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Nintendo patent reveals game console without optical drive

Nintendo patent reveals game console without optical drive

A newly discovered patent from Nintendo reveals the gaming company may be planning to ditch the optical drive in its next console. Thankfully they aren't planning to make a return to cartridges, like in the pre-GameCube days, but rather forego any kind of drive at all for inserting games. Instead, it seems Nintendo may have finally caught up to the thinking of Sony and Microsoft, and sees a future where games are downloaded over the internet and stored locally.

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Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto says company open to movies

Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto says company open to movies

Nintendo has some of the most iconic game characters out there in its library and some of those were created by Shigeru Miyamoto. The legendary game designer has stated that Nintendo is open to movie adaptations, which is good news and bad news. The good news is that some of our favorite old school game characters might come to the big screen.

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Japan’s Pokemon arcade fighting game is coming to Wii U

Japan’s Pokemon arcade fighting game is coming to Wii U

Good news for Wii U owners and Pokemon fans! It's just been announced that Pokken Tournament, an arcade fighting game set in the Pokemon universe, is coming to Nintendo's Wii U console in 2016. Until now, the game has only been available in Japan's arcades. The 3D fighting game lets players pit Pokemon in one-on-one battles. It hasn't been revealed if or how the Wii U version will differ from the original arcade release, but it is confirmed for a worldwide release next spring.

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Nintendo drops 2DS price to $100

Nintendo drops 2DS price to $100

Likely in preparation for another similar, upgraded device coming inside the next several months, Nintendo has dropped the price of the 2DS to $100. This device was up until today hitting stores with a recommended retail price of $129.99 - today it's been reduced to $99.99 USD. While this price drop may take effect in stores over the next few weeks, gamers can expect the drop through online portals even quicker. The Nintendo 2DS is the least expensive of Nintendo's handheld gaming devices.

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Nintendo sees surprise profit: has Splatoon, 3DS, amiibo to thank

Nintendo sees surprise profit: has Splatoon, 3DS, amiibo to thank

Nintendo detailed its latest quarterly financial details today, revealing a surprise upswing in revenue as quarterly sales increased more than 20-percent and net profit hit 8.28 billion yen (versus last year’s 9.9 billion yen loss for the same quarter). Nintendo largely has a combination of weaker yen and a sharp rise in new game sales to thank, the latter of which was led by the widespread success of Splatoon. As expected, amiibo — which gained several new figures over the past couple months — also helped the video game company.

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Dragon Quest XI announced as first Nintendo NX game

Dragon Quest XI announced as first Nintendo NX game

The makers of Dragon Quest, not only the most popular RPG, but the biggest games series of all time in Japan, earlier today announced the eleventh title in the main series. Developers Square Enix held a 90-minute long live-stream broadcast to announce Dragon Quest XI for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS, with a tentative release sometime next year. But even more shocking was the fact that the game was announced for the "NX," Nintendo's mysterious next game system.

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Nintendo: Splatoon gets ‘massive update’ next month

Nintendo: Splatoon gets ‘massive update’ next month

Nintendo is planning to push out a “massive” update for Splatoon on August 5, and with it will come a pair of new matchmaking modes, a level cap increase, new types of weapons, and more than three dozens new pieces of gear. The update will be provided for free for the Wii U; Nintendo is sure to point out that it has other updates planned, as well, saying it has additional updates in the pipeline for both this summer and the quickly approaching fall season.

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Nintendo patent app hints at ceiling projector sleep monitor

Nintendo patent app hints at ceiling projector sleep monitor

Nintendo has steadfastly stayed with making game consoles and video games over the years, but it looks like the company is thinking about branching out. A new patent application has surfaced that shows a sleep monitoring system Nintendo is working on. Like any other patent application, there is no guarantee that this device will ever be made.

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Nintendo taps Facebook to kickstart Mario Maker hype

Nintendo taps Facebook to kickstart Mario Maker hype

With the game, or rather game maker, delayed for nearly half a year, Nintendo really better make sure that Mario Maker will hit all the right PR notes when it does. And who better to know how to do that than the very people behind one of the world's greatest hype machines, Facebook. For two days next week, Facebook employees will have the exclusive privilege of doing something that many game designers and developers past could only dream of: creating officially sanction, accepted, and even distributed Super Mario levels.

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Nintendo tells Github to remove browser compatible Game Boy emulator

Nintendo tells Github to remove browser compatible Game Boy emulator

While playing older video games via emulator may be somewhat common among gamers these days, the companies that make those games, especially Nintendo, don't always appreciate it. In fact, Nintendo's American division even contacted Github last week with a request to takedown a JavaScript-powered emulator for the Game Boy Advance, as it also included a large number of pre-loaded games. The game company said the Github-hosted project violated their copyrights, and cited both the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and Github's guide to DMCA removal requests.

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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has died

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has died

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata died on Saturday, the gaming company has announced today, at the age of 55. According to Nintendo, Iwata died from a bile duct growth; the president had undergone surgery last year to remove a tumor. A well-liked and popular personality in the gaming scene, Iwata had a higher profile than many chief execs among the company's fans through his regular appearances in streamed shows.

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Wii U demise might come sooner, 5 mobile games scheduled

Wii U demise might come sooner, 5 mobile games scheduled

Perhaps there is very little doubt in anyone's mind that the Wii U is on its way out, especially after Nintendo confirmed the existence of its NX successor. But the ball might actually be rolling sooner than most of us have presumed. Considering Nintendo's notoriety as a slow moving dinosaur, it is almost unfathomable that Nintendo would be putting the axe to its somewhat failed attempt at a current gen console. According to WIRED, however, the signs are quite strong. And perhaps more importantly, rapid change might exactly be what the doctor prescribed.

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