By Lisa Johnston
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Tokyo – Hiroshi Yamauchi, 85, the former Nintendo president that helped to change a playing card company into a video game empire, died Thursday from complications with pneumonia, the company said.
Yamauchi, who at the time of his death still served as an executive adviser to the company, was the third-generation head of the family-run business, founded in Kyoto in 1889. He had served as its president from 1949 until 2002.
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Redmond, Wash. — Looking to amp up interest in its underperforming video game console, Nintendo revealed Thursday that it has cut the price by $50 for the Deluxe version of its Wii U video game console, to $300, and also added a new entry level handheld game player.
The Wii U console price drop is scheduled to take effect September 20, and will be applied to a bundle including a black Wii U console with 32GBs of internal storage, a tablet-style Gamepad controller and a copy of the game Nintendo Land.
Minneapolis — Best Buy will provide limited in-store demos of unreleased Nintendo titles concurrent with their trade debut at next month’s E3 show.
Nintendo said the Wii U games will include “a select list” of E3 introductions, and will be available for play at 89 Best Buy stores in the U.S. and 21 in Canada.
Demos will be held Wednesday, June 12, and Saturday, June 15, from 4-8 p.m. only. E3 opens in Los Angeles on June 11.
Redmond, Wash. – Nintendo said Wednesday that a special 3DS XL bundle with Mario Kart 7 pre-installed will go on sale at leading retailers Dec. 2.
In the kit, Nintendo is offering a Blue/Black Nintendo 3DS XL with Mario Kart 7 at a $199.99 street price.
If purchased separately, the system and the game would carry suggested retail prices of $199.99 and $39.99, respectively.
Hackensack, NJ – Vidyo, a cloud-based video chat technology enabler, said Monday that its software platform will power the Wii U Chat video communication service that is included with new Wii U video game consoles.
Vidyo’s open platform lets game developers embed video chat into their games.
This announcement represents both a major step towards mass consumer adoption of video as a mainstream communication modality and further validation of Vidyo’s powerful software platform as the fabric of visual communication.