Nintendo recently saw one of its affilliate’s servers in the US hacked by the same crew responsible for the massive breach over at Sony.
The company were quick to make clear that no personal data was lost in the breach, carried out by hacking team Lulz Security.
“There were no third-party victims,” company spokesman Ken Toyoda said.
Attacks like this seem to be on the rise, with hackers attacking corporations for one or another greivance. Earlier this year Sony’s PlayStation network was breached and the personal and financial details of over 70 million users was compromised. Luckily for Nintendo they had no personal data stored on the server that was attacked. But they said there was definite malicious intent on the part of the hackers.
The protection of our customer information is our utmost priority …therefore, we constantly monitor our security,” said Tomokazu Nakaura of Nintendo Japan.
Nintendo America has made the announcement that their popular handheld console is dropping in price.
From June 5th onward you can pick up a DS Lite for just $99. The company also announced the repackaging in red of their Mario games lineup in order that they stand out more on shelves; games include New Super Mario Bros., Mario Kart DS, Super Mario 64 DS, Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! and Mario PartyDS.
Currently the DS Lite is listed for $129 on Amazon, but come next week you’ll be able to snag one for $99.
From the press release:
The portable Nintendo DS™ Lite system is getting a new suggested retail price. Effective June 5, the system will be available at a suggested retail price of just $99.99 in the United States. The Nintendo DS family has become the best-selling video game system in history. More than 48.9 million systems in the Nintendo DS family have sold in the United States alone. Also in June, six Mario™ games for Nintendo DS will receive new red packaging, making it easier than ever for consumers to identify these hit titles in stores.
Nintendo confirmed that it will be launching its second Wii console in 2012.
Although no technical specs of the next Wii have been released, the public will get a glimpse at Wii the second at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles in June; where the company will make known more about the console’s hardware.
According to Nintendo’s chief executive, Satoru Iwata the Wii 2 will “offer a new way of playing games within the home.”
Not much else is known about the Wii 2 at this stage. One thing is all but certain, the next Nintendo console will be high-def.
New figures just released show that the 3Ds has sold an impressive 113,000 units in its first weekend on sale in the United Kingdom. This is more than the Wii at its launch back in 2006.
Not content with doing things in halves, the 3DS also claims the title of fastest selling Nintendo handheld in Europe, outing such luminaries as the Game Boy and the original DS.
Nintendo of Europe’s Managing Director of Marketing & PR, Laurent Fischer said the appeal of the 3DS has struck a chord with gamers old and new:
Nintendo 3DS allows people to experience, for the first time, 3D technology on the move and at home, with fun and surprises for all to enjoy,” said Fischer. “With the built-in pick-up-and-play Face Raiders game and StreetPass feature adding new dimensions to the already diverse line-up of launch titles, Nintendo 3DS has struck a chord with gamers old and new.
Before it was even released the plucky little handheld also broke pre-order records on Amazon.co.uk, previously held by the PS3.
According to statistics from The NPD Group Nintendo has shipped a staggering 35 million Wii consoles in the US alone. This makes it the fastest console to reach that sales figure. In February alone over 450,000 Wii units were shipped, placing it not far behind the Xbox 360 which clocked in at 535,000 sold.
In a bizarre promotional offer, Nintendo UK teamed up with some retail outlets to give away copies of the much-lauded Donkey Kong Country Returns, in exchange for bananas. Yes that’s right, all you had to do was be in with the first 20 people and dangle a bunch of bananas at the cashier and bam!
For the rest of us less lucky souls the game is a little bit more than bananas. Amazon currently has Donkey Kong Country Returns advertised for $43.54, down from $49.99.
Just in case you didn’t believe us on Wednesday when we said you could get Donkey Kong for little more than a bunch of bananas, we’ve got the pics to prove it.
Various happy chappies managed to make the front of the queue as the doors of Game and GameSation opened this morning in London, Hull and Dudley.
25 years ago yesterday, Nintendo launched their Nintendo Entertainment System in the U.S. changing the world of home entertainment forever. What better way to celebrate the NES’s 25th birthday, than a Mario speed-round video. Man can this guy jump..
Most everyone who is literate in gaming history knows how important Mario Brothers is, and the impact it had (and continues to have) on the gaming culture. It’s right up there with the wheel, but despite world-wide praise and acceptance, creator Shigeru Miyamoto gets a little red-faced when he sees his 25 year-old creation running today.
“When I see this [Super Mario Bros.] so clearly, it’s a little embarrassing. Back then, with tube televisions, it was a little blurrier and the images weren’t quite so sharp. The places where we tried to fudge it a bit really stand out!
Whenever we work on the re-release of an old game and I feel like something isn’t right, I’ll ask someone, “It wasn’t like this, was it?” but most of the time they tell me, “Yeah, it was like that.”
I personally wouldn’t change a thing. The flaws are part of what made it what it is. Let’s not get all George Lucas about the whole thing.
December 3rd is the day the UK can get their hands on Super Mario All-Stars for the wii. We already knew for some time that Japan was getting it on October 21st but now Nintendo has nailed down a release date for the Brits.
Super Mario All-Stars is essentially a re-packaging of the classic Mario bundle from the SNES console. The shiny red box also includes a soundtrack with music from all the games, plus a special booklet with unseen artwork and development materials. It’s a retro junkies heroin fix if ever there was one. This long-time Mario devotee is drooling over the keyboard just looking at the box art.
There’s no doubt about it, this will be a much sought after stocking filler this Christmas.
In other Nintendo news, a new Mario-themed wii has also been announced. Continuing with the Mario Anniversary celebrations like a late-night stag party that just won’t quit, Nintendo will be unleashing a shiny new red wii with matching wii-mote.
The console will come bundled with the classic Mario Brothers NES game, but with a few twists. For one, the coin blocks have the number 25 in them. Japan will see the anniversary edition wii hit the shelves on November 11th, with a rest-of-the-world date to be announced.
To keep up the Mario celebrations, Nintendo has launched a new video reeling in the years with Mario game-play from 1985 to today with Mario Galaxy 2. The site hosts a short movie with scenes from all of the Mario Brothers titles starting from 1985′s Mario Brothers. We then get a recap of the strange but wonderful Mario 2. We all know the logical next step, Raccoon’s Tails anyone? I still think Mario World is greatest game of all time. It’s the benchmark of pure joy and endless fun wrapped in a sesame-seed bun of happiness.
Don’t forget Nintendo is re-releasing all of the Mario All-Stars games in Japan for the wii on October 21st and hopefully the rest of the world soon after. The box set features Mario Brothers, Mario 2, Mario 3, Mario World and a host of extras including a soundtrack CD and a book with previously unreleased artwork and pictures.
Keeping with the Mario celebrations, I feel the need to plug my good friend Adrian Holovaty. Feel the Mario greatness through the magical fingers of this troubadour.
With all the hoopla around Mario the past few weeks, I hope Luigi isn’t feeling like a large shadow is being cast over his slightly longer Italian face. Luigi has always been somewhat of a black sheep, never truly living up to his smaller brother Mario. I’ve seen people hit the bottle for more trivial things.
According to the latest data from Nintendo, a milestone has been reached in American Wii sales. Our Yankee counterparts have parted with cash to the tune of 30 million Wii units. A standard Wii from Amazon costs $200 US Dollars. A five-year old could do the maths on that one. Someone fetch a five-year old!
Also released by Nintendo in celebration of the impressive figures, was the top-ten best selling Nintendo-published/third party games. Not surprising, Mario Kart and New Super Mario have made the list along with Super Mario Galaxy and Mario Party 8.