Philips Seeks Wii U Sales Ban Over Alleged Wii U Patent Infringement

May 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronics manufacturer Philips claims that the Wii U infringes several of the company's patents and is seeking to have the system banned from being sold in the United States. Philips claims that Nintendo copied technologies that replicate a "user's real-life actions in-game" and that it uses a patent related to "user interfaces designed to be navigated by a pointing device" (such as a Wii Remote).

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 98

May 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the latest GamePolitics Poll results (should Kickstarter adopt an equity-based investment model?), the web-hosting service that dared to throttle the FCC, the national Reason-Rupe poll about gaming, and the Tomodachi Life controversy. Download Episode 98 now: SuperPAC Episode 98 (1 hour, 8 minutes) 78 MB.

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Nintendo Store Offers Refurbished 32GB Wii U Deluxe for $200

May 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Taking a page from GameSpot (apparently) Nintendo's online store is offering a refurbished Wii U 32GB Deluxe Edition (black) for right around $200. According to the store page for the unit, it comes with the Wii U console (Black/32GB Internal Storage), one Wii U GamePad (Black), a Nintendo Land game disc, the Wii U AC adapter, Wii U GamePad AC Adapter, a high speed HDMI cable, and the Sensor Bar.

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Nintendo Apologizes for 'Tomodachi Life' Issues, Promises More Inclusion in Possible Sequels

May 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo has issued a new statement on the controversial decision not to include same sex relationships in its Mii-based life simulator, Tomodachi Life.

The company apologized for disappointing many of its fans, and attempted to explain why same sex relationships were not possible in the European and North American versions of the game releasing June 6.

The short answer: it was not possible for Nintendo to change the design of the game or to provide a post-release patch, calling such an endeavor a "significant development change."

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GLAAD Issues Statement on 'Tomodachi Life'

May 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GLAAD (an advocacy group for people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT] community) issued a statement yesterday lambasting Nintendo for not including a same-sex relationship option in its 3DS game, Tomodachi Life. Nintendo's Mii-based "life simulator" for 3DS releases on June 6 in the United States.

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Nintendo Plans to Sell 'New Consoles' in Emerging Markets

May 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo plans to launch new console platforms in emerging markets beginning next year, according to this Bloomberg report.

"We want to make new things, with new thinking rather than a cheaper version of what we currently have," President Satoru Iwata told Bloomberg this week. "The product and price balance must be made from scratch."

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U.S. Version of 'Tomodachi Life' Will Not Contain Same-Sex Relationships

May 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo will not add same-sex relationships to Tomodachi Life's western releases, despite vocal and strong support amongst fans in the United States and Europe. Tomodachi Life is a 3DS game that lets players take control of their Mii avatars as they go through everyday events, like moving into a new apartment, meeting new friends, doing chores, and more.

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Nintendo Reveals $457 Million Loss for Fiscal Year

May 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It's not a good time at Nintendo HQ this week. Today the maker of Wii U and 3DS revealed a 46.4 billion yen ($457 million) loss for its fiscal year ending March 31. This is the third year of annual operating losses in a row for the company.

The Wii U sold 2.72 million units over the last 12 months. Lifetime sales stand at 6.17 million units. That number is pretty disappointing for Nintendo if you consider how much longer it has been on the market. Sony's PS4, for example, has sold 7 million units since its released in Q4 2013.

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Happy Birthday, Game Boy

April 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo's very first hand-held gaming system, the Game Boy, turns 25 years old today. Nintendo's original Game Boy hand-held was launched on April 21, 1989 and has sold over 118 million units to-date. Nintendo has sold over 118.69 million units - if you include Game Boy Pocket and Game Boy Color sales numbers - to date, along with 501.11 million pieces of game software. The first game to be bundled with the Game Boy was Tetris, a juggernaut in its own right.

Nintendo released the Game Boy Advance in 2001, which went on to sell over 81.5 million units worldwide.

