Industry - News

March2007

  • News Wii To Utilize IGN/Gamespy Online Technology

    Nintendo have today announced that the Wii will use the same technology as the Nintendo DS for online play.

    "This partnership will expand our wireless community of players on Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection," says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "Millions of Nintendo DS users have already logged on using GameSpy's technology, and now Wii owners will be able to do the same..

  • News Nintendo Picks Up Game Developers Choice Awards

    Shigeru Miyamoto receives the Lifetime Achievement Award along with other gongs for game design and writing.

    The night before Shiggy's keynote, a jury of industry professionals have honored Nintendo with Game Developers Choice Awards for innovation and game design for Wii Sports, which comes packed with Nintendo's hot-selling new Wii home system. Nintendo also won an award for writing for The..

  • News Shigeru Miyamoto Comments On Sony Home And 360

    Sony announced their "Home" service recently, a system that allows you to take control of an interactive human and interact in a digital world.

    Shigeru Miyamoto said: “Nintendo years ago considered and rejected the type of approach Sony is now taking. Clearly Nintendo’s Miis have become a cultural phenomenon in their own right, appealing well beyond the traditional core gamer audience, and the..

  • News Shigeru Miyamoto Address Game Developers Conference

    Today Nintendo-san Miyamoto shared his "Creative Vision" as he gave his Keynote speech at the 2007 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

    Miymoto started off by announcing that his speech would be "a very different kind of keynote, a personal experience" and boy was he right, he even showed a bunch of his own photos using the Photo Channel on the Wii console, first off showing his very own..

  • News Wii Winning The Console War?

    Market research firm IDC predict Wii to be the market leader this coming fiscal year.

    Those number monkey's over at GamesIndustry.biz have reported on a.. report.. by a "Market Research Firm" (aka Fortune Tellers) whom have predicted Wii to be the slight market share leader (over one third) for the coming year. "IDC believes hardware shipments of Nintendo's Wii will capture a little more than..

  • News Reggie Talks Apple Merger

    The stuff dreams are made of for all the shiny white plastic manufacturers around the world.

    It's been a soft rumour for quite a while now, ever since we saw the first pictures of the gleaming white Wii console, Nintendo merging with Apple, Apple buying Nintendo, Steve Jobs appearing on the Nintendo stage at E3... alas its all pure geek speculation. Aussie Nintendo have reported on an interview..

February2007

  • News GameCube Support Is Over

    In other news from the Kaplan interview it has been confirmed that Nintendo will now cease to support their GameCube console.

    And although the first party support has officially ended - Kaplan believes there is still a strong market for the GameCube system: "... just like the PS2 sold really well this past holiday, GameCube is a great starter system - price, ease, games, cost of games. Every..

  • News Nintendo Wii > XBOX 360 > PS3

    Sales data for January has revealed that the Nintendo Wii is totally eclipsing it's competitors in terms of hardware sales at the moment.

    The Nintendo Wii sold 436,000 units in January compared to the XBOX 360's 294,000 and PS3's 244,000 according to preliminary NPD data. The NPD data was released by Microsoft and has not yet been officially confirmed however a Microsoft representative had to say..

  • News Tomy Vs. Ninendo

    It has been customary to track the sales figures of Nintendo consoles against that of Sony ones to learn of which company is king of the consoles.

    However, today has seen some talk from toy manufacturers Tomy who have suggested Nintendo is shrinking the toy market. The company has cut its annual profit forecast from 5 billion yen to 1.7 billion yen - a substancial drop. They say the cut is due to..

  • News Fanboys: EA Say "Buy 360 And/Or Wii, Skip The PS3."

    I'm not one to create speculation over which console is the best. As far as I am concerned NintendoLife.com is 100% unbiased and all of us here keep an open mind about the latest video games and consoles.

    However the question does always ponder as to whether people within the actual industry (so developers, publishers and the such) have meaningful opinions? The noises heading out of EA HQ are,..

  • News Capcom: "Nintendo Is For Teh Kids, Lol."

    Nintendo has always been perceived to have an overly "kiddy" image but recent announcements about Mamhunt 2 and other such mature games looked set to straighten the record about Nintendos image.

    Cue Capcoms senior director of strategy to get his 15 minutes of fame: "If there is a “core player base” on Wii, within two years, it will be largely a younger player (far younger than 360 or..

January2007

  • News Nintendo Controller Wins Emmy Award

    No, not the Wii but the NES controller! Nintendo's "D-Pad" shaped a next generation of games.

    Nintendo has been awarded an Emmy for the original D-Pad on its Nintendo Entertainment System which debeted over 22 years ago in 1985. "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has awarded Nintendo an Emmy® Award for its invention of the plus-shaped D-pad, one in a long string of Nintendo's..

