Nintendo Will Appeal Philips Patent Win

June 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo UK says that it will appeal a decision by a UK High Court judge who ruled last week that the Wii and Wii U violate several patents held by Philips. High Court judge Colin Birss said Nintendo infringed two Philips patents in a ruling last week related to the sensor and camera used in the Wii and Wii U. The judge said that Nintendo did not violate a third patent related to modeling a body in a virtual environment.

Nintendo issued the following statement on the matter:

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UK High Court Rules That Nintendo's Wii Violates Two Philips Patents

June 20, 2014 - James Fudge

The High Court of the United Kingdom has ruled that Nintendo's Wii console system infringes on two of Philips' patents, Bloomberg reports. Judge Colin Birss said Nintendo infringed two Philips patents in a ruling today related to the sensor and camera used in the Wii. The judge said that Nintendo did not violate a third patent related to modeling a body in a virtual environment.

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Nintendo Releases Four Wii U Student-Created Games For Free in Japan

June 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo has made four student games available for free on Wii U eShop in Japan. All of the games were built by teams of students in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.

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Nintendo Wins Patent Infringement Lawsuit Appeal

June 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A federal appeals court has dismissed a patent infringement claim against Nintendo's Wii Remote controller filed by Triton Tech in 2010. The lawsuit was first filed by Triton Tech in 2010, but was dismissed by a Seattle district court judge because the patent "did not adequately describe a complete invention." The judge rendered the patent invalid. But Triton decided to appeal the decision in the federal appeals court. The Appeals court upheld the lower court ruling on June 13.

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PSA: Play Nintendo Tour 2014

June 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a bid to promote its 2DS - the no-frills version of its 3DS hand-held gaming system, Nintendo will kick off a multi-city tour allowing gamers in select areas try out the device and the newest games for it. Games scheduled for the tour include Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Yoshi’s New Island,  Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds,  Super Mario 3D Land, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, and Mario Kart 7.

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Reggie Fils-Aime: Nintendo's Wii U in Second Place Behind PS4

June 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said lots of interesting things while he was at E3 last week. Adding to his comment that watching people playing games isn't exciting (millions of people do it every day on Twitch and YouTube), Fils-Aime told the Seattle Times that the Wii U is currently second place in console war, right behind Sony's PS4 and right ahead of Microsoft's Xbox One.

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Poll: Who Had the Best E3 Press Conference/Digital Event?

June 11, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

It's E3 week and Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo are doing their damnedest to convince us to buy their stuff.

Earlier this week, Nintendo had a digital event announcing it's upcoming games while the other four hosted full press conferences.  Who had the best show?

If you need a refresher, you can read our recaps here: 

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Reggie Fils-Aime Insists Wii U Has a 'Strong Third-Party Pipeline'

June 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime attempted to address concerns that there has been a real lack of third-party titles for the Wii U announced so far this week, but didn't actually mention any third-party titles. During Nintendo's E3 Direct feed yesterday Nintendo didn't highlight one company outside of its own brand that is developing a game for the Wii U or even the 3DS.

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Devil's Third a 'Wii U Exclusive'

June 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Here's a pretty rare occurrence: a game that is not only on the Wii U in the first place but also "only on Wii U." A game being a Wii U exclusive and not a first party title is rarer than catching Bigfoot ordering 12 Big Macs at the McDonald's drive-thru.

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Nintendo Direct E3 Report

June 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo's Digital E3 Event opened with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime facing off against Nintendo president Satoru Iwata in a fight to promote Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U. The fight then transitioned into a fight in Super Smash Bros. using Miis of both Nintendo executives, but the tide of battle changes when Satoru uses a Mario action figure that brings Mario into the match for a two-on-one fight against Reggie.

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Andrew Eisen's 10 Crazy Nintendo E3 Predictions

June 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Andrew Eisen's latest video offers ten far-out predictions about what Nintendo will announce at its E3-releated Nintendo Direct press event today at 9 AM PT. We won't spoil the video for you, but most of these predictions are way over the top and possibly the bi-product of Andrew's sometimes over-active imagination and a lack of sleep. You can watch the video to your left.

Here's a crazy prediction from us. Nintendo will finally announce that a proper sequel to the SNES version of Earthbound will be coming to Wii U and 3DS in November.

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Poll: Who Will Have the Biggest Gaffe During Its E3 Presentation?

June 6, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

The Electronics Entertainment Expo is next week and kicking it off is a round of press conferences where the biggest publishers will try and dazzle you with game announcements and spectacle in an attempt to win your dollars.

Of course, these presentations rarely go off without a hitch.  Everything from technical failures such as Nintendo's Skyward Sword demo from 2011 or EA's Battlefield 4 false start last year to horrible hosts such as "Mr. Caffeine" from Ubisoft's 2011 presser and Jamie Kennedy who MC'd Activision's show in 2007.

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Nintendo to Consolidate European Operation, Lay Off 130 Employees

June 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo announced today that it will consolidate its European operations and lay off 130 employees. The company said in a press release today that it will be closing its headquarters building and a warehouse in Großostheim, Germany and moving its European operations to Frankfurt. These changes mean that an estimated "130 permanent employees" will be laid off.

