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April2012

  • News GAME Getting Back On Its Feet After Takeover

    Reward cards and trade-in deals return

    In recent weeks we've reported on the troubles at UK retailer GAME Group, with a number of high profile titles on Nintendo systems not being stocked and the company eventually going into administration, with over 2000 jobs lost. While our thoughts and best wishes are with those staff, there was positive news...

  • News Sonic Designer Hirokazu Yasuhara Joins Nintendo

    It's just not natural

    Hirokazu Yasuhara, an instrumental member of Sonic Team during the 1990s, has taken a new role at Nintendo of America. Yasuhara — sometimes known as Carol Yas — was game planner on the original Sonic the Hedgehog before directing and designing the best of the hedgehog's 16-bit adventures. His final game at SEGA was...

  • News Baker and OpCapita Deal Saves GAME

    Better late than never

    GAME has left administration after less than a week. Investment firm OpCapita negotiated a sale of the company's UK assets to Baker Acquisitions Limited, bringing GAME Group out of administration and providing it with the necessary capital to continue trading over the near future. Baker has confirmed there are no more plans...

March2012

  • News SEGA to Cancel Games, Focus on Existing IP

    Dark days

    SEGA has revealed it's to slim down its Western operations and cancel some games to combat an operating loss in the current financial year. The publisher hasn't stated which games will be cancelled but did reveal its desire to focus on strong-selling IPs such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Football Manager, Total War and Aliens. From our list of...

  • News Mobile Dev: "Iwata Makes Me Fear for Nintendo's Future"

    Troubled times

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said last year that Nintendo is not interested in producing free-to-play software, displeasing Ben Cousins, director of free-to-play software company Ngmoco. Speaking to Develop, Cousins discussed his belief that console manufacturers are frightened of free to play games: The only platform where...

  • News Video Games Become the Biggest Entertainment Medium in UK

    Take that, movies

    At times being a gamer can still be a taboo subject: saying that you're a gaming enthusiast may cause others to raise their eyebrows. Though video games are arguably still trying to earn the same cultural respect as films and music, when it comes to earning cold, hard cash, games are on top. According to the ERA (Entertainment...

  • News Keiji Inafune Gives Rallying Call to Japanese Developers

    'It must happen now'

    It seems that the Japanese game industry has become a notable topic at this year's Game Developer's Conference. As we reported yesterday there was some controversy around comments made by indie developer Phil Fish, yet some would agree that, despite the bluntness and innacuracy of saying that Japanese game 'suck', there are...

  • News Indie Developer Phil Fish Says Japanese Games 'Suck'

    Clearly hasn't been playing much Nintendo

    The Japanese game industry is undoubedly facing challenges, and in the opinion of some is losing its influence as the homeland of gaming: as Keiji Inafune said at the Tokyo Game Show in 2009, for example, 'Japan is over'. That said, a comment made by indie developer Phil Fish at a GDC (Game Developer's...

January2012

  • News Rising Star Games To Open American Office

    Rising in the West

    Popular European publisher Rising Star Games has revealed it's to open an office in California. The company has also formed Rising Star Games Digital, a — wait for it — digital publishing division for the ever-growing download market. RSG hasn't revealed any digital plans for Nintendo formats, but said recently it will continue to release games on Nintendo platforms. Coming..

  • News Nintendo Expects To Make a Loss in FY 2011

    It's tough out there

    Even though the 3DS has hit 15 million sales worldwide, it's not been enough to help Nintendo post a profit, with the company expecting to post an operating loss of 45,000 million Yen in this financial year. Nintendo revised its financial expectations this morning as follows: Net sales — revised down from 790,000m Yen to...

  • News Dawn Paine to Leave Nintendo UK

    Fond farewell

    Nintendo UK's long-serving marketing director Dawn Paine is leaving the company. Paine has served ten years at Nintendo, during which she oversaw the marketing campaigns for Wii, DS and 3DS, as well as games phenomena including Wii Fit Plus and Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training, among others. Paine leaves Nintendo to join Universal...

