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The Wii U launched last week, to general acclaim and positive responses; Nintendo sold some 400,000 Wii U's in North America. That's not quite equal to the Wii, which moved over 600,000 units in 2006, but it puts the next-generation console well ahead of the PS3 and Xbox 360 when those consoles debuted. Nintendo is feeling pretty stoked about this, but the company's North American president, Reggie Fils-Aime, took a surprisingly arrogant tone regarding Sony and Microsoft. "In the end, our competitors need to react to what we're doing in the marketplace and need to figure out what their innovation... Read more...
Black Friday was kind to quite a few companies and retail outlets, Nintendo included. While the Wii U launched in earnest a few days prior to the famed shopping day, it's clear that a lot of people waited until last week to make their move. The company sold 400,000 Wii U consoles in America last week, while it moved 1.2 million devices in sum. That last figure includes the Wii U, the recently discounted Wii, 3DS and DS handhelds. Amazingly, the older Wii sold a whopping 300,000 units last week -- just 100,000 shy of the newer, shinier Wii U. We guess the old adage about pricing holds true. The... Read more...
As with any new console launch, the recently launched Wii U system is in short supply. It's shaping up to be this holiday season's hot item, but it might not be the only console Nintendo launches before the end of the year. Rumor has it there's a Wii Mini slated for a December launch. Citing a release schedule from a "major retailer," Nintendo World Reports says the Wii Mini will be released on December 7, 2012, though few details are known about the rumored refresh. Here's the internal ad the site was supposedly able to obtain: Introducing the Wii Mini! Coming Dec 7 2012! Wii Mini Console Compact... Read more...
With Nintendo getting ready to roll out its next generation Wii U console on November 18, 2012, the company decided now was a good time to cut the price of its existing Wii hardware, or at least to announce it. Effective October 28, you'll be able to snag a black Wii bundle for $130 (MSRP), down $20 from the previous price. To sweeten the pot, Nintendo found room on the included Wii Sports disc to also hold a second title, Wii Sports Resort. "Nearly six years after it launched, people are still attracted to the pure, inclusive fun of the Wii console," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s... Read more...
Over the weekend, a forum member at Assemblergames.com claimed to have access to an early Xbox Durango development kit. The user, who went by DaE, attempted to sell the box online for a cool $10,000, apparently believing that he had a better chance of pulling the sale off in a forum as opposed to putting it on Ebay. The original response to the ad was to slam it as a fake, but Eurogamer has heard from trusted sources that the kit was quite real. Need to strengthen your suspension of disbelief? Just look at this image 10x a day while chanting "It's real." Sources have confirmed that Durango is a... Read more...
Nintendo's second quarter financial report reads something like this: 'Thank you investors! But our revenue growth is in another castle!' The game company reported 84.8 billion yen (or about $1.08 billion) in revenue during its second fiscal quarter of 2012, which is a lot of money, but also representative of a 9.7 percent drop from the 93.9 billion yen it collected in the same quarter one year prior. All told, the numbers added up to a net loss of around $220 million. Decelerating hardware sales are largely to blame. Nintendo said it sold 710,000 Wii consoles last quarter, which is less than half... Read more...
Although mobile and social gaming is all the rage, gaming on a living room console connected to your TV has always been a thoroughly enjoyable way to while away the hours alone or with friends. In recent years, the Xbox (alone and with the Kinect), Wii, and Playstation have dominated living rooms. Now there’s another contender, the Ouya, which costs $99, runs on an open platform, and is built so that hackers and devs can tweak it and create for it. Here’s the group’s Kickstarter video: The team behind Ouya believes that game development for consoles is spiraling away from independent... Read more...
If you grew up playing on an Atari 2600 or ColecoVision, your parents may have shrugged off your obsession with videogames as nothing more than a fad. They couldn't have been more wrong. Videogames are more popular than ever, as evidenced by more than half -- 56 percent, to be exact -- of U.S. households laying claim to at least one modern generation game console, according market research firm Nielsen. Not surprisingly, nearly two-thirds of consoles are located in the living room, which underscores that these devices are not just adept at playing games, but also serve double duty as media centers.... Read more...
Sony's new chief executive, Kazuo Hirai, has a monumental task in front of him. He's been charged with reversing Sony's years of losses, even as problems continue to pile up in the wake of ex-CEO Howard Stringer's departure. The road back to profitability got even steeper today, with news that Standard and Poor's has slashed its long-term rating on Sony's credit to BBB+ -- two steps above junk bond status. While this has no impact on the company's existing financials, it means any future loans or financial terms Sony negotiates will likely carry higher interest rates and steeper penalties for missed... Read more...
With all the recent discussions of future consoles from Sony and Microsoft, we've decided to tackle one of the most significant questions--should future consoles be upgradeable? Historically, console add-ons that boosted the performance of the primary unit haven't done well. Sega's Mega-CD and 32x additions to the original Genesis both failed; Nintendo's attempt to boost the performance of the N64 through the use of a RAM expansion pack saw only a limited amount of success. Any attempt to upgrade a system's core performance risks bifurcating the user base and increases the amount of work developers... Read more...
Microsoft's Xbox 360 console is six years old. The Nintendo Wii is five years old, and so is the Sony PlayStation 3. All three are due for an overhaul (can you imagine gaming on a PC that's half a decade old, or more?), and while they're still popular gaming platforms, consoles are really starting to shine as streaming media centers. According to market research firm Nielsen, streaming video on game consoles is up over last year. Xbox 360 owners now use their consoles to stream video 14 percent of the time, which is almost as much as PS3 users (15 percent). But it's the Wii that sees the most time... Read more...
Nintendo may be struggling to move a serious amount of 3DS handhelds, but this just might help. Hulu Plus is coming to the 3DS and Wii. According to a new release from the company, 3DS and Wii owners will soon have the ability to access even more of their favorite TV shows and movies: the Hulu Plus service will be added to both systems by the end of the year. Nintendo is also announcing new features being added to the Nintendo 3DS system, including the ability to record 3D videos, new musical artists coming to Nintendo Video and a new animated 3D video from DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. Additionally,... Read more...
Nintendo and Hulu are teaming up to bring the Hulu Plus service to the Wii and Nintendo 3DS. The Hulu Plus service, which is available for about $8 per month, offers access to all episodes of the current season of popular shows as well as access to a library of classic shows and movies. Nintendo is also planning to bring new features to the Nintendo 3DS system. A system update that is scheduled for the end of November will enable the 3DS to record up to 10 minutes of 3D video. Nintendo is also bringing new musical artists to Nintendo Video, a new animated 3D video from DreamWorks Animation, and... Read more...
Nintendo is refreshing its Wii console in time for the holiday shopping season -- Huzzah! It's going to sport a slimmer, sleeker design and be part of a holiday bundle that includes the New Super Bros. Wii game, a special Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack CD that isn't available anywhere else, a black Wii Remote Plus controller, and black Nunchuk controller -- double huzzah! It will be stripped of its ability to play Gamecube games, and it won't come with any kind of price cut to make up for it -- triple huzza... wait, what? Nintendo says the refreshed Wii console will no longer be compatible with... Read more...
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