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Iwata: Nintendo going third party is bad in the long term

Aug 08 // Tony Ponce
"What I believe is that Nintendo is a very unique company, because it does its business by designing and introducing people to hardware and software -- by integrating them, we can be unique. And because we have hardware and software developers in the same building, they stimulate each other. And those kinds of conditions have enabled us to create something that no other companies can create." Some people just refuse to accept the truth. The reason Nintendo has been as successful as it has in the past is because of its level of control over every production phase, from the hardware itself to the games. Just because its current home console is doing less than stellar and might never achieve the kind of success Nintendo would like doesn't mean it should do something drastic like give up its valuable stable of properties. Imagine if Nintendo had gone third party following the GameCube. Does anybody here honestly believe the company would have done better financially publishing on the PS3 and 360 instead of going forward with the Wii? If you do, please check yourself into a nearby clinic, because you've lost touch with reality. There is no logical reason why Nintendo should jump out of the hardware business or, even worse, simultaneously publish games on other platforms and its own. I'd love to keep hearing what people come up with, though. It makes for great entertainment! Iwata: Nintendo games on rival platforms would only be a short-term fix [CVG]
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Iwata would only consider it if he stopped caring for the company
Nintendo should go third party, they say. "Nintendo should have their IP on every platform," they say. No matter how many times CEO Satoru Iwata or anybody in Nintendo management have repeated themselves, there's always some ...

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Pokemon Black & White 2 net over 1 million JP pre-orders


Jun 25
// Chris Carter
Remember when your parents told you Pokemon was just a fad? Oh how wrong they were. Sixteen years later, and Pokemon Black & White 2 is still selling like hotcakes. A recent report suggests that there were 1.16 million pr...
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PSVita Uncharted and Resistance to get multiplayer


Jan 23
// Maxwell Roahrig
During my time with the Vita last week (more on that later), I managed to dig up some interesting little nuggets regarding Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Resistance: Burning Skies. Now, these may seem like no brainers, but ...

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Mind blown! You can play games in 2D on a 3DS!


Sep 25
// Tony Ponce
Nintendo of Europe has posted a banner ad on their home page for the upcoming Metallic Red 3DS model. In addition to sporting a fiery finish, this latest 3DS also comes packed with some incredible new features. Not only can y...
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Shocking: Desmond's tale to continue after AC:Revelations


Jul 15
// Maurice Tan
In a twist that is a unsurprising as James Bond not dying at the end of a movie, Assassin's Creed: Revelations' lead writer Darby McDevitt ("It's DeWitt!") has told CVG that the upcoming game "won't answer everything because ...
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Chris Evans to voice, look like Captain America in game


Feb 17
// Nick Chester
Sega has announced today that Chris Evans, the star of the upcoming Captain America film, will voice and lend his likeness to the character in the upcoming game. That is, of course, if you hadn't already made this assumption ...
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Kid Icarus dev suggests steady hands for 3DS enjoyment


Jan 04
// Jim Sterling
This seems like a bit of a Captain Obvious post, but everybody's treating Masahiro Sakurai's comments like a big deal, so you might want to know. Basically, the Kid Icarus Uprising director has stated that you'll want a ...
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SEGA has three major Sonic announcements in 2011


Dec 14
// Jim Sterling
A SEGA marketing ape has loosened his jaw in the latest Game Informer to reveal that "two of three" big Sonic the Hedgehog announcements are coming in the early portions of 2011. SEGA with some Sonic news ... what a unique co...
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Analyst believes GTA V "likely" in 2012


Nov 25
// Maurice Tan
"Janco Partners" analyst Mike Hickey gave some predictions for Take-Two today. Why? Because he believes the publisher will make enough money to remain profitable even if a new GTA doesn't come out during the next fiscal year ...
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No DLC for GoldenEye 007


Sep 03
// Matthew Razak
After having it bluntly confirmed that GoldenEye 007 would indeed have no DLC whatsoever, I struggled with whether or not to top this story off with our intrepid hero, Captain Obvious. On the one hand games on the Wii just do...
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Obsidian planning Fallout: New Vegas downloadable content


Aug 19
// Samit Sarkar
Bethesda's Fallout 3 set the bar for post-release support in this console generation with its robust package of five add-ons: "Operation: Anchorage," "The Pitt," "Broken Steel," "Point Lookout," and "Mothership Zeta." When I ...
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Fallout: New Vegas drawing more pre-orders than Fallout 3


Aug 06
// Conrad Zimmerman
It seems that there is demand for Obsidian's Fallout: New Vegas, so much so that the pre-orders for the post-apocalyptic role-playing game are far exceeding those for the series' previous title, Fallout 3. That's what MCV is ...
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NPD survey suggests more band-specific music games coming


May 07
// Samit Sarkar
With the upcoming release of Green Day: Rock Band this June, you'd think that maybe MTV and Activision would give the single-band game thing a rest. Of course, you'd be sorely mistaken. Destructoid reader Dexter345 sent ...
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Breaking: Avalanche not working on a puzzle game


Mar 04
// Jordan Devore
As production on Just Cause 2 wraps up, the team at Avalanche Studios has begun dedicating more and more time to an upcoming project. Speaking to IncGamers, lead designer Peter Johansson was willing to let a few minor details...
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A lot of publishers have been having trouble figuring out how to make more money off their Wii games. We've heard from some folks at Capcom say that "hardcore" gamers have moved on from the Wii, or that there was never an con...

