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News: Miyamoto States That Nintendo Is Sticking With "Revolutionary" Hardware For The Foreseeable Future

Miyamoto States That Nintendo Is Sticking With "Revolutionary" Hardware For The Foreseeable Future

"Unique software can always be realized with unique hardware"

The Wii U's commercial struggles and the massive rise in popularity of smart devices has seen many within the industry predict that Nintendo will go multi-platform sooner rather than later, but Shigeru Miyamoto has poured a large bucket of cold water all over such prophecies in a recent...

News: Shigeru Miyamoto Confidently Outlines Nintendo's Move From Casual To Core

Shigeru Miyamoto Confidently Outlines Nintendo's Move From Casual To Core

"People take games for granted now"

The Wii and DS consoles were systems which achieved incredible global success and marked Nintendo's shift from "core" players to a much larger market, dubbed "casual gamers". Titles like Wii Sports, Wii Fit and Brain Training made gamers of people who had historically never taken any interest in interactive...

News: You Can't Count Nintendo Out, Says Activision CEO

You Can't Count Nintendo Out, Says Activision CEO

"They've been through rough hardware cycles before"

We all know the Wii U is struggling right now, but Nintendo still has plenty of tricks up its sleeve — yesterday's Mario Kart 8 DLC announcement being proof of that — and it would appear that the wider industry feels the same way, too. Speaking to Examiner, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg has...

News: Wii U Purchasing Intent Increases By Half In The Wake Of Strong E3 Showing

Wii U Purchasing Intent Increases By Half In The Wake Of Strong E3 Showing

Another spin on the "Nintendo wins E3" debate

A recent survey commissioned by IHS in partnership with Gamer Network has revealed that Nintendo's strong showing at E3 caused a massive spike in purchasing intent for the Wii U. Around a thousand core gamers were quizzed on various purchase intentions before and after the event. The Wii U began E3 as...

News: Sony: PS4 Is "Welcoming Back" Wii Owners Who Skipped PS3 And 360 Last Gen

Sony: PS4 Is "Welcoming Back" Wii Owners Who Skipped PS3 And 360 Last Gen

Remastered PS3 classics are tempting Wii owners, says Sony's Andrew House

Wii owners who decided against buying a PS3 or 360 are flocking to the PS4 in droves, according to Sony Computer Entertainment boss Andrew House. Speaking to Eurogamer at the recent Develop conference in the UK, House echoed recent statements made by Sony Worldwide Studios...

News: Sony's Shuhei Yoshida Says Nintendo Provides Balance In An Industry Obsessed With Military Shooters

Sony's Shuhei Yoshida Says Nintendo Provides Balance In An Industry Obsessed With Military Shooters

Titles like Splatoon offer an alternative

Sony's president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida has always had good words to say about Nintendo — he owns not one but two Wii U consoles, after all. He shows no sign of giving up his amiable relationship with the Kyoto firm, and has made some very positive noises in a recent interview with

News: Nintendo To Keep Focus as an "Entertainment Business", Even With Upcoming Quality of Life Platform

Nintendo To Keep Focus as an "Entertainment Business", Even With Upcoming Quality of Life Platform

Shigeru Miyamoto - "Human beings have an instinctual love of games"

While a number of Nintendo gamers and observers will have reacted to Nintendo's Quality of Life platform announcement earlier this year with curiosity and wondered what it could mean, there was a substantial group that expressed concern. The reasoning was simple — if Nintendo...

News: Nintendo Highlights Hundreds of Developers Working on Games for Wii U and 3DS

Nintendo Highlights Hundreds of Developers Working on Games for Wii U and 3DS

The Wii U eShop is strongest in the US

As you may be aware, Nintendo recently hosted The 74th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, in which company management provides presentations to its shareholders and answers a number of questions — Satoru Iwata was unable to attend. The official transcript of that meeting has been published, which...

News: Iwata's Approval Rating Rises While Miyamoto's Drops Slightly

Iwata's Approval Rating Rises While Miyamoto's Drops Slightly

Small shifts across the board

The results from Nintendo's AGM are in, and as we already know, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata isn't going anywhere — his approval rating has actually risen over the past year by 3 percent. Last year, his rating was 77.26 percent, but this year's figure is a slightly better 80.64 percent. However, this rise was...

