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News: Wii Manufacturing Cost Reduced by 45%

Wii Manufacturing Cost Reduced by 45%

These are tough times for many people, but apparently not for Nintendo.

According to Credit Suisse analyst Koya Tabata, the cost of manufacturing a Wii console has gone down by 45%. If this number is accurate, that would mean each Wii sold is bringing in nearly twice the profit as in previous years. And yes, the Wii most definitely brings in profit per sale, around $6 USD each actually. If you take..

News: NoA President Talks DSiWare

 NoA President Talks DSiWare

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime distances the DSi from the iPhone, and lets a few tidbits drop as well.

In a recent Q&A with Wired, Reggie Fils-Aime made a point of distinguishing the DSi's downloadable titles from the iPhone's. Specifically: "We are taking a film-festival approach — high-class content done by knowledgeable developers in creating fantastic experiences..

News: House Of The Dead: Overkill has Aussie watchdogs baying for blood

House Of The Dead: Overkill has Aussie watchdogs baying for blood

Sega's gore-filled blaster causes aggro down under

In what seems to be a daily occurence in Australia, the recent classification and release of Sega's pulp-horror lightgun bloodbath House Of The Dead: Overkill has been met with outrage from one of the country's most vocal family lobbyists. Today's Melbourne Herald Sun newspaper reports that Angela Conway, director of conservative parents' group Pro..

News: Carmack looking towards Wii

Carmack looking towards Wii

Legendary games developer John Carmack speaks of his interest in developing a title for Wii.

The co-mastermind of iD software has often been very vocal in the industry, slamming the PS3 for its difficult architecture and writing off the Wii as a graphically challenged console, something which he's not used to coming from the PC world. Reported by EuroGamer, the main man has actually changed his..

News: SEGA Under Pressure?

SEGA Under Pressure?

SEGA announce a huge impending loss and possible job cuts, what's happening at SEGA of Japan?

Across Sega Sammy Holdings as a whole - which includes Sammy's pachinko/pachislot machines, along with Sega's arcade machines and home video games - a downturn in revenue has led to the company revising its forecast for the financial year, with Sega now bracing for a USD$235,424,993 loss come March. Ouch,..

News: Games Industry to feel the pinch?

Games Industry to feel the pinch?

We don't like talking about real world issues, but are we going to lose big names from the games world? Yes, Free Radical and Factor 5 are the first ones down.

It would appear that video gaming isn’t quite as recession-proof as many people would have you believe – long-time Nintendo supporter Factor 5 is rumoured to have closed it doors for the last time. The company found fame via its Turrican..

News: SEGA To Publish The Conduit?

SEGA To Publish The Conduit?

Leaked press memo suggests that SEGA will be confirmed as the publisher for High Voltage Software's Wii FPS, The Conduit.

Whilst the rumours have been flying all week we've received word that SEGA should very shortly be confirmed as the publisher for this hot looking (potentially) Wii game, developed by High Voltage Software. The game has received alot of attention since it's first unveiling,..

News: Nintendo remain strong over the summer

Nintendo remain strong over the summer

Recent figures suggest that Nintendo have remained strong throughout the summer in the United States.

Nintendo products kept people entertained in July, whether they wanted to get fit, rock out or just play around. According to the independent NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States, Nintendo DS? and Wii? again claimed the top two hardware spots for July, with more than..

News: 2009 Video Game BAFTA's Confirmed

2009 Video Game BAFTA's Confirmed

Has it been a strong year for video games? BAFTA have announced their annual honouring night to take place on March 10, 2009.

There are 13 awards categories Action & Adventure, Artistic Achievement, Best Game, Casual, Gameplay, Multiplayer, Original Score, Sports, Strategy, Story & Character, Technical Achievement, Use of Audio and a new Handheld category which includes games for mobiles..

News: Rustler's Announce UK Machinima Music Video Contest

Rustler's Announce UK Machinima Music Video Contest

To celebrate the launch of Machinima in the UK, Rustler's are providing an Alienware PC for the best user created music video to match one of Jonathan (Portal theme) Coulton's latest tracks.

