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News: Satoru Iwata to Receive Posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award at D.I.C.E.

Satoru Iwata to Receive Posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award at D.I.C.E.

Splatoon and Super Mario Maker among award nominees

With a summit in the days before, details have now been issued for the 19th D.I.C.E. Awards on 18th February; this is a prestigious annual event hosted by The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. Nintendo picked up a few awards in late 2015 for key releases such as Splatoon and Super Mario...

Feature: A Celebration of HAL Laboratory - Forever Focused on Fun

A Celebration of HAL Laboratory - Forever Focused on Fun

Kirby, Pokemon, Smash Bros., and Box Boy...

From now until the start of the new year we're going to be republishing some of what we feel are our best features of 2015. Hopefully this will offer the chance for newer readers to catch up on content they might have missed and allow long-time fans to reacquaint themselves with features they enjoyed the...

News: Satoru Iwata is Awarded With Posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award at Golden Joysticks

Satoru Iwata is Awarded With Posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award at Golden Joysticks

Had "the brain of a game developer and the heart of a gamer"

Today brought the Golden Joystick awards in the UK, a long-running event that is voted upon by the public. Nintendo secured a few awards, though the most touching was awarded to the company's former President. Satoru Iwata was posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, having...

News: A Satoru Iwata Memorial Custom amiibo is Being Sold for Charity

A Satoru Iwata Memorial Custom amiibo is Being Sold for Charity

Has attracted bids of over $1000 so far

Custom amiibo figures are rather common, with fans converting existing figures into other favoured characters and variations. With the passing of Nintendo President Satoru Iwata earlier in the year there was a petition for a Satoru Iwata amiibo, and some produced their own in honour of the gaming visionary...

News: Satoru Iwata Outlines His Reasons For Not Attending E3 This Year

Satoru Iwata Outlines His Reasons For Not Attending E3 This Year

Plans to be active on Twitter

Satoru Iwata is a popular figure with many Nintendo fans, so when the announcement came that he would not be attending this year's E3 there was some disappointment and concern. Concerns arose after Iwata-san missed last year's E3 due to an operation to remove a tumour from his bile duct. At the time some were worried...

News: Satoru Iwata Will Return as Nintendo Direct Host, Apologises Again for amiibo Shortages

Satoru Iwata Will Return as Nintendo Direct Host, Apologises Again for amiibo Shortages

Splatoon stock seems to be short in Japan, too

Nintendo fans following today's Japanese Nintendo Direct will have seen a new presenter in action, Morimoto-san. The younger face held his own, fitting in with the often formal nature of the Japan-only broadcasts, taking on the tough role of filling the shoes of our most regular presenter - Nintendo...

Reaction: Satoru Iwata Holds Off on Major Announcements as Investors Appear Settled

Satoru Iwata Holds Off on Major Announcements as Investors Appear Settled

A comfortable, unremarkable Investor Briefing

As those that follow Nintendo closely know only too well, major announcements and shocks aren't just reserved for E3 and the occasional Nintendo Direct. The company has a habit of dropping major news like it's a minor affair, and in the past couple of years has also reserved some notable news for...

News: Satoru Iwata Shares Confidence in Hitting Targets, Mii-Focused Smartphone App to be Announced in Q2

Satoru Iwata Shares Confidence in Hitting Targets, Mii-Focused Smartphone App to be Announced in Q2

"I believe the Wii U business still has considerable room for growth"

In recent days Satoru Iwata has been conducting a series of interviews in Japan, tackling tricky questions ahead of the next President's Briefing and Investor Q & A on 17th February. A pattern has started to emerge in these interviews, which certainly lays the ground for...

News: Satoru Iwata Highlights Frustration at Missed Wii U Features and Aims to Improve for Next-Gen Hardware

Satoru Iwata Highlights Frustration at Missed Wii U Features and Aims to Improve for Next-Gen Hardware

More nods and winks about Nintendo's next console

Just recently we shared some translated quotes from a 4Gamer interview with Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, in which he talked about his programming days and his role in getting Super Smash Bros. Melee to market. That same thread on NeoGaf has been adding more translations, and the latest excerpts...

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...