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The Nintendo Switch is off to a fast start, and the Japanese gaming giant is doing everything in its power to ensure that customers who want the hybrid console can get one. A new report suggests that Nintendo is looking to nearly double its official hardware shipment guidance from 10 million units for its fiscal year ending in March 2018 to 18 million units. One analyst, Hirotoshi Murakami of Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley, predicts that Nintendo may even push past that elevated figure and produce 20 million units during the current fiscal quarter. The hope is that Nintendo will be able to... Read more...
The Nintendo Switch has certainly garnered a lot of hype, but has it also been raking in the dough? According to GameStop, it sold 1.2 million Nintendo Switch units during the console’s first two months on sale. The Switch has now outpaced the Nintendo Wii, which is higher than the 1.1 million units GameStop reportedly sold in 2006. GameStop’s global sales increased by 3.8% to $2.05 billion USD. Software sales declined by 8.2% and pre-owned sales decreased by 6.2%, however, hardware sales increased by 24.6% thanks to the Nintendo Switch. Worldwide omni-channel sales also increased by 92.9% because... Read more...
Much to the chagrin of gamers who managed to get their claws on a Nintendo Switch console, there are not many games available yet, and the number dwindles when you weed out non-blockbuster releases. The good news is that will change in time, especially with third-party developers hopping on board. One of them is Ubisoft, which is working with Nintendo on a Mario and Rabbids RPG.It is called Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle and it looks to be an odd title, though sometimes those are the most fun. In this case, the game contains a mix of exploration and turn-based combat, with the former estimated... Read more...
The Nintendo Switch has been a bonafide sales hit across the globe, and has allowed the Japanese gaming giant to put a little more swagger in its step. Sales of the console have been so strong, in fact, that the Nintendo Switch topped both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 (the usual home console sales champ) during the month of April in the United States. Nintendo is hoping to continue fueling its sales success by bundling two of its hottest properties: the Switch and Splatoon 2. The original Splatoon was a surprise hit for the Wii U when it splashed on the scene in 2015, and Nintendo is looking... Read more...
Several weeks after launch, the Nintendo Switch continues to fly off store shelves just as fast as employees can stock them. And that is not because Nintendo is intentionally shortchanging vendors with inventory, as one of the conspiracy theories goes. According to NPD Group, the Switch outsold the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (and every other console) in the United States last month. In the month of April, Nintendo sold more than 280,000 Switch consoles in the U.S. alone to lead the pack of game console. It is the second month in a row that the Switch outpaced competition following a record-breaking... Read more...
It looks as though Nintendo will be bringing another iconic franchise to smartphones. Following the success it had with Super Mario Run on Android and iOS devices, Nintendo is said to be working on a Zelda game for mobile handsets simply called The Legend of Zelda. This would come sometime after the release of Animal Crossing, which is expected to debut on smartphones in the second half of 2017. Nintendo has not been quick to embrace the smartphone movement, choosing instead to focus on developing games for its own hardware. That has been a key to Nintendo's success and is a big reason why the... Read more...
The Nintendo Switch has been a sales blockbuster, which is a much needed “win” for the Japanese game company following the disappointed of its immediate predecessor: the Wii U. Given the excitement surrounding the Switch, which is still sold out at retailers across the United States, it should come as no surprise that the console will be the main focus of Nintendo’s upcoming E3 festivities. This time around, all eyes will be on Super Mario Odyssey, which marks the first sandbox-type Mario game since Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. Mario fans were definitely excited when the first trailer... Read more...
The wonderfully retro and incredibly rare Nintendo PlayStation has now been made fully functional. The Nintendo PlayStation did not initially include any games. Gaming and electronics freak enthusiast Ben Heck of the Youtube channel The Ben Heck Show, however, recently managed to get Super Boss Gaiden running on the console. How did Ben get the console to work? After experiencing a few initial roadblocks, Ben replaced a number of capacitors in order to get the CD ROM to work. The board contained a CD ROM controller chip, a digital signal processor, and a microprocessor. The microcontroller... Read more...
If you're planning to buy (or already bought) a Nintendo Switch, consider The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild an essential purchase to go along with your new console. Sure, the selection of games on the Switch is woefully low right now, but the newest Zelda game would stand out even in a crowded field of titles. It's also a game that will be updated with fresh content, which Nintendo has begun to detail. You can purchase an Expansion Pass for $19.99, which will give you access to future DLC. The first DLC pack, Trial of the Sword, will roll out this summer. In anticipation of its release, Nintendo... Read more...
When I first heard about Nintendo's plan to build a hybrid console, I thought it was a long shot. And truthfully, it was. But I also reckoned the response to a 2-in-1 console (or 3-in-1 if you count tabletop mode, as Nintendo does) would ultimately be lukewarm. Having now spent the past couple of weeks actually playing with the Nintendo Switch, I can say I was (mostly) wrong in my original assessment, and certainly in my expectations. We'll get to my own thoughts in a little bit, but first let's talk about the Switch's reception. Despite the skepticism by myself and many others leading up to the... Read more...
  If you needed any additional evidence that the Nintendo Switch represents a return to form for the Japanese gaming giant, look no further than the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The game, which launched on Friday for the Nintendo Switch, has become the fastest-selling game in the franchise’s illustrious history. Mario Kart first came into existence for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) all the way back in 1992, and has seen numerous iterations on Nintendo’s subsequent gaming consoles. The previous record holder for launch day sales for the Mario Kart series was Mario Kart Wii,... Read more...
If the Wii U was a huge disappointment, then Nintendo is truly making up for it with the follow-up “Switch” hybrid gaming console. During the closing days of April, Nintendo issued an earnings forecast which projects that profit will jump 121 percent year-over-year for the current fiscal year, taking its tally to $584 million. The company has now indicated that it took a rather unusual step in an effort to ensure that key markets were receiving a steady supply of consoles. Nintendo, like other companies, bases the logistics of delivering consoles to world markets on the speed (or rather, lack thereof)... Read more...
Nintendo sure did tick off a lot of gamers with the way it handled the NES Classic Edition launch and subsequent rollout to stoes. Priced at $59.99 and packed with 30 classic NES games, the miniature console was an instant hit and sold out in record fashion whenever retailers managed to get them in stock. But after promising (and failing) to keep up with demand, Nintendo abruptly announced that it would be ending production of the NES Classic Edition. Considering that many people still haven’t been able to get their hands on the pint-sized console months after launch, this was a bitter pill... Read more...
  If you thought that the Switch was the only portable gaming console that Nintendo had in the works for 2017, then you were sorely mistaken. The company just announced today that its brand new 2DS XL will debut in late July. The 2DS XL is in many respects similar to the oddly named New 3DS XL. It features that console’s beefier processor, larger dual displays, C-stick, and NFC reader for Amiibo support. It also forgoes the original 2DS’ stationary, stacked screen form-factor for the clamshell design of the New 3DS XL — this is a big boon for portability over its predecessor. However, as its... Read more...
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