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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,...

News: Retailers Confidently Predict Wii U Will Cost £250, or Less

Retailers Confidently Predict Wii U Will Cost £250, or Less

Pricing could lead to a 'sure success'

With the launch of Wii U creeping ever closer, key details of price and release date are still under wraps, leading to the usual range of predictions and guesses. We've seen speculative prices ranging from £199 on Amazon UK — since removed — to €399 on Amazon Germany, though the latter has since dropped...

Talking Point: 3DS XL - Why Now?

3DS XL - Why Now?

The timing is both predictable and strange

The upcoming release of 3DS XL, the sizeable update to the original model, is hardly a surprise. Nintendo has constantly iterated its handhelds in an effort to attract more consumers and, to put it bluntly, make a lot of money: we can’t even argue that the XL is arriving earlier than expected, as the...

News: Reggie Fils-Aime: Fanbase Demands Are 'Insatiable'

Reggie Fils-Aime: Fanbase Demands Are 'Insatiable'

Don't worry, he still loves you

Reggie Fils-Aime was a busy man during E3, leading Nintendo's main press conference and persistently spreading the word about Wii U and 3DS. As is expected, a lot of what was said was towing the company line, but in a more relaxed exchange with Kotaku, the Nintendo of America boss shared his views on the expectation...

News: Nintendo UK Boss David Yarnton to Leave Nintendo

Nintendo UK Boss David Yarnton to Leave Nintendo

Pastures new

Nintendo UK general manager David Yarnton is to leave the company after nearly 20 years of service. Yarnton took the position of general manager in September 2003, steering the UK ship during the successful Wii and DS eras and overseeing the launch of 3DS last year. Before taking up the UK position Yarnton served as director of sales...

News: ShopTo Lists Wii U at Speculative £280

ShopTo Lists Wii U at Speculative £280

Games listed at under £40

Nintendo stated that it would not be unveiling the price or release date for Wii U at E3, and sure enough it steered away from those details. Lack of information never keeps online retailers down, however, as ShopTo.net has posted product pages and estimated prices for Wii U and some of its biggest announced titles. The...

News: Nintendo Shares Drop After E3 Press Conference

Nintendo Shares Drop After E3 Press Conference

Shareholders are unimpressed

Nintendo's E3 press conference prompted a mixed reaction from the attendees and viewers around the internet, with the Wii U-focused presentation apparently failing to gain widespread support and praise. That same reaction has been reflected in the Japanese stock market since it opened today, with the company's shares...

Feature: Retro Console Launches - NES

Retro Console Launches - NES

Sharing the power

In recent weeks we’ve written about console launches such as Wii, 3DS and GameCube. This is all because we’re currently gearing up for the Wii U launch later this year, and E3 promises to build hype and excitement to astronomical levels. In the coming months most of us will learn all about Wii U online with various websites...