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Nintendo sold 2.3 million NES Mini consoles

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2017 12:20 am

Despite near-universal unavailability, Nintendo has sold over 2 million NES Classic Edition consoles across the globe.




In a recent interview with TIME, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed the famously unattainable retro NES micro-console has sold 2.3 million units worldwide. In fact, the mini NES and its 30 classic games was only meant to be a holiday product but Nintendo extended its lifespan due to popularity. "We had originally planned for this to be a product for last holiday. We just didn't anticipate how incredible the response would be. Once we saw that response, we added shipments and extended the product for as long as we could to meet more of that consumer demand," the NoA President told TIME in the interview.


Assuming every console shipped out sold at retail value, Nintendo made about $138 million on the NES Classic Edition. Despite these impressive earnings Nintendo has discontinued the NES Classic Edition across all markets, and has no plans to re-release the hot 8-bit system this year. Fils-Aime says Nintendo killed off the NES Mini to "focus on the future."

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Nintendo forecasts 10 million Switch sales this year

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2017 9:16 pm

Following stellar launch-month sales, Nintendo forecasts its new handheld-console hybrid Switch system will hit 10 million sales.




Nintendo's new unique Switch system sold 2.74 million in just 29 days and pulled in $822 million in global sales, offering a significant boost to the company's fourth-quarter financials. Now the Japanese console-maker plans to keep the console's strong sales momentum going throughout its 2017 fiscal year.


Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima said in the latest financial results briefing that the company expects to sell 10 million Nintendo Switch consoles from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. "We are planning to ship 10 million units of Nintendo Switch hardware in the fiscal year ending March 2018. The cumulative total for units shipped through the fiscal year ending March 2018 will be 12.7 million units," Mr. Kimishima said in the briefing.

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Capcom's 2016 financials outline company's future

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2017 6:15 pm

Capcom just reported its yearly earnings, and they're positive.




As with any company's financials, Capcom's latest Fiscal Year 2016 earnings give us a good idea on its current position and its plans for 2017. Capcom recorded increases across the board in net sales, operating income, and bottom-line profits. From April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017 Capcom earned 87.1 billion yen ($781.68 million) in net sales representing a 13.2% increase year-over-year. Operating income was boosted by 13.5% YoY to 13.65 billion yen ($122.4 million). Finally we have Capcom's bottom-line profits, which boosted by 14.6% YoY to 8.87 billion yen ($79.6 million).


Capcom's Digital Contents division--games across all platforms--is by far the company's most lucrative segment, and also enjoyed boosts in net sales, but losses in operating income. The division's net sales increased by 11.7% year-over-year to 58.7 billion yen ($526.4 million) due to strong sales of key IPs like Resident Evil 7 and Monster Hunter XX as well as other online titles. Operating income was down by 8.8% YoY to 11 billion yen ($99.5 million).

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Sony shipped about 60 million PS4s

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2017 2:14 pm

Sony has shipped about 60 million PlayStation 4 consoles across the globe, pushing it farther ahead of its competitors.




While Sony hasn't officially announced the console's huge sales milestone, a bit of simple math reveals the number. In its recent fiscal year earnings report Sony confirmed it shipped 20 million PS4 consoles from April 2016 to March 2017. Back in May 2016 Sony revealed the PS4 has shipped 40 million consoles to date. So combining the two figures we get 60 million...but that figure isn't 100% exact. Sony's fiscal year ends in March, so May 2016 is part of its Fiscal Year 2016, meaning we're not sure how many of those 40 million PS4s overlap with Sony's total 20 million FY16 sales.


Sony's fiscal data only goes back to FY14 and doesn't include how many PS4 consoles were sold in its Q3-Q4 FY13 (November 2013 onwards) timeframe, so until Sony announces the data, we're not exactly sure how many consoles have been sold globally.

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Next-gen PS4 coming in 2018, analyst predicts

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2017 11:04 am

On the heels of its new 4K-ready PlayStation 4 Pro console, Sony is expected to launch a third top-tier PlayStation console to counter Microsoft's premium native 4K Project Scorpio console.




Macquarie Capital Securities analyst Damien Thong predicts that Sony will release a next-gen PlayStation console by the second half of 2018, according to reports from The Wall Street Journal's Takashi Mochizuki. Sony's new PlayStation systemwould coincide with the company's Fiscal Year 2018.


While WSJ's Mochizuki specifically says "next-gen," I believe industry analyst Damien Thong meant the new PlayStation console will be an iterative system, not a new PlayStation 5. Sony has put far too much effort into the PlayStation 4 to just scrap it and reset everything with a brand new console generation.

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Acer's new laptop rocks unreleased NVIDIA graphics card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 29, 2017 7:57 am

Acer teased its upcoming Triton 700 gaming laptop at its press conference a few days ago, with the new laptop featuring a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-series graphics chip, but Acer didn't say exactly which one it was.



