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June NPD: Lego Batman 2 on top, game sales down overall

June NPD: Lego Batman 2 on top, game sales down overall

NPD has released its report of video game sales data for June 2012, and like the months before, it isn't all that pretty. Overall sales of both hardware and software were down 30% year-over-year, dropping from $989 million in June 2011 to $699 million last month. Hardware was the biggest loser, falling a whopping 45% to just $201 million in June.

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Epic Mickey 2 gets behind-the-scenes video

Epic Mickey 2 gets behind-the-scenes video

If you were curious about what the sequel to Disney's captivating dark-sided Mickey Mouse game will be like, you're in luck. The newest video for Epic Mickey 2 takes players behind-the-scenes and shows them waht they can expect when the intoxicating mix of cute and innocent Disney characters meets a dark, mysterious world.

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Nintendo Pikmin 2 will grace Wii in the US next month

Nintendo Pikmin 2 will grace Wii in the US next month

Confirming earlier reports that the sequel to Nintendo's unique game Pikmin would finally be making its way to US store shelves, Nintendo has announced that it will be available for the Wii in North America on June 10. It will be available, alongside Gamecube-ported Mario Power Tennis, right in the middle of E3 week. Both titles will retail for $20, but it's really Pikmin 2 that should make the most waves.

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Nintendo E3 press conference gets confirmed

Nintendo E3 press conference gets confirmed

After Sony and Microsoft have already confirmed their spot on the E3 press conference calendar, Nintendo has finally begun sending out invitations for its large-scale media event. Just like last year, the company will give its remarks at 12:00 noon Eastern Time on June 5, literally right before the E3 show floor doors open. It will be the final one of the major three pre-E3 events.

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Square Enix Dragon Quest to go online in August

Square Enix Dragon Quest to go online in August

One of Square Enix's longest-running and most heralded game franchises - and thus one of the most heralded franchises in all of video games - is about to take a step into uncharted territory. Dragon Quest will go all out in a massively multiplayer online game set to make its debut in Japan in just a few months. It's believed that at least some version of the game will make its way to the US, but the question is when that will happen.

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Wii U with Android tipped for launch

Wii U with Android tipped for launch

Today Nintendo's next gaming console Wii U has been tipped to be running Android applications right out of the box. This situation is not unfounded, as Android apps have been integrated into other systems, sort of, in the past, but this time it could be much more simple than what we've seen before. Where before we've seen systems such as BlackBerry attempt to integrate Android by making the process to port apps over to their system appear relatively easy, this time Nintendo may be building Android into their system, for real, to work right alongside their own user interface and software.

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Nintendo posts annual loss: Blames bleeding 3DS

Nintendo posts annual loss: Blames bleeding 3DS

Nintendo has reported its first ever annual loss, with full-year financial results to the end of March 31 2012 showing a loss of 37.3bn yen ($459.54m), though the company predicts a flip to profit in 2013. Selling the Nintendo 3DS at below cost price was blamed for much of the Japanese company's woes, the price cut being "in order to get it back on track to its original sales pace" but biting into Nintendo's profit margin. In the end, Nintendo managed to sell 13.53m 3DS units and 36m games.

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Pikmin 2 reportedly finally coming to the US

Pikmin 2 reportedly finally coming to the US

The sequel to the iconic creature-wrangling game Pikmin will be making its way to US store shelves...seven years after it was originally released in Japan, according to media reports. Pikmin 2, originally released for the Gamecube, was remade for the Wii a few years ago but it still left American gamers in the dust. Now, Nintendo is finally opening up the door to allow the title to have the fan base it always should have had.

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Wii to get Kirby 20th anniversary collection

Wii to get Kirby 20th anniversary collection

Time to take a trip down memory lane, everyone. Where were you the first time you saw the dimpled, adorable pink blob known as Kirby? If your answer is that you recall a time before Kirby even received his now-iconic pink coloration, then the newly announced 20th anniversary Kirby collection for Wii is aimed primarily at you. Yep, it's been 20 years since Kirby's Dream Land launched on the Game Boy, spawning what would become one the most legendary video game characters of all time.

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