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News: The Japanese Console Market Fell in 2013, With Revenues Behind the Mobile Gaming Sector

The Japanese Console Market Fell in 2013, With Revenues Behind the Mobile Gaming Sector

A 16% fall from 2012 to 2013

It's been a day of financial figures and reflections on Nintendo's latest results, yet a report emerging from Japan demonstrates that conventional gaming systems as a whole are under a heavy strain in the country. This should be no surprise to those that regularly follow the Media Create chart results, with sale numbers...

News: Shigeru Miyamoto Explains His Belief That the Video Game Industry's "Creativity is Still Immature"

Shigeru Miyamoto Explains His Belief That the Video Game Industry's "Creativity is Still Immature"

"We might be able to create new entertainment that dominates the industry"

If you enjoy debating the state of the video game industry with others, you've no doubt had a number of conversations focused on the kinds of games we're seeing in the medium. In some respects we're seeing rapid evolution, with multiple pay models, platforms and input devices...

News: Reggie Fils-Aime Highlights Importance of Children to Nintendo, Reveals Kids & Parents Web Portal

Reggie Fils-Aime Highlights Importance of Children to Nintendo, Reveals Kids & Parents Web Portal

"It’s critical for us to have kids grow into Nintendo content"

If there's one thing the editors, writers, and readers of Nintendo Life have in common, it's a love for the company that gives the site its name. For many, the love for Nintendo and its consistently engaging content began in childhood — a period of time that shapes much of what we...

News: Research Firm IDC Anticipates Worldwide Wii U Price Cut in Late 2014 to 2015, Increase in Retail Downloads

Research Firm IDC Anticipates Worldwide Wii U Price Cut in Late 2014 to 2015, Increase in Retail Downloads

System predicted to stay behind PS4 and Xbox One in generation sales

We're now well and truly into a fresh generation of home consoles, with Nintendo's 2012 Wii U release now joined by the late 2013 arrivals of PS4 and Xbox One. The previous Wii / PS3 / Xbox 360 era brought impressive sales all around, though a continually evolving market and...

News: Critical Analysis of Wario Land 4 Now Available on Kindle, Discount Price Extended

Critical Analysis of Wario Land 4 Now Available on Kindle, Discount Price Extended

Get analytical

Late last year we told you about an eBook called Game Design Companion: A Critical Analysis of Wario Land 4, which aims to take a thorough, academic approach to assess the popular Game Boy Advance title. It's stated aim is to step beyond the normal boundaries of games criticism and to drill down into significant detail. Author...

News: Nintendo Looking Into "Little Experiences" on Smartphones and Tablets

Nintendo Looking Into "Little Experiences" on Smartphones and Tablets

"It’s largely going to be much more marketing activity-oriented"

When it comes to smartphone and tablet content Nintendo has been painstakingly clear on two points in recent times — it has no plans to release its full games on the platforms, but is looking at ways to utilise the enormous number of smart devices to promote its hardware and games...

News: The Financial Post Thinks Wii U And 3DS Could Be The "Best Bets" This Christmas

The Financial Post Thinks Wii U And 3DS Could Be The "Best Bets" This Christmas

At last, some positive mainstream reporting

There's a lot of Nintendo-related doom and gloom floating around at the moment — some of which we feel it is our duty to report — but today we've got a little bit of positive news. The Financial Post has stated what we knew all along: Nintendo's two systems are the best option for prospective buyers...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Resilience Against Wii U Criticism Emphasizes Its Longevity

Nintendo's Resilience Against Wii U Criticism Emphasizes Its Longevity

As the critics attack, Satoru Iwata simply looks ahead

It's been, overall, a tough couple of weeks for the Wii U's image in the online land of gaming enthusiasts. The focused attention of many outlets is, unsurprisingly and quite correctly, on the upcoming launches of the PS4 and the Xbox One, with Super Mario 3D World just about grabbing some...

