ECA Hits The Streets Of DC

April 8, 2012 -

In the last week of March, the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) took to Capital Hill to meet with members of Congress about SOPA, PIPA and other issues that effect gamers and game developers.

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'Pokémon Shuffle' coming to iOS and Android devices

June 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Pokémon Company plans on bringing Pokémon Shuffle to iOS and Android-based mobile phones. The news comes from a freshly released trailer showing off the game playing on mobile devices and highlighting some of its phone-specific features.

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Nintendo considering 'early access' program of its own

June 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft announced at E3 last week that it was working on an "early access" program for Xbox One / Windows games - clearly inspired by the success of Valve's early access program for Steam. Now Nintendo is saying that it is considering such a program as well.

Speaking to Polygon,  Nintendo of America’s third-party relations and indie development head Damon Baker said that, while they don't have anything to announce at this point, his company is kicking the idea around…

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Nintendo: over one million units of 'Splatoon' sold worldwide

June 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Splatoon, Nintendo's popular squid-kid based ink multiplayer shooter for the Wii U, has sold more than one million units worldwide according to an announcement from the company today. That sales figure includes both digital and physical retails sales around the world.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 148: the big post-E3 show!

June 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Friday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 148), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and  E. Zachary Knight are once again joined by super cool dude Justin Leeper to talk about all the games they loved and hated from last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo) in Los Angeles. Who won the E3? Who had the best games? Who failed miserably?

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Petition to cancel ' Metroid Prime: Federation Force' has over 12K supporters

June 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Change.org petition to cancel the development of Metroid Prime: Federation Force - a four-player co-op 3DS title revealed by Nintendo earlier in the week - has 12,424 supporters as of this writing. The petition calls for Nintendo to cancel the game - basically relocate everyone working on it to other projects or fire them and waste any investment the struggling company has in the game. Why? Because it's not the "real Metroid" game fans wanted.

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Nintendo didn't show 'Zelda' Wii U because it didn't want to frustrate fans

June 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

As we noted in our coverage of the Nintendo Direct E3 broadcast, The Legend of Zelda for Wii U exists, Nintendo simply decided not to show it. According to what Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime tells IGN UK, the game is still in development for Wii U and IS NOT being shifted to its next console system.  So why didn't Nintendo show it at its E3 presentation? It didn't want to frustrate fans.

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Reggie Fils-Aime: Iwata did not apologize for E3 presentation

June 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo America president Reggie Fils-Aime tells Polygon in an extensive interview at E3 that the translation of Mr. Iwata's tweet addressing fan complaints was not an apology, it was an acknowledgement.

"It was not an apology," said Nintendo of American president Reggie Fils-Aime. "It was not a statement about the content we're showing, essentially it was an 'I hear you' message."

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Fans rage over 'Metroid Prime: Federation Force,' ask that it be canceled in petition

June 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Change.org petition calling for the cancelation of Metroid Prime: Federation Force is making the rounds following Nintendo's reveal of the game. To say that fan reaction to Nintendo's overall line-up of games showcased during its Nintendo Direct E3 presentation might be overblown is an understatement.

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'Starfox' takes center stage at Nintendo's E3 presentation

June 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

At its annual pre-recorded E3 digital presentation, Nintendo detailed all the new (mostly) first-party titles coming to the Wii U and 3DS coming in 2015 and 2016. The presentation was light-hearted, whimsical and interspersed with vignettes of Nintendo's most recognizable executives  - Shigeru Miyamoto, Satoru Iwata and Reggie Fils-Aime - as Sesame Street-style puppets doing goofy things - like Iwata looking thoughtfully at a bunch of bananas and Reggie noting that "My puppet body is ready." Fun stuff.

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PSA: Nintendo, Square Enix, and PC Gaming Show E3 events today

June 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Today there will be three E3 press events starting at 9am PT (Noon ET) with the Nintendo Direct E3 pre-recorded presentation. That will be followed by the Square Enix media briefing at 10am PT (1pm ET), and the PC Gaming Show at 5pm PT (8pm ET). You can watch them all live via Twitch, but we'll have a recap of each shortly after each one concludes.

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10 Crazy Nintendo E3 Predictions 2015

June 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

"Earthbound 3 will be called Earthbound: Endings," is just one of the crazy predictions Andrew has put together before Nintendo holds its annual Electronic Entertainment Expo media briefing tomorrow and he's got 10 more in his latest video. As it did last year and the year before that, Nintendo won't actually host its E3 event in Los Angeles, instead opting to do a special "Nintendo Direct" online event. It does have a booth of the show floor, of course.

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Fifteen million Nintendo 3DS systems sold in the U.S. to-date

June 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo announced this morning that it has sold 15 million 3DS hand-held gaming systems in the United States since its launch. The system debuted in North America on March 27, 2011. After some initial trouble moving units Nintendo gave the system a generous price cut ($249 to $169), which helped immensely to move units. But, as Nintendo notes in today's announcement, a continued stream of popular software titles is the key factor in the system's success in America.

