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1:30 PM on 03.23.2015

Report of Netflix's Game of Thrones-style Zelda series 'not based on correct information'

I was so excited for the reported "Game of Thrones for a family audience" Legend of Zelda series that Netflix was producing that I went ahead and wrote up my "dream cast" (SEGA joke) for the series. Looks like my ace tel...

Steven Hansen

2:30 PM on 03.18.2015

Nintendo talks NX, mobile game pricing, DeNA partnership

Nintendo is finally entering the mobile game space through a collaboration with DeNA. Why now? As CEO Satoru Iwata explained to TIME, "We have come to the stage where we can say that we will be able to develop and operate so...

Jordan Devore



Nintendo teases new 'NX' hardware photo
Nintendo teases new 'NX' hardware
by Laura Kate Dale

[Ed. Note: Super fake console photo added for emotional trauma. It's an old gag by GreenStar Studios.]

Earlier today we reported on the news that Nintendo is partnering up with DeNA to bring Nintendo franchises to smart phones. During the announcement, Satoru Iwata was eager to reassure core Nintendo fans that while the company is moving into smart phone development, this does not mark the end of them as a dedicated gaming hardware manufacturer. 

In order to reassure core Nintendo fans of its commitment to dedicated hardware, Iwata teased that they had a new piece of dedicated gaming hardware in the works dubbed the Nintendo NX.

While this is not something directly relating to the collaboration that we have announced today, here is one thing I would like to mention to avoid any misunderstandings.

Nintendo has decided to deploy its video game business on smart devices but it is not because we have lost passion or vision for the business of dedicated video game systems. On the contrary, now that we have decided how we will make use of smart devices, we have come to hold an even stronger passion and vision for the dedicated video game system business than ever before. Nintendo has made this decision because we have concluded that the approach of making use of smart devices is a rational way for us to encourage even more people around the world to recognize the great value of the wonderful game software available on our dedicated game systems.

As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename "NX." It is too early to elaborate on the details of this project, but we hope to share more information with you next year.

It's currently unclear what kind of hardware the NX will be, but the general consensus is that the hardware is likely to replace the Wii U, in one form or another. So, expect a reveal at E3 2016?

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8:00 AM on 02.22.2015

President of Nintendo confirms port strike is partially responsible for U.S. New 3DS and amiibo shortages

Tired of waiting for that beautiful King Dedede amiibo? Well you can stop blaming Nintendo, at least if you want to be rational. I personally don't, and am still pining to complete my wave 3 collection, so it's still Nintendo's fault in my head. During the Q&A session after Tuesday's 3rd quarter accounts briefing, President and CEO of Nintendo Co. Ltd. Satoru Iwata stated:

Jason Faulkner


2:00 PM on 10.31.2014

Iwata explains why New 3DS isn't coming west anytime soon

For those in the US and Europe hoping for a retail launch of Nintendo's New 3DS in the near future, the prospects don't look good. During Nintendo's recent semi-annual financials briefing, president Satoru Iwata explained why...

Brett Makedonski

8:00 PM on 10.29.2014

Nintendo's Satoru Iwata has recovered from surgery

Earlier this year, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata missed E3 and the company's annual shareholder meeting due to a growth in his bile duct. He underwent surgery to remove the tumor back in June and has since returned to his normal ...

Jordan Devore

3:00 AM on 06.24.2014

Nintendo's Satoru Iwata missed E3 to have surgery, is recovering well

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata was advised by his physician not to travel overseas so he didn't make the trip to E3, which is fine; he didn't miss much. This letter from Iwata to Nintendo shareholders on why he is also ...

Steven Hansen

11:45 AM on 06.05.2014

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata staying home from E3

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has been advised by his physician not to travel overseas "in the immediate future" and will be staying home next week, as a result. No E3! At least not in-person -- Nintendo has its Digital Eve...

