Well, it's been an interesting day for Nintendo fans. The company made some key announcements when it issued its annual financial reports, many of which have prompted a lot of debate. There's been a lot of reaction, but for those looking at the various articles and wondering where to start this is a summary to bring it all together as concisely as possible. It's like our 'Big Nintendo Direct Summary' articles, but perhaps without as many optimistic vibes...
So, let's break it down.
Nintendo hasn't revealed the system, though we never thought it would at this point. It has confirmed that we won't be playing the NX this year, however, outlining a global release next March. Also of note is that Nintendo has fundamentally ruled out an appearance or reveal either before or during E3, so we have a bit of a wait on our hands.
Most people had already figured out that the next Zelda title would likely be a dual release, and Nintendo's now confirmed that, intriguingly stating that both versions have been in development "in tandem". It's fallen back again, however, now due in an undefined period of 2017.
Nintendo has shaken up its E3 formula again, confirming that Zelda Wii U will be the only game playable at its booth "in order to provide attendees a complete immersion". Of course there may be streams and broadcasts with a broader mandate around this, which we'll find out in time. Nevertheless, it's a decision that may be disappointing for those attending the event.
This article is our full breakdown of Nintendo's profits for the last financial year, its sales figures and its projections for the year to come.
In confirming these franchises for Autumn / Fall on smart devices, Nintendo has made it clear that they're very much gaming experiences. Though Fire Emblem will be simpler than its 3DS brethren it'll still be a role-playing strategy game, while the Animal Crossing title will apparently interact with the full games.
Nintendo has announced a notable landmark for the social app and a special 10-day "Celebrating 10 Million Users!" promotion between 29th April and 8th May.
Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima is making key adjustments to Nintendo's corporate governance structure. This includes some interesting placings within the structure for the current Nintendo of America and Europe Presidents, Reggie Fils-Aime and Satoru Shibata.
As the headline makes clear there were some pleasing successes on Wii U and 3DS last year, with 14 games passing one million sales.
Below is a video summary from earlier today, too, in addition to a couple of Reaction pieces. It's been another intriguing day in the world of Nintendo, for better or for worse.