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EA, Nintendo and Sony (Sort Of) Drop SOPA Support

December 30th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

EA, Nintendo and Sony were among many of the companies listed as being in support of the Stop Online Piracy Act. However, a recent revision to the supporters list no longer has the three companies listed.

While this may seem like the three companies have dropped their support for SOPA, they are still members of the Entertainment Software Association, a group that supports the act. So, unless the ESA drops its support for SOPA, EA, Nintendo and Sony are still in favor of the act. Indirectly.

In the wake of the backlash over GoDaddy.com’s support for SOPA, I’m surprised there are still companies associating themselves with the act. Protecting your interests means nothing, if you’ve alienated all of  your customers.

Source: Electronista, Destructoid

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Miyamoto to Focus on Training Young Developers and Working on Smaller Projects

December 08th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

A Game|Life interview with Shigeru Miyamoto appears to be the source of a big misunderstanding. In the interview, the Super Mario Bros. creator mentioned he wanted to shift his focus away from supervising big games like The Legend of Zelda in favor of working on smaller projects with the younger developers at Nintendo.

Unfortunately, the legendary game creator didn’t exactly phrase his intentions in the clearest way possible, leading many to believe he was retiring from the company.

“Inside our office, I’ve been recently declaring, ‘I’m going to retire, I’m going to retire,’” Miyamoto said through his interpreter. “I’m not saying that I’m going to retire from game development altogether. What I mean by retiring is, retiring from my current position.

“What I really want to do is be in the forefront of game development once again myself,” Miyamoto said. “Probably working on a smaller project with even younger developers. Or I might be interested in making something that I can make myself, by myself. Something really small.”

Following the interview, Nintendo’s stock dropped two percent, which may be a result of the misunderstanding. The company quickly issued multiple statements clarifying Miyamoto’s comments and reassuring the public that he would not be retiring.

From Nintendo:

“Video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto’s role at Nintendo is not changing. He will continue to be a driving force in Nintendo’s development efforts. In discussing his priorities at Nintendo in a media interview, Mr. Miyamoto explained how he is encouraging the younger developers at the company to take more initiative and responsibility for developing software. He attempted to convey his priorities moving forward, inclusive of overseeing all video game development and ensuring the quality of all products. Mr. Miyamoto also discussed his desire to pursue fresh ideas and experiences of the kind that sparked his initial interest in video games.”

Source: Game|Life, IGN, andriasang

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Internet Censorship Bill Sponsors Include Nintendo, Sony and EA

November 18th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

A formal letter to Congress [.pdf] calling for stricter internet policing measures lists Nintendo, Sony, EA and several other companies in support of legislation designed to prevent copyright infringement.

Nintendo is no stranger when it comes to piracy. The company spent a good deal of time and effort trying to curb the sale of piracy-enabling DS flash cards.

The letter surfaced just days after American Censorship Day, where numerous sites, people and politicians took part to voice their opposition of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act).

While American Censorship Day may be over, you can still contact your representatives and tell them how you feel.

Source: Joystiq, Reddit

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Nintendo and West Coast Customs Bring Real-Life Mario Karts to Los Angeles

November 17th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

Nintendo and West Coast Customs unveiled a pair of life-sized Mario-themed go-karts at this year’s LA Auto Show.

The karts were a collaborative effort made to promote the next month’s launch of Mario Kart 7.

Nintendo America COO Reggie Fils-Aime and West Coast Customs founder Ryan Friedlinghaus were both at the show to present the karts.

The show floor is only open to the press today, but the public will be able to see it in person tomorrow when the event officially starts.

Source: Mario Kart facebook page

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Rumor: New Sonic Game in Development for the Wii U

October 29th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

[Image: Sonic Colors]

An anonymous source speaking to Sonic news site TSSZ News shared some details on Sonic Dimensions, a spiritual sequel to Sonic Colors that is reportedly in the works for the Wii U.

According to the source, most of the staff from Colors is working on Dimensions. The big news, however, is that Nintendo is involved with the project, assisting in level design.

