Nintendo Sells 4 Million 3DS Units to Date

January 3, 2012 -

Nintendo announced in a press release this morning that it managed to sell more than 12 million hardware units in the United States during 2011. That figure is comprised of DS, Wii and 3DS hardware. The Wii sold 4.5 million units in 2011, the DS sold 3.4 million, and the 3DS sold 4 million, according to Nintendo.

The 3DS managed to sell more units than the Wii did in its first nine months of availability, according to the company. Of course the 3DS enjoyed something that the Wii didn't need in its first year of release - a major price cut.

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Xbox 360 Dominates Redbox Game Rental List for 2011

December 15, 2011 -

Kiosk-based rental firm RedBox has announced the top ten most rented games in 2011, revealing that the Xbox 360 was the platform of choice based on the games rented. The most popular game was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on Xbox 360, followed by Just Dance 3 for Wii, Dead Island for Xbox 360, Cars 2 for Wii, and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 on PlayStation 3. Clearly the big winner in the list was Modern Warfare 3. Game rentals have been available at the company's kiosks nationwide since June.

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Rumor: Nintendo in Talks with EA to use Origin for Wii U

November 15, 2011 -

According to a report on UGO's Wii channel, Nintendo may use EA's Origin service with its upcoming Wii U console. According to an anonymous tip from within EA, the company is supposedly working with Nintendo on a deal related to the Origin digital distribution platform. The source claims that EA and Nintendo are in talks to use Origin as Nintendo’s primary hosting platform for game distribution online.

The source also claims that Valve has been talking with Nintendo, but the impression they give is that EA is being extra aggressive in sealing the deal.

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Video Games a Good Supplement to Physical Therapy for ICU Patients

October 3, 2011 -

New research published online in the Journal of Critical Care from Johns Hopkins researchers claims that video games are a good supplement to traditional physical therapy for patients in intensive care units (ICU).

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Nintendo Power’s Wii Million Sellers Club

September 30, 2011 -

Nintendo Power has compiled a list of the top selling Wii games to-date in the United States. All of the games in the list have sold at least a million copies and not all of them were made by Nintendo - though all of the usual Nintendo are mostly at the top of the heap.

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Raptr Report Highlights the Power of Zynga's Games

September 27, 2011 -

A new report by social gaming network Raptr details how Zynga and its gamers are still a forced to be reckoned with. Tapping into the playing habits of its 10 million members, Raptr has found that Zynga's "Ville" games are as popular - or more popular - than hardcore console and PC games.

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More Than One-Hundred Hours?!?

September 20, 2011 -
In Andrew Eisen's latest video he actually may go bonkers as he contemplates another Legend of Zelda game offering "more than one hundred hours of gameplay." He illustrates the point with Wind Waker. On a personal note, a hundred hours is a drop in the bucket when you are playing Disgaea 4..
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College of Staten Island Studies Wii Fit's Effectiveness as Real-World Exercise

September 6, 2011 -

Dr. Maureen Becker, director of clinical education for the Willowbrook college’s Physical Therapy Doctoral Program, is using three New York City-area students (Rachel Pollack of Willowbrook, Emily Cochran of Grasmere and Shirley Coffey of Brooklyn) — to study the most effective ways in which young people can get a real-world workout with Nintendo's Wii Fit. The study began in June, and focuses mainly on tween girls, because, Dr. Becker says, girls tend to have a higher obesity rate than boys in the same age range.

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Jagex: Platform Holders Were Opposed to 'Universal Community'

August 26, 2011 -

Speaking at the recent Edinburgh Interactive conference, Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard said that Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo all opposed the idea of the company's MMO Runescape letting players interact with other players on rival platforms.

"Some console owners wanted us to charge five Euros for Runescape. What? It would be crazy to charge for Runescape on consoles," he said. "But Sony was ahead of the game, they said they get it. They understand free. But all three said, 'okay, but, we won’t let our console play online with any other'."

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Home Consoles Still The Devices of Choice for Streaming Media

August 25, 2011 -

According to new data released by ABI Research, the most popular method of streaming Netflix content continues to be through a video game console. The new data also shows that console owners spend a substantial amount of time --seven to eight hours a week-- watching online video through their console devices.

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Just Dance 2 Best Selling Third-Party Wii Game of All Time

July 15, 2011 -

While most Nintendo Wii third-party titles don't get much traction with consumers, one game has managed to stand head and shoulders above the rest: Just Dance 2. Citing the latest NPD Group numbers, Ubisoft claims that no other third-party title has sold more than Just Dance 2.

