Mario Kart 8 Direct

Video: Buying Mario Kart 8 will net you a free Wii U game

By on April 30, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Video: Buying Mario Kart 8 will net you a free Wii U game

One month ahead of the game’s release, Nintendo has unleashed its latest extensive Direct focused entirely on Mario Kart 8. Alongside the game’s release on May 30th, Nintendo will release a Mario Kart 8 Wii U Bundle, containing a Wii U Deluxe Set, red Mario Wii Wheel, Mario Wii Remote Plus and the game for $329.99. If you register the game on your Club Nintendo account before July 31st, you’ll also receive your choice of a free Wii U game: New Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD or Wii Party U. More →

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Nintendo E3 2014 Schedule

Video: Here are Nintendo’s plans for E3 2014

By on April 29, 2014 at 1:09 PM.

Video: Here are Nintendo’s plans for E3 2014

Nintendo made history at E3 last year by forgoing a traditional press conference in favor of a pre-recorded Nintendo Direct broadcast. Although the lack of stage presence was purported to be a one-off, it appears that Nintendo will continue to move away from the established method of dissemination at E3 2014 with the newly branded Nintendo Digital Event on June 10th at 9 a.m. PT, an online stream which will feature “new games and announcements” from Nintendo. More →

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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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Mario Kart 8 Trailer Wii U

Video: Mario Kart 8, the Wii U’s best hope, shown off in new trailer

By on April 3, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

Video: Mario Kart 8, the Wii U’s best hope, shown off in new trailer

The release of Mario Kart 8 was always going to be a big deal but it’s more important than ever because both it and the new Super Smash Bros. game are now the last, best hope for the Wii U. Nintendo on Thursday unleashed a brand-new trailer for its Mario Kart 8 racing game that showed off some new characters that have been added to the mix as well as some killer new courses that we haven’t seen before, including the newest version of Rainbow Road. Mario Kart has long been one of Nintendo’s biggest hits and it’s banking that Mario Kart 8 will be the game that finally helps boost Wii U sales. 2008’s Mario Kart Wii has sold an estimated 38.8 million copies and 2011’s Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS sold around 18.1 million copies, so if Mario Kart 8 sells as well as either of those two games it would give Nintendo’s newest console the jolt that it desperately needs. The new Mario Kart 8 trailer follows below. More →

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Super Smash Bros. Creator PlayStation 4

The man behind one of Nintendo’s best games is a big PS4 fan

By on March 12, 2014 at 3:40 PM.

The man behind one of Nintendo’s best games is a big PS4 fan

As Wii U owners patiently await any signs of life, the creator of one of the console’s most anticipated games even has to admit that he likes what he sees in the PlayStation 4. Masahiro Sakurai, director of the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game for Wii U and 3DS, was recently asked in an interview with Famitsu what he thinks about Sony’s PS4. According to Gematsu’s transtlation, although Sakurai has no interest in the “console war,” he sees the strengths of the PS4 and how the console can benefit game creators. More →

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Nintendo Wii And DS Going Offline

Nintendo is taking the Wii and the DS offline on May 20th

By on February 27, 2014 at 3:20 PM.

Nintendo is taking the Wii and the DS offline on May 20th

It’s time to get those last few rounds of Super Smash Bros. Brawl in, because Nintendo is about to take its legacy consoles offline for good. Nintendo announced on Wednesday that “certain online functionality” for the Wii and DS will be inaccessible starting on May 20th, including online play, matchmaking and leaderboards for a wide range of first-party games. Most other services will remain intact, such as the Wii Shop Channel, Nintendo DSi Shop, Hulu, YouTube and the internet browsers. The Wii U and 3DS will not be affected in any way, other than the removal of online play for Wii games played on the Wii U. The full list of affected games can be found below. More →

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Nintendo Is Doomed PlayStation 4 Sales

Nintendo’s new nightmare

By on February 26, 2014 at 11:45 AM.

Nintendo’s new nightmare

Sony’s PlayStation 4 has finally debuted in Japan… and it is a big problem for Nintendo. According to Famitsu, the PS4 had a pretty great launch week, moving 322,000 units in its home market debut. The Sony box has clearly accelerated the steady erosion of Nintendo’s 3DS portable console sales. In the week ending February 23rd, the 3DS moved just 30,000 units, down from 41,000 the previous week and 74,000 from a year ago. More →

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Review
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze Review

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) review

By on February 21, 2014 at 2:28 PM.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) review

In many ways Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is as faithful of a sequel to the beloved Super Nintendo series as any fan could hope for, but despite the eye-popping visuals and controller-clenchingly tense mine cart rides, this sequel comes apart at the seams. More →

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Nintendo Wii U X Trailer

Video: ‘X’ trailer shows Nintendo’s Wii U can still hold its own against PS4 and Xbox One

By on February 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Video: ‘X’ trailer shows Nintendo’s Wii U can still hold its own against PS4 and Xbox One

The latest RPG from Monolith Soft is proof positive that the Wii U can stand up to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 when the right developers are in charge. X, the follow-up to the international hit Xenoblade Chronicles, was finally given some additional screen time in the latest Nintendo Direct online presentation after months of silence. As one of our most anticipated games of the year, X mixes turn-based combat with real-time action, throwing players into a vast open world filled with gigantic beasts and operable mechs. X definitely appears to share much of its DNA with Xenoblade Chronicles, but the quality of the visuals is what really stands out in the trailers. It might not be the system seller Nintendo needs, but it will certainly turn some heads. Check out the best looking Wii U game yet in the trailer below. 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 Wii U 3DS Common Architecture

How Nintendo plans to make sure next console doesn’t bomb like Wii U

By on February 4, 2014 at 3:26 PM.

How Nintendo plans to make sure next console doesn’t bomb like Wii U

It’s safe to say that Nintendo has learned a few things from its launch of the Wii U, its latest console that has been a horrendous flop in the gaming market. And contrary to many analysts’ opinions, the biggest problem isn’t that Nintendo lacks a strategy for smartphones and tablets so much as the Wii U has simply lacked the must-have games such as Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart that would make it a must-buy. However, Ars Technica reports that Nintendo is planning to make an important change that could ensure that its next major console doesn’t face a dearth of good games during its launch period. More →

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Nintendo iPhone Games

Nintendo still doesn’t care about mobile gaming, teases ‘non-wearable’ tech

By on January 30, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

Nintendo still doesn’t care about mobile gaming, teases ‘non-wearable’ tech

Nintendo on Thursday revealed that while it plans to launch mobile companion apps for its consoles, it still isn’t interested in bringing any kind of Nintendo games to smartphones and tablets. Furthermore, the company teased a “non-wearable” device that will offer some health and “quality of life” features, The Verge reports. More →

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Nintendo Earnings Q3 2014

Nintendo’s Q3 profit plummets as Wii U weighs heavy

By on January 29, 2014 at 7:25 AM.

Nintendo’s Q3 profit plummets as Wii U weighs heavy

What oh what is Nintendo to do with the Wii U? The storied video game company on Wednesday reported earnings for its third fiscal quarter. While sales of its 3DS portable console line continued to hum along at 7.76 million units, the company only managed to sell 1.95 million Wii U consoles despite several anticipated game launches during the holiday quarter, including Super Mario 3D World. Nintendo’s net income plummeted by nearly one-third to Y10.1 billion, or about $98 million, in the December quarter. The company’s operating income came in at Y21.7 billion, or $211 million, and sales in the quarter totaled just over Y499 billion, or $4.8 billion. More →

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