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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...

News: Nintendo Direct Broadcasts Attracting Around One Million Viewers

Nintendo Direct Broadcasts Attracting Around One Million Viewers

Videos proving popular with both core and casual players

The investor Q&A Nintendo held recently is throwing up all kinds of interesting stories. We already know that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata is warming to the idea of smartphones and has intentionally held back Wii U launch titles, and we now have some illuminating figures relating to the...

News: Nintendo Is Holding Back Wii U Titles To Maintain Momentum Into 2013

Nintendo Is Holding Back Wii U Titles To Maintain Momentum Into 2013

"We realize the biggest challenge is to make sure that Wii U sells well even in the next year"

Talking in an investor's Q&A, Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata has revealed that the company has intentionally held back certain Wii U launch titles to ensure that sales remain robust well into 2013. He said: If you look at how pre-orders are...

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...