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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...

News: Nintendo Issues a Statement on Its Foxconn Under-Age Workers Investigation

Nintendo Issues a Statement on Its Foxconn Under-Age Workers Investigation

Confirms violation and further on-site inspections

Last week there was some unpleasant news that Nintendo was forced to confront, with the revelations that manufacturing partner Foxconn employed under-age interns to manufacture Wii U. Foxconn accepted responsibility and admitted that under-age employees had been hired and subsequently released,...

News: Nintendo Targets 5.5 Million Wii U Sales This Financial Year

Nintendo Targets 5.5 Million Wii U Sales This Financial Year

All before April

Earlier today we brought you the news that Nintendo had cut its profit projections due to half-year results, with the overall picture being one of disappointment if not disaster. One of the reasons for this was lower than expected 3DS sales, with six months worth of results showing around five million unit sales, leaving Nintendo...

Talking Point: The Message in "I'm Not a Gamer" Commercials

The Message in "I'm Not a Gamer" Commercials

Word-play, or hiding from being a gamer?

A little over a month ago we mentioned a new series of commercials that Nintendo was planning to run, which it described as the "Play As You Are" campaign. The goal of these adverts was to show "how all kinds of women and young girls can explore their interests and express their individuality using the...

News: Nintendo Cuts Profit Projections After Half-Year Results

Nintendo Cuts Profit Projections After Half-Year Results

Losses continue to fall despite weaker than expected 3DS sales

Despite all of the hype and excitement currently around Nintendo and the upcoming launch of Wii U, in addition to its efforts to improve its download platforms and more, the company's been working against a backdrop of difficult financial results. Earlier this year Nintendo had to report...

News: MCV: Wii U Is A Stopgap System, Real Successor Is Still To Come

MCV: Wii U Is A Stopgap System, Real Successor Is Still To Come

"It was never intended as a next generation console"

Video game trade site MCV Pacific has posted an interesting opinion piece which speculates that the Wii U is merely a stopgap to lift Nintendo's flagging fortunes following the false start of the 3DS (in the west, at least) and plummeting Wii sales. The Wii U hasn't been given a new moniker,...

News: Business Insider: Wii U Is The Most Fun I've Had With A Game Console, Ever

Business Insider: Wii U Is The Most Fun I've Had With A Game Console, Ever

Glowing praise from an unlikely source

As the Nintendo-loving world waits with bated breath for the Wii U to launch and various skeptics pour scorn over its chances, it would appear that the new format has unequivocal support from one sector of the market, at least. Business Insider's Dylan Love got some hands-on time with the new console at a...

News: Under-Age Workers Allegedly Worked on Wii U Manufacturing

Under-Age Workers Allegedly Worked on Wii U Manufacturing

The latest controversy for Foxconn

If you own a number of gadgets and gizmos from major companies such as Apple, Sony and Microsoft, it's in all likelihood been manufactured by Foxconn, based primarily in China. The reason we can buy technology at affordable prices isn't just because of cheaper parts and research, but due to low-paid labour in...