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Microsoft “Completely Discounted Nintendo” When Planning and Releasing the Xbox 360

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Current EA CFO Peter Moore and Xbox boss Phil Spencer, were recently on a podcast with IGN. In the show, Moore said Microsoft “completely discounted Nintendo” when releasing the Xbox 360, due to how poorly the GameCube sold.

“I also then remember the E3 when, God bless, Kaz Hirai and Jack Tretton announced $599, and we were all back stage like ‘Woohoo!’ We knew then we had an opportunity to get ahead, drive ahead, get our games out quickly and get that lead. And I always said that the first to 10 million wins.” – Moore

“It was one of the greatest times of my career. You had to build a team, because we were growing then. We had prematurely put the Xbox to sleep, we needed to get ready for this and we knew what we needed to do. We had a three-day meeting at the Sheraton in Bellevue where we wargamed the scenario, and I actually played Ken Kutaragi. And we brought in a consultancy, it was a lot of fun. And the one thing we’d forgotten about, I don’t know if you remember this Phil [Spencer], we completely discounted Nintendo. Because they came off the GameCube and it was a disaster.” – Moore

“…and they destroyed both of us!” – Spencer

“Yes, with the Wii. But we wargamed for three days, what are you going to do, what do the launch titles look like, what are the marketing budgets, what is the positioning? And it was a fascinating experience which I’ll never forget. And this is a decade ago. And I actually played Ken, and my job was to destroy the launch of the Xbox 360.” – Moore

Via: Nintendo Everything, Souce: IGN

Project H.A.M.M.E.R. – What went Wrong with the Wii Title

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Unseen64’s Liam Roberston has uploaded a new video into what went wrong with Project HAMMER for the Wii. This video explains what happened within Nintendo Software technology as a whole, including some apparent racism.

Here is a summary of the video provided by Nintendo Everything
– After 1080, NST went on to start a new project (a small team that outsourced concept art, CGI opening, etc)
– The internal name for the project was MachineX
– In 2005 it had reached 75% completion and was nearing completion
– Japanese staff were overseeing the development at the studio which posed cultural challenges
– There were continued arguments and debate between the Japanese management and the NST developers
– At late 2007, it was 4 years in development
– Towards the end, changes were demanded to the environments and then the entire visuals
– This complete change despite mechanics eventually culminated in a more ‘lighter, casual’ visual style that was codenamed Wii Crush
– 2008 onwards, staff left
– Nintendo of America had to carry out a review of staff conditions which recorded a low morale
– Midway into 2009, a small number of staff still continued to work onto it until it ended
– NCL finally withdrew funding
– ‘Nintendo have made some great games, but with NST it came with a price’: Former NST developer

Nintendo Slaps down Patent Troll case Involving Ithaca Ventures with Wii Balance Board

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Another day, another patent troll slapped down by Nintendo’s legal team. Nintendo has just announced they defeated patent troll company “Ithaca Ventures and Ithaca Development” in a lawsuit pertaining to the Wii Balance Board. Ithaca Ventures said Nintendo infringed on their patent, but they could not prove in court Nintendo did so. With this defeat, Ithaca Ventures must pay Nintendo’s attorney fees.  Here is what NOA’s Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Richard Medway said:

“Nintendo will vigorously defend its innovations against patent lawsuits, and will not pay to resolve meritless accusations, no matter whether the case is filed in the United States or elsewhere.”

Source: Nintendo

Lifetime Sales Numbers for Wii U/3DS Hardware & Software

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Nintendo has updated the lifetime hardware and software totals for the Wii U, 3DS, Wii, and Nintendo DS. Check out the chart below.

Punch-Out!!: Emotionally Drained – PART 17 – Game Grumps

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The GameGrumps are back with their playthrough of Punch-Out!!’s title defense mode!

Punch-Out!! GameGrumps Title Defense Mode (Part 16)

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The GameGrumps do their best to take out King Hippo in Punch-Out!!’s title defense mode.

Punch-Out!! (Wii) – Title Defense Mode with the GameGrumps

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The GameGrumps do battle with Disco Kid and King Hippo in Punch-Out!!’s title defense mode!

Xenoblade Chronicles – N3DS vs. Wii

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Check out this comparison of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D vs. Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii.

