Super Smash Bros. 3DS Wii U Release

Video: Super Smash Bros. coming to 3DS this summer, Wii U in fall

By on April 9, 2014 at 5:34 PM.

Video: Super Smash Bros. coming to 3DS this summer, Wii U in fall

Nintendo announced on Tuesday night that the highly anticipated next-gen installment of Super Smash Bros. will finally release on the 3DS this summer and on the Wii U in fall. Along with the release window, Nintendo also went into detail about the visual enhancements of the multiplatform title, the game’s dedication to the competitive fighting community and the introduction of some new (and not-so-new) faces. More →

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Nintendo Analysis Video Game Industry

Would Nintendo’s death drag the entire gaming industry down with it?

By on February 10, 2014 at 12:49 PM.

Would Nintendo’s death drag the entire gaming industry down with it?

As journalists, bloggers and pundits prescribe poorly thought-out solutions for Nintendo’s woes, the gaming giant continues to chug forward, although at a much slower speed than it did in the last console generation. Despite disastrous sales figures for the Wii U, software sales remain relatively strong and the 3DS took advantage of slowing hardware sales to top the charts in 2013. Nintendo has countless issues that it needs to address, but while the doomsayers of the Internet continue to prophesy the downfall of the company, it’s important to understand just how destructive Nintendo’s death could be. More →

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Nintendo Console Hacking Court Ruling

EU court says Nintendo can’t stop users from hacking its consoles

By on January 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

EU court says Nintendo can’t stop users from hacking its consoles

There has been plenty of discussion lately on how Nintendo can recover from its downward spiral, but none of the potential solutions have included allowing users to hack their consoles. Nevertheless, this might be a future Nintendo has to face if a recent European Union court ruling is upheld. Europe Online Magazine reports that the EU’s top court ruled on Thursday that “Nintendo cannot prevent its consoles from being tampered with to play multimedia from other providers, except in the case of illegally copied video games.” More →

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Nintendo 3DS Game Sales 2013

Forget Wii U: Nintendo sold more than 16 million 3DS games in 2013

By on January 10, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Forget Wii U: Nintendo sold more than 16 million 3DS games in 2013

It remains to be seen how well the Wii U sold in its first full year on the market, but at least one Nintendo console flourished in 2013. According to a recent press release, Nintendo sold more than 16 million physical and digital 3DS games last year, a 45% increase in year-over-year sales. The 3DS family (which includes the 3DS, 3DS XL and 2DS) has also surpassed more than 11.5 million sales in the U.S. There were plenty of great games for the portable console released in 2013, including the new Pokemon titles and the system seller that is The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Another long-awaited sequel, Yoshi’s New Island, is set to lead the charge in 2014 as Nintendo tries to top its record once again. The full press release can be found below. More →

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Best Wii U 3DS Games

These are the 5 best Wii U and 3DS games so far

By on December 20, 2013 at 3:35 PM.

These are the 5 best Wii U and 3DS games so far

We have chronicled the sad tale of the Wii U ever since it launched last year. Nintendo failed to get the word out, and in turn the public failed to show any interest. Some consumers didn’t even understand what the Wii U was, and it’s hard to blame them. Things still aren’t looking any better for the king of the last generation, especially now that Microsoft and Sony have both re-entered the market with hardware that blows away anything the Wii U has to offer. The one thing the Wii U does have over the PS4 and Xbox One this holiday season is a year long head start, which means a much wider — and better — selection of games to purchase. More →

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Video Game Sales October 2013

Video game sales show signs of life, jump 10% in October

By on November 15, 2013 at 10:00 PM.

Video game sales show signs of life, jump 10% in October

Thanks to a few huge fall releases, video game sales managed to improve year-over-year once again in October, according to the latest numbers sent to us by the NDP Group. This makes for the third month of positive growth for the industry, an estimated $1.3 billion in total consumer spending that signifies a 5% jump over October 2012. The Nintendo 3DS led the hardware segment for the sixth consecutive month, in part due to 2DS sales, although overall hardware sales were down 8% from last year. With the launch of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One this month, hardware sales should see a major surge in November, but for now, Nintendo still has the best-selling console on the market. More →

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A Link Between Worlds 3DS Review

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) review

By on November 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) review

The top-down Zelda games started as console releases on the NES and SNES, but as 3D graphics took precedence, the flatter rendition of Hyrule was relegated to the portable platforms. Some have been better than others (here’s to you, Minish Cap), but virtually every portable entry to the series has stayed rooted to the open-world exploration of the original game. It might not be the best game in the series, but A Link Between Worlds for the Nintendo 3DS and other portable consoles is the most open, fluid and distinctive title since Wind Waker. More →

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Nintendo executive claims digital sales are soaring

Nintendo executive claims digital sales are soaring

By on April 19, 2013 at 10:30 PM.

