Nintendo Announces They Don't Own Pokémon Go, Shares Fall
Remember back when Pokémon Go was released, and Nintendo's share price nearly doubled? Apparently the people investing in Nintendo didn't quite know how things worked—since, after Nintendo announced that they don't actually own Pokémon Go, their stock price dropped back to almost pre-Pokémon Go levels. See, it turns out that Niantic—the company that makes Pokémon Go—simply licensed the franchise from The Pokemon Company, which is one-third owned by Nintendo. So Nintendo might make some money from licensing, but they aren't directly profiting from the app's success.
Nintendo Records Largest First Quarter Loss in Five Years
We all know the Wii U hasn't been going well for Nintendo. But things were looking up recently—that is, until they announced that the company lost $240m in the first quarter of this year. That's the lowest it's been in five years. But—things might be turning around. The NX is coming soon, Pokémon Sun and Moon will be out in November, and—of course—the release of Pokémon Go might result in some profit for the company (though, as just mentioned, it'll be less than you might've thought).
No Man's Sky Delayed for Three Days on PC
If you're excited for No Man's Sky, the sequel to the 2008 sandbox game Spore, and you play on PC, you might think it's a little bit unfortunate that the PC release of No Man's Sky has been delayed by three days. Don't worry, I'm sure there's a lot of stuff they can pack into the game in those three extra days of development!
No Man's Sky has also recently been accused of using a patented "superformula" for procedural generation without appropriate royalties. Sean Murray, head of Hello Games, the developer of No Man's Sky, says that:
No Man's Sky doesn't actually use this "superformula" thing or infringe a patent. This is a non-story... everybody chill
There is someone who would disagree with this—Sean Murray, in a 2015 New Yorker interview.
Starbound Finally Gets a 1.0 Release
Starbound, the Terraria-in-space game that came out almost three years ago, is finally getting a 1.0 release. Yes, it's taken nearly three years since the game's original release—and almost four and a half since the game's announcement—for the game to be finished. Hopefully, the people who put several million dollars into pre-ordering this game are happy with the result.
The Nintendo NX Will Be a Portable Console with Detachable Controllers, Powered by the Nvidia Tegra
Hey, here's some more information about the mysterious new console from Nintendo: the Nintendo NX will be a portable console with detachable controllers. Basically, you play the game at home on your TV, and then you can take the console with you on the go. In other words, it's the Sega Dreamcast VMU all over again—but more powerful! The console will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra chip, the mobile processor behind the Nvidia Shield, the Android-based handheld console you could play Half-Life 2 on. But not everything about the NX is futuristic; it still uses cartridges.
The NX is due out March 2017, around the same time as the new Legend of Zelda.