  • News Nintendo Attracts Indy Developers

    Small time start up developers such as "Twelve Interactive" are flocking over to Wii.

    Although it might be safe for Sony and Microsoft to attract the multi-million dollar developments, it seems Nintendo's simpler and more innovative system is attracting the smaller developers, who often create something new. "Leading Italian game developer, Twelve Interactive has announced that it has become a..

  • News Wii Sales Continue To Surge Into The New Year

    Japan sees increased sales of the Wii, easily the "console of the moment".

    With stocks being replenished the Japanese market has had fantastic sales over the past week with 280,000 units sold in the last 7 days in Japan alone. "With the latest figures, Nintendo sits on the cusp of selling its millionth Wii console in Japan. To Dec. 24, a total of 824,311 units have been sold, putting the..

December2006

  • News Nintendo NOT Recalling Wrist Straps

    Internet wild fire causes a problem again, Nintendo will replace broken straps but its certainly not a product recall.

    It amazes me that professional media sites can get it so wrong, Nintendo have yesterday announced that they will replace any broken wrist straps free of charge but should not be considered a product recall (when a company asks specifically for people to return the product). Here's..

  • News Europe Snaps Up 325,000 Wiis In Just 2 Days

    Nintendo boast about their highly successful product launch across Europe.

    It's going to be a good Christmas period for Nintendo, possibly their best for over a decade. Wii has sold extremely strongly in all regions with many more people still trying to get their hands on a console. Even the PR writers have lost it and start using Wii-puns. 'Tis the season to be jolly. "Wii made its highly..

  • News Record Breaker!

    Wii sets a UK record, fastest selling console of all time.

    The UK arm our favourite Japanese gaming mecha, Nintendo, has announced that over 105,000 Wii consoles were sold over launch weekend, a new record. The previous record was last year when the Xbox 360 sold 70,000 on its launch weekend. What's funny is that apparently Nintendo sold over 110,000 DS units over the same period! Zelda: Twilight..

  • News Wii Excels In The US

    Zelda reaches sales of 410,000 copies in the US, 87% of Wii owners snapping it up on launch day.

    Nintendo announce the sales figures for the first 8 days of Wii in the US, selling 600,000 with a total of 1,000,000 to be available by the end of 2006. "In only the first seven days of availability after its Nov. 19 launch, Wii sold nearly half a million systems in the United States alone (as..

  • News EA Acquires New Plant Solely For Wii Production

    Electronic Arts are said to make or break a console depending on how much third party support they provide. so it can only be good news that they have acquired Utah-based Headgate Studios purely for Wii production.

    EA has previously worked with Headgate Studios on an external contract basis but after six years the video game giant has finally snapped up the company and is focusing it on development..

  • News Wii Hits One Million Sales As Japan Welcome The Revolution

    As Wii is unleashed onto the Japanese market more than 1000 gamers were reported to be outside various Tokyo stores as they awaited the opening of shops.

    Nintendo made 400,000 consoles into the Japanese market which meant that a lot of gamers were left empty handed as demand far outstripped supply. This means we can conclude that coupled with Nintendo's statement of the Wii selling over 600,000..

November2006

  • News DS Top Platform In 2006

    Figures from UK game-research outlet Chart Track have shown the DS to be the number one choice of gaming hardware in 2006 - beating stiff competition from the likes of the Playstation 2 and XBOX 360.

    According to Chart Track a total of 2 million consumers in the UK are now kitted out with a Nintendo DS unit. This really has been a mammoth month so...

  • News Reggie Acts Cool Again

    Now lets get this straight from the start: everything Reggie Fils-Aime says is cool. Got that? Right, then I'll carry on telling you what he says about the Wii hardware sales.

    The Nintendo of America president has said today that Nintendo are on track to ship 4 million Nintendo Wii units by the end of the year - and could even exceed that figure. Speaking at the Reuters Media Summit he said:..

  • News EBay Sales Figures For Wii & PS3

    Internet auction site eBay have released figures of the amount of PS3's and Wii's sold in the first 7 days after launch.

    It was pretty much expected after the whole Xbox 360 thing that alot of PS3 and Wii consoles would appear on eBay, but exactly how many were there? It seems the auction site saw nearly 30,000 of each console over the launch period. "From November 19 through November 24,..

  • News More Wii Success

    With the jubilation of Nintendo's official sales figures today came some pretty interesting media quotes and statistics outlining exactly how the Nintendo Wii is a step ahead of its competition.

    American Research Analyst P.J. McNealy commented on the Nintendo Wii's launch: "Nintendo's launch has been probably a little better than expected and Sony's has been a little bit more..

  • News Wii Success

    If we didn't already know, Nintendo made it official, Wii's launch is a success state side.

