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News: Nintendo Looking To Grow Wii U Audience To Tempt Back Third Parties

Nintendo Looking To Grow Wii U Audience To Tempt Back Third Parties

"We're in for the long haul in gaming"

One of the most common complaints we hear from Wii U owners is the lack of third party support for the system — aside from a handful of publishers, most of the big names working in the industry have all but abandoned Nintendo's system, presumably due to the lack of earning potential. Nintendo is aware that...

News: Nintendo Needs To Cut Wii U Cost To Capitalise On Mario Kart 8 Success, Says Ubisoft CEO

Nintendo Needs To Cut Wii U Cost To Capitalise On Mario Kart 8 Success, Says Ubisoft CEO

"Nintendo has to perform this year, otherwise they will have less games"

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has passed judgement on the Wii U's future in an interview with CVG, stating that the Japanese firm needs to get more machines into homes if it wants to remain a key player in the market. Guillemot — whose company has supported the Wii U perhaps...

News: Capcom Could Be Up For Sale After Shareholders Reject Anti-Takeover Plan

Capcom Could Be Up For Sale After Shareholders Reject Anti-Takeover Plan

Yoshinori Ono also resigns from Capcom Vancouver

Since 2008, Japanese developer Capcom has had a takeover defence plan in place to stop the company from being bought out by other parties, and this has been renewed every two years since. It outlined several options for the company should it be faced by a potential large-scale share investor, and one...

News: Developers Weigh In On The Way Forward For Wii U

Developers Weigh In On The Way Forward For Wii U

"The system plays host to a bunch of great, very unique games"

Following Nintendo's E3 exploits, we now have a greater idea of what content is coming to the Wii U in the remainder of 2014 and beyond. It was an event with some genuine surprises, combined with expected details, and laid out the path for the system — GamePad included — for the...

News: Infinity Ward Merges With Neversoft To Form Super Studio, Retains Infinity Ward Name

Infinity Ward Merges With Neversoft To Form Super Studio, Retains Infinity Ward Name

Still no official word on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on Wii U

Neversoft, the developer behind the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series, has merged with Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward to form a brand new "super studio". A memo written by CEO of Activision Publishing Eric Hirshberg — and subsequently obtained by Giant Bomb — outlines the deal:...

News: GameStop Plans to Close Around 120 Stores in the Coming Year

GameStop Plans to Close Around 120 Stores in the Coming Year

Moving into a "GameStop 3.0" era, apparently

Earlier this week GameStop hosted its 2014 Investor Day, at which it outlined some core business plans for the coming year. What does that mean for gamers? Less stores, basically. It's not a mass closure, but the company is clearly looking to streamline its business — it's planning to close 120-130...

News: Capcom Investing $80 Million in Two New R & D Buildings

Capcom Investing $80 Million in Two New R & D Buildings

All part of boosting internal development

Capcom may have enjoyed another smash hit with Monster Hunter 4 in Japan, with hopes of the Ultimate release achieving success worldwide, but it's had a hit-and-miss period in other areas. Just recently the company cut its profit projections by 50%, citing investment, an underperforming mobile sector and...

News: Disney Interactive Cuts Around 700 Jobs, A Quarter of Global Staff

Disney Interactive Cuts Around 700 Jobs, A Quarter of Global Staff

Mobile and Disney Infinity likely to remain as priorities

In news surprising for its scale if not, unfortunately, its occurrence, the Disney Game and Internet Division — better known as Disney Interactive — has laid off around 700 employees today. The strong performance of Disney Infinity last year helped improve the financial performance of the...

News: Zero Escape Series Director Struggling to Find Funding for Third Title

Zero Escape Series Director Struggling to Find Funding for Third Title

Takes to Twitter for help

The Zero Escape series, which features the puzzle-based visual novels 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors on the DS and Virtue's Last Reward on the 3DS and Vita, has always included the carrying of hope in desperate times as a theme. Series director Kotaro Uchikoshi is now finding himself trying to maintain a similar...

News: Nintendo President Satoru Iwata "Has Earned The Right To Fail", Says David Jaffe

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata "Has Earned The Right To Fail", Says David Jaffe

Nintendo's "ups and downs" are what make the company great

Yesterday, Nintendo revealed that it was slashing its hardware projections for this financial year and that it expects to make a loss — not the kind of news that under-fire president Satoru Iwata will have wanted to impart to investors and shareholders, we're sure. Iwata himself has...

News: We Cannot Continue Without Winning, But It's Not As Simple As Moving Mario To Smartphones, Insists Iwata

We Cannot Continue Without Winning, But It's Not As Simple As Moving Mario To Smartphones, Insists Iwata

"We are thinking about a new business structure"

The news that Nintendo has reduced its hardware sales projections for this financial year and expects to make a loss has come as quite a blow to dedicated followers of the company, and has led some critics to repeat claims that the firm needs to move away from making its own hardware and embrace rival...

News: Nintendo Has "Great Games" But Is Facing A "Structural Problem", According To Industry Analysts

Nintendo Has "Great Games" But Is Facing A "Structural Problem", According To Industry Analysts

"The first step to recovery is to acknowledge the problem"

Today's somewhat dismal financial results have given Nintendo fans plenty of food for thought, as well as providing the company's critics with all the ammunition they need. Mitsushige Akino, chief fund manager at Ichiyoshi Asset Management Co. in Tokyo, feels that Nintendo needs to...

News: Iwata Accepts Responsibility For Poor Financial Results, Ignores Calls To Resign

Iwata Accepts Responsibility For Poor Financial Results, Ignores Calls To Resign

No management shake-up expected

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has taken responsibility for the poor financial results posted earlier today but has insisted that he will remain in charge in order to steer the Japanese company through these testing times. Nintendo's latest report reveals that it expects to sell less Wii U and 3DS consoles by the...

News: Microsoft's Phil Spencer Can't Say Enough Nice Stuff About Nintendo

Microsoft's Phil Spencer Can't Say Enough Nice Stuff About Nintendo

Thinks Nintendo's first party content is an "amazing asset"

Remember the good old days when video game firms used to say all kinds of nasty things about their rivals to get the upper hand? It would seem the days Genesis does what Nintendon't are long past, as modern companies appear to be increasingly keen to praise one another. Microsoft and Sony...

News: Reggie Fils-Aime: Petitions Don't Affect Nintendo's Decisions

Reggie Fils-Aime: Petitions Don't Affect Nintendo's Decisions

“100,000 signatures doesn’t mean 100,000 sales”

Movements like Operation Rainfall demonstrate a community’s interest in seeing certain games or features become accessible; in Operation Rainfall’s case, advocates eventually saw their wishes granted by Nintendo, but was that a direct result of their efforts? According to Nintendo of America...

News: The Financial Post Thinks Wii U And 3DS Could Be The "Best Bets" This Christmas

The Financial Post Thinks Wii U And 3DS Could Be The "Best Bets" This Christmas

At last, some positive mainstream reporting

There's a lot of Nintendo-related doom and gloom floating around at the moment — some of which we feel it is our duty to report — but today we've got a little bit of positive news. The Financial Post has stated what we knew all along: Nintendo's two systems are the best option for prospective buyers...

News: Epic Vice President Mark Rein Remains Unconvinced By Second Screen Gaming

Epic Vice President Mark Rein Remains Unconvinced By Second Screen Gaming

“I think we’ve yet to see the real value of the second screen idea"

The Wii U has taken quite a beating in the last few days — first being outsold by Xbox One and PS4 — and then Super Mario 3D World under-performing at retail despite critical acclaim. With the PS4 and Xbox One currently doing rather well, what exactly is the Wii U doing...