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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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


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


Courts deny Nintendo’s bid for WiiU.com; Microsoft still trying to nab XboxOne.com

Nintendo’s legal attempts to nab the WiiU.com domain have failed. Last February, Nintendo filed a cybersquatting complaint with the World Intellectual Property Forum to snatch the domain. But Fusible reports that the courts sided with the current owners, who host advertising and a search bar on WiiU.com. Nintendo may be kicking itself for not bidding on the website in… Read More


Nintendo wins court appeal over Wii motion-tracking patents

The United States Federal Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled in favor of Nintendo, upholding a previous decision that video game giant did not infringe upon motion-tracking patents held by Ohio-based Motiva LLC. Back to 2008, Motiva accused Nintendo of infringing on two patents it held for “Human Movement Measurement System,” and it claimed that importing the… 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


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


Teaming up: Nintendo merging console and handheld divisions to keep up with competitors

For the first time in nearly ten years, there are some big structural changes happening at Nintendo. A report out from Japan-based Nikkei.com notes that Nintendo is combining its handheld and home console divisions with hopes to create “more innovative and attractive products.” Engadget has confirmed the news. 130 employees from the console development team will join… Read More


Watch TV with two screens: Hulu Plus available for Wii U

Hulu Plus is now available on the new Nintendo Wii U console and it introduces a new way to watch TV and movies. The difference is the utilization of the Wii U’s GamePad controller. Users can now enjoy a dual-screen watching experience, with the GamePad serving as an information hub for the episode or movie… Read More