Ubisoft said that the June NPD report confirms that Just Dance 2 has become the best-selling third-party Wii title ever. The game has managed to hold the top spot since its October 2010 release. Unfortunately, Ubisoft did not provide exact sales numbers for Just Dance 2, but did say that the franchise as a whole (Just Dance 1 & 2, Just Dance Kids) has shipped more than 14 million units to date.

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One Wii U Controller Per unit, Says Nintendo

June 10, 2011 -

Bad news for consumers who want to have more than one Wii U controller when Nintendo's fancy new console ships: it only comes with one and you will not be able to buy an additional controller at launch. Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed the news, but said that if more than one fancy new controller is needed users could "hypothetically use a 3DS."

"Our basic premise is that you can use one [Wii U controller] with a system," Miyamoto told News.com.au. "If we got to an idea of having multiple controllers it might just be more convenient for people to use their Nintendo 3DS and have a way to connect that."

We are not sure if it is simply an issue of keeping costs down or a technical hurdle that Nintendo hasn't figured out how to overcome yet, but Miyamoto says that they are looking into it:

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Nintendo Stocks See Second Day of Decline on Wii U News

June 9, 2011 -

Nintendo has suffered its second substantial drop in its stock price just days after its E3 press conference where it announced the Wii U console and controller. On Wednesday the company saw a 5.7 drop in its stock price and today it dipped an additional 5.2 percent (as of this writing). The consecutive declines for the Japanese console maker came after the company announced its new console, but the exact cause is up for interpretation, according to one Japanese financial analyst.

According to Mitsushige Akino, a chief fund manager at Ichiyoshi Investment Management, the decline has more to do with a perceived shift in the broader videogame universe.

"The product itself is not bad–market expectations had been far too high," Akino told the Wall Street Journal. "..it is also a reflection of structural issues caused by a transformation within the market."

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Report: Wii U Ditches Friend Codes

June 9, 2011 -

One of the Wii's biggest problems was multiplayer and the way Nintendo handled connecting with friends to play anything even remotely online capable. I'm speaking of Nintendo’s terrible friend code system. Apparently it is on its way out, according to a VG247 report - citing an MTV Multiplayer interview with Ubisoft producer Adrian Blunt.

During a demo of Ghost Recon Online for Wii U, Blunt told MTV Multiplayer that the new console will finally have normal user accounts for online games, rather than having a code representing each console. Blunt says that the new system is a lot like gamertags on Xbox Live.

"Rather than using friend codes, which we’ve had in the past, we’re able to connect players in a much easier way, which allows us to have a community that’s playing together in the game," he said.

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id Software Cautious on Wii U Development

June 8, 2011 -

While the teams that create such hardcore game franchises as Battlefield and Darksiders may be embracing Nintendo's Wii U platform, id Software creative director Tim Willits has his doubts about the viability of such content on the platform. Speaking to Eurogamer at E3 this week, Willits said that he has a lot of doubts that there is an audience on the platform for the games his company makes. id Software is currently working on its post apocalyptic shooter Rage for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

"The Nintendo market is a tough market for us to get into," said Willits. "A lot of first party games, a lot of licensed games – those are the ones that have done the best on that platform. I'd love it if we can get a hardcore FPS community going and build on it, but it's tough."

"I think we should keep our toes where we know best," he added.

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Wii U Dumps GameCube Controller & Game Support

June 8, 2011 -

Speaking to Kotaku earlier today at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime revealed that the Wii U will not support GameCube games. One of the selling points of the Wii was that you could continue to play your library of GameCube titles on the system - and you could even do it with a GameCube controller.

Sadly you'll have to dust off that old cube or have that old Wii around to play your favorite GameCube games. Nintendo didn't say why it was ditching backwards compatibility with the new system, but this should be the first hint that the hardware is probably going to change dramatically.

We will have more on changes to the system as it comes to light.

Source: Kotaku

 

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Nintendo: Third-Party Wii U Footage Actually From Other Platforms

June 7, 2011 -

Oops! A slightly shocking revelation came out of a recent Game Trailers interview with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime: the Wii U third-party game footage wasn't actually authentic. More to the point, the footage came from Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the games shown. For example - THQ's Darksiders 2 footage..

Fils-Aime said that, while the footage was from other versions of games, he is confident that the Wii U versions will look just as stunning. The Wii U will be capable of 1080p graphics according to an interview Fils-Aime gave after its E3 press conference on G4TV earlier today.

"There has been some fantastic content that has not come to our platform," said Fils-Aime. "Third party publishers have told us that the reason they couldn’t bring it to our platform was based on the horsepower of the machine. That excuse is gone. So now all of the best content can come to the machine."

