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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...
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...
  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...
Nintendo said that sales of its hybrid Switch console are off to a "phenomenal start" and that it plans to keep the momentum going. Assuming it can, Nintendo forecasts a massive 121 percent jump in profit for its current fiscal year, taking aim at 65 billion yen (around $584 million in U.S. currency), up from 29 billion yen (around $264 million) for the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2017. It was a strong end to the fiscal year thanks in part to the Switch, Nintendo's newest game console. Nintendo gambled on a hybrid design that allows the Switch to play games on the big screen TV at 1080p when... Read more...
It has been nearly two months since Nintendo released its hybrid Switch console in the United States, but it is no easier to obtain today as it was when it launched. Supply has not kept with the rabid demand for what has become Nintendo's fastest selling console ever. However, getting one is not an impossible task—you just have to known where to be, and when. That is where we come in. We received word from our contact at Toys R Us that the toy store will once again be restocking the Switch, this time in conjunction with the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a first-party title that could end up as... Read more...
In the early going, the Nintendo Switch is the fastest selling game console in Nintendo's history. It racked up more sales during its first two days of availability than even the crazy-popular Wii did when it launched, and rocketed to over 900,000 units sold in North America along during its first month on the market. But what about the console's long-term outlook? One of the big criticisms at the moment is the lack of third-party support. Stardock CEO Brad Wardell does not thing that is a problem.The CEO of the development studio responsible for Ashes of the Singularity and the Galactic Civilizations... Read more...
It is standard procedure for console makers to release slimmer versions of their flagship game systems. Sometimes they come with upgraded hardware, too. A recent example is the Xbox One S, a more compact version of the Xbox One with a few nifty upgrades, such as support for 4K playback and upscaling. Well, it is not just Microsoft and Sony that see the benefit in offering thinner versions of their respective consoles, Nintendo is apparently considering the same thing with its crazy popular Switch system.There are reports and chatter among analysts that Nintendo will not only shrink the Switch,... Read more...
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