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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Wii U TVii is getting put down in August

July 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo plans to shut down the Wii U TVii service via a system update on August 11th, the company revealed. Nintendo said that it is shutting the service down because "it is time to focus our resources on other projects." The service launched a little under three years ago. At the time Nintendo thought it was a pretty big deal.

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Facebook employees to take part in 'Super Mario Maker hackathon'

July 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

To celebrate (and obviously promote) its upcoming launch of the Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U console, Nintendo and Facebook have teamed up to host a special "hackathon event" at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park on July 28 and July 29. Unfortunately, you have to be a Facebook employee in order to participate. The Super Mario Maker hackathon is exclusively for Facebook employees to design a special level in the game.

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Kickstarter campaign for fan-created Zelda animated series gets killed… by project creators

July 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A fan-created and unlicensed Zelda animated series was introduced on Kickstarter this week and then pulled a few days later... by the Kickstarter owner, according to Eurogamer.

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Thousands honor Satoru Iwata at funeral services in Japan

July 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

During two days of funeral services held in Koyoto, Japan for the late Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata, nearly 4,000 people showed up to pay their respects. Iwata died on July 11 due to complications related to a growth in his bile ducts.

More than 2,600 people attended services in the first day, and 1,500 came to pay their respects on the second day, according to the GI.biz. Many of those who took time to pay respects to the iconic Nintendo executive also brought along their 3DS hand-helds - a device that Iwata had a major hand in bringing to market.

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Nintendo flip-flops on 'Super Mario Maker' hand color

July 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

After being told by a room full of Nintendo reps. that the white female hand in Super Mario Maker would be the default, Nintendo has backpedaled a bit, according to Business Insider writer Ben Gilbert. Gilbert noted on Twitter this morning that the backpedalling was disheartening because it made him look like he made a mistake or didn't ask the right questions of Nintendo at the time... but he did. In fact, he specially asked about this issue before writing about it here.

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PETA issues statement on Satoru Iwata's passing

July 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals put a statement mourning the passing of Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata. In a statement sent to Business Insider from Joel Bartlett, PETA's senior director of marketing innovations, the watchdog group said that its members join in mourning the passing of the iconic Nintendo figure:

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GDC Vault releases video of Satoru Iwata's 2005 GDC Keynote

July 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In honor of his passing, GDC Vault has made available a very important and inspiring speech from Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata today.  By way of Gamasutra, GDC Vault has made available a video of Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata's 2005 Game Developer Conference keynote address, "Heart Of A Gamer."

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Report: 'NX' manufacturing could begin as soon as Oct. 2015

July 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a report in Digitimes, production of Nintendo's next console will begin as soon as October of this year.

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So long, Club Nintendo

July 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Club Nintendo, Nintendo's rewards program for its various hand-held and home consoles, has officially closed its doors. A visit to the official web site for the rewards program features an image of Mario with hat in hand and head bowed to signify the somber moment. It is accompanied by the following message from Nintendo:

"Club Nintendo has been discontinued. Our heartfelt thanks to our members for your support over the years. Please stay tuned for more information about our new loyalty program."

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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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MattsworknameWilson: how? Im still waiting for my upgrade notice07/29/2015 - 3:44am
Matthew WilsonI updated to a clean instill of windows 10.07/29/2015 - 2:36am
Mattsworknameargue that it's wrong, but then please admit it's wrong on ALL Fronts07/29/2015 - 2:06am
MattsworknameTechnoGeek: It's actually NOT, but it is a method used all across the specturm. See Rush limbaugh, MSNBC, Shawn hannity, etc etc, how many compagns have been brought up to try and shut them down by going after there advertisers. It's fine if you wanna07/29/2015 - 2:05am
Mattsworknamediscussed, while not what I liked and not the methods I wanted to see used, were , in a sense, the effort of thsoe game consuming masses to hold what they felt was supposed to be there press accountable for what many of them felt was Betrayal07/29/2015 - 2:03am
MattsworknameAs we say, the gamers are dead article set of a firestorm among the game consuming populace, who, ideally, were the intended audiance for sites like Kotaku, Polygon, Et all. As such, the turn about on them and the attacking of them, via the metods07/29/2015 - 2:03am
MattsworknameAndrew: Thats kind fo the issue at hand, Accountable is a matter of context. For a media group, it means accountable to its reader. to a goverment, to it's voters and tax payer, to a company, to it's share holders.07/29/2015 - 2:02am
Andrew EisenAnd again, you keep saying "accountable." What exactly does that mean? How is Gamasutra not accounting for the editorial it published?07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenMatt - I disagree with your 9:12 and 9:16 comment. There are myriad ways to address content you don't like. And they're far easier to execute in the online space.07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenMatt - Banning in the legal sense? Not that I'm aware but there have certainly been groups of gamers who have worked towards getting content they don't like removed.07/28/2015 - 11:45pm
DanJAlexander's editorial was and continues to be grossly misrepresented by her opponents. And if you don't like a site, you stop reading it - same as not watching a tv show. They get your first click, but not your second.07/28/2015 - 11:40pm
TechnogeekYes, because actively trying to convince advertisers to influence the editorial content of media is a perfectly acceptable thing to do, especially for a movement that's ostensibly about journalistic ethics.07/28/2015 - 11:02pm
Mattsworknameanother07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
Mattsworknameyou HAVE TO click on it. So they get the click revenue weather you like what it says or not. as such, the targeting of advertisers most likely seemed like a good course of action to those who wanted to hold those media groups accountable for one reason07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
MattsworknameBut, when you look at online media, it's completely different, with far more options, but far few ways to address issues that the consumers may have. In tv, you don't like what they show, you don't watch. But in order to see if you like something online07/28/2015 - 9:12pm
MattsworknameIn tv, and radio, ratings are how it works. your ratings determine how well you do and how much money you an charge.07/28/2015 - 9:02pm
Mattsworknameexpect to do so without someone wanting to hold you to task for it07/28/2015 - 9:00pm
MattsworknameMecha: I don't think anyone was asking for Editoral changes, what they wanted was to show those media groups that if they were gonna bash there own audiance, the audiance was not gonna take it sitting down. you can write what you want, but you can't07/28/2015 - 8:56pm
MattsworknameAndrew, Im asking as a practical question, Have gamers, as a group, ever asked for a game, or other item, to be banned. Im trying to see if theres any cases anyone else remembers cause I cant find or remember any.07/28/2015 - 8:55pm
Andrew EisenAs mentioned, Gamasutra isn't a gaming site, it's a game industry site. I don't feel it's changed its focus at all. Also, I don't get the sense that the majority of the people who took issue with that one opinion piece were regular readers anyway.07/28/2015 - 8:43pm
 

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