Nintendo

  • Watch Nintendo’s Wii U E3 2014 Press Conference Here

    Watch Nintendo’s Wii U E3 2014 Press Conference Here

    For the second year in a row, Nintendo is not holding a traditional press conference. The company is forgoing the usual dog and pony show for a live Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live. Because, after all, highly skilled gamers are a better advertising event than watching aging executives announce upcoming titles. Read More

  • Nintendo Denies Rumor Of Upcoming Android, iOS App

    Nintendo Denies Rumor Of Upcoming Android, iOS App

    A report yesterday caused Nintendo fans to sit at attention. According to the Nikkei, Nintendo was preparing an Android and iOS app to demo its games. While this app wouldn’t bring full versions of Mario to smartphones, it was widely viewed as a start of something big. Well, bad news. It’s not happening. Nintendo is apparently content living in the past. The company released a… Read More

  • Nintendo May Go Mobile This Year (But Not In The Way We’d All Like)

    Nintendo May Go Mobile This Year (But Not In The Way We’d All Like)

    OMG! Mario on iOS! Not! According to a brief in Japan’s Nikkei (translated by TC writer Serkan Toto), Nintendo will announce plans to use Android and iOS as marketing vehicles, allowing Link, Mario, and the various and sundry Pokemen to appear on mobile devices to promote the company’s games. Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Lockitron, Nintendo, Google’s Smart Contacts, And Nest

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Lockitron, Nintendo, Google’s Smart Contacts, And Nest

    It’s been a big week for smart things. Coming off the heels of CES, this week we learned that Lockitron hasn’t been shipping the majority of their smart lock pre-orders, Nintendo hasn’t been selling many Wii Us, that Google has been building smart contact lenses and buying smart thermostat companies, and that our dear Chris Velazco is leaving us. It may not be the… Read More

  • Nintendo Confirms Wii U Has Flopped, Slashes Sales Forecast By ~70%

    Nintendo Confirms Wii U Has Flopped, Slashes Sales Forecast By ~70%

    Nintendo has confirmed what we knew already: its unhappy controller/console combo, the Wii U, is a flop. The company said hardware sales of the Wii U had failed to reach its target during the year-end, pushing it into a third consecutive annual loss, Reuters reports. Read More

  • What I Want For Christmas From Each Major Tech Company Next Year

    What I Want For Christmas From Each Major Tech Company Next Year

    Here’s my wish list. I realize it’s too late for this year, but I’m hoping the companies are already planning for next year, and this way they have all of 2014 to deliver. Many of these are pretty big asks, I admit, but the companies in question have pretty deep pockets and access to world-class resources. So how about let’s all deliver. Read More

  • YouTube Finally Lands On The 3DS

    YouTube Finally Lands On The 3DS

    In case you do not have access to your smartphone, computer, tablet, smart TV, Xbox 360, PS3, Boxee Box, PS Vita or any of the other countless connected devices, you can now watch YouTube on a Nintendo 3DS. Nearly 2 years after its launch, the 3DS now has a YouTube app. The top screen plays back the video while the bottom serves up touchscreen controls. The shoulder buttons control navigation… Read More

  • Hulu Plus Lands On The Nintendo 3DS

    Hulu Plus Lands On The Nintendo 3DS

    Hulu, one of three bigreasons why you should probably cut the cable soon, has today announced that it will provide access to its library of streamable TV shows and movies to Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, and Nintendo 2DS owners. According to the official blog post, Hulu and Nintendo worked together to provide a solid experience across the various handheld gaming devices, one that… Read More

  • Nintendo 2DS Review: Back To Basics Proves Brilliant For Mobile Console Gaming

    Nintendo 2DS Review: Back To Basics Proves Brilliant For Mobile Console Gaming

    Nintendo has a rhythm that’s predictable when it comes to product releases: Create a new console, then create different iterations of those consoles with upgrades aimed at expanding market share in clever ways. The new Nintendo 2DS is no exception to that rule, but it is remarkable in that it’s a bit of a backtrack for the company, which takes the marquee feature out of its 3DS… Read More

  • What Games Are: The Nintendo Difference Still Exists

    What Games Are: The Nintendo Difference Still Exists

    There are three kinds of articles that regularly get written about Nintendo. The first article says Nintendo’s hardware business is doomed. The second laments the state of the company’s games. The third article, including this one, says that only a fool bets against Nintendo. Nintendo, it says, is different. Because it is. Read More

