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News: Your Japanese Nintendo Direct Wii U Preview Translation Awaits

Your Japanese Nintendo Direct Wii U Preview Translation Awaits

Breaking the language barrier

This morning, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata held a special Nintendo Direct Wii U Preview. It was, as you might expect, conducted entirely in Japanese. With this in mind, we're here to provide a comprehensive rundown on everything that was revealed during the broadcast, as well as an idea of the message that Iwata was...

News: Satoru Iwata: Demand for Rich Experiences on Handhelds "Not Going to Go Away"

Satoru Iwata: Demand for Rich Experiences on Handhelds "Not Going to Go Away"

Smartphones provide "different" competition

For Satoru Iwata, there are plenty of priorities and challenges to face. Nintendo is currently preparing to brings its next home console to the market, while also generating and sustaining momentum for 3DS. Both are important, but it's perhaps 3DS, and dedicated handheld gaming as a whole, that has been...

News: Nintendo Only Plans to Make One 2D Mario Per Platform

Nintendo Only Plans to Make One 2D Mario Per Platform

Plumber deal

The idea of Mario fatigue has been wafting through the air recently, thanks to New Super Mario Bros. 2 launching on 3DS this weekend as another 2D Mario, New Super Mario Bros. U, is being prepared for release in a few months at Wii U's launch. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata insists that this won't be a regular thing, however —...

News: Satoru Iwata: 'We Have Not Changed Our Strategy'

Satoru Iwata: 'We Have Not Changed Our Strategy'

Return to profitability not far away

With Wii U getting closer, and various opinions swirling around about the system's capabilities and even Nintendo's long term future in the industry, Satoru Iwata has spoken to Gamasutra to once again outline Nintendo's philosophy and plans. On the subject of profitability, Iwata has reiterated that the company...

News: 3DS Sales Momentum in U.S. and Europe is 'Not so Good'

3DS Sales Momentum in U.S. and Europe is 'Not so Good'

Post-Holiday slump

When it comes to sales in Japan, 3DS has been the undisputed number one for a number of months, finishing top of the hardware charts and often out-selling all other consoles combined. The story elsewhere, however, isn't as rosy, and while we're probably not looking at poor sales of the level that prompted a significant price-drop...

News: Iwata Expects Wii U to Last a Generation

Iwata Expects Wii U to Last a Generation

Microsoft doesn't seem to agree

An obsession that has plagued video gaming since its earliest days is power, whether it was the 'BIT' wars of the 1990s or the current-day complexities of graphics processors. Wii has been a staggering success that has faded away in its twilight years, arguably because its lack of power has deprived it of many big...

E3 2012: Probably The Best E3 Video Of All Time

Probably The Best E3 Video Of All Time

Prepare yourself

Nintendo's E3 showing this year gave plenty of stage time to some less familiar faces: Katsuya Eguchi and Scott Moffitt both spoke at length about Wii U and 3DS respectively, while president Satoru Iwata — traditionally the conference mainstay — mostly stayed behind the scenes to tweet. This video is probably his finest ever...

News: Nintendo to Offer Triple Layer of Miiverse Moderation

Nintendo to Offer Triple Layer of Miiverse Moderation

Don't be naughty

One of Wii U's biggest features so far is Miiverse. It promises to be a social network on the console, infused with typical Nintendo touches to make it as charming and fun as possible. From a practical perspective, the idea is to communicate with other Wii U gamers to receive game tips, arrange online play and make friends. Another...

News: Iwata: "Animal Crossing 3DS Won't Rely on Add-On Content"

Iwata: "Animal Crossing 3DS Won't Rely on Add-On Content"

Get what you pay for

To some, Animal Crossing on 3DS sounds like the ideal opportunity to sell as much digital add-on content as possible, but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has again stated the company's strong opposition to this model. Iwata told investors Nintendo will stick to its ethos of not selling products that consumers would deem...

News: Iwata Hits Out at Nikkei's "Gossip Magazine" Tactics

Iwata Hits Out at Nikkei's "Gossip Magazine" Tactics

Don't annoy the big man

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata was very unhappy a quote attributed to him in Nikkei's report about Nintendo resurrecting Seaman for 3DS, and took to Twitter to give his side of the story. While most outlets — including this one — picked up just on the Seaman story, apparently the original Japanese article quoted Iwata as...

News: Iwata: Zelda on Wii U Won't Look Cheap

Iwata: Zelda on Wii U Won't Look Cheap

Rolling out the barrel

We all know The Legend of Zelda will come to Wii U, but whether it'll look as good as the Zelda HD Experience from E3 is another matter. Nintendo knows it has to deliver on the graphical front though, as president Satoru Iwata told investors. Explaining that not all Wii U games will take the ultra-realistic, high cost...

News: Nintendo Wants to Keep Old Titles Fresh with DLC

Nintendo Wants to Keep Old Titles Fresh with DLC

Add-ons a-go-go

It's a common problem in these days of overly crammed release schedules: wait around for a few weeks and you might find that the game you've just spent your precious pennies on is already considered old hat. The community has already moved on to the next title, nobody wants to talk about it any longer and, while it might still be...