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Nintendo To Shut Down Some Wi-Fi Connection Services in May

February 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo announced today that it will eliminate some Wi-Fi Connection services worldwide in a few months. Certain online services across the Nintendo DS, DSi and Wii consoles will no longer be available after May 20, including online play, leaderboards and matchmaking. The shutdown is set to take place on May 20, and will affect all regions.

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International Trade Commission Sides With Nintendo in 3DS Patent Infringement Case

February 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo announced today that it has prevailed in a patent infringement case at the International Trade Commission brought by Technology Properties Limited LLC, Phoenix Digital Solutions LLC and Patriot Scientific Corporation. All three of the plaintiffs in the case are patent-licensing companies (companies who hold rights to patents, but do not actually use them to produce products or services). The commission sided with Nintendo, ruling that that the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSi systems do not infringe the companies' patents.

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Nintendo's Yamauchi Family Plans to Sell Shares

February 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Following Nintendo's less-than-stellar fiscal report last month and the company's investor briefing (which laid out plans that not everyone thought were all that clear cut), the company has revealed a 114.2 billion-yen ($1.1 billion) share buyback plan set to launch tomorrow.

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What Nintendo Thinks of the 'Free-to-Play' Space

February 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

One of the things that might have been missed in Nintendo's investor briefing last week (as Kotaku points out) is the fact that the company is really down on the idea of free-to-play and micro-transactions.

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Nintendo Outlines 2014 Strategy

January 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

During an investor briefing Wednesday night Nintendo president Satoru Iwata laid out the company's plans for 2014, which he hopes will turn things around for the company. Iwata laid out plans for the Wii U in 2014 including new marketing initiatives, new game releases and technology, and a focus on making sure that consumers understand that the Wii U's Gamepad is not just an add-on to the original Wii.

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Top Nintendo Executives Take Pay Cuts

January 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

As it released financial results for the nine-month period ending Dec. 31, and sales figures for the Wii U and 3DS (and associated software), Nintendo also announced that its key executives would take pay cuts from February to June of this year. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced that he will take a 50 percent pay cut in response to the company's continued financial problems, while Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda will both take a 30 percent cut in pay. Seven other members of the company's board will also take a 20 percent pay cut.

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Nintendo President: I Will Not Resign

January 17, 2014 - GamePoltics Staff

After announcing that the company had lowered its fiscal year forecast dramatically, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata apologized to investors for the expected third consecutive annual loss, but said he would not resign or initiate any kind of "immediate management restructuring."

According to Reuters, Iwata told reporters that "There will be no major management shake-up in the short term."

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Nintendo Slashes Fiscal Year Forecast After Weak Holiday Sales

January 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo has revised its forecasts for the fiscal year to a net loss of $240 million (25 billion yen) due to weak sales of the Wii U during the holiday shopping season, according to a syndicated Bloomberg report. The company described its year-end sales of Wii U consoles and software as "far below expectations."

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Poll Results: Will Nintendo Kill Region Free Work-Around?

January 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week we asked our readers, "Will Nintendo try to quash the work-around for the 3DS region lock?" The voting was almost evenly split between two trains of thought: that Nintendo would patch out its region lock in a firmware update or that Nintendo would find some way to kill the work-around devised by the 3DS community because it doesn't like to make money.

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Nintendo: 11.5 Million 3DS Hand-Helds Sold to-Date

January 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo of America announced that its hand-held systems including the 3DS, 2DS, and 3DS XL have sold more than 11.5 million units in the United States since launch. That figure is way up from the 10.5 million units the company said it has sold to-date less than a month ago. Nintendo also said that over the last 12 months over 16 million 3DS games had been sold through a combination of retail sales and digital sales through the eShop. That's a 45 percent increase in software sales year-over-year.

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Nintendo Secures IA Labs Patents in Sherriff's Sale

January 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo has acquired the patents of IA Labs following a legal victory in court over the company related to patents - but the company secured them outside a courtroom, sort of. Nintendo announced that it secured the patents officially on January 7, during a sheriff's sale in Montgomery County, Maryland. The company sued Nintendo in 2010, claiming that it violated several of its patents in Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus. Nintendo successfully defended against the lawsuit and obtained judgment in its favor in February 2012.

