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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...
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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
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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 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...

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: 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 ...
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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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Wii Sports Club

Wii Sports Club co-developed with Namco Bandai

Nintendo going 'all-out' with high-definition remaster of Wii Sports
Oct 29
// Kyle MacGregor
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 ...
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Pokemon X and Y

Iwata Asks explains the meaning behind Pokemon 'X and Y'

The answer may confuse and excite you
Oct 10
// Chris Carter
In what is one of the greatest Q&A series on the web, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has interviewed Game Freak in his latest edition of "Iwata Asks," and uncovers a number of cool facts about the Pokemon franchise in th...
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Mario & Sonic

Worldwide online in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Games

Metal Sonic is a cheater
Oct 01
// Dale North
Here's a question: why does Peach have to wear tights to ice skate while Bowser gets to go bare-bottom? They have lots of dumb laws over in Sochi. Maybe a 'dinos must not wear pants' law is also in place. We learned from thi...
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StreetPass relay system will now allow six tags at once

That's much better
Oct 01
// Tony Ponce
Remember when Nintendo announced that the 3DS' StreetPass function would be improved so that you would get tagged whenever you passed through a Nintendo Zone location? The way the system works, two 3DS owners don't have to be...
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Wii Party U

Wii Party U lets you knit and scoop water

So exciting
Oct 01
// Tony Ponce
Man, the four-player fun in Wii Party U just doesn't let up! You can play "Water Runners," in which you scoop up water from a river... then pour it into a bottle! Then there is a game where you lay the GamePad and all Wii Re...
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A Link Between Worlds

A Link Between Worlds will allow you to sequence break

You'll be able to rent items before entering dungeons
Oct 01
// Tony Ponce
For the longest time now, the common Zelda formula has been (1) enter dungeon, (2) get item from dungeon, (3) use that item to beat that dungeon, and (4) go to new dungeon and get new item. A Link Between Worlds is going to b...
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Smash Bros.

Sonic vs. Mega Man in Smash Bros. 4!!!

Oct 01
// Tony Ponce
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Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World lets you clone yourself

And Bowser has a pimp ride
Oct 01
// Tony Ponce
In this morning's Nintendo Direct, CEO Satoru Iwata revealed a whole bunch of new abilities for Mario and crew in the upcoming Wii U platformer. By picking up a cherry, you can clone your character several times. Kuribo's Sh...
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The Wonderful 101

The Wonderful 101 was almost a Nintendo crossover

Also, there are two super special secret hero characters
Aug 24
// Tony Ponce
Nintendo big boss Satoru Iwata recently brought PlatinumGames director Hideki Kamiya onto Iwata Asks to discuss The Wonderful 101. In a followup roundtable, a healthy chunk of the W101 development crew went into even greater ...
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The Destructoid Show doesn't want to get sunburnt
Since Max is currently away in Los Angeles for a not-so-secret Call of Duty event, I got television's former darling Adam Sessler to join me on today's show to talk about the Wii U's dwindling software options and Microsoft'...

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(Iwata laughs)

Wonderful 101's Hideki Kamiya chats with Nintendo CEO

(Iwata laughs)
Aug 13
// Steven Hansen
The latest Iwata Asks is positively delightful as Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata chats up Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya, director of the upcoming Wii U title Wonderful 101 and a bunch of vaunted Clover classics (Viewtiful Joe, Oka...
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Iwata: Wii U doesn't need a price cut, it needs games

Why not both?
Aug 12
// Kyle MacGregor
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has brushed aside suggestions that the Wii U requires an official price cut to compete with the forthcoming PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Speaking with CVG, the banana-wielding executive noted th...

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 ...

Nintendo's Iwata addresses company's third-party woes

Jul 09 // Tony Ponce
One item that others like to point out is Nintendo's massive war chest of billions of dollars. If Nintendo wanted an immediate influx of software announcements, perhaps it should start throwing that money around to secure exclusive deals, those people suggest. But Iwata doesn't trust that strategy: "[I]f we tried to do nothing but buying our way to create such a good condition for developers, our own business could collapse. Accordingly, we will give more momentum to Wii U through our software." The second step relies on third parties' own efforts. "I am not in a position to discuss the software to be launched by the third-party developers in detail, but there are more key titles to be announced by them," Iwata reminded. "The other important thing is to have a hit from such third-party titles. There were so many games released by third party publishers for Wii U during the launch period, but most of them were converted from other platforms and therefore could not enjoy brisk sales. As a result, some software developers have become pessimistic about Wii U." This sounds like an indictment to me. However you feel about the first-party launch lineup, I think you can agree that the third-party selection was hardly appealing on the whole. Perhaps Iwata was hoping for more exclusive titles or at least more games with a significant amount of exclusive content. We don't know to what lengths Nintendo was willing to cooperate with third parties or how well it demonstrated the Wii U's features to them, so there's no way of knowing how much of this was on Nintendo and how much was on third parties. But there is a new round of third-party titles coming up in the fall, and Iwata has more confidence in those games' potential success: "[T]he time will come when some third-party games for Wii U and for other platforms are released at the same time this year. It is important to have given much momentum to Wii U around that period. If the number of consumers who prefer the Wii U version's unique entertainment value, such as the ability to play games only with the Wii U GamePad (while the rest of the family is watching TV), increases to a certain extent where third-party publishers notice unexpected hit Wii U titles from other publishers and realize this system's business potential, its momentum will be improved. Even if these publishers did not have any concrete plans to develop Wii U software, they will swiftly change their minds when they see the successful examples from others. "By giving sales momentum to Wii U through our first-party software in the short run and seeing success from third-party software within this year, we would like to dramatically change the situation of Wii U next year and beyond." That's the plan, anyway. I'm afraid all parties involved are trapped in a catch-22. We've heard complaints in the past from third parties that they are unable to compete with Nintendo's output on Nintendo platforms, resulting in lower sales and far more sporadic support. At the same time, they will only develop on Nintendo platforms if the audience is large enough, and the only way that will happen is if Nintendo brings out the "big guns" and builds that audience by itself. That Nintendo agrees with this logic doesn't spell good news for Wii U's prospects. If consumers are only attracted to Nintendo consoles for the first-party lineup, what guarantee is there that those people will have any desire for third-party games? Especially in the short term, where the third-party games Wii U will receive are also available on hardware with much larger install bases and even wider third-party offerings. Nintendo would need to attract major third-party exclusives somehow, and at this point that won't happen unless Nintendo is willing to spend the green. You also have to factor in how much of third parties' resilience is based on Nintendo's nearly two-decade-long history of having poor third-party support in the home console space. Not that there haven't been third-party successes in those years, but there's been no consistency in those successes. Such damning precedent is extremely difficult to overcome. Let's see how Nintendo fares through the holidays for now. But if Iwata and company really want that third-party hotness, they'll need to rethink their strategy big time. It's foolish to believe that they don't have something cooking -- the idea that they are ignoring all bad news and riding on hopes and prayers is pretty absurd -- but the only way to regain consumer confidence is to speak up sooner rather than later. The 73rd Annual General Meeting of Shareholders Q&A [Nintendo]
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The boss man restates Nintendo's immediate plans to attract third parties
Yesterday's big story was the reveal that the Wii U-exclusive ZombiU was not profitable for Ubisoft -- yet another black mark in Nintendo's ongoing quest to attract third parties to its new console. The hole Nintendo has dug ...

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