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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...

News: Sega's Digital Restructure Means 300 Staff Will Be Offered Voluntary Retirement

Sega's Digital Restructure Means 300 Staff Will Be Offered Voluntary Retirement

Aiming to "improve the business efficiency of the Group"

Sega will offer 300 of its global staff voluntary retirement in an effort to drive profits and restructure the company around smartphone and online PC games. Although Sega of America's release schedule will be unaffected, it will lose around 120 staff between 9th February and the end of...

News: Satoru Iwata Chipped In To Make Sure Super Smash Bros. Melee Made It To Market On Time

Satoru Iwata Chipped In To Make Sure Super Smash Bros. Melee Made It To Market On Time

"Aaah, I wonder if it's alright to admit this?"

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata wasn't always in charge of Nintendo -- once upon a time, he was a humble programmer sat at his keyboard with dreams of becoming the next Miyamoto. In a recent interview with 4Gamer, Iwata admits that before he moved into management he had aspirations of being the...

News: Nintendo Aiming To Create A Stronger Bond With Consumers Via Mii Smartphone Application

Nintendo Aiming To Create A Stronger Bond With Consumers Via Mii Smartphone Application

"It is rather embarrassing that we are so behind on this compatibility"

Nintendo has made no secret of the fact that it is looking into producing smartphone and tablet applications to support its core business, and during the recently-translated Corporate Management Policy Briefing Q&A, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata spoke about the company's...

News: Iwata Cites "Same-Generation Hypothesis" For Strong Smash Bros. And Pokémon Performance

Iwata Cites "Same-Generation Hypothesis" For Strong Smash Bros. And Pokémon Performance

You grow up, but the games stay with you

Nintendo's Financial Results Briefing is out, and in it company president Satoru Iwata outlines why its Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon franchises are enjoying such robust commercial success. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has performed better than expected on 3DS, and anticipation for the Wii U entry is...

News: Capcom Won't Greenlight Sequels If A Game Doesn't Sell Over Two Million Copies

Capcom Won't Greenlight Sequels If A Game Doesn't Sell Over Two Million Copies

No plans for future Darkstalkers games, either

Capcom's Yoshinori Ono has revealed that the company is chasing big sales right now, and that sequels won't be given the go ahead unless the previous title cleared two million units sold. The comment was made in an interview with Famitsu, where Ono also said that there would be no future Darkstalkers...

News: Full Extent of Nintendo of Europe Job Cuts Becomes Clear

Full Extent of Nintendo of Europe Job Cuts Becomes Clear

Around 320 roles are lost overall

Earlier this year we reported on a reshuffle at Nintendo of Europe that was bringing the loss of 130 permanent jobs, with the Großostheim office in Germany being the largest affected area due to its closure. It's emerged, however, that the total number of roles that will be lost as of 31st August is nearer 320. As...