Source: NWR TV

Nintendo Abandons the ‘Virtual Console’ Trademark

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The Games Cabin is reporting that Nintendo has abandoned the Virtual Console trademark. The Virtual Console is the collection of classic games dating back 30 years on Nintendo’s recent consoles and the 3DS. Users don’t have to worry about their Virtual Console games or the service disappearing, but it will be interesting to see where Nintendo goes from here. I wonder if a new name is coming, or will it just be considered part of the eShop for now on?

Top 10 Wii Games – ScrewAttack

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ScrewAttack lists off their top 10 Wii Games of all-time.

Source: ScrewAttack

Super Mario Galaxy (1080p 60FPS) – Part 1: Good Egg Galaxy

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Cobanermani456 is back with some awesome, high quality gameplay of Super Mario Galaxy. Check out one of Mario’s finest adventures past the link.

S@X – Smash God (Sheik, Fox) Vs. Junebug (Ganondorf, Diddy) SSBPM Grand Finals – Project M S2

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Check out some high level competition in Project M, a Super Smash Bros. Brawl mod that makes the game more like Super Smash Bros. Melee.

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword – 1080p 60fps Let’s Play Coming this week! Sub to PE Nintendo!

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Hey PE Faithful! I gave you guys the option for what game I play first on PE Plays Season 2, and The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword beat out Bayonetta 2 slightly 55% to 45%. Make sure to subscribe to PE Nintendo to get the first episode of the let’s play this week. The episodes will be in full 1080p 60fps quality, and new episodes will be recorded if the previous episode receives a minimum of 400 views and 25 Likes. Thanks again PE community, you guys are the reason why I’m doing all of this! Check out my review of Skyward Sword below if you missed it!

No More Heroes was a Smash hit for Suda 51, Would like to make No More Heroes 3

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Edge magazine sat down with Goichi Suda (Suda 51) to discuss No More Heroes, the Wii, and if we’ll ever see Travis Touchdown again.

Toys R Us: Buy 1 get 1 %40 off (Wii U, Wii, 3DS, DS) – Perfect time to Pick up Bayonetta 2

bayonetta-2-logo Toys R Us is holding a buy 1 get 1 40% off on all Wii U, 3DS, Wii and DS games this Friday/Saturday (in-store only). Now is the perfect time to pick up Bayonetta 2 with your copy of Smash Bros. for Wii U, as you’ll be getting three games for an outstanding price (Smash, Bayonetta 2 and 1). Check it out here.

Sony Feels the PS Vita Offers a Better Gaming Experience than the 3DS

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Sony’s Fergal Gara and Shawn Layden have fired a few shots in Nintendo’s direction regarding their products. Gara says the “Wii is a shadow of its former self.” while Layden claimed that the PS Vita offers a better gaming experience than the 3DS and mobile platforms.

Eggbusters – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

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Nintendo Everything has opened up a brand new season of Eggbusters, and they’re starting out with The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword.

Factor 5’s Cancelled Wii game Star Wars Rogue Squadron gets some Amazing Footage, 1:1 Lightsaber Battles

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IGN has uploaded a few videos showing off Factor 5’s cancelled Wii game Star Wars Rogue Squadron: Rogue Leaders. This game was running at 60fps on Wii, with full 1:1 Wii motion Plus lightsaber duels.

How Mario Kart 8’s Wario’s Gold Mine Retro Track Might work

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Andre from GameXplain goes over how Wario’s Gold Mine track from the Wii, might work updated for Wii U in Mario Kart 8.

Blast from the past: Reggie and Triforce Johnson Interview at Wii Launch (2006)

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Triforce Johnson and Reggie Fils-Aime, take a variety of question in this 2006 interview from the Wii launch event in NYC.

Game Theory: Rosalina UNMASKED pt. 1 (Super Mario Galaxy)

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Matt from Game Theory ponders exactly who is Rosalina from the popular Mario Galaxy series.

The Most Blatant Smash Bros. Rip-off Ever – TMNT Smash-Up Review (1080p)

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS is dropping this year. The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is in theaters…. is there a game that fuses the two legendary IPs? Of course there is! It’s called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up for the Wii! Subscribe to PE Nintendo for more awesome videos!