    It's been almost 10 days since the Wii launched on November 19th, everyone's first indications are good and the launch has been deemed a success. With Nintendo selling a Wii almost 1 per second since launch, Reggie proclaims "Including just first-party software and accessory sales, Wii instantly has become a..

  • News Wii's Competition

    Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 12 months, you'll probably already know all about the Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3, if not we've compiled a brief guide to get you started.

    Every single time a new console gets released, the industry gets caught up in the “Next Generation” buzz-phrase. What does it actually mean? Generally...

  • News Disney Open Dedicated Nintendo Games Studio

    Animation giant Disney is set to open a new games development studio specifically for Wii and DS.

    Whilst Disney aren't particularly well known for making "great" games, obviously the Wii's popularity amoung its developers is growing, so much so that Disney want to see more Wii titles in its catalog. "Disney’s gaming division, Buena Vista Game, has announced that it’s opening a new studio..

  • News Wii Wins Popular Science Grand Award

    Nintendo's new console wins a "Best of Whats New 2006" award from Popular Science magazine.

    Awarded in the "Home Entertainment" category, the "Grand Award" shows that Nintendo have some something right. What many considered as a "gimmick" is already receiving critical acclaim around the world. "Remember when videogames were fun? When the controllers had only a couple buttons and you didn’t..

  • News Wii Demand Grows

    Reggie expects a Wii success as we draw closer to the US launch in just over two weeks.

    Nintendo is mobilizing the largest worldwide video game console launch in at least a decade, with approximately 4 million Wii™ systems available globally during the six weeks between Wii's Nov. 19 launch in the Americas and the end of 2006. "Although the largest share of that worldwide allotment will go..

October2006

  • News Street Fighter Returns To The Big Screen

    Rumour has it that the Street Fighter franchise is set to return to the silver screen, 14 years after the original flop.

    Film site Empire has the lead, claiming that the movie already has a script and should reach cinemas by 2008! "Street Fighter is returning to make another assault on our senses, but instead of planning a follow-up to the frankly pants 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme action..

  • News Nintendo Brand To Take A Backseat?

    What's the strategy? It seems Nintendo might be having a bit of a branding rethink with its Wii console.

    If you've kept your ear to the ground in past months, you'll know that Nintendo want you to refer to the new system simply as "Wii", not "Nintendo Wii". It's a little bit of a change in tactics for Nintendo, whom seem to like plastering their name all over its products, don't forget the Nintendo..

  • News Wii Marketing In Full Swing

    With only a month until the US launch, Nintendo are starting to push the Wii brand across the globe.

    Flickr member "branille" recently posted a photograph of Nintendo's impressive advert in Time Square's Toys R Us store in New York. Nintendo have also announced a aggressive marketing campaign in Europe, a region which is somewhat neglected by the games industry as a whole. The company is set to..

  • News Factor 5 Not Liking Wii?

    Star Wars: Rouge Squadron developer "disappointed" with Wii hardware, dubbed "Gamecube 1.5"

    Reported today by CVG, an interview with Factor 5 from this months EGM has seen the developer voice their disappointment in the Wii hardware. "Factor 5, currently developing Lair for the PS3, deemed the Wii a "GameCube 1.5" in reference to its relatively similar technical specifications, also..

  • News Sony Blamed For Lik-Sang Closure

    Hong Kong based company Lik-Sang.com has ceased trading citing Sony as its main reason.

    The popular gaming website today posted the news on its homepage over at Lik-Sang.com explaining the situation and why it has to close its doors. "As of today, Lik-Sang.com will not be in the position to accept any new orders and will cancel and refund all existing orders that have already been placed..

  • News Japanese Analysts Announces Their Forecast

    A Japanese game-magazine publisher recently had a peek into their magic crystal ball to predict the future of console gaming. Too bad we don't have one of those around here, but lucky for us, the analysts were kind enough to tell us what the future brings.

    Apparently, analysts have a rare gift that let them see into the future and predict what's going to happen, maybe they were born with it, or..

  • News DS Market Dominance

    Nintendo celebrate the success of the Nintendo DS in the United States helping the industry grow over 11% this year.

    According to Nintendo the DS is reaching a new gaming audience of both women and older generations with such games like those featured in the "Touch! Generations" series of games. "Through September's end, the U.S. industry overall shows revenue growth of 11 percent when..

  • News Wii Is AiLive

    Nintendo announces a partnership with American AI company AiLive to bring Wii developers a very useful piece of motion capture software.

    Ever wondered how the games developers programed the Wii mote to recognise your hands movement? Turns out, they don't have to! Nintendo have partnered with AiLive's "LiveMove" software that teaches the Wii what to look for in a particular movement. "The Wii..

  • News Miyamoto Says The Wii Hardware Is Basically A GC

    Shigeru Miyamoto recently made a very interesting statement, in a recent interview with gamebrink.com, he said that Nintendo's upcoming gaming system is nothing more than an upgraded Gamecube.

