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  • Wii U Gray Market Is Frothy And Heating Up As Scalpers Sell Online

    Wii U Gray Market Is Frothy And Heating Up As Scalpers Sell Online

    While Gamestop is reporting record Wii U preorders and sales, it looks like the Wii gray market is in full effect, driving prices of the console into the thousands as unyielding children barrack their parents into buying them the latest and greatest this holiday. Read More

  • Putting Away Childish Things: The Wii U Redefines Nintendo

    Putting Away Childish Things: The Wii U Redefines Nintendo

    Six years ago, almost to the day, I remember sitting on the couch with my then one-year-old son playing Elebits on the recently launched Wii. I thought he’d understand the simple point and shoot game. It was sort of a shooter. You walked around a house and aimed at the little characters. He was enthralled. I was a new parent and I was showing him the magic of the Wii –… Read More

  • Nintendo Pulls Out Of Financial Dive, Legacy Console Sales Slow

    Nintendo Pulls Out Of Financial Dive, Legacy Console Sales Slow

    Nintendo has stemmed operating loss slightly in the April-September quarter, the total falling from $718 million to $366 million. Console sales fell about 60 percent with DS sales of 970,000 and Wii sales hitting 1.32 million. Read More

  • Nintendo To Drop Price Of Wii To $129 For Holiday Season

    Nintendo To Drop Price Of Wii To $129 For Holiday Season

    Nintendo has dropped the price of the Wii console to $129.99. Of course, this is to keep pace with holiday demand and maintain an edge in a market that’s turned more difficult for the gaming company. The value package includes a black console with Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort on a single disc, along with a black Wii remote and Nunchuk controller. This replaces the current $149… Read More

  • The Verbal Elegance Of Apple And Nintendo

    The Verbal Elegance Of Apple And Nintendo

    Editor’s Note: Tadhg Kelly is a game designer with 20 years experience. He is the creator of the leading game design blog What Games Are, and consults for many companies on game design and development. You can follow him on Twitter here. Companies often shout in the games industry. They yell with videos, music, press events with booth babes and the monster that is E3. They hustle and… Read More

  • Nintendo’s Wii U Hits U.S. Stores November 18, Starts At $299.99

    Nintendo’s Wii U Hits U.S. Stores November 18, Starts At $299.99

    Nintendo will finally make its Wii U available to customers this November, after having previewed the next-gen console for over a year now, the company announced at a press event today. The Wii U will come in a $299.99 Basic version in white with 8GB of onboard storage, and a 32GB Deluxe model in black for $349.99. It’ll hit the U.S. on November 18 and Europe on November 30. The console… Read More

  • The Power Of HTML5/Javascript: A GameBoy Color Emulator In Your Browser

    The Power Of HTML5/Javascript: A GameBoy Color Emulator In Your Browser

    It’s early on Monday so you’ll excuse me for getting excited about an HTML5/Javascript-based GameBoy Color emulator that runs entirely within the browser without plugins. While this sort of thing isn’t new – you’ve been able to play NES games in Java for years – and this emulator is a bit old, it’s still a cool proof of concept. Read More

  • Nintendo Debuts 3DS XL With 90% Larger Displays: Available August 19 For $199

    Nintendo Debuts 3DS XL With 90% Larger Displays: Available August 19 For $199

    Despite the fact that Nintendo’s 3DS is an excellent hand-held console, 3DS sales haven’t been on par with what the company was expecting. But perhaps Nintendo’s brand new Nintendo 3DS XL will turn the tides. It’s very similar to a regular 3DS, but with 90 percent larger screens. According to Nintendo’s official release, it comes with a 4GB SD card, better… Read More

  • Facepalm: The Wii U Games We’re Seeing This Week Are Stuck At 720p

    Facepalm: The Wii U Games We’re Seeing This Week Are Stuck At 720p

    According to WiiUDaily (and we’re confirming), the games shown at E3 are native at 720p resolution, a considerable step down from the 1080p, 3D-pumping action coming out of the 360 and the PS3 in many cases. Although there is no absolute proof that the Wii U launch titles will all be 720p, the site noted that “the representative couldn’t confirm whether the games can be… Read More

  • Nintendo Announces The Wii U At E3

    Nintendo Announces The Wii U At E3

    It was just yesterday that Nintendo unveiled the Wii U Gamepad, but today is the big announcement. Everybody welcome the Wii U. The new console, coupled with the Gamepad, will change gaming entirely, according to Nintendo: at its core, Wii U changes gaming, how you interact with your gaming friends, and it changes the way you enjoy your TV. That means Netflix and Hulu and Amazon Video… Read More

