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The Wii U’s day of reckoning has arrived

By on December 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

The Wii U’s day of reckoning has arrived

Nintendo’s Wii U had a one-year head start over its rival consoles and it now appears that all of that time has now been squandered. Bloomberg notes that Wii U sales are being absolutely crushed by sales of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One in early holiday shopping as Sony and Microsoft “each sold more game consoles in 24 hours than the Wii U maker did in nine months.” Recent sales figures have led analysts to project that Nintendo will whiff badly on its goal to sell 9 million Wii U consoles by the end of March and many think the company will instead sell only around 6 million units. More →

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Super Mario 3D World Sales

The worst news yet for Wii U

By on November 29, 2013 at 10:40 AM.

The worst news yet for Wii U

All year long the bad news about Wii U sales has been offset to some extent by the hope that the next big Mario title would turn around the console’s fortunes. As it happened, Nintendo crafted a fairly majestic new title in “Super Mario 3D World,” which has been garnering rave reviews in recent days. This makes it all the more disappointing that the game sold just 99,600 copies during its debut week in Japan. “Super Mario Galaxy” sold 256,000 units in its debut week, and “Super Mario Galaxy 2″ shifted 337,000 units back in the day. More →

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Nintendo Android Tablet Rumor

Nintendo seems to be toying around with making an Android tablet

By on November 20, 2013 at 12:15 PM.

Nintendo seems to be toying around with making an Android tablet

Could Nintendo finally be breaking down and branching out to other platforms? Nintendo Everything has picked out a series of tweets by a Nintendo software engineer discussing an internal Android tablet project. The tweets are fairly detailed and the engineer describes how he is “experimenting with a tablet of Nintendo, the system is based on Android, fully modified and unified as a database of the tablet.” The engineer also says that “Nintendo is testing only the “Android” but in fact she wants a system written in C/C++ in a Unix environment for the system single tablet!” More →

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Super Mario 3D World Review

Review: Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U

By on November 19, 2013 at 4:10 PM.

Review: Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U

If you had asked me a month ago which consoles I’d be spending the most time with over the holidays, the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS would not have been on that list. Two huge releases later, however, and I’m having trouble deciding which Nintendo console to power on. 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 Wii Mini Price Release Date

Nintendo bringing feature-stripped Wii Mini stateside later this month

By on November 4, 2013 at 11:00 PM.

Nintendo bringing feature-stripped Wii Mini stateside later this month

Nintendo might be taking a page from Samsung’s gadget spam approach with its holiday hardware lineup. Polygon reported on Monday that the Wii Mini console, which was previously exclusive to Canada, will be coming to the United States before the end of the month in a $99 bundle that includes a Wii Remote Plus, a nunchuk controller, a sensor bar and Mario Kart Wii. More →

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Nintendo Q2 2013 Earnings

Despite higher Wii U sales, Nintendo posts operating loss in Q2

By on October 31, 2013 at 12:00 AM.

Despite higher Wii U sales, Nintendo posts operating loss in Q2

Price cuts have helped Nintendo sell a lot more Wii U consoles but they haven’t helped the company’s operating bottom line. Per Engadget, Nintendo posted an operating loss of $237 million in its second-quarter earnings report despite nearly doubling the number of Wii U consoles sold from the previous quarter. In all, Nintendo sold 300,000 Wii U’s in Q2, a significant jump from the 160,000 it sold in Q1 but not nearly enough to help the company reach its goal of selling 9 million of the consoles by the end of March. In its earnings report Nintendo even went so far to say that the Wii U, which has sold just 3.9 million units so far this year, “still has a negative impact on Nintendo’s profits.”

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Need for Speed Rivals Wii U

‘Need for Speed: Rivals,’ another high profile release, skipping Wii U

By on October 22, 2013 at 8:30 PM.

‘Need for Speed: Rivals,’ another high profile release, skipping Wii U

It has already been a very busy month for Nintendo, between the incredibly positive sales figures of the Wii U and the retirement of the original Wii, but October isn’t over yet. In an interview with The Sixth Axis, “Need for Speed: Rivals” creative director Craig Sullivan said that Rivals would not be making its way to the Wii U after “Need for Speed: Most Wanted” failed to sell many copies on Nintendo’s next-generation console. More →

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Nintendo Wii Production Ended

End of the line for Nintendo’s Wii

By on October 21, 2013 at 5:10 PM.

End of the line for Nintendo’s Wii

Nintendo’s best-selling home console to date, which moved over 100 million units, has finally been retired. Kotaku noticed on Monday that Nintendo has updated its Japanese product page for the Wii with a short phrase which translates to “production ended.” Some consoles live much longer lives than the Wii, such as the PlayStation 2 — which has been through several redesigns since its release in 2000 — but Nintendo has decided to cap off its previous generation by shutting down production of the Wii all together. Nintendo will refocus entirely on its very successful portable platforms and the year-old, flailing Wii U as a new set of challenges arise in the form of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Nintendo will do its best to build on a relatively strong September as it hopes to find its way to as many shopping lists as possible this holiday season.

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Wii U Sales Price Cut

Wii U sales see 200% increase after $50 price cut

By on October 18, 2013 at 5:55 PM.

Wii U sales see 200% increase after $50 price cut

Nintendo has been struggling to move the Wii U from store shelves into living rooms around the world since the day the console launched. Several huge publishers have all but abandoned the system, leaders in the game industry have discounted Nintendo’s future, and first-party games are still nowhere to be found. Nintendo had no choice but to get proactive in the wake of all that bad news, so they chopped $50 off the price tag of the Wii U Deluxe Set, and it seems to have turned things around. More →

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Nintendo Windows Apps

Mario, Yoshi, other Nintendo characters now flooding Windows app store

By on October 8, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

Mario, Yoshi, other Nintendo characters now flooding Windows app store

The Windows 8 app market has struggled to gain any real traction, dwarfed by the gigantic iOS and Android app stores. But it does seem to have a secret edge over the larger app markets: a total lack of IP protection! Right now, some of the hottest new apps on Windows are called Mario Jump, Yoshijump and Pokemon Attack. And yes, they do use the popular Nintendo characters from the games we all know and love. The apps seem very odd — the Mario game seems to be combining a photorealistic sky backdrop with 1980s style platforms. Bowser Town Defense features an equally weird graphical style. More →

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Nintendo Wii U Sales

Atari founder: Nintendo may be on a ‘path to irrelevance’

By on September 12, 2013 at 3:30 PM.

Atari founder: Nintendo may be on a ‘path to irrelevance’

Nintendo’s Wii U has had a rocky start, to say the least. Sales of the new console have been hugely disappointing thus far, forcing Nintendo to slash the system’s price despite repeatedly stating that it would not. According to comments made recently by Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Nintendo may currently be on a “path to irrelevance” by sticking to dedicated home and portable video game consoles while refusing to embrace mobile platforms. And if there’s anyone who knows about dominant gaming console companies becoming irrelevant, it’s Bushnell. More →

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