Nintendo at the crossroads

Just nintendo-crossroadsseven years ago, Nintendo was the undisputed king of the video game world. The Wii was impossible to find, as people who had never considered themselves gamers couldn’t get enough of the company’s products. Today, despite the introduction of a high-definition system that blends console and tablet gaming, the company is looking more and more like the industry’s pauper.

Sales of the Wii U are stagnant. A slow trickle of releases hasn’t helped matters. At the same time, Sony has managed to recapture its golden touch from the PlayStation 2 days, when it could do no wrong in gamers’ eyes—and Microsoft is posting healthy Xbox One sales, despite some public relations missteps.

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Nintendo details 2014 games, announces odd new Zelda

The nintendo-direct-warriors-zeldaWii U may not be getting tons of attention this holiday season, but that’s not stopping Nintendo from playing Santa Claus.

In a Nintendo Direct broadcast Wednesday, company president Satoru Iwata and Nintendo of America chief Reggie Fils-Aime revealed a number of surprises and updates for both the Wii U and the 3DS — and even delivered some of them to players immediately.

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Fans lobby to get Nintendo president in Super Smash Bros.

If reggiea group of fans get their wish, the Regginator could be headed to the next Super Smash Bros.

A petition asking Nintendo to add Reggie Fils-Aime, president and COO of Nintendo of America, to the fighting game’s roster is gathering steam, having collected over 23,000 of the targeted 25,000 electronic signatures. And a Twitter campaign supporting that petition is proving popular as well.

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Nintendo: Our digital sales are soaring

Last reggie fils-aimeAugust, Nintendo began to more fully embrace digital distribution as a way to get games in people’s hands – a notable shift for a company that had previously stayed an arm’s distance from the online world.

The experiment is paying off. Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, says digital downloads are fast becoming a notable contributor to the company’s bottom line – and he expects the trend to continue its rapid rise.

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Primed for a Wii-peat

The GameQWii U didn’t exactly light the world on fire when it made its grand debut at 2011’s E3 gaming expo. A year later, it still didn’t have the gaming faithful quivering in their fanboy boots. But now that the system is widely available, that old Nintendo magic could be brewing once again.

In the system’s first six days, Nintendo sold 400,000 units to eager consumers, who lined up early to grab a system – and eBay sellers were commanding a 40 percent premium for a Wii U. If all of this sounds familiar, it should: It’s reminiscent of the madness we saw when the original Wii went on sale in 2006.

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Nintendo Sells 400,000 Wii U Units in First Week

Nintendo’s next generation console system is selling fast in the U.S., but it’s still falling a bit short of the pace set by its predecessor.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says the company sold 400,000 units in its first six days of availability, including Black Friday, and that the system is currently “essentially sold out” at retail.

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Wii U: Dissecting Nintendo’s Biggest Quotes

Veteran journalist Chris Morris examines some key statements from Nintendo’s execs.

There are good E3 performances and there are great E3 performances. In 2012, Nintendo had neither.

While it will be a few months before the public gets its say about the Wii U, few (including Nintendo) would argue that the company showed off the console in the best light possible at this year’s industry trade show.

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Nintendo’s Fils-Aime outlines Wii U’s dual GamePad plans, value proposition

Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Aime tells Gamasutra dual-GamePad Wii U games won’t be around till well after launch — but that’s the least of Nintendo’s concerns as it considers Wii U’s price tag.

While Nintendo relieved fans with last week’s announcement that the Wii U would support two tablet controllers, those hoping to take advantage of that when the system launches will be out of luck.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime tells Gamasutra that while the new console has multi-tablet capabilities, neither Nintendo nor its third-party partners will have any games available that take advantage of that during the launch window.

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Nintendo unveils Wii U at E3

Nintendo fortified its position in the family videogame market Tuesday, showing off the launch version of the Wii U, out this holiday.

Oddly, the Japanese gamemaker was light on details of what’s inside its next-generation console or how it will let users access apps from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and Amazon Instant Video; instead its hourlong presser at the Nokia Theater was laser focused on the games that will appear on the new console.

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Fils-Aime: Wii U Will ‘Revolutionize’ the Living Room

Nintendo is coming late to the world of high definition gaming, but it’s hoping its often-unique take on the industry will be enough to turn heads.

The videogame company on Tuesday rolled out a string of top franchises that will support the launch of Wii U, its next generation home console system and gave fans a better idea of what will make that system unique.

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