An American mutual-fund company is now the largest shareholder in Nintendo Co, signalling a revival of the company’s fortunes. Capital Research & Management, the investment adviser to the American Funds family, has increased the stakes they owned from 15.3% in March to a now 16.4%. What do you think this could mean for Nintendo?
Nintendo of America has announced exactly which titles will be available for download. This week sees the release of Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition and Swords & Soldiers 2. You can watch some exciting footage from Swords & Soldiers 2 in the video embedded above. This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
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- Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition – Two puzzling RPG adventures await you! Rescue Princess Peach from Bowser in Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition or defeat the evil group Paradox by battling enemies with the awesome power of Orbs in Puzzle & Dragons Z. Drag and match Orbs, and chain together combos to deal massive blows to your enemies. Then bolster your forces with hundreds of unique monsters in this two-in-one game pack.
- NintendoeShop on Wii U
- Swords & Soldiers II – Sharpen your beard and groom your axe! The 2D strategy hit is back! Swords & Soldiers II is filled to the brim with gorgeous hand-animated artwork, endless replayability and heaps of good old fun. Command the Vikings, Persians and Demons as you conquer the epic campaign or face off with your friends in local multiplayer. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
- Virtual Console on Wii U
- Mega Man Zero 2 – Mega May continues with this Game Boy Advance classic! Zero must rejoin Ciel and the other Resistance fighters to stand a chance against Neo Arcadia. But when a commander decides that unsealing a dark, evil entity is the only option left, Zero will have to equip powerful abilities and weapons to turn the tides of war.
- SUPER E.D.F. Earth Defense Force – In this Super NES shoot-’em-up, guide your special mechanized fighter, the XA-1, against the mysterious alien forces known as AGYMA. Protect the earth from the enemy invasion by using various high-tech weapons. Dodge enemy attacks as you fly through six areas of super-fast, side-scrolling action and intense firepower.
Nintendo eShop Sales:
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- SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge on Wii Uand Nintendo 3DS is 50 percent off until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 28.
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- Bombing Bastards is 28 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $4.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on May 25 until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 1.
- Master Reboot is 50 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $7.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 18.
- Shiny the Firefly is 30 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $6.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 20.
- NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:
- New themes this week include:
- Swapnote: Nikki and Friends
Also new this week:
The Nintendo UK Store has been on fire lately with a number of good pre-order incentives and deals. The latest deal applies to those who order any Wii U Splatoon pack. If you order one then you are entitled to a free Inkling hat. The very same hat can be obtained from UK retailer GAME if you decide to pre-order the ultra colourful shooter from them.
Tom from Miiverse is at it again and has announced that the Kyoto based company has improved the Miiverse Activity Feed. Tom says that starting from today only the newest posts of your online friends and followers will be displayed in the feed. This means that the Activity Feed will load faster, which will come as welcome news by many. This latest update to the social network applies to all versions of Miiverse.
Hello Miiverse, Tom here!
I’m here to bring you…a Miiverse update! We’ve received many requests for improving the Activity Feed. So starting today, only the newest post of your friends and users you are following will be displayed in the feed, which means the Activity Feed will load faster!
This update applies to Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and web versions of Miiverse. That’s all for today, thanks!
Cheers, Josh S for the tip.
Nintendo of America has hired a new Vice President to lead the United States sales organization with a name that’s well-known in the Mushroom Kingdom. Effective today, Doug Bowser (no relation to the King Koopa and Mario’s longtime nemesis) will oversee a variety of sales-related functions, including Sales, In-store Merchandising, Retail Strategy and Retail Marketing. He will play a key role in driving national sales strategies to generate demand and achieve revenue objectives across all of Nintendo’s product lines. Bowser also will manage Nintendo’s key retail customer relationships and will oversee retail marketing for the Nintendo World store in New York.
Bowser will report to Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing.
“Doug Bowser is an outstanding addition to our Nintendo team, as he brings a deep blend of both consumer package goods and video game sales experience,” said Moffitt. “I know he will work tirelessly with our internal and external partners to ensure the broad Nintendo product lineup of hardware, software and accessories are strongly represented throughout U.S. retail points of distribution.”
Bowser comes to Nintendo from Electronic Arts, where he has worked since 2007, most recently as Vice President of Global Business Planning, a role that made him responsible for EA’s console, PC and mobile game forecasting. Prior to EA, he worked at Procter & Gamble in various sales leadership roles in Asia, Latin America and the U.S.
He attended the University of Utah, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communications.
The Nintendo UK official store has sent out an email informing people that if they purchase three select amiibo figures then they are entitled to a free amiibo carrying case. The case looks rather stylish and if you don’t particularly want the amiibo on offer then you can buy the carrying case separately for £12.99.
On May 18, 2015, Nintendo defeated a patent case in Seattle federal court. In May 2013, non-practicing entities Ithaca Ventures and Ithaca Development sued Nintendo, alleging that Nintendo’s Wii Balance Board accessory infringed its patent. Nintendo responded by seeking sanctions for filing a meritless case. Ithaca then withdrew its case in Seattle following a finding by a German court that Ithaca’s European patent could not cover the Wii Balance Board, and that Ithaca must pay Nintendo’s attorneys’ fees. Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Richard Medway of Nintendo of America 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.