Nintendo Switch Price Listed by UK Retailer

Nintendo Switch Price Listed by UK RetailerNintendo Switch Price Listed by UK Retailer
Earlier in the month, we reported that the Nintendo Switch would be priced from $249 (around Rs. 17,000) onwards. It appears that this will be the case. UK-based retailer Gameseek has the console listed for £198.50. This puts it in line with the anticipated pricing outed by LetsPlayVideoGames’ Laura Kate Dale.

(Also see: Nintendo Switch Launch Games to Include Mario, Splatoon, and Skyrim: Report )

“UK specialist gaming retail chain GAME has been informed of the Nintendo Switch’s wholesale price to retailers, and is planning on selling their basic SKU (stock keeping unit) of the system in stores for £199.99,” a post on LetsPlayVideoGames read at the time. “We have also learned that a separate SKU featuring more internal storage and a packed in game is planned to sell at £249.99.” This will, if Nintendo’s plans bear fruition, result in a dollar pricing of $249.99 (approximately Rs. 17,000) and $299.99 (around Rs. 20,250) respectively.

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(Also see: Nintendo Switch Price to Be $250 and $300: Report)
“Lastly, we have been told that Nintendo is planning for the Switch to be close to direct conversion price comparable across regions, which we have been told is tied into their push for the system to be region free. This would in theory put the USA price of the system at approximately $249.99 and $299.99 (This is based off conversions, not any insider information).”

In the past, Gameseek was one of the first retailers to state that Nintendo was taking final orders on the Wii U, a couple of months before the Kyoto-based company formally announced the same. Nonetheless, we should see an official announcement from Nintendo on January 12 along with a host of games, some of which, have already been revealed. Albeit not in a fashion its developers may approve of.

We discuss everything you need to know about Nintendo Switch and whether it’s likely to come to India on Orbital: The Gadgets 360 Podcast. You can either subscribe to via iTunes or RSS or just hit the play button below.

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Nintendo to End Wii U Production This Week: Report

Nintendo to End Wii U Production This Week: Report

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The final Wii U will roll off Nintendo’s production line this week
  • This comes after the company revealed the Nintendo Switch
  • More information on the Nintendo Switch will be available from January 12

With the Nintendo Switch announced and rumours of a Switch Pro in the works, it appears that the Kyoto-based company has finally ended Wii U production.

According to a report from Eurogamer, Nintendo will end Wii U production this Friday citing multiple sources.

“At the last official count, as of 30th September, Nintendo had shipped 13.36m Wii U consoles. The console’s final tally will likely now be only slightly more,” writes Eurogamer’s Tom Phillips. “Nintendo’s Japanese production line will shut down for the last time this week after the final deadline for orders passed yesterday, Eurogamer understands. Only a small number of further orders were placed.”

This follows a report from UK retailer Gameseek that claimed Nintendo had asked retailers to place their final orders.

“Nintendo is now taking final orders on Wii U consoles. Those that haven’t ordered by the end of next week (Friday September 30) will not be able to order the Wii U again from Nintendo,” a post on UK retailer Gameseek reads. Evidently to make room for the Switch – details of which, including price, will be known on January 12.The new device features a tablet-like display unit that can dock at home and connect with a TV, or be taken out and about with two detachable controllers. Nintendo is betting the hybrid approach will help the Switch become a hit like the Wii, its most-successful console ever thanks to its motion-tracking controllers.

As for Switch’s software, he said Nintendo made a deliberate decision not to disclose specific titles: “One thing we still can’t show is the software lineup. We want people to touch the device in January and experience the software for themselves.” Several reports pegged the price of the Switch to be on the higher side compared to the Wii.

“A long-in-the-works revamp to the company’s consoles — the NX, with reveal coming next week — is liable to come at a price that will result in a “major” disappointment for volume sales, the firm Macquarie says,” according to a post on investor website Seeking Alpha. “Speculation is putting the price of the new console between $300 and $350, in line with competing consoles, vs. the Wii’s former discount to rival boxes from Sony and Microsoft.”

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Nintendo unveils new hybrid console NX in push for portable gaming

Until now, Nintendo hadn’t disclosed much information for the new product, apart from its code-name NX and that it would go on sale in March. Photo: ReutersUntil now, Nintendo hadn’t disclosed much information for the new product, apart from its code-name NX and that it would go on sale in March. Photo: Reuters

Tokyo: Nintendo Co. unveiled its long-awaited new gaming platform, the Switch, featuring a tablet-like console that will allow gamers to play at home and on the go.