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Three more games added to 'Humble Nindie Bundle'

June 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Humble Bundle and Nintendo's Humble Nindie Bundle has added three more games to its Wii U and 3DS eShop pay-what-you want bundle today. The three new games are Gunman Clive, BIT.TRIP Presents…Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, and Sportsball.

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Nintendo shoots down rumors of 'NX' using Android OS

June 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Rumors earlier in the week suggested that Nintendo's next console system - currently codenamed "NX" - would be using the Android operating system, but Nintendo says that these reports are just not true. Commenting to the Wall Street Journal today (thanks Andrew Eisen), a Nintendo spokesperson told the publication that there is no truth to the rumors.

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Humble Bundle teams up with Nintendo for 'Humble Nindie Bundle'

May 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In an unprecedented move, the Humble Bundle has teamed up with Nintendo to offer Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games (redeemable on the eShops) for whatever price you want.

The Humble Nindie Bundle lets you pay whatever you want for Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, Woah Dave!, and Mighty Switch Force. Pay more than the average price, and you'll also get The Fall, OlliOlli, and Moon Chronicles. Pay $10 or more, and you can get all of that plus Stealth Inc 2 and SteamWorld Dig.

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The Strong Museum of Play partners with Nintendo veteran Masayuki Uemara

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York announced today that it will work with former Nintendo hardware designer and Ritsumeikan University (Japan) professor Masayuki Uemara to preserve the history of video games. The Strong Museum of Play is home to the Center for the History of Electronic Games.

Uemara, who is the program chair for the Center for Games Studies and Art Research at Ritsumeikan, will work more closely than he already does with the Strong Museum of Play to share knowledge, resources, and staff.

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Nintendo: 'NX' not a replacement for 3DS or Wii U

May 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo's super-secret hush-hush in-development gaming system, the "NX" will not be a "simple replacement " for either the 3DS or the Wii U, according to what Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told investors at a recent investor Q&A session following the release of its most recent results.

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Nintendo dates 2015 E3 Expo presentation

May 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

As it did last year, Nintendo will host a digital E3 presentation, similar to its "Nintendo Direct" presentations that it holds from time to time online. It will take place on Tuesday, 16th June at 9:00 am Pacific Time. In addition, Nintendo announced that it will bring back the Nintendo World Championships tournament, with regional events to be held in major cities across the US. Participants will play various popular Nintendo games, leading up to a major event at E3. The last time the Nintendo hosted one of these events was in 1990.

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No 'NX' news at E3 Expo, says Iwata

May 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

I bet you can't wait until the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3, y'all) rolls around next month to learn more about Nintendo's exciting plans about its new console, NX, right? Well too bad, because you aren't going to learn a damn thing about, according to Nintendo. In fact, Nintendo says it probably won't start talking about NX until sometime in 2016. Nintendo also won't be talking about its quality of life platform either.

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Nintendo may consider removing region locking with next console

May 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo may consider removing region locking in its next console, currently code named "NX." Responding to an investor question at its recent financial briefing (last week), Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said that it might be possible in NX but not current generation machines like Wii U.

"At the financial results briefing 6 months ago, you said that you would consider removing region-locking in response to a question asking about it," the investor said. "Could you please provide an update on the progress of that deliberation?"

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Nintendo's new membership service will support some non-Nintendo platforms

May 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday as part of his presentation to discuss the company's fiscal year financial results and its roadmap for the remainder of the year, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed new details on a new integrated membership service. The service, a broad replacement for the discontinued Club Nintendo, will be tied to multiple platforms including mobile devices, the company's 3DS hand-held, its own dedicated console devices such as the WII U, and the in-development NX gaming system.

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Nintendo teams up with Universal Parks & Resorts

May 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo is about to invade Universal Studios theme parks in a major way. The Wii U and 3DS makers has inked a deal with Universal Parks & Resorts to create rides and attractions at Universal theme parks based on Nintendo's most popular franchises and characters. The deal is part of a new initiative Nintendo announced earlier this year to better leverage its owned properties. It is a deal similar to what it inked with mobile publisher DeNA to bring its IP to the mobile gaming space.

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Nintendo reports fiscal year profits

May 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo has announced its financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015, revealing that - for the first time in four years - it has positive annual profits. Nintendo reported a 41.8 billion yen ($350 million) profit for the fiscal year ending March 31.

The company also said that global sales of Nintendo 3DS systems (2DS, 3DS, etc.) reached 8.73 million units during the fiscal year. Nintendo's 3DS game Pokémon Alpha Sapphire sold 9.94 million units during the period, while Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS reached 6.8 million units sold.

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Prison won't let Pirate Bay co-founder play Nintendo games

April 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Pirate Bay operator Fredrik Neij can't play Nintendo Entertainment System games in prison. According to a TorrentFreak report, Fredrik Neij, - one of the principal operators and co-founders of The Pirate Bay - put in a request to play games on an old Nintendo 8-bit console.

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Unity pledges support for Nintendo hand-held platforms

April 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Today in a keynote address delivered at the start of its Unite 2015 Tokyo conference middleware game software company Unity Technologies announced it is now supporting the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL.

