• Is innovation dead?

    Management gurus preach the virtues of 'continuous innovation' but a new kind of reinvention may be taking hold.

    By Cédric Laguerre, Senior Analyst, lecturer at SKEMA Business School and Eric Viardot, strategy professor, SKEMA Business School

    It has become an unassailable tenet of business: Companies must Always Be Innovating. Indeed, some proponents of so-called continuous innovation talk as if failing to reinvent your company every few weeks is tantamount to MORE

    Mar 8, 2010 10:00 AM ET
  • Apple challenges Sony and Nintendo

    How does Apple plan to sell large quantities of iPods this holiday season in a depressed market already saturated with MP3 players?

    By repositioning them as high-end game machines.

    That's the message coming through loud and clear from Cupertino, not only in those ubiquitous TV ads proclaiming the iPod touch "the funnest iPod ever," but in a series of public pronouncements from executives usually content to let Apple's products speak for themselves.

    Apple MORE

    - Dec 13, 2008 4:07 PM ET
  • Nintendo Wii officially recession-proof

    The Wii Fit game is one of Nintendo's biggest sellers with 697,000 sold in the U.S. in November. Courtesy of Nintendo

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    Nintendo seems to have bucked the recession. The Japanese video game manufacturer has doubled November sales of the Wii in the U.S. from a year ago, according to NPD's latest release on gaming sales.

    The demand for the Wii remains strong since the game console's debut two years ago. The company MORE

    - Dec 11, 2008 6:43 PM ET
  • No slowdown for Wii and DS, says Nintendo prez

    Ubisoft's Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party will be one of 130 new games for the Wii this holiday. Courtesy of Nintendo

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    How hot is the Nintendo Wii? Even with the U.S. economy in meltdown, Nintendo may still struggle to meet demand for the third straight holiday season.

    Nintendo is aggressively ramping up shipments of its popular video game consoles to avoid the shortage it faced last December. The company will MORE

    - Oct 6, 2008 2:12 PM ET
  • Nintendo's big bet on small games

    Spore, the highly-anticipated PC game, will come to the Nintendo DS. Image: Electronic Art

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    LOS ANGELES - Turns out the next big thing from Nintendo will be new games for its miniature console, the DS.

    Despite all the speculation of what's in store for the major video game consoles - the Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360 (MSFT), and Sony PlayStation 3 (SNE) -  Nintendo (NTDOY) is paying a lot of MORE

    - Jul 15, 2008 5:36 PM ET
  • Xbox's mass-market makeover

    A new interface and customized avatars gives the Xbox a Wii-like feel. Image: Microsoft

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    LOS ANGELES - Microsoft's Xbox 360 is getting an image makeover. To appeal to the "casual" gaming audience, Microsoft executives on Monday said they are aggressively marketing the hardcore gamer console as a multipurpose entertainment machine to watch movies, TV shows, and listen to music.

    The approach appears to be the latest tactic to compete with MORE

    - Jul 14, 2008 6:10 PM ET
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  • The game remains the same at E3

    The big buzz at the E3 Media & Business Summit is that there's no big buzz this year.

    Gaming analysts say they're not expecting any big surprises from the big three  companies – Microsoft (MSFT), Nintendo (NTDOY), and Sony (SNE) – at E3, one of the largest events in the $37.5 billion video game industry. The three main drivers of E3, which kicks off Monday,  will not unveil any new game MORE

    - Jul 14, 2008 1:23 AM ET
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  • Tech's caucus season

    Trying to pick the winners in '08? Watch these three conferences.

    In January, politics has Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Tech has DEMO, Macworld and the Consumer Electronics Show.

    Just as primaries and caucuses define the year's political landscape, these three big technology trade shows compete to introduce trends that will shape 2008. Each show has its own personality and its own surprises – and its own part in influencing whether MORE

    - Jan 3, 2008 8:23 AM ET
  • Nintendo offers a raincheck for Wii shortage

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    For all the last-minute Christmas shoppers who can't find a Wii, Nintendo (NTDOY) is offering gift certificates that guarantee you can pick one up in January. Consumers must pay the $249 for the sold-out video game console at a GameStop (GME) on Dec. 20 and 21 and will then receive an I.O.U. to pick up the Wii after the holidays.

    "We expect this to be a great way to MORE

    - Dec 14, 2007 1:45 PM ET
  • Sega head: Industry stunned by Activision/Vivendi merger

    By Jeffrey M. O'Brien

    On one level, the proposed $18.8 billion merger of Activision (ATVI) and Vivendi's Blizzard Entertainment (EPA:VIV) seems to make a lot of sense. Good mergers maximize revenue by combining non-overlapping products (like the Guitar Hero Franchise, Tony Hawk, and the World of Warcraft phenomenon), and maximize profits by consolidating administrative costs. But in an industry like gaming, there's an X factor, creativity. Sure, these companies fit MORE

    - Dec 3, 2007 11:12 PM ET
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