Structural shifts and fresh promotions are just part of a wider plan
Yoshiaki Koizumi is one of the key beneficiaries of the merger of EAD and SPD While this week's big news is certainly the appointment of Tatsumi Kimishima as Nintendo's new president, it was the changes taking place behind the scenes which will have piqued the interest of seasoned...
Say hello to the Entertainment Planning & Development Division
Shinya Takahashi and Shigeru Miyamoto As well as confirming yesterday that Tatsumi Kimishima is its new president, Nintendo also detailed some organisational changes which will impact the day-to-day running of some of its famous internal teams. The big news is that EAD (Entertainment...
"There’s still a lot more room for discovery and invention"
Nintendo producer Yoshiaki Koizumi has revealed that work has already begun on the next Super Mario game, but he is unable to give any information about which console it is coming to. Speaking to EDGE in a feature about the making of Super Mario 3D World, Koizumi refused to be drawn on...
Keeping things local
Remember the days before online gaming when you used to huddle around the NES, SNES or N64 with friends and relatives for a competitive multiplayer session? Being able to test your skills against people all over the world is all well and good, but you can't beat the experience of playing someone who is within punching distance...
Title will be largely traditional
Nintendo has experimented with DLC on relatively few occasions, and it doesn’t look like its approach to modern-day gaming will be changing pace anytime soon. In mostly unsurprising news, Super Mario 3D World producer Yoshiaki Koizuma has revealed DLC for the upcoming Wii U title is unlikely to happen. Although...
A never-ending icon
Mario is the face of Nintendo, a fact that is clear to most. As a character, however, he lacks any depth or back-story. Although some titles, such as the Mario & Luigi RPG titles on the Game Boy Advance and DS, apply a simple and humorous story to Mario and his world, he is often simply rescuing a Princess from a giant turtle creature. In fact, games writer James Leach said..
Lots of levels?
The 3DS price cut tomorrow might spur more people into picking up the console, but it won't matter a thing if the software isn't there to support the console in the longer-term. That shouldn't be a problem with Super Mario 3D Land set to launch in November this year, though. Director Yoshiaki Koizumi recently spoke to Official Nintendo Magazine about his plans for the game and..
What a problem to have...
Mario's new master, Super Mario Galaxy director Yoshiaki Koizumi, is already brainstorming ideas for how to bring the famous mascot to Wii U. He's been so busy, in fact, that he's already come up too many ideas to put into practice, according to a recent interview with Official Nintendo Magazine. Koizumi — who was kept in...
A metaphorical wardrobe, you understand
Super Mario has made a big song and dance about the return of the Tanooki suit, but it's not the only famous garb the plumber can plod around in. Yoshiaki Koizumi has told Official Nintendo Magazine that there will be other familiar suits available in the 3DS adventure later this year: Also, I should point...
Koizumi left guessing
Nintendo unveiled Wii U at E3 in June without a single official first-party game to demonstrate it — attendees had to make do with tech demos like New Super Mario Bros. Mii and Zelda Wii U. If you were wondering why there wasn't a more concrete showing of upcoming games, it could be because Nintendo's legendary secrecy extended even to its own top employees. Super Mario..
Koizumi talks roots
You can tell from our Super Mario 3D First Impressions that Mario's first outing in 3D will be something special, and series veteran Yoshiaki Koizumi has spoken to GameSpot the game will play differently to its home console forebears. Despite some similarities to Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy, Koizumi believes the plumber's portable performance is more in line with the..
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