Nintendo announced that the releases of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Amiibo on November 21 are already smashing successes. In fact the company has put these products as some of the best-selling properties in 2014.
Together Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire sold nearly 1.5 million copies during their first ten days of availability in the US at retail and through digital channels. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have performed even better in Japan, with 1.5 million copies sold in just three days.
If you scored most of the first batch of Amiibo figures, consider yourself lucky because Nintendo won't be releasing a second batch of some of the already released figures. In a statement issued to the press, the company confirmed that certain figures in its interactive action figure range had not been restocked after selling out at various retailers.
A number of Super Smash Bros for Wii U owners are reporting a system error has caused some people to accidentally "brick" their consoles. This odd glitch is only happening to a small minority of Wii U owners. According to some users, their system is refusing to play Super Smash Bros and spits out a 160-0103 error code with the Wii U system message: "There is a problem with the system memory. For help, make a note of the error code and visit support.nintendo.com."
An actor named Parker Mills is suing Nintendo. Mills was hired to play the role of the Donkey Kong during a May 24, 2013 event at the Los Angeles Zoo to celebrate the launch of a Nintendo 3DS game, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.
Mills’ lawsuit against Nintendo was filed Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. According to one of his attorneys, Tyler Barnett, Mills - wearing a heavy Donkey Kong costume - was denied breaks and not provided with the required ice pack to cool him down as he talked to zoo guests in the hot sun.
Nintendo and Philips have come to an agreement that pretty much settles a patent infringement case between the two companies filed earlier this year. Philips claimed that, prior to suing Nintendo, it attempted to set up licensing deals for the patents it believed the company was infringing on.. since 2011. Nintendo mostly ignored the company's inquiries (according to Philips' characterization of the situation), causing Philips to sue Nintendo and seek a ban of the company's allegedly infringing products in the U.S.
Nintendo has pulled an obscure 3DS game from its eShop after learning that it contained an exploit that potentially could be used to run unsigned code. Last week a hacker who focuses on Nintendo systems (who goes by the name Smealum) revealed an exploit he calls "NINJHAX," which lets players hack into the 3DS. This is done using a game developed AQ Interactive and published in the west by Ubisoft called Cubic Ninja - which was until recently available on the 3DS eShop.
In an interview appearing in UK paper The Telegraph, Nintendo's most famous game designer Shigeru Miyamoto said that he is not all that interested in having the same games that appear on "other systems" appearing on the Wii U.
While we have been saying that Nintendo's Amiibo NFC figures can be used with multiple Wii U and 3DS games, it appears that they may have some limitations after all. According to a post on the Japanese Amiibo page, the figures can only store data for one game at a time.
"Amiibo can only store data for one read/write compatible game at a time," Nintendo tells consumers on its product page.
According to what Nintendo tells IGN, the company is considering opening up its Amiibo technology to third party game makers so that they can create their own games that utilize it.
As part of its Nintendo Direct event yesterday, Nintendo announced 24 indie titles coming to Wii U and 3DS, including Gone Home, Thomas Was Alone, A World of Keflings, The Swapper and Proun+.
Other notable titles coming to Nintendo platforms include the popular Stealth Inc 2 and Shovel Knight. Some of these games are (obviously) not exclusive to Nintendo's platforms and already available elsewhere.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata admits that it might be time to end the much maligned practice of region-locking its products. Speaking during a recent Q&A session with investors (as chronicled by this NeoGAF thread), Iwata acknowledged moving towards region-free consoles could be beneficial for the company.
A number of people who enjoy playing Smash Bros 3DS online have found themselves banned... for 136 years! No this isn't Nintendo being heavy-handed with players; apparently it's all due to an odd bug. According to what one programmer posits on this Reddit thread, the bans occurred due to a bug related to the game's ban verification process, he suggests. His theory is that it involves a simple code error in the programming used to determine a player's correct ban length.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has an interesting report on how Nintendo's end-user license agreement (EULA) for the Wii U is an "agree or else" kind of agreement.
Wii U ain't doing so hot. Two years out and its sold less than seven million units worldwide (as of June 30). Many said, "Wait until Mario comes out! No, not New Super Mario Bros. U, a real 3D Mario game!"