In a three-minute video released on Thursday, the Kyoto, Japan-based company showed gamers using the new system to play in their living rooms, but also detaching a part of it to continue playing at an airport, in a car and at a barbecue. It showed several titles, include Super Mario, Mario Kart and a basketball game.

Until now, Nintendo hadn’t disclosed much information for the new product, apart from its code-name NX and that it would go on sale in March, a point that was reiterated in the video. A price wasn’t disclosed.

Nintendo’s American depositary receipts in New York added 2.8% after the video was aired. Shares in Tokyo rose 3.3%, adding more than $1 billion in market value in their biggest rally in a month, after Nintendo flagged the video’s release.

Nintendo began teasing fans about the arrival of a new machine in March of 2015. President Tatsumi Kimishima said in April that “it will allow for a whole new way to experience hardware and software together.” In recent months, online forums have been abuzz with speculation about whether the system would be a console with detachable controllers, or whether it might use cartridges instead of DVDs.

The new hardware promises to let users seamlessly switch from playing at home and on the road. The portable part comes with its own screen and two detachable controllers, allowing two people to play. Bloomberg

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Nintendo NX Price, Features, and Specs Leaked?

Nintendo NX Price, Features, and Specs Leaked?Nintendo NX Price, Features, and Specs Leaked?
HIGHLIGHTS
The Nintendo NX may cost you $299.99 upwards
It could launch with four games
It may have 4K streaming along with gaming at 1080p and 60fps
A week doesn’t seem to go by without another rumour for Nintendo’s yet to be announced NX console. Earlier we saw Ubisoft talk up the console and that the next Beyond Good and Evil game may be exclusive to it. Now it appears that information related to the NX’s price, features, and specifications have been leaked.

This week’s news around the NX comes via the NX subreddit. According to sources vetted by its moderators, here’s what you can expect.

(Also see: Nintendo NX Production Trials Underway: Sources)

For one, the games will be on cartridges. No surprise considering several sources have already confirmed this. 4K streaming for Netflix along with 1080p and 60fps for gaming have been talked about.

“4k streaming has been mentioned. – What this likely means is playback of content such as Netflix, etc. Not gameplay,” the post reads. “1080p and 60fps are being used by the marketing teams in relation to gameplay on to the console portion. I’ve heard unconfirmed rumblings of 900p for the infamous hybrid part of the device.”
Furthermore, the post claims that price points of $299.99 (around Rs. 20,000) and $399.99 (roughly Rs. 27,000) will be present. The base price being the former and a bundle price being the latter. What comes in the bundle is at this point of time unknown.

(Also see: Nintendo to End Wii U Production. Possible Nintendo NX Release Date Soon?)

It seems that the console will launch with four games, and a strong co-branding effort with a Mario launch title. Further alluding to the possibility of it being a handheld console (as if we didn’t need yet another confirmation) is the phrase “Interact with your game on the go” being seen on marketing materials.

Although some of this would be in line with what’s been leaked in the past, we’d still recommend you take this with a grain of salt. Reason being, while the moderators on the NX subreddit have taken utmost care in confirming the source’s identity and veracity of information, in an age where elaborate 3D-printed controller hoaxes are rife, it’s always best to temper expectations.

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Is Nintendo Duo the Official Name of the Nintendo NX?

Is Nintendo Duo the Official Name of the Nintendo NX?Is Nintendo Duo the Official Name of the Nintendo NX?
HIGHLIGHTS
According to the latest leak, the NX will be called the Nintendo Duo
Earlier this week specs, features, and price of the NX was leaked
Nintendo is yet to officially reveal the console
It appears that the Nintendo’s latest console, codenamed the NX may finally be named as Nintendo Duo at retail if the latest rumour surrounding the yet to be announced console is to be believed.

According to an image posted on Japanese forum 2Chan which allegedly stems from a software partner briefing, the device will be called the Nintendo Duo.

(Also see: Pokemon CEO Confirms Nintendo NX Is a Handheld and Home Console Hybrid)

This could make sense considering that past reports have suggested it would be a console and handheld hybrid. Nonetheless, 2Chan’s track record has been on the inconsistent side. But with an NX announcement in the offing, we won’t have to wait too long to find out.

Earlier in the week information on the NX’s price, features, and specifications found their way onto Reddit. For one, the games will be on cartridges. No surprise considering several sources have already confirmed this. 4K streaming for Netflix along with 1080p and 60fps for gaming have been talked about.