    "The hardware is basically a Gamecube. We've upgraded our development tools to new versions but, you can still use Gamecube programs as they are. With that in mind, I thought we could remake Gamecube titles..

  • News Cube Games Region Locked On Wii

    Eurogamer's recently had the chance to speak to Nintendo UK about some more of the specifics relating to the region locking of the Wii.

    A nintendo spokesperson has told Eurogamer that the Wii will be region locked when playing GCN games. So if you imported your GCN games, you will have to get an imported Wii to play them. Nintendo also confirmed that the Virtual Console will in fact have region..

  • News Cardboard DS Boxes

    Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg get hit by plastic case shortage.

    The three northern European countries have had a small number of first party titles switched to cardboard cases due to the shortage of normal plastic ones! "A statement from officials at Nintendo of Benelux (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg) indicates that a shortage in plastic cases means that the packaging for a..

September2006

  • News Wii Opera Browser Free Until June 2007

    Good news for early adopters; The Nintendo Wiis Opera web browser will be free to download until June 2007.

    A press released by Opera today has stated that the Wii web browser will be free to download until June 2007. The browser will not cost a thing once downloaded. After that you will be required to use up your Wii points to download the browser...

  • News Sony Cuts The Price Of Playstation 3

    Sony just announced that their upcoming home console Playstation 3, will be 20% cheaper than expected when they release it In Japan later this year.

    The competition in the highly anticipated console war is undoubtly heating up, and it's getting worse, as Sony just announced that the Japanese version of their console will get a price cut. The decision was made after several complains from both..

  • News 6 Million DS Units Sold In Europe

    Since it's release back in March 2005, the Nintendo DS has sold a total of 6 million units in Europe, proving that Europe is indeed an important market, despite the fact that most publishers and developers seems to ignore us.

    A good example of this is the next generation consoles, the Wii will be launched later and more expansive in Europe than in the rest of the world, but of course, this is..

  • News Gamecube Outsells Xbox 360 In Japan

    By now, most people know that the Xbox 360 isn't doing that good over in Japan, in fact it's doing terrible. But still, Enterbrain's marketing data service surprised me.

    According to Enterbrain, Microsoft's newest console has sold a total of 75,837 units so far this year, while the Nintendo Gamecube has sold 77,124. Both numbers are for Japan, obviously. Yeah, that's' right, Microsoft's flagship,..

August2006

  • News Nintendo GC 2006 Conference

    Nintendo reveal very little at this years Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany.

    Bernd Fakesch took on the role of Nintendo VIP for today's media briefing, whilst the majority of the conference was showing video reels of existing games for both Wii and DS, there were a couple of announcements. Mario Strikers Charged (Wii): A new version of the popular Gamecube title Super Mario Strikers (aka Mario..

  • News Frontline Sadness Deal

    Frontline Studios accounce a co-production agreement with Nibris.

    GoNintendo.com picked up on the press release that has appeared on the Frontline Studios website, and reads the following: "FRONTLINE Studios announced today that it has signed a co-production agreement with Nibris , the author of the highly anticipated Sadness game for the Wii platform. FRONTLINE and Nibris have successfully..

  • News Eidos Boss Expects Wii Success

    Lara Croft know-it-all Ian Livingstone has suggested that Nintendo's approach is very interesting and could prove very successful.

    This came in an interview with EuroGamer.net, the Eidos "product acquisition director" was quizzed about the company's support for the three major players in the imminent console war. "The beauty about being an independent publisher is that you can support any..

  • News Game Development Too Expensive?

    Revolution Software MD Charles Cecil suggests that game development budgets are getting too big.

    GamesIndustry.biz conducted an interview with Cecil who suggests companies such as EA are "sacrificing creativity for the sake of efficiency." "The bigger developers talk about games costing tens of millions of dollars; it seems patently obvious to me that they don't need to cost that much, unless,..

  • News Super Mario War

    Mutiplayer fan-made Mario game surfaces on Interweb site, 72dpiarmy.com

    The game which seems to be available for PC and Linux has also been published with its entire source code available for download. The creators claim that the game is in tribute to the great giant N in the sky, Nintendo. "Super Mario War is a Super Mario multiplayer game...

  • News Nintendo & Microsoft Sued Over Patent Violation

    US company Anascape are attempting to sue both gaming giants, claiming patent infringements on both suppliers controllers.

    This isn't the first patent violation case in the games industry and surely won't be the last. The aim of the company claim is to seek damages and maybe even stop the companies using this technology in future. "A case in Texas district court, started by Anascape, Ltd.,..

  • News Why The DS Beat The PSP

    Life In Tech blogger analyzes the success of the DS compared to its flashy brother, the PSP.