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Poll: Will Nintendo Try to Quash the Work-Around For the 3DS Region Lock?

January 8, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Back in my day, Nintendo handheld gaming consoles were region free.  That's right.  If a quirky little game that wasn't being localized for North America caught my eye, I could feel free to give Nintendo money in exchange for the ability to play it to my heart's content.  Ah, those were the days!

But they didn't last.  No sir, they did not.

It started with the DSi, a revision to Nintendo's previous handheld.  It introduced region locking for titles that used DSi-specific features like the camera.

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Judge Rules That Nintendo Must Pay Percentage of Every 3DS Sold to Tomita Technologies

January 7, 2014 - GamePolitcs Staff

According to a report on Law 360 Nintendo must pay a percentage of its 3DS sales to Tomita Technologies. The company was ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff to pay 1.82 percent of the sale cost of every Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL to Tomita Technologies International Ltd., which holds a patent for a glasses-less 3D display. The Judge ruled in December that Nintendo had in fact infringed on the company's patents.

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Nintendo Apologizes for eShop Outages During Christmas

January 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo has apologized for outages over the Christmas holiday period on its eShop. The company said that these outages were mostly due to high volumes of traffic. As a result of these problems Nintendo also said that it was forced to delay the Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter apps, which were originally due to go live on December 27.

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Poll: The Perils of Buying a 3DS at Walmart

December 31, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week we reported on a Virginia man who bought a 3DS from his local Walmart for his eight-year-old son. To his surprise, when his son and other children decided to look at some fresh photos they'd just snapped with the 3DS' camera on Christmas day, they discovered some rather naughty adult images.

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Nintendo Touts November Sales Numbers

December 13, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo announced that Pokémon X and Y have sold over 2.35 million units to-date and that Wii U sales are up 340 percent month-over-month. The company also said that the 3DS sold nearly 770,000 units during the month of November, putting its lifetime total at nearly 10.5 million.

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Michael Pachter Takes a Shot at Nintendo President Satoru Iwata

December 6, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Speaking at the Game Monetization USA Summit in San Francisco this week, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter said that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata should be fired for his handling of the Wii U and the company in general.

"I don't know why Iwata is still employed," Pachter said during his presentation, according to a GamesIndustry International report, adding that the Wii U’s commercial performance has been "underwhelming” and that he believed it was “possible but unlikely” that new titles could help the system to recover.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 77

November 19, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's episode of the Super Podcast Action Committee, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest GamePolitics poll, the PlayStation 4 launch, SimCity, and Nintendo's decision to shut down SwapNote. Download Episode 77 now: SuperPAC Episode 77 (1 hour, 6 minutes) 75.8 MB.

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Poll: How Will the Wii U Fare This Holiday Season?

November 7, 2013 - Andrew Eisen

Sit down and buckle in, friends, as I deliver the Understatement of the Week.  Are you ready?  Okay, here goes...

The Wii U ain't doin' so hot.

Nintendo's newest video game console launched just under a year ago, selling through its entire allotment in its first week on the shelf.  By the end of the year,  it had sold just over three million units.  Not record breaking, not a sell-out like the Wii before it but respectable nonetheless.

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Nintendo: Xbox One, PS4 Launches Could be Beneficial to Nintendo

November 5, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata says that new consoles coming to market near the end of this month could signal greater consumer interest in games overall, which in turn will help Nintendo.

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Nintendo Kills Swapnote on 3DS

November 1, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo has announced that the 3DS's Swapnote feature has been shutdown and will no longer be available to users. Nintendo didn't shut the service down because it didn't work or because it wasn't popular: it shut it down in the name of protecting children. The service which allows users to exchange notes, simple drawings, and photos (using either Spotpass or Streetpass) was shut down because some users have apparently used it to share "offensive" material with others.

