Nintendo’s new 2DS gaming handheld will sell for $130

Nintendo is trying a new approach in the market for handheld gaming. No, it’s not launching Mario and Zelda games for smartphones or tablets. The company plans to release a new handheld gaming device, the Nintendo 2DS, which it describes as an entry-level gaming system, selling for $129.99 and launching on Oct. 12. The new 2DS… Read More


Mobile game spending crushing Wii U, Vita titles

With more than half of us now sporting smartphones, more and more people can purchase and play mobile games. That means you don’t have to own a Nintendo 3DS or PlayStation Vita to game on the go, and new data reveals how exactly that’s hurting the traditional handheld gaming companies. App Annie and IDC just… Read More


Xbox 360 vs. Wii vs. PS3: Who won the console wars?

Sony’s earnings report yesterday provided some of the final pieces of data to answer a question that goes back to 2005: Will the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or Nintendo Wii prevail in the video-game console wars? Eight years later, it turns out the answer isn’t as clear as we might have hoped. Nintendo raced out… Read More

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Name that Tech Tune: Do you know this Nintendo game?

Updated below with answer and winner. This week’s Name that Tech Tune challenge is on the tougher end of the spectrum, hand-picked by Nintendo remix musician The Icarus Kid for the on-stage taping of our GeekWire radio show this week. Given that, it probably goes without saying that it’s a Nintendo tune. However, it’s definitely… Read More


VIDEO: What makes Seattle such an awesome gaming city

The list of game development companies in the Seattle area, from Valve to PopCap to 343, is certainly impressive. And to show how awesome the Emerald City’s gaming scene is, GameSpot just put out a really well-done video showcasing the talent here. They spoke with several of the city’s leading game devs, from Pete Parsons… Read More

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Xbox chief: Main rivals are Nintendo, Sony, Apple and Google … but not Valve

The competitive landscape for Microsoft’s Xbox console is expanding to include Apple and Google, but the company’s top game and entertainment executive doesn’t see Valve’s move into the living room as particularly competitive with what Microsoft is doing. That was one of the more interesting tidbits from media event on Microsoft’s Redmond campus yesterday. The… Read More


Nintendo sued over 3D patent in 3DS handheld console

Not only is Nintendo dealing with less-than-stellar Wii U sales, but now the company is being sued over 3D technology used in its 3DS handheld console. Reuters is reporting that inventor and former Sony employee Seijiro Tomita is suing Nintendo over 3-D images he claimed to develop. Tomita says that Nintendo used his patent without… Read More

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Nintendo wants WiiU.com domain, files cybersquatting complaint

The latest sales numbers of Nintendo’s Wii U are not good, so maybe a new website at WiiU.com can help the cause. Unfortunately for Nintendo, someone else owns the WiiU.com domain name. And so today the company filed a cybersquatting complaint with the World Intellectual Property Forum to snatch it back. According to domainnewswire.com, WiiU.com was registered back… Read More


Ouch: Nintendo sold just 57,000 Wii U’s in January, report says

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata told Reuters last month that the sales of the Wii U, which debuted Nov. 18, were “not bad.” Well, new numbers show that it’s worse than that. CNET is reporting that Nintendo sold just 57,000 Wii U’s last month, barely 20 percent of what Microsoft’s Xbox 360 (281,000) sold during the same time frame. That’s also… Read More


Not just dudes: 38% of Xbox users female, 51% have kids

Microsoft wants you to know that not all of its users are stereotypical hardcore gamer bros. Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, shared some Xbox 360 stats during the D: Dive into Media conference in Southern California yesterday. Mehdi said that 38 percent of Xbox users are women, while 51 percent have kids… Read More


It’s official: PlayStation is back atop the console market

PlayStation is once again the king of the worldwide console market. Sony’s latest earnings report, issued Feb. 7, shows unit sales for the PlayStation home consoles (the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3) beating the competing machines from Nintendo and Microsoft for the title of best-selling home game console for the 2012 holiday shopping season. Combined… Read More


Mario Kart, Zelda remakes coming to Wii U

Some of Nintendo’s all-time great games are making a comeback. President Satoru Iwata announced today on a Nintendo Direct Webcast that a 3D Super Mario Series, Mario Kart and two Legend of Zelda games are all in the works for the Wii U. The GameCube game The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is being remade… Read More