    The article posted last week tells the tale of a simple gamer, whom bought both DS and PSP and how his thoughts about the subject when from: "When I was looking for a portable gaming system the Nintendo DS was out of the question; It was a kid's toy and nothing more." All the way to: Now, nearly..

  • News Nintendo Commits To E3 2007

    Nintendo emerge as the first major player to commit to next years "downsized" E3 media festival.

    News comes pretty quickly whenever people talk about E3, maybe thats the reason for its downsizing. It seems everything has settled down and the expo is back on track, only missing its large show floor. Nintendo have confirmed there attendance for the show next year, after all whats E3 without a Reggie..

  • News Wii Games Under $50

    According to Electronic Arts, Nintendo stated that Wii games should be priced no higher than $50

    Nintendo fans can already rest peacefully as we know the Wii console won't cost anything near a PS3 or Xbox 360. But what about games? Will they be over priced to compenstate the cheaper system price? Apparently not. Reported by GamesIndustry.biz earlier today, EA have stated that Nintendo themselves..

  • News E3 No More, ESA Confirms Changes

    GamesIndustry.biz receive confirmation that E3 is to have radical change in 2007, no longer a single "Mega Show".

    The ESA (Entertainment Software Association) president Doug Lowenstein has today confirmed that the E3 Expo will no longer continue to be the biggest event in the games industry calendar. Instead it will focus on a "more intimate event" that is still in planning. "The world of..

July2006

  • News E3, But Not As We Know It?

    GamesIndustry.biz report that changes are afoot with E3 as downsizing rumours are confirmed.

    According to UK site GamesIndustry.biz "senior industry sources" have confirmed that the E3 expo will return in a different form next year", this comes "following a unanimous vote by US publishers". "This year, many of the publishers who hold seats on the board requested that an alternative be found to..

  • News Nintendo To Attend Game Convention In Leipzig

    Expect a few announcements, new games perhaps, but probably not the big ones on Wii.

    It's almost August, which means there's another conference just around the corner. The "Games Convention" will be held in Leipzig, Germany between the 23rd and 27th of August. Nintendo will be presenting an hour long media briefing on the first day of the conference, no doubt to a invite only audience. The..

  • News Nintendo's Profits Soar

    Nintendo announce improved profits for the first quarter of 2006 due to DS Lite, Mario and Brain Training sales.

    Good times are rolling in Japan today, the sake must be flowing as Nintendo post figures from the first quarter of 2006 (April, May, June). "For the first quarter, the company confirmed net sales of 130.9 billion Yen (£605 million), up 85% compared to the same period twelve months..

  • News DS Sales Reach 21 Million Worldwide

    Nintendo announce sales figures for its handheld DS system in excess of 21,000,000 around the world.

    What was originally seen as abit of a risky idea for Nintendo, the DS system has surpassed all analysts expectations and still seems to be selling as strong as ever. Nintendo delivers on its promise to bring video gaming to the masses. In less than two years since its Nov. 21, 2004 launch, Nintendo..

  • News DS Breaks 5 Million Barrier In Europe

    Nintendo announce DS Lite sales in excess of 200,000 and total DS sales soaring over 5 million

    Unless you've been living under a rock you'll know that the DS Lite has finally been launched in the UK, whilst the console didn't sell out Nintendo have announced today that the portable device still sold over 200,000 units. This has pushed the entire DS sales over the 5,000,000 mark. "The..

  • News DS Causes Four Year High For Nintendo

    BBC News reports strong growth for the Japanese games market, up over 30% on 2005.

    In a article published by BBC News, the future is very bright for Nintendo and the Japanese gaming industry. "Revenue from games and hardware totalled 277 billion Yen (£1.3 billion), up from 207 billion Yen in the same period of 2005." This is largely to-do with the success in handheld markets, Nintendo..

  • News Nintendo React To Wii Launch Rumours

    After numerous sites start suggesting release dates left right and center, Nintendo put out an official response.

    Gamers who keep their ears to the ground would of seen the stink of rumours over the past week regarding the Wii launch date, even Sports Illustrated for Kids has been quoted as having the official release date. It seems Nintendo do indeed keep an eye on the rumour fires, and for once..

  • News Nintendo Invades Korea

    Nintendo have announced plans to setup a new subsidiary in South Korea, located in the capital Seoul.

    Nintendo steps outside into a new market, this time South Korea is the focus. The country which has seen vast changes in its culture over the past decade or two, South Korea is one of the fastest developing markets and already has a strong music, TV and film industry. The Japanese giants will setup..

  • News SEGA Says More Wii On The Way

    SEGA's Scott Steinberg confirms the company is already looking towards second generation titles for Wii

    SEGA of America's Vice President of Marketing Scott Steinberg recently sad down with GameDaily.biz and discussed what the SEGA's plans were for Wii. First topic was the affordability of Wii development over the 360 and PS3. So, there's no doubt that Wii is a more affordable for developers and..

