Finally time for 'Lonk' to shine
Bringing out the big guns
When will they learn?
Digital Foundry finds out
Nvidia and Nintendo are pretty cosy right now, thanks to the fact that the former is supplying the very capable internal technology for the best-selling Switch console. The two firms are such fast friends that Nintendo has allowed Nvidia to launch a series of Wii classics on its Android-based Shield console, which is based...
Finally time for 'Lonk' to shine
In what is a scarily common practice on the Chinese smartphone app stores, a Legend of Zelda knock-off game has become available to download, promising the thrills and adventure of titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It wasn't too long ago that we reported on the unwelcome return of a Splatoon...
Bringing out the big guns
Nintendo is no doubt really keen to sell Switch in China, which could be potentially very lucrative indeed. Until then, Nintendo will have to make do with launching the handheld console in Hong Kong, which is an autonomous territory of China. The Switch eShop for the Hong Kong region will launch on 3rd April and...
Retro-fitting the past
Super Mario Galaxy touched down on the Nvidia Shield in China recently as part of a deal which will see other Wii classics come to the set-top box in that region. As we all know, Galaxy made good use of the Wii's motion-sensing controller to deliver fun gesture-based gameplay - something that is impossible on Nvidia's...
When will they learn?
Sadly, mobile clones of successful franchises are a strangely common thing these days. Despite the obvious copyright infringements, developers seem to have no shame in creating almost identical (but almost always weaker) versions of popular titles - one such Splatoon clone actually made its way to stores just over a...
Sometimes the truth hurts. A lot
I think it's fairly safe to say most of the people reading this want a Virtual Console presence on the Switch, or at the very least wouldn't actively dislike the idea. And so mutterings are afoot saying that the recent reveal of Wii games coming to the Nvidia Shield in China could be pointing to just such a service...
Could we see these on Switch?
Earlier this year we brought you the rumour that Nintendo was planning to release New Super Mario Bros on the Nvidia Shield in China. Given how difficult it is to sell consoles in China, it would appear that Nintendo is using smart devices like the Nvidia Shield to crack the market and sell its games. Naturally...
Cracking the big one?
It could be that Nintendo's relationship with Nvidia goes beyond simply working together on the Switch; if a report emanating from China is to be believed, Nvidia has been given permission to release some of Nintendo's older games on its Shield hardware. The report was brought to light by industry analyst Daniel Ahmad:...
Security concerns seem to be the cause
Pokémon GO took the world by storm when it came out this past summer, but in the wake of its launch, there came numerous negative reports. People were falling off cliffs, walking into traffic, finding bodies, and being mugged, and while such incidents were only experienced by a relatively small number of...
The Chinese market is still, it seems, a tricky territory to master and even understand in the video game industry. Sony and Microsoft formally released PS4 and Xbox One in the country, but indications are that sales have been rather disappointing; Nintendo, for its part, has been hesitant to make any notable moves as yet. It is naturally a...
Attack of the clones
Nintendo's expansion into smartphones began this year with Miitomo, but the company has big plans for some of its existing IP - including Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem. Splatoon - one of Nintendo's most recent hits - is arguably another prime candidate for mobile phones, as it boasts a unique look and has been popular with...
$63.5 million paid for 81.25 percent of the gaming veteran
SNK Playmore has been acquired by a a group of Chinese investors, Gameindustry.biz is reporting. Ledo Millennium has paid $63.5 million for 81.25 percent of the company's shares, purchased from former SNK CEO Eikichi Kawasaki and his wife Natsuyo Kawasaki. Chinese companies Oriental...
Once again there's talk of money to be made
In 2013 it was announced that China would, very slowly, lift its ban on video game consoles. Implemented in early 2014, the process was exceptionally stringent, limiting manufacturing and distribution to the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone. Though stock prices of major game companies had a bump...
Dedicated console no longer in the works
Tokyo-based games consultant Serkan Toto has told Nikkei that Nintendo has decided against producing unique hardware for the Chinese market. The plans were revealed last year, with Nintendo seemingly poised to take advantage of China's removal of a ban on games consoles. Rather than launch the Wii U in that...
Honest truth, guv
There's something just a little bit wrong in China Mobile's advertising, pictured above. Apparently Mario, Luigi and Sonic have all been conscripted into the firm's latest promotion. Nintendo hasn't exactly made a habit of freely giving out its characters for other companies to use, being so protective as to initiate YouTube...
Is the big N missing the boat?
Earlier this year China formalised its plans to allow dedicated game consoles to be manufactured and sold in the country, opening the door for conventional systems in a marketplace that had previously consisted of black market goods and legal plug-and-play workarounds; Nintendo has successfully utilised the latter with...
"For us, Microsoft's approach wouldn't work," Iwata says
In an interview today with Reuters, Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata revealed the company is planning to introduce new hardware and software for unspecified "emerging markets" over the next two years to take advantage of a rising middle class in many parts of the world; China...
Process outlined as Microsoft solidifies plans
At the beginning of this year Nintendo stock prices had a temporary bump that some attributed to China formally lifting its console ban, a move that had been confirmed in 2013. As a still-growing economy of a significant size and a market increasingly open to non-Chinese products and brands, it's a...
The designers at Xiao Bawang clearly ran out of ideas
China has recently lifted its ban on games consoles, and as a result we're seeing a few new challengers arrive on the market in the hope of leveraging the country's massive number of potential players. One such outfit is Xiao Bawang, the company which tried — and failed — to conquer China...
The size of the market means most will likely play along
Last year the Chinese government confirmed that it'd lift its video game console ban, with news that last week's implementation of that promise contributed to a boost in Nintendo share value; this prompted speculation of the Kyoto company diving into the region. We shouldn't expect Wii U and...
Will it be sustained?
After the Chinese government confirmed last year that it would be lifting its ban on game consoles, it became a reality this week. There are still the same hurdles that were highlighted previously, namely that hardware will need to be manufactured in a designated zone and all products will need approval from the country's...
There is a catch or two
Earlier this year we reported that China was considering a removal of its ban on video game consoles; it was a rule that was bypassed by TV plug and play systems, including a Nintendo offering called iQue which included Nintendo 64 games. Modern systems with separately sold retail games were, however, out of bounds. As part...
Feast your eyes on these bad boys
Distributor of Nintendo products in China, iQue, have revealed 3 gorgeous 3DS XL models which will launch this December 2012 exclusively for the region. No price tag has been put on the models as of yet. Below you can check out the 3 models: Mario White, Mario Silver and Mario Red & Gold (Limited Edition), and...
"We take our responsibilities as a global company very seriously"
Yesterday, allegations surfaced online that Chinese manufacturer Foxconn - which counts Nintendo, Sony and Apple as some of its clients - was employing children in its factories. Foxconn has since admitted guilt, issuing the following statement: We recognize that full...
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