Nintendo’s poison mushroom

Nintendo has reported its first ever operating loss this year and the video game pioneer is in desperate need of a recharge as the likes of Apple steal its thunder.

In 2006 Nintendo took video gaming out of the kids' room and into the living room, as its hit Wii created a new niche as the console the whole family could share.

But with that Wii boom waning, the successor being prepared by the creator of Super Mario looks like a losing proposition as Apple Inc and other smartphone and tablet makers take gaming to the bathroom, the commuter bus and back to the bedroom.

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