Nintendo acquires animation studio Dynamo Pictures

Japanese video game giant Nintendo has bought Dynamo Pictures for 34.5m yen ($250,000) as part of what appears to be a push into the larger entertainment business. The deal is expected to close on 3 October, with the Tokyo-based CG animation studio to be renamed Nintendo Pictures as the company seeks to “focus on development […]

Nintendo scraps European TV plans

Nintendo has cancelled plans to launch its Nintendo TVii service in Europe, citing unexpected challenges in localising the offering for different markets. Announcing its decision, Nintendo said it will continue to develop “a range of entertaining experiences for all to enjoy”, but admitted it “did not anticipate such challenges” when it came to the rollout […]

WWE, Mattel grapple with toon

Sports entertainment company WWE and toyco Mattel have tag teamed on a 26-part animated shortform toon featuring popular wrestlers such as John Cena, Kane and Sheamus. The first four two-minute episodes of the stop-motion animated series WWE Slam City launched yesterday on the Cartoonium YouTube channel and a dedicated website The series, which the WEE […]

News brief: Hulu Japan does Nintendo deal

An app allowing Nintendo 3DS users to watch streaming and catch-up service Hulu has launched in Japan. The free download from the Nintendo eShop allows users to access Hulu, which is a premium service in Japan where there is a monthly Yen980 (US$10.15) charge. In its domestic US market it is not available on the […]

Hulu launches second screen service on Nintendo Wii

Hulu has launched a second screen service with Nintendo. Hulu’s premium Hulu Plus customers can use the gamepad of the new Wii U console to access a range of second screen applications and find out more information about a given show while watching it on the main TV screen. Viewers can also watch content through […]