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  • Microsoft has created the first cheap Surface you will actually want
    Microsoft has created the first cheap Surface you will actually want Thu, May 7, 2015

    Think of the Surface 3 as a jack of all trades, but a master of none. More »

  • Nintendo sees profit doubling, helped by smartphone game entry
    Nintendo sees profit doubling, helped by smartphone game entry Thu, May 7, 2015

    TOKYO/OSAKA (Reuters) - Japanese videogame maker Nintendo Co Ltd forecast its long-awaited entry into smartphone games would help it double annual operating profit in the year through March, offsetting weak sales growth in its traditional consoles. Nintendo repeatedly resisted investor calls to shift focus to smartphone games to boost profitability, until it unveiled a gaming app partnership in March with DeNA Co Ltd. On Thursday, it said would also branch out to theme parks through a tie-up with Universal Parks & Resorts. The newly venturesome approach comes as Nintendo's Wii U console lags behind Sony Corp's PlayStation and Microsoft Corp's XBox, while the rise of smartphone games has also led to a decline in customers. More »

  • Nintendo posts annual profit as Wii U sales up, but outlook weaker
    Nintendo posts annual profit as Wii U sales up, but outlook weaker Thu, May 7, 2015

    A customer plays a game on Nintendo's Wii U, at an electronics shop in Tokyo, on May 7, 2015 More »

  • Nintendo posts £230 million profit
    Nintendo posts £230 million profit Thu, May 7, 2015

    Nintendo reported a net profit of 41.8 billion yen (£230 million) for the fiscal year to March, a reversal from deep losses the previous year. More »

  • Nintendo swings to $350 mln annual net profit but outlook weak
    Nintendo swings to $350 mln annual net profit but outlook weak Thu, May 7, 2015

    A visitor plays a Nintendo game, during the 16th edition of the Gamers Assembly in Poitiers, France, on April 4, 2015 More »

  • Sony plays to strengths in games, sensors as it vows revival
    Sony plays to strengths in games, sensors as it vows revival Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Once at the leading edge of consumer electronics, Sony Corp. is now more lumbering giant than trend-setter after falling behind competitors such as Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. Sony watchers ... More »

  • 17 Tinder bios that will make you want to stay single forever
    17 Tinder bios that will make you want to stay single forever Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    It’s a jungle out there. More »

  • Old companies thrive in brand-loyal Japan adapting to times Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    KYOTO, Japan (AP) — Successful businesses shine for a few years, then nimbler competitors outwit them in a constant cycle that spans being feted to forgotten in less than a generation. But Japan has something different: thousands of companies that have prospered for centuries. More »

  • Google search more mobile friendly
    Google search more mobile friendly Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Google will update its search algorithm tomorrow so that it will penalise websites that do not optimise viewing on smartphones and tablets. More »

  • Man Tears Tendon After Playing 'Candy Crush' for Weeks Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    A California man tore a tendon in his thumb after playing a puzzle game on his smartphone too much, according to a new report of the case. The case shows that, in a sense, video games may numb people's pain and contribute to video game addiction, they said. "We need to be aware that certain video games can act like digital painkillers," said Dr. Andrew Doan, a co-author of the case report and head of addictions research at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. More »

  • Awesome! 'Lego Dimensions' combining bricks and franchises
    Awesome! 'Lego Dimensions' combining bricks and franchises Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — The creators of the "Lego" video games are building their own rendition of a toys-to-life franchise. More »

  • Hyperkin SmartBoy Will Turn Your iPhone Into A GameBoy
    Hyperkin SmartBoy Will Turn Your iPhone Into A GameBoy Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Not an April Fools' joke, apparently More »

  • DeNA, in Nintendo pact, aims for games bringing in over $25 million per mon …
    DeNA, in Nintendo pact, aims for games bringing in over $25 million per mon … Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Japanese online game maker DeNA Co Ltd on Wednesday said it wants its new partnership with gaming giant Nintendo Co Ltd to yield titles that bring in over 3 billion yen (17 million pounds) a month. The alliance, announced on March 17, will bring Nintendo characters such as Super Mario and Donkey Kong to smartphones, and see their jointly developed games available through phones and tablets as well as Nintendo's Wii U and 3DS consoles. DeNA Chief Executive Isao Moriyasu said the partners would release their first game later this year, but was coy on which character from Nintendo's trove of intellectual property (IP) would be featured. "We want to create multiple hit games rather than aiming to succeed with just one powerful IP element." "We haven't talked to Nintendo about targets, but at DeNA, our best-selling game brought in 3 billion yen a month, and we want to surpass that," he said, referring to smartphone game Kaito Royale which was turned into a TV series. More »

