Nintendo Investigating Foxconn Plant That Hired Underage Interns

October 18, 2012 -

Earlier this week we reported that Foxconn - the company that helps build many of the products that are popular in the West from companies like Apple, Sony, Samsung, Microsoft and Nintendo - reported that it found underage interns working in one of its plants in Yantai, China. Today we have learned that that plant is responsible for assembling Nintendo products.

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Wii Gets a Price Cut, New Bundle

October 15, 2012 -

Nintendo announced this morning that it has slashed the price of the Wii to $129.99 in the United States. The lower-priced SKU also comes bundled with two games - Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort along with one black console, and a black Wii Remote Plus controller and Nunchuck - of course. The two games will be included on a single disc - just like they did with Duck Hunt and Super Mario Bros. on the NES. Look forward to seeing those packed-in discs for sale at GameStop in about a month....

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Nintendo Revises 1080p Claim for Super Mario Bros U

October 12, 2012 -

When Nintendo first started advertising the newest Mario game for the Wii U - Super Mario Bros U - it claimed that the game was capable of being displayed in 1080p. It turns out that that little advertising bullet point isn't true, and now Nintendo is pulling the claim for any advertising related to the game.

A message on the game's official website stated:

"Experience Mario like never before... in full 1080p HD, only on the Wii U console!"

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Nintendo: 23 Titles Ready to go at Wii U Launch

September 26, 2012 -

Nintendo has revealed more specific release dates for the first wave of Nintendo Wii U titles available at launch or within the first quarter of 2013. The company says that at least 23 games will be on sale at around the same time the Wii U is released on November 18 (North America) including Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Skylanders Giants, Transformers Prime, Wipeout 3, Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, FIFA Soccer 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition, New Super Mario Bros.

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GameStop Halts Pre-Orders for Wii U

September 25, 2012 -

If you haven't had the chance to pre-order the Wii U and were planning on heading over to Gamestop.com to sign up, you can forget about it for the time being. GameStop has stopped taking pre-orders for both version of the upcoming console as of yesterday. While there are likely retailers out there taking pre-orders still, it is curious that the world's largest games retailer would stop so quickly after opening them up late last week.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 21

September 24, 2012 -

In Episode 21 hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight ponder the excitement levels of the Wii U amongst early adopters, wonder why Walmart and Amazon are not stocking certain products like Kindle Fire and Wii U pre-orders, and look at twenty predictions on future consoles. It's fun for the whole family... Download it now: SuperPAC Episode 21 (1 hour, 13 minutes).

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No Flash Support in Wii U Browser

September 17, 2012 -

More details about the web browser you will use in the Wii U when it is released in November have been revealed, with some sad news for anyone that likes Flash: it's not supported. The news comes from footage of the Wii U's internet browser functionality that is part of the Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation.

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Wii U Reactions with Andrew Eisen

September 17, 2012 -

Andrew Eisen reacts to the details of the new Wii U including the two different models, pricing, release date and more. Get ready for a rollercoaster ride of expression. You can catch more of Andrew's thoughts on the Wii U on Episode 20 of the Super Podcast Action Committee.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 20

September 17, 2012 -

In Episode 20 hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight throw all conventional limitations on time out the window as they discuss the "Adults Only" ESRB game ratings category, political ads in games, and all the news about the Wii U. Download it here: SuperPAC Episode 20 (1 hour, 27 minutes).

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Amazon Not Offering Pre-Orders on Wii U

September 14, 2012 -

While other retailers are loudly proclaiming that they are offering pre-orders for Nintendo's Wii U, one online retailer seems to be thumbing its nose at Nintendo's latest console and the consumers who might want to lock a purchase down early. Amazon is telling customers that pre-orders for the Wii U are "not available at Amazon.com at this time," and are providing no explanation why.

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Nintendo: Early Wii U Pre-Orders 'Strong'

September 14, 2012 -

"The force is strong with this one," we imagine Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime saying about Wii U pre-orders today. Of course, in reality Reggie is on Terra Firma and not on some death star targeting Ewoks. Instead he says that Wii U pre-orders after yesterday's announcement are "very strong."

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Don't Trade That Wii for Wii U Just Yet

September 14, 2012 -

While you might think this is a no brainer, it's important to say out loud that if you trade in that Wii console prior to the launch of the Wii U on November 18, you will lose all of your Virtual Console games and Miis. The reason this needs to be said is because retailer GameStop is offering $50 off the price of the new console (via pre-order) to anyone who trades in their Wii system.

While the Wii U is backwards compatible, you will still need to have both systems in order to transfer all of your data and play those games you have already paid cold, hard cash for.

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Nintendo: No Plans to Abandon the Wii

September 13, 2012 -

In all the hullabaloo surrounding various Wii U announcements this morning including release dates, pricing, and the launch line-up, Nintendo took the time to emphasize that it has no plans on abandoning the Wii. They still love the little system.

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Wii U 'Launch Titles' Revealed

September 13, 2012 -

Nintendo and various third-party publishers have revealed the games that will be available in the Wii U's "launch window," or the period in between the system's launch on November 18 and March 2013.

