.

There may be some good news, though. Over at CVG, there have been unconfirmed reports that a digital future for the magazine might still exist. We can only hope.