Jordan Devore

7:40 AM on 05.08.2014

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire are 'full remakes'

Newly announced 3DS games Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire are obviously tied to GBA classics Ruby and Sapphire, but what are they really? New? Remakes? Or that terrible ind...

Dale North



Nintendo plans to develop new consoles for emerging markets photo
Nintendo plans to develop new consoles for emerging markets
by Dale North

Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata told Bloomberg that they plan to develop new game consoles for emerging markets. Instead of discounting existing Nintendo systems, they will "make new things, with a new thinking." 

Iwata told Bloomberg in an interview, "The product and price balance must be made from scratch."

First stop? Probably China. The country just lifted a 13-year ban on game consoles, and Nintendo said that they're already looking into options for that market. New Mario NFC toys are also part of their plan for expansion.

These moves could dig Nintendo out of the hole they're in.

Even with all of this, Iwata is still resisting the move to smartphones. 

"Our games such as Mario and Zelda are designed for our game machines so if we transfer them into smartphones as they are, customers won’t be satisfied," said Iwata. "If customers aren’t satisfied with the experience, it will decrease the value of our content."

Nintendo to Sell New Consoles for Emerging Markets [Bloomberg]

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Nintendo details plan to turn around Wii U sales photo
Nintendo details plan to turn around Wii U sales
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Nintendo released their third quarter financial results which revealed an operating loss of over $15 million due to poor Wii U sales. While it wasn't totally bleak in sales in some regards, the company overall failed to meet revised sales projections thus causing Nintendo president Satoru Iwata to cut his salary in half.

So now what? Iwata just held a press conference in Japan tonight and detailed what his plan of attack is to turn the company around. For starters, Iwata stated that they won't be abandoning its hardware business, and game consoles will continue being the center of their strategy. That said, he admitted that adapting to change is necessary.

A revamp to their marketing is coming, with a big focus on the GamePad and it's capabilities, such as pushing the NFC function (tech similar to what Skylanders/Disney Infinity does). He admitted that the Wii U's weakness is the GamePad in that the recognition is low, and that people think it's an accessory for the Wii. Turning this around is the company's highest priority, such as how they'll be revealing new NFC titles at E3. They won't be cutting the price, however. We can also expect high-speed startups, so for instance you can instantly dive into games through the GamePad as your TV is powering up.

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2:30 PM on 12.06.2013

Happy birthday Iwata, Pachter thinks you should be fired

Today is Nintendo president Satoru Iwata's 54th birthday. Happy birthday Mr. Iwata; Michael Pachter thinks you should be out of the job. The Wedbush Securities analyst continued his fire and brimstone sermon at Game Mone...

Kyle MacGregor

4:00 PM on 11.09.2013

Nintendope: My fantasy hang-out session with the Big N

[Dtoid community blogger DoctorHair shared this... uh... well, he... yeah... just read it. It's goddamn hilarious. --Mr Andy Dixon] Welcome to Fantasy Blunt Scenarios: A new, ongoing original series concerning groups of peopl...

Preposterous Whitey

8:00 AM on 11.06.2013

Wii Sports Club might receive physical release

Wii Sports Club comes out tomorrow with its high-definition remixes of Bowling and Tennis. It's a Wii U eShop exclusive for now, but that's something that might change in the future.  "I do not deny the possibility that ...

Kyle MacGregor

11:30 AM on 11.05.2013

Nintendo considering new sales methods for digital games

Nintendo's digital business is on the rise. The company pulled in more than 11.4 billion yen from downloadable sales during the first six months of the fiscal year. Despite shattering its previous record, the platform holder ...

Kyle MacGregor

12:30 PM on 10.29.2013

Wii Sports Club co-developed with Namco Bandai

Wii Sports Club is being co-developed by Namco Bandai Studios, Nintendo revealed during a recent Iwata Asks session surrounding the upcoming game. Software developer Takayuki Shimamura said Namco Bandai was asked to a lend a ...

Kyle MacGregor