Nightly News Roundup: 02.03.2012

Conduit developers for Wii U, Pokémon TV series for 3DS, but no one for THQ’s uDraw.

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Nightly News Roundup

Conduit developers on board for Wii U

High Voltage Software, the developers behind Wii’s Conduit games, is now a registered developer for Wii U. Spotted by Nintendo Everything, the company’s website now sports the Wii U logo alongside the developer’s fellow registered platforms.

No further details about the game have yet been announced, but here’s hoping that it’s another Conduit game. We certainly enjoyed last year’s Conduit 2, and we definitely wouldn’t mind a Conduit 3

Source: Nintendo Everything

THQ’s uDraw catastrophe

It’s definitely not a good time for THQ. It may have sold 1.7 million uDraw units for Wii during the last fiscal year, but THQ’s family-friendly tablet peripheral has failed to make the same impression on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, CFO Paul Pucino has revealed. Speaking at an investor Q&A, Pucino said that there were still around 1.4 million unsold units sitting in its inventory. Consequently, “Revenues were lower by about $100 million,” Pucino admitted.

“Where that $100m comes from is we have about 1.4 million units still in inventory that we haven’t sold that we planned on selling.” he said. “If you think about an average price of about $56 or so, that accounted for a shortfall of about $80 million. Then the million or so units that we did sell-in we had to sell at a lower price. That, coupled with software sales that are associated with uDraw being lower as well, totals about $100 million.

“From a contribution margin perspective, we would have doubled the profitability in the quarter were it not for uDraw. So it was something in excess of $30 million in operating loss in the quarter as a result of uDraw.”

uDraw was originally released for Wii in late 2010 and supported titles such as
uDraw Studio and Dood’s Big Adventure.

Earlier this week the publisher announced a company-wide loss of $55.9 million for the third quarter of 2011 as well as 240 job losses as part of a broad restructuring to reduce its annual expenses by $160 million. It’s perhaps not surprising then that they’ve also decided to discontinue uDraw production.

Source: Eurogamer, Shack News

Pokémon TV series hitting 3DS on Monday

US Pokémon fans, this is just for you. From February 6th, you’ll be able to watch full-length episodes of the Pokémon TV series on your 3DS when you visit your local Nintendo Zone.

Farfetch'd Psyduck Pokémon anime gif
Ah, Psyduck… You’ll always have a special place in our hearts.

With 29,000 Nintendo Zones across the US, all you have to do is take your 3DS to one of these zones and you’ll receive an automatic connection to the Wi-Fi network absolutely free. Once you’re connected you’ll be able to visit the new Pokémon section and view the full-length episodes of the Pokémon TV series. The Pokémon section will also include information and videos about the newest Pokémon news and games.

Source: ONM

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