Nintendo executive claims digital sales are soaring

Nintendo’s new Wii U has been labeled a flop with estimated sales of only 55,000 units domestically in the month of March. Nintendo of America’s chief executive Reggie Fils-Aime isn’t worried, however. The executive told GamesIndustry.biz that digital downloads are soaring and fast becoming a “notable contributor” to the company’s bottom line, a trend he believes will continue. More →

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Nintendo 3DS Porn Gift

Five-year-old finds porn on refurbished Nintendo 3DS from GameStop

By on December 28, 2012 at 11:10 AM.

Five-year-old finds porn on refurbished Nintendo 3DS from GameStop

Five-year-old Brandon Giles must have been excited to receive a Nintendo 3DS for Christmas — at least, he was until he turned it on. According to 9News, Giles’ father bought a refurbished 3DS from GameStop (GME) in Colorado for his son. However, when his son turned  it on and started poking around, he found nine pornographic images of two people in a bed and asked his brother to help him erase them. That’s when the father gave GameStop a call. GameStop’s response was that the images were most likely left over from its previous owner and an employee failed to properly wipe out the data on the 3DS before re-stocking it.  More →

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Nintendo 3DS Sales

Nintendo’s amazing triumph in Japan may doom the company internationally

By on December 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM.

Nintendo’s amazing triumph in Japan may doom the company internationally

According to Japanese gaming bible Famitsu, Nintendo (NTDOY) 3DS sold 333,000 units in the week ending December 16, while Sony’s (SNE) PS Vita limped along at 13,000 units, the new Wii U did an okay 130,000 units and the PlayStation 3 managed to sell 46,000 units.  The utter hardware domination of the 3DS is reshaping the Japanese software market. Franchises that were thought to be fading have been revitalized in their portable versions. The 3DS version of the ancient Animal Crossing series, famed for being the game where nothing happens, hit a staggering 1.7 million units last week in Japan. Inazuma Eleven sold 170,000 units in its launch week, up from 140,000 units its DS version managed in 2011. More →

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Nintendo 3DS sales in U.S. reach 4.5 million in first year

By on March 6, 2012 at 9:55 PM.

Nintendo 3DS sales in U.S. reach 4.5 million in first year

Nintendo on Tuesday announced that it has sold 4.5 million 3DS units in the handset’s first year of U.S. availability. Sales thus far have outpaced Nintendo’s original DS, which sold 2.3 million units in the U.S. during its first 12 months. Since launching last March, the 3DS has reached over 100 titles with over 9 million games sold, accounting for over $1.2 billion in total sales. “Nintendo 3DS closes its first year with a lengthy list of accomplishments but we’re still just scratching the surface,” said Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. “With a massive lineup of first- and third-party games and more on the way, a budding library of entertainment options and an engaged and growing installed base, Nintendo 3DS has an incredibly bright future. We’re just getting started but this platform is built for the long haul.” Read on for Nintendo’s press release. More →

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Nintendo cuts 3DS sales forecast, will report first annual loss

By on January 26, 2012 at 7:25 PM.

Nintendo cuts 3DS sales forecast, will report first annual loss

Nintendo recently published a note in which it said it will report an annual operating loss of 45 billion yen ($575 million) for the December quarter. Analysts had expected the Japan-based gaming giant to report a 4.2 billion yen loss, Reuters said Thursday. The company now expects to ship 10 million Wii consoles, instead of the original 12 million projected, and 14 million units of its portable 3DS gaming consoles, down from 16 million units. “We had higher expectations for the year-end season, but failed to meet them,” President Satoru Iwata said while speaking to press in Osaka, Japan. Three analysts speaking to Reuters all agreed that Nintendo needs to rethink its strategy and understand that consoles could be a thing of the past. “Their time of growth [from console systems] is over, and, while I don’t think the company will cease to exist, if they don’t move into new categories, they will no doubt lose the great scale they’ve amassed,” Mitsushige Akino, chief fund manager at Ichiyoshi Investment Management in Tokyo, told Reuters. Satoru Iwata has previously said that creating games for Apple’s iOS mobile platform is “absolutely not under consideration.” More →

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Nintendo 3DS sales surpass 4 million units, U.S. Wii sales top 4.5 million consoles in 2011

By on January 3, 2012 at 9:00 PM.

Nintendo 3DS sales surpass 4 million units, U.S. Wii sales top 4.5 million consoles in 2011

Nintendo announced on Tuesday that it has shipped more than 4 million 3DS units worldwide in nine months. That’s more than the number of Wii units Nintendo sold during that console’s first nine months on the market, though Nintendo did announce that it sold more than 4.5 million Wiis in the U.S. alone last year. “One of the strongest software lineups in our history helped Nintendo have a great holiday season and to close 2011 with a full head of steam,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Not only have the new Mario and Zelda titles already broken records, but with strong reviews and satisfied customers sharing their positive experiences, all three are also shaping up to be the latest long-tail titles from Nintendo. Couple that with a massive first- and third party lineup in the first part of the year and the prospects for 2012 are extremely promising.” The 3DS initially had a slow start, but Nintendo’s decision to slash the price of the console helped boost sales almost immediately. The addition of new hit titles, such as Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D also helped attract new buyers. Nintendo’s full press release follows after the break. More →

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