Nintendo 3DS Doomed

How ‘Last Blockbuster Syndrome’ dooms empires like Nintendo

By on July 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

How ‘Last Blockbuster Syndrome’ dooms empires like Nintendo

For years, Nintendo has believed it could reject smartphone and tablet apps, yet still flourish. The reason for this delusion is familiar — it’s the toxic Last Blockbuster Syndrome that doomed the consumer electronics divisions of Motorola in 2004 and Nokia in 2007. Often at the start of a massive trend shift in consumer electronics, dominant dinosaurs get one massive hit built on a nearly obsolete paradigm, and that allows them to be lulled into a comfy trip to the grave. More →

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Nintendo Wii U Upcoming Releases

The Wii U’s upcoming release calendar should fill Nintendo fans with dread

By on July 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM.

The Wii U’s upcoming release calendar should fill Nintendo fans with dread

The release of the critically acclaimed Mario Kart 8 gave the Wii U a nice sales boost but Nintendo can’t rely on just one game to make the Wii U relevant. This is why when we look at the calendar of upcoming Wii U releases, we get a sinking sense of dread, especially because we still don’t have a confirmed release date for the new Super Smash Bros. game yet. More →

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Video Game Console Prices Chart

One chart shows the wild fluctuation in game console prices over the years

By on July 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

One chart shows the wild fluctuation in game console prices over the years

When we try to justify the price we pay for a game console, we rarely think back past the last generation. At just $400, the PlayStation 4 is a steal compared to its $600 predecessor, yet Microsoft has received plenty of flak for launching the Xbox One at $500. What’s interesting is that when we step back just a few generations further, prices suddenly plummet to $300 or less. More →

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Last Generation of Consoles

PS4’s lead architect discusses the death of console gaming

By on July 14, 2014 at 12:32 PM.

PS4’s lead architect discusses the death of console gaming

Five years ago, video game fans and analysts alike would have told you the next console generation would be the last. Many suspected the next round of consoles would fall flat, a prediction which gained some credence after the Wii U took a nosedive right out of the gate. The market was shifting to mobile and PC gaming, the generation had lasted years longer than it should have and nothing could possibly impress the skeptical enthusiasts. Then the PlayStation 4 launched. More →

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Mario Kart Tokyo

Watch 12 crazy people reenact Mario Kart on the streets of Tokyo

By on July 9, 2014 at 1:39 PM.

Watch 12 crazy people reenact Mario Kart on the streets of Tokyo

Nintendo’s recent release of Mario Kart 8 breathed new life into the company’s struggling Wii U console. In fact, we called it a killer Wii U game when we reviewed Mario Kart 8 back in May, and we said it was just what the Wii U needed. The newest edition in Nintendo’s popular racing series was apparently so good that it inspired a group of 12 people in Japan to reenact Mario Kart on the streets of Tokyo. More →

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PS4 Vs. Wii U Sales

The PS4’s surprising summer sales weakness

By on June 27, 2014 at 2:41 PM.

The PS4’s surprising summer sales weakness

The strong early sales performances of the Xbox One and PS4 consoles have caused some jubilation. The PS4 is clearly leading the Xbox One in sales volume at this point, but both consoles can be claimed to have beaten expectations at least marginally. One sign of this strength can be found in the share prices of Electronic Arts and Activision, which have jumped giddily since the new consoles hit stores.

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Wii U vs. Xbox One Sales

Mario Kart 8 is breathing life into the Wii U

By on June 18, 2014 at 4:30 PM.

Mario Kart 8 is breathing life into the Wii U

Maybe the Wii U isn’t doomed after all. Following the release of Mario Kart 8, the two most recent VGChartz weekly sales charts show that the Wii U sold more units than the Xbox One for the first time since Microsoft’s next-gen console launched last November. The latest NPD report confirmed that Mario Kart 8 had been the second best-selling game of the month, even with just two days on the market after releasing on May 30th, but the ensuing resurgence of hardware sales is an even more exciting trend for Nintendo. More →

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The Leged of Zelda Wii U Gameplay Trailer

Incredible Legend of Zelda Wii U trailer from E3 showed actual gameplay

By on June 13, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Incredible Legend of Zelda Wii U trailer from E3 showed actual gameplay

While many gamers believed that the trailer shown for The Legend of Zelda Wii U during E3 was just a short animation, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma revealed that the incredible E3 trailer showed actual gameplay as opposed to a short movie. More →

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Super Smash Bros Wii U Review

Watch Conan’s hilarious 9-minute review of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

By on June 13, 2014 at 12:16 PM.

Watch Conan’s hilarious 9-minute review of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

There will be a flood of reviews that washes over the web once Nintendo finally releases Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U later this year. You’ll even find one of them here on BGR, of course. But truth be told, there’s only one review of Nintendo’s next-generation Super Smash Bros. game that you really need to see, and it already ran. More →

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Nintendo E3 2014 Livestream

Watch Nintendo’s E3 2014 event right here

By on June 10, 2014 at 11:54 AM.

Watch Nintendo’s E3 2014 event right here

Once again, Nintendo will be forgoing a press conference this year in favor of an online streaming Digital Event. It might sound like a worrying concession from the struggling Japanese company, but stage presence doesn’t make much of a difference when no one’s buying your home console. We need to see properties both new and old at this event to give us a reason to get excited about Nintendo again. More →

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Mario Kart 8 Wii U Sales

Mario Kart 8 still wasn’t enough to push Wii U past Xbox One and PS4

By on June 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM.

Mario Kart 8 still wasn’t enough to push Wii U past Xbox One and PS4

As expected, the highly acclaimed Mario Kart 8 has given Nintendo a significant sales boost… but it still wasn’t enough to beat the hottest game to launch on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last week. Eurogamer reports that Mario Kart 8 helped Nintendo boost week-over-week Wii U sales by 666% in the United Kingdom last week, although Nintendo’s “savior” game still finished in second place behind Watch Dogs, which outsold Mario Kart 8 on both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. In fact, Mario Kart 8’s strong showing on the charts only goes to show how poorly the Wii U is doing in the latest console wars since it’s literally the only Wii U title in the U.K.’s top 40 list — every other title besides Mario Kart 8 runs on the Xbox One, the PS4, the Xbox 360, the PS3 or even the PS Vita.

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Review
Mario Kart 8 Review

Review: Mario Kart 8 for Wii U

Review: Mario Kart 8 for Wii U

By on May 15, 2014 at 3:01 AM.

As one of the most consistent franchises in Nintendo’s history, the release of a new Mario Kart is always cause for excitement. The last entry, Mario Kart 7, is widely regarded as one of the best in the series, introducing air gliders, underwater racing and customizable karts. All the innovations from the 3DS title have returned in Mario Kart 8, along with the most impressive graphical overhaul the series has ever seen. With dozens of characters to unlock, 32 new and classic courses, a variety of multiplayer modes and a few unbelievably bouncy mustaches, Mario Kart 8 is the party game that the Wii U so desperately needed. More →

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