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Captain Obvious: God of War IV will happen


Jan 19
// Brad Nicholson
What’s left for Kratos after God of War III? It looks like the spirited man who spits in the faces of gods and titans will resume his role as the spirited man who spits in the faces of gods and titans.In a not-so-recent...
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Captain Obvious: Movie tie-ins generally a piece of crap


Jan 07
// Jim Sterling
Every now and then, we need somebody to tell us something we already knew, and that somebody right now is Bob Jacob, Cinemaware co-founder. Jacob blames the business model of a licensed game, wherein it has to be rushed to co...
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More Call of Duty and Guitar Hero coming in 2010


Nov 07
// Matthew Razak
There have been plenty of stories over the years that Captain Obvious has posted, but I feel this might be his greatest achievement. Yes, the power to state the obvious has been granted to Activison and they've used it with g...
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Captain Obvious: Witcher 2 confirmed as a real thing


Sep 18
// Jim Sterling
Yesterday, a video trailer for The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings was leaked online, prompting plenty of speculation and rudderless gossip about a followup to the well regarded PC RPG. Realizing that what has been seen cannot b...
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GameStop holding Madden midnight launch events


Aug 11
// Nick Chester
For some reason, GameStop has felt the need to announce that its stores will be holding Madden NFL 10 midnight launch events at more than 3,000 of its U.S. locations this Thursday, August 13. Uh, surprise? The retailer i...
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Final Fantasy XIII's release date will be announced shortly


Aug 10
// Colette Bennett
I want to be jaded and scowl every time Square Enix makes some sort of announcement in regards to Final Fantasy XIII, but I have to be honest with myself: ever since that Japanese demo came out and I got to watch some video o...
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Too much gaming time may raise kids' blood pressure


Aug 04
// Colette Bennett
Lots of things can raise your blood pressure -- traffic jams, stressful days at work, pictures of mostly naked girls writhing on a bed of cherries. Apparently the latest in this list is videogames, according to a study found ...
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Captain Obvious: Wii play healthier than sitting on your ass


Jun 17
// Colette Bennett
Here comes some BREAKING news, folks. Get ready for it: a recent study posted on The Hindu reports that playing games on the Nintendo Wii that require physical movement are better for you than games where you simply sit in fr...
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Captain Obvious: No Master Chief in Halo ODST


Jun 15
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
MTV Multiplayer asked Bungie's Brian Jarrard whether the Master Chief would be making an appearnce in Halo ODST. The answer: No. Duh. ODST takes place on Earth in between the events of Halo 2 and 3. The Chief is off on anothe...
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Captain Obvious: We'll see Master Chief again, in something


Mar 04
// Brad Nicholson
So, yesterday, Captain Obvious and I were kicking it real cool. We played some games and went out for drinks. After half a martini, Obvious was spewing all sorts of hot, insider industry news. He told me that Nintendo will de...
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Captain Obvious: Famitsu Editor-in-Chief thinks Dragon Quest IX will sell


Jan 05
// Colette Bennett
In a brilliant flash of almost Nostradamus-like insight, Famitsu Editor-in-Chief Hirokazu Hamamura has come out and announced that he believes that the upcoming Dragon Quest IX will sell faster than copies of Twilight (yes, i...
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Captain Obvious: Atari will continue selling games to retail


Dec 03
// Brad Nicholson
At a recent London event, Atari told MCV that "retail is still a priority," thus the company will continue shipping their games to stores in an attempt to get them in consumers' hands. Awhile back, the publisher was...
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Captain Obvious: The games industry rejects conservative notions on videogames


Oct 01
// Brad Nicholson
Just thinking about violence in videogames and its social ramifications keeps us warm on those cold, wintry days when GTA IV isn’t blamed for some some tragic circumstance. Thankfully, the pundits in the media, as well ...
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Shocker! Most people don't like paying $60 for a new videogame


Sep 08
// Justin Villasenor
Instead of just sitting around grumbling about not being able to afford all the great releases coming out in the next few months, GameDaily called up some gamers to listen to them grumble about not being able to afford all th...
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Captain Obvious: XBLA needs better categorization


Aug 12
// Brad Nicholson
In an interview with gameindustry.biz, Proper Games CEO (Flock!) Paddy Sinclair was willing to say aloud what every executive in the industry only whispers in the vast labyrinth of developer-only smoking rooms underneath the ...

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