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Surprising everyone who didn't see it coming (obviously), Nintendo announced a brand spanking new model of the Nintendo 3DS called New Nintendo 3DS.
Great name, eh? Check out the attached Nintendo Direct. The New 3DS stuff starts at 14:20. Of course, it's in Japanese but that never stops a true fan!
Anyway, the New 3DS (which comes in both standard and XL sizes) launches in Japan on October 11th with a host of new features including:
Nintendo of Europe has confirmed with Kotaku that around 320 of its employees will be laid off this week. That number includes around 130 full-time Nintendo of Europe employees, along with 190 temporary workers at Nintendo of Europe's Germany-based localization department. All 320 people will be unemployed by August 31, according to Kotaku.
If you were wondering why the releases of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U are staggered, the answer is the debugging process. According to series creator Masahiro Sakurai, who recently wrote about the games in his Famitsu Weekly column (as translated by Kotaku East), the debugging process for both games is very time consuming. Sakurai is currently debugging the 3DS version of the game, which is set to be released first.
Nintendo has responded to a petition calling on the company to add Robin Williams as a character in the next Legend of Zelda game. Williams and his daughter Zelda were big fans of the game series and have in the past appeared in Nintendo commercials supporting the franchise and other Nintendo games. Williams was an avid gamer and a big fan of Nintendo's series. His daughter is named after the world famous princess from the game as well.
Nintendo announced on Thursday that it has sold over 40 million 3DS systems in the United States since the system launched in March of 2011. Nintendo made its announcement alongside the NPD group numbers for July, which showed that that four of the top-ten best selling games at U.S. retail were for the system. Nintendo did not say how many of these sales were bundles or if it included sales numbers for the 2DS in the figure.
Atlanta-based company InComm has acquired point-of-sales services company SIRAS.com Inc. from Nintendo of America, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
InComm global provider of gift, debit and card technology. The company said it acquired SIRAS to help it expand "asset control and point-of-sale services to retailers."
SIRAS will become a wholly owned subsidiary of InComm. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Our favorite photogenic contributor Andrew Eisen offers a new video delving into Nintendo's most recent financial results. Not only is it a lot of fun to watch, you might learn a thing or two about where Nintendo is and where it expects to be by the end of its current Fiscal Year.
There's also some talk about the next Fatal Frame game, and the Wii U version of Watch Dogs, and Andrew highlights the fact that America is Nintendo's top market. See, Nintendo, America still loves you!
Dan Adelman, the guy that used to be in charge of Nintendo's indie program, has been let go by the company. In an interview with Kotaku he also said that Nintendo basically banned him from tweeting after he made comments about region locking and the 3DS port of The Binding of Isaac. Further, Adelman claims that Nintendo's PR department wanted to take his Twitter account over for him.
While the last three months have shown marked improvement for Nintendo console and software sales, the maker of Wii U, 3DS, and all things Mario still found itself struggling. Nintendo reported that it raked in 74.7 billion yen ($731.5 million) for the three month period that ended on June 30, 2014, down by approximately 8.4 percent compared to the same period a year ago. The company also recorded a loss of 9.9 billion yen ($96.9 million), compared to profits of 8.6 billion yen ($84.2 million) in the same period a year ago.
Companies would like to believe that the people who invest in them understand the business they are trying to make a return on and that they believe in it to some degree, but the sad truth is that for every shareholder who understands what they are putting their money into there might be one that doesn't have a clue or doesn't care beyond the financial return or loss.
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about Nintendo president Satoru Iwata's health and being reelected by the company's board, a bunch of topics related to Electronic Arts, and whether Microsoft should bother selling the Kinect separately from the Xbox One. All this and more awaits in the latest episode of the Super PAC. Download Episode 104 now: SuperPAC Episode 104 (1 hour, 13 minutes) 84.1 MB.
During yesterday's annual shareholder meeting, Nintendo re-elected president Satoru Iwata to the board of directors. Iwata was not at the meeting - he's still recovering from a major surgery. The proposal to re-elect Iwata and nine other executives was approved without any opposition (PDF).
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.