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Nintendo 3DS sales “weaker than expected” admits CEO

Nintendo 3DS sales “weaker than expected” admits CEO

Nintendo may have described the launch of the 3DS as having "a smooth start in sales at its launch" in its recent financial results, but company president Satoru Iwata made no disguise of his disappointment with the 3D handheld's market success when speaking to investors. "Sales of the 3DS have been weaker than expected since the second week of launch in the US and Europe" he said at a briefing, the WSJ reports, dipping after satisfactory first week sales.

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Does Nintendo Hate Money?

Does Nintendo Hate Money?

Many people would agree that Nintendo has some of the most recognizable software titles in the market. There was a time when proprietary software titles were necessary to differentiate a hardware gaming platform. Title drivers as we call them, were an important part of gaining interest in one companies console over another. The world is different now and I think Nintendo is missing out on a huge opportunity.

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Nintendo 3DS sales hit 3.61m: 2010 net income down 66.1%

Nintendo 3DS sales hit 3.61m: 2010 net income down 66.1%

The Wii 2 may be off in 2012, but Nintendo is also talking about its current range, including sharing sales figures for the 3DS. According to the company's latest financial results [pdf link], Nintendo sold 3.61m 3DS along with 9.43m games to play on it; that pales in comparison to the DS, which Nintendo sold 17.52m of and almost 121m games.

Nonetheless, sales for hardware and software overall were down in comparison to the previous year, with net sales for the twelve month period up to 2012 being 1,014 billion yen, down 29.3-percent, and net income of 77.2 billion yen, down 66.1-percent year-on-year.

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Nintendo 3DS design flaw leaving screen-scratches?

Nintendo 3DS design flaw leaving screen-scratches?

Nintendo 3DS owners are complaining of a design flaw that can leave the upper, glasses-free 3D display scratched simply by carrying the console around. According to multiple posts on Nintendo's support forums, the clamshell design can leave the raised edges of the touchscreen rubbing against the top display; while initially the marks it leaves will rub off, some owners have found permanent scratches are been left.

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Nintendo squashes 3DS Phone talk: “Phones are not by definition entertainment devices”

Nintendo squashes 3DS Phone talk: “Phones are not by definition entertainment devices”

Nintendo has dashed hopes that it might follow in Sony's footsteps and deliver a gaming smartphone, with Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime suggesting that the company lacks "a competitive advantage in telephony." Despite ongoing rumors around Nintendo's mobile plans, and the increase in convergent devices as handsets like the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play reach the market, Nintendo "have no desire to get into telephony" Fils-Aime insists, saying that instead "we believe that we will earn our way into someone's pocket without having to offer that (phone capability) as an additional factor."

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Nintendo 3DS UK Launch Most Successful Ever for the Gaming Company

Nintendo 3DS UK Launch Most Successful Ever for the Gaming Company

Nintendo must be jumping for joy now that the gaming device is well on its way toward populating the hands and hearts of gamers all around the world. Especially in the UK, where this launch is now Nintendo's most successful EVER. The company has sold a ginormous 113,000 3DS handheld consoles in its opening weekend alone, this trumping even the Nintendo Wii which sold 105,000 units in the same amount of time at launch.

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Retailer sends staff on 3DS “mission” to snag Nintendo stock from rival

Retailer sends staff on 3DS “mission” to snag Nintendo stock from rival

UK retailer GAME has been caught dispatching staff on a secret "mission" to buy up cheap Nintendo 3DS stock from supermarket Tesco using store money, which was then sold on as "mint" quality pre-owned stock. According to an internal GAME document, acquired by Eurogamer, staff could take £209.90 from the cash register and use it to take advantage of Tesco's 3DS launch deal, which offered the console and a game for less than the £219.99 GAME price for the 3DS alone.

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Nintendo 3DS Sets One Day Sales Record

Nintendo 3DS Sets One Day Sales Record

Nintendo has said that the new 3DS handheld game system has set a day-one sales record. Specifically, the company said day one sales were "the highest of any Nintendo hand-held system in our history." They have not provided specific sales figures at this time, saying they reveal first-week sales figures for the system on April 14th. The 3DS seems to be avoiding the shortages which occurred with the Wii, and there are plenty of 3DS handhelds in stock at Toys R Us, Target, and other retailers.

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