Nintendo Buys Stake In Nico Nico Douga Parent Company

By Ishaan . November 14, 2013 . 10:30pm

Nintendo have bought a stake in Dwango Co., the Japanese company that owns the Japanese video content platform Nico Nico Douga, according to a Business Week report.


Dwango is a telecommunications company and provides content through smartphones, but Nintendo don’t intend to use the service to deliver games, said Nintendo spokesman Yasuhiro Minagawa. Currently, the company uses Dwango’s Nico Nico system to promote its games.


Additionally, Minagawa added, Nintendo acquired the Dwango shares at the request of Dwango chairman Nobuo Kawakami for his “personal funding needs”.


Nintendo stock rose by 5.2% to 13,070 yen after the announcement that Nintendo had bought 612,200 shares in Dwango. Meanwhile, Dwango shares increased by 21%.

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  • Just Tim

    I hope this means guaranteed worldwide access for nico nico.

  • Eder García

    that means nintendo is going to use Nico Nico streaming service on future consoles? (its too late for doing that on WiiU and 3DS)

    • TheRealMalek

      Far from too late they can still push a software update…

      • DesmaX


        Recording gameplay is really demandind on the hardware. PS4 and Xone have separate parts of the system that handles that part.

        There’s no way the WiiU/3DS can do that

        • 60hz

          recording gameplay is FAR from demanding, recording video at 1080p is a bit more demanding, but pretty stupid way to record a game.

    • Audie Bakerson

      NND has stupid paygates, but I’ll take it over redesigns that make everything worse every ~2 months.

    • kensredemption

      Can’t see why Nintendo can’t market an accessory that attaches to the gamepad, that’s preset to one’s Nico Nico account, and share game footage from the TV, gamepad and camera that way.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Really great from Nintendo if you ask me. With this, Nintendo would have more promotion channel considering how mainstream Nico Nico is in Japan.^_^

    • DyLaN

      It feels sad tht a harmless/positive comment got downvoted to hell.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Thats our bot seeking out that magical N word, sadly.

        • AuraGuyChris

          So saying “Nintendo” is taboo here?


          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World



        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          Well, thats kinda sad. Hope that the bot will get tired after doing this lol. This is not really making any good for other posters here.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            We know and have deleted messages at times which show up only to receive hundreds of votes. Unfortunately, since Disqus thinks guest votes and hidden downvotes are best for their communities — all we can do is again deal with it.

          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

            Yeah.T_T Well not like i really care there.^_^ So you don’t need to be afraid them stopping me.

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        …….i never thought i would see that gigantic Downvote on my post.O_o

        • DyLaN

          Its OK. It not your fault. *pats head*

          Tht said, I didn’t saw u around until now. Been busy?

          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

            Yeah.^_^ Started working now. And it have been a busy work where i need to maintain containers coming in and out.

            T_T My gaming time have been decreased a lot. That even my time on Siliconera have been decreased to miniscule amount of time.

        • Aristides

          You should see IGN comments on E3, it’s like watching slot machines running through the thousands in real time. Fun Stuff XP

    • Herok♞

      420+ downvotes thats a glitch if I ever saw one

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        Maybe. Or there are just maybe that many people who hate me praising the N there.T_T

  • Guest


    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World


      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Going there now, Ja ne.

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu


    • AuraGuyChris

      Such a happy response…

      Such huge amount of downvotes…

  • This will be a desperately huge stretch, but. . . because Ninty now have shares of NND and the 2014 BSSM anime will stream on NND, to me, the logical jump is that Ninty either help make or fund a new game based on the anime. Just sayin.

    • DyLaN


      • Rytan

        Sailor Moon.

      • Never

        The first S was supposed to be a D.

        • Oh, I wouldn’t bring that up now. And it isn’t nearly as important as BSSM.

      • Rytan got it~.

  • DyLaN

    Woah, tht downvote spamming. Its increasing bit by bit as I type.

  • Tincho D

    The mass brainwashing begins.

    PD: If this doesn’t get the japanese to buy less cellphone games and more console and handheld titles then i don’t know what will.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Well, cellphone games sales is actually decreasing right now in Japan. Puzzle and Dragon sales has begin to slow down which is the main reason why GungHo stocks falls down. The only problem here is for handheld to grow bigger, they will need the developers to come on board again.

  • drproton

    Hmm, and yesterday I was expecting NicoNico to soon be streamable from PS4. A pre-emptive strike?

  • 60hz

    seems incredibly reactionary

  • I think the biggest thing people fail to realize is:

    Dwango 100% own Spike Chunsoft. *sniff* do I smell a possible buyout in the future?

    And someone calculated that Nintendo spent 11 million (dollars I assume) on the shares, a little much unless Nintendo has specific plans, and where better than Dwango’s only gaming division?

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