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June2017

  • News Nintendo's Shinya Takahashi on Producing New IP

    "Is it something that needs to be in a Mario game?"

    It seems like with every new generation of hardware, Nintendo fans are always hoping the company will create some fascinating new IP to bring fresh ideas to the table. Sometimes—as is the case with Splatoon—a new IP pays big and cements itself as a worthy addition to Nintendo’s collection,...

May2017

  • News EA Is Considering Bringing More Games to Nintendo Switch

    Wouldn't that be something?

    At least for the time being, it seems that Nintendo has got a really good thing going with the Switch. The hybrid console has been posting some impressive numbers lately, and reception around it has been quite positive, from both a consumer and developer standpoint. Still, it seems like major third party companies are...

March2017

  • News The Nintendo Switch Downloads Faster in Sleep Mode

    Every bit counts

    The eShop is a prominent part of the Nintendo Switch's lightweight OS, and for our money, it certainly seems to be more efficient at downloading games than the Wii U or 3DS. Granted, there may be some minor issues with the download interface (i.e. no time estimates), but it does its job exceedingly well. And for those of you that...

  • News Nintendo Switch OS Version 2.1.0 is Now Live

    And what a change it brings

    One of the features of the Switch that has drawn a lot of positive reception (and perhaps a bit of negative, too) is the shiny, new OS that launched alongside it. Nintendo's track record in OS design has been… functional, to put it nicely. Though the software running platforms like the Wii U and 3DS was certainly...

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  • News 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...

December2012

  • News 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...

June2012

  • News 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...

April2012

  • News Nintendo Reveals Console and Software Sales Statistics

    DS top of the pile

    Nintendo's released updated sales figures for all its consoles, and it's certainly a lot of numbers. The company's three current platforms — 3DS, Wii and the DS family — sit at a combined global sales figure of 264.5 million consoles sold. That figure's dwarfed by the software statistic: over 1.76 billion games have been sold...

  • News 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

    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...

February2012

  • News 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...

December2011

  • News 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...

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...

  • Feature 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..

July2011

  • News 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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...

June2011

  • News 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

    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

    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..

  • News CryENGINE "Pretty Much Running" on Wii U

    Can we expect a Crytek FPS, then?

    Gamers wondering if Crytek's CryENGINE would run on the upcoming Wii U console can wonder no more, for the developer has spoken. In an interview conducted by Develop, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli expressed his desire to support "every platform that's a major player in the industry of gaming" with the studio's...

  • News Over 1 Million 3DS Consoles Sold in Japan

    Software sales aren't too bad, either

    The 3DS is approaching its forth month on the Japanese market, and video gaming magazine Enterbrain has reported that the handheld console has reached an important milestone in terms of hardware sales. It's taken the 3DS 13 weeks to surpass one million domestic sales, slightly slower than the original DS which...

May2011

April2011

  • News Nintendo to Promptly Work On 3D Video Service After Upcoming 3DS Update

    Something other than games to enjoy

    Nintendo is definitely trying to flex some of the multi-functional muscles of the 3DS as the company talks about providing something other than just games for its users. At the recent Financial Earnings Briefing, president and CEO Satoru Iwata reiterated Nintendo's plans to provide 3D video content for 3DS users after the scheduled system update in May..

  • News Nintendo's Profits Show a Significant Drop, This Year Should Improve

    Decreases in sales explained, and Nintendo's forecast for this fiscal year

    Although Nintendo has claim to notable achievements with its hardware ― the DS has proved to be the best-selling handheld ever and global Wii sales have surpassed the 86 million mark, the company's profit numbers for the fiscal year ending 31st March 2011 show a significant drop. Net sales totaled 1,014.3 billion yen,..

February2011

  • News 3DS Comes with Mario, Pikmin, Kirby, Link and Samus

    In card form, anyway

    Last month we brought you a report on the 3DS's built-in software, in which we played one of the six augmented reality games that will come packaged with the 3DS. Now the machines have begun to make their way out to retailers, unboxing videos and pictures have started to show up online, with UK chain GAME showing off the other five cards included in the 3DS box boasting some..

January2011

  • News Reggie: Steel Diver Makes Up for Lack of Zelda at Launch

    Submarine game is "awfully compelling", says honcho

    While we don't yet have a rock-solid launch line-up for 3DS in either North America or Europe, we do know that Nintendo's two top guys, Mario and Link, won't be making their appearances on the console before E3 in June. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime says the titles will be released...

October2010

  • News The DS Isn't Just for Gaming, It Can Help With Shopping Too

    Turning visits to the supermarket into a real-time strategy game

    What makes technology so marvelous is the multitude of tasks we can get a single piece of hardware to do. Single women (and men, we suppose) can probably find more than one use for an electric toothbrush, drivers prone to getting lost can use their phone to make calls as well as turning it into a sat-nav device, and now it seems it's..

