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Nintendo Fans Are Too Entitled, And It’s Time to Change the Culture

Entitled Nintendo fans are nothing new - in fact, entitled gamers in general are commonplace. But is it time to change how we look at gaming?

The (Once and) Future King: Part 2

Read the first part of this article here. It has been a rocky couple of decades for Nintendo. Going into the mid-’90s, they were at the top of their game. The Super Famicom/Nintendo Entertainment System was a huge success, and their key franchises were ubiquitous within the industry — but then they hit a snag. Minor missteps, like the Mortal Kombat controversy, and major ones, like the Virtu...

Infendo Presents: The History of Nintendo – Part 2 Electronic Beginnings

Welcome to the Infendo Presents: The History of Nintendo! Join us as we chronicle Nintendo from their humble hanafuda beginnings, to the dominance of the Wii and DS and beyond! Make sure to check back in everyday for more content! When last we left Nintendo, hanafuda was on it’s way out as toy making was the new profit driver with successes such as The Ultra Hand and the Ultra Machine. Meanw...

Infendo Presents: The History of Nintendo – Part 1 Origins

Welcome to the Infendo Presents: The History of Nintendo! Join us as we chronicle Nintendo from their humble hanafuda beginnings, to the dominance of the Wii and DS and beyond! Make sure to check back in everyday for more content!  By now it’s pretty common knowledge that long before Nintendo was in the video game making business, the company got its start producing handmade hanafuda cards i...

Could Wii U Launch with Super Mario Bros. 4?

Nintendo has now confirmed that it is working on a 2D Super Mario Bros. game for the Wii U based around the “Mario Experience” demo presented at E3 last year. At the same time, speculation is running wild that this game may be related to the supermario4.com domain recently registered by Nintendo. If the game is already well underway, could Nintendo be returning to those magical days when a new sys...

Nintendo & The Louvre Museum Teaming Up

 Here is something that is really neat. Nintendo & The Louvre Museum (Ya know, the one with the Mona Lisa…) have announced a partnership that will make use of the 3DS.

Wayforward putting all their chips with eShop going forward

At a time when many development studios are in danger of closing there doors, or in the case of Visceral Games and Bizarre Creations,they already have, it becomes apparent that the business of video games can be rough at times. It’s not all doom and gloom, there are actually a lot of dev houses that are making quite a bit of money such as Infinity Ward, Blizzard, and yes, even Nintendo. But those ...

Nintendo addresses lack of money-printing console right now

Said Nintendo president Satoru Iwata this week about continued losses: “The result (of lowing profit expectations) will mainly derive from the decision to mark down the price of the Nintendo 3DS and sell it below cost, sacrificing our profitability for this fiscal year, so that we can get it back on track to its originally-anticipated sales pace so as not to shrink our future business (of the Ni...

At a loss: Nintendo still not out of the woods

Company lost more than three quarters of a billion last year and even announced more expected losses into this year. That’s to be expected from other console makers who lose money on new hardware in the first year, as they hope to recoup losses and turn a profit in the coming years. But for Nintendo, that’s rare. They usually turn a profit in the first year, with exception to their l...

Sequel glut driving players away from consoles to more “original” games on iOS?

That’s what Gamaustrua analyst Matt Matthews suspects: The second point (of last year’s annual console sales) brings out is just how sequel-driven the top end of the market has become. Every game, with exception of Just Dance 2 and Batman: Arkham City is a sequel several times over. I’m just now beginning to try to follow the mobile/tablet gaming market, and while many of the g...

EA still struggles on Nintendo consoles

Case in point: Tiger Woods will not be coming to Wii this year. This isn’t the first time EA has discontinued support for Nintendo. In fact, EA has largely had an unproductive relationship with Nintendo since the 16-bit wars, opting instead to work with Sega and the more favorable margin of the Genesis. At the same time, maybe simulation sports fans are a better fit on other platforms. What ...

Playing with power again: Nintendo having a heck of a run this holiday

After one of its worst years since the early ’80s, Nintendo is finishing strong these last couple of months by releasing really good games that are rewarded with strong sales. The company released the marvelous Zelda: Skyward Sword this month, followed by a strong Mario outing for 3DS. Up next: Mario Kart 7, which is also garnering very positive reviews early on. What’s more, Nintendo ...