Feature: Why Nintendo Isn't Popular in Poland

Why Nintendo Isn't Popular in Poland

Rob Burgess explains how a country with 40 million people has been missed

Earlier this year we posted an article based on a Nintendo fan's blog, which explained how difficult it was to buy a Wii U in Poland, a large European country. Rob Burgess, the author of that blog, has since written a follow up article in which he explains in a little more...

Poll: Is Nintendo's Wii U Advertising and Marketing Doing Enough?

Is Nintendo's Wii U Advertising and Marketing Doing Enough?

It's safe to say the 3DS messaging is doing fine

It's a common refrain for critics of Nintendo to state that it doesn't do marketing well. Some may see adverts featuring celebrities or colourful trailers of smiling children and despair, as there's often a sense that in targeting families and young gamers with much of its advertising the company...

News: Animal Crossing: New Leaf Passes 6 Million Copies Sold Milestone

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Passes 6 Million Copies Sold Milestone

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon sucks up some impressive sales, too

Nintendo has released new life-to-date global sales figures for its first-party 3DS software library, all of which show that the little 3D-enabled system is attracting a lot of people's attention. At the top of the list is Animal Crossing: New Leaf, a game which has already amassed a...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Ambitious Sales Targets Require Runaway Holiday Success

Nintendo's Ambitious Sales Targets Require Runaway Holiday Success

As the latest financial reports show, the time is now

Every three months we gain an insight into Nintendo's fortunes, with details on finances and sales information for different regions around the world. When it comes to solid numbers for hardware and software sales, the quarterly financial results reported by the Kyoto-based company can tell us...

News: Nintendo Financial Reports Bring Minor Profit, 3DS Success and More Wii U Struggles

Nintendo Financial Reports Bring Minor Profit, 3DS Success and More Wii U Struggles

PAL regions a key weak point in Wii U hardware sales

Earlier this year Nintendo revealed its Q1 financial results, in which it was able to report a net profit despite operating losses — value of the Yen and the mysteries of accounting allowed for a positive overall result. The trends largely continue with today's Q2 results (which also include...

News: Pokémon Developers: Paid DLC Could "Ruin The Worldview" of The Franchise

Pokémon Developers: Paid DLC Could "Ruin The Worldview" of The Franchise

Kalos does not accept your worthless paper currency

With the popularity, collectibility, and - let’s face it - addictibility of the Pokémon franchise, the specter of micro-transactions for special critters and bonuses seems to loom more menacingly as mobile gaming grows. But according to Pokémon art director Ken Sugimori in a 4Gamer interview...

News: IDC Expects Console Sales To Rise This Year

IDC Expects Console Sales To Rise This Year

Console channel downloads also expected to exceed those of PC

The number of game console bundles shipped worldwide in 2013 will be slightly higher than the 2012 total of approximately 33 million bundles, according to a new report from the International Data Corporation. Console sales have been sliding since 2009 but the research company claims...

News: Ubisoft Quebec Planning Major Expansion of Workforce

Ubisoft Quebec Planning Major Expansion of Workforce

The home of some Assassin's Creed work, among others

While some major publishers and developers have found life difficult in recent years, Ubisoft is a corporation — like EA and Activision — that seemingly continues to expand. With a number of powerful brands across multiple genres and platforms, we continue to see plenty of Ubisoft games, of...

Talking Point: The Steam Gaming Machines Are An Unconventional Challenge to the Wii U

The Steam Gaming Machines Are An Unconventional Challenge to the Wii U

Sony and Microsoft aren't the only competitors

When considering the challenges and competitors that the Wii U faces in the months and years to come, it's becoming an increasingly cluttered and tricky space to manoeuvre. Much the same was said during the early days of the 3DS, as its struggles saw it stacked up against smartphones and tablets; at...

News: EA Executive: Shigeru Miyamoto is 'Falling Down on the Job'

EA Executive: Shigeru Miyamoto is 'Falling Down on the Job'

Says consoles' demands are making consumers turn to mobile

Lately, it seems Nintendo has received its fair share of disparaging remarks from EA representatives, along with unflattering comparisons to Apple. And now today, at D.I.C.E. Europe, came the one-two combo of an EA executive unflatteringly comparing Nintendo to Apple. EA Chief Creative...