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Recently, reports emerged that the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con controllers are liable to "drift," or move without any input from the user. This is a problem. And now Nintendo is addressing it. Vice obtained an internal Nintendo customer support memo that states that support members are now being told to offer users free repairs for the broken controllers, no questions asked and even if the controllers no longer fall under Nintendo's warranty. Additionally, those who paid for repairs are being offered refunds.
In this week's most important stories, Nintendo unveils a more portable version of the Switch. Meanwhile, a report says Amazon is readying a robot because why not?
A little less than a year ago, yours truly underscored the idea that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) was getting very serious about video games. Though it had been in the business for decades to various degrees, it had never been a priority that made a meaningful impact on MSFT stock. Not even the launch of the first Xbox in late-2001 proved to be major piece of its revenue puzzle.Source: Shutterstock Every few months though, the company takes a solid leap forward down the gaming path. The latest leap? Microsoft says it's no longer going to release any "Xbox exclusive" games for rival consoles like the Switch, from Nintendo (OTCMKTS:NTDOY), and the Sony (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation.Tuesday's announcement superficially answered a lingering question about Microsoft's recent acquisition of game publishers like Double Fine and Obsidian. Both had been platform-agnostic, developing titles for any platform of their choice. From now on, they'll only be making video games for the Xbox.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Exclusive PlansThe announcement admittedly calls into question Microsoft's understanding of the word "exclusive." The message delivered goes beyond the words, though. The fact that the company made a point of saying anything at all on the matter makes it clear the software giant has a very specific plan for its video game business. It wants to cultivate its own gaming ecosystem, so to speak.That's part of a significant evolution, too, namely Microsoft's relatively nascent willingness to bring in outside coders, publishers, and ideas into their inner circle and then close the gate. It's not only a financial risk, but a reputational one as well.It's the shape of things to come for the video gaming industry though, now that websites like Steam have democratized the business, and now that sites like GOG.com (Good Old Games) have made a universe of older but still play-worthy titles available at a fraction the original game prices. Protectionism is the new norm because it has to be.Just ask game publishers like Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) and Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), both of which have rethought their business models from the ground up. * 10 Stocks Under $5 to Buy for Fall EA is wading deeper into subscriptions and streaming, while snagging outfits like Industrial Toys, GameFly and Respawn Entertainment. Activision Blizzard has seemingly figured out where it went wrong with gamers last year as well. Even Nintendo, which is generally considered a console maker but also develops many of the games played on its console, has rolled out the red carpet for indie game developers, and has introduced subscription-based productsIn all cases, video game companies are slowly moving towards a model that excludes other hardware and software providers, and cultivates self-serving, one-stop shops. Potential Impact on Microsoft StockRefusing to offer its home-grown games on other platforms isn't an earth-shattering development. There were only a couple of games from Microsoft that crossed that line -- Ori and the Blind Forest, along with Cuphead, for example -- and Microsoft never suggested it would be otherwise.Still, the company has proverbially burned the boat. It won't be readily facilitating any sort of revenue growth for any sort of rival.It's not the first step the Redmond-based outfit has taken in this direction. Less than a year ago, it launched a subscription-based service called Xbox All Access, which included a lease-to-own Xbox console. By that time it was already offering Game Pass and Live Gold, both of which also made gaming affordable on a relatively expensive Xbox console.Then in June of this year, the company revealed that its next Xbox would be able to play games that were playable four versions of the Xbox ago. The generous retro-playable option makes a huge vault of older and largely inaccessible titles suddenly playable again, further drawing gamers back into the ecosystem where they can be monetized in multiple ways.It still won't make a meaningful dent, for better or worse, in the value of MSFT stock. The company is still mostly about cloud-based productivity software and Azure. Though the company doesn't disclose much in the way of details, it was willing to divulge $10 billion worth of annual gaming revenue had been generated as of the middle of last year. That's roughly one-tenth of its total business. * 10 Undervalued Stocks With Breakout Potential By doubling down again on becoming a self-contained soup-to-nuts gaming name, though, this piece of Microsoft's total revenue could readily ramp up to a fifth of its top line in the foreseeable future. Looking Ahead for MSFTGaming is not a reason to buy Microsoft stock … at least not yet. And, it's certainly not a reason to hold your breath waiting for the day video games become the breadwinner for the company.The clear decision to leverage the addition of indie developers Double Fine and Obsidian for its own (and only for its own) purposes, though, is another piece of evidence of Microsoft's gaming ambitions. If this works out as well as other efforts made by the company, like the penetration of the cloud computing arena on the back of Azure, there's much for current and would-be owners of MSFT stock to be excited about. At stake is a bigger piece of a video gaming market that's expected to be worthShareholders just need to be patient.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about him at his website jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Marijuana Stocks to Ride High on the Farm Bill * 8 Biotech Stocks to Watch After the Q2 Earnings Season * 7 Unusual, Growth-Oriented REITs to Buy for Your Portfolio The post Microsoft Scores Points as it Solidifies its Video Gaming Ecosystem appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Nintendo looks set to release wireless SNES controllers for the NintendoSwitch, which likely means it'll also be bringing classic SNES titles to itsNintendo Online virtual gaming library
There is a lot of buzz around gaming leader Nintendo, which is partnering with the world’s largest gaming company, Tencent, to enter the Chinese market.