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Andrew EisenZip - And yet, you can't cite a single, solitary example. (And no one said you hated anyone. Along those lines, no one claimed Sarkeesian was perfect either.)08/29/2014 - 3:51pm
Andrew EisenSaint's Row: Gat Out of Hell was just announced for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One making it the 150th game For Everything But Wii U! Congratulations Deep Silver!08/29/2014 - 3:49pm
ZippyDSMleeI do not hate them jsut think its mostly hyperlobe.08/29/2014 - 3:40pm
Andrew EisenSleaker - I'd say that's likely. From my experience, most who have a problem with Sarkeesian's videos either want to hate them in the first place (for whatever reason) or honestly misunderstand what they're about and what they're saying.08/29/2014 - 3:16pm
james_fudgeWe appreciate your support :)08/29/2014 - 2:55pm
TechnogeekIt gives me hope that maybe, just maybe, the gaming community is not statistically indistinguishable from consisting entirely of people that your average Xbox Live caricature would look at and go "maybe you should tone it down a little bit".08/29/2014 - 2:49pm
TechnogeekI just want to say that while I've disagreed with the staff of this site on several occasions, it's still good to see that they're not automatically dismissing Anita's videos as a "misandrist scam" or whatever the preferred dismissive term is these days.08/29/2014 - 2:49pm
E. Zachary KnightZippy, So you can't find even one?08/29/2014 - 1:04pm
ZippyDSMleeAndrew Eisen:Right because shes prefect and never exaggerates... *rolls eyes*08/29/2014 - 12:53pm
SleakerAnd honestly, nearly all of the games she references, or images she depicts I've always cringed at and wondered why they were included in games to begin with, from pinups through explicit sexual depictions or direct abuse. I think it's cheap storytelling.08/29/2014 - 12:35pm
Sleaker@AE - aren't most people fundamentally misunderstanding her at this point? haha.. On a related note I think a lot of the backlash is coming from males that think she is telling them their 'Generic Male Fantasy' is bad and wrong.08/29/2014 - 12:33pm
Andrew EisenAnd no, I don't think the female community would be upset over the performance of a case study in and of itself. Possibly the mostivations behind such a study, the methodology or conclusions but not the mere idea of a case study.08/29/2014 - 12:29pm
Andrew EisenAmusingly, these videos aren't saying you can't/shouldn't use tropes or that sexual representations are inherently problematic so those are very silly things to have a problem with and indicate a fundamental misunderstanding of the series.08/29/2014 - 12:29pm
SleakerDo you think the female community would get extremely angry over a male doing a case study on the negative impact of sex-novels and their unrealistic depiction of males and how widespread they are in american culture?08/29/2014 - 12:25pm
SleakerThe other thing that people might find problematic is that they see no problem with sexual representations of females (or males) in games. And realistically, why is there anything wrong with sexual representations in fiction?08/29/2014 - 12:24pm
SleakerTo even discuss or bring up these issues at a cultural level to begin with. Going straight for games to many probably feels like a huge overstepping given that it's interactive story in many cases, and when you're telling a story why can't you use tropes.08/29/2014 - 12:21pm
SleakerI think a large part of the controversy stems from the idea that games aren't culture setters, but culture reactors, and simply depict what is already in culture. So people don't care that games use tropes or are blind to them because we've failed ...08/29/2014 - 12:20pm
AvalongodBesides, what better way to make her point for her than to respond to her opinion by behaving like a misogynistic asshole. Sure, it may be a troll account, but that doesn't make it "ok"08/29/2014 - 12:19pm
AvalongodWhether Sarkeesian is "right" or "wrong" is not relevant, neither she nor any other woman should have to expect that her opinion will be met with death threats or even just sexist language.08/29/2014 - 12:18pm
Andrew EisenOh, may as well. Zip, I challenge you to cite three specific examples from the TvW videos (use direct quotes and time stamps) and explain how/why they ring hollow or are over exaggerated.08/29/2014 - 11:56am
 

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