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GeekWire Calendar Picks: Play Nintendo Tour, Wearable Tech Meetup, Developers’ BBQ, and more

Nintendo has been through a difficult period in the home console business, with a rough reception for its Wii U console following the breakout success of the original Wii. But the iconic video-game company, whose North American headquarters are right here in Redmond, is known for one thing — great games. If you have children (or… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Can Nintendo make a console comeback?

With the E3 video game convention in the books for another year, this week’s GeekWire radio show features a conversation with game writer and number-cruncher Tim Ellis about the state of Nintendo, the resurgence of Sony’s PlayStation franchise, and Microsoft’s strategy shift with the Xbox One, attempting to recapture its momentum. In a recent post… Read More

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It’s official: Sony is the king of the consoles again

It took eight years, but Sony is once again king of the consoles. The company sold 18.7 million consoles worldwide in its last fiscal year, a number that includes sales from the PS4, PS3, PS2, PSP and PS Vita. For the first time in eight years, Sony trumped Nintendo, which sold 16.3 million consoles. Successful sales of the… Read More

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Nintendo at E3: Great games are coming … eventually

Great games are coming to the Wii U … but we’re going to have to wait. That’s the main takeaway from Nintendo’s announcements this week at E3, the big video-game event in Los Angeles. Yesterday I argued that Nintendo’s problem selling home consoles has been building for decades, but was masked by the fluke runaway success of… Read More

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Can Nintendo reverse a decades-long sales slide?

Ever since Nintendo posted its first annual net loss in early 2012, the Japanese gaming company (whose North American headquarters is right here in Redmond) has seen a steady decline in its fortunes. Earlier this year Nintendo announced a $228 million loss for 2013, and last week the company revealed it will be closing their European headquarters… Read More

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Nintendo’s new diet: A health kick to bulk up revenues while trimming your waistline

Nintendo’s president, Satoru Iwata, outlined a new 10-year strategy for the company, which includes focusing on improving people’s quality of life, or “QOL” for short. In the letter sent to shareholders and investors today, Iwata remains vague about the videogame company’s plans, but says it has set “health” as a new theme for its first… Read More

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Nintendo and HTC score a win against patent trolls

Nintendo and HTC have both landed a win against patent trolls, thanks to a decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission. The two companies were included in a massive ruling by the commission, which held that complaints of patent infringement from a trio of patent trolls over a patent for a “High performance microprocessor having… Read More

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Nintendo expects to lose $323M in Q4 after selling just 2.8M Wii U consoles in 2013

Nintendo warned investors about less-than-stellar financial results earlier this month, and the company wasn’t kidding. Nintendo today released its latest earnings report for the three-month period ending Dec. 31, 2013. The game giant did post a net income of $93 million, however, the Wii U’s struggles continue to hurt Nintendo. The earnings revealed that the… Read More

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Watch: Hackers use the Wii U GamePad to stream PC games

This week at the 30th Chaos Communication Congress, a small group of hackers figured out a way to reverse engineer a Wii U GamePad to allow streaming of PC games directly to the controller. The hack is pretty neat, which manipulates the communication between the GamePad and its host controller, allowing gamers to play PC games… Read More

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Nintendo brings Wii Mini to the U.S. for $99

A more basic and cheaper version of Nintendo’s original Wii is making its way to the United States. The Wii Mini, originally released in Canada Europe during the past year, will retail at $99 and hit shelves this month — just when Sony and Microsoft launch their next-generation consoles. Unlike the original Wii, the Wii… Read More

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PlayStation 3 rules global console market in build-up to new generation

Sony sold 2 million PlayStation 3 consoles worldwide in the latest quarter, continuing the 7-year-old console’s late surge as Sony and Microsoft prepare to release their next-generation entertainment and gaming machines next month. Sony reported the number this morning as part of its quarterly earnings release. By comparison, Microsoft sold 1.2 million Xbox 360s for the… Read More

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Nintendo stock falls 8 percent, biggest drop in 24 months

Nintendo saw its stock fall eight percent in Tokyo — the biggest drop in two years — after the game giant was excluded from the Nikkei 255 Stock Average. Nintendo was expected to enter the Nikkei 225, Japan’s most prominent average of equities, as the company’s stock hit a two-year high in July in anticipation of the… Read More