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News: Analysts Believe Wii U Will Be Put To The Test Come Summertime

Analysts Believe Wii U Will Be Put To The Test Come Summertime

Will Nintendo keep momentum?

As Nintendo of America’s Scott Moffitt pointed out recently, the response to Wii U has been nothing short of “phenomenal” as its North American launch date draws ever closer. Research firm IHS Screen Digest expects Nintendo to shift 3.5 million Wii U units worldwide by the end of December, meanwhile, which even...

Feature: Shigeru Miyamoto - The Father of Modern Video Games

Shigeru Miyamoto - The Father of Modern Video Games

An era unlike any other

Today is Shigeru Miyamoto's 60th birthday, a key personal landmark but also one that should be celebrated in broader terms by the gaming industry. Miyamoto's well-known description as the "father of modern video games" isn't just casually applied praise, it's a title that's deserved and has genuine significance. Nintendo's...

News: Wii U Holiday Sales Projected to Exceed Wii Launch

Wii U Holiday Sales Projected to Exceed Wii Launch

Four year sales expected to be lower, though

With Wii U set to arrive, and Nintendo needing a strong performance to appease shareholders, market analysts are inevitably checking various sources of data and making their predictions on the system's outlook. The latest to do so is research firm IHS Screen Digest, with projections that bring good and...

News: Yasumi Matsuno Steps Away From Level-5

Yasumi Matsuno Steps Away From Level-5

Taking a well deserved - but not permanent - break

It has been announced that Yatsumi Matsuno has left Level-5, the developers behind the Professor Layton series. Matsuno tweeted to his followers that he was retiring from the company due to personal reasons which he didn't state. Matsuno had only joined Level-5 in June last year and had been...

News: Ubisoft: Wii U Stock Apparently Being Focused on US

Ubisoft: Wii U Stock Apparently Being Focused on US

Tense times for Europe?

Earlier today we reported that UK retailer GAME is bracing for a Wii U sell out, admitting that stock will be "tight on day one". This is a theme occurring regularly, with reports a couple of weeks ago of potential Wii U stock shortages in the UK, and the rather common knowledge that pre-orders are sold out at many US...

News: Miyamoto Working to Encourage More Wii U Third-Party Developers

Miyamoto Working to Encourage More Wii U Third-Party Developers

"I am trying to meet with the game developers individually"

One of the big challenges facing Nintendo and its Wii U system is to encourage more third-party developers to commit to major projects on the system. While Wii had a diverse library — perhaps more so than many think — it arguably lacked a lot of big-hitting titles from third-parties...

Talking Point: Splinter Cell Director Doubts Triple-A Gaming's Future

Splinter Cell Director Doubts Triple-A Gaming's Future

"Lower-case aaa" may take over

While it's easy to get tangled up in technicalities when it comes to the graphical prowess of Wii U, one thing is 99% certain: the successors to Xbox 360 and PS3 will be more powerful, from a graphical standpoint. Whether or not the Wii U matches or surpasses the existing HD systems in this respect — it will take...

News: Number-Crunching Reveals That Nintendo's Handheld Market Is "Stable"

Number-Crunching Reveals That Nintendo's Handheld Market Is "Stable"

3DS matching the sales performance of both the GBA and Nintendo DS

Lots of industry experts are arguing that the expansion of mobile phone and tablet gaming is having an impact on the fortunes of dedicated games consoles like the 3DS, but Gamasutra's Matt Matthews has taken a closer look at the figures and found that the truth is somewhat different...

News: Wii Owners: Microsoft Wants You To Buy The Xbox 360 This Holiday Season

Wii Owners: Microsoft Wants You To Buy The Xbox 360 This Holiday Season

"I can't think of a better console for them to choose" says Microsoft manager

With the Wii U launching this month, you might assume that most Nintendo fans are saving up their pennies and getting very excited indeed about the new console. However, Microsoft's general manager of Interactive Entertainment product marketing Matt Barlow believes that...

News: Nintendo Direct Broadcasts Attracting Around One Million Viewers

Nintendo Direct Broadcasts Attracting Around One Million Viewers

Videos proving popular with both core and casual players

The investor Q&A Nintendo held recently is throwing up all kinds of interesting stories. We already know that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata is warming to the idea of smartphones and has intentionally held back Wii U launch titles, and we now have some illuminating figures relating to the...

News: Nintendo Is Holding Back Wii U Titles To Maintain Momentum Into 2013

Nintendo Is Holding Back Wii U Titles To Maintain Momentum Into 2013

"We realize the biggest challenge is to make sure that Wii U sells well even in the next year"

Talking in an investor's Q&A, Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata has revealed that the company has intentionally held back certain Wii U launch titles to ensure that sales remain robust well into 2013. He said: If you look at how pre-orders are...

News: Assassin's Creed III Micro-Transactions Sneak Into View

Assassin's Creed III Micro-Transactions Sneak Into View

Wii U inclusion yet to be confirmed

Assassin's Creed III is one of the most high-profile multi-platform titles that'll be on store shelves for Wii U's launch. Nintendo gamers can look forward to a number of blockbuster hits that never saw the light of day on Wii, but at the same time these games may introduce one less-popular part of modern gaming:...

News: Insider Reports Suggest That Focus On Eternal Darkness 2 Has Crippled Silicon Knights

Insider Reports Suggest That Focus On Eternal Darkness 2 Has Crippled Silicon Knights

Less than five staffers remain

After the critical disaster that was X-Men Destiny, things were looking pretty bleak for developer Silicon Knights. However, a recent report by Kotaku — based on interviews with former staff members — reveals just how bad things have become. The studio is believed to have less than five employees, including company...

Talking Point: The Challenges When Writing About Games

The Challenges When Writing About Games

Harder than it sounds

Various members of the Nintendo Life writing team will have seen one major issue clogging up their Twitter timelines in the past 24 hours, and it revolved around questions at the forefront of what we do: writing about video games. Video game writers often debate the whole practice of what you see on this site and many others,...

News: GameStop Kids Store Launches, 80 More Planned

GameStop Kids Store Launches, 80 More Planned

Mario and Pokémon plushes a-hoy!

Are you tired of going into a video game store and seeing M-rated games covering the shelves, with rows and rows of box covers full of guns and snarling faces? Help is at hand, if you live in the U.S. near Grapevine Mills Mall in TX, as there's a new GameStop Kids store in town. The first of a new range of 80 stores...

News: Nintendo Download Sales Increase With 3DS

Nintendo Download Sales Increase With 3DS

Online connectivity rate also on the rise

With plenty of information coming out of Nintendo's recent financial results and briefings, one particularly positive outcome is confirmation that the company's download sales are increasing for the first time since 2010. Considering the fact that Wii and DSi are on the decline due to newer systems, the...

News: Wii U Stock Shortage Reports Surface in UK

Wii U Stock Shortage Reports Surface in UK

Everyone stay calm

Although there are a fair share of nay-sayers and doubters surrounding Wii U and its long term prospects for success, there seems to be little doubt that it'll have a strong launch. Pre-orders are sold out at various retailers in the US, for example, while GAME told us a month ago that UK pre-orders are exceeding expectations. The...

News: Pachter Pours Scorn Over Wii U Sales Projections

Pachter Pours Scorn Over Wii U Sales Projections

"Disappointing and unrealistic"

Whenever there are Nintendo-related sales figures to be discussed and dissected, you can almost guarantee that games industry analyst Michael Pachter will have some wisdom to impart. Nintendo recently proclaimed that it intended to shift 5.5 million Wii U consoles before April 2013, along with 24 million units of...