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Is Content Really King?

The basic concept of content as king is that entertainment sales are driven mainly by hit content. It is often assumed a hardware device needs “a killer app” to entice consumers. However, the age of ubiquitous digital content may require some rethinking of that basic theory.
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Nintendo Switch Set For March ’17

Using a three-minute video posted on YouTube, Nintendo Co. Lid. unveiled its next console, the Switch. The intention is something of a design reversal of the Wii U in that the Switch is based upon a large portable tablet that plugs into a hub for living room play, rather than a separate tablet that complements a home console.
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Pokémon GO Takes Off

JULY 11, 2016 • Since its release on July 6, Pokémon GO has become a mobile sensation, with some reports saying the smartphone game is near Twitter in the number of daily active users it draws on Android devices. Niantic, Inc., the software company that co-developed Pokémon GO with The Pokémon Company, reported so many […]

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Kids Could Be Nintendo’s 2017 Ace

JUNE 28, 2016 • DFC Intelligence believes the under-12 market may be the lost console generation and this demographic represents a significant opportunity for game console and software companies. Nintendo Co. Ltd. has tremendous opportunity to capitalize due to Sony Interactive Entertainment’s success with and focus on the PlayStation 4, Microsoft Corp.’s multiple missteps with Xbox […]

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Microsoft Pulls A Wii U With XBX1

JUNE 20, 2016 • The biggest E3 surprise of 2016 was clearly Microsoft Corp. announcing a new console system for release in holiday 2017. It was no surprise that Microsoft was working on something like what is now officially known as Project Scorpio. Rumors about such new hardware are always floating in the air and are […]

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NX Set For March 2017

APRIL 27, 2016 • Nintendo Co. Ltd. released its consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ending March 31, and in the small print was a statement that the gamemaker’s NX console would be released in March 2017. At the accompanying earnings press conference held in Osaka, Japan, chief executive Tatsumi Kimishima confirmed the March […]

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Game Industry Market Leaders

The game industry is obsessed with lists of what is the biggest and the best. In most cases the focus is on the games themselves and the companies that develop and publish those games. Of course, this is because these are the rock stars of the industry who are most familiar to the general consumer. […]

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Nintendo’s Major Mobile Initiative

FEB. 3, 2016 • Last December, Nintendo Co. Ltd. launched a new online account service in Japan intended to link experience from all of the gamemaker’s content. Rather simply dubbed, Nintendo Account, the service encourages access from mobile devices and PCs, as well as Nintendo’s own console systems. Login utilizing Facebook, Google and Twitter accounts […]

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Mercedes Employs Mario Again

DEC. 16, 2015 • While plenty of household brands worldwide are cross-promoting with Star Wars this month, automaker Mercedes-Benz continues to partner with Nintendo Co. Ltd. to help sell its GLA SUV in Japan. Last year, the carmaker decided it needed a little different approach to help support an automotive category it has only recently […]

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4M PS4s Moved In 3rd Qtr

OCT. 29, 2015 • For the fiscal quarter ending September 30, Sony Computer Ent. shipped 4 million PlayStations 4s, up from 3 million units the previous quarter. For the entire 2015 fiscal year ending March 31, SCE revised the expected total of PS4s shipped to 17.5 million units, up from the previous estimate of 16.5 […]

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