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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.



ARM says mobile will end consoles

 ConsolesARM ecosystem director Nizar Romdan told theCasual Connect conference in Amsterdam that the chips that his company creates with Nvidia, Samsung, and Texas Instruments will generate visuals on par with and then surpass what you get from the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles by the end of 2017.

He said that we are about a year away from having smartphone and tablets that are capable of running the same games that we previously bought dedicated gaming hardware for.

This could bring more hardcore players into the $30 billion mobile gaming market, but it could also power the software for mobile virtual reality.

Romdan said mobile hardware was already powerful. ”If you take today’s high-end smartphone or tablet, the performance is already better than Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It’s catching up quickly with Xbox One and PlayStation 4.”

He had a PowerPoint which showed the relative power of consoles like Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in terms of their capability to calculate floating point operations per second (or FLOPS). PS4 can compute around 1.84 TFLOPS (tera FLOPS), and the chart shows smartphone chips approaching 2 TFLOPS by the last quarter of 2017.

To make matters more interesting, virtual reality eliminates that form factor difference. Wearing a headset on your face is the same if you’re tethered to a PC or using a Galaxy S6.

“Our view is that mobile VR is the use case that could unlock the potential of mobile for hardcore gamers,” he said. “For once, mobile devices are on par with PC and consoles in terms of experience [when it comes to the form factor of VR]. We won’t have the same processing. And battery life is a problem. But it is the same user experience. That could be a game changer for mobile gaming.”




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. 

Nintendo kills a patent troll

It what appears to be the plot for a very bad Wii game, the game console maker Nintendo has killed a troll and stolen its cache of patents.

Nintendo announced it has obtained the patent portfolio of IA Labs, the “patent troll,” which sued Nintendo back in April 2010 for allegedly infringing upon two of its patents.

IA Labs claimed it had suffered “irreparable harm” due to Nintendo’s infringement, which involved the Wii and a variety of its peripherals, including the Wii Remote and Balance Board.

But things did not go well for IA Labs and a trial court sided with Nintendo in a February 2012 ruling and ordered IA Labs to pay some of Nintendo’s legal fees. IA Labs appealed the decision but an appeals court agreed with the first decision last June.

IA Labs was again told to pay more of Nintendo’s legal fees.

However, after all this court action, IA Labs was skint and a sheriff’s sale was held to pay off the money owed. Nintendo managed to obtain IA Labs’ assets, including its “entire patent portfolio.”

Many were wondering what IA Labs were doing trying to shake down Nintendo. It has a history of being particularly nasty to patent trolls.

Nintendo of America’s Richard Medway said that if Nintendo thinks it owes money it will pay up, it will not pay to make a troll go away.

It also includes holding those who sue Nintendo responsible for the costs and expenses incurred in patent litigation, he said.

To be fair, Nintendo has not had luck in all of its legal matters. In December, a court ordered Nintendo to pay a percentage of 3DS sales to the owner of a patent Nintendo was found to have violated with the system’s 3D cameras. But if it feels down it can always dance a little jig on the grave of IA Labs. 

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. 

Robots take the Nintendo

Researchers at the University of the West of England and Bristol University have designed robots which literally take the piss.

The big idea was to build a system that will enable robots to function without batteries or being plugged into an electrical outlet.

According to Computerworld the robots pump urine into the robot’s “engine room,” converting the waste into electricity and enabling the robot to function completely on its own.

Each robot can hold 24.5 ml of urine, could be used to power future generations of robots, or what they’re calling EcoBots. We call them “American Beer” because they are tins of Nintendo.

The robots will recharge themselves by visiting the local loos or popping into the local pub bogs. Peter Walters, a researcher with the University of the West of England. “In rural environments, liquid waste effluent could be collected from farms”.

The researchers have been building the robots for the last decade and used microorganisms to digest the waste material and generate electricity from it, the university said.

Along with using human and animal urine, the robotic system also can create power by using rotten fruit and vegetables, dead flies, wastewater and sludge.

This is nothing new really. TechEye’s editorial staff have been powered on Talisker for the last 15 years and are constantly taking the Nintendo.. 

Nintendo has its last Wii ever

The Japanese game console maker, known as Nintendo,  has decided to have its last Wii and is discontinuing its highly successful bit of game gear.

The Wii was expected to be a flash in the pan, when it launched in 2006 with a spec which was noticeably worse than its rivals the Xbox and the Playstation.

However, thanks to a cheap price tag, and a motion controller, the game managed to attract significant attention. Nintendo has sold 100 million Wiis worldwide since launching in 2006.

Now Nintendo Japan has revealed its intentions to cease production of the Wii.

A message on the Nintendo Wii product page  has since been changed from “manufacturing is scheduled to end soon”, to “manufacturing has ended”.

Lately, things have not been going well for Nintendo. The Xbox 360 is believed to have overtaken the Wii in the UK and North America and its successor, the Wii U, has failed to make a similar impact in shops.