(Also see: Nintendo NX Price, Features, and Specs Leaked?)
“4k streaming has been mentioned. – What this likely means is playback of content such as Netflix, etc. Not gameplay,” the post reads. “1080p and 60fps are being used by the marketing teams in relation to gameplay on to the console portion. I’ve heard unconfirmed rumblings of 900p for the infamous hybrid part of the device.” 

Furthermore, the post claims that price points of $299.99 (around Rs. 20,000) and $399.99 (roughly Rs. 27,000) will be present. The base price being the former and a bundle price being the latter. What comes in the bundle is at this point of time unknown.

(Also see: Nintendo to End Wii U Production. Possible Nintendo NX Release Date Soon?)

It seems that the console will launch with four games, and a strong co-branding effort with a Mario launch title. Further alluding to the possibility of it being a handheld console (as if we didn’t need yet another confirmation) is the phrase “Interact with your game on the go” being seen on marketing materials.

Although some of this would be in line with what’s been leaked in the past, we’d still recommend you take this with a grain of salt. Reason being, while the moderators on the NX subreddit have taken utmost care in confirming the source’s identity and veracity of information, in an age where elaborate 3D-printed controller hoaxes are rife, it’s always best to temper expectations.

Nonetheless, hopefully Nintendo decides to launch the NX or whatever its final name is in India. But if past experiences are to be believed, that seems unlikely.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Visits Nintendo Headquarters in Kyoto

Apple CEO Tim Cook Visits Nintendo Headquarters in Kyoto

Apple CEO Tim Cook Visits Nintendo Headquarters in Kyoto
Tim Cook seems to be enjoying his visit to Kyoto.

Apple Inc.’s chief executive officer was in Japan’s ancient capital on Thursday, meeting with Nintendo Co. executives at the gaming company’s headquarters.

Cook’s visit follows last month’s unveiling of Super Mario Run for Apple devices, the first time Nintendo’s popular game franchise will be available on mobile gadgets. Cook spent about an hour meeting with Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima and Super Mario co-creator Shigeru Miyamoto, said Nintendo spokesman Kenichi Sugimoto. Cook later tweeted a photo of himself playing the new title with Miyamoto and game designer Takashi Tezuka.

Tim Cook @tim_cook Getting the hang of Super Mario Run, thanks to Miyamoto-san and his awesome team at Nintendo! Twitter: Tim Cook on Twitter

Shares of Nintendo rose 2.6 percent on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, before giving up some of those gains. The stock is up almost 60 percent his year, compared with a 13 percent decline in the Topix Index. A representative for Apple in Japan didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Investors have cheered Nintendo’s embrace of smartphones, after years of sticking to a strategy of pairing its software with its own hardware. For Apple, adding exclusive content like Nintendo’s iconic plumber is one way to boost the appeal of its devices against those from Samsung Electronics Co. and other smartphone makers. Super Mario Run is scheduled to be released in December. Nintendo hasn’t said when the app will be available for Android devices.

Cook also took time to visit an iconic Shinto shrine in Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Taisha:

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Super Mario Maker Announced for the Nintendo 3DS

Super Mario Maker Announced for the Nintendo 3DS

Super Mario Maker Announced for the Nintendo 3DS
HIGHLIGHTS
Super Mario Maker allows players to make levels based on Mario games
The game was originally developed for the Nintendo Wii U home console
The Nintendo 3DS release of Super Mario Maker is on December 2 this year
At Nintendo’s latest Nintendo Direct presentation, the company announced that Super Mario Maker will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS. However it will not sport the same level of functionality as the Wii U version.

While Super Mario Maker on the Wii U allows you to make levels based on Mario games and share them with the rest of the world, the 3DS version will let you share your creations locally. In addition to this, you’ll be able to access some Wii U levels, just not all of them. The game will be out in the US on December 2. No dates for Europe or Japan have been announced. You can expect the game to hit India around the same week as the US release. Reason being, North American or NTSC U/C copies of Nintendo games as they’re known, have had a consistent supply officially or otherwise.

Utilising the Wii U’s stylus and touchscreen controls, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo’s current home console let you craft a myriad of levels ranging from the seminal Super Mario Bros. all the way up to more modern day fare like New Super Mario Bros. U. Intuitive controls and a wealth of content to create fresh, unique levels make this one of the more refined options to hone your game design skills.
While the Nintendo 3DS might just have one of the better games of the year with Super Mario Maker, the lack of Internet support to share levels with a wider audience just might be a damper for some. Perhaps Nintendo is saving that for the Nintendo NX that’s due next year? Only time will tell.

