With each revision, the list of SOPA supporters seems to be shrinking. In the most recent silent update, gaming companies seem to be the ones pulling back. Sony, EA, and Nintendo are no longer listed as supporters of the bill, but were on the list in November. None of the companies has acknowledged the change in position.
Shigeru Miyamoto is the big man on campus in the gaming community. He's the guy who imagined Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong, three of the most popular gaming characters and franchises in the history of gaming. Star Fox? Pikmin? Those are his creations, too. So it was big news when an interview seemingly revealed Miyamoto was planning to step down as head of Nintendo to focus on smaller games, but is he really?
Out of the three major consoles (Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Sony PlayStation 3), it's the Wii that's in most need of a hardware refresh. Appropriately enough, Nintendo is the only one of the bunch to announce a next generation console, and other than alternate color options, has mostly refrained from launching a bunch of different SKUs with features added on (like increased storage)" to extend its lifespan. The Wii U is Nintendo's next big console, but can it compete?
The People for the Ethical Treament of Animals (PETA) is outraged over Mario's Tanooki suit and the message it sends to gamers. Confused? According to PETA, Mario is guilty of the disgusting act of wearing the skin of a raccoon dog to give him special powers, but you shouldn't be surprised because "Mario has been known to use any means necessary to defeat his enemy." The way PETA describes it, you'd think Nintendo's popular game character is a pixelated version of Hannibal Lecter.
When the Nintendo announced that 3DS sales weren’t living up to expectations, 3D skeptics were quick pile on. The company responded by sharply cutting the price, and while I have to admit even we were skeptical, it seems to be exactly what they needed to change their fortunes. According to the NPD group, the system has sold an impressive 1.65 million units in the USA year to date, putting the handheld on track to outsell its predecessor the Nintendo DS during the same period.
Nintendo isn't accustomed to losing money on an annual basis. In fact, it's never before happened, at least not in the last 30 years in the electronics business (Nintendo's history actually dates back to 1889 as a playing card company). Be that as it may, Nintendo now expects to lose 20 billion yen, or about $264 million, for its fiscal year ending on March 31, 2012, the company said.
Nintendo is as guilty as anyone of buying into the 3D hype, not because it released a 3D handheld console, but because it grossly overestimated how much mobile gamers would be willing to pay to see Mario and Co. jump around in a third dimension. There exists a market for the 3DS, just not a very big one at the $250 launch price. But what about at $170?
In compiling a list of the world's oldest software companies, one comes face to face with an inevitable question. Namely, what is it? What the heck is this thing we call "software?"
While it's easy to say that Windows or Office or even the wanton dismemberment of Dead Space 2 are obvious examples of software, where does one draw the line? Did software, for instance, exist before the advent of computers? In our minds, it did. Though the concept of altering the performance of mechanisms by feeding them independent sets of instructions has clearly become rampant in the computer age, it in fact started long before that – the early 18th century, to be exact. And that is precisely where we'll start our journey.
It's hard finding good work with the economy in the toilet, but we hear Nintendo's looking for a few good men (or women) to help Mario punch Link in the face. The way the company's drumming up interest in the opening is a little unconventional, though. After Nintendo head Satoru Iwata announced that Smash Bros is coming to the Wii U and 3DS during the company's E3 press event, reporters asked when the game would be released. The answer? Um, we haven't actually started on it yet.
According to a leaked internal GameStop memo, Nintendo has decided to discontinue its popular DS Lite console, which also puts an end to Game Boy Advance support for the game maker's handheld systems. The memo instructs GameStop stores to remove DS Lite displays once their inventory runs out, and gives them a heads up that they won't be receiving any more stock of the now defunct console.