E271: Return of the king – Miyamoto, the world’s greatest game designer, is back at the controls

Legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto is leading several new projects as Nintendo positions the Wii U for a fightback.

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A history of videogame hardware: Sony PSP

Much of the PlayStation 2’s ubiquitous success could be attributed, not to its games or graphics, but to the fact that the machine doubled as an inexpensive and stylish DVD player. In 2004 convergence was the new slogan in video game hardware manufacturing and marketing.

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A history of videogame hardware: Nintendo DS

For a while it appeared as though Japan’s booming video game business was immune to the country’s drawn-out economic bust. As Japan slumped into a deep recession, the industry flew an inverse trajectory, reaching a dizzying peak in 1997 thanks to the invigorating success of Sony’s PlayStation.

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A history of videogame hardware: Xbox

When Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, took to the main stage at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose, California on 10 March 2000 to announce the company’s long-rumoured entry to the home video game console market, he was full of hyperbolic promise.

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A history of videogame hardware: Sony PlayStation 2

For a video game system that scraped its way into existence by way of a simple grudge, the original PlayStation exceeded the meagre expectations of Sony’s management who had once viewed the idea with such disdain.

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A history of videogame hardware: Sega Dreamcast

On the 21 May 1998, Japanese salarymen opened their newspapers to find a full-page advertisement showing a picture of a battlefield littered with the bodies of samurai. Overlaid on to the gruesome scene was the text: “Has Sega been defeated for good?”

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A history of videogame hardware: Nintendo 64

For 13 years Nintendo consoles had dominated the video game landscape.

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A history of videogame hardware: Nintendo’s Virtual Boy

Not only was it the first blemish on Nintendo’s unspoiled track record in the video game hardware business, but the Virtual Boy was also the handheld that helped end the illustrious career of its inventor, Gunpei Yokoi.

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A history of videogame hardware: Sony PlayStation

Never underestimate the force of revenge. Without it, Sony’s PlayStation would never have made it from designer Ken Kutaragi’s wild imagination into 102 million homes around the world.

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Retrospective: Super Metroid

It’s incredible that a 20 year old game can still be considered one of the most atmospheric ever made.

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