  • News Industry Analysts: 3DS is Bouncing Back

    But there's still work to be done

    We may only just be embarking on a new year, but reports are already surfacing that the 3DS enjoyed a positive holiday period, particularly with the news that over four million 3DS consoles have been sold in the United States. With the recent boom of sales in Japan, it's clear that the handheld is enjoying its most...

  • News Millions of Wii Games Pirated in 2011

    Mario left all at sea

    The Wii may be in its twilight years, but a large number of its retail titles are still being being downloaded and played illegally. Website TorrentFreak compiled figures of downloads in 2011 from a number of sources and trackers, providing results for three major formats, though these are estimates rather than official...

November2011

  • News Nintendo Faces More Calls to Embrace Mobile

    Everyone's in on the act

    Andy Payne, chairman of UK Interactive Entertainment — the UK's games industry trade association — is the latest in a long line of industry notables to call on Nintendo to create games for smartphones. Speaking at Liverpool's Develop conference, Payne spoke in response to an audience statement that platform exclusivity...

August2011

  • News Investors Urge Nintendo to Develop for Smartphones

    If further alienation is something it wants to avoid

    It's taken just several months for Nintendo to issue the 3DS's first price-cut since the console's launch; a move which Nintendo is hoping will play a part in giving the console a much-needed boost after sales have been less than expected. According to investors, there's another move that Nintendo...

July2011

  • News Cliff Bleszinski Thinks Wii U Naysayers Will Still Buy It

    Gears of War creator sounds confident

    The Wii U has got a lot of people excited and Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski is no exception. Speaking to IndustryGamers, he spoke confidently on Nintendo's ability to sell the Wii U to gamers ― even the ones who aren't convinced with Nintendo's upcoming home console. Regarding the naysayers who dismiss...

  • News Amoebattle Featured in Indie Showcase Top Ten

    Only Nintendo game nominated

    Real-time strategy game Amoebattle is evolving onto DSiWare later this year, and it's already lined up in a high-profile indie games showcase this month. The Develop Expo's Indie Showcase highlights the best independent studios in the world, with Intrinsic Games featuring alongside nine other teams. Amoebattle is also the only game developed for a Nintendo platform to..

  • News Iwata: "Difficult to Launch Hardware Close to Its Announcement"

    The timing of the 3DS and Wii U is certainly debatable

    Everyone loves a bit of gossip, and what better gossip is there in the video game industry than what new consoles are capable of? That appears to be one of Nintendo's main problems when it's in the process of unveiling new hardware. Like the company and its products or not, many are interested in the way Nintendo moves. During the 71st annual..

  • News Nintendo Invests 16 Billion Yen in Kyoto R&D Building

    Got to spend money to make money!

    Japanese news publication Nikkan has recently reported on Nintendo's new Kyoto, Japan facility and the amount of investment the company has put into the project. As translated by Andriasang, Nintendo is investing ¥16billion (approximately $204million or £127million) into the new building which will be situated at Kyoto's Minami Ward, occupying a 40,582 square..

June2011

  • News Yasumi Matsuno's Gaming Skills Have Reached Level-5

    Just the right kind of experience

    This week's issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu contains an interview with Yasumi Matsuno, a former staff member at Square Enix who now finds himself under the employment of Professor Layton studio Level-5. As translated by Andriasang, the video game designer with acclaimed titles such as Vagrant Story, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, Final Fantasy:..

  • News WayForward Founder Speaking at Westwood College on 25th June

    Voldi leads the Way

    WayForward is one of the most prolific producers of games for Nintendo handhelds, from licensed titles like Thor on DS to downloadable gems like Shantae: Risky's Revenge and Mighty Milky Way. The studio's founder and Tyrannical Overlord, Voldi Way, is set to speak at California's Westwood College on 25th June, and all for free. The "3rd Annual Gathering of Video Game..

  • News Sony President Thinks 3DS is Just an Updated DS

    Aside from the 3D, same old same old, apparently

    It seems Sony executives still don't appear too wowed by Nintendo's 3DS, despite both sides acknowledging that different demographics are being targeted by each company's handheld system. Is this a lack of sportsmanship, or a genuine lack of excitement? Sony Computer Entertainment president Shuhei...

