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Nintendo has announced a Dragon Quest X bundle that includes a black Wii console, a copy of the game, a Classic Controller Pro, and a 16GB USB stick for ¥25,000. It'll be out on August 2nd in Japan.
Here's something interesting from Nintendo Wii U Developer Discussion: asked if Wii owners will be able to transfer their downloaded Wii and Virtual Console games over to the new console, a Nintendo producer answered rather positively: "we are readying the system to be able to transfer saves and everything you've bought."
Nicalis has announced plans to release Cave Story and VVVVVV for 3DS in Europe soon, as well as the cancelation of La-Mulana in Europe and North America.
According to an Adweek report, Nintendo is currently courting major media companies for content distribution deals for its next generation console, with the company specifically looking to follow the lead of the Xbox 360 in this space.
The Hulu Plus app for the Nintendo Wii was released today. It's available as a free download from the Wii Shop Channel, and if you don't have a Hulu Plus subscription you'll get a two-week trial when you install the app.
An Ohio gamer named Ryan Sullivan has broken the record for the number of games played in 60 seconds. Hey played on 13 consoles in that time period, breaking Jimmy Fallon's previous record of nine games.
Alongside Satoru Iwata's pronouncement that the Wii U will be on sale by the holiday season this year, Nintendo has had to report some ignominious news about its financial situation: the company expects to generate a loss of ¥65 billion (about $834 million) for the full 2011 fiscal year.
According to NPD's latest data, 2011 was a down year for the video game industry, with total retail sales coming in at $17.02 billion. That's an eight percent decline from 2010, but Microsoft hasn't been hurt by the downturn -- the Xbox 360 was the top selling console every month in 2011 and outsold the 2nd-place console by 2.7 million units.
Nielson has just released numbers showing that a very large number of consumers have use their Xbox, PS3, or Wii to stream video. up a combined seven percent over last year. On the Xbox 360, users are streaming video about 14 percent of the time the console is on, 15 percent for the PS3, and a whopping 33 percent on the Wii.
Nintendo's overhauling its loyalty program, Club Nintendo, offering users downloadable games for the 3DS and Wii in addition to previously-offered swag like notebooks and posters.
The Club Nintendo loyalty program, which gives virtual coins in exchange for taking surveys and registering purchases, will soon offer downloadable games for Wii and 3DS in its rewards store.
Nintendo's new flagship titles, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and Super Mario 3D Land, have both set franchise records for early sales, with 3D Land's 500,000 sales in two weeks making it the "fastest selling portable Mario game," and Zelda's 535,000 in first week sales giving it the title of "fastest-selling Zelda game ever."