Joystiq has compiled a complete list of those titles, which we have posted below. No big surprises except that Bayonetta 2 will make its exclusive debut on the system and seems to be no longer published by Sega. Details below:

 

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Wii U Priced and Dated for America

September 13, 2012 -

Here's our obligatory post about Wii U. This morning Nintendo announced that its next console will be released on November 18, 2012 and will come in two different flavors at two dramatically different price points. The white basic Wii U will cost $299.99 and will come with a Wii U Gamepad, an AC adapter, and an HDMI cable. The black deluxe version will retail for $349.99 and will include a Wii U Gamepad, an AC adapter, an HDMI cable, more internal memory, a GamePad charging cradle, stands for the gamepad and console, and a copy of the game NintendoLand.

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PSA: Nintendo to Live Stream Wii U Press Conference Tomorrow Morning

September 12, 2012 -

You don't have to be a member of the press to learn about the Wii U because Nintendo will be live streaming its press event tomorrow at 10:00 AM ET via its official Facebook Page. Mobile devices can watch the live stream press conference here..

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Nintendo Prevails in Wii Patent Infringement Lawsuit

August 2, 2012 -

Nintendo issued a press release this morning announcing that it has prevailed in a lawsuit filed by Copper Innovations Group, LLC. The lawsuit alleged that the Wii console and its controllers infringed on one of the company's patents (U.S. Patent No. 5,640,152). Judge David Cercone of the U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh granted a summary judgment to Nintendo and further ruled that there was no need for a jury trial. Basically Nintendo proved that Copper Innovations Group's lawsuit couldn't pass the smell test.

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Research: Pre-Schoolers Who Play Interactive Games Have Better Motor Skills

July 25, 2012 -

Researchers at Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia) have come to the conclusion that pre-school aged children who play interactive video games (such as those found on the Wii) have better motor skills than those children who do not regularly play interactive games. Deakin University researchers and a researcher form the University of Wollongong conducted a pilot study in 2009 of 53 pre-schoolers ages three to six years old (31 girls, 22 boys) to determine if there was some sort of association between playing games and the fundamental movement skills of children.

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Nintendo to Showcase 3DS XL, But Not Wii U, at Comic-Con 2012

July 9, 2012 -

Nintendo will be at Comic-Con 2012 showing off the freshly announced Nintendo 3DS XL, the company announced today. It will not be showing off the Wii U for some reason...

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Iwata: We Won't Repeat 3DS Mistakes with Wii U

June 26, 2012 -

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata says that Nintendo learned a valuable lesson with the launch of the 3DS and that his company will not make the same mistakes that with the launch of the Wii U. He also acknowledged that most consumers though the initial retail price point for the 3DS was considered "too high" by most consumers. Iwata also said that Nintendo plans to "have an appealing product at launch." He added that the Wii U's tablet-style controller and the system's social network features make it "like no other system before it."

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Study: Active Games Do Not Change Sedentary Behavior in Children

June 25, 2012 -

A new study disputes the claims that using exercise video games at home can change the sedentary lifestyles of children in any significant way. A study conducted by researchers at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas found that children overcompensated in "other areas" after playing active video games - basically making any calories burned a zero net gain.

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Kicking the Great Jaggi to Death in Monster Hunter Tri

June 18, 2012 -

Andrew Eisen mentioned this during Episode 7 of the Super Podcast Action Committee, so we thought we'd share the video here. The video shows him and his sidekick literally kicking the Great Jaggi, a major boss in Monster Hunter Tri, to death.

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Reggie Fils-Aime: Consumers Will be Pleasantly Surprised at Wii U Pricing

June 8, 2012 -

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime thinks that consumers will be pleasantly surprised about the pricing for the Wii U - when Nintendo finally decides to make an official announcement about it, of course.

"Nintendo believes in being a mass market product, so unlike our competitors when they've launched historical systems to maybe start at a really high price and work their way down, we don't believe in that. We want to launch at a price that's going to represent an ongoing great value," he said.

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Nintendo Thinking about Ways to Transfer Wii Content to Wii U

June 6, 2012 -

Those consumers who own a Wii are probably more than a little concerned that all their save games, Virtual Console purchases and WiiWare games will be lost in the shuffle if they buy a Wii U will be happy to hear that Nintendo is thinking about how to migrate all that content over to its new system. While they don't have any specific answers at this point, at least they seem to be cognizant of the fact that fans are not willing to abandon their Wii gaming history so readily.

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Survey Says: We Don't Want a Wii U

June 4, 2012 -

According to a Dealnews survey (accompanied by a handy dandy infographic) that polled 1,551 Dealnews readers the Xbox 360 is the gaming console of choice according to 38 percent of respondents. PC gaming comes in at second with 27 percent of those surveyed, followed by 20 percent who said they use the PS3, and 6 percent said they play exclusively on their smartphones.

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Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 2: Game for Health

May 14, 2012 -

This week on the podcast we talk with Ben Sawyer, Project Director for Games for Health. Ben gives us a preview of what the event will offer next month and even talks a little bit about the impact of gamification on our privacy.

Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight delve into the fine print of Microsoft's recently announced $99 Xbox 360 and detail why it's not really a good deal for anyone. They also discuss the sorry state of the big three console makers.

Research: Active Play Video Games May Benefit Children with Cerebral Palsy

May 7, 2012 -

Children with cerebral palsy (CP) can greatly benefit from playing "active play" video games - as opposed to the kind that don't require any kind of physical activity. According to researchers from Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the University of Toronto.

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Report: Wii U to Carry a Retail Price of $300

April 9, 2012 -

How much are consumers willing to pay for Nintendo's latest console, the Wii U? According to one report, Nintendo thinks they will be more than happy to plunk down $300. According to Forget The Box, "sources closely involved" in manufacturing Nintendo products claim that it costs $180 to make the Wii U  and an additional $50 for the tablet controller. Because of that, the sources say, Nintendo will set the retail price of the Wii U at no less than $300.

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Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Nintendo Dismissed

March 2, 2012 -

Nintendo has won a patent infringement lawsuit filed by IA Labs that claimed the Wii Fit Balance Board infringed on one of its patents. IA Labs had sued Nintendo claiming that its Balance Board used with Wii Fit and other Wii software infringed on its rowing machine device (which attaches to a PC). The lawsuit was found to have no merit and was dismissed by a US District Court judge.

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Team Meat's Tommy Refenes Frustrated with WiiWare Game Size Limit

February 27, 2012 -

Team Meat's Tommy Refenes is frustrated with the size limit developers have to adhere to when making WiiWare games, but is happy with the increased size limit game developers are under for the 3DS eShop. The limit for developing games for the 3DS Marketplace stands at 2GB. It's an interesting contrast and explains why the WiiWare market has been a wasteland for most third-party developers.

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InfophileI know the ZE series was in the red in Japan, but international series boosted it to profitability. That may not mean it's more profitable in the west, but it does mean ZE3 wouldn't exist without the western market.07/04/2015 - 7:54am
Consterwhy aren't "Video game players" an option on the poll? :P07/04/2015 - 5:19am
Andrew EisenThat was quick! Pretty accurate cosplay of the new Ghostbuster uniform and proton pack: https://twitter.com/mirabellemusing/status/61673135125394227207/03/2015 - 6:23pm
Matthew Wilson@mast I dont know, but I do know it got a cult fallowing here.07/03/2015 - 6:22pm
MastermuneWasn't the Zero Escape series more popular here than in Japan?07/03/2015 - 6:19pm
Matthew Wilson@mast given the game was revealed in the US, I wouldnt be shocked if it was released at the same time.07/03/2015 - 6:15pm
MastermuneI don't trust the big AAA worldwide simultaneous releases though.07/03/2015 - 5:57pm
Mastermune@Infophile I have come to the conclusion that smaller games like zero escape, JRPG's and the like are actually worth preordering sinc they are limited quantities and since they usually release in japan first we know if there are any issues.07/03/2015 - 5:56pm
Infophile@Matthew! Awesome news. I'd preorder on that shout alone if I didn't have a policy against preordering anymore.07/03/2015 - 5:16pm
Matthew Wilsonzero escape 3 was announced today.07/03/2015 - 4:21pm
Matthew Wilson@pnx I am guessing a ddoss since that is what happened to neogaf, but sony needs to do a investment in psn as a whole. steam is still the most reliable and fastest digital platform I use.07/03/2015 - 3:06pm
PHX Corphttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/psn-is-down-sony-investigating/ not again: PSN is down, Sony investigating07/03/2015 - 3:04pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/digital-extremes-trespasser-keystone-pc/ if true, this is funny and embarrassing for Digital Extremes. companies need too have better security.07/03/2015 - 2:57pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.gamespot.com/videos/the-point-destiny-the-hardcore-gamers-slot-machine/2300-6425852/ this is very good, and well researched.07/03/2015 - 12:41pm
InfophileOther features to become standard: The ability to remap controls however the hell I want. Quicksave at any time (especially for handheld and mobile games). Plus everything Andrew said07/03/2015 - 10:43am
InfophileRegion-freeing becomes tricky for games with a strong online component though, especially when the servers are run by different branches in different regions.07/03/2015 - 10:41am
InfophileI'm in favor of getting rid of region-locking for any purchased games. I can understand an exception for free, ad-supported games, as many ads are only relevant in certain regions, and it's a ridiculous hassle to get ads for all regions.07/03/2015 - 10:40am
PHX Corphttp://kotaku.com/payday-2-has-been-broken-on-xbox-one-for-three-weeks-1715384186 Payday 2 Has Been Broken On Xbox One For Three Weeks07/03/2015 - 8:44am
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/3bxduw/why_was_riama_along_with_a_number_of_other_large/ here is a more complete acount of whats going on.07/03/2015 - 1:32am
Matthew Wilsonredit is on fire right now. most subreddits have been set to private.07/03/2015 - 1:24am
 

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