May2011

  • News How Retro Studios Achieved Backing from Nintendo

    Simple in theory, anything but in practice

    Nintendo has a brand image that's as solid as a rock, so what does it take for an independant studio to get backing from the company and the opportunity to develop games based on its IPs for its consoles? Retro Studios president Michael Kelbaugh highlights a few qualities needed to do just that. During a Gamasutra interview, Kelbaugh spoke about how Retro..

  • News 16-Shot Legend Takahashi Meijin Leaves Hudson

    No parting shots

    Takahashi Meijin, known to many as Master Higgins or as the master of rapid fire button-tapping, has announced he is leaving Hudson after nearly 30 years at the company. Joining the company in 1982, Takahashi rose to prominence for his ability to fire 16 shots per second in Hudson's Star Soldier, a skill that led to the creation of a specific practice tool, the 16 Shot! Shooting..

  • News Are We Nearing the End of Consoles? Nintendo Thinks Not

    Nintendo's director of PR thinks consoles are too unique to die off

    Fox News recently ran a story in which it suggests the traditional home console may soon be losing its place in our home as consumer demands evolve and smartphones provide deeper gaming experiences . Well, it starts off with a rather bold statement claiming that "the end is near" for games consoles, which is immediately..

April2011

  • News Iwata Expresses Regrets About the Way the Wii was Marketed

    In future, things will be done differently

    The Nintendo Wii is approaching its fifth year on the market now, enough time has passed in that Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata can now reflect on how the console has performed and how he wishes its future performance will play out. Speaking to investors and analysts, Iwata expressed his regrets towards the way...

  • News PlatinumGames President Saddened by Decline of New Ideas

    Pledges to bring smiles back

    Japanese developer PlatinumGames has been responsible for some pretty innovative games over the past five years: Wii gorefest MadWorld and DS space RPG Infinite Space for Nintendo's formats, as well as the superlative Bayonetta and Vanquish for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Five years in and not a sequel in sight, PlatinumGames is something of an anomaly in the current..

March2011

  • News Konno: 3DS Won't Compete with Mobile Gaming Prices

    Project leader distinguishes the two separate markets

    With development costs for 3DS software as much as triple that of DS games, does mobile gaming pose a threat to Nintendo's business plans? Following Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata's comments on mobile phone manufacturers and popular social utility networks at this year's Game Developers Conference, 3DS p

  • News Iwata Hits Out at Smartphone and Social Network Game Developers

    GDC comments draw critics from industry

    For all the praise that Nintendo got from its appearance at the Game Developers Conference this year, it seems President and CEO Satoru Iwata came away from his keynote (which was streamed live) with as many satisfied fans as he did disgruntled critics. During his speech, he made several comments on the...

  • News Nintendo Names Cynthia Gordon New Corporate Affairs VP

    Denise Kaigler's replacement commences next month

    As Nintendo's range of hardware expands, so too does its family of employees. The company has announced the hiring of Cynthia Gordon, a strategic communications professional with over two decades of consumer-brand experience, as Nintendo of America's Vice President of Corporate Affairs. Gordon will officially start her new role on 14 March,..

February2011

  • News Super Mario Galaxy 2 Collects 4 BAFTA Nominations

    Whereas DS games dominate the Handheld category

    We recently brought you word that Super Mario Galaxy 2 was nominated for the GAME Award of 2010 at this year's British Academy Video Game Awards. As the only category voted by the public, our readers showed a lot of support for the rotund plumber which should hopefully help him snag the recognition. If you haven't already, make sure you head over to..

January2011

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November2010

  • News Don't Expect Announcements From Nintendo at CES 2011

    What exactly is the purpose of attending, then?

    First, there was the exciting news that Nintendo would be attending the Consumer Electronics Show for the first time in 16 years. Then, there was the disappointing mix-up that mistakenly listed Nintendo as an exhibitor with a public display. Now, hopes of announcements ― even behind closed doors ― have also been dashed as Nintendo officially..

