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News: Atari's U.S. Division Files For Bankruptcy

Atari's U.S. Division Files For Bankruptcy

A bid for freedom from its parent company in France

While filing for bankruptcy in the U.S. is typically an act taken by companies in significant financial trouble, it's being adopted as an escape mechanism by the U.S. divisions of Atari. Atari Inc, Atari Interactive Inc, Humongous Inc and California US Holdings Inc have all collectively filed in...

News: Sony and Kevin Butler Actor Settle Lawsuit Over Wii Appearance

Sony and Kevin Butler Actor Settle Lawsuit Over Wii Appearance

No more Mario Kart Wii for Jerry Lambert

Last year we reported the peculiar news that Sony was taking 'Kevin Butler' actor Jerry Lambert to court over an appearance in a Bridgestone advert in which he was part of a Wii promotion. The Kevin Butler character was, for a significant period, the figurehead of Sony's advertising for PlayStation 3 and...

News: Analyst Firm Concerned That Wii U Will "Lack Broad Appeal"

Analyst Firm Concerned That Wii U Will "Lack Broad Appeal"

Believes Sony and Microsoft successors are due this year

Last week saw the annual tech hoopla of Consumer Electronics Association (CES) 2013, with a number of gadgets such as the Nvidia Project Shield handheld unveiled. Although not all major technology companies were in attendance, it was an opportunity for various contacts to be made and for...

News: Satoru Iwata: Customers Understanding The Wii U "Will Take a Little Time"

Satoru Iwata: Customers Understanding The Wii U "Will Take a Little Time"

"We aim to leave a smile on our customer's faces"

With a New Year and Nintendo's upcoming announcement of its Q3 financial results, Satoru Iwata and his team have plenty to think about. 2013 will be an important year to continue momentum on 3DS with big releases, and more importantly to grow the Wii U audience as much as possible. Speaking to...

News: Zero Escape Director Craves Mainstream Recognition

Zero Escape Director Craves Mainstream Recognition

Ideals remain due to "very humbling" support from fans

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is one of the most unique experiences currently available on 3DS, serving a role well fulfilled by its predecessor — 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors — on DS. Part of its appeal, as shared by many of its strongest advocates, is its strength of...

News: Data Analyst Firm Expects Discs to Remain as Console Mainstays

Data Analyst Firm Expects Discs to Remain as Console Mainstays

Predicts that Wii U will exceed 50 million sales by year-end 2016

With the continually evolving gaming industry, and a dizzying range of devices and platforms beyond the conventional big three of Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, there are plenty of people who wonder whether the era of the dedicated game console is coming to a gradual end. Time will...

Talking Point: The Emergence of Download-Only Retail Games

The Emergence of Download-Only Retail Games

A subtle but important evolution

The past couple of weeks have brought a notable landmark for the 3DS eShop, even if it hasn't necessarily caused internet-shaking headlines or attracted a great deal of attention. Unchained Blades, an RPG that would typically be found in specialist gaming stores or online retailers, if you're lucky, was released by...

News: GameStop Reports 320,000 Wii U Sales Since Launch

GameStop Reports 320,000 Wii U Sales Since Launch

Covers a large range of trading territories

As another year settles in snippets of information are starting to reveal the Holiday fortunes of Wii U, since its North American arrival on 18th November and its subsequent releases in Europe, Japan and elsewhere. NPD figures should paint a clearer picture for the US later this week, while Nintendo's own...

Talking Point: Pokémon X & Y Provide a Timely Boost for 3DS in the West

Pokémon X & Y Provide a Timely Boost for 3DS in the West

The DS era is left behind

The biggest release on DS in 2012, and surely the runaway winner of practically every Game of the Year award specifically tailored for the older handheld, were the Pokémon Black & White 2 titles, tied together for the purposes of simplicity. Yet its announcement and release on the platform surprised a number of...

News: The Conduit Looks Set for Nvidia's Project Shield

The Conduit Looks Set for Nvidia's Project Shield

From Wii to the Tegra mobile gaming platform

Yesterday we reported on Nvidia's announcement of Project Shield, a device that incorporates a conventional home console controller with a high-quality retina display touchscreen, impressive all-round specs and the ability to stream PC games without the need for a meaty broadband connection. Whether it'll...

News: 3DS Surpasses 10 Million Sales in Japan

3DS Surpasses 10 Million Sales in Japan

It keeps on rolling

While worldwide performance and firm figures are either hard to find or occasionally shown to be modest, one thing is certain — the 3DS is emerging as a major sales success in Japan. Perhaps due to the power of franchises — Animal Crossing: New Leaf has been a monster hit — the handheld's performance is such that it's...

News: Troubled THQ To Be Picked Apart By Rivals

Troubled THQ To Be Picked Apart By Rivals

Key franchises to be sold to the highest bidder

The future of THQ largely hangs in the balance as the company struggles to find the cash to stay afloat. Back in December the publisher filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy handing over its assets to investment firm Clearlake Capital, which is now looking for a prospective buyer. It has been confirmed...

News: Nvidia Unveils the Daunting Project Shield

Nvidia Unveils the Daunting Project Shield

A game changer for 3DS?

Update: We originally wrote that we believe this system may use a broadband connection to stream PC games from platforms such as Steam. In actual fact, the official product page explains that only a compatible router is required, with the device utilising a local connection between the system and a GeForce equipped PC...

News: Satoru Iwata Says That Wii U is "Selling Steadily"

Satoru Iwata Says That Wii U is "Selling Steadily"

Nintendo share prices have dropped since the system's launch

Although no concrete sales figures for Wii U have been given so far, Satoru Iwata has spoken about the performance of Nintendo's new home console in its early weeks. Many have observed that stock has been readily available and easy to obtain in recent times, a significantly different...