News: EA Explains Why It's Abandoning Dedicated Handhelds For Smartphones And Tablets

EA Explains Why It's Abandoning Dedicated Handhelds For Smartphones And Tablets

"You have to make some hard calls when you've got only so many people"

EA's support for Nintendo platforms is pretty lacking in general right now, but the 3DS and Wii U aren't the only systems the publisher is turning its back on — it has all but retreated from the dedicated portable console market, instead choosing to put its efforts into the...

News: Miyamoto Thinks That Nintendo Are in a Genre of Their Own

Miyamoto Thinks That Nintendo Are in a Genre of Their Own

“I really think there needs to be a Nintendo genre"

Legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto recently did an interview with the LA Times where he discussed Nintendo's focus on creating games which entertain, as opposed to simply trying to be "cool". He even went on to say that Nintendo should have a genre of their own. Nintendo isn’t one...

News: Satoru Iwata Reigns Supreme in Annual Shareholders Meeting

Satoru Iwata Reigns Supreme in Annual Shareholders Meeting

Business as usual

Nintendo's 74th annual general meeting (AGM) for shareholders took place today in Japan and we can confirm that Satoru Iwata has retained his position as Nintendo's president. Iwata of course was not present at today's meeting due to his recovery from recent surgery. We are yet to learn what this year's investor approval rating...

News: Nintendo Looking To Grow Wii U Audience To Tempt Back Third Parties

Nintendo Looking To Grow Wii U Audience To Tempt Back Third Parties

"We're in for the long haul in gaming"

One of the most common complaints we hear from Wii U owners is the lack of third party support for the system — aside from a handful of publishers, most of the big names working in the industry have all but abandoned Nintendo's system, presumably due to the lack of earning potential. Nintendo is aware that...

News: Nintendo Needs To Cut Wii U Cost To Capitalise On Mario Kart 8 Success, Says Ubisoft CEO

Nintendo Needs To Cut Wii U Cost To Capitalise On Mario Kart 8 Success, Says Ubisoft CEO

"Nintendo has to perform this year, otherwise they will have less games"

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has passed judgement on the Wii U's future in an interview with CVG, stating that the Japanese firm needs to get more machines into homes if it wants to remain a key player in the market. Guillemot — whose company has supported the Wii U perhaps...

News: Capcom Could Be Up For Sale After Shareholders Reject Anti-Takeover Plan

Capcom Could Be Up For Sale After Shareholders Reject Anti-Takeover Plan

Yoshinori Ono also resigns from Capcom Vancouver

Since 2008, Japanese developer Capcom has had a takeover defence plan in place to stop the company from being bought out by other parties, and this has been renewed every two years since. It outlined several options for the company should it be faced by a potential large-scale share investor, and one...

News: Developers Weigh In On The Way Forward For Wii U

Developers Weigh In On The Way Forward For Wii U

"The system plays host to a bunch of great, very unique games"

Following Nintendo's E3 exploits, we now have a greater idea of what content is coming to the Wii U in the remainder of 2014 and beyond. It was an event with some genuine surprises, combined with expected details, and laid out the path for the system — GamePad included — for the...

News: Infinity Ward Merges With Neversoft To Form Super Studio, Retains Infinity Ward Name

Infinity Ward Merges With Neversoft To Form Super Studio, Retains Infinity Ward Name

Still no official word on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on Wii U

Neversoft, the developer behind the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series, has merged with Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward to form a brand new "super studio". A memo written by CEO of Activision Publishing Eric Hirshberg — and subsequently obtained by Giant Bomb — outlines the deal:...

News: GameStop Plans to Close Around 120 Stores in the Coming Year

GameStop Plans to Close Around 120 Stores in the Coming Year

Moving into a "GameStop 3.0" era, apparently

Earlier this week GameStop hosted its 2014 Investor Day, at which it outlined some core business plans for the coming year. What does that mean for gamers? Less stores, basically. It's not a mass closure, but the company is clearly looking to streamline its business — it's planning to close 120-130...