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GDC comments draw critics from industry
For all the praise that Nintendo got from its appearance at the Game Developers Conference this year, it seems President and CEO Satoru Iwata came away from his keynote (which was streamed live) with as many satisfied fans as he did disgruntled critics. During his speech, he made several comments on the...
Both systems sure to have plenty riding on them
With the 3DS having just launched in Japan, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has expressed the company's hopes for the handheld system and the stance Nintendo is taking towards the eventual successor to the Wii. During an interview conducted by Yomiuri Online (as translated by AndriaSang), Iwata hopes that...
New screenshots look stunning
Excited about Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for Nintendo 3DS? Of course you are. Would you like to know when you can play it? According to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata's keynote speech at this year's Game Developers' Conference, you can get your Hylian fingers on Link's adventure in June this year. Iwata didn't elaborate if this is a global release date or..
We wouldn't want that to happen with the 3DS, would we?
He may think that the 3DS and Sony's Next Generation Portable (NGP) will appeal to different demographics, but intrinsically, the two systems share more in common with each other than the rivals let on. One difference however, is the inclusion of a 3G service on the NGP, and Iwata has shared his thoughts on the possible implications of..
See Nintendo's president talk about the past, the present and the future
It may have come to your attention that the Game Developers Conference is currently on-going over in San Fransisco. Generally, there aren't any new game announcements at the show, but there are always some interesting roundtables, Q&As and keynotes. Case in point: Satoru...
"Packed with surprises"
Mario is coming to 3DS in full force, with Mario Kart and Paper Mario already announced for release within the next year, but of course Nintendo is bringing 2D and 3D Mario platformers to 3DS. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has recently tossed out a tiny scrap of information, and although it's not much to go on it's still Mario on 3DS. According to an Andriasang..
More little extras tucked away
Yesterday we brought you our First Impressions: 3DS Operating System and Built-In Software, but we weren't able to try out the machine's built-in pedometer or the StreetPass as the consoles were tethered to desks or, even worse, human beings. Buried in the Nintendo investors briefing came a snippet from Satoru Iwata...
Link reaches a quarter-century old
Last year, Nintendo's tubby mascot celebrated his 25th anniversary in the form of Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition, a collection that disappointed some in its paucity of interesting content. This year Nintendo will get a chance to wipe the slate clean and try harder, as its other ageless hero – Link...
He likes to move it, move it
Nintendo's financial results are always a treasure trove of information – it's how we found out about Pandora's Tower and Kirby on Wii, for example – but while you may come for the announcements, you'll stay for President Iwata's opinions on the period gone by. Looking back at last Christmas, Iwata highlighted one...
"The customers will decide which is correct"
Nintendo isn't the only company with new portable hardware coming out soon as Sony has recently announced details of its follow-up to the PSP range of models in the form of the Next Generation Portable (NGP). Speaking to Bloomberg, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata spoke about the upcoming Sony handheld device...
Strong third-party support boasted again
3DS already has the support of major third-party publishers including Ubisoft, EA, Sega, Capcom and plenty more, but Satoru Iwata has spelled out the level of commitment from overseas companies, saying the console has more support than the DS did before launch. To say the least, our overseas publishers are not taking a passive approach to Nintendo 3DS at..
Company will still bring big games to DS
If you're not caught up in the whirlwind of excitement surrounding the 3DS and want to stick with your trusty DS, you'll be glad to hear that Nintendo still wants to bring major titles to the machine even after the 3DS is available. Satoru Iwata stressed the importance of quality software for the machine's...
Blame must be divvied out more evenly
We know that the DS has suffered a great deal from the impact of piracy, with many titles failing to gain the sales they deserved, in part due to the ease with which software is pirated on the device. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata isn't convinced the blame lies squarely at the feet of pirates however, acknowledging his company has a part to play in promoting..
Console's fortunes need a boost
This Christmas will be the Wii's fifth holiday at retail, and there's no doubt demand for the console has cooled in recent times. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is keenly aware of this, and knows the machine needs a strong Christmas this year or it could find itself in trouble. In a discussion with investors, Iwata...