Super Mario 3D World came out last year, sold over two million units (New Super Mario Bros. U sold over four million) and Wii U sold about two million units that holiday. Not great but not bad. Unfortunately, there was no sales momentum and the Wii U only sold about 300k in the next quarter.
Nintendo made a few Super Smash Bros.-related announcements this morning including the fact that the Nintendo 3DS version of the game has sold more than 2.8 million units worldwide - mostly attributed to sales of the game in North America, Europe, and Australia. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS launched on Sept. 13 in Japan, Oct. 3 in the North America and Europe, and Oct. 4 in Australia.
Dan Adelman, the guy that used to be in charge of Nintendo's indie program, was let go by the company in early August. Today we learn from Gamasutra that Adelman is helping developer Tom Happ with Axiom Verge. Adelman says that he is handling the business- and marketing-related stuff for Happ's upcoming game.
Nintendo of Japan today issued a formal apology for banning Super Smash Bros. online players while in the midst of trying to clear up a glitch. The game for 3DS, which launched in Japan Sept. 13, contains a glitch related to item usage in an online game mode that doesn't allow it.
According to multiple reports on the glitch, a number of players found a way to use Princess Peach's special ability to pull and throw her turnip item in the 'For Glory' online mode. The problem is that items are supposed to be disabled.
A number of adult-themed images managed to make their way to the Mario & Luigi Dream Team Miiverse community, before they were finally spotted by administrators and deleted. While none of the images were x-rated, they did show anime and real women with huge breasts in various provocative poses.
Nintendo today announced a free game giveaway for consumers who buy a 3DS, 3DS XL, or 2DS and either Super Smash Bros or Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire between now and January 12th 2015. The bad news is that this offer is only available in the UK and other PAL territories (Europe).
Those who meet the aforementioned requirements must also register their new system and the game they bought through Club Nintendo before January 12, 2015.
Do you like Batman? Do like LEGO games? Do you like DLC?
Well, Warner Bros. has you covered. Yesterday, it announced 6 DLC packs for this fall's LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Each pack includes a brand new mission level (Story Mode and Free Play), new characters, new vehicles and new achievements.
The first three packs, the Dark Knight Pack, Batman 75th Anniversary Pack, and the Man of Steel Pack, will be available Nov. 11th and cost £2.55 each (about $4).
If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 112), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below.
Surprising everyone who didn't see it coming (obviously), Nintendo announced a brand spanking new model of the Nintendo 3DS called New Nintendo 3DS.
Great name, eh? Check out the attached Nintendo Direct. The New 3DS stuff starts at 14:20. Of course, it's in Japanese but that never stops a true fan!
Anyway, the New 3DS (which comes in both standard and XL sizes) launches in Japan on October 11th with a host of new features including:
Nintendo of Europe has confirmed with Kotaku that around 320 of its employees will be laid off this week. That number includes around 130 full-time Nintendo of Europe employees, along with 190 temporary workers at Nintendo of Europe's Germany-based localization department. All 320 people will be unemployed by August 31, according to Kotaku.
If you were wondering why the releases of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U are staggered, the answer is the debugging process. According to series creator Masahiro Sakurai, who recently wrote about the games in his Famitsu Weekly column (as translated by Kotaku East), the debugging process for both games is very time consuming. Sakurai is currently debugging the 3DS version of the game, which is set to be released first.
Nintendo has responded to a petition calling on the company to add Robin Williams as a character in the next Legend of Zelda game. Williams and his daughter Zelda were big fans of the game series and have in the past appeared in Nintendo commercials supporting the franchise and other Nintendo games. Williams was an avid gamer and a big fan of Nintendo's series. His daughter is named after the world famous princess from the game as well.
Nintendo announced on Thursday that it has sold over 40 million 3DS systems in the United States since the system launched in March of 2011. Nintendo made its announcement alongside the NPD group numbers for July, which showed that that four of the top-ten best selling games at U.S. retail were for the system. Nintendo did not say how many of these sales were bundles or if it included sales numbers for the 2DS in the figure.
Atlanta-based company InComm has acquired point-of-sales services company SIRAS.com Inc. from Nintendo of America, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
InComm global provider of gift, debit and card technology. The company said it acquired SIRAS to help it expand "asset control and point-of-sale services to retailers."
SIRAS will become a wholly owned subsidiary of InComm. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.