The upcoming Triton 700 gaming laptop starts at $3000, so it would have to be GTX 1070 or better - but then NotebookCheck reported that Acer's new Triton 700 rocks a "GTX 1080 Max-Q" chip that NVIDIA will reveal at Computex, next month. Acer said that the Triton 700 was hitting 17,000 points in 3DMark 11, which its Core i7-7700HQ and unreleased Pascal GPU pumped away at - a score that is better than a GTX 1070, but not as good as the GTX 1080.


The Tech Report notes that the Triton 700 is just 0.75 inches (19mm) thick, which is damn thin for something that has better-than-GTX 1070 performance - with TR adding: "Getting this level of performance usually requires a laptop at least 0.9" (23 mm) thick or more".

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AMD Radeon RX Vega loses to GTX 1080 at 1080p

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 29, 2017 4:35 am

We're beginning to hear more on AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega graphics card, with the TechPowerUp GPU database being updated, and the upcoming Radeon RX Vega is now listed with 'relative performance' results at 1080p against various graphics cards.




TPU's relative performance chart shows the RX Vega being 5% slower than NVIDIA's stock GeForce GTX 1080, and 27% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti, at 1080p. Radeon RX Vega beats the Radeon R9 Fury X by 31%, and is just 11% faster than the GTX 1070 at 1080p. These results should be taken with massive handfuls of salt, and real-world testing will need to happen to ensure we're not being fooled.


The listing shows that AMD has 8GB of HBM2 on a 2048-bit memory bus, with the Vega GPU clocked at 1GHz stock, while it can be boosted up to 1.2GHz in reference form. The 8GB of HBM2 is clocked at 1GHz, and shouldn't be confused with the 11GHz+ on the GDDR5X on the new GTX 1080 11Gbps and GTX 1080 Ti cards because they use GDDR5X compared to the HBM2 tech on AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega.

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Halo 6's 'compelling' story will focus on Master Chief

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2017 5:25 pm

I fervently believe Halo 5: Guardians is the worst Halo game ever made, and that 343 Industries doesn't know what it's doing with the franchise. Now the developers say they've learned a lot from their terrible decisions with Halo 5, and promise to do better with future games.




One of the biggest disappointments about Halo 5 was its truly awful storyline. It started out with so much promise; with the help of his beloved Blue Team (and some of the most deadly Spartans alive), Master Chief goes "rogue" to find Cortana. Then 343i decided to throw in Osiris Team, a group of throwaway "heroes" led by one of the most one-dimensional characters in video games history. So instead of playing as Master Chief and his esteemed Blue Team, who haven't ever been in a Halo game before Halo 5, we spend half of the game chasing after Chief as Osiris Team. Most gamers--myself included--didn't care about Locke and Osiris, we wanted the Chief.


In a recent interview with GamesTM, 343 Industries executive producer Kiki Wolfkill they've heard our feedback...but in the same breath she proves she doesn't really understand Halo--or what Master Chief means to gamers and the franchise. "We took some digs for storytelling in Halo 5, but they were absolutely merited. We very much realized that people wanted Master Chief's story of Halo 5. For some fans and certainly fans of Master Chief, it was a huge disappointment because they wanted more Chief," Wolfkill said.

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AMD Radeon RX Vega bundled with Quake Champions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 28, 2017 2:59 pm

AMD is close to the release of its next-gen Radeon RX Vega graphics card, with the latest on the new Vega GPU is that there have been some Radeon RX Vega packaging spotted in a special edition, with Quake Champions.




Quake Champions is the new first-person shooter from id Software built for the PC, so it would make sense to have the most advanced GPU ever made - with its new Vega NCU and HBM2 tech - to be featured with Radeon RX Vega.


The packaging also lists DirectX 12, Vulkan, and AMD's Radeon Chill technology - which for now, shows that there are no Vega exclusive features that set it apart from the Polaris-based RX 500 series.

Nintendo won't be at E3 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2017 2:17 pm

Nintendo has a long tradition skipping E3 pressers, and this year will be no different.




Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima confirms that the Japanese console-maker won't be holding a press conference at E3 2017 in June. "The video game tradeshow E3 will be held in Los Angeles this June. Again this year, we will not be hosting a large-scale press conference for institutional investors, analysts and the media," Mr. Kimishima said in the latest investor relations report.


This doesn't mean Nintendo won't reveal new games at or around E3: it just means Nintendo won't physically have a massive showcase at the event. Nintendo is hosting a Splatoon 2 tournament at E3, so it will be at the show, but it just won't hold a presser. It's likely that Nintendo will instead opt for a massive Nintendo Direct livestream versus an on-stage conference and disseminate tons of new info on its three gaming pillars: the Nintendo Switch, the 3DS, and smartphone mobile games.

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