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News: Nintendo Controller Wins Emmy Award

Nintendo Controller Wins Emmy Award

No, not the Wii but the NES controller! Nintendo's "D-Pad" shaped a next generation of games.

Nintendo has been awarded an Emmy for the original D-Pad on its Nintendo Entertainment System which debeted over 22 years ago in 1985. "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has awarded Nintendo an Emmy® Award for its invention of the plus-shaped D-pad, one in a long string of Nintendo's..

News: Nintendo Attracts Indy Developers

Nintendo Attracts Indy Developers

Small time start up developers such as "Twelve Interactive" are flocking over to Wii.

Although it might be safe for Sony and Microsoft to attract the multi-million dollar developments, it seems Nintendo's simpler and more innovative system is attracting the smaller developers, who often create something new. "Leading Italian game developer, Twelve Interactive has announced that it has become a..

News: Wii Sales Continue To Surge Into The New Year

Wii Sales Continue To Surge Into The New Year

Japan sees increased sales of the Wii, easily the "console of the moment".

With stocks being replenished the Japanese market has had fantastic sales over the past week with 280,000 units sold in the last 7 days in Japan alone. "With the latest figures, Nintendo sits on the cusp of selling its millionth Wii console in Japan. To Dec. 24, a total of 824,311 units have been sold, putting the..

News: Nintendo NOT Recalling Wrist Straps

Nintendo NOT Recalling Wrist Straps

Internet wild fire causes a problem again, Nintendo will replace broken straps but its certainly not a product recall.

It amazes me that professional media sites can get it so wrong, Nintendo have yesterday announced that they will replace any broken wrist straps free of charge but should not be considered a product recall (when a company asks specifically for people to return the product). Here's..

News: Europe Snaps Up 325,000 Wiis In Just 2 Days

Europe Snaps Up 325,000 Wiis In Just 2 Days

Nintendo boast about their highly successful product launch across Europe.

It's going to be a good Christmas period for Nintendo, possibly their best for over a decade. Wii has sold extremely strongly in all regions with many more people still trying to get their hands on a console. Even the PR writers have lost it and start using Wii-puns. 'Tis the season to be jolly. "Wii made its highly..

News: Record Breaker!

Record Breaker!

Wii sets a UK record, fastest selling console of all time.

The UK arm our favourite Japanese gaming mecha, Nintendo, has announced that over 105,000 Wii consoles were sold over launch weekend, a new record. The previous record was last year when the Xbox 360 sold 70,000 on its launch weekend. What's funny is that apparently Nintendo sold over 110,000 DS units over the same period! Zelda: Twilight..

News: Wii Excels In The US

Wii Excels In The US

Zelda reaches sales of 410,000 copies in the US, 87% of Wii owners snapping it up on launch day.

Nintendo announce the sales figures for the first 8 days of Wii in the US, selling 600,000 with a total of 1,000,000 to be available by the end of 2006. "In only the first seven days of availability after its Nov. 19 launch, Wii sold nearly half a million systems in the United States alone (as..

News: EA Acquires New Plant Solely For Wii Production

EA Acquires New Plant Solely For Wii Production

Electronic Arts are said to make or break a console depending on how much third party support they provide. so it can only be good news that they have acquired Utah-based Headgate Studios purely for Wii production.

EA has previously worked with Headgate Studios on an external contract basis but after six years the video game giant has finally snapped up the company and is focusing it on development..

News: Wii Hits One Million Sales As Japan Welcome The Revolution

Wii Hits One Million Sales As Japan Welcome The Revolution

As Wii is unleashed onto the Japanese market more than 1000 gamers were reported to be outside various Tokyo stores as they awaited the opening of shops.

Nintendo made 400,000 consoles into the Japanese market which meant that a lot of gamers were left empty handed as demand far outstripped supply. This means we can conclude that coupled with Nintendo's statement of the Wii selling over 600,000..

News: DS Top Platform In 2006

DS Top Platform In 2006

Figures from UK game-research outlet Chart Track have shown the DS to be the number one choice of gaming hardware in 2006 - beating stiff competition from the likes of the Playstation 2 and XBOX 360.

