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Interview: Exploring The Centre for Computing History - Cambridge

Exploring The Centre for Computing History - Cambridge

Taking a trip down memory lane

One of Cambridge’s best kept secrets is The Centre for Computing History, a museum dedicated to preserving the history of home computers and video game consoles from all eras. Located on a quiet industrial estate only a few miles outside of the historic city centre in East Anglia, England, the museum is not one you...

News: Wii U Software Sales Are "Struggling"

Wii U Software Sales Are "Struggling"

Analyst states Wii U launch games have failed to match Wii and GameCube equivalents

Last week NPD figures — which cover U.S. retail results — were published covering 25th November to 29th December, and Nintendo of America issued a few facts and figures of its own in response to them. The figures showed that Wii U had performed pretty well since...

News: Nintendo Is Not Working On Fix For Wii U's Slow OS

Nintendo Is Not Working On Fix For Wii U's Slow OS

We stand corrected

We reported yesterday that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata had apologised for the long loading times when switching between applications on the Wii U. He went on to say that a solution was in the works, but no time-frame was given. That's great, Nintendo took responsibility for this minor hiccup; we all accepted the apology. But...

News: 3DS Leads Japanese Market to Year-on-Year Gains

3DS Leads Japanese Market to Year-on-Year Gains

Nintendo dominates home country

Strong performances from 3DS software and hardware saw the Japanese games market grow for the first time in two years. Between 26th December and 24th June, the Japanese market was worth 193.4 billion Yen, a 0.07% increase from 191.98bn over the same period last year. 63% of that figure came from software sales, up...

News: The Louvre's 3DS Tour App Detailed in Video Form

The Louvre's 3DS Tour App Detailed in Video Form

Yes, but is it art?

The team-up between Nintendo and The Louvre sounds good, but what does it look like? A lot like this, in fact. Nintendo released a video of the museum touring application in action and it looks pretty good, with 3D models of sculptures, digital representations of paintings allowing you to zoom in on the fine detail and audio...

News: Nintendo and The Louvre Team Up

Nintendo and The Louvre Team Up

The Rhythm Thief's invitation got lost in the post

Gamers who fancy a musical adventure around the streets of Paris, including some shenanigans in the world famous museum the Louvre, can do so in Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure. For those who want to combine the handheld with the museum in real life, however, we have good news. We...

News: Nintendo Games Dominated January Sales in Japan

Nintendo Games Dominated January Sales in Japan

More than anyone else

We're always interested to see how Nintendo is performing in its homeland, as it no doubt plays a major part in its plans for the future. It's been all good news in Japan, fortunately, with the 3DS continuing to outsell all rival consoles combined, an astonishing feat unlikely to be repeated in North America or Europe. Courtesy...

News: Nintendo Donates 5,000 3DS Consoles to The Louvre

Nintendo Donates 5,000 3DS Consoles to The Louvre

Imagine all those StreetPasses

The home of the Mona Lisa will loan 3DS consoles to visitors from March next year in a new partnership between The Louvre and Nintendo, as reported by PhysOrg. The consoles will feature Nintendo-developed content including audio guides in seven languages under the editorial direction of the Louvre. The museum hopes the consoles will help visitors get more from their..

News: Investors Urge Nintendo to Develop for Smartphones

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...

Feature: 3DS Games Worth Buying Before Mario

3DS Games Worth Buying Before Mario

It's not all plumbing, you know

Nintendo's decision to drop the price of 3DS has reignited interest in the console, but many owners blame the machine's fortunes on a lack of quality software available. These gamers won't have been fully reassured by Nintendo's championing of Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7: while set to be among the best games on the machine, they're three and four months away..

News: New 3DS System Update Warns You About Piracy

New 3DS System Update Warns You About Piracy

Stern words indeed

Remember when Nintendo warned using piracy devices may disable your 3DS? The latest 3DS system update may well have started that process. The update arrived yesterday with little fanfare, but here's the official description from Nintendo: System stability improvements and other adjustments Further improvements to overall system...

News: Pachter Thinks Nintendo has Superior First-Party Software

Pachter Thinks Nintendo has Superior First-Party Software

Despite what Xbox CFO thinks

In response to what Xbox chief financial officer Dennis Durkin said about Microsoft's first-party software line-up being "superior" to that of Sony and Nintendo's (as reported by Industry Gamers), Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter has shared his two cents. Speaking to Industry Gamers, Durkin was asked whether Microsoft needed to increase the number..

News: Ocarina of Time 3D was Second Best-Selling Game of June

Ocarina of Time 3D was Second Best-Selling Game of June

United States figures are in

Although The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D launched in the middle of the month, 11 days was all it took for the Zelda remake to establish itself as the second best-selling single-format game for the month of June. According to independent market research company NPD Group, more than 283,000 copies of the game were...

News: Nintendo Collaborating with Third-Parties to Make Hits

Nintendo Collaborating with Third-Parties to Make Hits

We don't hear the 3DS or Wii U complaining

At this year's E3, Nintendo showed that having strong support from third-parties is definitely something that the Wii U is striving for, and at the post event shareholders' meeting, Satoru Iwata spoke briefly about the kind of titles we'll see the company produce in the coming years. Keen to show that the 3DS and the upcoming Wii U are platforms that..

News: 3DS Could Be Your Ticket to International Museums

3DS Could Be Your Ticket to International Museums

Console's educational uses being explored

There's been some interesting dialogue being had within Nintendo. As part of the 3DS's remit to offer unique experiences, it appears Nintendo executives have been exploring ideas that fall outside of the video game category and more within the interactive educational school of thinking. Educational software...

News: Retro Computer Museum Now Has a Permanent Home

Retro Computer Museum Now Has a Permanent Home

Rooted in Leicestershire

The Retro Computer Museum just recently celebrated its third birthday on Sunday, and along with the anniversary announcement came the news that the museum now has a permanent home in Leicestershire. Now the museum has a fixed address, it should hopefully mean events and exhibitions will be more frequent. The exact location...

News: Kawata: "I'd Love to Make a Resident Evil for Wii U"

Kawata: "I'd Love to Make a Resident Evil for Wii U"

Would you love to see one?

While the prospect of developing for the Wii U has excited some developers, others remain less vocal and instead, have almost chosen to wait and see what other developments take place from now until its 2012 launch. Masachika Kawata from Capcom is clearly excited about bringing a certain franchise to the console. Speaking to CVG, the Resident Evil producer ― who's..

News: Monolith Soft's New Project is Bound for Wii U

Monolith Soft's New Project is Bound for Wii U

Studio's job listing gets updated

To date, Monolith Soft has had two titles published on Nintendo's current generation of home consoles and the job listing on the studio's website has revealed that its upcoming project is one being developed for the next generation. As translated by Andriasang, the listing appears to be a revised one dating back to June 2010 and positions that need filling include..

News: Nintendo Not Interested in Producing Free-To-Play Software

Nintendo Not Interested in Producing Free-To-Play Software

Iwata not willing to take the risk, it seems

Nintendo's made it clear that it hasn't been totally satisfied with its online efforts thus far, and the upcoming Wii U will hopefully resolve all that. Although the company hasn't revealed exactly how things will be different with its next home console, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has made one thing clear: Nintendo is not interested in free-to-play..