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News: E3 2007 Has Landed

E3 2007 Has Landed

It's E3 Jim, but not as we know it. The new streamline E3 kicks off in Santa Monica, USA and of course, Nintendo will be there.

To a somewhat surprised games industry, the E3Expo announced a change last year and told the world that from now on E3 was no longer the big glitzy showcase we had come to expect, E3 2007 is the "E3 Media & Business Summit", swanky. "The world of interactive..

News: PS3 Price Drop Makes No Difference

PS3 Price Drop Makes No Difference

Yesterday Sony slashed the price of the PS3 by a whopping $100 (that's about £50 over here at the moment) to $499 in the US region as they prepare to unleash the 80gb model.

According to George Harrison, Nintendo isn't bothered: "A $100 price drop won't make a difference," said the senior Nintendo VP. "Can Sony afford a $200 price drop? I don't think so," he added. Hmmm... Can they indeed? A..

News: Wii Sales Eclipse 8 Million

Wii Sales Eclipse 8 Million

It seems that Nintendo's Wii console has now sold a staggering 8,000,000 units in under 7 months, fast approaching the target of the Xbox 360.

Of course numbers are just numbers and they differ depending on who your talking too, for instance the NexGenWars site tells a slightly different story.. There's one fact that comes into play here and that's the Wii train is still selling at an impressive..

News: Manhunt 2 Rejected By BBFC

Manhunt 2 Rejected By BBFC

British Board of Film Classifications have spoken, Manhunt 2 is too violent for you, you can't play it, shame on you for even thinking it.

As announced by the BBFC today Manhunt 2 has been rejected classification meaning it is ineligible for release in its current form. The director of the BBFC, David Cooke, has issued the following statement trying to clear things up abit. "Rejecting a work is a..

News: Wii: Your Personal Murder Training Device

Wii: Your Personal Murder Training Device

American comedian Jack Thompson has done it again, apparently the Wii acts as a training device that might prepare us for committing an offence.

"Florida retailers are scheduled to sell a very violent video game called Manhunt 2 which will be available, remarkably, for “play” on the kids-friendly Nintendo Wii gaming platform. The Wii device does not utilize traditional push button game..

News: Wii + Dr. Pepper = £££

Wii + Dr. Pepper = £££

Can you honestly think of anything better than Dr. Pepper and Nintendo Wii? Ok, so it could be Pepsi Max but seriously it's a pretty good combination.

The Nintendo Wii will be promoted on 182 million packs of Fanta, Sprite and Dr. Pepper thanks to a marketing partnership with soft drink monsters Coca-Cola. The campaign is set to run across TV and other media for around a month and is sure to help..

News: GAME Aquires Gamestation

GAME Aquires Gamestation

Leading gaming store GAME buys its rival Gamestation and seeks to takeover the high-street gaming market in the UK.

It was announced yesterday that GAME had bought the entire Gamestation stores for a total of £74 million. Whilst this comes as abit of a surprise, all is not lost as GAME promise to develop the brands independently. GAME - Mainstream model, appealing to the “mass market”,..

News: Sony's Decapitated Goat Swindle

Sony's Decapitated Goat Swindle

Quite possibly the weirdest game launch party ever has sparked huge media attention. Sony's pure exploitation of a dead goat has left animal rights activists infuriated.

"Electronics giant Sony has sparked a major row over animal cruelty and the ethics of the computer industry by using a freshly slaughtered goat to promote a violent video game. The corpse of the decapitated animal was the..

News: Miyamoto, The Influential

Miyamoto, The Influential

Shigeru Miyamoto is being highly considered by Time for the publication’s annual 100 Most Influential People list.

"Besides the retail reality, Miyamoto and Nintendo played a large part in the success of their most recent console. Although it hardly pushes the graphical limits set by Sony or Microsoft, the Wii features gameplay simple enough that it ushers in the much-sought after casual gamer..

News: Nintendo Profits Rise 77%

Nintendo Profits Rise 77%

Nintendo's had a great year, profits soar 77% on last year with the company selling close to 24 million DS units.

"Massive demand for Nintendo's Wii games machine and soaring sales of its DS console have brought record profits for the Japanese firm. Its net profits grew 77.2% to 174.3bn yen (£731m; $1.4bn) in the year to 31 March, while sales surged 90%. Nintendo had been struggling against..