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Tetris Turns 30 Today

June 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The popular puzzle game Tetris is 30 years old today. The game became popular when it appeared on a new hand-held system from Nintendo - the GameBoy - and the rest is history.

Bloomberg TV program "Bloomberg West" has a segment on the latest episode of the show featuring Wedbush Securities' Michael Pachter discussing the popularity of Tetris and its impact on video games today.


Poll Results: Is Forcing a Revenue Split With Let's Players in Nintendo's Best Interest?

June 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week we asked readers, "Is Forcing a Revenue Split With Let's Players in Nintendo's Best Interest?" A majority of the votes cast said that this latest move by Nintendo to get a cut of the revenues Let's Play video creators get from YouTube will bite them in the ass at some point down the road.

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Poll: Is Forcing a Revenue Split With Let's Players in Nintendo's Best Interest?

May 28, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Last year, Nintendo pissed off a good chunk of the internet by smacking a bunch of YouTube Let's Play videos with copyright claims, seeking to suck up all the ad revenue generated by videos of fans playing its games.

In the face of angry fans, something a company struggling to sell its new console really doesn't need, Nintendo backed off.

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Nintendo Reveals Plan to 'Share' Revenue with YouTube 'Let's Play' Video Makers

May 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UPDATE: Kotaku wrangled a statement out of Nintendo.

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Nintendo Wins Patent Lawsuit Against Wall Wireless

May 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo has won a patent infringement lawsuit filed back in 2009 by Wall Wireless LLC concerning the DS and DSi handheld gaming systems. In February of 2009, Texas-based Wall Wireless LLC sued Nintendo claiming that its DS and DSi handhelds violated a patent it held related to wireless communication technology.

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John Oliver Explores Same Sex Relationships in the Nintendo Universe

May 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In the latest edition of HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver that aired last night, the comedian and former correspondent to the Daily Show (who also served as fill-in host earlier this year for John Stewart while he filmed a movie) made fun of the situation surrounding Nintendo's stance on same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life.

During the show, Oliver pondered what the Nintendo universe would be like if various Nintendo characters were allowed to have same-sex marriages. You can check it out to your left.

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Philips Seeks Wii U Sales Ban Over Alleged Wii U Patent Infringement

May 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronics manufacturer Philips claims that the Wii U infringes several of the company's patents and is seeking to have the system banned from being sold in the United States. Philips claims that Nintendo copied technologies that replicate a "user's real-life actions in-game" and that it uses a patent related to "user interfaces designed to be navigated by a pointing device" (such as a Wii Remote).

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 98

May 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the latest GamePolitics Poll results (should Kickstarter adopt an equity-based investment model?), the web-hosting service that dared to throttle the FCC, the national Reason-Rupe poll about gaming, and the Tomodachi Life controversy. Download Episode 98 now: SuperPAC Episode 98 (1 hour, 8 minutes) 78 MB.

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Nintendo Store Offers Refurbished 32GB Wii U Deluxe for $200

May 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Taking a page from GameSpot (apparently) Nintendo's online store is offering a refurbished Wii U 32GB Deluxe Edition (black) for right around $200. According to the store page for the unit, it comes with the Wii U console (Black/32GB Internal Storage), one Wii U GamePad (Black), a Nintendo Land game disc, the Wii U AC adapter, Wii U GamePad AC Adapter, a high speed HDMI cable, and the Sensor Bar.

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Nintendo Apologizes for 'Tomodachi Life' Issues, Promises More Inclusion in Possible Sequels

May 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo has issued a new statement on the controversial decision not to include same sex relationships in its Mii-based life simulator, Tomodachi Life.

The company apologized for disappointing many of its fans, and attempted to explain why same sex relationships were not possible in the European and North American versions of the game releasing June 6.

The short answer: it was not possible for Nintendo to change the design of the game or to provide a post-release patch, calling such an endeavor a "significant development change."

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GLAAD Issues Statement on 'Tomodachi Life'

May 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GLAAD (an advocacy group for people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT] community) issued a statement yesterday lambasting Nintendo for not including a same-sex relationship option in its 3DS game, Tomodachi Life. Nintendo's Mii-based "life simulator" for 3DS releases on June 6 in the United States.

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Nintendo Plans to Sell 'New Consoles' in Emerging Markets

May 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo plans to launch new console platforms in emerging markets beginning next year, according to this Bloomberg report.

"We want to make new things, with new thinking rather than a cheaper version of what we currently have," President Satoru Iwata told Bloomberg this week. "The product and price balance must be made from scratch."

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U.S. Version of 'Tomodachi Life' Will Not Contain Same-Sex Relationships

May 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo will not add same-sex relationships to Tomodachi Life's western releases, despite vocal and strong support amongst fans in the United States and Europe. Tomodachi Life is a 3DS game that lets players take control of their Mii avatars as they go through everyday events, like moving into a new apartment, meeting new friends, doing chores, and more.

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Nintendo Reveals $457 Million Loss for Fiscal Year

May 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It's not a good time at Nintendo HQ this week. Today the maker of Wii U and 3DS revealed a 46.4 billion yen ($457 million) loss for its fiscal year ending March 31. This is the third year of annual operating losses in a row for the company.

