Bright new things in Japan's gaming world

| May 21, 2016

Bright new things in Japan's gaming world

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Nintendo’s summer colors Over the years, Nintendo has released a slew of colors for its 3DS handhelds, so it’s easy to feel jaded and write new ones off as just another sales grab, but the upcoming Japan-only 3DS pop color combinations are definitely eye-catching. ...

Nintendo eyes filmmaking for growth after Mariners sale

May 16, 2016

Nintendo eyes filmmaking for growth after Mariners sale

Video game maker Nintendo Co. is eyeing the movie business for growth. Company spokesman Makoto Wakae said Monday details are undecided but the work might be a theater release or a DVD. Nintendo, which makes the Wii U home console and Nintendo 3DS hand-held ...

Nintendo plans to sell Mariners majority stake

Apr 28, 2016

Nintendo plans to sell Mariners majority stake

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Nintendo of America is planning to sell its majority interest in the Seattle Mariners, the company announced Wednesday. Nintendo of America will retain a 10 percent stake in the club, with the remainder of its holdings sold to other members of First Avenue Entertainment ...

Apr 27, 2016

Nintendo's net profit drops 61% in FY 2015 as stronger yen bites

Nintendo Co. said Wednesday its group net profit fell 60.6 percent in the 2015 business year ended last month to ¥16.51 billion ($139.5 million), bruised by the yen’s appreciation against major currencies and languid portable game sales. With nearly three-quarters of the video game ...

New releases with a fighting spirit

| Mar 26, 2016

New releases with a fighting spirit

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‘Pokemon’ fights harder In a most unexpected collaboration, the folks behind the “Tekken” fighting games have teamed up with The Pokemon Company for a “Pocket Monster” fighting game. Dubbed “Pokken Tournament,” the game trades “Pokemon” attack cutscenes for fighting game play. “Pokemon” characters, such ...

Nintendo finds a hit with its new social app, Miitomo

Mar 18, 2016

Nintendo finds a hit with its new social app, Miitomo

Nintendo Co.’s foray into smartphones is off to a good start. Miitomo, a free messaging-based application, reached No. 1 among social-networking apps in Japan on Apple Inc.’s iOS devices on the day of its release, market researcher App Annie said Friday. Line, the country’s ...

Pikachu finds his voice

| Feb 27, 2016

Pikachu finds his voice

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Pikachu finds his voice The Great Detective Pikachu of “Meitantei Pikachu: Shin Konbi Tanjyou” is very different from other pikachus. The biggest shocker is that, unlike the others, he can speak. In fact, this crime-solving little guy not only talks, he likes to do ...