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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..

News: Wii Marketing In Full Swing

Wii Marketing In Full Swing

With only a month until the US launch, Nintendo are starting to push the Wii brand across the globe.

Flickr member "branille" recently posted a photograph of Nintendo's impressive advert in Time Square's Toys R Us store in New York. Nintendo have also announced a aggressive marketing campaign in Europe, a region which is somewhat neglected by the games industry as a whole. The company is set to..

News: Factor 5 Not Liking Wii?

Factor 5 Not Liking Wii?

Star Wars: Rouge Squadron developer "disappointed" with Wii hardware, dubbed "Gamecube 1.5"

Reported today by CVG, an interview with Factor 5 from this months EGM has seen the developer voice their disappointment in the Wii hardware. "Factor 5, currently developing Lair for the PS3, deemed the Wii a "GameCube 1.5" in reference to its relatively similar technical specifications, also..

News: Sony Blamed For Lik-Sang Closure

Sony Blamed For Lik-Sang Closure

Hong Kong based company has ceased trading citing Sony as its main reason.

The popular gaming website today posted the news on its homepage over at explaining the situation and why it has to close its doors. "As of today, will not be in the position to accept any new orders and will cancel and refund all existing orders that have already been placed..

News: Japanese Analysts Announces Their Forecast

Japanese Analysts Announces Their Forecast

A Japanese game-magazine publisher recently had a peek into their magic crystal ball to predict the future of console gaming. Too bad we don't have one of those around here, but lucky for us, the analysts were kind enough to tell us what the future brings.

Apparently, analysts have a rare gift that let them see into the future and predict what's going to happen, maybe they were born with it, or..

News: DS Market Dominance

DS Market Dominance

Nintendo celebrate the success of the Nintendo DS in the United States helping the industry grow over 11% this year.

According to Nintendo the DS is reaching a new gaming audience of both women and older generations with such games like those featured in the "Touch! Generations" series of games. "Through September's end, the U.S. industry overall shows revenue growth of 11 percent when..

News: Wii Is AiLive

Wii Is AiLive

Nintendo announces a partnership with American AI company AiLive to bring Wii developers a very useful piece of motion capture software.

Ever wondered how the games developers programed the Wii mote to recognise your hands movement? Turns out, they don't have to! Nintendo have partnered with AiLive's "LiveMove" software that teaches the Wii what to look for in a particular movement. "The Wii..

News: Miyamoto Says The Wii Hardware Is Basically A GC

Miyamoto Says The Wii Hardware Is Basically A GC

Shigeru Miyamoto recently made a very interesting statement, in a recent interview with, he said that Nintendo's upcoming gaming system is nothing more than an upgraded Gamecube.

"The hardware is basically a Gamecube. We've upgraded our development tools to new versions but, you can still use Gamecube programs as they are. With that in mind, I thought we could remake Gamecube titles..

News: Cube Games Region Locked On Wii

Cube Games Region Locked On Wii

Eurogamer's recently had the chance to speak to Nintendo UK about some more of the specifics relating to the region locking of the Wii.

A nintendo spokesperson has told Eurogamer that the Wii will be region locked when playing GCN games. So if you imported your GCN games, you will have to get an imported Wii to play them. Nintendo also confirmed that the Virtual Console will in fact have region..

News: Cardboard DS Boxes

Cardboard DS Boxes

Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg get hit by plastic case shortage.

The three northern European countries have had a small number of first party titles switched to cardboard cases due to the shortage of normal plastic ones! "A statement from officials at Nintendo of Benelux (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg) indicates that a shortage in plastic cases means that the packaging for a..

News: Wii Opera Browser Free Until June 2007

Wii Opera Browser Free Until June 2007

Good news for early adopters; The Nintendo Wiis Opera web browser will be free to download until June 2007.

A press released by Opera today has stated that the Wii web browser will be free to download until June 2007. The browser will not cost a thing once downloaded. After that you will be required to use up your Wii points to download the browser...

News: Sony Cuts The Price Of Playstation 3

Sony Cuts The Price Of Playstation 3

Sony just announced that their upcoming home console Playstation 3, will be 20% cheaper than expected when they release it In Japan later this year.

The competition in the highly anticipated console war is undoubtly heating up, and it's getting worse, as Sony just announced that the Japanese version of their console will get a price cut. The decision was made after several complains from both..

News: 6 Million DS Units Sold In Europe

6 Million DS Units Sold In Europe

Since it's release back in March 2005, the Nintendo DS has sold a total of 6 million units in Europe, proving that Europe is indeed an important market, despite the fact that most publishers and developers seems to ignore us.

A good example of this is the next generation consoles, the Wii will be launched later and more expansive in Europe than in the rest of the world, but of course, this is..

News: Gamecube Outsells Xbox 360 In Japan

Gamecube Outsells Xbox 360 In Japan

By now, most people know that the Xbox 360 isn't doing that good over in Japan, in fact it's doing terrible. But still, Enterbrain's marketing data service surprised me.

According to Enterbrain, Microsoft's newest console has sold a total of 75,837 units so far this year, while the Nintendo Gamecube has sold 77,124. Both numbers are for Japan, obviously. Yeah, that's' right, Microsoft's flagship,..