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There are a slew of reasons fans of fighting games should look forward to EVO each year, but this year, there are two special ones. For starters, this year's event marks the 20th of its kind, and it also marks the first time Street Fighter V is featured at the event. As the SF series has been such a hallmark of EVO over the years, it's easy to understand why a brand-new release in the franchise creates such a fevered buzz. The fact that Street Fighter V was a cause of a lot of excitement at EVO is interesting simply thanks to the fact that the game didn't have the smoothest launch. Some would argue... Read more...
It's been somewhat of a rough run for Nintendo, which has been competing with Microsoft and Sony in the modern generation console wars. However, Nintendo's strategy to shift some of its focus to smartphone gaming is looking awfully smart right about now—the company's first smartphone app, Miitomo, racked up more than 1 million downloads in just three days. Nintendo's early success in the smartphone space isn't really surprising if you think about it. After all, Nintendo is one of the most iconic video game brands in the history of electronic games, and it's arguably the king of mobile gaming with... Read more...
Apple is expected to announces its next generation iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus during a keynote address this Wednesday held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The new iPhones are supposed to bring faster A9 processor, a 3D Force Touch display, and higher resolution cameras (front and back). However, the biggest announcement to come out of the event likely won’t be the two new iPhones (which is simply a “refresh” this year). Instead, the star of the show is likely to be the next generation Apple TV, which the late Steve Jobs famously described as a “hobby” earlier in its life... Read more...
Nintendo's famed Shigeru Miyamoto hinted that the Japanese game company is already looking ahead to its next major console release even though the Wii U is just a couple of years old. Nevertheless, it's also behind the technological curve compared to Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One, both of which were released in November of last year. In an interview with the Associated Press, Miyamoto said that it's focused on bringing more games to the Wii U in the coming year, but that multiple groups within the organization have also been brainstorming new hardware.Image Source: Flickr (Greg... Read more...
Viewers who tuned in to watch The Game Awards, a new awards show for video games produced by Geoff Keighley, got to see gameplay footage of Nintendo’s upcoming Zelda game for the Wii U. The demonstration featured Zelda lead producer Eiji Aonuma, who was playing the game, along with original Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto providing commentary. While playing the game, it was revealed that the new Zelda game would be coming out in 2015.  The demonstration utilized the Wii U’s gamepad, which showed a zoomable world map while Aonuma controlled Link, the game’s main character. Viewers were able... Read more...
All it takes is one good game to turn fortunes around, and Nintendo hopes that Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U will be the one that does it. As it stands, Nintendo's brawler featuring iconic characters from the company's many successful franchises is already the fastest selling Wii U game in the U.S. in the console's history. Super Smash Bros. powered through Mario Kart 8 to steal away pole position as the fastest selling Wii U title ever -- it's sold more than 490,000 physical and digital copies combined during its first three days on the market (November 21 through November 23). "The Nintendo... Read more...
After falling on tough times for the past several quarters, Nintendo appears to be back on track, at least momentarily. The Japanese video game company surged to an operating profit of 9.3 billion yen (around $86 million in U.S. currency) during its fiscal second quarter, an impressive turnaround from an 18 billion yen (around $166.4 million) loss in the same quarter a year ago. A big reason for the turnaround is increased Wii U console sales. Nintendo reported 1.1 million Wii U game system sales during the six-month period from April to September, which is more than double the 460,000 Wii U consoles... Read more...
Nintendo can't seem to catch a break. The game hardware and software maker reported 74.7 billion yen (~$730.5 million) in revenue during the three-month period ended June 2014, down 8.4 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. And despite tripling Wii U console sales during the quarter, Nintendo ended up with a 9.9 billion yen (~$97 million) loss compared to an 8.6 billion yen (~$84 million) profit in the same quarter last year. Even though Nintendo sold 510,000 Wii U consoles during the April-June quarter compared to just 160,000 unit sales in the same quarter a year ago, the Wii U hasn't... Read more...
Ah, do you smell that? It's coming from Nintendo's direction and it's either the scent of brilliance or desperation, we're not quite sure yet. Faced with disappointing Wii U console sales and having to compete with Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One consoles, Nintendo has to try something different to remain relevant -- that something different is called "amiibo." What is amiibo, you ask? It's Nintendo's foray into the "toy-to-life" category with collectible figures, or amiibos, that interact with the Wii U and its games. Nintendo showed off 10 amiibos at E3, including Mario, Donkey... Read more...
Nintendo has decided to mix a bit of old school styling with a new generation video game. More specifically, Nintendo is releasing a four-port adapter for the Wii U that will allow gamers to plug in up to four GameCube controllers for its upcoming Super Smash Bros. title. It's not yet clear if the adapter will work with other titles or if it will support Nintendo's wireless Wavebird. "Get excited! The Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. will be playable with GameCube controllers," Nintendo announced in a Twitter post. Nintendo also posted a video to YouTube teasing the release of both the game and... Read more...
Thank you Nintendo, but your profits are in another castle. Such is the paraphrased message Nintendo's accounting team had to deliver after going over the numbers for Nintendo's fiscal year ended March 31, 2014. Sales for the year totaled 571.7 million yen (around $5.6 billion), down from a revised forecast of 590 million yen (~$5.8 billion). Back in April of last year, Nintendo had optimistically forecast sales of around 915 million yen (~$9 billion). The end result is that Nintendo posted a net loss of 23.2 million yen, which works out to around $229 million in U.S. currency. On the bright side,... Read more...
Nintendo got a head start over Microsoft and Sony in the next generation console wars by launching its Wii U system well ahead of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but being first out of the gate doesn't necessarily guarantee victory. Quite the opposite in this case, as sales of the Wii U have been so bad that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is slashing his pay in half from February to June. He's not alone in seeing his income reduced. The other 9 members of Nintendo's board will take pay cuts of at least 20 percent as a result of falling profits, the Financial Times reports. Such is the fallout... Read more...
Nintendo surprised an entire flight of passengers on Southwest Airlines by handing out free Wii U consoles to each and every person. There were more than 100 passengers on flight 1883 from New Orleans to Dallas Love Field, and every one of them walked off the plane with Nintendo's latest home console after being greeted by a costumed Mario character. The surprise act kicked off a partnership between Nintendo and Southwest that will extend through the holiday season. Nintendo is now the official video game partner of Southwest Airlines, and as such it will set up Wii U Gaming Lounges in some of... Read more...
Nintendo thought it was getting a jump in the next generation console wars by lobbing the first grenade with its Wii U console, but on hindsight, the hardware maker may have effectively shot itself in the foot instead. While Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 are both expected to light up the sales charts when they debut next month, Nintendo said it's Wii U hardware is having a "negative impact" on its profits. Not good. Nintendo sold just 460,000 Wii U consoles during the six month period ended September 30, and 3.91 million units since it launched. Perhaps a bit stubbornly, Nintendo... Read more...
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