Welcome to the February 21, 2011 edition of The Start Button, a weekly rapid-fire news article aimed to start each week with quick and fun video gaming news across all eras.
Smithsonian Planing Gaming Exhibition
As video games celebrate 40 years in the hands of consumers, the Smithsonian American Art Museum is planning an exhibition focused on showing how video games have evolved over these past four decades.
Scheduled to run from March to September 2012, the games included in the exhibit will be voted on by the public beginning April 7.
Changing of the Guard?
While the Nintendo Wii has stood as the unquestioned sales leader within the current generation of game consoles, sales figures in North America have been trending toward the XBox 360 for several months now.
According to VGChartz.com, the latest weekly sales figures show that 135,447 XBox 360 consoles were sold in the Americas over the week ending February 12, 2011, almost as many consoles as the PlayStation 3 (66,449) and Nintendo Wii (74,456) sold combined during the same week. 360 sales also beat out the Nintendo DS handheld, which moved 82,059 units over the same week.
The Nintendo Wii still rules the roost for lifetime sales, however. The 360 has yet to find as strong of an international market as Nintendo’s console, especially in Japan, where Microsoft’s console shows little sign of life, having only moved 2,282 units in that country over the same week.
A Splash of Color
Think video game mods only take place on the modern consoles?
Andy Welburn, a classic arcade video game collector from the UK, has posted a step-by-step journal of how he brought the classic Pong coin-op to display in color.
Using one of the many clone Pong motherboards made before video game copyrights were enforced, Andy’s work shows how the classics that built this now 40-year consumer industry can still make news today.
To check out Andy’s log and see the end results, click here.
Generations to Clash
Those who long for the days when WWE wrestling was entertaining have been taking interest in the upcoming WWE All Stars game, which will feature stars from the past and stars from the present in the same game.
All Stars will not be a straight wrestling game, instead featuring cartoonish character appearances, exaggerated moves and combos much like a street fighting game. Those now buzzing about the idea of seeing The Rock take on John Cena will be pleased to know that these two WWE names can face off within the game.
The final roster has not been announced as of this writing, but over the past week it was announced that classic stars such as Sgt. Slaughter, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Rowdy Roddy Piper and Eddie Guerrero have joined the Legends roster alongside the likes of Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, Bret Hart, Andre the Giant, Macho Man Randy Savage and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat.
Current-day wrestlers announced for WWE All Stars include John Cena, John Morrison, Edge, Jack Swagger, Kane, Triple H and Randy Orton.
WWE All Stars is scheduled for release on March 29 on all modern home consoles and the PlayStation Portable.