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Nintendo pins hopes on 3DS XL and digital as Wii sales halve

Nintendo pins hopes on 3DS XL and digital as Wii sales halve

Nintendo saw Wii sales halved in its most recent financial quarter, the company has revealed, with only a surge in 3DS demand helping gross profit grow. Sales of the Wii console dived from 1.56m units in Q1 2011 to 710,000 in Q1 2012 [pdf link], with Nintendo keen to gloss over the dive in favor of focusing on 3DS sales more than doubling from 710,000 to 1.86m in the same period. Nintendo says the new 3DS XL and the growth of digital game downloads will help rescue the next quarter.

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3DS XL will be sold at a profit, Nintendo to focus less on 3D in future

3DS XL will be sold at a profit, Nintendo to focus less on 3D in future

Ever since Nintendo cut the price of the 3DS last August, the company has been selling the handheld at a loss. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata tells The Independent that won't be the case for the 3DS XL, as it will be making a profit on each and every one sold. It won't be that big of a profit, he says, but it's a profit nonetheless. Unfortunately, Iwata remained resistant to The Independent's questioning on the price of the Wii U, saying that since the company hasn't announced a price for the Wii U yet, it's too early for him to speak on whether or not it will be sold at a profit.

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Nintendo 3DS hits 5 million sold in US

Nintendo 3DS hits 5 million sold in US

What was once labelled a failure can now be labelled a success: Nintendo has announced that the 3DS has hit 5 million sales in the United States, crossing yet another sales milestone after a stellar 2011 holiday season. After a botched launch and a painfully slow uptake that lasted the first six months of the handheld's life, Nintendo slashed the price of the 3DS, causing sales to skyrocket. That momentum has more or less continued since then, with 3DS sales remaining steady throughout Japan, Europe, and the United States.

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Xbox Kinect PlayFit launches today in the US

Xbox Kinect PlayFit launches today in the US

Many may have thought that the Wii Fit was a silly idea, but that didn’t stop it making ridiculous amounts of money for Nintendo. Why not apply the same principle to the Kinect? Kinect PlayFit has been officially revealed today, and will be made available as a free download for any Xbox Live members in the US. PlayFit will be making its way outside the US too, although international gamers will have to wait until next week.

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Nintendo confirms Wii U will not have used-game ban

Nintendo confirms Wii U will not have used-game ban

It's one of the things that has sparked the most controversy when it comes to rumors about the next generation of consoles. But for Nintendo, it won't be an issue. We're talking about new technologies that could prevent gamers from using pre-owned game discs on their consoles. There was not even a hint of suggestion that the new console might have such a restriction in place, but it's good to hear from Nintendo that it understands the place of pre-owned games in the market.

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Nintendo Wii U hopes to be preferred Black Ops II platform

Nintendo Wii U hopes to be preferred Black Ops II platform

Can you imagine a world where the best experience for the newest Call of Duty game exists on a Nintendo console? It may be possible that such a world exists after the Wii U is released, making it the most current console on the market, surpassing the Xbox 360 and PS3 in its timeliness and relevance. At least, that's what Nintendo is saying.

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Nintendo Wii U 2012 hands-on

Nintendo Wii U 2012 hands-on

Nintendo's Wii U was the only next-gen console on show at E3 2012 last week, and the Japanese company didn't disappoint with its new game lineup, tweaked hardware and ambitious launch plans. The dual-screen concept is still going strong, and making more sense the more titles Nintendo and its studio partners preview. We caught up with Nintendo to spend some more hands-on time with the redesigned Wii U and some of the key games.

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Sony on notice: Gauntlet thrown by Wii U and Xbox SmartGlass

Sony on notice: Gauntlet thrown by Wii U and Xbox SmartGlass

E3 2012 is racing at full steam, and already one thing is clear: Sony, for all its PlayStation 3 might, has a challenge on its hands from Microsoft and Nintendo. Whereas gaming so far has centered around a single, big screen and the most engaging, graphically-rich or multiplayer-involving titles, two of the three players have opened the door to multiple screens. Sony may have stitched together PS3 and PS Vita, but it's looking increasingly left behind as its arch rivals each make their play.

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Wii Fit U Pedometer tracks you outside the home

Wii Fit U Pedometer tracks you outside the home

In a move that will have Nintendo once again praised for their reminding of gamers that they need to turn away from the television here and again, the Wii Fit U Pedometer has been revealed. This device will work with the Wii U on the game Wii Fit U specifically, having you flip it on our off depending on how much you want to record of the fitness you've got during your normal everyday life. This device will be added to the Balance Board accessory already working with the original Wii Fit.

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