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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..

News: Reggie Talks Apple Merger

Reggie Talks Apple Merger

The stuff dreams are made of for all the shiny white plastic manufacturers around the world.

It's been a soft rumour for quite a while now, ever since we saw the first pictures of the gleaming white Wii console, Nintendo merging with Apple, Apple buying Nintendo, Steve Jobs appearing on the Nintendo stage at E3... alas its all pure geek speculation. Aussie Nintendo have reported on an interview..

News: GameCube Support Is Over

GameCube Support Is Over

In other news from the Kaplan interview it has been confirmed that Nintendo will now cease to support their GameCube console.

And although the first party support has officially ended - Kaplan believes there is still a strong market for the GameCube system: "... just like the PS2 sold really well this past holiday, GameCube is a great starter system - price, ease, games, cost of games. Every..

News: Nintendo Wii > XBOX 360 > PS3

Nintendo Wii > XBOX 360 > PS3

Sales data for January has revealed that the Nintendo Wii is totally eclipsing it's competitors in terms of hardware sales at the moment.

The Nintendo Wii sold 436,000 units in January compared to the XBOX 360's 294,000 and PS3's 244,000 according to preliminary NPD data. The NPD data was released by Microsoft and has not yet been officially confirmed however a Microsoft representative had to say..

News: Tomy Vs. Ninendo

Tomy Vs. Ninendo

It has been customary to track the sales figures of Nintendo consoles against that of Sony ones to learn of which company is king of the consoles.

However, today has seen some talk from toy manufacturers Tomy who have suggested Nintendo is shrinking the toy market. The company has cut its annual profit forecast from 5 billion yen to 1.7 billion yen - a substancial drop. They say the cut is due to..

News: Fanboys: EA Say "Buy 360 And/Or Wii, Skip The PS3."

Fanboys: EA Say "Buy 360 And/Or Wii, Skip The PS3."

I'm not one to create speculation over which console is the best. As far as I am concerned NintendoLife.com is 100% unbiased and all of us here keep an open mind about the latest video games and consoles.

However the question does always ponder as to whether people within the actual industry (so developers, publishers and the such) have meaningful opinions? The noises heading out of EA HQ are,..

News: Capcom: "Nintendo Is For Teh Kids, Lol."

Capcom: "Nintendo Is For Teh Kids, Lol."

Nintendo has always been perceived to have an overly "kiddy" image but recent announcements about Mamhunt 2 and other such mature games looked set to straighten the record about Nintendos image.

Cue Capcoms senior director of strategy to get his 15 minutes of fame: "If there is a “core player base” on Wii, within two years, it will be largely a younger player (far younger than 360 or..