Nintendo will close its Wii Shop Channel in 2019

A month after Nintendo launched the Wii in November 2006, the company introduced the Wii Shop Channel, a marketplace for downloading apps to the system. Over a decade and two console generations later, Nintendo is shutting it down…eventually. Today, the company gave notice that users won’t be able to add points to their Wii Shop accounts after March 26th, 2018, …

Nintendo continues to flourish with strong Switch sales

With the Switch riding high and the beleaguered Wii U all but retired, Nintendo’s accounts are looking a little brighter than usual. The Japanese console maker posted some strong financial earnings today for the three-month period ending on June 30th, with 64.73 billion yen ($578 million) in gross profit and, with the usual operating expenses deducted, 16.21 billion yen ($145 …

The new ‘Zelda’ DLC is all about exploration and survival

The Nintendo Switch is a neat little console — but its debut was almost overshadowed by its flagship launch game: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game was lauded as a long overdue evolution on the Zelda formula, and it deserved the praise, too — it’s an objectively excellent adventure game that brings the classic Nintendo franchise …

Nintendo is releasing amiibo for a ‘Legend of Zelda’ add-on

Nintendo doesn’t just want you to download add-on content for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: It wants you to snap up more figurines too. The gaming giant has unveiled four amiibo designed with the DLC (most notably The Champion’s Ballad) in mind. Each represents a champion from one of Hyrule’s races: Mipha (from the zora), Daruk (goron), …

‘Breath of the Wild’ creators explain how they bucked tradition

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild isn’t just the series’ best game in years, it’s also unlike any title in the series — it’s an open-world experience where you’re free to find your own solutions to challenges. But just how did Nintendo manage to pull off such a radical change in direction? Don’t worry — it’s happy to …

‘Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ has a $20 DLC season pass

If you thought Nintendo’s next Zelda game didn’t look expansive enough, then you might be intrigued / already sold on a $20 season pass that will go on sale March 3rd. Producer Eiji Aonuma took to YouTube to explain how Hyrule will benefit from the first main series expansion content pack. (Games like Triforce Heroes have seen extra content after …

‘Breath of the Wild’ will be Nintendo’s last Wii U game

The Wii U has had a difficult life cycle, and Nintendo is ready to leave it behind. Speaking with Polygon, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the last internally developed game for the system. “From a first-party standpoint, there’s no new development coming after the launch of Breath …

‘Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ lands on Switch at launch

Game consoles don’t tend to have stand-out, killer software at launch, but Nintendo is bucking the trend again. The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild will be released in concert with the console itself on March 3rd. Not picking up the new console? The game comes out the same day for the Wii U. If this seems familiar it’s …

‘Mario Kart 64’ is the Wii U Virtual Console’s latest addition

Sure, Mario Kart 8 is great and all, but if you wanted to see the original version of “Toad’s Turnpike” on the Wii U, your options have been pretty limited. Tomorrow changes that, as Mario Kart 64 will release on the system’s Virtual Console. Revisiting the Nintendo 64 game will run you $9.99, and for that you’ll get off-TV play …

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 …