  • Live From Nintendo’s 2012 E3 Keynote

    Live From Nintendo’s 2012 E3 Keynote

    The geeks have gathered, the music is loud, and paired with the graphics on the big screens, this place is basically a stoner’s wet dream. The doors of the Nokia Theater have opened, and as more nerds filter in, we’ve set up shop to bring you the event live. It’s safe to expect Wii U news, plenty of video game trailers, and maybe, just maybe, a hint of renewed strength in… Read More

  • This Won’t End Well: Toyota Connects With Nintendo DS For In-Car Navigation Interface

    This Won’t End Well: Toyota Connects With Nintendo DS For In-Car Navigation Interface

    For some inexplicable reason, Nintendo and Toyota have teamed up to turn the Nintendo DS into a navigational remote control, thereby allowing drivers (although I hope passengers do most of the fiddling) to set their routes using their game consoles. The service, called Kuruma de DS lets you see map and destination info as well as tour information as you drive through town. The service… Read More

  • The Profit Is In Another Castle: Nintendo Records First-Ever Annual Loss

    The Profit Is In Another Castle: Nintendo Records First-Ever Annual Loss

    Citing poor sales of the Nintendo 3DS and “the stronger yen against the euro was also another reason,” Nintendo posted its first-ever loss – $534.6 million on revenue of $8 billion. This is down from $12.6 billion in revenue last year with $960 million in profit. But, as they say, it’s dangerous to invest alone. Here, take this: the company is predicting a profit of… Read More

  • Better Late Than Never: Hulu Plus Finally Arrives On The Wii

    Better Late Than Never: Hulu Plus Finally Arrives On The Wii

    The folks over at Hulu originally promised Wii users would have access to their Hulu Plus streaming service by the end of 2011, but things didn’t exactly pan out the way they had hoped. Well, after a few extra months of waiting, the Nintendo-faithful are finally being rewarded for their patience: the Hulu Plus app can be downloaded from the Wii Shop Channel. The app itself is free… Read More

  • Report: Nintendo Considering Changing The Wii U’s Name

    Report: Nintendo Considering Changing The Wii U’s Name

    The Wii U brand is a bit underwhelming. At best it builds upon a very successive product. But at worst the name suggests its simply an add-on rather than a completely revamped system. A new report just surfaced that sources a Nintendo insider stating the company is considering renaming the next-gen Wii. Nintendo is quickly spiraling down. The Wii U — or whatever it’s to be… Read More

  • Nintendo Reports US$630 Million Net Loss Between April And December 2011, Announces Wii U For 2012

    Nintendo Reports US$630 Million Net Loss Between April And December 2011, Announces Wii U For 2012

    3DS sales have picked up lately, but Nintendo‘s financial numbers are still weak. Big N today released [PDF] another set of disappointing results for the first nine months of its fiscal year (April to December 2011). The company lost a whopping US$630 million, compared with a profit of US$635 million in the same time frame last fiscal. Sales were down 31.2% year-on-year to US$7.2 billion. Read More

  • Snake Camouflage: Japan Gets Exclusive Metal Gear Solid 3DS System

    Snake Camouflage: Japan Gets Exclusive Metal Gear Solid 3DS System

    Resident Evil isn’t the only big video game series that made the news in Nippon today: Konami announced [JP] the so-called METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D PREMIUM PACKAGE for the Japanese market. The set includes a special 3DS system, a copy of Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D, and two clear files in MGS design. Here’s the so-called “Snake Camouflage”-style… Read More

  • Hands On: The Nintendo Wii U

    Hands On: The Nintendo Wii U

    One of the first things I was told when I ducked into one of Nintendo’s suites to play with the Wii U was what they wouldn’t tell me. Price, release date, technical specs, games in development — all of these were taboo topics that would be (and were) met with a gentle dismissal if I broached the subject. Great. With that load lifted, I picked up the Wii U controller and dove in. Read More

  • Overview: Japan’s Video Game Market In 2011 (Sales, Hardware, Software)

    Overview: Japan’s Video Game Market In 2011 (Sales, Hardware, Software)

    Japan’s video game industry is the world’s second biggest (after the US), but it’s on a downward streak for the fifth consecutive year. Based on sales, the country’s video game industry has contracted by as much as 8% year-on-year, Japan’s biggest gaming magazine Famitsu is reporting [JP]. Between December 27, 2010 and December 25, 2011, Japanese game… Read More

  • 3DS Sees Record Sales In Japan, Fueled By Mario Kart 7 And Super Mario 3D Land

    3DS Sees Record Sales In Japan, Fueled By Mario Kart 7 And Super Mario 3D Land

    Nintendo is really lucky to own the Super Mario brand: after the bumpy, Mario-less launch of the 3DS in Japan back in February, big N is seeing record sales for its portable console. As predicted, sales in Japan for the 3DS crossed the four million unit mark before the end of the year, namely sometime between December 19 and 25. That’s the week Nintendo sold 510,629 units 3DS systems… Read More