  • News 3DS Development Could Cost Triple That of DS Software

    Will the extra cost be passed onto consumers?

    Earlier this year, Satoru Iwata stated 3DS games may cost as much to develop as Wii titles, something that has now been backed up by Japanese studio Marvelous Interactive who's given some frightening figures for studios wanting to get into this potentially explosively lucrative market. The studio revealed at an investors' meeting that its development..

October2010

  • News Fils-Aime: Nintendo's Biggest Current Threat is Apple

    Could Nintendo be taking Sony and Microsoft too lightly, or over-reacting to Apple?

    It's strange that Nintendo would see Apple and its range of iOS devices as more of a threat than Sony or Microsoft and their stake in the home console and handheld markets. Reggie Fils-Aime, President at Nintendo of America has echoed the concerns of Satoru Iwata and...

  • News n-Space CEO Describes the Games Industry as a Mess

    "n-Space is down, but definitely not out"

    It seems n-Space – the company behind several DS instalments of home console titles – is one of the latest development studios that's resorted to reducing its staff numbers due to the pressure of the economic climate of the last several years. Last Friday's undisclosed number of lay-offs has had the company CEO, Dan O'Leary, updating n-Space's official..

January2010

  • News WiiWare Devs Call for More Advertising From Nintendo

    Service needs more promotion, awareness, money

    Although Nintendo UK has just started on a high-profile advertising campaign to draw more awareness to the Wii's online features and WiiWare titles, for many developers it's something that should have happened years ago. Until now, Nintendo's efforts to promote the Wii's online capabilities have been...

November2009

  • News Electronic Arts Less Than Happy With Wii Sales

    Veteran publisher laments "weak" third party sales performance on Nintendo's console

    In case you hadn't noticed, EA is pruning its workforce with gay abandon at present, hacking away 1500 jobs in order to reduce its running costs. The fact that many of its Wii titles have underperformed (Dead Space Extraction has reportedly sold a pitiful 9,000...

September2009

July2009

  • News Nintendo Sales Drop as Global Economy Goes Down the Crapper

    Even The Big N is susceptible to to the downturn

    Nintendo has just released its financial statement for the previous quarter and the results make for interesting reading. Despite the fact that the manufacturer is beating away all competition from rivals such as Sony and Microsoft, net sales were down down by 40% compared to the previous year. Net...

  • News Sega Not Giving Up On Mature Wii Titles Just Yet

    Recent retail disappointments haven't dented Sega's confidence

    As much as we loved Madworld and House of the Dead: Overkill, neither title sold particularly well, which has led many 'industry experts' to suggest that mature, hardcore games just can't find an audience on Nintendo's console. In the light of two high-profile commercial bombs you'd expect Sega to step back from mature gaming and..

June2009

  • News Factor 5 Being Sued By Ex-Employees

    Lawsuit reveals a Rogue Squadron Wii game was in the works.

    A few months back San-Rafael-based Factor 5 (the studio behind the popular Star Wars: Rogue Squadron series) was declared bankrupt with between $1 million to $10 million in unpaid debts. In addition to this, the company was also faced with 69 claims for unpaid wages totaling more than $900,000. As you can imagine, much wailing and gnashing..

  • News Molyneux: Nintendo Made Rare Too Secretive

    Lionhead boss intends to give the UK developer an "identity"

    Lionhead boss and newly appointed creative director of Microsoft Europe Peter Molyneux has been speaking exclusively to Gamesindustry.biz about his role in assisting Microsoft's internal development teams - with Rare being one of them. Molyneux - who founded legendary UK software house Bullfrog (Populous, Magic Carpet) before starting up..

  • News Sony And Microsoft Suffering From Wii-nis Envy?

    Copycat motion control systems don't impress industry analyst

    Where would we be with expert analysts telling us what to think, eh? Take Wedbush Morgan chappie Michael Pachter, for example. Following Microsoft and Sony's recently unveiling of motion control systems at this year's E3, Pachter has waded in with his own viewpoint on all this technological advancement: This year’s E3 again focused on..

