Following in Sony’s unfortunate footsteps, Nintendo announced that their US servers were hacked Sunday, but they say no personal or company information was lost.
Nintendo handheld game enthusiasts who bought 3DSs when the system was released in late April have had to hold on to their DSi units for more than a month while the company prepared a system update that will let them transfer downloaded games from the old system to the new one. Now that the update, scheduled for Monday, is upon us, Nintendo says some of the games won’t transfer over due to licensing issues.
Last week, we reported on the rumors of the impending release of a newer, better Nintendo Wii, along with reports that the company would be dropping the console’s price to $150 to clear inventory of the older models. Well, it’s not quite the announcement from Nintendo HQ that people have been waiting for, but a number of retailers have gone ahead and slashed Wii prices down to $170.
Little, anonymous birds that float around video game sites are all chirping the same tune — that Nintendo will announce a newfangled Wii follow-up by June’s Electronic Entertainment expo, if not sooner. Nintendo, which the sources say won’t release the console until late next year, has reportedly put the device in the hands of game publishers to give them a head start on development.
In a bid to halt months of slumping Wii sales, and possibly signaling a sooner-rather-than-later announcement of a successor, Nintendo will reportedly cut the console’s price from $200 to $150 on May 15. The new price would be a 40 percent reduction of its original $250 price tag.
The lawyer-neutered, ultra-conservative ritual of corporate interviews could sure use some more WWE-style smack talking, and Sony Computer Entertainment of America president and CEO Jack Tretton provided, delivering a slew of “oh no he didn’t” barbs aimed at Nintendo in an interview with Fortune.
Nintendo’s 3DS, which provides glasses-free 3D images, came out last weekend, and fan reaction has been a mixture of elation and grumbling. Just about every review knocked the handheld’s battery life, which can max out at just over three hours of constant, full-feature use.
It’s tough enough to wait for several days outside an electronics store for an item you desire, but even more difficult when you’ve got to contend with unsympathetic managers and police. A man who’s such a hardcore Nintendo fan he calls himself “Triforce” thought he’d wait outside a New York Best Buy in the days leading up to the release of the 3DS, but a manager called NYPD to have him removed. Undeterred, Triforce hopped back in front of the store and is posting YouTube videos on his adventures.
Two new studies may provide some ammo for kids that want to get more time in front of the Wii or Kinect. According to researchers at Brigham Young University and University of Massachusetts, “exergaming” for 10 minutes can result in a workout as stimulating as walking three miles on a treadmill.
Nintendo’s 3DS handheld, which is due out March 27, will hook up with AT&T and Netflix in a super-hot threesome that will eventually let gamers stream movies while on the go.
A major reason for a video game company to come out with a new device is to make it safer from attacks by modders who find ways to let the systems play unlicensed games, as well as swipe copies of legit titles. Nintendo’s honeymoon for the 3DS handheld — which was just released in Japan and comes to the U.S. in late March — is now over before it really started.
A video game console may seem like a reasonably inexpensive entertainment proposition at first glance, but it actually becomes a black hole of disposable income, gobbling up your funds to purchase accessories, memberships, extra controllers, downloadable content and games.
Even though people have been using the phrase “It’s on like Donkey Kong” for two decades, Nintendo has just gotten around to filing a request with the Patent and Trademark office to slap a little “TM” on those words.
Nintendo’s legal team is on a quest to stop PokÃ©mon fan sites from posting screenshots from its games.