Gaming news summary for June 29, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, EA gets a closed alpha of Star Wars: Battlefront ready, an early access game on Steam pays a bug bounty, Nintendo offers more Amiibo models in the UK, and someone preorders Fallout 4 in bottle caps.
Gaming news summary for June 24, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, Destiny expansion issues dominate, followed by major problems with the PC release of Batman: Arkham Knight, and Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Amie discusses the negative fan response to a new Metroid game.
The giants have spoken, but who's going to take the 2015-2016 sales crown?
The triumvirate of console gaming, Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, have shown what they're going to show to launch the 2015 E3 expo, and as with all things, we've got opinions. Join MacNN and Electronista staffers Mike, Malcolm, and Jordan with special commentary from HammerCast's Duane Sibilly as they discuss the surprises, let-downs, reveals, and presentations that we've suffered through so you don't have to!
E3 rolls on with more game launches from major players
Welcome to the second of a special series of Game Replay, which is running daily for part of this week to cover the main stories coming out of E3. Much like yesterday's edition, today we continue covering the media events the major companies are holding to show off their new games. This time, Nintendo's unusual pre-recorded address is accompanied by Sony and Ubisoft's live events, with each concentrating on games instead of hardware.
Gaming news summary for May 27, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, a robbery of a game retailer causes issues for Nintendo's UK Splatoon launch, a new arena mode has been added to Evolve, and the republishing of Iron Brigade by Double Fine.
Gaming news summary for May 20, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly post where MacNN and Electronista writes about some of the major stores in the wider world of gaming that developed over the last few days. In today's edition, more characters invade Lego Dimensions, the digital TV tuner for Xbox One goes on sale in the US and Canada, and a request for cheaters to apologize on YouTube in order to reinstate their banned accounts.
Gaming new summary for May 13, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly post where MacNN and Electronista look back at the last few days in the wider world of gaming. In today's edition, more IP is confirmed for Lego Dimensions, the Rockstar Editor will be heading to Grand Theft Auto V on next-gen consoles, and Nintendo is seriously contemplating dropping regional restrictions in its next console launch.
Apple Game Roundup for May 12, 2015
On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking at the release of Legend of Grimrock for the iPad, a Game of the Year update for Wasteland 2, Nintendo's tone-deafness on the smartphone game market and five forthcoming releases through 2016, and a possible future release of military shooter ARMA for OS X.
News from the video game industry for the week of March 29
Every Sunday, MacNN and Electronista spend some time covering a few of the stories from the wide world of gaming that wasn't mentioned earlier this week. In today's Weekly Game Replay: the next Legend of Zelda has been delayed, a community patch for Half-Life 2 gives the game a visual overhaul, Blackrock Mountain heading to Hearthstone this week, and Microsoft is offering double the games to Xbox Live Gold members.
New games using Nintendo characters heading to mobile devices in future
Game producer Nintendo is finally going to be making more of an effort to produce mobile games for smartphones and tablets. At a press conference streamed earlier today, Nintendo revealed it will be working with gaming company DeNA to create the apps, with the two companies also working together on an "online membership service" that spans across mobile devices and Nintendo's current generation of consoles.
Nintendo pulls launch of TVii service in Europe over localization issues
Nintendo has scrapped its planned TVii service in Europe, over two years after the Wii U console's launch. The service, which is available in Japan and North America, will not be heading to the continent due to the "extremely complex nature of localizing multiple television services across a diverse range of countries with varied licensing systems," reports Eurogamer. An Anime channel for the Nintendo 3DS will still be available to view.
Nintendo delivers a compelling upgrade to its glasses-free 3D gaming platform
If you thought that handheld gaming consoles like those from Nintendo have tanked following the rise of smartphones, you'd be wrong. In fact, following the introduction of the Nintendo 3DS in 2011, Nintendo has shifted over 50 million 3DS or 3DS XL consoles, demonstrating that there is still a large audience that likes physical controls and a deeper gaming experience. Giving its handheld product line a shot in the arm, Nintendo has given both the 3DS and 3DS XL a revamp, bringing some genuinely worthwhile feature upgrades. So does the Nintendo 3DS still warrant your consideration in 2015?
News from the gaming industry for the week of February 1
Every Sunday, Electronista and MacNN compile some notable news items from the world of gaming in a bumper post. In this week's edition of Weekly Game Replay, Nintendo's YouTube policy woes, a TV show based on Zelda, and some notable offline game items are overshadowed by the loss of one of the games industry's major news sources.
News from the video game industry for the week of January 11
Every Sunday, Electronista and MacNN compile some of the notable pieces of news in the game industry into one article. In this week's edition of Weekly Game Replay, we look at the numerous announcements from the January 14 Nintendo Direct event, Sony Online Entertainment's (SOE) launch issues and subsequent refund offers for H1Z1, the sale of the Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons to 505 Games, Hotline Miami 2 classification refusal and public declarations from developer, Blizzard hits issues with the name Overwatch, and a launch date is set for Obsidian Entertainment's Pillars of Eternity.
