Here's a decent idea: Nintendo is rolling out a barebones, $99.99 Wii Mini to pick up any stragglers who didn't buy one of the 97 million Wiis sold to date. Here's a bad idea: Nintendo may only release the Wii Mini in Canada in time for the holidays.
Nintendo's first HD console, the Wii U, launched yesterday and is hitting its first big snag: an issue with power loss during the necessary day one patch is leaving bricked — read: unusable — Wii U consoles in its wake.
You may have heard that Nintendo is gearing up for the launch of the Wii U. Part of that process is a whirlwind press tour which we caught in Miami last week. Nintendo wasn't showing anything we hadn't seen before, but the tricked out Airstream trailer was too cool not to share.
Nintendo's elder statesman is coming down in price to $130 in order to make way for the Wii U. The new SKU packs in the seminal Wii Sports and its well-reviewed 2009 sequel, Wii Sports Resort.The Xbox is seeing a price drop too, adding games of its own to sweeten the pot.
In the latest Iwata Asks, the Nintendo CEO sat down with a roundtable of hardware and software wonks that helped conceive the Wii U. One key concept hit on was a de-emphasis on the console itself; Managing Director Genyo Takeda termed it "hardware as stagehand."
Nintendo has had kind of a rough go of it lately. After pretty much everyone on the planet bought a Wii and DS, the 3DS launched to a slow start and anticipation for its Wii U console seems tepid at best. You tell me — are you excited? Here's what you can expect when the Wii U lands in November in the U.S.
Did you think the torrent of Wii peripherals was bad? Think again. Nintendo's love for ridiculous console add-ons harkens back to the early NES days, as evidenced by this brochure for a "Nintendo Knitting Machine" attachment. Here's one add-on that we're happy was canned for its own good.
Since its massive showing at E3, Nintendo's been pretty silent about the Wii U. With the holidays around the corner, you might want to start saving up your money if you want the Wii U and its fancy touchscreen gamepad.
Some sad news: Ars Technica Senior Gaming Editor Kyle Orland reports that Nintendo Power is getting ready to shutter its pages forever. If Orland's source is correct — and a wealth of evidence suggests he is — Nintendo Power will start winding down toward a final issue after 24 years of asking everyone to join the gosh-dang Fun Club already.
Admitting failure is usually not an option for Nintendo. Now that the 3DS has had well over a year to settle in, Nintendo's president Satoru Iwata finally admits that 3D might not have been the most compelling feature to push onto consumers.