The Wii U sold 2.72 million units over the last 12 months. Lifetime sales stand at 6.17 million units. That number is pretty disappointing for Nintendo if you consider how much longer it has been on the market. Sony's PS4, for example, has sold 7 million units since its released in Q4 2013.

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Happy Birthday, Game Boy

April 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo's very first hand-held gaming system, the Game Boy, turns 25 years old today. Nintendo's original Game Boy hand-held was launched on April 21, 1989 and has sold over 118 million units to-date. Nintendo has sold over 118.69 million units - if you include Game Boy Pocket and Game Boy Color sales numbers - to date, along with 501.11 million pieces of game software. The first game to be bundled with the Game Boy was Tetris, a juggernaut in its own right.

Nintendo released the Game Boy Advance in 2001, which went on to sell over 81.5 million units worldwide.

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Nintendo To Shut Down Some Wi-Fi Connection Services in May

February 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo announced today that it will eliminate some Wi-Fi Connection services worldwide in a few months. Certain online services across the Nintendo DS, DSi and Wii consoles will no longer be available after May 20, including online play, leaderboards and matchmaking. The shutdown is set to take place on May 20, and will affect all regions.

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International Trade Commission Sides With Nintendo in 3DS Patent Infringement Case

February 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo announced today that it has prevailed in a patent infringement case at the International Trade Commission brought by Technology Properties Limited LLC, Phoenix Digital Solutions LLC and Patriot Scientific Corporation. All three of the plaintiffs in the case are patent-licensing companies (companies who hold rights to patents, but do not actually use them to produce products or services). The commission sided with Nintendo, ruling that that the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSi systems do not infringe the companies' patents.

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Andrew EisenBesides, it's pretty clearly a dream. Ray and the ghost are in some unknown bedroom. Then it cuts to Ray and the other guys in the firehouse beds with Ray rolling over in his sleep and falling off the bed. Looks like Egon is having a weird dream too.06/30/2015 - 3:46pm
Andrew EisenYou're assuming he's powerless to stop it. Maybe saying "no" or something would have stopped the ghost. Anyway, so, in your opinion, sex (oral or otherwise) is rape unless there's explicit consent?06/30/2015 - 3:44pm
Goth_SkunkBut, to be completely fair, that fact never dawned on me until 15 minutes ago.06/30/2015 - 3:43pm
Goth_SkunkAbsolutely. He doesn't consent, and is powerless to stop it because his attacker isn't corporeal. The fact that he's enjoying himself does not change the fact that it's technically rape.06/30/2015 - 3:42pm
Andrew EisenAlways came off as a dream to me.06/30/2015 - 3:40pm
Andrew EisenThat scene really reads to you like Stantz was being raped?06/30/2015 - 3:39pm
Andrew EisenAlso a pic of Wiig wearing the pack in street clothes!06/30/2015 - 3:37pm
Goth_SkunkBecause at the end of the day, after you dig through all the comedic undertones, it's rape. And that tends to send feminists into a tizzy.06/30/2015 - 3:37pm
Andrew EisenMcCarthy in costume! Yay! https://celebrity.yahoo.com/news/melissa-mccarthy-rocks-iconic-ghostbusters-172200157.html06/30/2015 - 3:37pm
Andrew EisenIn my head I'm swapping out Aykroyd with McCarthy and I'm not feeling outraged at all.06/30/2015 - 3:34pm
Andrew EisenOkay. Why?06/30/2015 - 3:30pm
Goth_SkunkI predict there would be outrage from feminists.06/30/2015 - 3:29pm
Andrew EisenThen I imagine the reaction would be what I imagined it would be a few minutes ago.06/30/2015 - 3:28pm
Goth_SkunkFor the sake of argument, assume the tone, context, and content mirror the same scene from the 1984 film, just with a gender role reversal. For context, here's the scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43wE6j_0Bc806/30/2015 - 3:26pm
Andrew EisenOf course, it all depends on the scene itself, the preceding scenes and the subsequent scenes.06/30/2015 - 3:23pm
Andrew EisenI imagine the reaction ("well, that's an odd scene that maybe feels a bit out of place") would be the same along with a heavier helping of "Oh, come on! Do we REALLY need to repeat scenes from the original film? Do something new!"06/30/2015 - 3:23pm
Goth_SkunkI propose: If, out of respect to the original film, something similar happens in the all-female version (male ghost), would the reaction be the same as it was in 1984?06/30/2015 - 3:19pm
Goth_SkunkI just had a thought: Fans of the original Ghostbusters film should recall a short scene in the film where it is heavily implied that Ray Stantz has sexual intercourse with a female ghost during a montage. In fact, it's technically rape.06/30/2015 - 3:18pm
Andrew EisenYou're assumption would be correct. The costumes are indeed for the film in production and not the one that the Sony emails showed was being considered and we have since heard nothing about.06/30/2015 - 3:16pm
Goth_SkunkOn the basis on chronology, I assume the aforementioned costumes and prop designs are for the female-led team.06/30/2015 - 3:14pm
 

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