Nintendo Suffers 60 Percent Drop In Profits In Most Recent Fiscal Year

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Nintendo Suffers 60 Percent Drop In Profits In Most Recent Fiscal Year

Nintendo has reported its year-end financials, and while the company has closed in the black, the results show staggering decline. While sales only show a slight dip, net profits dropped by 60.6 percent to ¥16.5 billion ($148.5 million).

Nintendo’s operating income is a bright spot among the financial report with a jump of 32.7 percent to ¥32.9 billion ($296 million). With the NX now known to be coming in 2017 and the new Zelda delayed again, Nintendo is hinging the first nine months of its new fiscal year on 3DS.

The company has a heavy hitter in Pokémon Sun and Moon, but the rest of the first-party lineup isn’t nearly as powerful. Highlights from first-party on the 3DS include Bravely Second End Layer and Kirby: Planet Robobot, which are part of the new fiscal year. 

Nintendo NX Is Coming March 2017

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The Nintendo NX, which is still a codename, will be releasing in the end first quarter of next year.

The next generation of #Nintendo is coming March 2017! #NX pic.twitter.com/u4KFIRJedw

The March 2017 release window comes from a late-night tweet from Nintendo, seen above, which says the next generation of Nintendo arrives March 2017 with the hashtag, #NX. Additional details, like the design and its true name, are still a mystery.

Nintendo Delays Zelda To 2017 For A Simultaneous Wii U and Nintendo NX Launch

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A late night tweet from Nintendo confirms the next console Zelda will release on both Wii U and Nintendo NX simultaneously next year and offered some new art for the game.

The new Legend of #Zelda will be the focus of #E3 2016. It will launch simultaneously on both Wii U and NX in 2017 pic.twitter.com/icfBlybnkm

The tweet above also states that the new Zelda will be the focus of Nintendo's E3 2016 presence, and followed a prior tweet that gave the Nintendo NX a March 2017 launch window.

Mighty No. 9's Xbox One Store Page Lists A December Release

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Mighty No. 9's Xbox One Store Page Lists A December Release

Mighty No. 9 was delayed back in January to an ambiguous later date. It looks like that date might be eight months away.

Mighty No. 9's first release date, as part of its Kickstarter efforts, was April, 2015. That window came and went, and the game sat on a February 2016 release window for some time, until it was revealed the game needed to be heavily reworked to compensate for a lack of Unreal Engine 3 code support. Developer Comcept revealed issues related to the game's networking and porting also fed into the game's necessary delay.

The game's new date is currently unconfirmed, and may only apply to the Xbox One version of the game, but its listing on Xbox Live notes a December 2, 2016 release date. For more on Mighty No. 9's history of delays, head here.

Darkest Dungeon Gets Town Events And PS4 Delay

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Darkest Dungeon Gets Town Events And PS4 Delay

Darkest Dungeon just released on Linux, and it is also about to get an important update. Unfortunately, the game is also getting a console delay.

Darkest Dungeon is one of the more challenging yet rewarding strategy games of the year, so it’s good to see the developer Red Hook Studios continues to support the title after release. In a recent blog post, the studio dished out some important new details on Town Events. These events will trigger randomly throughout the campaign when players return to their hamlet. Some of these events will be related to quests. For example, after successfully completing the Ruins Gather Holy Relics Quest, players might trigger the All Saints Day celebration, which will send the Abbey into a zealous celebration that makes all treatments free for a week. Town Events will be included in an upcoming patch that should release mid-to-late May.

Unfortunately, not all of the Darkest Dungeon news is good, and console players will have to wait a bit longer to find out why Red Hook Studios' macabre adventure is so rewarding. The planned PS4 and Vita releases of the game were originally planned for right around this time of year, but both ports have been pushed back to sometime in late July or August.

Court Overturns Nintendo’s $30.2 Million Copyright Infringement Penalty

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Court Overturns Nintendo’s $30.2 Million Copyright Infringement Penalty

In 2013, Nintendo was found to have infringed on a patent owned by Tomita Technologies. The source of the conflict was the 3D display on the 3DS handhelds leading to a suit first filed in 2011.

Today, Nintendo has announced that a court has overturned a ruling that would have cost the company $30.2 million in damages. Federal Judge Jed Rakoff reversed the decision, finding that the 3DS performs differently and is more fully featured than what is present in Tomita’s patent.

Nintendo has a history of beating legal challenges, particular in the area of patent assertion. This case was notable for the company’s loss leading to assignment of a hefty penalty.

Play Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Free For 10 Hours

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Play Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Free For 10 Hours

If you haven’t had a chance to play Plants vs. Zombies 2: Garden Warfare, you can do so now for free. EA is offering up an extended full-game trial so you can see if it grows on you.

Now through May 10, you can play for 10 hours on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. If you decide to purchase after that, you’ll keep your progress and unlocks.

In our review, we mentioned that the sequel fixes up some of the issues found in the first game. If you happened to avoid Garden Warfare 2 because you didn’t enjoy the first installment, you can find out if the seeds of change planted in the follow-up are enough to bear the fruit of interest.

Nintendo Gets Another Humble Bundle Full Of Great Indie Games

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Last year, Nintendo got its first Humble Bundle, which featured games like Guacamelee, OlliOlli, and Steamworld Dig. A second Nintendo Humble Bundle just opened up and the lineup is just as strong.

Like last year, there are There are three tiers in this bundle. Those who contribute even a dollar will receive the following games:

Those who pay more than the average (currently $9.01), will unlock the following additional titles:

Hearthstone Picks Up Another 10 Million Registered Accounts Since November 2015

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Hearthstone Picks Up Another 10 Million Registered Accounts Since November 2015

Today marks the launch of Blizzard’s latest Hearthstone expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods. And if you are an avid fan, you’re probably noticing some server issues (which might be why you’re here right now).

Unfortunately, we can’t help you get into the game so you can crack your packs open. We do have some interesting news about the game’s success.

No, Blizzard isn’t being specific about how much money the free-to-play collectible card game is raking in. But we do know that 50 million people have now at least registered to play the game. That’s up from 40 million in early November 2015. The company reported record monthly active users for Hearthstone in the last reported quarter.