Nintendo’s 3DS isn’t dead, but it is trapped in the Switch’s shadow

Earlier this year, Nintendo announced a brand-new console, a hybrid portable device that serves as both a portable entertainment machine and a game system for the living room. At a glance, it looked great — but some criticized the Nintendo Switch for having “nothing to play” except the new Legend of Zelda game, of course. Nintendo’s E3 show served as …

A bonafide ‘Pokémon’ game is coming to the Switch

For months, Pokémon fans have been speculating about a possible Sun and Moon port for the Nintendo Switch. A version called “Stars” has been rumored since November, promising new creatures and high-resolution graphics. Is it actually happening? Maybe. During Nintendo’s E3 spotlight, Tsunekazu Ishihara from The Pokemon Company confirmed that a new, “core” Pokémon RPG is in development for Nintendo’s …

Nintendo hasn’t forgotten about ‘Pokémon’ on the 3DS

Okay, so, today’s brief Nintendo Direct didn’t reveal the Switch version of Pokemon Sun and Moon, but if you aren’t a fan of traditional fighting games and still prefer the 3DS to the Switch (see: battery life) there was still some silver lining for you from today’s Pokémon Direct. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will be released November 17th. …

Mobile is helping The Pokémon Company make tons of money

It’s not every year that a mobile game becomes a genuine global phenomenon — but as I’m sure you all noticed, that’s exactly what Pokémon Go was. For a good few months, Nintendo and Niantic transformed most of the world into wandering cellphone zombies, and now, The Pokémon Company is reaping the benefits. In the previous fiscal year, the house …

Everyone’s favorite useless Pokemon gets its own game

It’s pretty obvious that Pokémon Go wouldn’t have been the worldwide success without, well, Pokemon. Niantic and Nintendo tapped a phenomenally rich vein of wish fulfillment when they sent people scurrying around the real world catching monsters on their phone. The app was sadly limited to collecting, not raising the fighting beasts as the original game/manga/anime/feature films showcased. But a …

The Video Game Hall of Fame basically inducted your childhood this year

The National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York announced the four titles it’s inducting into the World Video Game Hall of Fame this year, and they’re all pinnacles in the industry: Donkey Kong, Halo: Combat Evolved, Pokémon Red and Blue and Street Fighter II. But if you think they were all shoe-ins compared to the competition, prepare to get …

You can now transfer your old Pokémon to ‘Sun’ and ‘Moon’

In a move sure to please long-time Pokémon fans, players can now transfer old Pocket Monsters to the latest games in the series, Pokémon Sun and Moon. Updating Pokébank (Nintendo’s subscription-based Pokémon cloud-storage service) gamers are now able to easily send their favourite ‘mon from X and Y straight to Sun and Moon. For the uninitiated, this service offers a …

A full ‘Pokemon’ game could come to Nintendo’s Switch

It sounds like a version of Pokemon Sun and Moon could be headed to Nintendo’s upcoming Switch console. It’d be akin to Red and Blue‘s sibling Yellow or Pearl and Diamond‘s Platinum, according to Eurogamer‘s sources. Currently the codename is Stars. Now, for a bit of unpacking. Both Yellow and Pearl were similar to their generational predecessors, but offered new …

Nintendo loses less money, but Switch can’t come fast enough

Nintendo’s latest financial report is more dour reading for console gaming. While the company saw sales of 74.8 billion yen ($718.86 million), up since last quarter, it has to contend with an operating loss of 813 million yen ($7.8 million) over the last three months. Well, at least it’s a smaller loss than the last quarter. It sold 1,770,000 3DSes …

Pokémon chief says Nintendo’s NX is both handheld and console

The head of The Pokémon Company has let slip that his outfit is working on a pocketable monster title for Nintendo’s NX. Given that TPC is part-owned by the Japanese gaming giant, he’s probably seen the new handheld/console/tablet hybrid up close and personal. The Wall Street Journal quotes Tsunekazu Ishihara as saying that “the NX is trying to change the …

Nintendo’s lack of breakthrough games hit profits hard (update)

Despite Nintendo’s attempts to lower expectations ahead of announcing its financial results, its latest quarterly earnings aren’t good. At all. Net sales are down 31 percent compared to the same quarter last year, down to 62 billion yen ($587 million). Meanwhile, it saw an operating loss of 5.1 billion yen (roughly $48 million). Nintendo managed to sell 220,000 Wii Us, …

Nintendo loses billions in value after ‘Pokemon Go’ truth bomb

Pokemon Go is an unprecedented success, but Nintendo recently admitted it won’t directly profit from the augmented reality game, leading to a loss of $6.7 billion in Nintendo’s market value on Monday. Nintendo’s market value rose by $7.5 billion on July 11th, just after Pokemon Go went public and became an instant, massive hit across the globe. Since its launch, …