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News: Rising Star Games To Open American Office

Rising Star Games To Open American Office

Rising in the West

Popular European publisher Rising Star Games has revealed it's to open an office in California. The company has also formed Rising Star Games Digital, a — wait for it — digital publishing division for the ever-growing download market. RSG hasn't revealed any digital plans for Nintendo formats, but said recently it will continue to release games on Nintendo platforms. Coming..

News: Nintendo Expects To Make a Loss in FY 2011

Nintendo Expects To Make a Loss in FY 2011

It's tough out there

Even though the 3DS has hit 15 million sales worldwide, it's not been enough to help Nintendo post a profit, with the company expecting to post an operating loss of 45,000 million Yen in this financial year. Nintendo revised its financial expectations this morning as follows: Net sales — revised down from 790,000m Yen to...

News: Dawn Paine to Leave Nintendo UK

Dawn Paine to Leave Nintendo UK

Fond farewell

Nintendo UK's long-serving marketing director Dawn Paine is leaving the company. Paine has served ten years at Nintendo, during which she oversaw the marketing campaigns for Wii, DS and 3DS, as well as games phenomena including Wii Fit Plus and Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training, among others. Paine leaves Nintendo to join Universal...

News: Industry Analysts: 3DS is Bouncing Back

Industry Analysts: 3DS is Bouncing Back

But there's still work to be done

We may only just be embarking on a new year, but reports are already surfacing that the 3DS enjoyed a positive holiday period, particularly with the news that over four million 3DS consoles have been sold in the United States. With the recent boom of sales in Japan, it's clear that the handheld is enjoying its most...

News: Millions of Wii Games Pirated in 2011

Millions of Wii Games Pirated in 2011

Mario left all at sea

The Wii may be in its twilight years, but a large number of its retail titles are still being being downloaded and played illegally. Website TorrentFreak compiled figures of downloads in 2011 from a number of sources and trackers, providing results for three major formats, though these are estimates rather than official...

News: Nintendo Faces More Calls to Embrace Mobile

Nintendo Faces More Calls to Embrace Mobile

Everyone's in on the act

Andy Payne, chairman of UK Interactive Entertainment — the UK's games industry trade association — is the latest in a long line of industry notables to call on Nintendo to create games for smartphones. Speaking at Liverpool's Develop conference, Payne spoke in response to an audience statement that platform exclusivity...

News: Investors Urge Nintendo to Develop for Smartphones

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...

News: Amoebattle Featured in Indie Showcase Top Ten

Amoebattle Featured in Indie Showcase Top Ten

Only Nintendo game nominated

Real-time strategy game Amoebattle is evolving onto DSiWare later this year, and it's already lined up in a high-profile indie games showcase this month. The Develop Expo's Indie Showcase highlights the best independent studios in the world, with Intrinsic Games featuring alongside nine other teams. Amoebattle is also the only game developed for a Nintendo platform to..

News: Iwata: "Difficult to Launch Hardware Close to Its Announcement"

Iwata: "Difficult to Launch Hardware Close to Its Announcement"

The timing of the 3DS and Wii U is certainly debatable

Everyone loves a bit of gossip, and what better gossip is there in the video game industry than what new consoles are capable of? That appears to be one of Nintendo's main problems when it's in the process of unveiling new hardware. Like the company and its products or not, many are interested in the way Nintendo moves. During the 71st annual..

News: Nintendo Invests 16 Billion Yen in Kyoto R&D Building

Nintendo Invests 16 Billion Yen in Kyoto R&D Building

Got to spend money to make money!

Japanese news publication Nikkan has recently reported on Nintendo's new Kyoto, Japan facility and the amount of investment the company has put into the project. As translated by Andriasang, Nintendo is investing ¥16billion (approximately $204million or £127million) into the new building which will be situated at Kyoto's Minami Ward, occupying a 40,582 square..

News: Yasumi Matsuno's Gaming Skills Have Reached Level-5

Yasumi Matsuno's Gaming Skills Have Reached Level-5

Just the right kind of experience

This week's issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu contains an interview with Yasumi Matsuno, a former staff member at Square Enix who now finds himself under the employment of Professor Layton studio Level-5. As translated by Andriasang, the video game designer with acclaimed titles such as Vagrant Story, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, Final Fantasy:..

News: WayForward Founder Speaking at Westwood College on 25th June

WayForward Founder Speaking at Westwood College on 25th June

Voldi leads the Way

WayForward is one of the most prolific producers of games for Nintendo handhelds, from licensed titles like Thor on DS to downloadable gems like Shantae: Risky's Revenge and Mighty Milky Way. The studio's founder and Tyrannical Overlord, Voldi Way, is set to speak at California's Westwood College on 25th June, and all for free. The "3rd Annual Gathering of Video Game..

News: Sony President Thinks 3DS is Just an Updated DS

Sony President Thinks 3DS is Just an Updated DS

Aside from the 3D, same old same old, apparently

It seems Sony executives still don't appear too wowed by Nintendo's 3DS, despite both sides acknowledging that different demographics are being targeted by each company's handheld system. Is this a lack of sportsmanship, or a genuine lack of excitement? Sony Computer Entertainment president Shuhei...

News: How Retro Studios Achieved Backing from Nintendo

How Retro Studios Achieved Backing from Nintendo

Simple in theory, anything but in practice

Nintendo has a brand image that's as solid as a rock, so what does it take for an independant studio to get backing from the company and the opportunity to develop games based on its IPs for its consoles? Retro Studios president Michael Kelbaugh highlights a few qualities needed to do just that. During a Gamasutra interview, Kelbaugh spoke about how Retro..

News: 16-Shot Legend Takahashi Meijin Leaves Hudson

16-Shot Legend Takahashi Meijin Leaves Hudson

No parting shots

Takahashi Meijin, known to many as Master Higgins or as the master of rapid fire button-tapping, has announced he is leaving Hudson after nearly 30 years at the company. Joining the company in 1982, Takahashi rose to prominence for his ability to fire 16 shots per second in Hudson's Star Soldier, a skill that led to the creation of a specific practice tool, the 16 Shot! Shooting..

News: Are We Nearing the End of Consoles? Nintendo Thinks Not

Are We Nearing the End of Consoles? Nintendo Thinks Not

Nintendo's director of PR thinks consoles are too unique to die off

Fox News recently ran a story in which it suggests the traditional home console may soon be losing its place in our home as consumer demands evolve and smartphones provide deeper gaming experiences . Well, it starts off with a rather bold statement claiming that "the end is near" for games consoles, which is immediately..

News: PlatinumGames President Saddened by Decline of New Ideas

PlatinumGames President Saddened by Decline of New Ideas

Pledges to bring smiles back

Japanese developer PlatinumGames has been responsible for some pretty innovative games over the past five years: Wii gorefest MadWorld and DS space RPG Infinite Space for Nintendo's formats, as well as the superlative Bayonetta and Vanquish for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Five years in and not a sequel in sight, PlatinumGames is something of an anomaly in the current..