Poster leaked online shows release date of February 13
A member of gaming site Neogaf's community has leaked what appears to be aa poster for the new Nintendo 3DS XL. The poster shows a release date of February 13. More tantalizing, however, is the inclusion of two possible launch titles -- one of which is the highly anticipated remake of Nintendo's Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. The game had previously been teased with the more vague window of "Q1 2015," but it now appears to be on track to be included with the 3DS XL.
News from the video game industry for the week of December 21
Every Sunday, Electronista and MacNN offer up a single article with some of the significant happenings in the video game industry for the previous week. In this edition of the Weekly Game Replay, we take a look at Nintendo winning two patent disputes, the catch with the free game offer for Assassin's Creed Unity issues, new details on Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, Resident Evil HD cross-buy, and expansion of PlayStation Now to non-Sony devices.
News from the video game industry for the week of December 7
Every Sunday, Electronista and MacNN look at some of the bigger news from the game industry over the past week. In this week's look back in Weekly Game Replay, we cover Nintendo's stock and production changes with Amiibo, the delay of The Witcher 3, confirmation of character progress in Destiny carrying over to the next game, Final Fantasy XV's demo being exclusive to Final Fantasy Type-O HD, Paradox halting development of Runemaster, and the return of the maligned Stalker sequel to crowdfunding.
News from the video game industry for the week of November 30
Every Sunday, Electronista and MacNN offer up some of the news direct from the video game world in one article. During this week's Weekly Game Replay, we look at a slew of news from the PlayStation Experience and Game Awards in Las Vegas, the leak of the next Assassin's Creed game, Australian stores pulling Grand Theft Auto 5, a new studio from 2K Games, and gameplay footage from the upcoming Legend of Zelda Wii U game.
Philips to end all lawsuits under terms of the cross-license patent agreement
Those considering picking up a Nintendo console in the near future no longer have cause for concern, as the Japan-based hardware and software developer ended its patent dispute with Philips on December 2. The two companies were locked into an infringement battle over motion technologies used inside of Nintendo's consoles, dating back to 2011, which could conceivably have resulted in a sales ban.
News from the video game industry for the week of November 23
Every Sunday, Electronista and MacNN sum up some of the news from the gaming industry over the past week in one article. In this week's edition of Weekly Game Replay, we take a look at the strong sales of Super Smash Brothers, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby for Nintendo consoles, Ubisoft's free downloadable content (DLC) and games for botched Assassin's Creed Unity launch, This War of Mine statistics, new Star Citizen funding goals for pets, and upcoming PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Games with Gold releases.
Update to 2003 filing focuses on adaption, doesn't mean official emulation coming
Last week, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) posted a recent patent update from Nintendo. Patent application 20140349751, filed in June 2014, looks to improve upon Nintendo patent 8157654, adding processor-level adaptation for emulators of handheld consoles like the Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advanced. While some fans may take it as a sign that Nintendo is official moving into the smartphone and tablet space, it's more likely done for legal purposes.
Subscription nets recipient 10 Amiibo figures over three deliveries during the holidays
Nintendo and geek-centric mystery subscription service Loot Crate announced they are teaming up to offer a special type of crate in the near future. In a statement from Nintendo, the company divulged that a series of packages are being put together for the upcoming Amiibo figurines that work with games like Super Smash Bros. and the upcoming New 3DS handheld.
Nintendo 2DS, 3DS get another 3D remake from Legend of Zelda's Nintendo 64 days
During the recent Nintendo Direct it was revealed that the company is updating another Legend of Zelda game for its 3D handhelds. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask - which was originally released on the Nintendo 64 in 2000 - is coming to the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS in spring 2015. Majora's Mask 3D follows 2011's remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D - another game that was originally for the Nintendo 64.
Planned Nintendo device monitors sleep patterns remotely
Nintendo is jumping on the fitness-related device bandwagon, with the creation of a sleep tracker. The game console producer is working with ResMed, a company which already produces products for the treatment of sleep disorders, to create a device to remotely monitor the user while they sleep, rather than a wearable device.
Handheld game sells 3.32 million units, propels company to $85 million profit
Nintendo posted surprising figures for it second quarter results for 2014, seeing an $85 million (¥9.25 billion) operating profit. The news comes on mixed analyst projections, with Thomson Reuters Starmine expecting a $33 million (¥3.7 billion) loss and Quick expecting a net profit of $63 million (¥62.4 billion). Nintendo posted a net profit of $222 million (¥24.2 billion) for the period ending September 30.