  • Fifteen Years On, Pokemon Still Holds Power Over This Thirty-Something

    Fifteen Years On, Pokemon Still Holds Power Over This Thirty-Something

    While iPhone launch days and big gadget reveals represent some of my most anticipated events because I’m a tech blogger, a day like today can still awaken just as much excitement. Today is the launch day of a new Pokemon game, you see – the newest installment of the “Catch ‘Em All” franchise, Pokemon X/Y for the Nintendo 3DS, hits store shelves and is being… Read More

  • Be Still My Beating Heart, This Might Be Logitech’s Gamepad For The iPhone

    Be Still My Beating Heart, This Might Be Logitech’s Gamepad For The iPhone

    A leaked image of what appears to be Logitech’s gamepad for the iPhone has hit the Twitter wire today, via the @evleaks account. The account has been known to reliably tweet images of upcoming products from a variety of mobile companies including Samsung, Nokia and others. The gamepad looks a lot like the leaked prototype from earlier this year and images that were shown during… Read More

  • If You Watch One Partially Cacophonous NES Player Piano System Video Today, Make It This One

    The folks at RoboBand have created a robotic band that plays the soundtracks to famous Nintendo games using a Raspberry Pi, a Yamaha Disklavier, and a robotic drum kit. The system took the audio output from the NES, converted it to MIDI, which in turn either controlled the solenoids on the drum machine or the piano keys. The result is a sometimes cacophonous, sometimes sublime rendition of… Read More

  • The Death Of Nintendo Has Been Greatly Under-Exaggerated

    The Death Of Nintendo Has Been Greatly Under-Exaggerated

    I love Nintendo. I love Nintendo. I love Nintendo. I feel the need to say that over and over again to begin with because this post will inevitably be read by some as some sort of anti-Nintendo screed. I know that because every single time I write anything mildly critical of Nintendo, groups of folks reveal themselves that make Android and iPhone diehards look like placid hippies. Those people… Read More

  • Nintendo Reveals The Hideous $130 2DS, Will Cut Wii U Price To $299

    Nintendo Reveals The Hideous $130 2DS, Will Cut Wii U Price To $299

    Nintendo wants to compete with cheap tablets more than ever, but just not the way you think. The company will release a new version of the 3DS — the Nintendo 2DS, which has a tablet-esque form factor. As the name suggests, it is a 2D-only handheld console compatible with 3DS and DS games. At $129.99, the 2DS is $40 cheaper than its sibling. The company also announced a $50 price cut for… Read More

  • What Games Are: The Ludophile Mindset

    What Games Are: The Ludophile Mindset

    Like the audiophile who spends serious money on her music, the ludophile spends aplenty on games and consoles. Both want perfection. The question for the games industry, however, is whether perfection is really the goal any more. To chase that market is very expensive, and although gamers may not like to hear it, good-enough seems like a better goal industry-wise in the long run. Read More

  • Who Won E3?

    Who Won E3?

    By now we’ve heard most of what the big three have had to say. Nintendo is holding the line with the Wii U, Microsoft has announced an always-on box for $499, and Sony has made nice with gamers by offering a $399 device that allows users to share and sell games. All of the consoles are HD, all of them support multi-player, and the console wars are essentially over. Each console is a… Read More

  • Nintendo Offers Smartphone App Porting Tool, But Should Be Porting Its Content To Phones Instead

    Nintendo Offers Smartphone App Porting Tool, But Should Be Porting Its Content To Phones Instead

    Nintendo is trying to get people to buy the new Wii U, but it just isn’t working, according to recent sales numbers. Now, the Japanese gaming giant is hoping that helping developers port their smartphone content to the home gaming console with conversion software will help entice buyers, according to the Japan Times. Read More

  • Nintendo’s $20 Circle Pad Pro Is Coming to The 3DS XL In The U.S. This Friday

    Nintendo’s $20 Circle Pad Pro Is Coming to The 3DS XL In The U.S. This Friday

    Nintendo is gearing up to bring an extra nub to your 3DS XL, if that’s what you’re into. The company listed the previously Japan-only accessory on its website in the U.S. today, with an anticipated ship date of this Friday. The Circle Pad Pro for 3DS XL is like the original version for 3DS, but beefier, and perhaps even more unsightly when glommed on to your portable console. Read More

  • Nintendo Amazingly Gets Worse At Marketing Just In Time For Plummeting Wii U Sales

    Nintendo Amazingly Gets Worse At Marketing Just In Time For Plummeting Wii U Sales

    Perhaps poor marketing is holding back Wii U sales for Nintendo. As Spike TV’s GTTV host Geoff Keighley noted on Twitter, a new campaign from Nintendo is using flyers to show just how awesome the Wii U is. Except, instead of going after console rivals Nintendo decided to aim its attack at its own, older-generation console the Wii. To be fair, the Wii is probably the strongest competitor… Read More