Ironically the Wii U received a boost through the release of Wind Waker HD which helped boost sales by 685 percent. Not the first time that a Wii was wind assisted. 

Analyst warns Wii U going down the pan

An analyst has warned that Nintendo is in deep trouble with its Wii U and that it could not sell if it weren’t for the possibility of franchises such as Battlefield, Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto.

Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter told ABC News that Nintendo “is in a world of trouble” mostly because it took too long to adopt HD.

He said Nintendo waited two years too long to launch a competitive, high definition console and by the time it did, Sony and Microsoft passed them by.

Pachter said that all it would take is for Activision, Ubisoft, and Take-Two to pull support, which would turn the Wii U into a Nintendo-only gaming device.

Nintendo is at the bottom of a huge mountain which they will struggle to climb, especially given the affordable price of the PS4, Pachter said.

At the moment Pachter believes the only people who would buy a Wii U are hardcore gamers who will also buy a PS4 or an Xbox One.

This makes Nintendo a distant third in this console race, according to Pachter.  Nintendo had missed several hardware opportunities and alienated publishers with its approach, Pachter said. 

While Pachter argues Nintendo has alientated its publishers, at least it didn’t alienate its potential customers – as Microsoft did with the Xbone. We’re not convinced Pachter is correct. There are plenty of gamers who will be seduced by updates to classic Nintendo titles, like the long anticipated new Super Smash Bros.

Nintendo allowed a Wii in the US

Nintendo has won a US appeals court decision in a patent case that will allow it to keep importing its Wii system into the United States.

According to Game Industry,  the US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. confirmed a January 2012 ruling by the US International Trade Commission will make it a lot harder for US companies to halt imports of products that allegedly infringe patents on grounds they want to establish a “domestic industry” for similar products.

Motiva was founded in 2003 by two men who sought to integrate fitness and video games through motion detection. But they could not commercialising any product.

In November 2006, Nintendo began selling the Wii, which features a motion-sensor controller that allows users to replicate movements like swinging a tennis racquet on screen.

Motiva’s lawyer Christopher Banys claimed that the release of the Wii crushed a startup in America and the ITC ought to be available to companies that are inventive institutions.

Motiva sued Nintendo in 2008 claiming that the Wii infringed two patents, 7,292,151 and 7,492,268, for a system to track a user’s position and body movement. But the ITC decided that Motiva’s litigation against Nintendo was to win damages or a settlement and not to license or make products incorporating Motiva’s patents. A three-judge Federal Circuit panel agreed.

It said that Motiva’s litigation did not amount to the “significant” or “substantial” investment toward commercialising patented technology that was required under a patent protection law, known as the Tariff Act that sets limits on imports.

Circuit Judge Sharon Prost wrote that Motiva’s litigation was targeted at financial gains, not at encouraging adoption of Motiva’s patented technology. She said that there was no likelihood that, after successful litigation against Nintendo, Motiva’s patented technology would have been licensed by partners who would have incorporated it.

Christopher Banys, a lawyer for Motiva, called Monday’s decision “unfortunate” but said the case will continue and Motiva will be vindicated when its case is tried in district court. 

Nintendo to cut staff summer bonuses

Nintendo has decided to slash its staff’s summer bonuses by 20 percent.

The Japanese company, which announced flagging figures for the first time ever earlier this year, is reported by the Nikkei to be taking the action following a declining demand for its Wii console software and hardware.

Earlier this year the company announced a loss of £284 million (647.6 billion yen) for the financial year ending 31 March 2012, totalling to a 36.2 percent fall on sales from the previous year.

It said at the time that this was mainly due to a decrease in unit sales of the Wii and Nintendo DS software, which sold at 70.0 million units and 37.0 million units respectively.

Other factors including price reductions of hardware and inventory markdowns were also cited as impacting on the profits.

At the time it stated that it would strive to do better, claiming: “For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, we aim to make the “Nintendo 3DS” spread more widely and to make the “Wii U” spread from the beginning of its launch.

 “We will continue to strive to expand our business by providing games and services which make use of the features of those hardware systems.”

It seems that cutting bonuses will also be a key factor in the company’s strategy for bringing it into the money again, with head-honchos at the company also set to have their bonuses slashed.

One employee, who wished to remain anonymous, told TechEye that there had been no officially advise that bonuses were to be cut. However, the source pointed out that rumours of this had been “floating round the office since before the results were announced”.

“We’re all aware of the rumours but we haven’t had any official confirmation,” the source told TechEye.

“If there are truth to them then they’ve left it pretty late to tell us. Part of me thinks that if this is the case, they’ve done it on purpose so we work our a***s off in anticipation only to be disappointed.

“It’s a c**t’s trick and typical of a big company,” the source said. “Protect yourself first and don’t give a toss about  the ones that really make your business go round.”