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Nintendo Launches NES Classic Edition With 30 Built-In Games Like Mario, Pac-Man

Nintendo Launches NES Classic Edition With 30 Built-In Games Like Mario, Pac-Man

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nintendo’s next console is a revamped NES
  • It will be available in November
  • Don’t expect an official India release

Hot on the heels of what seems to be a bonafide hit inPokemon Go, Nintendo has announced that its iconic home console, the NES or Nintendo Entertainment System will be reintroduced for sale this year. Dubbed as The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition it comes with 30 games, HDMI support, and a controller. It will cost $59.99 (around Rs. 4,000) and will be available from November 11 in the US. An international release date has not been announced.

“We wanted to give fans of all ages the opportunity to revisit Nintendo’s original system and rediscover why they fell in love with Nintendo in the first place,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is ideal for anyone who remembers playing the NES, or who wants to pass on those nostalgic memories to the next generation of gamers.”

What’s interesting is its games can be played with a second player by attaching a controller. There will be a standalone NES Classic Controller for sale at $9.99 (approximately Rs. 620). You can also use the Wii’s Classic Controller or the Wii U’s Classic Controller Pro. When a Wii Remote is attached,the NES Classic Controller can also be used to play Virtual Console NES games on a Wii U or Wii system. In a welcome addition, each game has multiple suspend points unlike their initial releases, allowing you to come back at a later time.

The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition appears to be the company’s much delayed reaction to emulators on Android and PC and with a slew of classic games for it already available on the Wii and Wii U, many hardcore gamers would simply not see the appeal. However the larger, mainstream audience would as the entry barrier towards experiencing some of Nintendo’s greatest hits will be significantly reduced. Speaking of which, each console comes with the following games:

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  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario Excitebike
  • Final Fantasy
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts’N Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber Kid
  • Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Pac-Man
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super C (also known as Super Contra)
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Don’t expect it to hit India officially anytime soon. Nintendo does not have an official presence, but do expect independent stores to import their fair share even though similar devices from Mitashi exist.

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Pokemon Go Success Boosts Nintendo

Pokemon Go Success Boosts Nintendo

Shares in Japan’s Nintendo Co surged on Friday as consumers flocked to try out its new Pokemon Go smartphone game, raising hopes that the company’s long-awaited shift into mobile gaming will pay off.

Seeking to protect its console business, the Japanese group had for many years resisted introducing mobile games with its best-known characters such as Super Mario Brosand Pokemon, finally yielding to investor calls last year when it announced a tie-up with mobile specialst DeNA Co.

Its first mobile title, Miitomo, was only launched in March after some delay and was also a social networking-sytle application, leaving investors disappointed and impatient.

But Wednesday’s launch of Pokemon Go in the United States has seen the title shoot up to become the No. 1 free app in Apple Inc’s US iTunes store. It was also launched in Australia and New Zealand this week and is expected to be rolled out in Japan soon.

(Also see:  Playing Pokemon Go in India? Here’s Everything You Need to Know)

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Many reviewers said they were keen on the game although they hoped that technical glitches would soon be resolved. Shares in Nintendo jumped 10 percent to their highest level in more than two months with the stock the most heavily traded by value on Tokyo’s main board and giving the firm a market value of about $23 billion (roughly Rs. 1,54,934 crores).

The game, in which players search out and capture Pokemon characters and do battle with other Pokemon, is free, but it also offers in-app purchases for power-ups and extra items.

“It has more (monetisation) than we expected; as users build their Pokémon inventory, spending money becomes needed to store, train, hatch and battle,” Macquarie Securities said in a note to clients, adding that purchases so far in Australia were not being driven by big spenders but by a large number of users.

(Also see:  The First Pokemon Game for Smartphones Is Nothing Like What You’d Expect)

The company has promised four more smartphone games in the financial year to end-March and has said it expects mobile gaming to help boost annual operating profit by a third to JPY 45 billion ($450 million).

Nintendo also plans to release its next console globally in March 2017.

“The company has huge intangible assets like characters but it hasn’t been trying to use them seriously. But the success of its Pokemon Go shows the company has got great content,” said a fund manager at a UK asset management firm in Tokyo.

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Pokemon Go Creator Boasts Google, Nintendo as Investors

Pokemon Go Creator Boasts Google, Nintendo as Investors

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Niantic used to operate as a startup inside Google
  • It was spun off last year when Google became Alphabet
  • Major investors are Google and Nintendo

Pokemon Go is the biggest trend on the Internet right now – in under a week, it’s got more users than Tinder, and by some estimates it’s more popular right now than porn, a no mean feat in itself. The game has taken off in such a big way that developer Niantic has been overwhelmed with the demand for Pokemon Go. The biggest complaint on Twitter right now is that the game’s servers cannot keep up. This is the reason why the game’s international release has been delayed.

