* — As the Engadget and Gizmodo reviews note, a key part of the Wii U’s play — a digital streaming package which includes Hulu, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon — wasn’t ready for them to review.
» It’s been over 30 years since the company posted a loss, and the first such occurrence since the company began releasing earnings statements in 1981. Last year’s forty-percent price drop for the 3DS cost the company millions; however, Nintendo believes the portable gaming-system will become profitable again during 2012. It should also be noted that, prior to 2011, the Wii essentially acted as Nintendo’s license to print money. The ultra-popular gaming device has earned the company close to a billion dollars, annually, since its release in 2006. Now, all eyes are focused on the Wii U, the spiritual successor to the Wii, which is scheduled to launch later this year with an all-new touchscreen controller.