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

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..

News: EA is Rewarded For Embracing The Wii

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..

News: Nintendo EU Price Fixing Fine is Reduced

Nintendo EU Price Fixing Fine is Reduced

They still have £107,000,000 left to pay, however

Back in 2002 it was revealed that during the 1990s Nintendo's European operation had been colluding with retailers to keep the price of its software and hardware artificially high. Such naughty-type action was brought to the attention of the European Commission and Nintendo was promptly slapped with a whopping £134,000,000 ($199,000,000) fine..

News: WiiWare Games Now Available On Amazon

WiiWare Games Now Available On Amazon

More power to the customer or missing the point entirely?

If you head on over to the popular online store Amazon and look around a little you can find something pretty weird: A listing for World of Goo on the Wii. Reading the item description reveals that this is not actually the game, but rather a code you can enter in the Wii Shop to get the game (Presumably, you have to enter it instead of a Wii..

News: The Wii is in 8 Million Japanese Homes

The Wii is in 8 Million Japanese Homes

The Japanese simply cannot get enough of this machine

According to Japanese magazine Famistu, the Nintendo Wii crossed the '8 million sold' mark in Japan on April 19th. Enterbrain has also released the top five selling Wii games in Japan (it's worth pointing out that Wii Sports was not bundled with the console): 1. Wii SportsLaunch: 12/2/06Life-to-date: 3,481,469 copies 2. Wii FitLaunch:..

News: Nintendo’s Stock Drops 7.5%

Nintendo’s Stock Drops 7.5%

Falling Wii sales to blame

Following the news that Wii sales were 17% down on this point last year, the value of Nintendo’s stock has plummeted by 7.5%. It’s hardly a shocking plunge but considering the general shoddy state of the global economy at present it certainly could have been a lot worse.

News: Wii to increase by £20 in UK?

Wii to increase by £20 in UK?

UK retailer Gamestation appears to be preparing for a price rise.

As we reported a month or so ago, Nintendo recently increased the price of Wiis to retailers by up to £20, reflecting the increasing strength of the Yen versus pound sterling. At the time it was unsure whether or not retailers would pass the price increase to customers, but now we’ve seen the first signs that the cost to consumers..

News: Wii Manufacturing Cost Reduced by 45%

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: Wii Price Increase to Hit UK?

Wii Price Increase to Hit UK?

Nintendo are to increase the price they charge UK retailers for each Wii console by up to £20.

With the Wii still selling like there's no tomorrow, retailers are left with some tough decisions in wake of this announcement from Nintendo. The obvious answer is for retailers to increase the price of each new console by £20, retaining the already slim profit margin on each console. However, when..

News: Nintendo Claim UK Developer Crown

Nintendo Claim UK Developer Crown

Latest figures would indicate Mario and company had a very Merry Christmas

As the dust settles from a particularly hectic Christmas period Nintendo has emerged victorious in the UK sales arena. The veteran developer effortlessly claimed the top spot of Develop’s monthly developer chart thanks to strong performances by games such as Super Mario Galaxy and the seemingly evergreen Brain Training..

News: Oh Noes! Wavebird Discontinued

Oh Noes! Wavebird Discontinued

Wave goodbye to the Wavebird

The Gamecube may be old news now but for many of us the memory of this much-maligned machine lives on through the excellent Wavebird controller, which comes in very handy when indulging in Virtual Console gaming. The controller is also an excellent alternative for Wii games that are difficult to play using the Wiimote. Unfortunately Nintendo has now announced that no..

News: "Stop Buying So Many Nintendo Consoles" Says Reggie

"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: Europe Loves Brain Training

Europe Loves Brain Training

It's already sold bucketloads of copies in Japan, American and the UK - now our European friends are warming to Dr. Kawashima's unqiue brand of mental fitness.

Nintendo's amazing success story continues with the news that its Brain Training series has topped sales charts in two key European territories. Nintendo's DS Brain Training games have...

News: Bumper Year For UK Games Industry

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: DS Breaks UK Sales Record Again

DS Breaks UK Sales Record Again

The Nintendo DS continues to sell like cakes that are rather hot, effortlessly breaking the UK hardware sales record for the second week running.

All the predictions of a bumper Christmas for Nintendo in the UK seem to be proving accurate, with news that its consoles are selling in record numbers. The DS has now broken the previous UK weekly hardware sales figure twice this month, shifting 185,000..

News: Reggie Promises More Wiis

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: 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”,..