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10:28 AM on 10.01.2013

StreetPass relay system will now allow six tags at once

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...

Tony Ponce

10:12 AM on 10.01.2013

Wii Party U lets you knit and scoop water

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...

Tony Ponce

9:36 AM on 10.01.2013

A Link Between Worlds will allow you to sequence break

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...

Tony Ponce

9:16 AM on 10.01.2013

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

IN THIS WOOOOOOOORLD, WHERE LIFE IS STROOOOOOOONG!IN THIS WOOOOOOOORLD, LIFE'S AN OPEN BOOK!IN THIS WOOOOOOOORLD, WHERE COMPROMISE DOES NOT EXIST!IN THIS WORLD OF WORLDS, EVERY STEP MEETS THE REST! Sonic in Smash 4, everyone! My dream of Sonic vs. Mega Man will happen!

Tony Ponce

9:12 AM on 10.01.2013

Super Mario 3D World lets you clone yourself

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...

Tony Ponce

1:00 PM on 08.24.2013

The Wonderful 101 was almost a Nintendo crossover

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 ...

Tony Ponce



The DTOID Show: Xbox One, Kinect, and GTA V on PC! photo
The DTOID Show: Xbox One, Kinect, and GTA V on PC!
by Tara Long

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's insistence on bundling Kinect with the Xbox One. We also discuss Rockstar's travelogue for the city of Los Santos, and go over all the features of the Xbox One's new controller!

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5:00 AM on 08.13.2013

Wonderful 101's Hideki Kamiya chats with Nintendo CEO

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...

Steven Hansen

12:00 PM on 08.12.2013

Iwata: Wii U doesn't need a price cut, it needs games

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...

Kyle MacGregor



Iwata: Nintendo going third party is bad in the long term photo
Iwata: Nintendo going third party is bad in the long term
by Tony Ponce

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 new chucklehead with the brilliant idea that putting Nintendo games on other consoles will result in a massive influx of revenue.

You should be happy to know that Satoru Iwata agrees with you! Nintendo would make a lot of money... in the short term, that is.

In a discussion with CVG, Iwata made himself as clear as possible: "If I was to take responsibility for the company for just the next one or two years, and if I was not concerned about the long-term future of Nintendo at all, it might make sense for us to provide our important franchises for other platforms, and then we might be able to gain some short-term profit. However, I'm really responsible for the long-term future of Nintendo as well, so I would never think about providing our precious resources for other platforms at all."

B-b-b-but iOS! But the Wii U's flagging sales!

B-b-b-but NOTHING!

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Nintendo's Iwata addresses company's third-party woes photo
Nintendo's Iwata addresses company's third-party woes
by Tony Ponce

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 itself into is seemingly much deeper than ever before, and it has pundits and fans alike wondering how or even if Nintendo can climb back out.

During the 73rd Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, from which we previously learned about Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata's stance towards staff reduction in the wake of financial downturns, Iwata was asked about his thoughts on third parties' reluctance to release Wii U versions of upcoming multiplatform titles. He understands the very undesirable situation the Wii U currently faces, hence why the company must take certain steps in the short term.

"One is to seamlessly release our first-party titles starting from next month to improve the momentum of Wii U. As third-party software developers do business for their own profits, they tend to avoid investing in a platform with little presence. We would therefore like them to see Wii U as a platform with which they feel they can make profits from an economical perspective." This parrots what certain third-parties claim would get them interested in Nintendo development again.

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2:00 PM on 07.06.2013

Nintendo is not in the habit of laying off staff

The videogames industry is cutthroat. We no longer bat an eyelash whenever a publisher shuts down an underperforming studio or lays off a huge chunk of a game's development staff before the game ever touches a store shelf. It...

Tony Ponce

6:00 AM on 07.04.2013

Nintendo remains unwilling to end region-locking

PS Vita is region-free. PS4 is going to be region-free. Xbox One will be region-free as well. Sony understands that when it comes to today's consumable media, we live in a border-less world. Microsoft is just trying to ride S...

Tony Ponce

6:30 PM on 06.28.2013

Nintendo CEO Iwata never said he would resign

The 3DS stumbled out the gate, and only recently has it broken into a decent stride on a worldwide scale. The Wii U, on the other hand, is still languishing as Nintendo places its future prospects on the shoulders of its firs...

Tony Ponce

9:29 AM on 05.17.2013

New Super Luigi U release date, standalone ver. revealed

Luigi is rockin' it hardcore! The upcoming New Super Mario Bros. U expansion, New Super Luigi U, is ready to drop on eShop on June 20 for $19.99. Not only that, there will be a special standalone disc, which doesn't require y...

Tony Ponce

9:28 AM on 05.17.2013

Oracle of Ages and Seasons discounted at launch on eShop

Nintendo announced today during their Nintendo Direct event that The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons will be $4.99 for three weeks (down from the price of $5.99) after the May 30th launch. This is basic...

Chris Carter