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Nintendo flushes the last of the Wii

Funny-Toilet-221Nintendo is flushing its Wii U this year ending its reign of toilet themed games consoles, according to a report from Japan’s Nikkei.

The Wii U console sold poorly compared to the Wii which was a ray of gold in the darkness in 2012. Nintendo has already stopped manufacturing certain Wii U accessories.

While Wii U hardware is being discontinued, it looks like the launch of the company’s next platform — codenamed NX — is not guaranteed this year. This means users will be caught short if they are looking for Wii.

Nintendo plans to splash out on its  next-generation console sometime in 2016, but there is no guarantee it will be in the shops anytime soon. The company launched its first mobile app, Miitomo, last week.

Nintendo has sold just 12.6 million Wii U consoles since 2012. Its previous home console, Wii sold more than 100 million units.



Nintendo really smells of Wii now

Shares in console maker Nintendo are in free fall after it warned of a third straight year of operating losses.

The maker of “Super Mario” is under pressure to abandon its policy of not licensing its software to rivals and do something really fast.

Nintendo slashed its global Wii  sales forecast for the year to March 31 by almost 70 percent to 2.8 million units and shares fell by more than a fifth.

Analysts have been warning that Nintendo’s console-based business model is doom for stakeholders and it was time that the outfit started doing things like allowing Mario on mobile is coming.

Nintendo has so far refused to allow its games to be played on consoles built by rivals or on tablets or other mobile devices that are being used by its gamer target market.

Reuters  said that at one point the shares fell as much as 18.5 percent and it was the most traded stock on the board as investors fled.

It was the worst day for Nintendo since July 2011. The outfit expects an operating loss of $335.7 million.

Analysts warn that the stock could go lower as the only reason some people are buying is that they are daft enough to think that Nintendo will change its strategy. 

Comedy news show backs Nintendo

While the people at Fox News are famous for their “truth optional” style of broadcast, they seem to have been hitting the spirits over Chrimbo.

Adam Shaw appears to have rolled in from the office Christmas party and penned a prediction for the technology industry which will have anyone informed rolling in the aisles.

Shaw thinks that the Nintendo WII U will clean up next year and defeat the X-box One and the new PS4.

The Wii U has been on the market since 2012 and was greeted with a collective yawn by everyone. It was widely expected that this Christmas, when the new X-Box Ones and Playstations appeared, it would disappear.

Apparently not, at least to Shaw. He admits that in 2013, Nintendo’s sales figures in America have been dismal. Between March 2013 and March 2014, Nintendo’s goal is to sell nine million consoles. To date, the company hasn’t even reached one million.

But after chatting to Cindy Gordon, Nintendo’s vice president of corporate affairs, Shaw thinks that next year will be great for the Wii.

“Gordon has reason to be optimistic, as Wii U sales are beginning to climb. November’s sales figures are solid, and the company claims its numbers are up 340 percent month-over-month,” he wrote.

He thinks that the Wii U appeared with too few games and now Pikmin 3, Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and the “sublime” Super Mario 3D World have dazzled reviewers the console is taking off.

Shaw claims that Nintendo also has the advantage on the price front too and will make its cash back in “family gaming.”

While it is every American’s right to have a point of view, and shoot people, and the US press does have a habit of sacrificing its credibility to peddle products, Shaw appears to have crossed a line here which can only be dealt with by huge shots of risperidone.

While admitting that every other hack has written Nintendo off, he insists that the Wii U may go from laughingstock to one of the biggest turnarounds in gaming history.

His reasoning? Well Nintendo’s Cindy Gordon told him so and she is rather nice. 

Chinese LCD TV market is now world's largest

China has moved ahead of the US in LCD TV demand in 2010, with 39 million units accounting for 21 percent.

This meant that the nation’s LCD market has surpassed the 19 percent share owned by the US, with three quarters of the Chinese market now held by domestically based firms.

Displaybank recently claimed that global sales totalled 261.8 million in 2010, a 31 percent jump from the previous year.

It is thought China, which is making a habit of leapfrogging the US recently in terms of supercomputers or as a superpower, will retain its top position in the market this year with an 18 percent increase year on year to 46 million units in 2011.

These top six Chinese TV makers, Changhong, Haier, Hisense, Konka, Skyworth and TCL, also now account for 15 percent of global shipments, showing the increasing dominance in the global LCD TV segment.

In terms of TFT panel suppliers, CMI held the largest share with 32 percent, with LG Display increasing its share to 21 percent following a two percent increase.

Meanwhile Korean Samsung fared worse, with a drop of five percent year on year giving the firm 18 percent share and leaving it in third place.

There was an increase in the supply from Taiwan based panel makers for the top six Chinese LCD TV makers, up five percent to 52 percent.

This signified a shift away from the Korean market which saw a three percent drop down to 39 percent.

In terms of types of TFT LCD panels being used LCD cells without Backlight Units (BLUs) accounted for 26 percent of the market, while a marked increase in popularity of LED BLUs was noted with a rise from just one percent in 2009 to 11 percent the following year.

According to Ricky Park, senior analyst at Displaybank, in the past there has been a combination in LCD panels of BLU and LCD cells, but a recent trend has seen Chinese TV manufacturers working directly “on the module which increases sourcing type of only purchasing LCD cell”.

Of the LCD cells used in displays in 2010 Taiwanese firms accounted for 46 percent, while Korean firms were responsible for 2 percent.

Shipments of TFT LCD panels with 3D capabilities to the Chinese brands sat at only 30,000 units.

However, aggressive promotion of 3D TV in China this year is expected to drive sales to a sharp rise as the market increases over 2011.

Panel sourcing share of top six Chinese TV brands by country in 2010:



Panel supply type towards top six Chinese TV brands by country in 2010