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Satoru Iwata

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Dec 04 // Jonathan Holmes
Rhythm Zinegoku A quick disclaimer: I contributed a couple of pieces to this collection, as did former Destructoid editors Topher Cantler and Colette Bennett. I didn't get paid for my work though, and I don't get a cut of the sales either. In fact, I had to buy my two copies of the zine with my own bucks. You'll get no complaints from me about that, though. As a diehard Rhythm Heaven/Tengoku fan, this collection was a must-have for me from day one. Every stage from the first three games is represented in some way or another, so regardless of which is your favorite, you're sure to see plenty of familiar faces. The biggest star artist here is probably Natasha Allegri, creator of Fiona and Cake and Bee and Puppycat, though there are plenty of other contributors that fans of the series may recognize. The zine is currently out of stock, but it should be available for purchase again any second now, so keep your eyes peeled. [embed]322553:61380:0[/embed] Legends of Localization Book 1: The Legend of Zelda Clyde Mandelin is probably best known for spearheading the fan translation of Mother 3, so it's no surprise that he's partnered with Fangamer to create a series of books dedicated to examining the process of translation and localization. He's started off with the Legend of Zelda series, and it's not just the video games he's looking at. There is plenty about the Zelda board games, the breakfast cereal, and other bits of related merchandise that make up part of the franchise's massive history. Though these diversions into the obscure make for plenty of enlightening moments, the book does well to regularly return its focus to the original Legend of Zelda. So much was done to transport that seminal title from its first home on the Famicom Disk System to the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Western audience that played there, with much of that work inadvertently helping to spawn the lore and literal "legend" that makes up the series today. It's hard to imagine an invested Zelda fan being disappointed with what Mandelin and his team have produced. Nintendo Force: Iwata tribute issue Here's another one I contributed to, but again, Nintendo Force's sales numbers don't affect me financially in any way. I work for the magazine because it's really fun to share my interest in Nintendo's past, present, and future with the Nintendo fan community. This issue is without a doubt our greatest success in meeting that goal to date.  While we were all deeply saddened when Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passed away earlier this year, his passing did a lot to bring fans of his work together. Case in point, with this tribute issue, we worked our butts off to compile a detailed history of Iwata's career in game development, all while reflecting on exactly why he was such a great role model to gamers and game developers. I'm not totally happy with my personal output for this issue (there are at least two sentences on one page that still look wonky to me), but I have no hesitation in recommending every other page of it to diehard Nintendo fans (and I think I only worked on like four pages, so it's easy enough to skip over my stuff if you want). Splatoon Ikasu Artbook Splatoon has been out for less than a year, and it's already developed a larger fan base than some Nintendo franchises that have been around for ten times as long. While many were hoping that the game's popularity here in the U.S. would lead Nintendo of America to publish the official Splatoon Ikasu Artbook outside of Japan, it's looking like their hopes may have been in vain.  Thankfully, importing it is easy enough, and the only bits that really require literacy in Japanese to fully appreciate are the Twitter logs and comic strips in the back. My biggest gripe with the book is there are a ton of pages dedicated to showing off renders of clothes and weapons that are taken directly from the game. That feels a bit like a waste of space. That said, the bulk of the book's 320 pages are filled with rare or unique storyboards, character design documents, and visual plans that have plenty to offer Splatoon fans everywhere.  The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Nintendo Power manga Shotaro Ishinomori is most famous for creating Kamen Rider and Cyborg 009, but he's also one of the creative minds that helped shape the Legend of Zelda series as it moved beyond its first few entries. While we don't know exactly how influential his A Link to the Past manga was for the games that followed it, there are plenty of ideas that debuted here before going on to become mainstays of the Zelda series. The core story more or less follows the events of A Link to the Past on the SNES, but the manga also marks the first time the Zelda series depicted a fairy as a ball of glowing light that helps lead Link forward in his adventures. It's also the first time Link ever traveled under the light of a death-faced moon, his face hidden behind a Zora mask, while working to infiltrate a monster's fortress. To tell more may lead to spoilers, but trust that there are plenty of eye-opening ideas here, new and old, for Zelda fans to chew on.  Good Nintentions Jeremy Parish is one of the most passionate, well-informed video game experts in the industry today. He's been writing about games for over ten years, covering everything from level design analysis to current game news to charting the history of gaming as a whole. He's already put out a number of books, but Good Nintentions is probably his biggest and best work in print to date.  Though the title doesn't make it totally clear, the subject of the book is the Nintendo Entertainment System. Literally everything about the console is examined, from its inception, its eventual demise, and everything in between, including detailed descriptions of of over 200 NES games and their developers. Few are able to keep a keen eye on the past, present, and future of gaming as well as Parish, so those interested in any and all eras of the medium would do well to check out his work. Second Quest There's been plenty of chatter lately about the idea of a Legend of Zelda title that stars a woman. Second Quest, a Kickstarter-funded comic book from writer Tevis Thompson and artist David Hellman, gave the idea a detailed look earlier this year with a story that deftly turns multiple Zelda conventions on their heads. If "history is written by the victors," then it's fair to guess that the legend of Zelda, Link, and Ganon may be skewed towards demonizing the losers of those conflicts. Second Quest tells the story of a young woman who discovers that guess to be true, and in doing so, sets forth alone on a journey to the unknown.  Though the story doesn't technically star Zelda or Link (likely due to obvious copyright issues), Second Quest still manages to think on two characters, and many other Legend of Zelda mainstays, in multiple thought-provoking ways. Concepts of sexism, matriarchy, xenophobia, religion and myth as method of societal control, and other more sophisticated sociological concepts are explored, but not at the expense of telling a tense and thoughtful standalone story. While only those true Zelda experts will likely get more out of all the parallels between Second Quest and The Legend of Zelda series, the only real prerequisite to enjoying this story is an interest in lovingly crafted, hand-drawn fantasy comics.  [embed]322553:61381:0[/embed] A Guide to Village Life Animal Crossing is like knitting. Both involve relaxing, repetitive interactions with soft, warm materials that can eventually lead to the creation of something much more substantial. While the series has never gone the literal route of Kirby's Epic Yarn or Yoshi's Woolly World, any fan of the games will tell you that playing Animal Crossing can feel just as comforting as a putting on a hand-made sweater.  It's that hand-crafted feeling that makes Kari Fry's A Guide to Village Life such a perfect fit for the series. This 256-page hand-drawn catalog of the flora, fauna, villagers, and other Animal Crossing attractions is about as affectionate of a love letter as any video game could hope to receive. If you also love Animal Crossing, you'll find a lot to relate to here. 
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'Buy my book!' ~ Jay Sherman
While much of modern society has moved on to the world of "electrons and information", there are two demographics that still eat up the printed page: kids and old people. Interestingly enough, these are also the two age group...

