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Nintendo is going mobile, but don’t hold your breath for a full Mario iPhone game [updated]

By on January 28, 2014 at 7:25 AM.

Nintendo is going mobile, but don’t hold your breath for a full Mario iPhone game [updated]

Nintendo may finally be ready to launch mobile games, Nikkei reports, but the company will not simply unleash its Mario or Pokemon universes on iPhone, Android or Windows Phone just yet, even though millions of buyers would likely appreciate such a move. Instead, the company wants to use the growing popularity of mobile content including games to attract users and convince them to invest in Nintendo hardware and games. 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 Mobile Strategy Ideas

Forget making Mario for iPhone – here’s a real plan to save Nintendo

By on January 22, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

Forget making Mario for iPhone – here’s a real plan to save Nintendo

There’s no denying that Nintendo had a rough year in 2013 that included disastrously low Wii U sales. This has led many analysts to say that Nintendo should just throw in the towel on making games exclusive to its own hardware and start building Mario and Zelda games for tablets and smartphonesWired’s Chris Kohler thinks this is foolish because it’s just not in Nintendo’s DNA to make disposable games on the same level as Candy Crush Saga or Plants vs. Zombies. He also thinks that porting older games to tablets hasn’t shown itself to be a winning strategy for many developers. More →

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Nintendo Fusion Specs

Following Wii U flop, Nintendo reportedly already prepping next-gen ‘Fusion’ console

By on January 22, 2014 at 12:45 PM.

Following Wii U flop, Nintendo reportedly already prepping next-gen ‘Fusion’ console

Nintendo’s Wii U home video game console isn’t exactly dead and buried yet, but at this point it’s safe to call the device a complete and utter flop. Games made for the new console are no less entertaining than they were on the original Wii, which was a massive success, but the Wii U lacks any sort of appealing innovation that might woo families and casual gamers. As a result, sales have been terrible and Nintendo slashed its 2014 outlook by 70% from 9 million units to just 2.8 million. Things may have gotten so bad that, according to one report, Nintendo is already starting to work on the Wii U’s successor. More →

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Nintendo Wii U Sales

Enough with the drama – Nintendo isn’t dead just yet

By on January 20, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

Enough with the drama – Nintendo isn’t dead just yet

Shares of Nintendo were hammered early Monday morning on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, down as much as 18% following Nintendo’s admission on Friday that the Wii U is indeed a flop. Nintendo confirmed that it will report its third consecutive annual loss and it slashed its 2014 Wii U sales forecast by a jaw-dropped 70% from from 9 million units to just 2.8 million. In other words, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 each sold more units during their first month and a half on the market than Nintendo expects the Wii U to sell all year in 2014. But by the end of Monday’s trading session in Japan, Nintendo’s stock had recovered to close at 13,745 yen, down just 6.15% on the day, as panic subsided and investors acknowledged the fact that there’s still plenty of fight left in Nintendo. More →

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Nintendo 3DS Sales Analysis

The 3DS’s blockbuster success could be Nintendo’s downfall

By on January 17, 2014 at 2:12 PM.

The 3DS’s blockbuster success could be Nintendo’s downfall

The universally expected, steep sales warning for the Wii U console finally happened. So Nintendo has basically acknowledged its latest home console is flopping. Reviving the Wii U now that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have so much momentum is probably impossible. Unfortunately, the Wii U’s dismal flop will not push Nintendo to re-examine its current strategy, because its handheld console 3DS is such a monster hit. The latest Famitsu numbers that detail sales during the industry’s post-New Year hangover give us a good view of what is preventing Nintendo from changing. More →

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Wii U Sales

The Wii U is officially a disaster: Nintendo slashes sales forecast by 70%

By on January 17, 2014 at 7:35 AM.

The Wii U is officially a disaster: Nintendo slashes sales forecast by 70%

There’s no longer any debating it: Nintendo’s Wii U is an absolute disaster. People were shocked when we talked about what a tremendous failure the Wii U would be following its launch back in 2012, but it’s now a matter of public record. While anyone who has tried the console will tell you that games on the system are just as fun and exciting as they have ever been, the Wii U lacks the flair and innovation that made the Wii such a success. And now, this simple truth is coming back to bite Nintendo yet again — the company said on Friday that terrible Wii U sales will result in its third consecutive annual loss. Nintendo also slashed its 2014 Wii U sales forecast 70 % from 9 million units to just 2.8 million, fewer than the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 sold in just over a month following their respective launches last year. 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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Wii U GamePad PC Games

Video: How to stream PC games to your Wii U GamePad

By on December 30, 2013 at 11:00 PM.

Video: How to stream PC games to your Wii U GamePad

With the release of Super Mario 3D World last month, Wii U owners finally had a reason to plug their consoles back in for the first time in quite a while. Now that Nintendo’s release schedule has slowed to a grinding halt, it’s tempting to put the Wii U back into cold storage, but before you do, take a look at this hack which could breathe new life into the console’s GamePad. 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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Nintendo Wii U Sales Analysis

Awful Wii U sales could force Nintendo to do the unthinkable

By on December 19, 2013 at 1:05 PM.

Awful Wii U sales could force Nintendo to do the unthinkable

Right now Nintendo is sticking to its plan of cutting the Wii U’s price and hoping that big-time games such as Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8 will propel sales of the console in 2014. But what happens if the plan falls through and sales of the Wii U are still awful in six months’ time? As The Associated Press notes, continued poor Wii U sales could force Nintendo to do what had once been unthinkable to the company: Make its popular gaming franchises available on other companies’ hardware. More →

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Super Smash Bros Mario Kart 8 Wii U Trailers

Video: These are the two games that could save Wii U

By on December 18, 2013 at 3:10 PM.

Video: These are the two games that could save Wii U

The Wii U had an undeniably disastrous 2013 in terms of sales but Nintendo thinks it has two aces up its sleeve for next year. Nintendo on Wednesday released two new videos showing off the two most important exclusive games that it will release next year — Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8. Both games are loaded with beloved characters from Nintendo’s Mario Bros. games and both are based on franchises that have made Nintendo a lot of money in the past. More →

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Nintendo 3DS Vs Amazon Kindle

Now Amazon is pulling ahead of Nintendo in handheld gaming in the U.S.

By on December 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM.

Now Amazon is pulling ahead of Nintendo in handheld gaming in the U.S.

It’s no news that both iOS and Android portable devices have eclipsed Nintendo’s 3DS and DS platforms over the past couple of years. But it’s a bit of a surprise that now even Amazon’s Kindle devices are moving ahead of Nintendo’s systems when U.S. gamers are polled about their favorite portable gaming system. The new IDC-App Annie report on the gaming ecosystem represents another grim setback for Nintendo. There are now three different smartphone/tablet ecosystems that American consumers view more favorably as gaming platforms than Nintendo’s offerings. More →

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