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  • Nintendo used Phillips gesture-control patents, rules UK court

    A UK court has officially ruled Nintendo guilty of infringing two patents belonging to Philips, both inherent in its Wii range of consoles. This is the first of four lawsuits filed against the gaming giant. The judgement, handed down by the High Court of Justice (of England and Wales) last week, ruled that Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U consoles use technologies that Dutch electronics company Philips owns. The first regards a motion and gesture-controlled tracking system while the second covers devices that can be controlled by another. What makes the first patent significant though is the scope of infringing devices. Court...

  • Watch Nintendo’s E3 2014 digital event right here, right now

    Nintendo needs to prove itself this year, more than ever before. Sales are down, gamers are frowning and the once beautiful red and white sheen that signalled quality has been sadly absent. But Nintendo has an ace up its sleeve, possibly. New twists on old IP’s will hopefully draw fans back to the Wii U and 3DS fold as Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event heralds in a new set of games from the big-N. Watch the entire presentation live right now and stick around for a hands-on of our favourite Nintendo games. Here’s the post-show breakdown.

  • Reddit leaks full game list for Nintendo’s E3 showroom

    Thanks to user-generated news site Reddit (via Powerleveled), we can now see all the games Nintendo plans to showcase at E3 2014. While the image is a blurry screenshot from (presumably) a hotel room, and the legitimacy of the list cannot be confirmed, it’s difficult to argue with the lineup of games, as they are genuine Nintendo titles that most fans expect the financially-battered company to release. Super Smash Bros. for both the Wii U and 3DS, Bayonette 2 and Hyrule Warriors are Nintendo titles that have been previewed extensively by the gaming press. The list, titled “E3 Showroom Instruction...

  • Nintendo ends online gaming for Wii, DS and DSi

    Sad news for Nintendo aficionados: the company will today terminate “online gameplay, matchmaking and leaderboards” support for its Wii, DS and DSi consoles, the company said. Those who own Nintendo’s newer consoles — the Wii U and 3DS — are unaffected by this announcement. Additionally, the Wii Shop Channel, DSi Shop and video-on-demand services also remain unaffected. Previously, gamers on the older consoles could enjoy online gameplay via a connection to Nintendo’s servers. Although the company will turn its back on its legacy console users, the games that do not require an internet connection to function will remain playable in offline...

  • Ocarina of Time prototype listed on eBay for £100 000

    Ocarina of Time means exactly one thing — Nintendo nostalgia — but is that worth £100 000? A rare prototype of the legendary game, widely regarded as the best in the Zelda series and greatest Nintendo game of all time, has recently been put up on eBay for sale. The ultra-rare prototype boasts a debug Nintendo 64 (N64) version of the prototype allowing players to access a previously unheard of cart. The seller also uploaded a video demoing the prototype: The hefty price tag is significantly higher than other rare video games. According to an article in Price Charting, the most...

  • Nintendo teases mystery ‘emerging market’ console by 2015

    Nintendo has announced plans to introduce a new console especially for emerging markets by as early as 2015. Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s president and CEO, told Reuters that the company will focus on developing a platform for markets with lower average income and lesser levels of gaming experience. This comes after the Japanese company released its dire yearly financial report earlier this week, that saw its third successive yearly loss. The Wii U, the console Nintendo hoped would revive the company, hasn’t been its saviour. Nintendo reported losses of US$457 million, selling a meagre 6.17 million Wii U consoles since its launch 17...

  • Nintendo shuttering online services for Wii, DS from 20 May

    Nintendo’s killing all online services for two of its most popular consoles: the DS, and its former best-selling console, the Wii as from 20 May. In an official blog post, the Japanese gaming giant says that services such as leaderboards, YouTube streaming and multiplayer gaming for both consoles will end. The termination of online services is worldwide. What will remain, according to Nintendo Australia is the money-making branch, namely the online stores for both the DS (including the DSi) and Wii. The following is a list of all services that will remain unaffected: Internet Channel Nintendo DS Browser Nintendo DSi Browser Nintendo DSi Shop Nintendo Wi-Fi...

  • Nintendo wants raids, arrests and IP blocking for its ‘rampant piracy’ issues

    Nintendo’s recent financial tumbles, such as US$15-million in losses during Q3 2013, aren’t being helped by piracy, which the 100-year old company says is both “extremely challenging” for them as it incurs “huge losses” in profit. To this end, Nintendo plans to block and convict pirates sharing its legendary game like Super Mario, Metroid and The Legend of Zelda. According to Torrentfreak, copyright holders (in this case, Nintendo) are allowed to submit a list of anti-piracy issues to the US Trade Representatives and outline the steps it wishes to take against the offenders. In Nintendo’s case, it’s to track...

  • Nintendo detailed: DS games coming to Wii U, Mario Cart 8 date, health tech

    In a recent press briefing, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata shared the company’s latest revenue earnings and gave us an idea at what the future might hold for the somewhat struggling Japanese gaming company. A lot of things got announced recently. First and foremost, as reported by Wall Street Journal, Nintendo DS games are making their way to the Wii U’s virtual console. This means that certain classic titles to be playable on the Wii U Gamepad. Nintendo is keeping its games away from the mobile sphere but said that it wants to expand its Nintendo Network ID to smart...

  • Big fun, little price: Wii Mini goes on sale in US for $100

    Nintendo hasn’t had the greatest sales in Europe and Japan over the last year or so. Despite this, there is a US$100 Wii Mini going on sale in the US some time in November which promises big fun at a little price. The Wii Mini has been Canada-exclusive since December last year and is seen as a simple but fun little box of entertainment. It then made its way to Europe and the UK in March. According to Joystick, “Nintendo sold 35 700 units in Canada across its first two months on store shelves.” The compact system is matte black with...