  • Drugs 'Kingpin' Takes Prison Snaps Showing Off His Flat Screen TV, Playstation …
    Drugs 'Kingpin' Takes Prison Snaps Showing Off His Flat Screen TV, Playstation … Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Jason Crocker, 36, was jailed for five years but has been taking these 'cell-fies' bragging about his apparently cushy prison life More »

  • GameStop profit forecast misses Street on weak demand for consoles
    GameStop profit forecast misses Street on weak demand for consoles Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    (Reuters) - GameStop Corp forecast a weaker-than-expected profit for the full year, as demand for the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles fail to make up for falling sales of earlier versions. Shares of the world's largest retailer of video game products, which also reported a quarterly profit that missed estimates, fell 5 percent in extended trading. Demand for Microsoft Corp's Xbox One and Sony Corp's PlayStation 4 consoles cooled off in recent months after the holiday shopping season. Both consoles were launched in November 2013. GameStop's new video game hardware sales fell 30. ... More »

  • Angry Birds maker bets on animated movie as profit drops
    Angry Birds maker bets on animated movie as profit drops Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    By Jussi Rosendahl HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish mobile games maker Rovio pinned its hopes on Thursday on a costly 3D movie project helping it return to growth, after a 73 percent profit drop gave the latest sign its mainstay Angry Birds brand is losing appeal. A decline in its business licensing the Angry Birds brand on toys, clothing and sweets is adding to the problems of Rovio, which has yet to repeat the success of its original slingshot-based game which became the No.1 paid mobile app of all time after its launch in 2009. Rovio said total sales fell 9 percent last year to 158.3 million euros ($169 million), although revenue from mobile games grew 16 percent to 110.7 million on the back of new offerings. "As (Rovio's) franchise begins to falter, the question of whether it is a one-hit wonder rears up again," said Steve Bailey, games analyst at IHS Technology. More »

  • Japan's Ministry of Cool
    Japan's Ministry of Cool Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Japan wants the world to know just how cool it is. The effort isn't new: For over a decade, the country has embraced “Cool Japan,” a government-supported movement focused on selling what many have described as its “gross national cool.” This has involved touting cornerstones of pop culture such as cartoons, comics, music, and food overseas, as well as seemingly less hip products such as rugs and salt. Last year, the Japanese government created the Cool Japan Fund, an organization tasked with helping businesses expand overseas, backed by an initial investment of several billion dollars. The country shifted to this approach several years after its “bubble economy” popped in the 1990s, turning to pop-culture exports in place of the industrial ones that helped Japan boom in the 1980s. More »

  • London stocks surge, rest of Europe cautious before US rate call
    London stocks surge, rest of Europe cautious before US rate call Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    London's bluechip index surged Wednesday on the back of a rousing budget statement by the British government, but Europe's other markets were muted before a US interest rate decision More »

  • European stocks diverge
    European stocks diverge Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Europe's main stock markets were on tenterhooks ahead of the outcome of the US Federal Reserve's latest monetary policy gathering, dealers said More »

  • European stocks diverge before UK budget, Fed
    European stocks diverge before UK budget, Fed Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Europe's main stock markets were on tenterhooks ahead of the outcome of the US Federal Reserve's latest monetary policy gathering, dealers said More »

  • Asian markets mostly higher ahead of Fed meeting
    Asian markets mostly higher ahead of Fed meeting Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Shanghai and Hong Kong were the stand-out performers in Asian markets on hopes of fresh stimulus measures from China More »

  • Mario Time! Nintendo To Make Smartphone Games Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Nintendo is to enter the booming market for games on smartphones - in a U-turn that saw the firm's shares shoot up by 21%. The maker of the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises says it is teaming up with Tokyo-based mobile gaming company DeNA to develop games for smartphone devices. Nintendo plans to buy 10%of DeNA for 22 billion yen (£123m), with the pair set to create games based on Nintendo's host of popular characters. Investors had long hoped Nintendo would venture into the expanding market but the company had previously stuck to a "consoles-only" policy, said Kenji Shiomura, senior strategist at Daiwa Securities. More »

  • Nintendo shares rocket 21% on smartphone gaming plan
    Nintendo shares rocket 21% on smartphone gaming plan Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Nintendo shares have zoomed up more than 21 percent after the videogame giant said it will enter the booming market for games on smartphones, in a U-turn long sought by investors More »

