Nintendo Says Wii U Has a ‘Very Long Life’ Ahead For Gamers


Game maker Nintendo doesn’t plan to throw in the towel on its Wii U game unit, and plans to heavily promote it moving forward.  Company officials hope the Wii U has reached its tipping point, battling through lackluster sales and difficult hardships, and can now appeal to mainstream gamers.

Nintendo recently said the company didn’t plan a Wii U price cut anytime soon – possibly saving a price reduction until the 2014 Christmas holiday shopping season.

When recently asked if Nintendo would consider shifting gears and a console refresh, Nintendo America Reggie Fils-Aime dismissed the idea:

“I say, ‘no.’  And the reason I say that is because we believe the Wii U has a very long life ahead of it.  It’s got great content coming that will help define the platform.  For us, we think the 3DS is a very illustrative example.  It wasn’t just the price cut.  It was having great content that started with Kart 7 and 3D Land and then progressed and created a larger and larger footprint.”

The Japanese game maker must work to improve the Wii U’s game catalog, because gamers have complained about a lack of appealing titles.  Mario Kart 8 is a solid step in the right direction, but much of the focus has been on Microsoft and Sony since the release of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, respectively.

Thank you Kotaku and Motley Fool for providing us with this information

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Teen Shot For Having Wii Remote In Hand

A female Police officer has shot and killed a 17-year-old at his home in Eagle View Mobile Home Park in Euharlee, Georgia. On Friday night Euharlee Police officers showed up at Christopher Roupe’s home to serve a probation warrant for his father. Upon hearing a knock at the door Christopher asked who was there, upon receiving no answer he opened the door and was immediately shot in the chest. According to eyewitnesses Christopher was holding a Wii remote, but police are saying he answered the door holding a gun.

The Roupe family has hired Cole Law as their attorney who has released this statement regarding the incident;

“A female officer told investigators that Roupe pointed a gun at her when he opened the door, it just doesn’t add up. We don’t know where that statement came from. The eyewitnesses on the scene clearly state that he had a Wii controller in his hand. he heard a knock at the door. He asked who it was, there was no response so he opened the door and upon opening the door he was immediately shot in the chest.”

The officer in question who shot Mr Roupe is said to have come out of the house, put her head in her hands and started sobbing after the incident. Mr Roupe was only 17 years old and attended Woodland High School where he was in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and wanted to join the Marines. Friends at Mr Roupe’s school say he was a good kid and always looked out for everyone.

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Coverage from WSB-TV

While details are still hard to come by, if the families account of the incident is correct then this is a horrible accident and a terrible waste of a young teens life who had his whole future ahead of him. Our condolences go out to all those affected by these events.

 Thank you WSB-TV 2 for the information provided

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Nintendo File Lawsuit Against HackYourConsole.Com, Accused Of Selling Illegal Software

HackYourConsole.com is quite a popular website on the console scene. Apparently popular enough to attract the attention of Nintendo who have now filed a lawsuit against HackYourConsole.com according to Softpedia.

In the lawsuit Nintendo accused HackYourConsole.com of  “blatantly promoting and selling” unauthorised games for Nintendo DS systems and Wii consoles. The website is accused by Nintendo of selling services and devices which facilitate and encourage the use of illegally downloaded games by consumers. The lawsuit is part of a wider agenda at Nintendo to combat piracy of its video games and services.

“Piracy on the Nintendo DS system has a huge impact on games sales,” commented Jools Watsham, co-founder and director of Renegade Kid…It can affect everyone involved, including the many honest players out there. If independent studios, like ours, are unable to recoup the money they invest into game development, through the sales of their games, we will unfortunately see fewer independent games developed in the future”, said Jools Watsham, co-founder and director of Renegade Kid.

Is piracy really killing the sales of Nintendo games or do you think Nintendo are just looking for scape-goats to the lower than expected sales they have experienced on the Nintendo DS platform?

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