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Nintendo is planning to launch a brand new game console in just a few months, one that will attempt to bridge the gap between stationary and mobile gaming, but do not expect the new system to be faster than current generation consoles. The Switch, as it is called, is said to sport a graphics chip based on NVIDIA's previous generation Maxwell architecture and will be slower the original PlayStation 4 that Sony launched three years ago.Building a game system around Pascal might seem like the obvious choice so why didn't Nintendo go that route? Since the Switch is a hybrid console that gamers can... Read more...
Nintendo’s proclamations that anyone wanting to get their hands on an NES Classic Edition in time for Christmas seem to be falling flat. We’ve seen the console sell out in record time whenever they are found in stock, with some retailers resorting to a lottery system to get the consoles into the hands of eager beaver retro game lovers. So, since Nintendo hasn’t fulfilled its promise [yet] to get an NES Classic Edition into the hands of anyone that with cash in hand, we have to wait on stores to announce new stock — the latest of which is Best Buy. The electronics retailer says that starting... Read more...
At long last, Nintendo is beginning to embrace the massive market that is mobile gaming. The company's early involvement in bringing its iconic characters to smartphones has been nothing short of incredible—there was Pokemon Go, the mobile title by Niantic that licensed Nintendo's IP and created a gaming frenzy, followed by Nintendo's own Super Mario Run, which notched 5 million downloads in 24 hours. So why is Nintendo's stock dropping? Fickle investors, is the short answer. A longer answer involves the mobile title's payment structure. Super Mario Run is free to download, but after completing... Read more...
Nintendo of America CEO Reggis Fils-Aime was pretty lukewarm on the idea of bringing virtual reality gaming to the masses when he lasted addressed the topic, saying last June that VR technology is too expensive and the audience too small at this point in time. That might be true, but don't rule out VR gaming on the Nintendo's upcoming Switch console that is slated for release in a few months. Around the same time Fils-Aime was making those remarks, Nintendo was busy filing a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that shows the Switch being paired with what looks to be a VR headset of... Read more...
Nintendo plans to hold a special press event on January 12th during which it will reveal more specific details on its hotly anticipated Switch gaming console. We’re expected to learn details on the launch lineup, specific launch date, and of course pricing. However, right after that keynote takes place, Nintendo will be taking the Switch on a six-city tour across the United States where gamers will be able to get some real hands-on time with the console. The Nintendo Switch preview tour will hit some the biggest metropolitan areas in the country including: New York – January 13-15thToronto... Read more...
The NES Classic Edition console is one of the hottest and hard to obtain toy items this holiday season. Nintendo and its retail partners have been selling out of every unit produced, which in the United States came out to 196,000 of the miniaturized consoles in November, according to data collected by industry tracking firm NPD Group. That is an impressive start for the NES Classic Edition, though it did not come close to meeting demand.Stores that receive stock of the retro console have been selling out of whatever inventory they get in matter of seconds. At brick-and-mortar locations, any advance... Read more...
Children of the 80’s and 90’s, rejoice! Super Mario Run is finally available on the iPhone and iPad. Hopefully your allowance is a little higher than it was in the glory days, because the game comes with hefty price tag (for a mobile game at least) of $10 USD to unlock the full version. According to Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, “The longer you continue to make a series, the more complex the gameplay becomes, and the harder it becomes for new players to be able to get into the series.” He views Super Mario Run as an opportunity to “make a game that the broadest audience of people could play”... Read more...
We’re less than two weeks away from Christmas, and despite assurances from Nintendo that there would be plenty NES Classic Edition stock available for customers, supplies remain tight. As recently as last week, Nintendo of America chief operating officer Reggie Fils-Aime said, “Our biggest challenge is making sure that we’re constantly replenishing it to the marketplace. So, as we sit here today, two weeks before Christmas, I think consumers are going to be able to get their hands on it.” Given the instant sell-out status at places like Amazon, Walmart, Toys R Us and Urban Outfitters, we’re having... Read more...
Nintendo fans rejoice, work is in progress on a "Super Nintendo World" section of an amusement park that will bring Mario and Luigi to life. The themed section will open in 2020 at Universal Studios Japan and will have state of the art rides, interactive areas, shops, and restaurants featuring the iconic game characters. Some 50 billion yen (nearly $432 million in U.S. currency) is being poured into the upgrade. Universal Studios Japan will be the first of multiple locations to have themed section based on Nintendo's IP. Nintendo announced last year that it planned to build themed areas at Universal... Read more...
Are you looking for a feel-good story this holiday season? Employees at a Best Buy location Valley Stream, New York delivered one over the weekend when they surprised a teenager with a free Wii U console and game bundle ($300 retail) as a Christmas present. Several associates at the Best Buy store contributed towards the holiday gift for the teen, who had been coming into the store on a daily basis to play Smash Bros. at a Wii U kiosk. Raheim Storr, a manager at Best Buy who has been with the store for nearly a decade, recorded the moment and uploaded it to YouTube. The video shows several store... Read more...
In less than a week Nintendo will release its first official Mario game for smartphones, Super Mario Run. It's a big moment for Nintendo, which is starting to embrace gaming on mobile handsets, and Super Mario Run could end up being huge. That is, if Nintendo doesn't get in its own way. The reason that is a concern is because Super Mario Run will require a persistent Internet connection. Series creator and Super Mario Run producer Shigeru Miyamoto explained the decision to require an always-on Interconnection to Mashable in an interview, along with a string of other topics. In short, the online... Read more...
At this point, many gamers are a bit deflated over their continued efforts to snag a Nintendo NES Classic Edition game console. Every time that the $59.99 device has come in stock via online retailers, it has sold out in less than a minute. Finding availability in retail stores hasn’t been much better, with people waiting in lines for hours to get their hands on limited inventory. For its part, Nintendo issued the following statement in early November regarding NES Classic Edition inventory: The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system is a hot item, and we are working hard to... Read more...
The latest episode of The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon was an all-out Nintendo geekfest. Fallon not only debuted the game Super Mario Run, but he got to test out the Nintendo Switch. To top everything off, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto played the theme to Super Mario Bros. alongside The Late Show house band The Roots. Miyamoto, it turns out, is a pretty rad guitarist. He continuously grinned as he played alongside The Roots. Fallon had a small solo as well. The show did not reveal anything that we do not already know about the Nintendo Switch. The Switch is a gaming console that can rest in... Read more...
Does anyone remember Pokemon Go, the wildly popular mobile app that took the world by storm and turned every man, woman, and child into inattentive pedestrians? Well, there are still people who play the game. What's more, Niantic continues to actively update the app as well as forge new partnerships, like the one it just did with Starbucks. That's right, coffee joint that always manages to find its way into headlines one way or another is now an official partner of Pokemon Go. As such, it is planning to transform 7,800 company-operated Starbucks stores in the United States into Pokestops and Poke... Read more...
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