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Tencent and Nintendo said on Friday they were working together to localize the Japanese gaming firm's well-known Switch games for the Chinese market and set up a server through the Chinese company's cloud service. The two companies made the comments in a statement posted on their joint Weibo account, which did not mention when the console might be launched in China or its price. Chinese tech giant Tencent won a key approval in April to start selling the Nintendo Switch in China, paving the way for the console to enter the world's largest video games market two years after it was first released worldwide.
The Switch game system saw an increase in both hardware and software sales last quarter, and management has a lot more in store to drive growth.
Quarterly sales for the Switch remained brisk for Nintendo’s most recent quarterly earnings. With the new quarter factored in, Switch sales are now at 36.9 million for the life of the product. Nintendo, meanwhile, expects total unit sales to hit 18 million for the full year.
Japanese gaming company Nintendo Co Ltd on Tuesday reported a 10% decline in quarterly profit, far wide of market expectations, as a rise in costs dulled stronger sales of its hybrid home-portable Switch console. The Kyoto-based gaming company said it sold 2.1 million Switch consoles in the quarter, bringing the total installed base to 36.9 million units. It maintained its full-year sales forecast of 18 million units for the year ending March.
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As successful as the Nintendo Switch has been , there's been a consistent headache: Joy-Con drift. Many gamers have reported the controllers' analog sticks registering non-existent input (hence drifting), forcing players to either adapt or send the peripherals in for repairs. There may be legal pressure to do something, though. Lawyers at Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith have filed a class action lawsuit in the US against Nintendo alleging that its sells Joy-Cons knowing they're "defective." The suit also maintains that Nintendo refuses to fix the drifting for free, and hasn't even acknowledged the issue despite widespread reports.
Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) is a pioneering maker of graphics processing units for gaming and professional markets. Since Oct. 2018, Nvidia stock price has been under pressure and over the past 12 months, Nvidia stock has slumped about 32%.Source: Shutterstock For years, NVDA stock has been a leader in the increasingly competitive graphics-card market. Today, I want to discuss the recent battle for market share between Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD), which has been regarded as the perennial runner-up to NVDA. * 7 Defense Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio AMD is expected to report its Q2 earnings on July 24, about three weeks before the expected release of Nvidia's earnings. Therefore, in addition to paying attention to Nvidia 's fundamentals, investors may want to pay close close attention to AMD's results, which may very well impact Nvidia stock price.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Investors Regard NVDA as the Premiere Graphics Chip StockPreviously much loved by investors, especially in 2017 and most of 2018, Nvidia stock gets a lot of attention, compared with other chip stocks. In 2015, Nvidia stock price was hovering around $20. In Oct. 2018, it hit an all-time high of $292.76. On Dec. 26, 2018, it reached a 52-week low of $124.46. In late morning trading today, Nvidia stock price was about $170.NVIDIA sells two main products: graphics processing units (GPU) and Tegra processors. GPUs accelerate central processing units (CPUs), boosting the performance of video and graphics and improving computers' overall performance.Nvidia's GPUs are used in PCs and data centers. Tegra is a system-on-a-chip (SoC) suite developed by Nvidia for mobile devices. For example, Nintendo's (OTCMKTS:NTDOY) Switch uses Tegra. But Tegra only accounts for about 10% of NVDA's total revenues.The company's GPUs have earned a superior reputation compared to competing products, particularly within the gaming industryGamers have not hesitated to pay considerably more for better performance. And for years, NVDA's superior product quality and performance have translated into large revenue and market share, boosting Nvidia stock price. What to Expect From Nvidia's Q2 EarningsNVDA is expected to report its earnings on Aug. 15. When NVDA reports its results, Wall Street will pay attention to the company's five segments that drive NVDA's revenues, i.e., gaming, data center, professional visualization, automotive, and edge computing.Gaming accounts for over 40% of Nvidia's total revenue. During Q1, the unit's revenue tumbled 39% YoY. Investors are quite worried about the company's fundamental growth outlook, which is mostly based on its GPUs for gaming and artificial-intelligence servers. Nvidia's EPS and Nvidia stock price are very closely linked to the sales trends of its GPUs.NVDA's chips had been dominant in PCs. However, a higher percentage of the industry's games are being played on consoles now, and NVDA's GPUs aren't usually incorporated into consoles. Sony (NYSE:SNE) is, for example, using AMD's products in its consoles.Analysts have noted that the crypto craze, which for the most part waned in 2018, can no longer be relied upon to further boost Nvidia's GPU business. Long-term owners of Nvidia stock may well remember that the increase in Nvidia stock price in 2015 largely coincided with the popularity of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Indeed, NVDA's fall from grace started with the collapse of the cryptocurrency craze, which has dealt a blow to the top and bottom lines of NVDA.Wall Street it also concerned that NVDA's automotive business, based on the advent of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered autonomous vehicles, may suffer in coming months. Currently, automotive is the smallest of all of NVDA segments, accounting for just over 5% of its revenue.The current U.S.