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To paraphrase David Letterman, we wouldn’t give Nintendo’s troubles to a monkey on a rock. Amid a terrible sales performance that only got worse over the first quarter of this year (Nintendo president Satoru Iwata took a 50% pay cut over the the Wii U’s awful sales back in January) and a mini-scandal when word emerged that users couldn’t be same-sex couples in the 3DS handheld console game Tomodachi Life (an oversight for which Nintendo has apologized), the company has a lawsuit on its hands. Philips is suing Nintendo over two potential patent infringements. The first concerns... Read more...
Responding to criticism on the web, Nintendo issued a statement apologizing for the inability to engage in same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life, a game available in Japan for the 3DS handheld console. Outside of making headlines for limiting relationships to members of the opposite sex, the title isn't well known in the U.S., though it's scheduled to release in North America and Europe on June 6, 2014. When it does, the same-sex relationship restriction will still apply. According to Nintendo, this is not something that it can fix in quick software update, but if the game sells well enough,... 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...
By today's standards, Nintendo's original Game Boy is an ancient, outdated piece of technology. It had a simple D-pad with A and B buttons, along with Start and Select, a tiny dot matrix display, and a fugly color scheme. However, the 25-year-old handheld deserves mad respect from gamers and fans of  technology in general. Nintendo launched its Game Boy to retail on April 21, 1989, and back then, all those traits we listed above were pretty cutting edge for a mobile device. For its time, it offered gaming-on-the-go that didn't suck, unlike those faux handhelds at Toys R Us that were little... Read more...
Nintendo said it's planning to disconnect its Wi-Fi Connection service for Wii consoles and DS handhelds on May 20, 2014. That means no more online play, matchmaking, or leaderboards for many Wii, Nintendo DS, and DSi games. In addition, users will no longer be able to share their own generated content, exchange in-game items, or download free add-on content or downloads such as new levels or in-game items. "We at Nintendo sincerely thank our fans for their continued support of our company’s legacy systems. Your enthusiasm for games made for these systems speaks to their longevity, and the... 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...
There's a rumor going around on social media that you can enable Xbox 360 backwards compatibility  on an Xbox One by hopping through a series of steps meant to enable Developer Mode, changing a setting, and restarting the box. Don't believe it. There is no method of allowing the Xbox One to play Xbox 360 games, via any software program. Microsoft's Major Nelson has denounced the idea directly. This is an opportunity to talk a bit about <em>why</em> you can't play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One, and how we know the entire program is a hoax. The Backwards Compatibility Conundrum... Read more...
Nintendo may not be selling as many Wii U consoles as it anticipated, but in the handheld market, the company's 3DS line is doing very well. Since that's where the money trail leads, Nintendo has decided to launch a brand new, limited edition 3DS XL console for the holiday shopping season. The limited edition handheld features Mario and Luigi emblazoned on the silver-colored lid, though that's not the only place you'll find these two plumber brothers. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, the fourth game in the Mario & Luigi role playing series, comes pre-installed on the limited edition console.... 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...
It looks as though Nintendo is interested in getting into the tablet game, though what the company has in mind isn't a gaming tablet. Instead, Nintendo has gone and built a slate intended for schools. The unreleased tablet runs Android and is designed for play educational games rather than saving Princess Peach from yet another castle, unless perhaps math problems are involved, in which case such a scenario would be theoretically possible. Nintendo of America software engineer Nando Monterazo blitzed Twitter with a series of tweets talking about the tablet, revealing that the device in hand is... Read more...
Nintendo's Wii U console isn't selling as well as the company might have hoped, but luckily for Nintendo, it has other game systems that still garner plenty of interest. Among them is the original Wii, and in an effort to breathe new life into its last generation game system, Nintendo announced it will launch a Wii mini console on November 17 in the U.S. The Wii mini will debut at $99.99, thereby offering a "tremendous value for families" and an alternative for parents who may not want to spend hundreds of dollars more on a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One console this holiday shopping season. In addition... 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...
Hulu Plus is available to watch almost anywhere, though up until today, Nintendo 3DS and 2DS owners have been exempt from the streaming party. Not anymore. Hulu Plus has joined the Nintendo 3DS family with a "unique app" that's been designed to blend the Hulu Plus and Nintendo user experience by taking full advantage of both screens. The clever implementation allows you to scroll through the various TV shows and movies on the bottom screen and then play them on the main display. You can also use the bottom touchscreen to pause, play, and seek. All of these options are available even when a show... Read more...
The unofficial mark for when a game franchise reaches maturity is when there is a sufficient number of beloved characters and a wide-enough user base to launch a kart game. In the tradition of Nintendo and its now-legendary MarioKart series, Rovio is releasing a kart version of Angry Birds this December. “Angry Birds Go!” looks like your standard 3D kart racing game. You can choose from a variety of both bird and pig characters, and there are upgradeable vehicles, ways to take out your opponents with special abilities, and multiple tracks and rich environments. Rovio also stated that... Read more...
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