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News: Koei Tecmo's President Seems To Think NX Is A Home Console First And Foremost

Koei Tecmo's President Seems To Think NX Is A Home Console First And Foremost

"Nintendo announced a new 'machine' called the NX"

2016 is the year that Nintendo reveals more about the NX, which - it has been rumoured - could unify the company's handheld and domestic console markets. Despite the chatter, no one really seems to know what NX is all about, but Koei Tecmo President and CEO Yoichi Erikawa has hinted in an...

News: Nintendo NX Doesn't Need To Compete With PlayStation 4 And Xbox One To Be A Success, Claims Analyst

Nintendo NX Doesn't Need To Compete With PlayStation 4 And Xbox One To Be A Success, Claims Analyst

"Nintendo has a history of doing things its own way"

Next year we're going to hear a lot more about Nintendo's next console, currently codenamed NX. The system has been shrouded in secrecy since it was first announced earlier this year, but rumours are circulating that it could be a console/handheld hybrid which effectively unites the two markets...

News: DeNA Cuts Staff At Singapore Studio Ahead Of Pivotal 2016

DeNA Cuts Staff At Singapore Studio Ahead Of Pivotal 2016

Restructuring ahead of its Nintendo adventure?

Nintendo's smartphone gaming partner DeNA appears to be restructuring its Singapore office ahead of what could be the biggest year in its history. DeNA is working with Nintendo on a host of smartphone games which it hopes will rake in $25 million a month in revenue. The first games will be released in...

News: Timing Of NX Launch Could Help Nintendo Grab Some Of Sony And Microsoft's Market Share, Says Analyst

Timing Of NX Launch Could Help Nintendo Grab Some Of Sony And Microsoft's Market Share, Says Analyst

"It really depends on third-party support"

Michael Pachter - the industry analyst that all Nintendo fans love to hate - has been sounding off about the company's next console, currently dubbed NX. While Pachter has some harsh words to share, he's also looking on the positive side with his predictions for NX. According to the Wedbush Securities...

News: More North American Women Own A Games Console Than Men

More North American Women Own A Games Console Than Men

Smartphone and tablet use on the rise, too

A new study in the US has revealed that more women own games consoles than men, flying in the face of the common perception that the hobby is dominated by male players. Conducted by the Pew Research Centre, the research indicates that 42 percent of US women own a games console, compared to 37 percent of...

News: SNK Playmore Ditches Pachinko Machines To Focus Entirely On Video Games

SNK Playmore Ditches Pachinko Machines To Focus Entirely On Video Games

You know, just like it used to

SNK Playmore has announced that it is abandoning the manufacture of Pachinko machines in favour of focusing totally on video games and smartphone titles. The company began making Pachinko units when it was acquired by Aruze in 2000, a company famous for its Pachinko machines. SNK would file for bankruptcy in 2001 but...

News: Nintendo Is Unique, Different And Does Its Own Thing, Says Xbox Marketing Boss

Nintendo Is Unique, Different And Does Its Own Thing, Says Xbox Marketing Boss

"I guess we'll react to that when we know more"

Nintendo has a reputation of innovation within the games industry which runs all the way back to the '80s, when the company blazed a trail with its Game & Watch series - the first hardware to showcase the now-commonplace D-pad. Since then, we've seen the company embrace cutting-edge tech ahead of...

News: Video Game Industry in Scotland 'Could Eclipse Oil Boom'

Video Game Industry in Scotland 'Could Eclipse Oil Boom'

And then be argued over during Independence referendum

It's widely acknowledged that the broader video game industry, encompassing both dedicated systems and smart devices, is now statistically and definitively one of the most powerful entertainment industries in the world. In recent years its profile has increased a great deal, making gaming...

News: Voice Actors Union Authorises Strike Action With Landslide 96.52 Percent Vote

Voice Actors Union Authorises Strike Action With Landslide 96.52 Percent Vote

Strike likely to go ahead unless agreement can be reached

Last month we reported that The Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA for short) in the US was holding a vote to see if its members would support strike action in order to improve the working conditions of voice actors in the video game sector...

