Jun 21, 2014

Nintendo loses Wii patents suit in U.K.

Royal Philips NV has won a U.K. court ruling in a global battle over patents for recognizing hand gestures and motion on Nintendo Co.’s Wii gaming devices. Judge Colin Birss said a Nintendo unit infringed two Philips patents in the ruling Friday. Nintendo, the ...

Sony pins hopes on gaming unit to shore up profits

Jun 11, 2014

Sony pins hopes on gaming unit to shore up profits

by Keiichiro Otsuka

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.’s release of a plethora of software titles in the coming month for the PlayStation 4 will be followed closely by its financially struggling parent company. As the 2014 Electronics Entertainment Expo, or E3, opened Tuesday, Sony Corp. is betting that ...

Nintendo desperate for a power-up

| Jan 31, 2014

Nintendo desperate for a power-up

by Kyoko Hasegawa

There was a time when wherever Super Mario Brothers went, the gaming world followed, but an industry that has moved on in leaps and bounds since then just shrugged at the latest reset by Nintendo this week. A vague plan announced Thursday to reboot ...

Nintendo eyes new areas after Wii U flop

Jan 30, 2014

Nintendo eyes new areas after Wii U flop

Nintendo Co. says it will explore new businesses, including health care-related entertainment, while keeping its existing gaming platform as the main focus, after the video game maker's Wii U console flopped with consumers.

Nintendo chief under fire over Wii washout

Jan 21, 2014

Nintendo chief under fire over Wii washout

by Takashi Amano and Mariko Yasu

Nintendo Co. President Satoru Iwata, who tripled revenue by introducing hits like the Wii console, is coming under fire from investors and analysts after the company’s latest game machine flopped. Though Iwata had vowed to deliver ¥100 billion in operating profit this fiscal year, ...

Jan 17, 2014

Nintendo projects net loss, slashes Wii U sales goal

Nintendo on Friday warned it would swing back into the red this fiscal year as the gaming giant slashed its sales target for the Wii U console, blaming poor sales over the key holiday season. The dramatic downgrade stands in marked contrast to rivals ...

Nintendo to drop Wii at home

Oct 2, 2013

Nintendo to drop Wii at home

Nintendo said Wednesday it will stop making its basic Wii game console for the Japanese market, but will keep producing it internationally. The move to abandon the venerable machine, which competes with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3, will allow Nintendo to focus ...

Nintendo's game development to revive Wii U

Jun 29, 2013

Nintendo's game development to revive Wii U

Nintendo Co., the world’s biggest maker of video game machines, plans to revive demand for its Wii U through the release of its own new titles as sales of the console failed to meet forecasts amid a lack of software. Building sales momentum will ...

Nintendo taps smartphone apps for console boost

May 6, 2013

Nintendo taps smartphone apps for console boost

Nintendo Co. is trying to modify its game consoles so customers can use smartphone applications on them as it searches for a way to return to profitability, company sources said. The game console and software maker has offered professional-use conversion software to application developers ...