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Game piracy costs Nintendo 45% of Euro DS game sales

Game piracy costs Nintendo 45% of Euro DS game sales

Nintendo are blaming rampant piracy for a 45-percent drop in European DS game sales, pointing to so-called "magicom" or "R4" cartridges - which bypass copy protection and allow downloaded game ROMs to be played on the handheld - as the primary cause.  The hacks have previously been a significant issue in Japan, but have more recently spread to Europe; Italy, Spain and France are particular hotspots, apparently.

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iPhone OS grabs US game market share from PSP & DS

iPhone OS grabs US game market share from PSP & DS

When is a games console not a games console?  When it's an iPhone or iPod touch, of course, and while Apple may only list gaming as a partial purpose of their devices, that hasn't stopped iPhone OS from picking up a growing chunk of the market.  Software analysts Flurry have stepped up with some new figures that suggest Apple's iPhone OS has seen its US video game software market share increase five-fold between 2008 and 2009.

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Nintendo DS2 details leak: bigger, higher-res screens, accelerometer, late-2010 launch?

Nintendo DS2 details leak: bigger, higher-res screens, accelerometer, late-2010 launch?

Nintendo's DSi XL isn't even on US shelves yet, and already gamers are prodding developers to find out details about the next-gen handheld.  News on the Nintendo DS2 was top of the list for RPad.TV when they hit up GDC 2010, and they've managed to extract a few choice nuggets in the process.  The DS2 - the official name of which nobody would, or could, spill - will apparently keep its dual-displays, but the panels will be larger, higher-resolution and have so minimal a gap between them that titles will be able to in effect use them as a single, big screen.

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Nintendo’s Iwata: iPad just “a bigger iPod touch”

Nintendo’s Iwata: iPad just “a bigger iPod touch”

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata doesn't mince his words; asked about Apple's iPad launch this week, the outspoken executive has told reporters that the tablet "was a bigger iPod touch", and that "there were no surprises for me".  Meanwhile Iwata has also confirmed that while Nintendo's engineers are currently developing new gaming machines, it's unlikely that we'll see a motion-sensor enabled DS or a high-definition version of the Wii.

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Nintendo DS2 set for launch in next 15 months says analyst

Nintendo DS2 set for launch in next 15 months says analyst

Portable gaming is traditionally dominated by two main players -- Nintendo and Sony. Over the last few years, a very tough competitor has entered into the mobile gaming market with arguably the best mobile gaming platform around -- the iPhone. With the tougher competition, it is no surprise that the traditional companies are looking to update hardware.

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Tegra 2 confirmed for next-gen Nintendo DS say sources

Tegra 2 confirmed for next-gen Nintendo DS say sources

It's almost as much fun speculating about new gaming hardware as it is playing on current-gen consoles, so color us intrigued at DigitalFoundry's "credible sources" who are saying that the next-gen Nintendo DS will run NVIDIA's Tegra 2 and that it's "not unrealistic" that the handheld will out-grunt the current Nintendo Wii.  Problem is, Sony's next-gen PSP2 has also seen a few spilled details, and that's looking even more impressive: think along the lines of potential GPU power in-between the original Xbox and the Xbox 360.

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