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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...
By today's standards, Nintendo's original Game Boy is an ancient, outdated piece of technology.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 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...
We really wanted to love the Wii U. Everyone did, really. The original Wii was a huge product, and in a lot of ways, it shaped the future of the home console. Both Sony and Microsoft followed the motion gaming trail with Move and Kinect, but the original Wii Remote was what pioneered that. The Wii U, sadly, missed the mark in a lot of ways. It felt half-baked, the graphics weren't a tremendous improvement, and developers are even disowning it as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 loom large. Sales on the Wii U have been far below Nintendo's own expectations, and now that its primary rivals have new... Read more...
While Nintendo gets left behind in this year's next-generation console war, it's doing something a little different. Granted, Nintendo has always operated a little differently. It was the first to truly embrace motion controls on its Wii, and the Wii U shipped with a GamePad that's most definitely a first in the sector. But, with the Wii U doing so poorly that it's being forced to hack $50 from the cost of the 32GB unit, Nintendo is having to lean on something else: handhelds. The 3DS has been fairly successful, and Nintendo's handheld lineage as a whole is one that gamers far and wide have grown... Read more...
One of Nintendo’s main fan sites, Club Nintendo, was reportedly the subject of nearly 24,000 illicit logins over the course of the last month, which led to cybercriminals possibly making off with people’s real names and personal information such as email addresses, physical addresses, and phone numbers. Club Nintendo lets users accrue gamer points, or “coins”, which they can then trade in for promotional items; fortunately, though, the points are not related to real currency in any way, and Club Nintendo apparently doesn’t have any financial data for its users, so... Read more...
Nintendo (NTDOY) is adding some value to its Wii U console with the launch of Nintendo TVii, which essentially uses the GamePad controller with its second screen and touch capabilities as both a remote control and a content aggregator. Nintendo TVii pulls in content from all over a user’s available sources, including cable or satellite TV, on demand content, and online streaming services, and lets them sort through and navigate them all with the GamePad. On top of that, Nintendo built in social features so users can post to Miiverse, Twitter, or Facebook during and about programming... Read more...