Posts Tagged "Wii U"

Zynga’s Success: Hurting Core Games?

Zynga’s Success: Hurting Core Games?

Zynga’s aspiration to file an initial public offering (IPO) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has made the social gaming giant the talk of the town. Well, Zynga always seems to be the talk of the town; let’s just say the IPO filing has cranked the volume up to 11. Zynga’s valuation is rumored to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $15 to $20 billion–more than EA, more than Majesco, more than THQ, more than...

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E3 2011: What it Says About the Industry

E3 2011: What it Says About the Industry

E3 is about noise, excitement, celebrity appearances and previews, but when the worst of the clamor has passed us by, we can reflect on E3 and try out a bit of divination, too. Leigh Alexander put together a meaty E3 write-up on Gamasutra, and one point she made is particularly interesting: Core game developers seem to realize that it’s more important than ever to let their audience know, “Hey, we’re here, and we’re ready to entertain...

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Can Price Cuts Revitalize Console Sales?

Can Price Cuts Revitalize Console Sales?

Maybe the current generation of game consoles is wheezing and writhing in the shadow of upcoming systems like the Wii U and the PlayStation Vita, or maybe the digital and free-to-play markets are increasingly eating up gamers’ time. Either way, sales of boxed retail game product appears to be stagnating in Europe and the UK. UbiSoft believes that price cuts for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 will shock some new life into the fading consoles. “[Game...

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Wii U: Has Its Hype Killed the Wii?

Wii U: Has Its Hype Killed the Wii?

Nintendo put a lot of energy into its presentation of the Wii U, and it’s paid off: The hype surrounding the new video game system is strong. At the very least, even the skeptical want to know more. But the Wii U’s unveiling commanded a hefty price: It may have administered a lethal injection for the original Wii. Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews took a thorough look at the Wii’s recent slide in sales numbers and determined that, even with the...

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Nintendo vs. Free-to-Play: Dumb Move?

Nintendo vs. Free-to-Play: Dumb Move?

Nintendo has two new video game systems under its belt: The Nintendo 3DS, and the Wii U (a work in progress). Now’s the perfect time for the veteran company to adopt the newest, hottest trends going on in the games industry. Say, for instance, some free-to-play titles on the Wii U and/or Nintendo 3DS? Nintendo already has an answer for you: No, never, not on your life. “Nintendo is not interested [in free-to-play],” president Satoru Iwata told the...

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