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News: 3DS XL Enjoys a Steady Start in UK

3DS XL Enjoys a Steady Start in UK

Outsells 3DS 'by a factor of just over 2:1'

3DS XL arrived on Saturday in Europe and Japan, with some retailers in the UK having permission to hand out pre-orders the day before. As we reported yesterday, the latest UK charts showed a bump in some software sales, even if the new titles launched alongside the system failed to break into the top 40...

News: E3 Confirmed for Los Angeles Until 2015

E3 Confirmed for Los Angeles Until 2015

E3 2013 scheduled for 11-13 June

After E3 2012, rumours began to circulate that the gaming event of the year would change venue and relocate to Las Vegas. For those unaware, a big part of the L.A. Convention Centre will be involved in a major building project as it's constructed into the new Farmer's Field stadium. Some wondered whether the...

News: Mario Kicked Out by FIFA as UK's Top Seller Since 1996

Mario Kicked Out by FIFA as UK's Top Seller Since 1996

Former rival Sonic slows down in 6th

If you read our earlier news about Mario & Sonic coming 3rd in today's UK charts, then you may have spotted the little fact about the Pokémon franchise being the 10th biggest seller in the UK over the last 15 years. Eurogamer.net has now been provided with the full top ten by GfK Chart-Track (copyright...

News: GameStop Exploring Possibility of Second-Hand Digital Sales

GameStop Exploring Possibility of Second-Hand Digital Sales

This could affect us, Nintendo fans!

As you can tell from our tagline, it's with a sense of genuine delight that we can bring you news about potential industry changes with retail download software, and actually have an interest in the outcome. After so long lagging behind Sony, Microsoft and PC platforms in terms of full retail downloads, Nintendo...

News: Michael Pachter Doubts 3DS XL's Powers of Revival

Michael Pachter Doubts 3DS XL's Powers of Revival

Put away those pitchforks

It's been an interesting week in the world of Nintendo and, in particular, its handhelds. First up we had Bing Gordon, a man with decades of experience in the video game industry at the highest level, sharing the view that Nintendo's on track to primarily focus on software. He even went so far as to say that "the handheld...

News: Nintendo Financial Results: Console and Software Sales

Nintendo Financial Results: Console and Software Sales

How are they all doing?

Earlier on today we brought you the headline news that Nintendo reported a financial loss for the first quarter, which was very much expected. Despite some pre-results whispers, Nintendo didn't adjust its projections for returning a profit this financial year, showing a degree of confidence in the process. The financial...

News: 3DS Retail Codes Being Sold Through Online Retailers

3DS Retail Codes Being Sold Through Online Retailers

Codes only, no download card

While most of us wait until mid-August to see the Nintendo retail download machine kick into action, it's already up and running in Japan ahead of the arrival of New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Demon Training this weekend. It's now emerged, courtesy of Andriasang, that as well as download cards available from stores, online...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Digital Pricing

Nintendo's Digital Pricing

Is it persuasive enough?

This week we’ve been given a glimpse of Nintendo’s plans for retail download pricing and incentives, both for Japan and North America. It all begins with New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Demon Training in Japan on 28th July, with North America and Europe joining in with Mario’s title on 19th and 17th August respectively...

News: Bing Gordon: Nintendo's 'On Track' to Primarily Focus on Software

Bing Gordon: Nintendo's 'On Track' to Primarily Focus on Software

But not while Miyamoto's around

The evolution of inexpensive tablet computers with gaming potential, and the continuing 'will they/won't they' question of whether Apple or Google will enter the home console market means that Nintendo, and its competitors, face big challenges. Those challenges may have been in the mind of experienced industry figure...

News: Fan Group 'Operation Zero' Attempts to Scare Nintendo of America

Fan Group 'Operation Zero' Attempts to Scare Nintendo of America

Into localising Fatal Frame 2, that is

Project Zero 2: Wii Edition arrived in Europe at the end of June, and despite a few flaws has been scaring gamers witless since. This isn't survival horror in the shoot-a-zombie-in-the-face Resident Evil sense, but exploring dark, creepy locales with nothing but a camera to protect you from malevolent ghosts...

News: Satoru Iwata: 'We Have Not Changed Our Strategy'

Satoru Iwata: 'We Have Not Changed Our Strategy'

Return to profitability not far away

With Wii U getting closer, and various opinions swirling around about the system's capabilities and even Nintendo's long term future in the industry, Satoru Iwata has spoken to Gamasutra to once again outline Nintendo's philosophy and plans. On the subject of profitability, Iwata has reiterated that the company...

News: Michael Pachter Admits That Wii U Pro Controller Comments Were an 'Educated Guess'

Michael Pachter Admits That Wii U Pro Controller Comments Were an 'Educated Guess'

Oh dear

Earlier this week we shared comments from well-known — and polarising — industry analyst Michael Pachter, which were made at the Develop conference in Brighton. Pachter stated that he was unimpressed with the Wii U concept, but most notably claimed that Activision had pressured Nintendo to produce the Wii U Pro Controller, as it may have...

News: Pokémon Company Was June's Top Publisher in Japan

Pokémon Company Was June's Top Publisher in Japan

We'll give you one guess why

While game and hardware sales information can be limited or tough to get hold of for Europe and North America, we can always rely on Japan to bare all and reveal the movers and shakers in the country. One monthly chart that normally sees Nintendo nestling in top spot has had a bit of a shake-up today, though the news is...

News: Gearbox Interested in Bringing Borderlands 2 to Wii U

Gearbox Interested in Bringing Borderlands 2 to Wii U

Lots of love, but no commitment yet

The developer response to Wii U has been remarkably mixed, with studios contradicting each other on a weekly basis in terms of the machine's capabilities and potential. One particularly vocal developer in the supporter's camp has been Gearbox, which has talked about the system's power and contributed plenty of...

News: Nintendo Appoints New UK Marketing Director

Nintendo Appoints New UK Marketing Director

Marketing leader

Nintendo has appointed Shelly Pearce as its UK marketing director. The role was vacated earlier this year when Dawn Paine left to become marketing vice president at Universal Pictures. Pearce joined Nintendo 14 years ago in 1998, and has been the head of European PR since 2002. Senior managers James Honeywell, Ben Taylor and Jo...

Talking Point: 3DS XL's Media Potential

3DS XL's Media Potential

Look ma, no glasses!

One of the biggest shifts of the last generation has been the evolution of games consoles into entertainment centres, allowing almost all forms of media to be played back through your TV. It’s a far cry from the old cartridge systems when gaming ruled supreme, but thanks to their knowledge outside of video games both...

News: FIFA 13 Faces Licensing Dilemma with Rangers FC

FIFA 13 Faces Licensing Dilemma with Rangers FC

What to do?

Many that follow football — or soccer — have more than likely heard about the troubles faced by Scottish Glasgow-based team Rangers FC. Despite being one half of the overwhelmingly dominant 'old firm', along with Celtic FC, Rangers got itself into trouble with the tax-man and lots of other people who were owed money. The club...