-China trade war has not helped NVDA, either, as nearly a quarter of Nvidia's sales comes from China. The headwinds of the sector make many analysts wonder whether NVDA can, in the near future, regain the kind of rapid and sustained growth that investors had grown used to in recent years.In its Q1 results, reported in May 2019, NVDA beat analysts' average revenue estimate by 1 %. Furthermore, NVDA expects its full-year revenue to be flat in fiscal 2020. In recent years, Nvidia has managed to keep its revenues intact, in part by increasing its prices. But now that AMD is becoming a serious contender, can NVDA continue to rely on price hikes? Could NVDA Be Dragged Into a Price War?Nvidia is dominant in graphics processing units (GPUs). And until 2019, Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) mostly played catch-up with Nvidia in GPUs.But during the current quarter, AMD is expected to start selling graphics cards utilizing its 7-nanometer (nm) chips, which are touted as highly power-efficient. As AMD launches its Navi graphics cards featuring the company's 7-nanometer chips, it's confident that its GPUs will take market share from NVDA's chips in the gaming segment.Over the past few weeks, responding to AMD's new products, Nvidia's management has taken several steps,. Specifically, NVDA launched new "Super" versions of its RTX GPR offerings, i.e., RTX 2060, 2070, and 2080. These new versions are considerably faster than their predecessors, but NVDA is selling the new chips at the same prices as the old ones, effectively cutting its prices.AMD responded by reducing its own prices, making investors wonder if either chip maker will benefit from these recent developments. Should Long-Term Investors Buy Nvidia Stock Now?Despite the semiconductor industry's headwinds and cut-throat competition from AMD, there is strong demand for Nvidia's graphics processors, for use not only in video games but also in data centers and work stations. Industry experts also regard NVDA as a top player in the AI chip space, and its graphics chips are highly sought after for use in deep-learning applications.NVDA is also exploring smart-city solutions, which exploit its proficiency in artificial intelligence and data analytics. In other words, the company is somewhat shifting its focus from processors to providing the full technical backbone for AI ecosystems. As the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning continues to rapidly grow, NVDA's AI business could expand exponentially.As new frontiers in technology, such as the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, and 5G, are developed, I am hopeful that Nvidia's earnings will climb tremendously, lifting Nvidia stock price. Thus, I am also upbeat on the long-term outlook of NVDA.However, in the short-term, effectively lowering its prices to compete with AMD may not necessarily translate into larger market share and a higher stock price for Nvidia.Although Nvidia stock will likely reward long-term investors, tech stocks may remain volatile over the next few weeks. A couple of negative earnings-related or macro-economic news headlines may drive many stocks, including Nvidia, down. Such a decline of Nvidia stock price could provide long-term investors with a better entry point.Investors may consider waiting on the sidelines if they do not currently have any positions in Nvidia stock. I'd consider going long the stock if its price drops back below $150. The shares will be even more attractive on a drop toward $125.Investors who already own NVDA may consider either taking some money off the table or hedging their positions. As for hedging strategies, covered calls or put spreads that expire on Aug. 16 could be appropriate, as straight put purchases are likely to be expensive due to the heightened volatility of NVDA.As of this writing, Tezcan Gecgil did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. 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The murmurs of an upgraded Switch were true -- although you might want to put hopes for a Switch Pro on ice, at least for now. Nintendo has quietly unveiled a new revision of the standard Switch with dramatically improved battery life. Instead of the original's 2.5 to 6.5 hours, the new model manages a much healthier 4.5 to 9 hours. That's about 5.5 hours of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild versus the earlier three hours, Nintendo estimated. You shouldn't have problems playing through a cross-country flight.
Shares of Nintendo Ltd/ADR (OTC: NTDOY ) were on the rise again Thursday after an upgrade from Wedbush following the company’s announcement of the handheld Nintendo Switch Lite. The Analyst Michael Pachter ...