Nintendo has so far resisted the gilded allure of microtransactions. They’re pretty new to the DLC thing, and have only just attempted free-to-play with Steel Diver, but the company’s stayed away from microtransactions and the smartphone gaming market. One of its investors has sent a letter to Nintendo urging the company to start .
You heard correctly, Sony Pictures has picked up ‘CONSOLE WARS’ by Blake Harris, a business thriller about Sega’s rise to acclaim taking on established console juggernaut Nintendo.
Nintendo spent so much energy focusing on Luigi last year, hoping that shifting attention away from the red brother would have a correlating affect on their bank accounts. Surprising almost no one, it did little to boost the sales of Nintendo games and particularly the Wii U. Now Luigi's year is coming to an end - I wonder what the new year will bring.
Donkey Kong’s return to gaming in 2010’s aptly named Donkey Kong Country Returns proved that the big ape could not just rub shoulders with the best platformers, but was in fact their King. Yes, back in 2010 before Rayman Origins and its exquisite follow-up existed, I proclaimed that Donkey Kong Country was perhaps the finest 2D platformer available. It’s one reason I’ve been confused by fan reaction to the news that developer Retro studios would be working on another Donkey Kong Country game. It doesn’t matter that it’s not the Metroid game you were hoping for…because it’s rather good.
Another month, another Nintendo Direct! I love these announcements from the Japanese developer, as they’re down to earth and happen to be all about the games. The first Nintendo Direct of 2014 kicked off last night. Here’s what Iwata and pals had to show the world.
As great as Pokémon X and Y is, the game does have one drawback. Namely, that it doesn’t exactly have space for several generations of Pokémon to fit inside the in-game PC. That’s where Pokémon Bank comes in, as it allows players to cloud-save their beloved monsters. And it’s worth a few bucks once a year.
Due to poor sales of the WiiU, Nintendo CEO Saturo Iwata has planned a mass buyback of shares according to Businessweek. Nintendo has stated that it will “purchase as many as 9.5 million shares, or 7.4 percent of its outstanding stock, at 12,025 yen a piece from interested investors.”
I've been looking forward to Watch Dogs - I know Geoff says it's overhyped, but I still think it will be a fun game. Considering the whole hacking/use your phone thing, I thought it could be really cool on the Wii U - what an ideal interface for this game. Rumor has circulated that it won't be coming the Wii U, but what does Nintendo say?
Nintendo needs a new direction. As much as I love the Wii U, it has not been a successful console. Plenty of people have ideas about what Nintendo can do to save itself, but it seems that they have their own vision. It may be unusual, but it just might work.
You have to love the Japanese and their humility. When they feel responsible for something, they’ll own up to it and suffer the consequences as a result. That’s exactly what’s happening over at Nintendo, which has seen its third straight annual loss in a row.
Nintendo is unveiling their new plan to go mobile at some point this year according to the Japanese newspaper “The Nikkei”, but not in the way you would expect. They will formally announce this at an investors meeting this Thursday.
For many people, Nintendo’s Wii U is just not next-gen enough. Some (wrongly) believe it can’t even compare to the Ps3 and Xbox 360. If Nintendo wants to stay in the game, they need a system that can compete with the PS4 and Xbox One. They’re most likely busy with Research and Development on new systems right now. These are probably not the specs for those systems.
You know how Gavin said that Microsoft threw away their advantage gained from Xbox 360? Well, Nintendo has done far worse - after the massive success of the Wii, the Wii U has been a major flop. Now, Nintendo needs to re-evaluate their business.