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  • 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 »

  • Review: Kirby strikes gold in 'Rainbow Curse'
    Review: Kirby strikes gold in 'Rainbow Curse' Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Nintendo's Kirby is just a pink sphere with feet, arms, eyes and a mouth. He doesn't appear to pose much of a threat — instead, he looks like a wad of bubble gum that, at worst, you might have to peel off the sole of your shoe. More »

  • Assassin's Creed Rogue and Tobii Tech eye-tracking technology changes the …
    Assassin's Creed Rogue and Tobii Tech eye-tracking technology changes the … Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Motion controls have been part of the video game industry for many years, with Nintendo's Wii Nunchuk and Microsoft's Kinect camera being two of the most famous recent examples. One of the latest innovations comes from Tobii Tech in the form of its unique eye-tracking technology. We demoed the kit with the upcoming PC version of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Rogue, as well as PC indie title Sons of Nor, and discovered a new method of control that fits logically with what gamers around the world already instinctively do. Taking us through the demo was Tobii Tech president Oscar Werner, who we spoke to after about how the tech fits into the motion control landscape and how soon it'll be until the tech is accepted by the gaming industry. More »

  • US ports dispute taking toll on economy
    US ports dispute taking toll on economy Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Stacks of shipping containers sit on an empty dock at the Port of Oakland on February 19, 2015 in Oakland, California More »

  • Could The Legend of Zelda Really Work on Television?
    Could The Legend of Zelda Really Work on Television? Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    The opening minutes of Nintendo's 1986 The Legend of Zelda—the first entry in an unending series that helped define the medium of video games—are elemental storytelling distilled for the limits of 8-bit processing power. Netflix is reportedly developing a live-action Zelda series, seeing it as a family-friendly Game of Thrones. The news has revived the age-old but still-unanswered question: Is it possible to satisfyingly translate a video game into another artistic medium? The case against filming video games is easy: Their plotting is often inherently derivative, because the real magic comes from the player's agency and ability to explore the world. More »

  • How to stay safe on any online device
    How to stay safe on any online device Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    Keeping up to date with the latest technology will protect your children from online crime and enable them to explore the online world safely More »

  • Battlefield Hardline preview: multiplayer beta offers fast and furious new  …
    Battlefield Hardline preview: multiplayer beta offers fast and furious new  … Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Battlefield Hardline's announcement was near-perfect. At E3 last year EA showed off a short trailer, a sizeable amount of gameplay footage, and kicked off an open beta that same day - what more could we ask for? Battlefield 4 was eight months old and had been plagued with problems, yet here was EA trying to sell a new Battlefield game. Now they're ready to show their work off once again with another open beta. More »

  • Game Review: A new life for old video games
    Game Review: A new life for old video games Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — For some video games, what's old is new again. More »

  • Nintendo's nine-month profit jumps on cheap yen Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo reported a nearly six-fold increase in profit for the first three quarters of the fiscal year Wednesday and raised its earnings forecast as a cheap yen masked weak sales. More »

  • Nintendo says slack console sales to hit operating profit, weak yen to lift … Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    By Ritsuko Ando and Reiji Murai TOKYO/OSAKA (Reuters) - Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co on Wednesday issued a profit warning with a silver lining - even as it sells fewer consoles, the sharp weakening of the yen means overseas sales will inflate its net income this fiscal year. While operating profit still grew nearly 50 percent in October-December from a year earlier, the third quarter is Nintendo's biggest by far and it won't make up the shortfall by end-March. "We've made some progress in profit but in many ways we didn't score perfectly," Chief Executive Satoru Iwata told reporters at a briefing in Osaka. Iwata is hoping to steer Nintendo to its first annual operating profit in four years. More »

  • Nintendo sees profits increase
    Nintendo sees profits increase Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Nintendo has reported a nearly six-fold increase in profit for the first three quarters of the fiscal year and raised its earnings forecast as a cheap yen masked weak sales. More »

  • Nintendo to discontinue Club Nintendo rewards program Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Nintendo is discontinuing its Club Nintendo rewards program and will replace it in the U.S. with a new customer loyalty program at a later date. Members of Club Nintendo earned "coins" by registering ... More »