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April2006

  • News Nintendo Sees Strong Home Performance

    Reports confirm Nintendo's dominance for handhelds in the Japanese market.

    After reports late last month suggesting DS out selling PSP by 2 to 1, a new report shows that four of the top 5 selling games in 2005 were for the Nintendo DS. "Animal Crossing: Wild World was the best-selling game of the year, with 2.34 million units shifted. PS2 title Final Fantasy XII, which sold 2.05 million units,..

  • News Iwata Considers Making Games Again

    Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has hinted that he has desire to return to games development.

    GamesIndustry.biz have reported on an interview between Satoru Iwata, current Nintendo President and MTV. "Recently I have gained a little bit of interest in getting more involved in game development again. However at present all my spare time is take up with preparing speeches." Remember now..

March2006

  • News No Classic Rare Games On Revolution?

    IGN.com editor reports that no Rare owned franchises will be available on Revolution's Virtual Console.

    IGN.com editor Matt Casamassina has posted an article on his blog, saying that both Microsoft and Rare employees have confirmed to him that certain Rare-owned franchises will not be appearing on the Virtual Console. "Well, here's something interesting from the Game Developers Conference..

  • News PS3 Goes Region Free & Issued Price Point

    Sony release new PlayStation 3 details and issue a price point, no less than 50,000 YEN. Not quite pocket change.

    With most people we know focusing on Nintendo this week we really shouldn't forget about Sony and its hugely successful PlayStation series. Sony have this week announced that the PlayStation 3 will not have any region locking on its games. This is a bold - but not unexpected - move by..

  • News Iwata Keynote Transcript

    Nintendo have released a transcript of Satoru Iwata's Games Developers Conference speech yesterday.

    Just in case you were interested in exactly what the Nintendo president had to say, we've received a full length transcript of the keynote speech, delivered yesterday. "Thank you so much for giving me the honor of speaking before you again this year. In my job, I have to talk to a lot of people,..

  • News Iwata Delivers GDC Keynote Speech

    Iwata addressed his audience with his "Disrupting Development" speech at the Games Developers Conference in San Francisco.

    After an initial delay to the speech, Iwata arrived on stage to a very warm welcome, everyone in the audience hoping for some juicy Revolution details. The AV operator accidentally showed all the slides to the audience before the presentation began, early reports indicated that..

  • News Miyamoto Webchat.tv Webcast Online

    British Gaming Blog uploads a full transcript and video of this rare broadcasted interview with a living legend.

    Miyamoto has been extremely busy in Europe this past week, as we earlier reported he would take part in a telecast interview with website, WebChats.tv where gamers would be able to submit their own questions to the man behind Nintendo success. UK based British Gaming Blog yesterday made..

  • News Sony Officially Delays PlayStation 3 Launch

    After all the rumours, all the hype, its true. Sony officially announce the delay of the next generation PlayStation.

    Recent concerns from the Sony faithful led us to believe that the PlayStation 3 delay was merely a rumour have been squashed today as Sony games chief Ken Kutaragi, today announced the delay of the upcoming console. Sony had until recently been pledging for a Spring release of the..

  • News Inside The Opera Browser

    Cubed3 puts the questions to the people at Opera, who recently announced its pending web browser for Nintendo DS.

    Our friends over at Cubed3 have had a chance to quiz Berit Hanson, the Opera PR Manager for devices about the upcoming Opera web browser for Nintendo DS. The interview, posted today, covers a bunch of questions you might have about the software such as standards and plugin support..

  • News Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Gains Momentum

    Over 1 Million unique players and 27 Million connections Nintendo break into the online market.

    Barely 4 months old and Nintendo's online gaming service "Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection" has clocked an impressive 27,000,000 connections with over 1,000,000 unique players. Quite an achievement for such a young service. In previously years Nintendo were reluctant to move into the Online Gaming market,..

  • News Download Your Games... In The Future

    EA's big European boss reckons digital download distribution will replace physical media within the next 10 years.

    Dr. Jens Uwe Intat of EA Europe states "within the next ten years all entertainment media will be downloaded to a device". Bold statement? actually no, it's probably about right. Speaking at the firm's European HQ in Chertsey, Dr. Intat...

  • News The Best Of The Best Of

    Microsoft announce a new budget range selling the best of the best for as little as $9.99!

    Cast your eyes back to the "Platinum" range of PlayStation titles, giving you the best games at the best prices a few years after the original release. These strategy has been adopted by the industry as a whole, all the major consoles have had "Best Of" ranges at budget prices, usually $19.99 (or £19.99 to..

February2006

  • News 1,000 Revolution Development Kits Shipped

    Reggie announces that over 1,000 Development kits have been sent out to developers all over the world.

    In the previously reported interview with Engadget, Reggie told us that developers around the world have been receiving an updated version of the development kit for Nintendo Revolution. This is prototype hardware the games developers can use to create and their new titles on. "Developers we..

  • News DS WiFi Gets Even Stronger

    Nintendo claim 850,000 unique users connected to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection since launch.

    Earlier this week Nintendo issued some statistics about it's Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, the online service used for playing against friends over the internet. "Nintendo's Wi-Fi gaming service has seen users skyrocket, with more than 20 million connections to the service and over 850,000 unique users..

