Why people still love Pac-Man, 40 years later

May 22, 2020
Creator Toru Iwatani wanted to make a mass-market product that nongamers and girls would love, too.
A key part of Pac-Man's success was that he was an actual character — one of the first video game heroes.
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What you didn’t know about Tetris

Sep 1, 2016
How an obscure Russian programmer made the world’s most popular computer game.
Tetris blocks are everywhere—you can see people playing the game across the world on smartphones, tablets and iPhones. 
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How small businesses are profiting from Pokémon Go

Jul 11, 2016
The app requires players to leave their couches and roam the streets, and businesses are taking advantage.
A man plays Pokemon Go on his smartphone outside of Nintendo's flagship store, on Monday in New York City. Businesses are finding creative ways to use the game to attract customers.
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Sony enters the mobile gaming market

Mar 25, 2016
The mobile gaming market is a $35 billion opportunity.
The mobile gaming market is an opportunity worth billions. 
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Capitalizing on consoles: the Arcade Hotel in Amsterdam

Feb 2, 2016
Travel to the Netherlands ... and back in time.
An Atari Pinball Breakaway retro games console. The Arcade Hotel in Amsterdam is banking on nostalgia for vintage gaming systems like these to attract customers.
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Nintendo goes mobile

Oct 29, 2015
Gaming giant Nintendo announces its first smartphone game.
Pioneer electronic game developer Nintendo has been losing its edge as Apple products and smartphones become popular for gaming. So instead of trying to beat them, it's joining them.
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How Sega broke Nintendo's monopoly on video games

May 13, 2014
Sonic and Mario go back a long way. They weren't always friendly with each other.

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Will Nintendo ditch hardware?

Jan 29, 2014
Some say Nintendo needs to ditch the console and focus on games, but Nintendo may still try to save its hardware business.

Mario doesn't do mobile (and Nintendo suffers)

Oct 30, 2013
Nintendo's decision not to go mobile is costing it big time.

Nintendo's Wii U, and Facebook's sales tracking tool for e-retailers

Nov 19, 2012
Nintendo's Wii U tries to offer a game changer, and Facebook tries to draw a direct line between advertising and sales for retailers.