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News: Nintendo May Not Call Wii U a Home Console

Nintendo May Not Call Wii U a Home Console

A rose by any other name

When we saw Wii U at E3, we were pretty certain it was a console. We even saw people playing it in a home-style setting. So it's a home console, right? Wrong. Talking to investors after the latest financial results, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata suggested the company won't refer to it as a traditional home console: As for...

News: Iwata Hints at Upcoming Swapnote Update

Iwata Hints at Upcoming Swapnote Update

What's on the way?

Swapnote/Nintendo Letter Box is still compelling many 3DS owners to open their console every day to see what's new, and Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has hinted that there may be more to come from the app in the future. Speaking to investors, Iwata revealed that over 10 million notes were exchanged within four weeks of the app...

News: Wii U Controller Gets Intriguing New Wireless Technology

Wii U Controller Gets Intriguing New Wireless Technology

Near Field Communication is go

Satoru Iwata revealed to investors that the Wii U controller will feature Near Field Communication (NFC) functions. The wireless technology is commonly used in non-contact transactions such as swiping travel cards and making credit or debit card payments. It's Iwata's description of the technology's applications,...

News: Wii U to Get Online User Accounts

Wii U to Get Online User Accounts

About time

While Xbox 360's Gamertag and PlayStation Network's PSN ID systems have allowed unique online identifiers for some time, Nintendo's 3DS, Wii and DS have lagged behind in the online space. Speaking to investors, president Satoru Iwata revealed Wii U will get individual user accounts for online services. Iwata said: Also for the Wii U, we...

News: Nintendo Network Will Get Competitions and User Communication

Nintendo Network Will Get Competitions and User Communication

And much more

The mysterious Nintendo Network logo that surfaced last week has been explained at an investor meeting by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. As expected, the Nintendo Network is the company's new online infrastructure, but it spans far further than simply online matchmaking and eshopping. As Iwata tells it, Nintendo Network — which covers Wii U and 3DS — is a unified online platform..

News: Iwata: "Wii U Will Be At its Best at Launch"

Iwata: "Wii U Will Be At its Best at Launch"

No waiting here

As we reported yesterday, Wii U will launch in time for Christmas, with Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealing to investors the company has learnt from the 3DS launch. Iwata told investors: For the launch of new hardware, it is, of course, regarded as a sort of requisite not to miss the critical year-end sales season. The company is aiming to firmly complete the development of..

News: Nintendo Announces 2D Super Mario Title for 3DS

Nintendo Announces 2D Super Mario Title for 3DS

Coming soon

Nintendo will release a new 2D side-scrolling Super Mario title for 3DS in the next financial year, president Satoru Iwata has announced. Speaking to investors about the upcoming titles for the console, Iwata said: Although there is no logo here, we are planning to release a totally new side-scrolling action Super Mario in 2D as a key...

News: Nintendo Promises 3DS DLC for Next Year's Titles

Nintendo Promises 3DS DLC for Next Year's Titles

Will we see any this year?

The late November 3DS system update will add the ability for developers to release downloadable content for games in the 3DS eShop, but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed there'll be no Nintendo DLC until 2012. Speaking to investors after the semi-annual financial report, Iwata said: Nintendo will also offer...

News: Nintendo Developing New Game Genres to Revitalise 3DS

Nintendo Developing New Game Genres to Revitalise 3DS

No laurel-resting here

Nintendo DS and Wii were hugely lucrative for many reasons, but part of their success is down to the innovative new games only possible on Nintendo's hardware: from Nintendogs and Brain Training to Wii Fit, these new genres really made the hardware into global phenomena. Of course, other hardware manufacturers and publishers soon caught up and Nintendo's advantage diminished,..

News: Nintendo Developing New Game Genres to Revitalise 3DS

Nintendo Developing New Game Genres to Revitalise 3DS

No laurel-resting here

Nintendo DS and Wii were hugely lucrative for many reasons, but part of their success is down to the innovative new games only possible on Nintendo's hardware: from Nintendogs and Brain Training to Wii Fit, these new genres really made the hardware into global phenomena. Of course, other hardware manufacturers and publishers soon caught up and Nintendo's advantage diminished,..

News: Final Wii U Form to Be Shown At E3 2012

Final Wii U Form to Be Shown At E3 2012

Changes planned?

The Wii U reveal at E3 2011 probably didn't go quite as Nintendo had hoped, with some confusion over exactly what the console is and how it works. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is keen not to make that mistake again though, and has revealed the console will be shown off in its "final format" at next year's E3. That could mean the machine itself will be altered, or we'll..

News: Iwata: We Want 3DS Sales to Show Consoles are Here to Stay

Iwata: We Want 3DS Sales to Show Consoles are Here to Stay

President comes out swinging

One of the most anticipated 3DS games is nearly here: Super Mario 3D Land releases in Japan next week, and Nintendo president Satoru Iwata expects it to ignite 3DS hardware sales. Speaking to investors after the company's quarterly results, Iwata revealed that since the price drop the 3DS is selling at a better pace than...

News: Iwata Reveals Big New Improvements for eShop

Iwata Reveals Big New Improvements for eShop

DLC, web, demos and more

At the recent financial briefing, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata discussed plenty of interesting new ideas to evolve the company's online strategy, revealing some big initiatives. Extra downloadable content for games will be available to game developers after the late November system update, letting studios and publishers update their releases with additional packs of..

News: Iwata Resists Calls for Smartphone Games

Iwata Resists Calls for Smartphone Games

Says Nintendo's business in hardware is vital

Following Nintendo's press conference in Tokyo, CEO Satoru Iwata conducted an interview with Nikkei about the future of the 3DS and Nintendo as a whole. Amongst expected talk of strong software line-ups and a Nintendo fightback, Iwata was asked, once again, whether Nintendo would be joining the...

News: Iwata Admits E3 Wii U Reveal was Earlier Than Planned

Iwata Admits E3 Wii U Reveal was Earlier Than Planned

A necessary evil

Rumours of Nintendo's new console started circulating before E3, and the system's basic concept leaked out long before Reggie Fils-Aime rolled the tape. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata spoke to investors recently and admitted that the console's big reveal E3 was a little earlier than then company would have liked. Iwata revealed that although the worldwide interest in what Nintendo..

News: Iwata Writes Open Letter to 3DS Owners to Say Sorry

Iwata Writes Open Letter to 3DS Owners to Say Sorry

Mail from the boss man

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata speaks to all the key players in Nintendo's company: investors, shareholders, developers and more all meet with the big boss to share concerns and discuss the industry's future. Iwata is a busy man then, but he still took the time to pen a letter to 3DS owners, thanking them for their purchase and apologising for the price drop. As translated..

News: Iwata: We Will Do Paid Download Content for Wii U and 3DS

Iwata: We Will Do Paid Download Content for Wii U and 3DS

But no word on what

Extra downloadable content is a fertile field for developers, allowing them to extend the appeal of their game long after it's left the charts. While some Wii games allowed for paid DLC under the system's "Pay and Play" feature, it was never really a big focus for the console, something Nintendo president Satoru Iwata...