  • News Sony Expects Wii Owners To Upgrade To PS3

    Another overconfident prediction from the creator of Betamax

    For those of you that have any interest in this kind of thing, Sony Europe boss David Reeves stepped down recently and was succeeded by a fellow called Andrew House. This year's E3 was House's first as president of Sony Europe, so it's unsurprising that he wasted no time in chiming in with a typically brash Sony-style sound-bite when Edge..

May2009

  • News EA is Rewarded For Embracing The Wii

    Sales nearly doubled on last year's total

    When the Wii was released super-publisher EA caught a bit of flak for not giving the format the respect it deserved. Thankfully the company has changed its attitude and has been duly rewarded with a massive jump in sales. According to EA's financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2009, 14% of its overall revenue was generated by titles on..

April2009

  • News Peter Moore at MI6 Conference: Capturing the Wii Audience with Original Content

    Encouraging words from EA...do they finally get it?

    During the conference keynote address EA Sports head Peter Moore spoke about EA Sports' current philosophy towards the Wii stating that "You can't simply take what you're doing on the PS3 or Xbox 360 and port – that's a dirty word – down to the Wii." New titles like Grand Slam Tennis (EA's first tennis game) and the new Tiger Woods..

  • News Nintendo Looking to "Re-energize" Game Market

    Could a slowing market and a boost in "core" game sales have us swimming in great releases this year?

    Wii and DS sales are slowing down in Japan causing an uncomfortable disturbance in the force that is Nintendo's cash flow. This has also highlighted a boost in “hardcore” game sales there. Does this mean that to get the more “hardcore” titles here in the NA and EU regions we need to just..

  • News Analyst Reckons Wii Investment is "Fools Gold"

    Warning for third parties looking to make a quick buck

    The Nintendo Wii recently became the fastest selling console of all time and is generally perceived to be doing pretty well right now. However, analyst Doug Creutz from Cowen & Company has commented that third parties looking to make easy money by sinking cash into Wii development may be...

  • News 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

    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..

March2009

  • News 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..

February2009

  • News 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 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,..

December2008

  • News 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..

October2008

  • News 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,..

August2008

  • News 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

    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..

July2008

  • News 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

    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..

June2008

  • News 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..

February2008

  • News 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..

January2008

  • News 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

    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"

    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

    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..

December2007

  • News "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

    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..

  • News Nintendo Snubbed By Greenpeace

    Greenpeace'ers snub Nintendo in a new energy report, designed to inform consumers of how "green" the manufacturer is.

    Environmental watchdog group Greenpeace has released its latest Guide to Greener Electronics, detailing the environmental responsibility of global consumer electronics companies, and given Nintendo the first zero grade in the history of the report. The two major criteria the guide..

November2007

  • News The Road To Super Mario Galaxy

    Nintendo developer, Yoshiaki Koizumi, has given a keynote speech at The Montreal Games Summit including explaining the steps that were taken to design Super Mario Galaxy.

    So in 2005, a spec sheet was created for “Super Mario Revolutions”. Koizumi explained, "The concept was to play with Mario running around on spherical objects – something Miyamoto had come up with 5 years before, and..

  • News Nintendo Sales Surge State Side

    Reggie will be delighted, Nintendo of America report record breaking sales this month, including 653,000 Nintendo DS' and 350,000 Wii's sold last week alone.

    Nintendo's 350,000 Wii systems represent the highest one-week U.S. sales total outside of its launch week one year ago. Wii has been dubbed the must-have gift of the 2007 holiday season and has been placed at the top of numerous gift lists..

  • News The Year of Wii

    We take a look back at Wii on its official first birthday...

    Well, would you believe it? The Wii has been out for a year already. And what a turn-around it's been for Nintendo! In celebration of Nintendo's remarkable achievement; we present you with NintendoLife's 'Year of Wii' The Build UpA couple of years ago Nintendo were almost written off as one of the console giants: Many people were..

