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Nintendo can’t take the gay out of gaming without a fight

Nintendo is facing a storm of criticism over its decision not to allow gamers to play as gay characters and form same-sex relationships in the life-simulation game Tomodachi Life. There has been disquiet and outrage from a number of quarters despite Nintendo’s statement that Tomodachi life is meant to be…

Nintendo to introduce cheaper console for less experienced gamers in emerging markets

Nintendo Co Ltd plans to introduce a new kind of games console and software for emerging markets as early as next year, to capitalize on higher entertainment budgets amidst a growing middle class, its chief executive told Reuters on Thursday. Satoru Iwata said Nintendo would develop hardware and games oriented…

Nintendo defends decision to exclude same-sex relationships from ‘Tomodachi Life’ game

(Reuters) – Nintendo Co Ltd is defending its decision to disallow same-sex relationships in its best-selling Tomodachi Life mobile game, after fans took to Twitter to urge the Japanese gaming giant to relax that restriction. According to the fans, married characters in Nintendo’s social game gain access to in-game features…

Hiroshi Yamauchi, who built Nintendo gaming empire, dies at 85

Hiroshi Yamauchi, credited with transforming Nintendo from a family-owned Japanese business into a global byword for video games, died Thursday from pneumonia. He was 85. Yamauchi was just 22 when he took over the family business from his ailing grandfather and he went on to head the firm for over…

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