June2006

  • News Resident Evil Director Addresses Hollywood

    British movie director Paul W.S. Anderson has given his keynote speech at Hollywood and Games Summit in the US.

    Movie director bloke Paul W.S. Anderson (Mortal Kombat, Event Horizon, Resident Evil, Alien vs Predator) has been speaking this week at the "Hollywood and Games Summit" held in the US. His keynote speech concluded that "its no easy task to put games on the big screen - since gamers are a..

  • News Atari Bags Point Blank

    Games publisher Atari have an agreement with Namco to distribute Point Blank DS in Europe

    EuroGamer.net have confirmed that Atari will be publishing Namco title, Point Blank DS in the European markets. Even though the American version was released earlier this month, European gamers will have to wait until towards the end of the year. "Point Blank DS effectively trades the light-gun based..

  • News DS To Feature In Stormbreaker Movie

    Nintendo's portable wonder to appear in upcoming teen spy thriller movie "Stormbreaker".

    Nintendo has today announced its agreement with movie producers which will enable the DS to have an appearance as "the ultimate spy gadget" in the new "Stormbreaker" movie based on the first book in the popular Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. "After the murder of his uncle and guardian, the MI6..

  • News New Super Mario Bros On Fire

    Nintendo announce that the game has passed the 500,000 units mark in just 35 days.

    Nintendo have another Mario winner on the DS, New Super Mario Bros smashes through the 500,000 barrier in the US. "After just 35 days on store shelves, New Super Mario Bros.® for Nintendo DS™ has racked up sales in excess of one half million in the United States alone. That's a sell-through rate of more than..

  • News Nintendo's Corporate Policy Briefing

    Nintendo have released an English translation & video of their Corporate Policy Briefing held earlier this month.

    Tokyo, June 7th saw Nintendo's Corporate Policy Briefing 2006, this was the meeting where we learnt that Wii release date and price would be announced by September this year. Nintendo have now released the transcript and a full English translation of the speech issued by the Nintendo..

  • News Nintendo To Disrupt Game Pricing

    Iwata isn't happy with the game games are priced, he thinks game price range should be more dynamic.

    As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, during a recent media briefing Satoru Iwata slammed the games industry calling its high pricing of games before reductions in later months a "an unhealthy product cycle". "We believe that each software should have its own price point depending on its volume,..

  • News Wii Development Kits Under $1,800

    Satoru Iwata has stated that Wii development kits will be available for around $1,800 - one tenth the price of a PS3 dev kit.

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has confirmed that third party support is certainly a priority for Wii's success. Often the cost of a development kit, the hardware required to create games, would waver a developer to swing towards a certain platform. We already know the Wii..

  • News Reggie To Give Montreal Games Summit Keynote

    Reggie Fils-Aime has been confirmed to give keynote speech at Novembers Montreal International Game Summit

    GameIndustry.biz reports that Montreal is in for a real treat, Reggie has been confirmed as this years keynote speaker. "Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime is set to provide the keynote address at the Montreal International Game Summit in November, just prior to the..

  • News US DS Lite Sales Surge

    Nintendo report 136,500 DS Lites sold in the first two days after launch, games sales increased also.

    Announced earlier this year, Nintendo decided the DS needed a little bit of a revamp. The re-designed DS, dubbed DS Lite is smaller, lighter and brighter than its older brother. After a strong Japanese launch, US retailers have continued the trend last week with the North American launch..

  • News Nintendo Registers New Patents

    The latest Nintendo trademarks WiiPointer, WiiCulture, and !!M are discovered in Japan.

    It seems Nintendo have generated huge interest in their products just by registering domain names, submitting patent applications and now trademark submissions. The latest buzzwords submitted to the Japanese Trademark Office are: WiiPointer WiiCulture !!M (Upside down "Wii"?) The first two are pretty standard..

  • News Nintendo Confirm DS Lite Shipment Stolen

    Confirmation comes after rumours last week about a 'missing' shipment of DS Lite consoles bound for the UK

    Reports around the Internet last week were suggesting that a container loaded with DS Lite's had been stolen in Hong Kong. GamesIndustry.biz have now had confirmation from Nintendo about the 5 finger discount. "A number of White DS Lite made for the UK market were stolen in Hong Kong..

  • News Wii Before PS3?

    IGN.com suggest that the Wii might pip Sony to the finish line and launch first.

    After the lull of the Sony E3 Press Conference, one of the main pieces of information was the release date of the PS3. Remember remember the 17th of November, the day the PS3 will launch. However, this week IGN.com's Matt Casamassina has suggested that the Wii will in fact release first. "On top of everything..

  • News Golden Joysticks 2006: Vote Now!

    Those special golden people invite us, the gaming public, to vote in the Golden Joystick Awards 2006.

