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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...

News: 3DS Passes Six Million Sales in Japan

3DS Passes Six Million Sales in Japan

And in 'The Americas', probably

We all know that 3DS has been doing well in Japan recently, consistently out-performing all other consoles combined on a weekly basis. Nevertheless, it's just passed yet another landmark — six millions sales. As reported by Andriasang, retail tracker Enterbrain has confirmed that it passed the mark last week, with...

News: Retailers Call for Summer Blockbusters

Retailers Call for Summer Blockbusters

Too many games in Q4

Last December we complained about the overcrowded Holiday release schedule, making the simple point that being bombarded with too many games in the approach to Christmas was bad for gamers and publishers alike. The final three months of the year may be wonderfully exciting if you have deep pockets and a lot of spare time, but...

News: Peter Molyneux Wants More From 'Lacklustre Wii U'

Peter Molyneux Wants More From 'Lacklustre Wii U'

Better specifications and big games needed

As Nintendo's press conference at E3 gets closer, many will be focusing on what the company has to say about Wii U. News about the console has been slow to come through, and we've had plenty of contradictory comments from developers regarding what the system can do in terms of graphics and performance. It...

News: SEGA Won't Be Attending Gamescom

SEGA Won't Be Attending Gamescom

Joins Nintendo as major absentee

Gamescom is Europe's equivalent to E3, the biggest consumer and trade show for video games in the region. It's set to take place in Cologne, Germany from 15-19th August, though it will do so without two of the biggest names in the industry. Nintendo has already confirmed that it won't be attending this year, instead...

News: Analyst Calls for Mario on Non-Nintendo Platforms

Analyst Calls for Mario on Non-Nintendo Platforms

Is that a flying pig?

After today's financial reports confirmed major losses for Nintendo, there are once again calls for the company to take its greatest IP treasures onto other platforms, such as smartphones and tablets. We've heard this all before, with investors saying similar things when Nintendo dropped the 3DS retail price. It's as likely now...

News: Nintendo Posts First Annual Loss in 30 Years

Nintendo Posts First Annual Loss in 30 Years

But lower than expected

Nintendo made a 43 billion Yen net loss in the past financial year. A straight currency conversion puts the loss at $529m USD or £327m GBP. The company had originally predicted a 65 billion Yen net loss, but clawed back some of the deficit with strong software, particularly in Japan. The Yen also devalued compared to the...

News: GAME Getting Back On Its Feet After Takeover

GAME Getting Back On Its Feet After Takeover

Reward cards and trade-in deals return

In recent weeks we've reported on the troubles at UK retailer GAME Group, with a number of high profile titles on Nintendo systems not being stocked and the company eventually going into administration, with over 2000 jobs lost. While our thoughts and best wishes are with those staff, there was positive news...

News: Sonic Designer Hirokazu Yasuhara Joins Nintendo

Sonic Designer Hirokazu Yasuhara Joins Nintendo

It's just not natural

Hirokazu Yasuhara, an instrumental member of Sonic Team during the 1990s, has taken a new role at Nintendo of America. Yasuhara — sometimes known as Carol Yas — was game planner on the original Sonic the Hedgehog before directing and designing the best of the hedgehog's 16-bit adventures. His final game at SEGA was...

News: Baker and OpCapita Deal Saves GAME

Baker and OpCapita Deal Saves GAME

Better late than never

GAME has left administration after less than a week. Investment firm OpCapita negotiated a sale of the company's UK assets to Baker Acquisitions Limited, bringing GAME Group out of administration and providing it with the necessary capital to continue trading over the near future. Baker has confirmed there are no more plans...

News: SEGA to Cancel Games, Focus on Existing IP

SEGA to Cancel Games, Focus on Existing IP

Dark days

SEGA has revealed it's to slim down its Western operations and cancel some games to combat an operating loss in the current financial year. The publisher hasn't stated which games will be cancelled but did reveal its desire to focus on strong-selling IPs such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Football Manager, Total War and Aliens. From our list of...

News: Video Games Become the Biggest Entertainment Medium in UK

Video Games Become the Biggest Entertainment Medium in UK

Take that, movies

At times being a gamer can still be a taboo subject: saying that you're a gaming enthusiast may cause others to raise their eyebrows. Though video games are arguably still trying to earn the same cultural respect as films and music, when it comes to earning cold, hard cash, games are on top. According to the ERA (Entertainment...

News: Indie Developer Phil Fish Says Japanese Games 'Suck'

Indie Developer Phil Fish Says Japanese Games 'Suck'

Clearly hasn't been playing much Nintendo

The Japanese game industry is undoubedly facing challenges, and in the opinion of some is losing its influence as the homeland of gaming: as Keiji Inafune said at the Tokyo Game Show in 2009, for example, 'Japan is over'. That said, a comment made by indie developer Phil Fish at a GDC (Game Developer's...

News: Rising Star Games To Open American Office

Rising Star Games To Open American Office

Rising in the West

Popular European publisher Rising Star Games has revealed it's to open an office in California. The company has also formed Rising Star Games Digital, a — wait for it — digital publishing division for the ever-growing download market. RSG hasn't revealed any digital plans for Nintendo formats, but said recently it will continue to release games on Nintendo platforms. Coming..

News: Nintendo Expects To Make a Loss in FY 2011

Nintendo Expects To Make a Loss in FY 2011

It's tough out there

Even though the 3DS has hit 15 million sales worldwide, it's not been enough to help Nintendo post a profit, with the company expecting to post an operating loss of 45,000 million Yen in this financial year. Nintendo revised its financial expectations this morning as follows: Net sales — revised down from 790,000m Yen to...

News: Dawn Paine to Leave Nintendo UK

Dawn Paine to Leave Nintendo UK

Fond farewell

Nintendo UK's long-serving marketing director Dawn Paine is leaving the company. Paine has served ten years at Nintendo, during which she oversaw the marketing campaigns for Wii, DS and 3DS, as well as games phenomena including Wii Fit Plus and Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training, among others. Paine leaves Nintendo to join Universal Pictures as marketing vice president.