Iwata tribute photo
Iwata tribute

Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime remembers Iwata


Heartbreaking
Dec 04
// Jordan Devore
"Mr. Iwata, I hope you're smiling right now." The standout moment from last night's The Game Awards 2015 was a tribute to late Nintendo CEO and all-around remarkable human being Satoru Iwata, who passed away in July. Nintend...
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Onett lullaby

Gentle Love does EarthBound as a tribute to Iwata


Proceeds go to American Cancer Society
Nov 09
// Darren Nakamura
[Disclosure: Jayson Napolitano previously worked for Destructoid. He is now representing Gentle Love.] You know Gentle Love, right? It's the Japanese duo responsible for the soothing Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabi...
Stop gap boss photo
Stop gap boss

New Nintendo president won't divert from path set by Iwata


Likely just a place-holder boss
Sep 14
// Steven Hansen
Tatsumi Kimishima was just named president of Nintendo, a move many deem a stop gap. The former banker headed Nintendo of America from 2002 until 2006 and most recently filled a number of administrative roles at the company, ...

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Nintendo

Experts say Miyamoto unlikely to be Iwata's successor


Takeda stands a better chance
Jul 21
// Brett Makedonski
It's been little more than one week since Nintendo head and video game industry visionary Satoru Iwata unfortunately passed away. While many are still understandably mourning, others can't help but look forward to predict wha...
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Seaman 3DS

Yoot Saito on Iwata, canned Seaman 3DS game


Canned fish
Jul 15
// Steven Hansen
We've covered Seaman frequently throughout the years on Destructoid with overflowing hearts. And it's under tragic circumstances that we get confirmation: Seaman 3DS was a planned project that fell through. Original Seaman developer Yoot Saito wrote a blog post, translated over at Neogaf, reflecting on his relationship with the late Satoru Iwata.
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Nintendo

Nintendo of Europe: 'He was a visionary in every sense of the word and we will miss him dearly'


Nintendo says goodbye
Jul 13
// Vikki Blake
Nintendo of Europe President Satoru Shibata has given a formal statement following the recent death of global president, Satoru Iwata. Nintendo of Europe is today mourning the passing of Mr Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's...
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Miyamoto for president

Miyamoto on the loss of Iwata


Will he be the next president?
Jul 13
// Jed Whitaker
In the wake of the unexpected loss of Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, many people have been left wondering who is going to fill his shoes. Many people are already assuming it will be the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto,...
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May he rest in peace
It's a sad day for the video game world. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passed away yesterday at 55 years of age. The cause of his unfortunate death was a bile duct growth. Nintendo announced the news with a brief one-senten...