According to Chart Track a total of 2 million consumers in the UK are now kitted out with a Nintendo DS unit. This really has been a mammoth month so far with Nintendo announcing they have sold over..

News: Reggie Acts Cool Again

Reggie Acts Cool Again

Now lets get this straight from the start: everything Reggie Fils-Aime says is cool. Got that? Right, then I'll carry on telling you what he says about the Wii hardware sales.

The Nintendo of America president has said today that Nintendo are on track to ship 4 million Nintendo Wii units by the end of the year - and could even exceed that figure. Speaking at the Reuters Media Summit he said:..

News: EBay Sales Figures For Wii & PS3

EBay Sales Figures For Wii & PS3

Internet auction site eBay have released figures of the amount of PS3's and Wii's sold in the first 7 days after launch.

It was pretty much expected after the whole Xbox 360 thing that alot of PS3 and Wii consoles would appear on eBay, but exactly how many were there? It seems the auction site saw nearly 30,000 of each console over the launch period. "From November 19 through November 24,..

News: More Wii Success

More Wii Success

With the jubilation of Nintendo's official sales figures today came some pretty interesting media quotes and statistics outlining exactly how the Nintendo Wii is a step ahead of its competition.

American Research Analyst P.J. McNealy commented on the Nintendo Wii's launch: "Nintendo's launch has been probably a little better than expected and Sony's has been a little bit more..

News: Wii Success

Wii Success

If we didn't already know, Nintendo made it official, Wii's launch is a success state side.

It's been almost 10 days since the Wii launched on November 19th, everyone's first indications are good and the launch has been deemed a success. With Nintendo selling a Wii almost 1 per second since launch, Reggie proclaims "Including just first-party software and accessory sales, Wii instantly has become a..

News: Wii's Competition

Wii's Competition

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 12 months, you'll probably already know all about the Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3, if not we've compiled a brief guide to get you started.

Every single time a new console gets released, the industry gets caught up in the “Next Generation” buzz-phrase. What does it actually mean? Generally...

News: Disney Open Dedicated Nintendo Games Studio

Disney Open Dedicated Nintendo Games Studio

Animation giant Disney is set to open a new games development studio specifically for Wii and DS.

Whilst Disney aren't particularly well known for making "great" games, obviously the Wii's popularity amoung its developers is growing, so much so that Disney want to see more Wii titles in its catalog. "Disney’s gaming division, Buena Vista Game, has announced that it’s opening a new studio..

News: Wii Wins Popular Science Grand Award

Wii Wins Popular Science Grand Award

Nintendo's new console wins a "Best of Whats New 2006" award from Popular Science magazine.

Awarded in the "Home Entertainment" category, the "Grand Award" shows that Nintendo have some something right. What many considered as a "gimmick" is already receiving critical acclaim around the world. "Remember when videogames were fun? When the controllers had only a couple buttons and you didn’t..

News: Wii Demand Grows

Wii Demand Grows

Reggie expects a Wii success as we draw closer to the US launch in just over two weeks.

Nintendo is mobilizing the largest worldwide video game console launch in at least a decade, with approximately 4 million Wii™ systems available globally during the six weeks between Wii's Nov. 19 launch in the Americas and the end of 2006. "Although the largest share of that worldwide allotment will go..

News: Street Fighter Returns To The Big Screen

Street Fighter Returns To The Big Screen

Rumour has it that the Street Fighter franchise is set to return to the silver screen, 14 years after the original flop.

Film site Empire has the lead, claiming that the movie already has a script and should reach cinemas by 2008! "Street Fighter is returning to make another assault on our senses, but instead of planning a follow-up to the frankly pants 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme action..

News: Nintendo Brand To Take A Backseat?

Nintendo Brand To Take A Backseat?

What's the strategy? It seems Nintendo might be having a bit of a branding rethink with its Wii console.

If you've kept your ear to the ground in past months, you'll know that Nintendo want you to refer to the new system simply as "Wii", not "Nintendo Wii". It's a little bit of a change in tactics for Nintendo, whom seem to like plastering their name all over its products, don't forget the Nintendo..