Nintendo

Chris Nuttall

In a week of big numbers for a previously slumping video game industry, Activision has come up with the biggest one of all – $500m in sales of Call of Duty: Black Ops II in its first 24 hours.

On Monday, Microsoft announced $220m in first-day sales for Halo 4 and then revealed, on the 10th anniversary of Xbox Live on Thursday, that a record 442m hours were played on it last week. Meanwhile, Sony announced sales of the PlayStation 3 had passed 70m and Nintendo expects the Wii U to sell out when it goes on sale in the US this weekend. Read more >>

Chris Nuttall

Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s chief executive, did not make his usual appearance at his company’s E3 press conference on Tuesday, preferring instead to tweet backstage about the announcements as he explores social media ahead of the launch of Nintendo’s Miiverse social service for its gamers.

But in an FT interview shortly afterwards, he talked in person about his hopes for the Wii U, the new console launching this holiday season, the concept of asymmetrical gaming it introduces and the early attempts by rivals to match its features. Highlights after the jump: Read more >>

Chris Nuttall

For anyone seeking holes in Activision’s seemingly bulletproof Call of Duty franchise, there was a chink in the armour exposed in NPD US January sales figures released late on Thursday.

Sales fell nearly 50 per cent year-on-year for the world’s best-selling video game in 2011 – that’s comparing the performance of the latest in the franchise – Modern Warfare 3 – with its predecessor, Black Ops.

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Tim Bradshaw

Tech news from around the web:

People who used Megaupload to store files – legitimate or otherwise – could soon find their data has been deleted altogether, reports the WSJ. Federal prosecutors bringing a huge criminal copyright infringement action against the file-sharing site have written to the Virginia judge overseeing the case, saying: “It is our understanding that the hosting companies may begin deleting the contents of the servers beginning as early as February 2, 2012.” Read more >>

Chris Nuttall

Nintendo was demonstrating its forthcoming Wii U next-generation console and Sony its PlayStation Vita handheld at CES in Vegas this week and they cannot come soon enough for the video game industry.

Cowen and Company analysts, mulling December’s NPD-collated US sales figures on Friday, described them as a Wii-saster, with a 42 per cent fall in Wii software dollar-sales year-on-year contributing to a 21 per cent overall industry decline in hardware, packaged software and accessory sales. Read more >>

Chris Nuttall

Nintendo has received a Black Friday boost after a black year for sales – shifting more than 500,000 Wii consoles on the biggest shopping day of the year in the US.

Sales of the 3DS handheld console have also been booming, due to a new Mario game, bundling offers and a precipitous price cut. Read more >>

“Can I play a game on it?” Any parent with a smartphone or tablet has heard his or her child ask this. With all that mobile devices are capable of doing, smartphones and tablets are also driving the rise in mobile gaming.

This week, new research revealed growing revenue in mobile gaming. The shift in consumer behaviour has had a negative impact on console maker Nintendo, which cut its profit outlook for the year. Read more >>

Nintendo Wii U

Touch and gesture have al­ready made gaming more instinctive and now we are about to have gaming from all angles. I have been seeing video games from literally every point of view at the annual E3 trade show ex­travaganza in Los Angeles this week.

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Nintendo Wii U

Touch and gesture have al­ready made gaming more instinctive and now we are about to have gaming from all angles. I have been seeing video games from literally every point of view at the annual E3 trade show ex­travaganza in Los Angeles this week.

There was the depth of 3D as water rushed towards me when a ship’s hold was flooded in Sony’s Uncharted 3. Finger-painting in mid-air in front of the Kinect’s motion-sensing camera produced a hologram-like image on­screen that could be viewed in the round simply by shifting the player’s body position.

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Chris Nuttall

Nintendo has announced the Wii U, a new home console with a companion controller that can switch gaming from the TV onto its 6.2in touchscreen.

The controller amounts to a reinvention of the Wii. Nintendo said it would change the way people played games when it appeared in 2012. The controller rather than its console was the focus of Nintendo’s press conference at the E3 video game trade show on Tuesday. Read more >>