Games

Slow Wii U sales send Nintendo shares into a downward spiral

Nintendo's forecast doesn't appear to be looking up since the company's announcement of its sluggish Wii U sales on Friday. Shares in the gaming company have plummeted 10 percent in Japan over the last two days.

Trading on Monday in Japan quoted Nintendo's stock at 13,145 yen ($126) down from 14,645 yen ($140) on Friday, according to Reuters. This is far below the company's record high stocks in 2007 that saw share prices at 73,200 yen ($704).

Nintendo announced on Friday that it has revised its Wii U sales expectations from an … Read more

Uh oh: Nintendo cuts Wii U sales forecast by 69 percent

Nintendo is in a world of trouble, and it's not clear what might change its luck.

The game company on Friday announced that it needs to revise its Wii U sales expectations from an anticipated 9 million units sold between April 2013 and March 2014 to 2.8 million units during that period -- a 69 percent drop compared with previous estimates.

Wii U software sales, meanwhile, were halved in the modification, with Nintendo now saying that it expects software sales to hit 19 million units, rather than the 38 million it initially expected.

The trouble isn't just … Read more

US video game sales slump in December as hardware jumps

US sales of video game hardware increased 28 percent year over year in December thanks to the launch of next-generation game consoles, but consumers were less interested in buying video game software, according to new data released Thursday.

US consumer spending on new video game hardware rose 28 percent in December to $1.37 billion from $1.07 billion a year earlier, according to industry researcher NPD Group. Much of that growth was credited to new game consoles from Microsoft and Sony, both of which reported record sales figures following their launches in November.

"Increases in December hardware sales … Read more

Minecrafter builds 'Spirited Away' in stunning detail

Alan Becker has a bit of an obsession with both Minecraft and famed Japanese animator and director Hayao Miyazaki's 2001 film "Spirited Away." So he decided to do what any reasonable person would do: spend several years building the locations from the movie in Minecraft. The results are gorgeous.

Becker has the kind of attention to detail that really makes the sets and landscape pop. Lights in the ghost town glow at night, flowers bloom in all the right places, and the world is constantly under revision to more accurately represent the movie.… Read more

RBI Baseball makes triumphant return on consoles, mobile devices

Old-time gamers like this reporter are just a little happier today.

Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that it plans to reboot the RBI Baseball franchise. Dubbed RBI Baseball 14, the game will be available on consoles and mobile devices this spring.

RBI Baseball, the classic Namco baseball game for the NES, was a staple in the early '90s. The franchise was made available on a wide range of consoles, and it was last developed for the Sega 32X under the title RBI Baseball 95.

Details are excruciatingly slim on the game right now, but Major League Baseball's own Advanced … Read more

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition -- so much prettier on PS4

Lara Croft, the longtime popular game character, got a high-res makeover, thanks to the PlayStation 4.

In a video posted to its YouTube page, gaming site IGN showed the surprisingly major differences between the graphical quality in Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition running on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The biggest differences can be seen in character models, with Lara Croft looking more human-like and details on other characters resembling their real-life counterparts.

Although the video shows the differences between PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of the game, the Xbox One is also getting the new Tomb Raider.

The … Read more

Sega Dreamcast: Gaming's most magnificent failure (video)

Few gadgets are remembered as fondly as Sega's Dreamcast, and yet this quirky games machine flopped so hard that it forced Sega to quit the console market entirely. In the latest episode of Adventures in Tech, we take a fond look back at the Dreamcast, its ahead-of-its-time innovations, and the reasons why it died.

Back in the game

You'll learn how Sega's final console blew our minds with its built-in Internet powers, and a controller that introduced us to the principles of second-screen gaming, years before Nintendo's Wii U.

You'll also get a look back … Read more

Hallelujah! SimCity finally gets an offline mode

SimCity will finally be able to go offline.

Patrick Buechner, general manager of Maxis Emeryville, confirmed in a blog post on Monday that the developer was working on a mode that doesn't require an Internet connection, which will come in the next update to the city-building game.

An offline mode has been the single most requested feature from SimCity fans, many of whom have been annoyed by the need for a persistent connection, and the server errors and hiccups that come from such a setup.… Read more

Nintendo 3DS lifetime sales reach 11.5 million in US

While its not necessarily a major victory, Nintendo's 3DS line appears to have had a stable 2013.

Last year, Nintendo's 3DS line of devices, which includes the 3DS, 3DS XL, and 2DS, reached 11.5 million lifetime unit sales across the US, the company revealed on Friday. Nintendo also sold over 16 million packaged and digital games for its 3DS line up in 2013, representing a 45 percent gain over the previous year. Through September 30, the last time the company made data available, Nintendo's 3DS line worldwide sales were at about 35 million units.

Nintendo launched … Read more

Gaming finally has its day at CES 2014

LAS VEGAS -- CES 2014 will go down as a landmark show for gaming. Normally a stage reserved for the newest TVs, laptops, phones and other tech, CES had plenty up its sleeve for button mashers this year.

Things got going quick, when at the company's press conference, Sony spent a significant amount of time introducing PlayStation Now, a cross-platform video game streaming service that will open up a selection of the PlayStation legacy of software to a multitude of platforms, not just the PlayStation 4.

Oculus VR upped its Rift game this year, introducing a special prototype code-named … Read more