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News: Iwata Drops Sneaky Mario 3DS Hints

Iwata Drops Sneaky Mario 3DS Hints

"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..

News: 3DS Contains Two Tiny StreetPass Minigames

3DS Contains Two Tiny StreetPass Minigames

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...

News: Will We See a Zelda 25th Anniversary Collection this Year?

Will We See a Zelda 25th Anniversary Collection this Year?

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 – turns 25. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata..

News: Iwata: More Developers Interested in 3DS Than Were Into DS

Iwata: More Developers Interested in 3DS Than Were Into DS

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..

News: DS to Have Life After 3DS, says Nintendo

DS to Have Life After 3DS, says Nintendo

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...

News: Piracy Not to Blame for Poor Software Sales, Says Iwata

Piracy Not to Blame for Poor Software Sales, Says Iwata

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..

News: This Christmas is Critical for Wii, Admits Iwata

This Christmas is Critical for Wii, Admits Iwata

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 observed that a higher percentage of the machine's..

News: Nintendo Considered Monthly Fee for 3DS Always-On Internet

Nintendo Considered Monthly Fee for 3DS Always-On Internet

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..

News: 2011 Release for 3DS is a Move to Avoid Stock Shortages

2011 Release for 3DS is a Move to Avoid Stock Shortages

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..

News: Nintendo President Wants Gamers to be Surprised by the Wii 2

Nintendo President Wants Gamers to be Surprised by the Wii 2

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..

News: Shigeru Miyamoto is Certainly Not Short on Coins

Shigeru Miyamoto is Certainly Not Short on Coins

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..

News: Iwata: Blame Poor Games Not Poor Economy for Sales Decrease

Iwata: Blame Poor Games Not Poor Economy for Sales Decrease

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. Mr Iwata openly acknowledged the recession did..

News: Iwata: 3DS Games May Cost as Much as Wii Titles

Iwata: 3DS Games May Cost as Much as Wii Titles

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..

News: 3DS Online Content to Push, Not Pull

3DS Online Content to Push, Not Pull

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...

News: 3D Video Chat Possible says Iwata

3D Video Chat Possible says Iwata

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..

News: Iwata: Nintendo Looking to Improve Online Efforts

Iwata: Nintendo Looking to Improve Online Efforts

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

News: Iwata's 3D GameBoy Advance is in a Drawer Somewhere

Iwata's 3D GameBoy Advance is in a Drawer Somewhere

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..

E3 2010: Wii 2 Will Probably be 3D, says Iwata

Wii 2 Will Probably be 3D, says Iwata

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..