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Would Sega Be More Successful Today Than Nintendo in Consoles?

Would Sega Be More Successful Today Than Nintendo in Consoles?

It’s hard to imagine a world without Nintendo, but many years ago, it could have happened if things went differently. I just finished reading an outstanding book by Blake J. Harris, called "Console Wars." The book tells the tale of the battle for dominance in gaming between Sega and Nintendo and in the early-1990s and discusses how the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) took on the Sega Genesis. Much of the story tells the tale of Sega’s growth in the US and Nintendo’s shock at losing massive amounts of market share. But it also talks about Sega’s issues and briefly touches on the company’s eventual downfall in hardware.

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GameStop leak says three Nintendo Amiibos discontinued

GameStop leak says three Nintendo Amiibos discontinued

You might recall that earlier this week the Internet was up in arms about whether Nintendo really was planning to nix a few of its Amiibos. Some outlets were reporting that Nintendo had confirmed plans to discontinue some of the models, a screenshot was floating around from a Nintendo rep that said differently, and others were receiving vague statements that didn't make an answer clear one way or the other. Now a GameStop leak has surfaced that might settle the matter entirely.

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Nintendo amiibo isn’t on its way out just yet

Nintendo amiibo isn’t on its way out just yet

For something that wasn't exactly a critical success, the Internet seems to now be awash with debate on whether Nintendo is really canning the amiibo. Barely a month, let alone a year, in the market, some sites are now reporting that Nintendo is calling it quits on its Skylanders-like attempt to bridge the divide between physical and digital gaming. A Nintendo of America representative, however, refutes such "news" and points out that it may simply be an issue of supplies.

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If Nintendo teamed with Google

If Nintendo teamed with Google

If Nintendo teamed with Google, great things would happen. Nintendo would go mobile - and it'd go mobile in style. If Nintendo teamed with Google today, they'd release their game archives as apps, all contained inside an original NES emulator, one that exists as the only place you're able to play these games outside the original NES or Wii. We can imagine this reality thanks to an artist named WoopWoopWoopWooop. He's from Reddit, and this is a mockup. It's not real, but we wish it was.

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Mario Maker lets you change the game on the fly

Mario Maker lets you change the game on the fly

Almost every game developer, at one point in their early lives, tried recreating the classic Mario game in one form or another. Last June, Nintendo made a surprise move by revealing Mario Maker, a Wii U exclusive that actually let you do exactly that, no programming required. At the Game Awards over the weekend, Nintendo stepped it up a notch and wowed would be game designers and gamers alike with a new trailer that shows the full power of Mario Maker's interface, letting you change Mario's world even as you play.

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New Wii U Zelda trailer unveiled by game’s creators

New Wii U Zelda trailer unveiled by game’s creators

At the first Game Awards held in Las Vegas on Friday night, Nintendo gave the world its first look at the new Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U since this year's E3. A new hands-on video was shown with non other than Nintendo legend and Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto, and series director Eiji Aonuma at the controls to demo new gameplay and features that will take advantage of the Wii U hardware.

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Nintendo 3DS Easter egg lets gamers play Breakout

Nintendo 3DS Easter egg lets gamers play Breakout

A somewhat obscure Easter egg has been discovered in the new Nintendo 3DS. Apparently first spotted by Vine user "ギロ@スマブる", the Easter egg allows owners to turn their recent browser history into pixelated blocks in a rehashed Breakout game where they destroy it bounce by bounce. This only works for the latest version of the Nintendo 3DS, however, so those with the previous version won't be able to replicate it.

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Nintendo sued by actor who wore Donkey Kong costume

Nintendo sued by actor who wore Donkey Kong costume

Nintendo held an event at the Los Angeles Zoo last year, and as part of it the company hired an actor to swaddle himself in a Donkey Kong costume and do whatever Donkey Kong does at a zoo. That actor has now filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming that he suffered a serious medical issue as a result of stressful work conditions that included, among other things, not being allowed to take breaks.

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Nintendo patent could put Game Boy on phones and flights

Nintendo patent could put Game Boy on phones and flights

A Nintendo patent application for virtualizing the Game Boy and other portable consoles, putting them in airline entertainment systems, phones, and other devices, has been revealed, lending further weight to speculation the Japanese firm may finally embrace mobile. Filed back in June, and revealed this week, the application describes how such devices could emulated classic Nintendo gaming hardware with software, and thus bring older titles like the Mario series to casual gamers. Though that could mean more to do on a transatlantic flight, it could also finally see Nintendo bringing its franchises to iPhone and Android.

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U sets Nintendo a US record

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U sets Nintendo a US record

Turns out, all Nintendo needed to help lift the Wii U was a really, really popular game. The Japanese firm may have found it, too, in the shape of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, which has become the fastest-selling Wii U title ever in the US. More than 490,000 copies - either physical or digital - of the game were snapped up by Wii U owners in the three days between November 21st and November 23rd, adding to what Nintendo says have been a total of more than 14m sales for the Super Smash Bros franchise in the US.

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