NFC figures, forth entry in the fighter series coming to the Wii U before the holidays
On the back of worldwide sales of 2.8 million units for Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo unveiled the release date for the game on its home console. Super Smash Bros. is coming to the Wii U in North America on November 21, with Europe and Australia sales starting the following week. In addition to Super Smash Bros., Nintendo is offering a bonus release with the first wave of Aiimbo figures on November, along with Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker in December.
Spotify opens Canadian streaming service to everyone
Spotify has opened up its service in Canada to all users, following a brief invitational period. The streaming music service boasts over 20 million songs served on 320kbps streams, with chief content officer Ken Parks claiming the collection has been "tailor made for Canadian music fans." Users have the same ad-supported free and paid service options as other regions, with Spotify Premium priced at $10 per month.
New bundle comes with two games, limited to Wal-Mart, Microsoft Store
Consumers looking for a replacement Microsoft Xbox 360 will have another option coming on October 7, just in time for the holiday shopping season. The new version of the almost nine-year-old console is bathed in blue, adding arctic blue accent pieces on both console and controller. Priced at $250, the Xbox 360 Special Edition Blue Bundle comes with a 500GB hard disk in the console, a month of Xbox Live Gold, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Updated handheld Nintendo consoles shipping to US, Europe next year
Nintendo is updating its existing 3DS handheld game console, by producing two new versions. Called the New Nintendo 3DS and the New Nintendo 3DS LL, the dual-screen gaming systems offer few in the way of major changes to the existing formula, though both notably add a second analog "C-stick" on the right-hand side, next to Super Nintendo-colored buttons.
Next iteration of the Call of Duty franchise skipping the Wii U, last two games on console
Call of Duty fans hoping to play the newest title in the series on the Wii U this year appear to be out of luck. Michael Condrey, co-founder of Sledgehammer Games, said on Thursday that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare wouldn't be coming to the Nintendo console. He added that it "was an Activision decision," with the studio focusing on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Strong software sales couldn't halt Nintendo's continued poor performance
After a less-than-optimal performance at the end of the 2014 fiscal year, Nintendo is looking at a rough start to the beginning of its new fiscal year. The game console manufacturer reported that it posted an operating income loss of more than $92 million (9.47 billion yen) during its first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year. Weak console sales and fixed expenses are largely to blame for the loss.
Court rules Nintendo infringed on two of three patents in lawsuit from 2012
Nintendo lost its first court battle against Philips Electronics last week over its use of technology in Wii Remotes and associated consoles. The England and Wales High Court ruled that Nintendo infringed upon two of three patents from Phillips that are based on motion, pointing and gesture controlling. The third patent considered for a potential violation, which is for modeling a body in a virtual environment, was found to be invalid.
Big Three 2014 E3 presentations complete, who 'won' the showdown?
This week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) may have been devoid of any significant hardware announcements, but that doesn't mean there was nothing to talk about. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo all had either live or "canned" press events in the two days leading up to the start of the expo proper, and as with all things, we've got opinions. Electronista writers Mike and Jordan discuss the big-ticket issues that have popped up from the brief look at the future of the "Big Three" console makers.
Amiibo NFC figurines usable in Nintendo games for new characters, other effects
Nintendo is continuing to focus on its well-known stable of franchises during its E3 event. Opting for a pre-produced YouTube stream instead of a Sony or Microsoft-style live event, the brisk 45-minute show revealed the game producer is still looking for ways for the Wii U to stay relevant to gamers, with the only major hardware announcement of the event involving NFC-equipped figurines.
European operations consolidated in Frankfurt, redundancy causes layoffs
After three consecutive years of losses, Nintendo is being forced into the position of closing down one of its offices. The gaming company will close down its office in Großostheim, Germany to consolidate its European operations to Frankfurt. In the process, Nintendo will eliminate 130 permanent positions in the company as the two offices consolidate.
USB box allows use of fan favorite Wavebird controllers in upcoming Smash Bros. game
On top of the news that Nintendo would be holding a Super Smash Bros. Invitational at E3 this year, the company has unveiled a new option for controllers on the Wii U. A new USB converter box has been introduced for the console, allowing gamers to play the upcoming Smash Bros. title with a Gamecube controller. Information about the box was dropped in an announcement video containing details on the tournament and later on Twitter.
Decision backtracks on company's previous stance over copyright videos
Console maker Nintendo has changed its mind on the lock down of revenue on "Let's Play" videos on YouTube. Nintendo will be launching an "affiliate program" that will give a share of the ad revenue from videos to the person(s) creating the content. The move comes after content had been flagged and removed from YouTube when Nintendo filed copyright claims on videos that included footage of their games in 2013.
Project adds public test server for multiplayer use after Gamespy shutdown
With Nintendo shutting down Wi-Fi functionality for the aging Wii and DS consoles, customers still hoping for multiplayer action in their older titles have been left to their own devices. However, a community project has created a workaround, launching a Wi-Fi connection server to help stave off the results of the Gamespy shutdown.
