The Wii U's troubles attracting gamers won't be solved by a price cut, Nintendo chief Satoru Iwata argues.
Speaking to reporters in Tokyo yesterday, Iwata acknowledged that Wii U sales disappointed last year, but he didn't necessarily feel that dropping the price of the $299 basic set or the $349 deluxe set would do the company much good.
"We are already offering it at a good price," Iwata said, according to the Associated Press.
Nintendo yesterday announced its earnings for the nine-month period that ended December 31. Although it was able to turn a slight … Read more
Nintendo had a rough end to 2012, and the situation might become a bit more difficult in the coming months.
The company today announced its earnings (PDF) for the nine months ended December 31. During that period, Nintendo generated 543 billion yen (about $6 billion) in revenue, dropping 2.4 percent compared with the same period in 2011. Despite that decline, Nintendo was able to muster a small profit of 14.5 billion yen, up significantly from the 48.4 billion yen it lost a year earlier.
The Nintendo 3DS handheld game player was the highlight of the company's … Read more
To enhance the appeal of the Wii U, Nintendo plans to re-release several cherished classics, including the epic The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker for GameCube, with snazzy high-definition graphics. Below, we present a set of images that show off the HD remastering of the game next to the original version that debuted in 2003.
Prepare yourself for lots of dynamic lighting and bloom when Wind Waker HD hits later this year. … Read more
For the past several nights, my son and I have been battling orcs, wizards, wargs, and cave trolls -- and having a blast doing it.
Want to get in on that action? Ending today, Steam has LEGO Lord of the Rings (PC) for $14.99. That's half the regular price, and way less than half what I paid for the Xbox version just last month (grumble, grumble).
The LEGO games are all kinds of awesome. They're fun, funny, and challenging, with at least as many puzzles to solve as foes to dispatch. And there's not a trace … Read more
In one of the company's regular Nintendo Direct Webcasts, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced several new games for the Wii U console, including remakes and new entries from the Zelda and Mario franchises. The Wii U is also adding a new version of its Virtual Console classic game shop, and a smartphone app for its Miiverse social network. Perhaps more importantly, spring and summer system software updates promise improved performance, especially for the Wii U's slow menus and software launching.
Nintendo's current corporate structure separating consoles and handhelds will be replaced, according to a new report.
Japan-based news outlet Nikkei is reporting today that Nintendo plans to combine its handheld and console divisions by February 16. The combined team will have 280 employees, made up of 130 employees from the console side and 150 from handhelds.
According to IGN, Nikkei reported that the team members will be organized by their specialties, including circuits and design. Engadget reports that it contacted a Nintendo spokesperson, who apparently confirmed the news.
Nintendo has faced some trouble over the last couple of years … Read more
After expanding their streaming video service to the iPhone and iPod touch devices just a month ago, Amazon announced yesterday that their Instant Video service is now available on the Nintendo Wii. Here's how to set up the new app on your Wii:
Step 1: Go to the Wii Shop Channel on your Internet-connected Wii.
Step 2: Download the Amazon Instant Video app.
Step 3: Launch the Amazon Instant Video app from your Wii.
Step 4: Select "Register Your Device" and make a note of the code that appears.
Those consumers who don't want to upgrade from the Nintendo Wii to Wii U just yet but still want to get video streaming for their console are in luck. Amazon announced today that its Instant Video service is now available on the Wii.
"Amazon Instant Video is now playing on your Nintendo Wii," the video service wrote on its Web page. "Start watching over 140,000 movies and TV episodes today. Prime members can also watch thousands of these videos at no additional cost."
Nintendo recently upped its streaming game with the debut of its … Read more