Went with SpotPass instead
Nintendo's idea with the 3DS is, in the company's own words, "Carry Around, Affect Each Other and Something New Every Day". At one time there was a rumour that 3DS would contain 3G functionality, allowing gamers to access the Internet wherever they were as a modern mobile phone would, and president Satoru Iwata confirmed the company looked into the feature but..
Seems a smart decision
The pre-conference buzz around 3DS was for a release in Japan late this year, with Nintendo's share price jumping hugely at a rumour the machine would launch in October for ¥18,000 (around $215/£136/€157), though that news turned out to be the Mario edition DSi XL. It turns out the original plan was to launch the machine in 2010, but Nintendo realised it would never be..
So don't expect any concrete details until as late as possible
There was a time when each of The Big Three offered something a little different with their respective consoles. With motion-control billed as the main event at this generation of home consoles, Nintendo can take pride that it was the company that warmed up for the evening, and that it's still going strong today. So what can we expect..
Breaking news! Creator of Mario is wealthy!
Shigeru Miyamoto is one of the industry's founding fathers and there's no doubt the industry would be a very different place without him, so it seems fair that he's paid accordingly. Recently documents that reveal the pay of top Japanese executives, including Nintendo have come to light, and the salaries of Mr Miyamoto and Nintendo President Satoru Iwata..
Recession not the be-all and end-all
Just under two months ago we shared news that software sales in the UK were at their lowest in four years, with various factors blamed. Nintendo's President Satoru Iwata has recently discussed why software sales figures have fallen worldwide, with the blame levelled at a surprising party: video game developers...
Better start saving or thinking up Sanford and Son-esque money making schemes
With the 3DS generating as much hype as it is, it's no surprise that its software may cost as much as your average Wii release. You get what you pay for, and this handheld could hardly be classified in the same ballpark as the Game Boys of yesteryear. No, friends; the 3Ds is nothing less than a Game Man. Or woman. Gender..
In new Nintendo console, the games come to you
There are still no hard-and-fast facts about how the 3DS's shop will function, but several recent interviews with Satoru Iwata have revealed a potential sea change in thinking at Nintendo's highest level: as well as Mr Iwata's post-E3 comments that the console could support video chat, a discussion with...
Is there nothing it can't do?
We know the 3DS will have improved online capabilities, and we know it's capable of taking 3D photographs, but an interview between Forbes and Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has hinted at a combination of the two: online three-dimensional video chat. Although Mr Iwata chooses his words carefully and never states such a feature is planned, he does say that a number of..
Company is "not satisfied" with current functionality
When it comes to online functionality, Nintendo doesn't rank particularly high among developers – and they know it. Earlier, Shigeru Miyamoto expressed the company's need to rethink it's online strategy on a macro level. Now, in an investor Q&A session held during E3 last week (via Kotaku), CEO Satoru Iwata explained t
Prototype console hidden amongst socks
Nintendo's interest in 3D graphics stretches far back in time, from the days of the Virtual Boy to the newly-unveiled 3DS. They may have been the only two 3D machines to reach consumers, but that doesn't mean they're the only ones Nintendo cooked up, as an interview with CEO Satoru Iwata reveals. During development of the GameBoy Advance the company added a..
Might take a while, though
The world gaming world is riding the crest of a 3D wave at the moment, with Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all moving into that space in the near future. Nintendo, however, is the only console manufacturer to be bringing three dimensions to the portable space, but company president Satoru Iwata has revealed its next home console will likely offer 3D as well. Speaking to..
Third dimension will be optional
Worried the upcoming 3DS will ruin your eyesight or generally be a bit tiresome? Nintendo is way ahead of you, with President Satoru Iwata confirming the 3D mode won't be compulsory. He promised it will be easy to turn off the 3D function on the new machine, allowing people to play games, with or without 3D. Iwata also stated the new machine will feature more..
Iwata unimpressed by Apple's device, bashes 3D gaming too
Nintendo head honcho Satoru Iwata has stated he is unimpressed by the recently revealed (and much hyped) Apple iPad - the tablet computing device that Steve Jobs showed the world for the first time on Wednesday. Speaking about the iPad, Iwata stated: “There were no surprises for me,” and...