  • News Don't Expect Any 3DS Titles From Epic Games Anytime Soon

    The VP thinks the system is less technically capable than a iPhone

    During an online Game Developers Conference interview with Joystiq Mark Rein, the vice president at Epic Games, didn't sound too keen on the technical specifications of the 3DS. Declaring that the studio isn't working on any upcoming titles for the Nintendo handheld, he explained that: It's below our [minimum specifications], from..

September2010

  • News See Plenty of New 3DS Games in Motion Right Here

    Resident Evil: Mercenaries, Super Monkey Ball and more

    Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition, Final Fantasy: Chocobo Tales, Super Monkey Ball and more all combine to make this 3DS software trailer a pretty tasty affair. Plenty of 3D games make their motion debuts, as well as with Capcom's Resident Evil: Revelations and recently announced Resident Evil: Mercenaries both looking absolutely fantastic.

  • News Play with Augmented Reality with 3DS Pack-In Cards

    Six special cards to enjoy AR

    Whilst PlayStation Move and Xbox Kinect press on with augmented reality games, Nintendo has a few tricks up its sleeve as well, bringing the genre to 3DS with six specially created cards to interact with 3DS's built-in software. If you're not sure what augmented reality is, it's a type of gaming that uses a camera to...

August2009

  • News Man Sentenced Over Pirated DS Games

    30 months prison and a whopping big fine

    Captain Jack Sparrow's popularity proves that everybody loves a good pirate, but not when they're stealing money from hard working developers and gaming companies. A 38 year old man was found guilty of breaking Copyright Law by the Kyoto District Court on Monday for using the internet to distribute pirated...

October2008

  • Review X-OOM Media Centre for Wii XE

    We've finally got our hands on a third party product that has seen alot of interest with our readers, but what is the verdict?

    With X-OOM Media Centre for Wii™ enjoy your favourite collections of movies, photos, and music on your TV, via your Wii™. No need to transfer them to CD, DVD or other devices. All you need is your PC, your Wii™ and a network connection. Watch, manage and edit your..

  • News Remember the Amazing Rolo and his Wii Loop Machine?

    Nutty digital artist Yann Seznec popped up on popular British TV show, Dragons Den, looking for investors for his Wii Loop Machine business.

    We featured the Wii Loop Machine sometime last year, it looked like a pretty good idea at the time and clearly the developer is trying to move things along. Look out, Miyamoto. A Scottish independent games developer has devised some Wii software that trumps..

  • News Wii Storage Solution - Not as good as it sounds?

    Nintendo announce a "direction" of what they will do to fix the Wii's memory problem, but is it actually any good?

    We have been listening to the customers, and we have been trying to come up with the solution that will not sacrifice the security nature of Wii but will cater to our customers' convenience. We will need more time to tackle it. But the basic direction has been decided, so I would like..

  • News Play On Wii Selection

    Nintendo also announce that a number of original Gamecube games are to be re-developed with Wii specific controls and re-released on Wii.

    Furthermore, we are completely redesigning seven GameCube titles so that, starting from the end of this year, we will launch them as Wii titles. Our research has revealed that, due to the fact that the GameCube hardware had not sufficiently penetrated into the..

June2008

  • News FreeLoader Disabled By Update

    People using Datel's FreeLoader boot disc will be in for a shock today, Nintendo's latest Wii firmware update renders it useless.

    IMPORTANT! - Compatibility with Wii Firmware 3.3x and higher Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control Wii Freeloader is not compatible with Wii firmware 3.3 and higher (released as an online update 17/07/2008). You can continue to use Wii Freeloader..

December2007

  • News Fresh Mario Kart Wii Details Emerge

    Cunning stunts are now included!

    UK site Eurogamer has recently picked up on some more Mario Kart Wii details, thanks to US magazine Nintendo Power. We already know that the game will feature online play for up to 12 participants, but the big news here is that some kind of stunt system will also be included to spice up proceedings. Performing tricks during the race should also result in some kind..

October2007

  • News X-OOM's Wii Media Center

    Just incase you wanted to use for Wii for something other than games, X-OOM are soon to release a Media Center package for all your media needs.

    X-OOM Media Centre for Wii will turn your Nintendo Wii into your own multimedia centre allowing you to watch movies, listen to music and view digital photos by streaming files directly from your PC onto the Wii using Wi-Fi. WATCH MOVIESRather than..

April2007

  • News Opera Browser New Feature Details

    Opera have spilt the beans on their updated Wii Browser, including a new "Living Room" feature the first browser to have a multi-player mode!

    "Today Opera Software and Nintendo released the much-anticipated full version of the Internet Channel, powered by the Opera browser. The Internet Channel can now be downloaded directly from the Wii Shop Channel on any connected Wii™ console. Nintendo and..

  • News Opera Browser (Final) Available Now

    As promised Nintendo has released the final version of the Opera browser and is free to download

    Just a quick note to inform you that the Opera web browser is available to download from the Wii Shop now, but before you can get surfing the internet you are required to do a system update first. The new full version of the browser remains a free download until June 30, 2007, and once downloaded is..