Nintendo

Donkey Kong escaped from the Circus?

My friend sent me this video today telling me “It’s on like Donkey Kong!” Strangely enough I have never ever seen this video before. According the description on the youtube channel, “Donkey Kong has escaped from the circus. He is on the lam, and Mario and Pauline, portrayed here as Mario’s “niece”, are chasing the ape. As with the original game, Donkey Ko...

Now you’re phoning with power! The next best thing to Game Play Counselors of yore

Stuck on the original Legend of Zelda, or maybe the more recent Super Mario Galaxy? Sure you could identify and solve your predicament in seconds online… or you could fiddle with Nintendo’s still active but tedious Power Line for automated tips on “the most asked about games.” But remember, kids: before calling, “Be sure you have permission from whomever pays the phon...

Where is Donkey Kong?

Where have you been, DK?! We last saw you in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! for DSiWare. Really? A DSiWare title? It’s a neat little game, but why didn’t they tell you that you’re “over qualified” for that position? We know times are tough and you’ll do anything to get a job, but you deserve better, DK. Really, you do.

Classics define Nintendo’s upswing decade

A lot can change in a decade. Just ask Nintendo. In Apr. 2003, with the month’s rains at their dreariest, the company reported fiscal GameCube sales of 5.6 million units, less than half the total forecast in 2002. Six Aprils later, Nintendo closed another fiscal year with sales of 25.95 million Wii systems, nearly a five-fold increase over 2003, as the company famous for the power-up evidently d...

Super Mario Sisters nearly happened

While sifting through some filings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office as I am wont to do on a Saturday night, I stumbled upon a trademark filing made by Nintendo for “Super Mario Sisters.” After holding the trademark for just under two years, Nintendo let it expire in 1991 along with the hopes and dreams of countless fans of The Great Giana Sisters. Although the trademar...

Nintendo will need better casual games to continue their console war

As most of you have no doubt read, Nintendo President Satoru Iawta is concerned that the Wii is in an unhealthy state, and that it is urgent for Nintendo to recover sales momentum. This statement, coupled with recent numbers confirming this sales drop, has left many to point the finger at Nintendo’s Blue Ocean Strategy, which disrupted the video game market by bringing a wider audience into ...

Nintendo PR boilerplate, through the years…

Old farts like me (read: 28) fondly remember the days of tearing open an NES, SNES and even the N64 on birthdays and holidays in years long gone by, so it was was some nostalgic interest that I read this interesting original post over at Kotaku this morning. You see, once upon a time Nintendo was not the juggernaut it is today, and this was reflected in their PR boilerplate (the stuff no one reads...

At Nintendo, even Miyamoto’s mistakes become games

So, funny story, dear Infendo readers… It seems that the golfing game in Wii Sports Resort was a bit of a mistake. Wasn’t supposed to be there. Sneaked passed the goalie. An “oops baby,” if you will. How? Well, in a story that’s only possible due to the sheer power wielded by Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, the golfing game makes a reappearance in the Wii Sports fr...

Go buy Rhythm Heaven if you haven’t already

I’ve been playing Rhythm Heaven for a couple of weeks now, and I gotta say these game is a hoot. If you liked Elite Beat Agents, or are a rabid rhythm game fan, it will challenge your skill in new creative ways. If you’re not big on music games, you might not like it, but the puzzles are so clever, I suspect if you’re in the latter category, you still might dig it. Any readers ou...

Top 10 Things That Annoy Me About the Wii

Over the past two years the Wii, and by extension Nintendo, has enjoyed immense success. Massive sales, new avenues of consumer adoption, grannies boxing grannies, and soccer moms getting fit on a video game controller–it’s all here, and the impact is undeniable. Why then, I ask, am I still so annoyed with this amazing machine? Before I jump headfirst into flame land, however, hereR...

Leaked Revolution Ad?

This was sent to us from an unconfirmed source via email. It is pure speculation, however. The individual claims to have access to non-public info, but says he only works in marketing and not in actual development. Apparently, it depicts an ad campaign to be launched at the same time as the Xbox 360 release later this year. Personally, I think a March 2006 release to be too early, but your guess i...