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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...
It appears Nintendo has a surprise hit on its hands, which would explain why the company's Amiibo toy figures are so darn hard to find. Turns out they're selling like hotcakes. Or to be more specific, sales of Amiibo toys are approximately equal to sales of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Nintendo revealed in a press release. While Nintendo refrained from coughing up concrete numbers for its Amiibo line, the company said Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has sold nearly 710,000 units combined since launching on November 21, 2014. Since Amiibo sales are "approximately equal" to that, we can surmise that... 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...
While playing my favorite MMORPG a couple of nights ago with a friend, the subject of emulation came up - one that I'm always happy to indulge in. This friend told me that while mobile, she uses a Game Boy emulator on her phone to help pass the time. That led to me say, as I have many times in the past, that it'd be a smart move for Nintendo to release its games on mobile platforms. But alas, that's something that's been talked-about for a while, and Nintendo is infamously stubborn when it comes to games being made available on non-Nintendo platforms. Well, little did I realize, a patent was made... 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...
Back on November 13, Wal-Mart announced that it would price match select online retailers which included Amazon.com. However, consumers took advantage of this and were recently able to scam Wal-Mart into price matching Sony’s $400 PlayStation 4 for only $90. Proof of the fraud was noticed by CNBC as photos of receipts were posted on Twitter and Reddit by consumers who were able to get Wal-Mart to match the price of third-party sellers on Amazon by tricking the employees into thinking it was an authentic-looking Amazon page. The problem is, any Amazon member that has a registered selling account... 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...
A new Nintendo 3DS is on the horizon, and we sincerely hope it’s not really called “New 3DS,” as today’s Nintendo Direct suggests. Surely, the venerable game maker can come up with a better name than that for the latest version of its handheld – but a lame name is going to be the least of Nintedo’s concerns: the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles game will only play on the New 3DS models, thanks to a new processor. So far, Xenoblade is the only game that will be limited to the New 3DS, but it seems to be a fair bet that there will be similarly-restricted games down... Read more...
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