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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 the company's investors has revealed a little..

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..

News: 3DS Will Let You Play in 2D Too, If You Want

3DS Will Let You Play in 2D Too, If You Want

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..

News: Nintendo Chief Doesn't Care for the iPad

Nintendo Chief Doesn't Care for the iPad

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...

News: DS Follow-Up to Feature Motion Sensor?

DS Follow-Up to Feature Motion Sensor?

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..

News: Miyamoto: I Wanted To Patent Jumping In Games

Miyamoto: I Wanted To Patent Jumping In Games

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..

News: Sin & Punishment Team Talks N64 Development Hell

Sin & Punishment Team Talks N64 Development Hell

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..

News: Iwata: WiiWare Demos Are Coming

Iwata: WiiWare Demos Are Coming

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 set to start. At this time it's unknown which..

News: Wii Sales Starting to Crash?

Wii Sales Starting to Crash?

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...

News: Vitality Sensor Gets Its First Announced Game

Vitality Sensor Gets Its First Announced Game

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..

News: Iwata: Nintendo Will Not Be Standing Still

Iwata: Nintendo Will Not Be Standing Still

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..