News: Climate "Not Healthy" For Dedicated Handheld Games Consoles, Says Sony's Shuhei Yoshida

Climate "Not Healthy" For Dedicated Handheld Games Consoles, Says Sony's Shuhei Yoshida

"People have mobile phones and it's so easy to play games on smartphones"

With the Wii U failing to match the original Wii in terms of commercial success Nintendo has, to a certain extent, relied on its current handheld platform, the 3DS, to balance the books. However, even that system has struggled to replicate the performance of its immediate...

News: Analysts Wonder If Super Mario Can Save Nintendo 

Analysts Wonder If Super Mario Can Save Nintendo 

"I do think that Super Mario will be a driver for mobile revenue"

American business publication Fortune has recently asked the big question 'Can Super Mario save Nintendo from itself?' and to answer that question has consulted the wisdom of several analysts including Nintendo Life reader favourite Michael Pachter. With Super Mario Maker seemingly...

News: This Is The Last Real Console Cycle, Proclaims Industry Analyst Michael Pachter

This Is The Last Real Console Cycle, Proclaims Industry Analyst Michael Pachter

"The console installed base is as big as it's ever going to get"

We could see the end of dedicated games hardware in the near future, states Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter. Speaking at DICE Europe last week, the outspoken industry expert tackled the issue of the end of the console era, and pointed out that in terms of pure sales figures, this...

News: 3DS Can Last For Another Two To Three Years In The West, Says NIS America Boss

3DS Can Last For Another Two To Three Years In The West, Says NIS America Boss

Takuro Yamashita thinks Nintendo's current handheld still has time left

The next-gen console race is now in full swing, but NIS America president and CEO Takuro Yamashita thinks that the current pair of handheld systems - 3DS and Vita - have some time left before they need replacing. Speaking to MCV at Gamescom, Yamashita said he felt it was the...

Rumour: Nintendo NX Shipping This Time Next Year, 20 Million Sales Targeted In First 12 Months

Nintendo NX Shipping This Time Next Year, 20 Million Sales Targeted In First 12 Months

Foxconn rumoured to be manufacturing the system

It is being reported that Nintendo's next games console - currently known as the Nintendo NX - will launch in July 2016. The source of the report is Taiwanese site DigiTimes, which is claiming that manufacturer Foxconn has won the contract to produce the console. However, it is thought that rival firm...

News: Former Nintendo "Gamemaster" Howard Phillips Joins Mobile Studio GameDuell

Former Nintendo "Gamemaster" Howard Phillips Joins Mobile Studio GameDuell

The bow tie is gone, but the magic remains

Howard Phillips - one of the most recognisable figures in Nintendo's history - has a new job. Phillips - who was once given the nickname "Gamemaster" at Nintendo and was responsible for overseeing many of the hit titles that were released for Nintendo's NES console - has joined Berlin-based GameDuell and...

News: Nintendo Is A Slave To Its Past Success, Says Gearbox President Randy Pitchford

Nintendo Is A Slave To Its Past Success, Says Gearbox President Randy Pitchford

Japanese company needs to reach new customers

During this year's E3, a whole bunch of industry veterans met at the Lunch with Luminaries event. In this yearly talk Gaikai and Shiny founder Dave Perry invites big names for a in-depth discussion about the games industry, and this time around we had Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford, Boss Key...

Talking Point: Is Konami About To Exit The Console Game Business?

Is Konami About To Exit The Console Game Business?

Nintendo's old ally could be leaving the industry it helped to grow

Konami has been in the headlines a lot lately. First up were those troublesome rumours regarding the impending departure of Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear series and arguably the Japanese company's most valuable and famous employee. It would appear that Kojima is set to...

News: Games Consultant Believes Nintendo NX Could Be "The Defining Video Game Controller Of The Smart Device Age"

Games Consultant Believes Nintendo NX Could Be "The Defining Video Game Controller Of The Smart Device Age"

"My belief is that Nintendo is looking for a blue ocean"

Nintendo caused quite a stir when it announced its partnership with Japanese mobile firm DeNA and that it was working on its next hardware platform, dubbed "Nintendo NX". This double-whammy of news was greeted with a positive reaction, not only from the