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Category: Nintendo
March 25, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Nintendo offers Wii owners more storage, new ‘Zelda’ title at GDC

Nintendo, the runaway leader in the video game business, is priming the market for its new Internet-connected handheld gaming system and adding storage capabilities to the best-selling Nintendo Wii.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said during the Game Developers Conference today in San Francisco that the Wii has now sold more than 50 million units since launching in 2006.


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December 12, 2008 at 9:25 AM

Local family finds search for Wii ‘amazingly difficult’

This story on Nintendo’s through-the-roof Wii sales — in which a Nintendo executive reiterated the company’s commitment to increase inventories in the U.S. by 50 percent to alleviate shortages — doesn’t jibe with the experience of reader Scott Milburn.

“For weeks, we have been searching for a Wii for our family this Christmas, and it is amazingly difficult,” he wrote in an e-mail.

Read on for an account of their search.


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December 11, 2008 at 3:55 PM

‘Gears of War 2’ sells 1.56 million units, powers record November for Xbox 360

Microsoft’s blockbuster first-party title for the holidays, “Gears of War 2,” was the best-selling game last month, helping the company’s Xbox 360 business turn in its best November yet. Microsoft moved 836,000 consoles in the U.S. compared with Sony, which sold 378,000 PlayStation 3s. But the big winner, according to NPD Group data released this afternoon, was Nintendo and its 2.04 million Wiis sold.


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December 11, 2008 at 3:39 PM

Nintendo had huge Wii and DS sales in November

Nintendo had what it’s calling industry record breaking sales of the Wii console and DS handheld system in November.

“We believe that Wii sales will top 2 million and DS sales will surpass 1.5 million for the month of November,” Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, told me in an interview this morning. “And for both of these products, this is going to be a new all-time sales record for video game systems in any month outside of December.”


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September 15, 2008 at 1:59 PM

How many would-be NFL defensive coordinators bought Madden NFL ’09?

The best-selling video game in August, according to The NPD Group, was Madden NFL ’09. Nearly 2.2 million units were sold in the U.S. After reading a great essay on the game’s namesake, John Madden, I’m wondering how many were purchased by aspiring (or actual) NFL defensive coordinators.


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July 15, 2008 at 9:00 AM

E3: Nintendo press conference

LOS ANGELES — Nintendo has gathered another big crowd of media and game-industry partners inside the Kodak Theater on Hollywood Boulevard this morning for its E3 press conference.

Here are some of the questions hanging over Nintendo, the breakout success story of the current-generation console competition:


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July 14, 2008 at 10:29 PM

E3: The European campaign

Too often, we focus on the video game (and Internet search) competition in the U.S., to the exclusion of the rest of the world. But on the games front, the battle for Europe during the current console generation is more interesting and perhaps more up for grabs than in the U.S.

And if Microsoft Xbox boss Don Mattrick wants to back up the claim he made today — that “Xbox 360 will sell more consoles worldwide this generation than PlayStation 3” — he’ll have to win in Europe.


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