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The official loss for the six months April to September was 70.273 billion yen (£579.3 million / $926.3 million).

Nintendo blamed "a smaller number of hit titles"; decreased hardware and software sales when compared to April-September 2010; the reduced price of - and therefore revenue from - 3DS and Wii hardware; and the crippling currency conversion from US dollar to "a much stronger yen" - apparently 79.2 per cent of Nintendo's total sales were done in the US.
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Wow almost a billion dollars. Hopefully thing will pick up for them. Because the more players there is the better for the consumers. Also big hit titles are on the way for the 3ds so time will tell
    
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If their business is that reliant on the U.S. then maybe they should get off their butts and get the U.S. localization of Xenoblade, Last Story, and Pandora's Tower finished.
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They should make something new.... And i dont mean the wii u or some new crap dual screen portable they should go back to basics.

At this current time i find nintendo pretty much non existent today... I mean nothing happens on there system and theres no games that are of any interest

And with Vita on the way i think nintendos portable market is gonna suffer as everyones a sucker for FPS games on a portable
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If their business is that reliant on the U.S. then maybe they should get off their butts and get the U.S. localization of Xenoblade, Last Story, and Pandora's Tower finished.
Which will set sales ablaze with the gargantuan hordes of JRPG fans, right?

You've got it dead wrong, what they need to do is secure some good, solid 3rd party support. They left the floor open for the 3rd parties with the 3DS launch, but tbh, the presence by the big publishers given was weak. Not Nintendo's fault, rather the big companies.

With the Wii U, they need to actively seek out 3rd party games, not just publisher support. Hopefully with Darksiders 2 etc, that is the beginning of Ninty's 3rd party romp.

1st party game wise, they're solid I reckon. Might not be new IP's, but interesting things are being done with the old IP's. Skyward sword for instance looks to mix up the formula a fair bit. I'm very interested to see what retro studios are doing, because I absolutely LOVE their games.

Obviously, the largest problem they face with Wii U is weaker technology than their competitors, but truthfully, I don't think MS will commit to high power, rather slightly higher power, tied in with a refined Kinect. They blew a wad on R+D and marketing I'm guessing, and that tech of theirs has barely had a year. Sony don't have this problem, because they just shamelessly ripped off the wiimote style of gaming. R+D there is relatively little.

Same time, I don't think Vita, or 3DS for that matter, are as relevant as they would've been say...4-5 years ago. Portable gaming is dominated by smartphones now. The 3DS now has a price point that its appealing for parents to get kids. The Vita does not. It has a different appeal, but that niche is more...niche, haha.
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They should make something new.... And i dont mean the wii u or some new crap dual screen portable they should go back to basics.

At this current time i find nintendo pretty much non existent today... I mean nothing happens on there system and theres no games that are of any interest

And with Vita on the way i think nintendos portable market is gonna suffer as everyones a sucker for FPS games on a portable
A FPS on a portable?

No thank you.
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Considering they just release rehash after rehash of Zelda, Pokemon, Mario and Metroid... what did they expect?

It least vary the story greatly.. but no, they're always extremely similar, and for a mobile market that constantly craves new stories, that isn't good at all. :\\
    
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Considering they just release rehash after rehash of Zelda, Pokemon, Mario and Metroid... what did they expect?

It least vary the story greatly.. but no, they're always extremely similar, and for a mobile market that constantly craves new stories, that isn't good at all. :\\
Mario Kart 7. 'Nuff said.
    
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IMHO I think Nintendo has focused too much on gimmicks. Things like motion sensing and 3d gaming without glasses.

In doing so they've lost focus on things that got them where they are to begin with:
  1. Quality games with story line
  2. Good graphics

Not only this, but their competitors had a chance to build their market share with Great graphics (console wise) and games with decent story lines. Then later they came in with the gimmicks that Nintendo had, but much improved i.e. Kinect.
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Hey I'm pretty pumped for skyward sword.. just saying.
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