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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...
With the help of DeNA, Nintendo is going to start developing apps for smartphones and other smart devices, the companies announced today. The two firms are pooling their resources -- both talent and capital -- to get the new venture going, which in addition to developing apps will also include a new multi-device membership service. Both companies will build game apps based on Nintendo's intellectual portfolio, including iconic characters. The partnership doesn't mean Nintendo is moving away from the home console business, a point company president and CEO Satoru Iwata made when confirming that... Read more...
We've heard rumors that Nintendo is working on new gaming hardware, and during a recent press conference, company president and CEO Satoru Iwata confirmed the new platform, though he stopped short of saying whether it will be a living room console or a handheld gaming system. The codename for the platform is "NX." It's not clear if Iwata intended all along to confirm that work has begun on NX, as the purpose of the press conference was to explain why Nintendo has decided to enter the smartphone gaming market through a partnership with DeNA, a player in the smartphone gaming space. He then went... Read more...
For over six years, Nintendo fans have been able to earn themed rewards through the company's Club Nintendo loyalty program, but alas, the good times are coming to an end. No, Nintendo isn't going out of business or anything like that, however the Club Nintendo program is shutting down. That's the bad news. And the good? Nintendo of America says it will be announcing a new customer loyalty program at a later date. In the meantime, Club Nintendo members in the U.S. and Canada can still earn additional Coins through the end of March, and redeem those Coins through the end of June for a variety of... Read more...
In the 1970s, there was the Pet Rock, a devilishly simple idea conceived in a bar that turned out to be a hit. Its founder, Gary Dahl, made millions of dollars from it. Since then, there are have been several other surprising hits, like Tickle Me Elmo and, more recently, Nintendo's Amiibo figures, which use near field communication (NFC) to interact with supported Wii U and 3DS games. According to Nintendo, the company sold nearly twice as many Amiibo figures as it did Super Smash Bros. for Wii U games in 2014, the latter of which came to more than 1.3 million physical... Read more...
Planning on getting a new Nintendo 3DS XL handheld console? First you'll have to clarify if you mean a new model from the existing line, or if you mean a new "New Nintendo 3DS XL," which is a different beast. Also, it's not yet available to purchase in the U.S., though it will finally make its way to our shores on February 13, 2015 for $199.99 -- Valentine's Day gift, anyone? Uh oh, we see that glazed over look in your eyes. Let us clarify -- the New Nintendo 3DS XL is an upgraded version of the original Nintendo 3DS XL. That's surely going to cause some confusion when little Billy hands grandma... Read more...
Nintendo has decided to stop selling its hardware products in Brazil, announcing that it will no longer distribute its games and consoles there. The decision is the result of high tariffs on electronics, which the company said created a business environment that made continued distribution in Brazil an "unsustainable" task. "In response to ongoing developments in the Brazilian market, Nintendo of America Inc. today announced changes to the physical distribution of its products in that country," Nintendo said in a statement. "Starting in January 2015, Gaming do Brasil, a wholly-owned subsidiary... 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...
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