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News: Investors Urge Nintendo to Develop for Smartphones

Investors Urge Nintendo to Develop for Smartphones

If further alienation is something it wants to avoid

It's taken just several months for Nintendo to issue the 3DS's first price-cut since the console's launch; a move which Nintendo is hoping will play a part in giving the console a much-needed boost after sales have been less than expected. According to investors, there's another move that Nintendo...

News: Amoebattle Featured in Indie Showcase Top Ten

Amoebattle Featured in Indie Showcase Top Ten

Only Nintendo game nominated

Real-time strategy game Amoebattle is evolving onto DSiWare later this year, and it's already lined up in a high-profile indie games showcase this month. The Develop Expo's Indie Showcase highlights the best independent studios in the world, with Intrinsic Games featuring alongside nine other teams. Amoebattle is also the only game developed for a Nintendo platform to..

News: Iwata: "Difficult to Launch Hardware Close to Its Announcement"

Iwata: "Difficult to Launch Hardware Close to Its Announcement"

The timing of the 3DS and Wii U is certainly debatable

Everyone loves a bit of gossip, and what better gossip is there in the video game industry than what new consoles are capable of? That appears to be one of Nintendo's main problems when it's in the process of unveiling new hardware. Like the company and its products or not, many are interested in the way Nintendo moves. During the 71st annual..

News: Nintendo Invests 16 Billion Yen in Kyoto R&D Building

Nintendo Invests 16 Billion Yen in Kyoto R&D Building

Got to spend money to make money!

Japanese news publication Nikkan has recently reported on Nintendo's new Kyoto, Japan facility and the amount of investment the company has put into the project. As translated by Andriasang, Nintendo is investing ¥16billion (approximately $204million or £127million) into the new building which will be situated at Kyoto's Minami Ward, occupying a 40,582 square..

News: Yasumi Matsuno's Gaming Skills Have Reached Level-5

Yasumi Matsuno's Gaming Skills Have Reached Level-5

Just the right kind of experience

This week's issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu contains an interview with Yasumi Matsuno, a former staff member at Square Enix who now finds himself under the employment of Professor Layton studio Level-5. As translated by Andriasang, the video game designer with acclaimed titles such as Vagrant Story, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, Final Fantasy:..

News: WayForward Founder Speaking at Westwood College on 25th June

WayForward Founder Speaking at Westwood College on 25th June

Voldi leads the Way

WayForward is one of the most prolific producers of games for Nintendo handhelds, from licensed titles like Thor on DS to downloadable gems like Shantae: Risky's Revenge and Mighty Milky Way. The studio's founder and Tyrannical Overlord, Voldi Way, is set to speak at California's Westwood College on 25th June, and all for free. The "3rd Annual Gathering of Video Game..

News: Sony President Thinks 3DS is Just an Updated DS

Sony President Thinks 3DS is Just an Updated DS

Aside from the 3D, same old same old, apparently

It seems Sony executives still don't appear too wowed by Nintendo's 3DS, despite both sides acknowledging that different demographics are being targeted by each company's handheld system. Is this a lack of sportsmanship, or a genuine lack of excitement? Sony Computer Entertainment president Shuhei...

News: How Retro Studios Achieved Backing from Nintendo

How Retro Studios Achieved Backing from Nintendo

Simple in theory, anything but in practice

Nintendo has a brand image that's as solid as a rock, so what does it take for an independant studio to get backing from the company and the opportunity to develop games based on its IPs for its consoles? Retro Studios president Michael Kelbaugh highlights a few qualities needed to do just that. During a Gamasutra interview, Kelbaugh spoke about how Retro..

News: 16-Shot Legend Takahashi Meijin Leaves Hudson

16-Shot Legend Takahashi Meijin Leaves Hudson

No parting shots

Takahashi Meijin, known to many as Master Higgins or as the master of rapid fire button-tapping, has announced he is leaving Hudson after nearly 30 years at the company. Joining the company in 1982, Takahashi rose to prominence for his ability to fire 16 shots per second in Hudson's Star Soldier, a skill that led to the creation of a specific practice tool, the 16 Shot! Shooting..

News: Are We Nearing the End of Consoles? Nintendo Thinks Not

Are We Nearing the End of Consoles? Nintendo Thinks Not

Nintendo's director of PR thinks consoles are too unique to die off

Fox News recently ran a story in which it suggests the traditional home console may soon be losing its place in our home as consumer demands evolve and smartphones provide deeper gaming experiences . Well, it starts off with a rather bold statement claiming that "the end is near" for games consoles, which is immediately..

News: PlatinumGames President Saddened by Decline of New Ideas

PlatinumGames President Saddened by Decline of New Ideas

Pledges to bring smiles back

Japanese developer PlatinumGames has been responsible for some pretty innovative games over the past five years: Wii gorefest MadWorld and DS space RPG Infinite Space for Nintendo's formats, as well as the superlative Bayonetta and Vanquish for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Five years in and not a sequel in sight, PlatinumGames is something of an anomaly in the current..

News: Nintendo Names Cynthia Gordon New Corporate Affairs VP

Nintendo Names Cynthia Gordon New Corporate Affairs VP

Denise Kaigler's replacement commences next month

As Nintendo's range of hardware expands, so too does its family of employees. The company has announced the hiring of Cynthia Gordon, a strategic communications professional with over two decades of consumer-brand experience, as Nintendo of America's Vice President of Corporate Affairs. Gordon will officially start her new role on 14 March,..

News: Super Mario Galaxy 2 Collects 4 BAFTA Nominations

Super Mario Galaxy 2 Collects 4 BAFTA Nominations

Whereas DS games dominate the Handheld category

We recently brought you word that Super Mario Galaxy 2 was nominated for the GAME Award of 2010 at this year's British Academy Video Game Awards. As the only category voted by the public, our readers showed a lot of support for the rotund plumber which should hopefully help him snag the recognition. If you haven't already, make sure you head over to..

News: Nintendo Praises Sony and Microsoft's Contributions to Gaming Industry

Nintendo Praises Sony and Microsoft's Contributions to Gaming Industry

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

Gone are the days when you could call Nintendo a big fish in a small pond. Modern gaming has undoubtedly expanded the size of the waters, and there are once again, several big fish that inhabit said pond. Speaking at the Learning Without Frontiers conference yesterday in London, General Manager of Nintendo UK David Yarnton spoke about the range of..

News: EA: Nintendo Needs to Drop Wii Price, Help Third Parties

EA: Nintendo Needs to Drop Wii Price, Help Third Parties

Just a couple of suggestions from John Riccitiello

Whether it's the top priority or not, Nintendo is undoubtedly looking to pick up declining profits with the upcoming 3DS. However, in response to the Move and Kinect peripherals for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 respectively, launching new hardware might not be the only answer if Nintendo is to...