Nintendo faces Switch patent infringement investigation in the US

Nintendo is under investigation by the US International Trade Commission, and the fate of the Switch hangs in the balance. Gamevice, the company behind the Wikipad and a line of snap-on controllers for mobile devices, says the Nintendo Switch violates its patents on attachable handheld gamepads and their related accessories. Alleging violations of the Tariff Act of 1930, Gamevice is …

Microsoft shuts down a ‘Halo Online’ fan mod

Microsoft takes copyright violations as seriously as Nintendo does, it’d seem. The Xbox-maker has requested that a fan-made version of Halo Online stop production. Microsoft canned the Russia-only, free-to-play Halo Online back in 2016. From the sounds of it, things like textures and asset packs from the game made their way to the internet, where the “ElDewrito” team found and …

‘Final Fantasy XV’ team forms a studio to develop new IPs

Square Enix wants to expand its offerings with brand new AAA titles, and it’s relying on Final Fantasy XV’s developers to make that a reality. FFXV director Hajime Tabata and the game’s core developers are leaving their old division to form a studio within Square Enix called “Luminous Productions” (LP). The subsidiary’s purpose is to create new IPs and to …

The ESA says preserving old online games isn’t ‘necessary’

The video game industry as a whole does a poor job of preserving its history — especially when it comes to online games. The Entertainment Software Association — responsible for E3; counts Electronic Arts, Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and Ubisoft as members — is petitioning the US Copyright Office to not make DMCA exemptions for abandoned online multiplayer games. It’s an …

Atari will use cryptocurrency to bolster its online gambling business

In its latest bid for relevance, Atari is glomming onto the cryptocurrency craze. The company is hoping to bolster its gambling business in Europe with Atari Token, according to Bloomberg. “Our aim is to take strategic positions with a limited cash risk, in order to best create value with the assets and Atari brand,” CEO Frederic Chesnais noted in a …

Sony CEO completes quest to make the company successful again

If the news that Sony CEO Kaz Hirai will be stepping down in a few months came as a bit of a surprise this morning, then the latest peek at the company’s books is a return to something more predictable. In the third quarter of Sony’s fiscal year — covering October through December 2017 — its Playstation division continued to …

Shigeru Miyamoto will co-produce a ‘Mario’ animated movie

Nintendo’s third big announcement of the evening (after Switch Online and Mario Kart Tour) comes right back to its main star, Mario, and the news that he will star in an animated movie. Confirming earlier rumors, Shigeru Miyamoto is listed as co-producer along with Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, Minions, Ice Age) head Chris Meledandri, but the announcement didn’t mention other …

Nintendo Switch sales have surpassed the Wii U

In the weeks following the Nintendo Switch’s launch, it became clear that the portable-handheld hybrid would do better than its ill-fated predecessor. What’s surprising, however, is just how quickly the system has surpassed the Wii U. Nintendo had a stellar holiday quarter, shifting 7.23 million Switch consoles and bringing lifetime sales to 14.86 million. The Wii U, for comparison, sold …

Microsoft’s Xbox was the last great CES reveal

CES was a different show 17 years ago. In 2001, the Best of Show award went to the DataPlay disc, a postage-stamp-size memory card that held up to 500MB of data. If you can’t remember it, don’t worry — the company went out of business shortly thereafter as SD became the de facto standard. Microsoft was still the biggest tech …

Nintendo has already sold over 10 million Switches

That didn’t take long: Nintendo has already sold over 10 million of its hybrid home/portable console, the Switch. If you’re keeping track at home, that’s roughly one million consoles sold every month since March. By comparison, Sony’s PlayStation 4 took around ten months to hit that number back in 2014. “This December in Japan we are planning to ship more …

Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime on the first year of Switch and beyond

The last time we talked with Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s president and chief operating officer, the company was stepping into uncharted territory with Super Mario Run and the Switch’s revolutionary spin on portable gaming. Now, almost a year later, Nintendo’s latest console has been a huge success. Super Mario Run, unfortunately, wasn’t as profitable as the company would like …

Nintendo expects Switch will beat Wii U lifetime sales in a year

Nintendo has announced it’s sold a further 2.93 million Switch consoles over the latest quarter, reaching just shy of 8 million units total. After another strong quarter, the company is now aiming to sell 14 million units by the time the Switch turns one year old — up from 10 million it aimed for previously. It’s also increased its forecast …

One Gamer Fund heard you liked video-game charities

It’s an exciting time to be Seven Siegel. Siegel is the executive director of Global Game Jam, the world’s largest 48-hour gaming hackathon, but more important, they’re a former game developer with an MBA in nonprofit management. This makes Siegel particularly suited to work in an emerging niche market blending philanthropy with cutting-edge technology: video game charities. There are dozens …

Nintendo ordered to pay $10 million in Wii patent lawsuit

Today, a Dallas jury awarded iLife Technologies $10 million in its patent infringement lawsuit against Nintendo of America. The suit, which was brought forth in 2013, alleged that Nintendo used iLife’s technology when creating its motion-sensing Wii Remote. Via: Gamasutra Source: Rolling Stone, Scribd Author:  Source: Engadget

Walmart cancels early SNES Classic Edition preorders

If you’re one of the lucky folks that got a preorder in at Walmart for a Super Nintendo Classic Edition unit last week, you might want to sit down. Walmart is canceling all of the preorders, claiming that it was “mistakenly made available last Friday evening ahead of the official release date.” The retailer has started notifying customers today. Author:  …

Your GaymerX Foundation donations are now tax deductible

Indie gaming company MidBoss formed the GaymerX Foundation in 2016 after years of running an annual convention for LGBTQIA game developers and fans. According to its website, it’s “focused on the preservation and celebration of queer geek and gaming culture, through supporting current developers and archiving historically significant achievements in this field.” Now, the foundation has announced that it’s officially …