The 404 1384: Where we're kicking it in Vic's Basement (podcast)

Two gaming journo mainstays join Jeff on the show today. 20-year veteran Victor Lucas and his partner-in-crime Scott Jones pick apart the next-generation console wars and opine on what the future of gaming will and, more interestingly, will not be like.… Read more

Oceanhorn: A loving tribute to The Legend of Zelda

Nintendo has stated, firmly and more than once, that it won't be bringing its proprietary titles to mobile formats. If The Legend of Zelda were to come to mobile, though, we don't think it could do a better job than the newly released Oceanhorn.

After being in the works from the Finnish developer behind Death Rally since 2011 (and promised for a 2012 release), it's landed for iPhone and iPad -- and the time in development shows. … Read more

The 404 1,383: Where we hurry up and wait for the Sony PlayStation 4 (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- CNET's PS4 review: The next generation is here. Now wait.

- Jeff's first-ever PS4 screenshot.

- Why you should wait before buying an Xbox One or PS4.

- Follow Scott Stein on Twitter.… Read more

Nintendo to bring Wii Mini to US later this month

Nintendo has announced that it will finally be stocking its stripped down, $99 Wii Mini console on US store shelves later this month.

The Wii Mini, which debuted in Canada shortly after the official Wii U launch last fall, has seen launches in a number of other markets, most recently the UK in March. With Wii U sales tepid, only spiking recently thanks to a significant price cut, Nintendo has its eyes set on expansion.

Now that Nintendo has discontinued the original console, the mini redesign is the last remaining hardware option for classic Wii lovers. US buyers will get … Read more

Nintendo ekes out a small profit, despite Wii U's drag

Sales of Nintendo's Wii U have jumped a bit lately, but the device is still proving to be a thorn in the game company's side.

During the six-month period ended September 30, Nintendo generated revenue of 196.6 billion yen ($2.011 billion), down from 201 billion yen during the same period last year. The company was able to post a 600 million yen ($6.14 million) profit, however, which was far better than the 28 billion yen loss it posted in the prior year.

The data Nintendo revealed Wednesday also highlights a surprisingly fast fall from prominence. … Read more

Nintendo cracks open door to smartphones, tablets -- sort of

The latest "Super Mario" or "Zelda" title may never end up on a smartphone or a tablet, but that doesn't mean Nintendo isn't thinking about ways to extend its presence to mobile devices.

"We're constantly thinking about how to leverage mobile as a marketing vehicle," Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime said on Tuesday during a meeting with CNET editors. "How do I give little tastes of content, little experiences that then drive the consumer back to my hardware environment?"

Despite the tease of bringing "experiences" to mobile devices, … Read more

Nintendo's Fils-Aime heads out on the road to play Wii U, 3DS

Nintendo is sending out its president to help sell 3DS and Wii U units across the US.

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime revealed on his company's Twitter account Thursday that he'll be traveling around the US holding "I'm With Reggie" tweetups. Gamers who attend the tweetups will be able to play 3DS and Wii U games with the Nintendo executive.

I'm off to the #ImWithReggie TweetUp! Follow here and FB to see when I'll be in YOUR city looking to play #WiiU + #3DS with YOU! #Regginator

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 25, 2013Read more

Nintendo ups its game with Wii U bundle featuring Mario, Luigi

Here comes Nintendo.

The game company announced on Wednesday that it will start selling a Wii U Deluxe Set bundle that will include two popular titles, the new Super Mario Bros. U and Super Luigi U. The games will come on a single disc and sell at the console's new retail price of $300.

Since the Wii U's launch last year, Nintendo has offered a deluxe set bundle that comes with Nintendo Land. This new offering replaces that set; Nintendo says it'll start selling Nintendo Land for $29.99 when it's officially replaced.

Nintendo's Wii … Read more

Nintendo adds a splash of color with orange, turquoise 3DS XL

Nintendo is bringing some new hues to its 3DS XL (or 3DS LL as it's known in Japan).

The company on Wednesday announced two new colors for the 3DS XL -- orange and turquoise. The Limited Edition models come with the same 3DS XL design but feature the new colors on the outside and on the buttons.

The devices will come bundled with a 4GB memory card, carrying case, and AC adapter. But before US-based customers think about getting their hands on the devices, be aware that for now, they're only coming to Japan.… Read more

Goodnight, sweet Wii, you still own my gaming heart

I'm feeling a little sad today. Nintendo on Monday officially consigned the Wii to the gaming console history bin, to join its brethren like the NES and Nintendo 64. The company is halting production to focus fully on the Wii's replacement, the Wii U. I understand that time and technology march onward, but I'm not quite ready to kiss my Wii goodbye.

I still remember hunting for my Wii. It was released in 2006 and the demand almost immediately caused shortages nearly on par with the great Cabbage Patch Doll scare of 1983. I trolled sites that tracked in-stock Wii consoles before finally lucking upon my own Wii from Sears in early 2007.… Read more