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Nintendo Confirms Budget Range, New Wii System Bundle

May 4, 2011 -

Seeing as Kotaku and about a thousand other outlets outed Nintendo's big plans to create a budget range and release a new lower priced system bundle, it makes sense that Nintendo would simply come clean. Today the company did just that, announcing plans to release a new Wii system bundle. The new bundle will retail for $149.99, and will come with Mario Kart Wii and the Wii Wheel accessory. The new price is for both black and white system models. The new bundle will be available May 15 - well before Nintendo's big system reveal at E3.

Nintendo also revealed its new budget range - first-party titles for the low price of $19.99. The budget range will initially feature Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk and Mario Super Sluggers

Source: Joystiq

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Report: Wii Budget Range Planned

May 3, 2011 -

According to an internal document cited by Eurogamer, Nintendo plans to create a budget range of Wii titles. Nintendo plans to introduce a line-up of lower-priced Wii software, which will consist of repackaged first-party titles according to the report. Some of the games that will be part of this range include Mario Super Sluggers, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. These and other titles will retail for $19.99 each.

The launch will supposedly coincide with a Wii system price drop. A new Mario Kart bundle priced at $149 (down from $199) will also be introduced.

The follow-up console to the Wii will be revealed next month during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Nintendo has not confirmed that this story is true.

Source: Eurogamer

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New Nintendo Console Playable at E3

April 25, 2011 -

Nintendo has confirmed that a new game system is coming sometime in 2012. The company also said that the new home console system will be playable at this year's E3. Nintendo made the announcement as part of its release of financial information for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011. The first public display of the console will happen at its press conference during the E3 trade show, taking place June 7 – 9 in Los Angeles. Further details about the system - including graphics and CPU details were not revealed.

On a related note, Nintendo announced that the 3DS handheld has sold more than 3.61 million units, a lot less than the 4 million units that Nintendo predicted would sell prior to launch. Looking ahead, the company says it expects to sell 16 million 3DS units in the coming fiscal year ending March 2012.

Source: VentureBeat

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Report: U.S. Retailers Lower Price of Wii

April 18, 2011 -

While rumors last week indicated that Nintendo might slash the price of the Wii console to $150, retailers around the country seem to have taken the matter into their own hands. What we do not know is if these price cuts are sanctioned by Nintendo or if retailers simply decided to slash the price to move stock. Whatever the reasons, the Wii is available at a number of retail outlets for $169.99. Best Buy was apparently the first retailer to list the lower price sometime on Friday, but others soon followed.

Now retailers such as GameStop, Target, Toys 'R' Us, and Amazon have listed the Wii at the same price. Walmart has lowered the price of the white Wii system to $179.

We do not know if this is a permanent price drop, sanctioned by Nintendo, or simply an indication that retailers are losing confidence in the Wii (the latter is doubtful). We will wait and see what happens, but if you do not already own a Wii now is as good a time to buy one as any.

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Analysts Speculate on Wii Price Cut, Wii 2 at E3

April 14, 2011 -

Here's a big fat "IF," predicated on the theory that a recent Engadget rumor about a 25 percent Wii price cut to $150 in May is true. If true, say analysts, the price cut could mean that an even bigger announcement will come from Nintendo: a new game console system. While C&VG is calling it "Wii 2," the at-this-point imaginary new console from Nintendo could be a game changer. Nintendo does not ascribe to the long-haul 10 year life cycle that Sony and Microsoft have adopted. so I guess anything is possible but the IndustryGamers piece is more of a "what if" than rooted in reality..

The speculation comes out of an IndustryGamers story quoting M2 Research analyst Billy Pidgeon, EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich, and Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter. Naturally, all of these comments are speculation based on an unconfirmed rumor. It still makes for interesting reading:

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Rumor: Wii Price Cut in May

April 13, 2011 -

According to an Engadget report, citing a "trusted source" Nintendo will cut the price of its Wii console by 25 percent to $150 on May 15.

Last month Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said that a price drop is one of the tools the company might use to extend the Wii's lifecycle.

"The Wii has a long life in front of it," he said at the time. "We're still sitting at $199. There are a variety of marketing tools at our disposal."

The Engadget report further speculates that the timing would be good because it would be a good lead in to the Electronic Entertainment Expo, but by the same token price cuts and E3 go together like peanut butter and jelly. A new game bundle might also be another reason to give the system a price cut..

We'll have more on this story as it develops. Hopefully it's true.

