If you're willing to invest in new games for your long-awaited Wii U home console, a Nintendo promotion will grant you an extra $5 for every $50 you spend.
The Wii U, due to go on sale starting November 18, will come in two bundles: a $299 basic set and a $349 deluxe set that comes with additional accessories and the Nintendo Land game disc.
If you purchase the more-expensive bundle, you can use the promotion to earn points when purchasing downloadable games. These points can then be converted into discounts and will accumulate until the end of 2014. … Read more
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime stopped by CNET's New York office on Thursday to talk about the company's upcoming console launch, the Wii U. The system marks the first new home gaming hardware introduced to the U.S. market in six years.
The Wii U also represents a major shift in strategy for Nintendo, deviating from the strict games-only design of previous systems. The Wii U will not only be just for playing games, but also controlling your TV and discovering and streaming other content from the Internet.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Another reason not to buy books: Hackers installed credit card readers at 63 stores across the country, New York City included.
- Attention New Yorkers: It's officially time to freak out about Hurricane Sandy.
- SDSU study confirms that five-second rule is pretty much bull.
Nintendo won't make a dime when it starts selling its Wii U next month. In fact, it may lose a few.
Nintendo chief Satoru Iwata said yesterday in an earnings call with investors that the Wii U "will be sold below cost." Iwata didn't say how much of a loss Nintendo is taking on the hardware, though the device's more powerful components and GamePad controller likely drove costs up.
The Wii U will launch on November 18. A basic set featuring the hardware and GamePad will cost customers $299.99. A deluxe set that adds … Read more
Nintendo reported (PDF) a 6.8 decline in revenue to 201 billion yen ($2.6 billion) in the six months ended September 30. It also lost 28 billion yen during the period, though that was actually better than the 70.3 billion yen it lost a year earlier.
Nintendo's troubles were caused mainly by the Wii, whose sales fell off a cliff. Last year, Nintendo sold 3.4 million Wiis during the six-month period; this year, sales plummeted to 1.3 million. Wii software sales slumped to 23.7 million units -- a steep decline from the 36 million … Read more
Nintendo last night unveiled its first Wii U television commercial for the U.K.
The commercial, which aired during the country's "Homeland" show, offers a lighthearted look at the console and how Nintendo aims to change gamers' experience with its new hardware.
The commercial first demonstrates how the GamePad controller -- which, as you can see in the image above, resembles nothing so much as a medium-sized tablet with joystick buttons -- can extend gameplay by letting users virtually throw items to the television screen and see more of a game's surroundings. Nintendo was also quick … Read more
If you're a gamer or at least marginally interested in videogames, today's show is for you. With Justin Yu out of town for the day, Jeff invited gaming industry all-stars Russ Frushtick (Polygon) and Scott Jones (EP Daily) to take on a handful of gaming-related topics. Laughs were had, tears were shed, but at the end of the day we all got a little closer.
Topics from today's show:
- Scott is really digging Fieldrunners 2.
- Will Need For Speed: Most Wanted finally give us the Burnout-esque game we've been asking for?
- What the hell is going to happen with the Wii U?
- Just how Assassin's Creed-y will Assassin's Creed III be?… Read more