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News: Nintendo Download Sales Increase With 3DS

Nintendo Download Sales Increase With 3DS

Online connectivity rate also on the rise

With plenty of information coming out of Nintendo's recent financial results and briefings, one particularly positive outcome is confirmation that the company's download sales are increasing for the first time since 2010. Considering the fact that Wii and DSi are on the decline due to newer systems, the...

News: Wii U Stock Shortage Reports Surface in UK

Wii U Stock Shortage Reports Surface in UK

Everyone stay calm

Although there are a fair share of nay-sayers and doubters surrounding Wii U and its long term prospects for success, there seems to be little doubt that it'll have a strong launch. Pre-orders are sold out at various retailers in the US, for example, while GAME told us a month ago that UK pre-orders are exceeding expectations. The...

News: Pachter Pours Scorn Over Wii U Sales Projections

Pachter Pours Scorn Over Wii U Sales Projections

"Disappointing and unrealistic"

Whenever there are Nintendo-related sales figures to be discussed and dissected, you can almost guarantee that games industry analyst Michael Pachter will have some wisdom to impart. Nintendo recently proclaimed that it intended to shift 5.5 million Wii U consoles before April 2013, along with 24 million units of...

News: Nintendo Issues a Statement on Its Foxconn Under-Age Workers Investigation

Nintendo Issues a Statement on Its Foxconn Under-Age Workers Investigation

Confirms violation and further on-site inspections

Last week there was some unpleasant news that Nintendo was forced to confront, with the revelations that manufacturing partner Foxconn employed under-age interns to manufacture Wii U. Foxconn accepted responsibility and admitted that under-age employees had been hired and subsequently released,...

News: Nintendo Targets 5.5 Million Wii U Sales This Financial Year

Nintendo Targets 5.5 Million Wii U Sales This Financial Year

All before April

Earlier today we brought you the news that Nintendo had cut its profit projections due to half-year results, with the overall picture being one of disappointment if not disaster. One of the reasons for this was lower than expected 3DS sales, with six months worth of results showing around five million unit sales, leaving Nintendo...

Talking Point: The Message in "I'm Not a Gamer" Commercials

The Message in "I'm Not a Gamer" Commercials

Word-play, or hiding from being a gamer?

A little over a month ago we mentioned a new series of commercials that Nintendo was planning to run, which it described as the "Play As You Are" campaign. The goal of these adverts was to show "how all kinds of women and young girls can explore their interests and express their individuality using the...

News: Nintendo Cuts Profit Projections After Half-Year Results

Nintendo Cuts Profit Projections After Half-Year Results

Losses continue to fall despite weaker than expected 3DS sales

Despite all of the hype and excitement currently around Nintendo and the upcoming launch of Wii U, in addition to its efforts to improve its download platforms and more, the company's been working against a backdrop of difficult financial results. Earlier this year Nintendo had to report...

News: MCV: Wii U Is A Stopgap System, Real Successor Is Still To Come

MCV: Wii U Is A Stopgap System, Real Successor Is Still To Come

"It was never intended as a next generation console"

Video game trade site MCV Pacific has posted an interesting opinion piece which speculates that the Wii U is merely a stopgap to lift Nintendo's flagging fortunes following the false start of the 3DS (in the west, at least) and plummeting Wii sales. The Wii U hasn't been given a new moniker,...

News: Business Insider: Wii U Is The Most Fun I've Had With A Game Console, Ever

Business Insider: Wii U Is The Most Fun I've Had With A Game Console, Ever

Glowing praise from an unlikely source

As the Nintendo-loving world waits with bated breath for the Wii U to launch and various skeptics pour scorn over its chances, it would appear that the new format has unequivocal support from one sector of the market, at least. Business Insider's Dylan Love got some hands-on time with the new console at a...

News: Under-Age Workers Allegedly Worked on Wii U Manufacturing

Under-Age Workers Allegedly Worked on Wii U Manufacturing

The latest controversy for Foxconn

If you own a number of gadgets and gizmos from major companies such as Apple, Sony and Microsoft, it's in all likelihood been manufactured by Foxconn, based primarily in China. The reason we can buy technology at affordable prices isn't just because of cheaper parts and research, but due to low-paid labour in...

News: Retro Studios Gets a Bigger Office

Retro Studios Gets a Bigger Office

Scaling up for Wii U development?

Metroid Prime and Donkey Kong Country Returns developer Retro Studios has moved to a larger premises, hinting that the company is expanding to handle significant support for Nintendo's Wii U console. According to n1ntendo.nl, the move was very hush-hush, and no press release was issued to mark t

News: Pokémon Black and White 2 Catches a Strong UK Chart Début

Pokémon Black and White 2 Catches a Strong UK Chart Début

Both versions in the top five

Pokémon Black and White 2 may be getting played on a lot of 3DS systems at the moment, but we shouldn't forget that it probably represents the last big hurrah for the humble DS. It's a big release for fans of the series that Nintendo no doubt hopes will perform well, and early indications in the UK charts are certainly...

News: Guess What? Michael Pachter Isn't a Fan of The Wii U

Guess What? Michael Pachter Isn't a Fan of The Wii U

Doesn't think third parties will succeed on Nintendo's new console

Wedbush Securities Digital media and electronics analyst Michael Pachter seems to have an odd relationship with Nintendo. He's forever casting doubt on the company's chances, taking any chance he can to stick the boot in and predict naught but doom and gloom for Mario and company...

Talking Point: Nintendo Takes One Step Forward, One Back With Retail Downloads

Nintendo Takes One Step Forward, One Back With Retail Downloads

It's not quite right, yet

During last week's Nintendo Direct broadcast in Europe, one eShop announcement that received relatively little fanfare was confirmation that a number of additional first-party titles were being made available on the platform. These titles stretch back to the earliest months of the system: now available on the European...

News: Teens Losing Interest In Social Gaming, Turning To Traditional Consoles

Teens Losing Interest In Social Gaming, Turning To Traditional Consoles

Research also shows the growth of digital downloads

Everywhere you look, there seems to be a story about how traditional consoles are under threat from social gaming, and that the console market as we know it is all but doomed. However, new research from Analyst firm Piper Jaffray reveals that attitudes towards social gaming are changing, with teen...

News: Bridgestone Responds to Sony's "Kevin Butler" Lawsuit

Bridgestone Responds to Sony's "Kevin Butler" Lawsuit

All because of a game of Mario Kart Wii

Yesterday we picked up on the news of an ongoing court case between Sony and the actor behind Kevin Butler or, to be completely accurate, the actor's production company and Bridgestone. Sony's basic complaint was that the actor Jerry Lambert, so commonly known for his work as fictional Sony executive Kevin...