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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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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Wii U Most Anticipated Games 2014

Here are 5 games that could put the Wii U back on track in 2014

By on January 28, 2014 at 2:04 PM.

Here are 5 games that could put the Wii U back on track in 2014

Now that the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have taken the world by storm, Nintendo has a lot of catching up to do. Of course, Nintendo already had plenty of catching up to do when it failed to promote its console or even explain to potentially willing consumers exactly what the Wii U was going to be, but now that the market is being dominated by faster, sleeker hardware, Nintendo needs to prove to gamers that it has something to offer than Sony and Microsoft don’t. More →

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Nintendo Mobile iPhone Android Windows

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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