  • Asian markets mostly higher ahead of Fed decision
    Asian markets mostly higher ahead of Fed decision Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Shanghai and Hong Kong were the stand-out performers in Asian markets on hopes of fresh stimulus measures from China, while the dollar barely moved as investors kept their powder dry before the US Federal ... More »

  • Investors cheer Nintendo move to smartphones
    Investors cheer Nintendo move to smartphones Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Shares in Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co on Wednesday notched their biggest daily gain since listing as investors cheered the decision by the creators of Super Mario to venture into smartphones in a bid to retain users. The stock ended limit-up, or 21 percent, at 17,080 yen (96 pounds), a day after Nintendo said it would develop mobile gaming apps with online gaming firm DeNA Co. It was the stock's biggest daily gain since Nintendo became public in 1983, adding some $4 billion to the company's market capitalisation. Nintendo is now worth $24 billion. "Finally, Nintendo has turned a corner and embraced a huge strategic shift," said Jefferies analyst Atul Goyal, who raised his recommendation on the stock to "buy" from "hold" and its price target to 30,000 yen from 12,400 yen. More »

  • Shanghai stocks target 7-year high as Asia awaits Fed meeting
    Shanghai stocks target 7-year high as Asia awaits Fed meeting Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Equities in Shanghai are heading towards a seven-year high but other Asian markets are struggling to gain traction as investors wait to find out the Federal Reserve's plans for interest rates later in ... More »

  • Nintendo shares marked up 21% smartphone gaming plan
    Nintendo shares marked up 21% smartphone gaming plan Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Nintendo shares have zoomed up more than 21 percent after the videogame giant said it will enter the booming market for games on smartphones, in a U-turn long sought by investors More »

  • Here’s What Happened Today: St Patrick’s Day
    Here’s What Happened Today: St Patrick’s Day Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    St Patrick’s Day celebrations, Enda in the US, and archbishop charged with concealing child abuse… More »

  • Review: 'Mario Party 10' invites 'amiibo' figures to play
    Review: 'Mario Party 10' invites 'amiibo' figures to play Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    It's "Mario Party," but you shouldn't cry if you want to — especially if you've invested in "amiibo." More »

  • Five ways the Nintendo NX console can triumph as successor to Wii U and 3DS
    Five ways the Nintendo NX console can triumph as successor to Wii U and 3DS Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    On 17 March, 2015, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced that the Japanese gaming giant is busy working on a new "dedicated game platform" codenamed NX. At that time Nintendo's current console the Wii U would be at least four years old, and their handheld console the 3DS nearly six. The announcement was made to assure consumers that Nintendo's commitment to dedicated gaming hardware is still paramount to them, and Iwata was at pains to say so. Nearly two and a half years on from the release of the Wii U – sales of which have been consistently disappointing – Nintendo need their next device to succeed, and here's how we believe they can do that. More »

  • There's a new Lego trailer for the Jurassic World game
    There's a new Lego trailer for the Jurassic World game Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Stars of Jurassic Park films past and present appear in the teaser. More »

  • Nintendo forms alliance with mobile game firm in about face Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — After years of scoffing at the threat from smartphones, Nintendo Co. is doing an about face and entering an alliance with Japanese mobile game company DeNA Co. to develop games for mobile devices. More »

  • Super Mario to go mobile as Nintendo ventures into smartphone games
    Super Mario to go mobile as Nintendo ventures into smartphone games Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    By Teppei Kasai TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co Ltd will venture into smartphone games, heeding calls from investors to boost revenue by taking iconic characters like Super Mario to players increasingly shunning its consoles. Nintendo, which already warned its annual operating profit would halve on weak console sales, said on Tuesday it was teaming up with online gaming firm DeNA Co Ltd to develop and operate gaming apps. "This will allow us to build a bridge between smart devices and gaming consoles," Nintendo President Satoru Iwata told reporters. "It doesn't mean smart devices will eat away at gaming consoles, it will create an entirely new type of demand." Investors have long called on Nintendo to shift its focus to mobile devices after losing customers to both smartphone gaming app makers and console rivals like PlayStation maker Sony Corp and Xbox maker Microsoft Corp. The company had so far resisted these calls, pinning its hopes on hit games such as "Mario Kart 8". More »

  • Nintendo to develop phone games
    Nintendo to develop phone games Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Japanese gaming firm Nintendo is linking up with a mobile firm company firm to develop games for mobile devices. More »

  • Man spared jail for grooming girl
    Man spared jail for grooming girl Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    A supporter of radical Islamist cleric Anjem Choudary has been spared jail after he groomed a "vulnerable" 15-year-old schoolgirl on Facebook. More »