News: Sadness Canned?

Sadness Canned?

Whilst browsing the wonderful world of the Internet I found an email from "FrontLine Studios" that seems to leave survival horror title Sadness without a developer.

The email conversation went as follows: Dear Frontline Studios, NIBRIS claims that you are programming the game called Sadness for the Nintendo Wii. Most of us believe that this game is nothing but a scam - a big joke that NIBRIS is..

News: Nintendo Join E For All Expo

Nintendo Join E For All Expo

Nintendo have announced their involvement with the new "E for All" Expo that somewhat replaces E3 due to take place in October.

"Entertainment for All Expo (E for All) is a new event created for people who are passionate about video games and everything related. The Expo was launched in response to strong demand within the consumer audience for an opportunity to see and try new products before..

News: Wii Goes Crusin'

Wii Goes Crusin'

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) today announced it is the first cruise line to offer guests a chance to experience Wii on board its ships.

"With its active, engaging and inviting game experiences appealing to every age from kids to parents to grandparents, the Wii from Nintendo is a natural fit for Freestyle Cruising," said Colin Veitch, NCL's president and CEO. "With the addition of Wii to our..

News: Nintendo Fight Back Against Wii Modders

Nintendo Fight Back Against Wii Modders

Nintendo have introduced a new motherboard into the Wii production to combat recent "mod chips".

Reported recently by a number of sites, including technology magazine T3, it seems Nintendo have tried to block the gaps and stop the pirates. "The games giant has quietly slipped new motherboards into its consoles, narrowing the gap between critical solder points to less than a millimetre. It means..

News: Wii On Top In Feburary

Wii On Top In Feburary

Sales figures put Nintendo ontop in the US selling over 350,000 Wii's and 485,000 DS units last month.

Data released by the NPD Group put Wii as the top selling console in the US selling practically every available console during February. Much the same, the DS was the top selling handheld system with its incredible 485,000 units. "We're gratified that the explosive appeal of Wii, in terms of..

News: Wii To Utilize IGN/Gamespy Online Technology

Wii To Utilize IGN/Gamespy Online Technology

Nintendo have today announced that the Wii will use the same technology as the Nintendo DS for online play.

"This partnership will expand our wireless community of players on Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection," says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "Millions of Nintendo DS users have already logged on using GameSpy's technology, and now Wii owners will be able to do the same..

News: Nintendo Picks Up Game Developers Choice Awards

Nintendo Picks Up Game Developers Choice Awards

Shigeru Miyamoto receives the Lifetime Achievement Award along with other gongs for game design and writing.

The night before Shiggy's keynote, a jury of industry professionals have honored Nintendo with Game Developers Choice Awards for innovation and game design for Wii Sports, which comes packed with Nintendo's hot-selling new Wii home system. Nintendo also won an award for writing for The..

News: Shigeru Miyamoto Comments On Sony Home And 360

Shigeru Miyamoto Comments On Sony Home And 360

Sony announced their "Home" service recently, a system that allows you to take control of an interactive human and interact in a digital world.

Shigeru Miyamoto said: “Nintendo years ago considered and rejected the type of approach Sony is now taking. Clearly Nintendo’s Miis have become a cultural phenomenon in their own right, appealing well beyond the traditional core gamer audience, and the..

News: Shigeru Miyamoto Address Game Developers Conference

Shigeru Miyamoto Address Game Developers Conference

Today Nintendo-san Miyamoto shared his "Creative Vision" as he gave his Keynote speech at the 2007 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Miymoto started off by announcing that his speech would be "a very different kind of keynote, a personal experience" and boy was he right, he even showed a bunch of his own photos using the Photo Channel on the Wii console, first off showing his very own..

News: Wii Winning The Console War?

Wii Winning The Console War?

Market research firm IDC predict Wii to be the market leader this coming fiscal year.

Those number monkey's over at GamesIndustry.biz have reported on a.. report.. by a "Market Research Firm" (aka Fortune Tellers) whom have predicted Wii to be the slight market share leader (over one third) for the coming year. "IDC believes hardware shipments of Nintendo's Wii will capture a little more than..