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Florida Couple Nabbed for Software Piracy

April 1, 2011 -

A Spring Hill, Florida couple have been accused of pirating video games, and have been arrested by Hernando County Sheriffs. The couple, 25-year-old Javian-Jamal Moore and his wife, 27-year-old Lakeria Monique Moore, were both charged with organized fraud. Javian-Jamal Moore is being held at the Hernando County Jail on a $5,000 bond. His wife was released on her own recognizance so she could care for their children. Police were led to the couple by an anonymous tip.

The anonymous caller said that a craigslist ad was offering modding for a Nintendo video game system (we assume Wii) that would allow the user to install pirated software. The couple was apparently charging $195 for this "service." Detectives contacted Nintendo and the Electronic Software Association (ESA) about the allegations, who in turn asked the sheriff's office to prosecute the couple for their crimes.

Detectives said the value for the software was right around $33,000.

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The People’s Court: Wii Modding Moron Edition

March 11, 2011 -

An episode of The People's Court litigates a case involving Wii copyright infringement, piracy, and mod chips. But the case isn't really about all that - it's about a guy that wants a couple of hundred bucks over a modding deal gone sour. The judge, the plaintiff and the defendant never grasp the fact that something very illegal is going on here. Luckily for Nintendo, everyone's name is splashed on the screen for more dramatic litigation down the road - should they find out. We have a feeling they probably will..

And frankly, these two guys get what they deserve for going on a nationally syndicated show to fight each other over both committing multiple DMCA violations. Watch the video, be amazed at the stupidity. Thanks to Andrew Eisen's nameless friend who passed this hilarious video along.

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Ubisoft Doesn't Dare Release We Dare in the UK Either

March 9, 2011 -

Hey, did you UK readers see Ubisoft’s trailer for We Dare?  Did it perk your interest?  Would you like to play it?

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School Fundraiser Proceeds May Go Towards Wiis For the Students

March 1, 2011 -

What do you do when it’s too cold for the kiddies to go outside during recess and the gym is being used by another class?

Adjust the schedule?  Heck no, raise money selling frozen foods in order to buy a bunch of Wiis!

Ohio’s East Avon Elementary School did just that and its fundraiser pulled in $4600 which school board president Susan Harrison hopes to put towards the purchase of 28 Wiis.  While Harrison admits gym time would be the preferable option, the Wii is a popular second choice with some parents.

“[Parents] think it’s a good idea to give the kids something to do.  Winter is so long, and they can be inside for so long. What it does is get them up around and moving. It’s not video games, and you have board games, but you can lose pieces. You can buy more, but mainly it’s the interaction of the kids and that they are up and moving.”

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Spanish Man Jailed over Leaked Wii User Data

February 14, 2011 -

Spanish police have arrested a man for allegedly stealing thousands of Nintendo Wii users' data, Spain's Interior Ministry announced. The man, who for the time being has not been identified, contacted Nintendo and threatened to report the company "for negligence" to the country’s data protection agency over data on 4,000 gamers he was able to obtain access to. When Nintendo did not respond, the man leaked some of the user data online, according to police.

No doubt Nintendo contacted authorities first, which lead to the man's apprehension in the southern province of Malaga. Police claim the man intended to release all the user data he had online.

Nintendo had no comment on the story because, according to the BBC "it was the subject of of an active investigation by the Spanish authorities."

Source: BBC by way of our very own beemoh. Thanks beemoh!

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Video Game Sales Down in 2010

January 14, 2011 -

The NPD Group said total video game sales for the year were $18.58 billion, compared to sales of $19.66 billion for 2009, and $21.4 billion in 2008.

Console hardware sales were down 13 percent and new video game software sales dipped 6 percent year-on-year. Sales of new and used games and downloadable content were flat (or down one percent), NPD estimates. Video game accessories jumped 13 percent above 2009's numbers, thanks to Kinect and Move.

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Nintendo Rolls out DS, Wii Sales Numbers for 2010

January 5, 2011 -

Nintendo announced that the Nintendo DS family of portable video game systems has sold more than 47 million in the United States since the original model launched in November 2004. The company did not break down the number based on various SKU's of the device (DSi, DSi XL, etc.). Nintendo also said that the Wii enjoyed U.S. sales of "more than 7 million" and that its to date number in the U.S. hit 34 million.

These numbers are based on internal sales figures. Even using the loose figure of 7 million, Wii sales in the U.S. declined from 9.5 million in 2009 and 10 million units in 2008.

 

We expect to have more concrete numbers from NPD group at some point. Nintendo is set to release its new Nintendo 3DS hand-held system in the United States in March.


 
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