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News: Mobile Is Konami's Future, According To President Hideki Hayakawa

Mobile Is Konami's Future, According To President Hideki Hayakawa

"We will pursue mobile games aggressively"

Konami president Hideki Hayakawa has been speaking to Nikkei Trendy Net about the company's future, giving the strongest indication yet of how the firm's business is changing. Hayakawa states that smart devices represent the core focus of Konami's business moving forward. The success of Konami's current...

News: Konami And Square Enix Post Positive Financials, Despite A Lack Of Major Console Releases

Konami And Square Enix Post Positive Financials, Despite A Lack Of Major Console Releases

A sign of the times?

Japanese publishers Konami and Square Enix have both reported positive financial results for the past year, despite the fact that neither company has released all that many AAA console titles during this period. Konami has reported a 147 percent increase in net profit for the year ending March. Profits reached 9.5bn Yen, which...

News: Stella Glow Developer Imageepoch Has Gone Bust

Stella Glow Developer Imageepoch Has Gone Bust

Western release presumably unaffected

Japanese studio Imageepoch - famous for its RPGs - has been in the news a lot recently. On the positive side, the company's latest 3DS title, Stella Glow, has been confirmed for a Western release by publisher Atlus. Less encouraging is the news regarding Imageepoch's president Ryoei Mikage, who went missing

Talking Point: Is Konami About To Exit The Console Game Business?

Is Konami About To Exit The Console Game Business?

Nintendo's old ally could be leaving the industry it helped to grow

Konami has been in the headlines a lot lately. First up were those troublesome rumours regarding the impending departure of Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear series and arguably the Japanese company's most valuable and famous employee. It would appear that Kojima is set to...

News: Nintendo's Mobile Partner DeNA Lays Off Significant Number Of North American Staff

Nintendo's Mobile Partner DeNA Lays Off Significant Number Of North American Staff

San Francisco and Vancouver offices impacted in "reshape" of operations

Japanese mobile company DeNA has laid off a significant number of North American employees, it has been revealed today. The job losses are taking place at the company's San Francisco and Vancouver offices, and while exact numbers aren't forthcoming at the moment, the layoffs...

News: Analyst Thinks Nintendo Is Already Winding Down Wii U Ahead Of Nintendo NX Launch

Analyst Thinks Nintendo Is Already Winding Down Wii U Ahead Of Nintendo NX Launch

"The Wii U is on the wrong side of the bell curve"

It goes without saying that the Wii U hasn't been the success Nintendo had hoped for, with just under 10 million total hardware sales since launch - that's around half the amount of systems that Sony has shifted, and the PS4 is a year younger than Nintendo's machine. With the recent announcement of...

News: Microsoft Once Had Some Pretty Wild Ideas, Including Making Xbox Free And Buying Nintendo

Microsoft Once Had Some Pretty Wild Ideas, Including Making Xbox Free And Buying Nintendo

"Name a bad idea and it was something we had to deal with"

Back when Microsoft was looking at entering the home gaming market and working on the first Xbox console, people within the company had some pretty far out ideas - precious few of which actually came to pass, thankfully. Speaking to Gamesindustry.biz, Oddworld Inhabitants' Lorne Lanning has...

News: Satoru Iwata And DeNA CEO Isao Moriyasu Discuss Nintendo's Mobile Future

Satoru Iwata And DeNA CEO Isao Moriyasu Discuss Nintendo's Mobile Future

"DeNA attacked Nintendo with a passion, so we were impressed by them"

Following the flurry of Nintendo news from two days ago, a Q&A featuring Nintendo's CEO Satoru Iwata and DeNA's CEO Isao Moriyasu was posted on Nintendo's corporate website, largely discussing the role DeNA and Nintendo will each play when producing mobile games with one...

News: Iwata: Embracing Smart Devices Has Made Us Even More Passionate About Dedicated Games Consoles

Iwata: Embracing Smart Devices Has Made Us Even More Passionate About Dedicated Games Consoles

Phones and tablets a "rational way" to bring people to consoles

For some Nintendo fans, today is the day that hell has frozen over - Nintendo has announced that it is bringing its games to smart devices via a partnership with Japanese mobile company DeNA. While some might assume that this move means the firm is turning its back on dedicated...

News: Iwata: We Are Challenging Ourselves To Redefine What "Nintendo Platforms" Mean

Iwata: We Are Challenging Ourselves To Redefine What "Nintendo Platforms" Mean

Aim is to "construct a bridge" between smart devices and games consoles

Today's announcement that Nintendo is working with Japanese mobile giant DeNA on bringing its games to smart devices and its new cross-platform membership programme has sent shock-waves through the games industry, and even Nintendo president Satoru Iwata admits that the move...

News: Nintendo Teases Cross-Platform Club Nintendo Successor In Conjunction With DeNA

Nintendo Teases Cross-Platform Club Nintendo Successor In Conjunction With DeNA

Looking to "create a connection regardless of the device the consumer uses"

Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has revealed that the company is working on a cross-platform successor to its Club Nintendo membership programme. Speaking during today's Business and Capital Alliance Announcement - where it was announced that Nintendo would be working alongside...

News: Nintendo Looking To Offer Affordable Smartphone-Style Games And Remakes Of Past Classics On 3DS

Nintendo Looking To Offer Affordable Smartphone-Style Games And Remakes Of Past Classics On 3DS

President Satoru Iwata wants to expand consumer choice on the handheld

Nintendo's handheld strategy will make room for affordable, low-cost titles similar to those seen on smartphone formats like iOS and Android, The Nikkei reports. Speaking with Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, The Nikkei has stated that the Japanese company is seeking to "expand...