But who is Niantic? Where did the company come from and why haven’t we heard about them before? The startup counts Google and Nintendo as investors who have put in millions of dollars, so what’s the story behind the Pokemon Go creator?

(Also see: Pokemon Go Cheatsheet: 10 Things to Know About the Game That Has Everyone Hooked)

You may or may not remember Ingress – a mobile game that’s actually very similar to Pokemon Go. Ingress also uses augmented reality to have you walk around the city and collect locations for your team. The key difference – and there are more than a few differences, despite the similar core concept – is that Ingress is a game about hackers while Pokemon Go is a game about, well, Pokemon.

(Also see: Pokemon Go Is Responsible for These Real Life Weird and Scary Things)

google_glass_models.jpgNiantic was born six years ago as Niantic Labs, an independent startup operating inside of Google. And at that time, it was working with the Google Maps team. In 2012, the company released Ingress, which is said to have over 14 million downloads. In 2013, the company also released Field Trip for Google Glass an automatic augmented reality tour guide In an interview that Hanke did at the time, you can see some of the seeds that would lead to Ingress, and then Pokemon Go.

Having already made it easier for people to get to where they want to go with Google Maps, Hanke was interested in coming up with ways to educate people about their destinations.

“I had this anxiety knowing that there was a lot of useful information on the Web about local sights that wasn’t showing up on maps,” Hanke said.

The quest to dig up more pearls of knowledge inspired Hanke to christen his startup Niantic, which refers to a whaling vessel that came to San Francisco during the Gold Rush of 1849, only to be abandoned. The ship was briefly converted into a hotel that later burned down. The remains of the original ship were later found buried near a current San Francisco landmark, the Transamerica Pyramid.

The Niantic name is meant to serve as a reminder that “there is lot of cool stuff beneath the surface of things,” Hanke said.

(Also see: How to Download, Install, and Play Pokemon Go Right Now)

Running Niantic as a startup inside Google might have been unorthodox, but it was how the company was able to retain John Hanke, who’d joined Google when the search giant acquired Keyhole in 2004. By 2010, however, the same article notes that Hanke was keen to leave Google and start his own company again, but Google didn’t want him to leave. This led to the rather unusual step of Niantic Labs operating inside of Google.

Ingress was built as a video game that required people to visit places of historical interest such as monuments, and much of the same data is now powering Pokemon Go. As you walk around collecting items from Pokestops, you’ll also see pictures of the monument that the stops use for locations. These include lots of small points of interest you might not hear about normally, such as a painting hidden behind a wall, or old war monuments that are tucked away in intersections, out of sight. These are all things you might want to look up later, and it’s an amazing way to connect with a city you’re new to.

(Also see: How to Play Pokemon Go in India? Here’s Everything You Need to Know)

pokemon_go_india_iphone_6_plus_ndtv_gadgets.jpgWhen Google reorganised as Alphabet, Niantic was spun off into a new company. As soon as that happened, Nintendo, which had already been working with Niantic for a year, wanted in as an investor. Nintendo might be wary about virtual reality, but both Nintendo and Google invested in Niantic; the two companies together put in $20 million (approximately Rs. 134 crore) into Niantic, with an additional $10 million (approximately Rs. 67 crore) if the game meets certain milestones. Judging by the current excitement around Pokemon Go, we’re going to assume that the $10 million cheque is already in the mail.

What else does this investment tell us? For one thing, it appears that even if Google and Niantic are two separate companies now, the relationship between the two is pretty strong; Google is a major investor in the developer, and while it normally doesn’t speak for any other company in case of any issues, when there was a controversy about the excessive access Pokemon Go got to Google data, Google itself verified that only basic data was shared.

According to a statement by Niantic, Google verified that no other information has been received or accessed by Pokemon Go or Niantic. Google will soon reduce Pokemon Go’s permission to only the basic profile data that Pokemon Go needs, and users do not need to take any actions themselves. Safe to say this is a rather unusual move.

It’s clear that you may not have heard of Niantic Labs, but with Google and Nintendo as major backers, you’re probably going to hear more about them soon, particularly if it continues to add more features. It’e clear that like the Pokemon themselves, the game Pokemon Go is going to evolve too. The only question is how long it’s going to be able to maintain the same level of fame.

Tags: Alphabet, Google, Google Maps, Ingress, Niantic, Niantic Labs, Nintendo, Pokemon, Pokemon Go
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