Nintendo have announced their financial performance figures for Q1 2008 [pdf link] and year-on-year sales are looking healthy: at 423,380 million Yen ($3.92bn) they've seen an increase of almost 83,000 million Yen ($768m) in net sales over the same quarter in 2007. Net assets are down slightly from the last quarter but net sales are up to 107,267 million Yen ($993m). The company also announced sales figures for their product lines, both quarterly and lifetime, which makes for interesting reading.
I'm all for having sequels for popular games, I really am. However, there's a point when I wonder how soon is too soon, and how many is too many. Take Guitar Hero: On Tour for example. I didn't particularly care for the game or its controller, however, the game sold rather well, which might make one think they would start putting out DS versions of their series out on a semi-regular basis. I just didn't expect them to have one geared up and ready to be released in a mere matter of months.
There's no doubt that Grand Theft Auto IV is an awesome game. But unfortunately when you leave the house, there's just no good way to take the fun with you. Now if only there were a portable GTA game that one could play on their DS. Well your wishes have come true, as Rockstar recently announced Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the Nintendo DS.
I haven't read Nintendo Power since sometime in the 90's, before I discovered the internet. Now I rarely find myself reading magazines, as I can find most of the info I crave right here on my PC. If you happened to pick up the latest issue, you might have noticed an ad with a widescreen DS. You don't see that everyday.
Teaching English, as second language is not easy, and now English teacher in Japan have a competition, Nintendo DS. One school in Japan has started its trial phase of using DS portable gaming console as tools to teach kids English.