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Nintendo began selling its super sized (and confusingly named) "New Nintendo 3DS XL" handheld console in the U.S. market back in February of this year for $200, and later this month, the regular version will available too. Set for a September 25 release, the more compact version will debut at $220 as part of a special bundle. The bundle will include the handheld console itself (obviously) plus the upcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game (download version, not a physical copy), two themed cover plates, and a single Amiibo card. Never heard of an Amiibo card? They have the same functionality... Read more...
The cost of entry to own a modern generation DS console has been lowered to a Benjamin. Actually, just shy of a Benny -- Nintendo dropped the price of its 2DS handheld to $99.99, down from its previous suggested retail price of $129.99. And in case you're wondering, yes, it still comes bundled with Mario Kart 7 (in digital form). "At a suggested retail price of $99.99, Nintendo 2DS is an even more attractive introductory option for first-time gamers," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. "The new lower-priced hardware combined with the strong... Read more...
A couple of interesting patents owned by Nintendo were published last week, and while it wouldn't have been surprising to see the details relate to the company's upcoming NX console, it actually has to do with something completely different, and unexpected. According to a post at NeoGAF that dissects the multiple patents, Nintendo is working on a quality-of-life device that sits next to someone's bed, constantly analyzing different variables. It almost looks like a different take on something like Fitbit; Nintendo wants to provide information to the user that will help them get a better night's... Read more...
China is finally ending a ban on gaming consoles that has proven to be a real hindrance to companies like Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony. But before you ask, “I thought China already lifted the ban?” you have to realize that Chinese regulatory agencies only allowed consoles to be sold within the country if they were manufactured within the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Now that Chinese officials have had a change of heart, manufacturers (both foreign and domestic) are free to build and sell their consoles anywhere within the country. Needless to say, console manufacturers are elated at the possibility... Read more...
With the passing of Nintendo's beloved President and CEO Satoru Iwata, an inevitability arises: the company needs a highly capable successor. We're sure Nintendo itself is still in the initial steps of deciding on a successor, but the collective Web has wasted no time in naming someone who would be perfect to head the big N: Shigeru Miyamoto. While Nintendo has a number of popular faces, it's hard to beat the presence of Miyamoto -- he's a living legend. He cares a lot about games and gamers, and he has an incredible history that easily qualifies him to take the helm. We... Read more...
The games industry lost a giant this weekend as Nintendo issued a statement saying its fourth president and Chief Executive Officer Satoru Iwata passed away on Saturday. He was only 55 years old at the time of his death. According to Nintendo, Iwata's passing was "due to a bile duct growth," for which he underwent surgery a year ago.In June of last year, Iwata issued a letter to shareholders stating that "an issue was detected" during a "routine physical examination." The issue turned out to be a growth in his bile duct, though because it was detected and operated on at an early stage, there was... Read more...
Pictures of a hybrid game console consisting of a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) outfitted with a CD-ROM peripheral built by Sony are making the rounds on the web, but before we get into that, let's backtrack a few decades and discuss the system that everyone assumed didn't exist. Grab the plutonium and set the DeLorean for 1988.That's when Sony and Nintendo collaborated on a CD-ROM drive for the SNES. Their goal was to release a combined game console called the PlayStation that could play both SNES cartridges and SNES CD-ROMs. Three years later, Sony announced the system at the Consumer... Read more...
Just as quickly as we were warming to the idea of Nintendo’s next generation gaming console running the Android operating system, our hopes have now been dashed. The denial came swiftly, with a Nintendo spokesman stating, “There is no truth to the report saying that we are planning to adopt Android for NX.” That’s about as strong as a denial as you would ever here from a Nintendo. The company usually doesn’t take the time to respond to such rumors (just like Apple). But the original Japanese-language report that its next generation console would join forces with Google’s dominant mobile operating... Read more...
It's beginning to look like Nintendo's "NX" console could be quite interesting -- or not, depending on your perspective. It's being reported that the Mario maker is planning to go the Android route for its upcoming console, which would allow developers the freedom to publish their titles for it, as well as other Android-based devices. Hearing this should invoke immediate images of the OUYA console, which has largely been deemed a failure. But, there are some major differences between a startup company and an established player like Nintendo. For starters, Nintendo makes great hardware. Not just... Read more...
Despite a string of annual losses (that finally ended, by the way), Nintendo is careful not to pounce on every money-making fad, choosing instead to focus on its reputation for putting out games that people generally like to play. It's that mindset that kept Nintendo out of the mobile game business, one that's littered with a mix of crappy casual titles and some surprisingly good ones, but that will finally change when Nintendo releases its first mobile game later this year.Nintendo plans to take a cautious approach to the industry, and instead of releasing a multitude of games in hopes that one... Read more...
“Hold on to your butts!” Nintendo has just announced a new partnership with Universal Parks & Resorts that will see many of your favorite Nintendo characters and games making their way to Universal theme parks. That’s right, you’ll see themed rides featuring childhood (and adulthood) favorites like Mario and Luigi. The joint announcement is rather limited on concrete details, as the two companies are likely still in the very early stages of development, but the main focus of the pairing is to “[create] spectacular, dedicated experiences based on Nintendo’s wildly popular games, characters and... Read more...
Nintendo developed an unfortunate habit of posting losses for the most of the past several quarters, though for the first time since 2011, the company can call itself profitable on an annual basis again. Specifically, Nintendo recorded net income of 41.8 billion yen (around $350.6 million in U.S. currency) for its fiscal year ending March 31, compared to a loss of 23.2 billion yen (~$194.6 million) a year ago. One of the keys to Nintendo's turnaround was the "depreciation of the yen against the U.S. dollar at the end of the period compared to the exchange rate at the end of the previous fiscal... Read more...
We had a feeling Nintendo would take notice of developer Roystan Ross's recreation of the first level of Super Mario 64, which he made playable in a browser window. Sure enough, after attracting widespread media attention, Nintendo's legal team sent a takedown notice to Cloudfare, the company that was previously hosting the remake. Ross didn't have any nefarious intentions when he built the level. Instead, it was supposed to serve as a proof of concept demo for his "Super Character Controller" platform that he made from scratch using Unity. He tested the demo with controllers for the Xbox One and... Read more...
Nintendo's past is filled with memorable Mario games, one of those being Super Mario 64, a classic 3D platform title that was released a year shy of two decades ago for the Nintendo 64. You've probably long retired that console, perhaps flipping it on eBay along with your collection of games so you could fund a newer system. Ah, but if you're feeling nostalgic, you can relive some those memories right in your browser. Developer Roystan Ross took it upon himself to recreate the first level of the game, which you can now play online or through a browser. Why? We say 'Why not!?', though the real reason... Read more...
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