More leaked details:

  • “More surreal” levels like the ones seen in Colors.
  • Graphically on par with Sonic Generations.
  • Dimensions’ story revolves around Sonic and everyone else being split into multiple personalities.
  • Each of Sonic’s personalities has a different color and special ability.
  • Blue Sonic is the “core,” working to reunite the other Sonics.
  • Red Sonic can cause explosions to open up new areas.
  • Purple can float and create platforms.
  • Yellow can move really fast but is very frail.
  • Orange is very slow but can move faster after being powered up.
  • Green Sonic was mentioned but his abilities were not revealed.
  • Dying enough times in a level makes the Super Guide-like White Sonic appear.
  • Using White Sonic automatically gives you the lowest rank when you beat a stage.
  • Rival battles will pit Sonic against evil versions of friends like Amy Rose.
  • There will be some 2D gameplay, reminiscent of classic Sonic games.
  • Dimensions will make use of the Wii U controller’s capabilities.
  • There will be four person multiplayer.

Source: TSSZ News

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DS Flash Card Sales Banned in France

October 03rd, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

The Paris Court of Appeals recently ruled it illegal to import, distribute and sell DS flash card devices like the R4, M3 and AceKard.

The devices, which allow for the running of legal homebrew code, have become notorious for also allowing DS owners to play pirated copies of games.

While piracy on the DS may not be as big an issue now, with the DS being well past its prime, the 4.8 million Euros (≈$6.5 million) in damages awarded to Nintendo is a strong blow to the piracy scene.

“Nintendo supported this criminal action not only for the company’s sake, but for the interests of its game developer partners who spend time and money legitimately developing software for Nintendo’s game platforms, and customers who expect the highest standards and integrity from products bearing the Nintendo name,” said Stephan Bole, Managing Director of Nintendo France.

Source: .PDF

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Happy 122nd Birthday, Nintendo!

September 23rd, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

It’s easy to forget that Nintendo did stuff way before the Famicom launched, but the company that “left luck to heaven” is an incredible 122 years old today.

Things may not be so pretty at the house that Hanafuda cards built right now, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching Nintendo, it’s that you can never really count them out.

Besides, if things get really bad, they could always try the love hotel thing again.

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3DS Screen the Center of Recent Patent Suit

July 07th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

It’s been a while since we saw a suit filed against Nintendo. Luckily, Tomita Technologies is here to fix things by taking the console giant to court over a supposed patent infringement involving the glasses-free 3D tech used in the 3DS.

Filed in 2003 and issued in 2008, the patent (#7417664) describes a stereoscopic screen capable of displaying two different images to the viewer’s eyes, very similar to how the 3DS’ screen works.

Tomita is currently seeking damages from Nintendo, and they hoping for a court decision.

Source: Shacknews

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Sony America’s CEO Unimpressed with Wii U

June 20th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

After having a decent heart-to-heart with their customers at E3 following the PSN security debacle, Sony America CEO Jack Tretton is once again hard at work talking up his company and putting down the competition.

In an interview with Forbes, Tretton shared some of his thoughts on Nintendo’s announcement of the Wii U:

“I think there’s ground to be carved out for everybody. But I didn’t see anything about Nintendo’s announcement that said ‘Oh, we’d better get working on rolling out a new PlayStation here pretty soon.’

Our attitude is kind of ‘welcome to the party.’ If you’re looking at being a multimedia entertainment device, if you’re looking at high def gaming, that was 2006 for us.”

Tretton does make a good point in Nintendo being really late to providing a high-def gaming experience, but I’m not sure if he should be bringing up what 2006 was like for Sony.

Source: Forbes

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Nintendo Servers Hacked, No Personal Data Stolen

June 06th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

The hacking group LulzSec, who recently made news after compromising the personal information of sonypictures.com users, took responsibility for an attack on Nintendo’s servers yesterday. According to a post on the group’s Twitter page, there were no ill intentions with the attack. In fact, they appear to have a fondness for the company.

Nintendo of America has reported that the server attacked did not have any consumer information. They assured the public that they are committed to protecting customers’ personal information.

Source: Reuters [via Cubed3]

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