Rustlers may be the market leaders in the hot snacking section of your local supermarket, but that doesn't mean they're content to rest on their burgers. They've teamed up with Machinima.com, the most popular..

News: Ubisoft hire new "talent" to promote Imagine series

Ubisoft hire new "talent" to promote Imagine series

Never short of marketing ideas Ubisoft have announced that Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotten to promote a new range of video games.

Today Ubisoft announced a partnership with two of television’s most popular celebrities, Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton, to promote Imagine™, a new range of video games available on Nintendo DS™. The new range of games for girls aged 6-12 years will roll out..

News: Tecmo: Dead Or Alive?

Tecmo: Dead Or Alive?

Things go from bad to worse for Japanese developer Tecmo, now all of its employees are suing for over 8.3 million yen.

Things are looking bad for Tecmo, the company behind the Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden games. Not only did the highly regarded developer Tomonobu Itagaki slag off his own games before leaving and suing the company, but now it seems all the other developers at the company are doing..

News: XBOX 720 And Wii2 In 2010? ZOMG!

XBOX 720 And Wii2 In 2010? ZOMG!

Analyst of Pacific Crest Securities, Evan Wilson believes that Nintendo and Microsoft will ready new home consoles for release in 2010.

When talking to GameSpot about EA's problems Evan also went on to state that he believes Nintendo and Microsoft will stick to the five year console cycle in this generation. "We believe that peak industry sales will occur in 2010, given that Microsoft will..

News: Metroid Prime Senior Engineer Loses Fight With Cancer

Metroid Prime Senior Engineer Loses Fight With Cancer

Key Retro Studios team member dies at just 43 years of age

Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, an industry veteran who worked on all three best selling Metroid Prime titles, has succumbed to pancreatic cancer. He was just 43 years old. Haigh-Hutchinson’s career dates back to the ‘80s, when he worked on games like Paperboy prior to joining Lucasarts. He helped produce Star Wars titles such as Dark Forces,..

News: Ozone's Christmas Wii Swindle

Ozone's Christmas Wii Swindle

BBC consumer-rights show Watchdog today revealed details of a Wii related scam which misled upto 2,500 people in the UK to think they'd have a Wii in time for Christmas.

So when Ozone Electronics, a company based in Oldham, guaranteed delivery of the console for the middle of December, hundreds of people placed an order, paid their money and waited. Their payment was taken but their Wii consoles..

News: "Nintendo Must Treat Developers Better"

"Nintendo Must Treat Developers Better"

The man behind Cannon Fodder and Sensible Soccer hits out at Nintendo's less than impressive relationship with third party software houses

We’re now pretty much accustomed to hearing stories about Nintendo’s incredible worldwide success over the past year or so. The Wii and DS are performing admirably at retail and Nintendo’s resurgence from the grim days of the Gamecube is all but complete..

News: Wii Look To 2008

Wii Look To 2008

Lets be honest, 2007 was a fantastic year for Nintendo, Wii and DS have had an amazing holiday season and things haven't looked this good in years.

As another New Year rolls around we feel its time to reflect, it's still hard to believe just how good a year 2007 was for Nintendo, DS and Wii sales have rocketed and production has constantly been increased. It was only 2 years ago that Gamecube was..

News: "Stop Buying So Many Nintendo Consoles" Says Reggie

"Stop Buying So Many Nintendo Consoles" Says Reggie

He doesn't like hardware bundles, either

Reggie Fils-Aime has expressed concerns over the stock problems experienced by the company of late. Basically, the Wii and DS are TOO popular! He also had some cutting words to say about the increase in bundles offered by money-grabbing games retailers. From GamesInstustry.biz: Nintendo of America's president Reggie Fils-Aime says that the demand for the..

News: Bumper Year For UK Games Industry

Bumper Year For UK Games Industry

It's been an amazing year for the UK videogame market - and Nintendo has been instrumental in this success.

Traditionally, when you move from one generation of videogame hardware to the next, there's a slight dip in sales. Amazingly, that doesn't seem to have happened with this generation, as GamesIndustry.biz reports: Sales of game software in the UK will reach 78 million units by the end of the..