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Nintendo jumps on toy figure trend to boost Wii U
by Staff Writers
San Francisco (AFP) June 10, 2014


PlayStation TV to soon hit US-Europe
Los Angeles (AFP) June 10, 2014 - Sony Computer Entertainment on Monday said a PlayStation TV home entertainment system will debut in North America and Europe by the end of this year.

The small, stand-alone PS TV box will be priced at $99 here and 99 euros in Europe.

A bundle containing a wireless video game style controller, a memory card, and a "LEGO: The Movie" video game from Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment will sell for $140.

PS TV is designed as a platform for games, films, television shows. music, and even orignal programming streamed from the Internet or PlayStation consoles.

The first PS TV original series, titled "Power" and based on a graphic novel of the same name, is in production and casting is underway, writer Brian Michael Bendis said at a Sony press briefing on the eve of the Tuesday opening of the E3 video game show here.

The story revolves around two homicide detectives who specialize in investigating suspicious deaths of people with super powers.

"If a super hero falls dead from the sky or a notorious super villain is found dead in a gutter, that is their case," Bendis said.

"It is also about what a world with super heroes might really look like; how it would affect our culture."

PS TV will synch with a Sony online store for digital content, provided they are members of the PlayStation Network.

The system has proven popular since it was released in Japan and other parts of Asian in November as PlayStation Vita TV, according to Sony.

Nintendo on Tuesday said it is adding real-world game figures to Wii U play to help boost the popularity of its console, which has lagged rivals in the market.

Nintendo is blending Will U virtual play with tangible toys as it faces off against powerhouse offerings from Xbox One and PlayStation 4 at an E3 gathering here.

The Japanese video game stalwart is jumping on a trend that has paid off for publisher Activision with "Skylanders" and for Disney Interactive with "Infinity" play launched last year with characters from Pixar film "The Incredibles."

"It's been very successful," Disney Infinity senior producer Sean Patton said as he showed off new 'Marvel Super Heroes' interactive game pieces due for release later this year.

Game pieces give players toys then can hold, collect, and taken with them in ways that extend on-screen fun into the real-world, Patton noted while discussing their appeal.

Those being play at the Disney booth on the E3 show floor included Hulk, Iron Man, and Spider Man. Versions of Disney Infinity are tailored for all major consoles.

- Toys To Life -

Activision pioneered the "Toys-To-Life" category in 2011 with the introduction of "Spyro's Adventure" in a shrewd move bridging virtual worlds and real life when it comes to video games.

Skylanders has become a $2 billion franchise, according to Activision.

Skylanders figures work with all of the competing console systems, with the help of an accessory platform that relays digital information to and from toys to game software.

Nintendo is turning to beloved franchises "Mario" for its dive into interactive toys, and to further distinguish itself from more muscular Xbox and PlayStation consoles known for immersive, realistic blockbuster action games.

"Nintendo is more light-hearted," said 19-year-old Marco Garcia, who sat in the shade outside the E3 venue dressed like the Mario Brothers character "Luigi," complete with green cap and stick-on black moustache.

Nearby, a queue stretched along the street outside the Nokia Theater where a Nintendo-sponsored "Mario Smash Brothers" game tournament was hours from starting.

"Nintendo has a lot of games coming," the California teenager said. "I think it will be enough to give the Wii U a good kick."

Garcia was most excited about a "Mario Maker" game to debut next year that lets players use Wii U GamePads to design their own levels with blocks, enemies and more.

-Super Smash Brothers-

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said "amiibo" game pieces embedded with computer chips to swap data with Wii U tablet controllers would debut in the "Mario Smash Brothers" game later this year.

Amiibo characters are heading to a variety of games, including "Mario Kart," according to Nintendo.

Nintendo will also be letting players put themselves into games as animated "mii" characters, virtually doing battle with some classic characters from the Japan-based video game company.

As with interactive figures, putting customized "mii" fighters into matches will begin with "Super Smash Brothers," according to Nintendo.

"We are not simply throwing miis into the fray," Fils-Aime said. "We've done some serious work getting them ready for the fight."

Nintendo played to fans of beloved franchises such as "Mario" and "Legend of Zelda" during a media briefing streamed online prior to the opening of the show floor at the E3 video game extravaganza here.

It is the second year in a row that Nintendo decided to forgo a grand, live presentation to vie for the spotlight at what is considered the industry's premier event.

Nintendo's Wii U, launched in late 2012, has lost some of its luster to the new-generation PlayStation 4 from Sony and Xbox one from Microsoft, both released last year.

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