Motion control patent lawsuit seeks compensation Wii console sales ban
Nintendo is being attacked by electronics manufacturer Philips over claims of patent infringement. The game company is accused of using aspects of Philips' motion control IP over its entire range of Wii devices, including the Wii console, Wii Remotes, the Wii U console and gamepad, and the Wii Mini, with Philips also seeking a sales ban in the United States.
Gaming company's first app available on select phones, limited to single carrier
Nintendo has announced that it is releasing a 3DS tethering application for Android tomorrow in Japan. The app surfaces as one of the first expansions by the gaming company after posting lower than expected numbers in its most recent financial report. While the free app isn't one that many users wanted to see, it gives credence to the idea that Nintendo is trying to look to other avenues to help rebuild its brand.
Wii U and 3DS sales fail to meet adjusted forecast from January
Nintendo released its 2013 year-end report today, to disappointing results. The company announced that it posted a $457 million loss on the back of slumping sales of the Wii U and 3DS hardware units. The loss comes even after the company had already revised its sales forecast downward in January to anticipate more realistic sales figures.
Popular Game Boy Advance titles now available on Wii U's eShop
Nintendo has released its first group of Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games on the Wii U online store. Available for $8 per title, current releases include strategy-based game Advance Wars, RPG Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and side-scrolling shooter Metroid Fusion. More titles are due to roll out throughout April, such as Kirby & The Amazing Adventure, WarioWare, Super Mario Bros. 3 and others.
Yoshi themed limited edition 3DS XL launches March 14 for $199
Nintendo has announced that it will release a limited-edition, bright green, Yoshi-themed 3DS XL handheld on March 14. The release of the handheld coincides with the launch of the newest Yoshi game from Nintendo, Yoshi's New Island. While the console will have a price tag of $199, Nintendo has stated that it will not come pre-loaded with the new Yoshi game, nor will it come with a physical copy.
Nintendo prepares to shutter Wii, DS multiplayer services on May 20th
Nintendo has revealed it will be shutting down its online multiplayer servers for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii on May 20th. The global closure will stop multiplayer games from working online through the Wi-Fi Connection service, but it will still allow other online aspects, such as the Wii Shop and video-on-demand services, to continue working. Online play for games made for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U will remain unaffected by the closure.
Rumors suggested threat of lawsuit might be responsible
The creator of Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen, didn't pull the app because of threats from Nintendo, a spokesman for the latter suggests. Although very different in terms of gameplay, many people have commented that the pipes in Flappy Bird look similar or identical to those from Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. series. In a new email, spokesman Yasuhiro Minagawa repeats the position that Nintendo has never made any complaints.
Gaming company to reevaluate business strategies
Nintendo is off to a rough start in 2014, after news in January of a less-than-optimal quarterly performance for the company that saw the forecast number of units of the Wii U cut as revenues were down across the board. It didn't help that the company that it opened itself up to a small controversy over the use of smartphones to market upcoming products -- a plan it first denied, then admitted to. However, the recent decline has caused Nintendo to look toward a different future as it looks to opening up new business strategies.
Today's reversal reverses yesterday's anti-app sentiment
Reversing a previous denial of a smartphone initiative, Nintendo earlier today confirmed that it is going to use smart devices as a future platform for applications and promotions, but there are no plans to port core titles to Android or the iOS. According to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, Nintendo will use any developed apps to communicate with customers, and deliver marketing information, but it will stop short of offering full games from Nintendo's catalog of gaming intellectual property.
Console maker struggling for marketshare
Contrary to reports out of Japan, Nintendo will not be producing mini-games for smartphones, according to an official statement. "Nikkei's article contains information previously stated by [CEO] Mr. Iwata during past press conferences, including statements which relate to Nintendo's willingness to make use of smart devices to promote our products. However during such past announcements Mr. Iwata has also stated that Nintendo's intention is not to make Nintendo software available on smart devices and as such, we can confirm that there are no plans to offer mini-games on smartphone devices," it reads.
Future Gears of War titles to be developed by Microsoft's Black Tusk
Epic Games has revealed that the sci-fi first person shooter Gears of War has been acquired by Microsoft studios. The deal gives Microsoft the rights to all the existing titles, as well as future games and other assets -- including merchandising associated with the property. Microsoft studio Black Tusk, helmed by ex-Epic Games director Rod Fergusson, will assume development of the franchise, with an anticipated announcement about the franchise future later this year. No terms of the deal have been made public.
Reduces Wii U sales estimates by two thirds, also cuts 3DS forecast
Nintendo is feeling less confident over the sales of its Wii U game console, and has warned it has reduced sales estimates for its impending quarterly financial report. Initial estimates of 9 million sales of the console in the 2013-2014 financial year have dropped down to less than a third of a figure, with the new full-year total expected to be just 2.8 million.