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#SmileGate

Iwata on E3: Unlike other booths, most of our visitors were smiling


Dropping the shade
Jul 02
// Jed Whitaker
President of Nintendo Satoru Iwata didn't attend E3 this year, but that didn't stop him from dropping this -- as the kids call it -- sick burn on competitors: "One thing I should say about Nintendo's E3 booth is that, un...
Iwata on digital pricing photo
Iwata on digital pricing

Nintendo keeping digital prices up, hints at mild compensation


Tied to new membership program
Jun 29
// Steven Hansen
Nintendo's Satoru Iwata addressed the fact that eShop games are priced the same as their retail counterparts despite the cost savings of digital distribution. This comes from an investor briefing reported live by Nstyles and ...
Nintendo photo
Nintendo

'Competitors may take our NX ideas,' says Iwata


He's not paranoid; he just doesn't trust anyone
Jun 26
// Vikki Blake
Wondering why Nintendo glossed right over the NX during its E3 presentation? Blame Nintendo's competitors -- Nintendo boss Iwata certainly does.  "We can't talk about the NX," Iwata said in yesterday's investor call (acc...
Splatoon Rabbits photo
Splatoon Rabbits

The kids in Splatoon could have been rabbits!


I'm a rabbit now, I'm a squid now
May 20
// Jed Whitaker
In the latest of Nintendo's Iwata Asks series, the producer of Splatoon revealed that at one point in development you'd play as a rabbit instead of kids! Perhaps they changed it because "You're a rabbit now, you're a kid...
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Nintendo

Iwata says Nintendo's mobile strategy won't involve whale hunting


PETA's pleased
May 14
// Brett Makedonski
There's a predominant school of thought toward making money in the mobile gaming sector: Focus your attention on the people who are willing to spend exorbitant amounts. That is, make the majority of your cash from a small poo...
Nintendo NX photo
Nintendo NX

Iwata says no NX at E3


You'll have to wait until next year
May 11
// Laura Kate Dale
We already sort of expected this news, but here we go. In a recent investor meeting Satoru Iwata was pressed for specifics on whether we would see any mention of Nintendo's upcoming NX hardware at E3 this year. Surprising nob...
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Iwata says

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


There goes my Dream cast
Mar 23
// Steven Hansen
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...
Nintendo mobile photo
Nintendo mobile

Nintendo talks NX, mobile game pricing, DeNA partnership


'Nintendo will continue its [console] business with even stronger passion'
Mar 18
// Jordan Devore
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...

Nintendo teases new 'NX' hardware

Mar 17 // Laura Kate Dale
Nintendo NX photo
Wii U successor? Handheld and console hybrid?
[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 ...

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Nintendo port problems

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


amiibo, amiibo everywhere, but not a port to dock
Feb 22
// Jason Faulkner
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:
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New 3DS

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


Japan simply needed it
Oct 31
// Brett Makedonski
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...
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Iwata's gonn be okay

Nintendo's Satoru Iwata has recovered from surgery


Bananas for everyone!
Oct 29
// Jordan Devore
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 ...
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Please understand

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


Bile duct sounds like a Pokemon...
Jun 24
// Steven Hansen
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 ...
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Nintendo

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata staying home from E3


Due to health reasons
Jun 05
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire are 'full remakes'


So there's that
May 08
// Dale North
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...
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Product must be 'made form scratch'
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 ...

Nintendo details plan to turn around Wii U sales

Jan 29 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
On the subject of smartphones and tablets, Iwata says Nintendo will actively use smart devices to "make connections with customers" in that it will serve as a method to drive potential customers to Nintendo platforms. So don't expect Nintendo games on other platforms. Whatever this service is will launch sometime this year, and will be tied to your Nintendo ID so it'll be more tailored to your habits rather than a general blanket for everyone. Iwata then discussed what the next 10 years will look like for the company. Iwata sees a future where they'll be enhancing the quality of life through entertainment through non-wearable devices that will monitor your health. Details on what that exactly means will be revealed later this year, with a launch date set for fiscal year March 2016. Additionally, DS games are heading to the Wii U's Virtual Console. Live: Nintendo Addresses Its Future Strategy [Wall Street Journal]@gibbogame [Twitter]
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Doubling down on the GamePad
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 ...

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Pachter on Nintendo

Happy birthday Iwata, Pachter thinks you should be fired


Nintendo is doomed again, apparently
Dec 06
// Kyle MacGregor
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...
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Nintendope

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


Promoted from our Community Blogs!
Nov 09
// Preposterous Whitey
[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...
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Wii Sports Club

Wii Sports Club might receive physical release


Digitally available tomorrow via Wii U eShop in North America
Nov 06
// Kyle MacGregor
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 ...
Nintendo on going mobile photo
Nintendo on going mobile

Nintendo considering new sales methods for digital games


Still not gung-ho about supporting smart devices
Nov 05
// Kyle MacGregor
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 ...

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