    From today those faithful gamers of the UK have the chance to vote for the Golden Joystick Awards 2006, the world's oldest games recognition ceremony first held back in 1982. "Promising to be bigger than ever, the Golden Joystick Awards 2006 will feature 17 award categories and are the only UK..

  • News Take Two Interested In Wii

    After a strong E3 for Nintendo, troubled published Take Two look to Wii to possibly extend their Sports series.

    Turning heads; Nintendo's strong E3 presence caught some people by surprise. It seems the previously Nintendo-sceptic Grand Theft Auto publisher Take Two have changed their minds and recently shown interest in creating games for the Wii platform. "The reception this platform received..

  • News Uwe Boll Wants A Fight

    The notorious film director is fed up with the games press and offers the chance for five critics to fight him!

    Dr Boll has had enough, he's totally fed up with Internet critics slamming his movies over and over again, so much so he actually wants to fight them. Yes, really. "I'm fed up with people slamming my films on the Internet without see them. Many journalists make value judgments on my..

  • News Games Critics Awards Are In

    A week ago we brought you news about the nominations for the Games Critics Awards for best of the show at E3. Well now the results are in and we can see how well Nintendo did.

    Without further waiting, here are the winners: Best of Show:Wii (Nintendo) Best Original Game:Spore (Maxis/Electronic Arts for PC) Best Hardware/Peripheral:Wii (Nintendo) Best Console Game:Gears of War (Epic Games / Microsoft..

May2006

  • News Original DS - No More?

    According to Japanese retailers, Nintendo has stopped supplying them with shipments of the original Nintendo DS model.

    Good news for you collectors out there. Japanese retailers now believe that Nintendo may be done supplying them with original Nintendo DS models. Apparently Nintendo has done nothing but supplied them all with Nintendo DS Lite models for stock. Now that the the original DS has been..

  • News New Super Mario Bros. Rocks Japan

    Kotaku report sales of 480,000 units of New Super Mario Bros. on day one, train your brain!

    Kotaku have today posted a brief article about the launch of New Super Mario Bros. in Japan. Sure, New Super Mario Bros. is popular in Japan. But, just how popular? The game moved 480,000 units in its first day, compared to 414,556 units the second edition of Brain Training sold over its first four days..

  • News Nintendo Storms Famitsu Survey

    The news from Japan is good, Nintendo tops the Famitsu reader survey, long live Nintendo.

    Wii all expect the Wii to do pretty well in the US and EU, but almost accept that it's not going to out gun the 360 or PS3 from the off, its just something about the Western market that saddens me, the so called "PlayStation generation" that only buy games that 1) have extreme violence or 2) have extreme..

  • News Why Wii?

    Whats in a name? Sir Miyamoto says Revolution was just a too threatening name for the non gamer.

    Recently reported by IGN, the games master himself Shigeru Miyamoto revealed to CNNMoney.com the reason behind the name change, from Revolution to Wii. It's been nearly a month since the original Wii announcement, its probably one your not going to forget. Wii admit, even one month on we've not got..

  • News Nintendo Registers Multiple Domains

    Nintendo of America has registered several Wii-related web domains that do hint to us about new Wii ideas.

    Over 40 domains have been uncovered. Many of these domains have specific names that hint to us what Nintendo is doing with the Wii. Such names as WiiSchool.com, WiiChallenger.com and WiiKaraoke.com give us ideas of what Nintendo is coming up with for its newest console. WiiKaraoke.com also..

  • News Wii Under £150?

    Nintendo UK confirm that the UK retail price for Wii will be "in-line" with the US and Japanese prices.

    Nintendo UK have spoken about the UK retail price, well not officially or anything, but to EuroGamer. Yesterday, Nintendo announced that the Wii will cost ¥25,000 or less and $250 or less when it goes on sale later this year - the equivalent of around £120 and £135. A spokesperson has since..

  • News No Dolby Digital For Wii

    IGN reports that currently the Wii will not support optical output and specifically Dolby Digital, Pro-Logic II remains.

    Recent article posted on IGN suggests that the official documentation supplied for Wii developers confirms that the system will not support Dolby Digital 5.1. "There is a single proprietary audio/video jack on Wii and users have the option to plug in different cables..

  • News Reggie For President

    Nintendo announce that Reggie Fils-Aime is being promoted to president and chief operating officer, effective immediately.

    Nintendo of America have today announced a change amongst its ranks. Current President Tatsumi Kimishima is taking on the new role of chairman of the board and chief executive officer, while Reggie Fils-Aime is being promoted to president and chief operating officer from his..

  • News Wii Will Launch Under $250

    Nintendo throw a statement out into the open with an estimated Wii price and how many units will be available.