Wii design ethos to influence future handheld
Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun recently carried an interview with Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, discussing the company's hopes for the year ahead, and he discussed a few very brief titbits about the possible DS successor and its features. It will have highly detailed graphics, and it will be necessary to have a sensor with the ability to read the..
Nintendo's latest Q&A session reveals an amusing tid-bit
Nintendo's regular "Iwata Asks" Q&A sessions have thrown up some interesting points and the latest one - featuring Shigeru Miyamoto - is no exception. Miyamoto: After Mario Bros., there were a fair few jumping-style games released by various companies and I felt that this kind of jumping game had been our idea. Iwata: Donkey..
The console "didn't work at all"
The paradigm shift from 2D to 3D that game developers faced in the 32/64-bit era was so drastic that not only did developers have to grapple with new tech but also figuring out how on earth their games would work in a new dimension. It didn't always work out so well, but when it did it was magical. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata sat down with members of Treasure's..
Test program limited to a few titles at first
It's about time. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata revealed to investors during a Q&A session at a recent earnings briefing that the company would soon roll out a test program for WiiWare: demos. Since this hasn't officially been announced by Nintendo yet there are a lot of details missing, like when it's...
Not enough big Wii games on shelves, admits Iwata
The more business-savvy amongst you will be aware that the Wii isn't selling as well as it has been previously. At a recent Nintendo investor's meeting, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata was asked during a Q&A whether a price drop would be coming for the Wii. He replied: It's not the case of the...
Worldwide shock at name "Wii Vitality"
You certainly can't argue with Nintendo's branding department when it comes to game names. Back in my day, it used to be a "Super" here or a "64" there, but these days the Wii name is even stronger than Nintendo's, with the big N keen to slap it on every game they release, including the recently hinted-at "Wii Vitality". The..
Nintendo's big boss warns rivals after motion-control announcements at E3
This year's E3 was all about motion control as both Sony and Microsoft decided to jump on the bandwagon that Nintendo got rolling when the Wii was released some time ago. However, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata - speaking in an interview with British newspaper The Times - revealed that he actually expected rival firms to..
Just how many units did the DSi move its opening weekend?
It was announced earlier today by Nintendo's President and CEO Satoru Iwata and Senior Managing Director Shigeru Miyamoto , the DSi had a successful opening weekend overseas and moved over 600,000 units between North America and Europe combined. 300,000 units per territory is a pretty impressive number, especially for only two days of..
Could a slowing market and a boost in "core" game sales have us swimming in great releases this year?
Wii and DS sales are slowing down in Japan causing an uncomfortable disturbance in the force that is Nintendo's cash flow. This has also highlighted a boost in “hardcore” game sales there. Does this mean that to get the more “hardcore” titles here in the NA and EU regions we need to just..
Iwata spills the beans.
It was announced before that the Wii would be getting its own video service before long in Japan, and eventually other territories should be following suit. Recently however President Iwata dropped a few tidbits about how this service may not be exclusive to Nintendo's home console. The Nintendo DS may be getting some love as well. Iwata says that the DS should be able to..
Playing WarioWare Snapped! - 500 Points; Watching Iwata play WarioWare Snapped! - Priceless
If you've played WarioWare Snapped!, then you know by now that it will make you do things that you ordinarily would never be caught on camera doing. But WarioWare Snapped! changes all that, by taking pictures of you while you play through the various mini-games that utilize the DSi's built-in camera..
The latest edition of Iwata Asks, featuring an interview with the team behind Rhythm Heaven for DS!
Although Rhythm Heaven is just now making its way outside of Japan, it has actually been in around for quite some time now. Beginning on the GBA under the title Rhythm Tengoku, it quickly garnered the attention of players with its quirky style and easy to use controls. Later came an arcade version,..
Nintendo CEO is quick to avoid brand rivalry - but how true is his claim?
Whenever a new product hits the shelves the first thing that certain sectors of the media do is try and find a rival product to compare it against. At the moment, the success of Apple’s iPhone and iPod range has led to comparisons with pretty much any electronic gadget released in the past few years, including MP3 players,..
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