  • News Will Bono Listen To Jack Thompson?

    Will anybody listen to Jack Thompson? We surely hope not. He wants everyone to listen though.

    Jack Thompson), that guy that seems to believe video games are work of the devil has today written an open letter to U2 frontman, Bono. Why? Bono is a key investor for the "Elevation Partners" company, whom may launch an acquisition bid for Take Two, publisher for those naughty Grand Theft Auto games..

  • News Mystery Nintendo Design Booklet

    Images from a Nintendo Recruitment booklet surface through-out the blogosphere.

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  • News Iwatta's Disrupting Development

    More details on what to expect from Iwatta at Games Developers Conference 2006.

    Nintendo feed us more details on the GDC keynote speech in March. Satoru Iwata returns for the second year for keynote speech of the 2006 Game Developers Conference. "GDC, the world's largest event exclusively devoted to the art of game creation, will take place at the San Jose Convention Center Monday through Friday,..

  • News Nintendo World Store Interior Design Award

    Nintendo's New York store bags a couple of awards for its interior design.

    Reggie will be proud, the Nintendo World Store has collected a couple of design awards, proving that Nintendo isn't just popular with us gamers. The New York store earned itself "Store of the Year" and "First Place Specialty Store over 10,000 Square Feet" at the "35th Annual Institute of Store Planners/Visual Merchandising..

  • News Nintendo Of America Goto The Movies

    Nintendo setup shop at the Sundance film festival, apparently trying to attract new customers.

    Perhaps the Nintendo of America staff were getting abit bored, not a lot of new games to kick around the office. With this, they decided to go to the Sundance film festival which screens some of the movies we'll be watching this year. Why were Nintendo at this bash? Good question. I have no idea..

January2006

  • News Golden Globes Get Golden Gameboy Goodies

    Nintendo give those elite members of Hollywood a free golden Gameboy Micro.

    Movie award season is back, the Golden Globes have already come to pass. We've found out via 4colorrebellion that those lucky award presenters managed to snag themselves a free gold edition Gameboy Micro in an excessively expensive swag bag. The press release lists all the items in the goodie bag that total over $62,000..

  • News Gaming Convergence

    We take a look at convergence between PCs and Consoles. Will it ever happen?

    Reading up about the CES show over the weekend I noticed an article on The Register where Micheal Dell - of Dell Computers - attacked Microsoft's Xbox 360 with a wash of outrageous claims. "Dell dismissed Microsoft as a "so called high-definition gaming" player, saying that gaming consoles will never keep up..

  • News Patented Nintendo Floor Vision

    Japanese patent office shows record for Nintendo's "Floor Vision" technology.

    The Japanese giants are going full force into the interactive gaming experience, first with the DS, then the Revolution controller, followed by interest in VR headsets and now interactive floor vision! It seems late last year Nintendo secured the "Nintendo Floor Vision"...

  • News Nintendo DS Sales Soar Over Holiday Period

    Significant sales of the portable units raise total sales to over 13 million world wide.

    Nintendo issued press release today tells us all about how well the DS is selling, thanks to the holiday period and new Mario Kart bundles. Worldwide sales are now in excess of 13 million. "Worldwide sales have shown a similar pattern with millions turning to Nintendo for their portable gaming..

  • News Inside Nintendo

    The hour long BBC3 documentary on Nintendo appears on the Google Video service.

    Want to learn something new about the Japanese giants Nintendo? Well now you can. The hour long documentary from 2005 has appeared on the Google Video service. The documentary was produced sometime in 2005 by the BBC for its new Digital channel, BBC Three. Thanks to whoever uploaded it for giving us a second chance to..

  • News Nintendo's Market Value Up 15%

    New DFC Intelligence reports market growth in general with Nintendo one of the leaders.

    The report covered by GamesIndustry.biz shows an overall market growth of 7% during the period Feburary to December 2005. Of the three main players Nintendo came out ontop with a 15% increase in value, Sony followed with a 7% rise and Microsoft muddled along with only a 1% gain. This seems very healthy for..

  • News BBC Analyst Predicts Console War

    A report outlining the upcoming next-generation consoles has been posted on the BBC News website.

    Alfred Hermida, Technology Editor of the BBC News website has today posted a report on his thoughts for the coming year. The article covers the 3 main companies, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo and they're different approaches into the console market...

December2005

  • News Japanese DS Sales Hit 5 Million

    Just over 12 months were needed to sell over 5.4 million Nintendo DS units.

    Reuters has today reported Nintendo's Satoru Iwata confirming that domestic sales of the DS portable game machine reached 5 million units in less than 13 months after its launch in early December 2004, becoming the fastest-ever pace in Japan's video game market. Whatever the...

  • News EA Wants To Join The Revolution

    Nintendo continue to impress developers with their unique new controller. EA seem to be convinced.

    Third party support is growing for Nintendo. This area of the market is vital to the success of the new console, Nintendo have failed to generate third party interest in past outings. Enter Reggie, the big cheese was in action once again, this time he was speaking at the 33rd Annual UBS Global Media..

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