    Today, Nintendo announce a statement containing some information about the Wii retail price and how many units they expect to be available. Following its overwhelming debut at E3 2006, Nintendo today announced the current fiscal year unit shipment forecast for its new home game system,..

  • News The Game Critics 2006 E3 Awards

    GameCriticsAwards have announced the nominees for this years best of E3 awards.

    It's that time of year again, after every good E3 show comes the awards. “The 38 publications voting for the Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2006 are proud to announce this year's nominees. The committee has recognized 54 products from 20 different publishers.” Interestingly we see that Nintendo had the largest..

  • News Sony Stole Our Idea

    Nintendo UK boss David Yarnton has a pop at Sony and its "revolutionary" PlayStation 3 controller.

    CVG have reported on an interview between MCV and David Yarnton, the current boss for Nintendo UK. The Yarnton didn't hold back when commenting on the newly improved PlayStation 3 controller which was announced last week at E3. "Historically we're always developing new things. We know Sony have..

  • News The E3 Fallout

    The games industry slows down to digest the wealth of information presented at this year's E3 Expo.

    Just like over-eating on Christmas day, everyone seems to be taking a breather after last weeks bombardment of information, I'm sorry to report that further news is thin on the ground. Attendees feet are starting to recover and they're finally getting back to their computers. Sadly we didn't have..

  • News Wii Causes Havok

    Nintendo Wii joins the likes of F.E.A.R. and Splinter Cell to utilize the Havok physics middleware solution.

    E3 2006, Havok software announce it's support for the upcoming Wii console. For those of you unfamiliar with Havok don't worry, it's more well known in the PC field. The Havok "physics middleware" engine is a software solution and is used for real time physics processing. Basically it's the..

  • News Kojima Wants To Develop On The Wii

    And he says he would even quit Metal Gear Solid 4 to do it!

    In a recent interview with Computer and Video Games, Hideo Kojima has revealed that he is very interested in working on the Wii. CVG: What are your impressions of Nintendo Wii and how did Snake appear in Smash Brothers? Kojima: I’ve played Tennis, Zelda and Mario on Wii. I find Tennis very interesting. I played the early version but the..

  • News Miyamoto To Talk To Kotaku

    Kotaku will be featuring a video interview with Shigeru Miyamoto next week concerning the Wii and DS connectivity.

    Gaming weblog, Kotaku, will feature a video interview with Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto about Wii/DS connectivity next week, along with the Wii information. Miyamoto says that the connectivity is already built into the Wii, and the DS will be able to connect wireless with the..

  • News GameTrailers.com Provide Free Nintendo Press Conference Feed

    Those lovely people over at GameTrailers.com will be broadcasting a feed from today's big event.

    May 9th has finally rolled around, its time for Nintendo to spill all the information about the upcoming Nintendo Wii revolution. Thanks to GameTrailers.com you'll be able to watch the press conference LIVE over the internet. Whats so special about this? It's FREE. It's all due to kick off at 12:30 ET,..

  • News Sony To Release PlayStation 3 Worldwide In November

    Sony have today announced that the PS3 will ship on November 17th starting at $499 USD.

    Sony Computer Entertainment America announced today that it would launch PlayStation 3 in "Clear Black" in North America on November 17, 2006, as part of a worldwide simultaneous launch. The machine will come in 2 flavours, a 20GB model and a 60GB model, priced at $499 USD (€499 EUR) and $599 USD (€599 EUR)..

  • News Developing For The Wii Costs Less

    In a recent conference with investors, THQ's president and CEO, Brian Ferrel, revealed that developing for the Wii may be as low 25% of what developing for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 may be.

    "One of the things we like about that platform is the development costs...on the Wii are nowhere near what they are on the PS3 and Xbox 360," said Ferrel. "[The Wii] wasn't a whole new programming..

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  • News Keita Takahashi Not Interested In The Revolution

    Katamari Damacy creator, Keita Takahashi, says he is not interested in working on the Nintendo Revolution.

    In an interview with Game Developer magazine, Keita Takahashi had this to say about the Revolution: “I’m not really interested in it. I don’t think a controller should have that much influence on the enjoyment of games. I see what trying...

  • News Video Games Live

    Get up and dance to that funky beat -- the video game music we know and love gets up and goes on tour.

    PressTheButtons' main man MattG has pointed out a truly bizarre American stage show, Video Games Live. "An immersive concert event featuring music from the world’s most popular video games performed by a live orchestra and choir combined with synchronized lighting, video, performers, and..

  • News 20 Revolution Launch Titles?

    George Harrison tells Game Informer we should expect around 20 launch titles for Nintendo Revolution

    Curious George Harrison recently sat down with US magazine Game Informer, who quizzed him about the upcoming Nintendo Revolution. Harrison suggested we should expect around 20 launch titles for Revolution. "You've got to deliver software, not just at launch, but you've got to deliver software..

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