  • News A Year Of Wii

    Well, would you believe it? The Wii has been out for a year already. And what a turn-around it's been for Nintendo!

    So here at NintendoLife we thought it would be good to discuss the highs, and lows, of this past year of Wii. So without further ado, I present you NintendoLife's 'Year of Wii'- a collaboration of opinions from our reviewers and writers: Spanning from the Wii's US birthday to the PAL..

  • News Nintendo Criticise Developers

    Nintendo of America executive has hit out at all companies producing quick cash-in products for the console, insisting poor quality titles look bad on the format.

    "Certainly there's a strong line-up of third party titles, and we're trying to encourage them to make them," Harrison stated. "But, we're also trying to encourage third parties to take the time and effort to make something unique, not..

  • News Nintendo Doubles Its Profits

    Soaring Wii and DS sales have sky rocketed Nintendo's profits, doubling those of last year.

    The success of the Wii has helped Nintendo to double its profit in the six months to the end of September. Demand for the console has outstripped that for Sony's Playstation 3 and Microsoft's XBox 360 - selling about 7.3 million units. The Japanese firm made a net profit of 132.4bn yen ($1.16bn; £506m)..

  • News Dealing With THQ

    THQ have signed a license deal with Nintendo allowing the publisher to create games based on Nintendo IP's.

    Okay so this actually happened last month, but we've only just noticed. It's quite an interesting move by both parties, here's the details: Video-game software publisher THQ Inc. said Wednesday it has signed a license agreement with Nintendo last week that will allow it to continue to use..

  • News The Hardcasual Gamer

    Interesting article posted on the "Level Up" section of the Newsweek website, entertaining the idea of the "hardcasual" gamer.

    In my opinion game developers are neglecting the audience upon which this industry was built. Gamers like myself, who are now grown up with careers, families and other responsibilities simply no longer have the time to battle their way through 40 hours of game play to save..

October2007

  • News Nintendo Raid Hong Kong Pirates

    Nintendo go Kung Fu Hustyle over "Supreme Factory Limited" in Hong Kong, seizing over 10,000 products in one go.

    At Nintendo's request, the Hong Kong High Court has intervened to help stop a global distribution operation involving game copying devices and modification chips ("mod chips") that violate its copyrights and trademarks in the Nintendo DS™ and Wii™ systems. On Oct. 8th, the court..

September2007

  • News Reggie Promises More Wiis

    A lot more units are being manufactured but will there be enough?

    At the Wii launch we all had problems obtaining the motion-sensing console which left desperate parents paying over the odds trying to get their loved ones a shiny new Wii. Unfortunately, it looks like to be more of the same towards the end of this year. In an interview with Mercury News Reggie Fils-Aime answered questions about the..

  • News Wii Top Selling Next-Gen Console

    The Wii keeps on selling more and more...than other consoles.

    The Financial Times has reported that the Wii has overtaken the Xbox 360 in the ongoing console war. Excluding sales from August the totals have the Wii at 9 million units sold compared to 8.9m Xbox 360s and 3.7m PS3s. Additionally and more recently VideoGameChartz, a website that tracks the number of consoles and games sold around the..

  • News Wii Smashes UK Records

    Nintendo announce that Wii is the fastest selling console in UK history with over 1 million Wii's sold across the land in a mere 38 weeks.

    "Figures released today courtesy of the UK’s leading independent music, video and software performance and sales tracking company, Chart Track, show Nintendo’s home console ‘Wii’ is now being enjoyed by over one million people in the UK, becoming the..

July2007

  • News Wii Could Outsell PS2

    Nintendo President Satoru Iwata believes that within good time the Nintendo Wii could overtake Sony's Playstation 2 platform and become the best selling video games console of all time.

    "Sony's PS2 sales of 100 million units is an extraordinary number that our home game console business has not achieved, But if we can make our bid to expand the gaming population a continued success, we could..

  • News 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

    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..

June2007

  • News 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

    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

    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..

May2007

  • News 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

    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”,..

April2007

  • News 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

    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'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?

    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..

March2007

  • News 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'

    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 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

    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..

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