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News: Region-Locking May Be a Thing of the Past Soon According to Nintendo

Region-Locking May Be a Thing of the Past Soon According to Nintendo

Unlocking business benefits

During the Q&A session which followed the Nintendo of Japan's investor briefing last week, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata indicated that Nintendo are reconsidering the unpopular policy of region locking on its consoles. An unofficial translation made by the ever-reliable Cheesemeister on NeoGAF turned up the...

News: Collectors Be Warned, Some amiibo Figures Will Be "Limited-Time" Offers

Collectors Be Warned, Some amiibo Figures Will Be "Limited-Time" Offers

Gotta catch 'em all!

It's not long until we can get our grubby mitts on Nintendo's attractive looking range of amiibo figures. If you are something of a collector however you might want to hit that preorder button now, as some amiibos may quickly become quite rare. During a recent investors briefing Nintendo's Satoru Iwata spelt out clearly that...

News: Satoru Iwata Outlines Nintendo's First QOL Platform

Satoru Iwata Outlines Nintendo's First QOL Platform

Focused on improving sleep and reducing fatigue

Since its announcement in January this year, Nintendo intrigued and confused some observers when it outlined plans to produce a Quality of Life — or QOL — platform. It was explained that it would be an entirely separate product from game systems — with some potential for overlapping apps and...

News: Satoru Iwata Returns to Regular Work Following Surgery

Satoru Iwata Returns to Regular Work Following Surgery

Has lost weight but feels healthier

When Satoru Iwata missed E3 this year for medical reasons, there was some concern over the Nintendo President's well-being — it was then confirmed that he'd undergone surgery to remove a growth from his bile duct, and he subsequently missed the company's AGM (annual general meeting). Nintendo said little but to...

News: Satoru Iwata Reigns Supreme in Annual Shareholders Meeting

Satoru Iwata Reigns Supreme in Annual Shareholders Meeting

Business as usual

Nintendo's 74th annual general meeting (AGM) for shareholders took place today in Japan and we can confirm that Satoru Iwata has retained his position as Nintendo's president. Iwata of course was not present at today's meeting due to his recovery from recent surgery. We are yet to learn what this year's investor approval rating...

News: Twitter Hashtag Brings Bunches of Well Wishes for Recovering Satoru Iwata

Twitter Hashtag Brings Bunches of Well Wishes for Recovering Satoru Iwata

He'll never have a potassium deficiency

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has had to take it easy lately after a recent surgery to remove a growth from his bile duct. Twitter users have been taking to the feeds to wish the Nintendo head the best as he recovers but, as this is Twitter, they've been doing so by honoring Iwata's iconic, fruit-based pose...

News: Satoru Iwata Admits The "Wii U Isn't In Good Shape" Ahead of Investor Briefing

Satoru Iwata Admits The "Wii U Isn't In Good Shape" Ahead of Investor Briefing

"I’m concentrating my mind on how to rebuild Nintendo"

Nintendo's investor briefing, thanks to the extensive gaps in time zones, is taking place rather soon. The unveiling of today's financial reports did involve a short press conference with Satoru Iwata, and Bloomberg has picked up some choice comments. After confirming a pay cut that will run...

News: Satoru Iwata Emphasizes Nintendo's Desire to Produce Products That "Resonate" With Consumers

Satoru Iwata Emphasizes Nintendo's Desire to Produce Products That "Resonate" With Consumers

Doesn't think "the concept and potential of the Wii U have been rejected"

With its recent Q1 results and sales revelations, much commentary has inevitably swirled around Nintendo's approach with its hardware and software, which is delivering happy times with the 3DS; there's the obvious goal to reproduce that success on Wii U, too. It's always a...

News: Iwata: Third Party Wii U Launch Titles Could Not Enjoy Brisk Sales As Many Were Ports

Iwata: Third Party Wii U Launch Titles Could Not Enjoy Brisk Sales As Many Were Ports

Boosting the install base is still the key to future success

Much has been made of the lack of Wii U support from third party developers since the system's launch last year. While publishers such as Ubisoft are still generating content for the console in order to boost the install base, others have stated they won't be bringing games to Wii U until...

News: Iwata: Nintendo Searching For A "Different Expression" To Describe The GamePad's Experience

Iwata: Nintendo Searching For A "Different Expression" To Describe The GamePad's Experience

Consumers don't understand the asymmetric gameplay of Wii U

When Nintendo released the Wii U last year it focused the majority of its messaging on what the all-new GamePad could bring to gaming. Of course, there's off-TV play but one of the biggest selling points is asymmetric gameplay, which allows one player to use the GamePad while others use Wii...

News: Nintendo Not Focusing Too Much On What Other Companies Are Doing

Nintendo Not Focusing Too Much On What Other Companies Are Doing

Looking to create experiences that can only be found on Wii U

While last year's E3 was focused on Nintendo's Wii U, this year's event will always be remembered as the year Sony and Microsoft revealed their new consoles to the world. Nintendo opted to do things a little differently this time round, going for a much smaller Nintendo Direct...

Video: Iwata and Miyamoto Perform Skit As The "Luigi Brothers"

Iwata and Miyamoto Perform Skit As The "Luigi Brothers"

Another classic Nintendo Direct moment

Since the broadcasts began in late 2011, Nintendo Direct has produced a number of memorable moments, even prompting us to name ten of our favourites last year. It seems that Japanese viewers were treated to another example in the most recent broadcast on Valentines Day, which has now been posted by Nintendo UK...

News: Satoru Iwata is 53 Today

Satoru Iwata is 53 Today

Happy Birthday, Iwata-san

Today brings us another Birthday for one of Nintendo's most well-known figures, with President Satoru Iwata turning 53 today. It would seem that, should he want to, Iwata-san will be able to continue in his current role for many years to come. Satoru Iwata had a passion for video game development from a young age,...

News: Iwata Explains Where The Name HAL Laboratory Came From

Iwata Explains Where The Name HAL Laboratory Came From

Not what you'd expect

We, like many other Nintendo fans out there, were under the pretense that HAL Laboratory - the company responsible for our lovable pink hero Kirby and the Super Smash Bros. series - was named after the computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL 9000. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata even stated that the name was "very cool" during...

News: Iwata Reveals How Nintendo Developed The Early Prototype For Wii U

Iwata Reveals How Nintendo Developed The Early Prototype For Wii U

Simply strap two Wii consoles together

With the immense success of the Wii, the folks at Nintendo certainly had their work cut out when developing its successor. It was around 2009 - with the Wii well into its third year of service - that Nintendo’s top men got around a table and started to discuss what their next move would be. The first task...