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'Angry Joe' is super pissed at Nintendo

April 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

We've talked about Nintendo's poorly received YouTube revenue sharing program for content creators (here, here, here, and here) a lot since it was announced earlier this year, but ver

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GameStop halts online pre-orders for newest Nintendo amiibo figures

April 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GameStop.com had a bit of trouble today as people scrambled to pre-order the latest batch of Nintendo’s amiibo figures announced at Nintendo Direct yesterday. Now the pre-ordering option is off the table, according to GameStop, who issued a brief statement on its Facebook page. Nintendo is basically saying "it's not our problem" in this particular situation (and rightfully so, because it really has nothing to do with them).

You can read GameStop's statement below:

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Poll: Should Nintendo have DMCA'd a fan's free Super Mario HD remake?

April 1, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Recently, programmer Roystan Ross created the first level of Super Mario 64 in HD using Unity and posted it on the web for all the world to play.

Nintendo said "oh no you didn't!" and DMCA'd the crap out of him.  Literally.  Mr. Ross's innards are now entirely bereft of crap.

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Final rewards revealed for 'Club Nintendo' members

April 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The very last Club Nintendo Elite rewards are now available, GameSpot reports. Nintendo announced earlier in the year that it would shut down the rewards program, but gave members up until yesterday to continue earning "coins" to be spent on games and other special virtual items. Now members have until June 30 to spend their coins on any of the available rewards (listed below).

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Mattsworknameof players, over and over for the last seveal years. Among non RPG games, which make up the vast majority of current games, I think that you still see a large scale disparity between male and female in the AAA industry.07/01/2015 - 1:36am
Mattsworknamewilson. Out of RPG players yes, thats true, and in pc ciricles im not suprised, but RPGS make a small fraction of Console games these days and while pc gaming is seeing a resurgance, MMOs are actually retracting in size , as shown by WOW losing millions07/01/2015 - 1:33am
Matthew Wilsonhere is the study to prove it. http://www.pcgamer.com/researchers-find-that-female-pc-gamers-outnumber-males/07/01/2015 - 1:17am
Matthew Wilson@matt wrong over half of rpg players, both singleplayer and mmos, are female.07/01/2015 - 1:15am
MechaCrashRight, women don't usually play AAA games because none are aimed at them because they don't play them because none are aimed at them because okay you see where I'm going with this.07/01/2015 - 1:11am
MattsworknameI think the better path is this, more games built to give you the Choice of playing as male or female, and give the females good voice actors07/01/2015 - 1:08am
Mattsworknameup more then a fraction of the AAA games industry, but they make up a much larger part of the moble market.07/01/2015 - 1:04am
Mattsworknameandrew is right, to a point, as you are seeing a slow increase of women in games, but the sales shows that the lions share of gaming money comes from a male demo, and while andrew is right that it is changing, it's gonna be a LONG time before women make07/01/2015 - 1:04am
Andrew EisenI think more professional gamblers should get into games publishing. They'll play the odds but they'll also take risks to maximize profits.06/30/2015 - 11:57pm
Andrew EisenAt the end of the day, the ball is rolling and it's rolling in the right direction. Maybe not as fast as we'd like, but it is moving. All we can do is play the games that interest us and make our thoughts known.06/30/2015 - 11:55pm
Matthew Wilsonits unfortunate that the dataset is so tiny for female leads, and is a mixed bag, so money people get the wrong idea.06/30/2015 - 11:54pm
Andrew Eisen"Duke Nukem Forever sold poorly. See? Games staring white guys don't sell!" Pretty silly thing to say.06/30/2015 - 11:50pm
Andrew EisenOr, at the very least, that gamers aren't turned off by female leads.06/30/2015 - 11:49pm
Matthew Wilsonyou would think games like metriod, portal and tomb raider would show that it work, but hopefuly those knew ones will.06/30/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenBut, luckily strides are being made and the money peoples are slowly learning that diversity -> larger targeted audience -> more potential dollars.06/30/2015 - 11:43pm
Andrew EisenSure does. That's why there should be more than just one or two attempts. (7 games at E3 with female leads and 35 with a gender option. I think it's safe to say that not all of these will fail!)06/30/2015 - 11:42pm
Matthew Wilsonthat puts alot of presure on the early stuff to do well. lets hope games like recode and harizon are good, and sell well.06/30/2015 - 11:38pm
Andrew EisenLuckily, money people also like to follow trends. So, it's a "simple" matter of making proper representation a trend. And wouldn't you know it, we're seeing the beginnings of exactly that!06/30/2015 - 11:34pm
Andrew EisenBut yeah, money people are risk averse. That's why we see so many sequels, reboots, and adaptations. To a lot of money people, "there's no evidence this works because it's rarely ever been tried" is the same as "this doesn't work."06/30/2015 - 11:33pm
Andrew EisenThat's why I think it's worth convincing the money peoples that proper representation (in any of its forms) isn't a financial risk, it's the path to expanding your audience and making even MORE money!06/30/2015 - 11:32pm
 

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