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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...

News: Michael Pachter: Activision Demanded Wii U Pro Controller for CoD

Michael Pachter: Activision Demanded Wii U Pro Controller for CoD

Wii U 'a solution in search of a problem'

For those that didn't know, last week Brighton — South England — hosted the Develop conference, where many figures from the industry chewed the fat and debated the games industry. Being one of the big three console manufacturers that also has a new system on the way, it's only natural that the subject of...

News: Dylan Cuthbert Talks Star Fox, Game Development and Miyamoto

Dylan Cuthbert Talks Star Fox, Game Development and Miyamoto

Interested in returning to Star Fox in the future

Dylan Cuthbert is a name well-known to fans of the original Star Fox, as a member of the Argonaut development team that relocated to Nintendo HQ in Kyoto to work on the Super NES title. Cuthbert's had a long and successful career since, and his studio Q-Games was most recently seen on a Nintendo...

News: 3DS Sales Momentum in U.S. and Europe is 'Not so Good'

3DS Sales Momentum in U.S. and Europe is 'Not so Good'

Post-Holiday slump

When it comes to sales in Japan, 3DS has been the undisputed number one for a number of months, finishing top of the hardware charts and often out-selling all other consoles combined. The story elsewhere, however, isn't as rosy, and while we're probably not looking at poor sales of the level that prompted a significant price-drop...

News: Iwata Expects Wii U to Last a Generation

Iwata Expects Wii U to Last a Generation

Microsoft doesn't seem to agree

An obsession that has plagued video gaming since its earliest days is power, whether it was the 'BIT' wars of the 1990s or the current-day complexities of graphics processors. Wii has been a staggering success that has faded away in its twilight years, arguably because its lack of power has deprived it of many big...

News: Wii Has Featured Fewer New IPs Than Rivals

Wii Has Featured Fewer New IPs Than Rivals

Is anyone surprised?

It's a fairly common perception that Nintendo is typically happy to reproduce its existing IPs rather than develop new characters or franchises. That theory was put to the test over at Gamespot, where the numbers of new franchises per year were calculated for Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3, restricted to each company's own developed or...

News: Nintendo of America Appoints New Digital Strategy Executive

Nintendo of America Appoints New Digital Strategy Executive

Meet Duncan Orrell-Jones

To show it's serious about a digital future, Nintendo of America has created a role — senior vice president of network business — and appointed Duncan Orrell-Jones to the new position. Orrell-Jones will lead the company's digital strategy for 3DS and Wii U in North America, reporting directly to Nintendo of America...

News: SEGA Europe Closes Five Offices, Shifts Focus to Digital

SEGA Europe Closes Five Offices, Shifts Focus to Digital

Sea change

SEGA Europe has closed regional offices in Spain, Germany, France, Benelux and Australia as it changes focus from retail to digital. SEGA Europe will now shift its priorities to developing new and existing digital content while its retail games will stick to established IP like Sonic the Hedgehog, Aliens, Football Manager and Total War,...