Posts Tagged ‘nintendo’

Top 5 Games of 2009 – Wii Dominates

February 4, 2010

Usually we only really see charts and figures from the US when it comes to the games industry, but now there’s been a list compiled of the best selling games of last year, and it looks like Nintendo is going strong.

Apparently, it still prints money

The report was compiled by industry analysts MCV, which goes through a fairly in-depth breakdown of just how well the games industry has been performing over the course of 2009 before launching into the list proper. It’s interesting to see that, despite the fact that some games sold fantastically well (Modern Warfare 2 being the most obvious example), there was still something of a decline worldwide, which is to be expected given the current economic climate. Surprisingly though, a large proportion of that decline seems to have come from the aging PlayStation 2 market…



Nintendo Developing New Device

February 4, 2010

It seems that the folks at Nintendo, despite its persistent and fairly unconvincing dismissal of any rumours until now, could well be working on a new console, something outside of its current lines entirely.

This... is not a GameBoy

Rumours that Nintendo had been working on something new had been floating around for a while, though many indicated that Nintendo would be to build an updated version of its motion-sensitive Wii (with many wondering if it could possibly be capable of high-definition output) while others had pointed to a motion-sensitive version of its by now near ubiquitous DS hardware. Instead, it seems that Nintendo is working on something a little different.


E3 to see Mario Galaxy 2, New Zelda

February 1, 2010

It seems that things are already heating up for E3, the games industry’s tradeshow that amounts to a kind of annual second-Christmas for some. Details have already emerged of what Nintendo will have on display.

It'll be nice to get some new RPGs for the Wii 🙂

Adriasang is reporting that among the games that we’d been expecting to see something of this year, but perhaps not quite as early as E3, we can expect to see something of the sequel to Nintendo’s Mario Galaxy and, perhaps more interesting still, something of the new Legend of Zelda game, of which relatively little has been released so far. There are also a few other curiosities from Nintendo to make appearances at this year’s E3 though.


Nintendo Financial Figures Not So Fit

January 28, 2010

After yesterday’s news of the eh, super Super Mario Bros sales figures, today comes the news that Nintendo’s overall 2009 profits aren’t looking as healthy as expected despite a great Festive period. The Japanese video games giant said that lower sales and price cuts for its hit Wii console had dented profits for the nine months to December 31 2009.

The crap Ant and Dec Wii ads can’t have helped sales.

The company sold 17 million Wiis during the period – almost 3.5 million fewer than a year earlier – as overall group revenues fell more than 23%. Lower software sales for the Nintendo DS console also hit results, as well as a currency impact from the much stronger yen, reducing the value of international sales.


BBC to Move Back into Games

January 25, 2010

It seems that the BBC is to make something of a return to its past glory by putting out games of some of its better known properties, including Doctor Who, Top Gear and In the Night Garden.

Iggle Piggle is, essentially, a blue Orpheus. The blanket is his lyre 😦

Word comes via MCV of the fairly interesting development, which would see the BBC getting back into games in a big way. It’s a curious move, but it won’t involve any massive changes to the BBC, since the company likely won’t be developing or publishing its own games content. Instead, the corporation is actively seeking developers and publishers to handle the development and release of games based on its properties.


Final Fantasy to Hit App Store

January 22, 2010

It seems that Square Enix is to bring the original Final Fantasy, along with Final Fantasy II, to Apple’s App Store for its iPhone and iPod Touch.

Word comes from SiloconEra about the port, which for some reason everyone seems to be in a rush to point out will boast updated controls to better fit the touch-sensitivity of the devices it’ll see release on. For now though, there’s precious little to know other than that Square Enix intends to rerelease the games through Apple’s mobile app shop.


PS3 Motion Controller Delayed

January 20, 2010

It seems that Sony will see its PlayStation 3 motion controller delayed until Autumn of this year, after relatively recent reassurances that we’d see it this Spring.

While Sony describes its motion sensitive controller as the “Motion Controller (Tentative Name),” the news of the delay comes alongside some new rumours about the device itself, which it seems could well end up being called the PlayStation Arc, which would certainly help describe the motions to which it might be ascribed. Sony’s CEO, Kaz Hirai, detailed the delay in a statement from Sony, saying that,


Game & Watch ‘Reissue’ a Bit of a Tease

January 19, 2010

Many of you will remember with a fair amount of fondness those handheld games with clunky black and grey graphics sold throughout the ‘80s. Small, with only one game to choose from and consistently running out of batteries – the king of the genre was Nintendo’s Game & Watch range with many innocent souls being introduced to Donkey Kong amongst other titles over these basic little fellas.

Takara’s new Game & Watch keychains are a bit of a let down

With all that nostalgia in mind, Takara – a Japanese toy firm – has decided to reissue keychain version of three Game & Watch titles. Octopus, Parachute, and Chef are solar-powered, and cost just $12 but prepare to be let down. You can enjoy the sight of a pre-programmed sequence on screen but you can’t actually play the game. Having raised our expectations in such a manner Takara need a stern talking to we feel!

As put it, what’s the point in that? Well, if you’re the vindictive type, they may make a half decent birthday present for someone you’re not overly fond of, in fact watching their frustration at the repetitive display may be worth the cash alone.

Special Offers – Week of January 18th

January 18, 2010

Good afternoon all, I hope everyone is well and having an alright (if a little rough) start back to work this week. We’re all doing quite well in the Komplett office, for what it’s worth. Anyway, for those just joining us now, we like to post our special offers for the coming week on a Monday afternoon, just to make sure that you guys have as long as possible to consider them before the offers end.

It’s on of those win-win situations 🙂

We won’t get too bogged down in all that for now, this week’s offers are pretty interesting, hopefully you’ll find something you like.

Nintendo DSi:

Nintendo’s DS line broke the record for the highest number of a games consoles sold in a month (it just so happened that in the same month, the Wii broke that record too). Clearly it’s a device that’s not only incredibly popular, but continuing to sell to new customers.

Click through to check out our page for Nintendo's DSi 🙂

For those of you who haven’t used a DSi yet, it’s functionally very much like an old Gameboy, though with a clamshell design and two 3.25” screens. The lower screen is touch-sensitive, and there’s a stylus included with the device. It also boasts two cameras, which tie in to various games, as well as Facebook. It’s a relatively simple little machine, but has enough of a range of games to provide some solid entertainment.

We’ve got a bit of a soft spot for Nintendo’s DS line, even if it is based on bitter intra-office rivalries of Mariokart DS and Pokémon… the important thing to remember isn’t that it’s okay to play games as an adult; it’s that Ryan cheats at Mariokart. I don’t know how, I don’t know why, he just does.

Our bitter feuds aside, Nintendo’s DSi is dropped to €147 this week.

The DSi is also available in black, for those who want to have it match their existing bits and pieces or wardrobe.


Nintendo Sees Record Breaking Christmas

January 18, 2010

Nintendo has managed to break records twice in the last month, with both its Wii home console and its handheld DS managing to exceed the previous records for most consoles sold in a month.

While we’ve yet to receive anything quite as detailed for Europe, Wired is reporting that the NPD group has released its figures for the games industry over the month of December, and they certainly make for some very interesting reading indeed. Despite many analysts’ predictions to the contrary, Nintedno has managed to beat stiff competition from both Sony and Microsoft (both of whose consoles saw price drops over the months leading up to Christmas) and see the most sales, not only in this Christmas, but in any single month ever.