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News: Ubisoft "Satisfied" With Wii U Launch, But Notes Low Software Tie-In Ratios

Ubisoft "Satisfied" With Wii U Launch, But Notes Low Software Tie-In Ratios

CEO Yves Guillemot talks business with investors

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has stated that his company is satisfied with the launch of the Wii U and happy with its own market share in both North America and Europe, but also noted the impact of "low tie-in ratios" on software. During Ubisoft's investors call last week, Guillemot had the following...

News: Activision's Bobby Kotick Is Disappointed With The Launch Of The Wii U

Activision's Bobby Kotick Is Disappointed With The Launch Of The Wii U

"We're concerned about the install base for 6-11 year-olds"

It seems that people just can't stop hating on the Wii U. Activision boss Bobby Kotick is the latest to knock Nintendo's new console, suggesting that the machine has been a commercial flop and is struggling to find favour with youngsters - a key demographic in today's market. During the...

News: Microsoft Almost Purchased Sega In Order To Compete With Nintendo And Sony

Microsoft Almost Purchased Sega In Order To Compete With Nintendo And Sony

How different things could have been

A former Microsoft executive has revealed that the company was considering buying Japanese video game veteran Sega before it decided to create the Xbox console. Speaking to IGN, Joachim Kempin said: There were three companies at that point in time, I think this was , Sega and Nintendo. There was always talk...

News: U.S. Download Sales Increase, But Physical Games Drop in Popularity

U.S. Download Sales Increase, But Physical Games Drop in Popularity

Downloads get closer to overtaking physical retail

The times are definitely changing in the video game retail industry, as the latest NPD figures covering 2012 sales in the U.S. emerge. In general the results reflect the trends reported by Nintendo in its financial results, but the figures also show just how vital the download gaming market is...

News: Square Enix Laments "Increasingly Difficult" Console Market

Square Enix Laments "Increasingly Difficult" Console Market

5.7 billion yen loss rocks Dragon Quest publisher

Japanese publisher Square Enix has recorded a 5.7 billion yen loss for the nine months ending 31st December 2012. This comes despite the news that sales have risen to 102.7 billion yen. The firm has placed the blame on the tricky nature of the console market, stating that poor game sales were to...

News: Nintendo Plans To Make It Easier For Developers To Share Their Assets Between Platforms

Nintendo Plans To Make It Easier For Developers To Share Their Assets Between Platforms

Expanding developer capabilities with technology like Unity, JavaScript and HTML5

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata recently held a financial briefing with investors that wasn't exactly brimming with good news for the company. Iwata-san revealed that Nintendo recorded an operating loss of 5.85 billion Yen in the nine month period and spoke about a...

News: GoldenEye Creator Explains N64 Title's Role In Bringing "Real" Guns to the Virtual World

GoldenEye Creator Explains N64 Title's Role In Bringing "Real" Guns to the Virtual World

Brand names weren't licensed, which has changed in modern games.

With gun control and related violence a topical subject in the U.S. and among interested parties and spectators worldwide, the role of video games has faced its own level of scrutiny. Major publishers had a meeting with vice-President Joe Biden as part of his gun control task-force...

News: Wii U Price Cut Isn't in Nintendo's Plans

Wii U Price Cut Isn't in Nintendo's Plans

Iwata: "I would like to make this point absolutely clear"

Following the announcement of the latest financial results for Nintendo, Satoru Iwata addressed a number of issues in a subsequent briefing, some of which we've already reported. Naturally, Wii U was a major part of the presentation, with data presented by the Nintendo President that showed...

News: Iwata Implies That He Could Step Down Over Sluggish Sales Performance

Iwata Implies That He Could Step Down Over Sluggish Sales Performance

"We feel greatly accountable for this severe outlook"

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has hinted that he will step down if goals for the next fiscal year are not met. Speaking in a Corporate Management Policy Briefing, Iwata addressed the thorny issue of two consecutive years of losses and recent financial troubles: We feel greatly accountable...

News: So, How Is The Wii U Doing In The UK?

So, How Is The Wii U Doing In The UK?

Could do better?

Although those who have purchased the Wii U - us included - are perfectly happy with the system, experts and analysts want cold, hard numbers to prove how well a new piece of hardware is doing. And sadly, in the case of the Wii U, those figure are a little on the depressing side. Eurogamer has conduced its own investigation into...

Rumour: Has Junction Point Hit A Dead End?

Has Junction Point Hit A Dead End?

Troubling tales regarding Warren Spector's studio

Various reports have been circulating around the internet in the past couple of hours saying that Warren Spector's Junction Point has been suffering some problems, with the development studio being closed down by Disney. A tweet originating from Roberts Space Industries sparked the chatter, but it...

News: Pinball Games Contribute to a Revival of Real Tables

Pinball Games Contribute to a Revival of Real Tables

A new generation is getting interested

While it's often easy for veteran gamers — some of which are part of the Nintendo Life team — to bemoan the loss of some video game traditions, there are occasions where modern trends are good for those with old-fashioned sensibilities. We see old titles given new life on download platforms, for example,...

News: Pokémon Black and White 2 Claims Top Spot for Japan in 2012

Pokémon Black and White 2 Claims Top Spot for Japan in 2012

A year to remember for Nintendo's handheld business

Media Create, the most trusted source for the weekly hardware and software charts in Japan, has released details of the top selling games in the region for the whole of 2012. As anyone who follows our regular posts on the weekly Japanese chart will know, Nintendo's been having a good time in its...

News: Silent Hill Producer Joins WayForward Technologies

Silent Hill Producer Joins WayForward Technologies

Tomm Hulett leaves Konami for pastures new

A new director has been appointed at WayForward Technologies in the form of Tomm Hulett, the former Konami producer behind Contra 4, Rocket Knight and the more recent Silent Hill games. Konami and WayForward Technologies have worked together before, with the publisher releasing Silent Hill: Book of...