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There will be no Nintendo conference at E3 2013 photo
There will be no Nintendo conference at E3 2013
by Tony Ponce

The biggest highlights of E3 tend to come out of the main conferences held by the three big hardware manufacturers. Endlessly hyped, sometimes underwhelming, and always a healthy source of hilarious memes, these presentations are the measure by which we try to judge who "won" the show. However, it seems as though Nintendo is planning on sitting this coming round out.

Tucked away at the end of "Super CEO" Satoru Iwata's financial results briefing is the company's plans for E3. Conceding to difficulty in delivering an on-point message both to gamers thirsty for software info, investors eager for hard business data, and everyone else with their own interests and desires, Iwata has announced that Nintendo will not be holding any conference this time. "[A]t the E3 show this year," he states, "we are planning to host a few smaller events that are specifically focused on our software lineup for the U.S. market. There will be one closed event for American distributors, and we will hold another closed hands-on experience event, for mainly the Western gaming media."

Without any new hardware to announce, Nintendo is free to focus purely on software, but the success of Nintendo Direct streams demonstrates that there doesn't seem to be much of a need to condense everything into a single hour-and-a-half presser. Case in point, consider how last year Nintendo streamed additional Wii U and 3DS videos outside of the main conference. Besides, everyone will be so focused on Microsoft and Sony's hardware reveals that Nintendo is better off taking it easy and shooting for a more focused, less bombastic approach.

Financial Results Briefing For Fiscal Year Ended March 2013 [Nintendo]

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10:11 AM on 04.17.2013

Picture of the Day: Iwata in Weegee-ception

Nintendo Direct: scarier every week. 

Dale North

9:45 AM on 04.17.2013

Nintendo Direct: Zelda Oracle titles bound for US eShop

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, two Game Boy Color titles developed by Capcom's Flagship studio, were released on Japan's eShop earlier this year. Now they will cross the ocean ...

Tony Ponce

9:30 AM on 04.17.2013

Nintendo Direct: New Yoshi's Island coming to 3DS

New Yoshi's Island for the 3DS! New Yoshi's Island for the 3DS! Oh my God, you guys! Iwata dropped the bomb. From the footage and screens, this new Yoshi's Island sequel will use all the same abilities as in past installments...

Tony Ponce

9:19 AM on 04.17.2013

Nintendo Direct: Mario & Luigi: Dream Team out in August

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has shared new information about the upcoming Mario & Luigi sequel for 3DS. The story finds our heroes on Pi'illo Island, where Peach mysteriously gets sucked into Luigi's Dream World. To ...

Tony Ponce



Mr. Resetti is optional in New Leaf thanks to crying fans photo
Mr. Resetti is optional in New Leaf thanks to crying fans
by Jonathan Holmes

Animal Crossing is a series about doing whatever you want, with a few loose goals put in place if you choose to pursue them. It's one of the least punishing series ever made. One of the few times you might feel anything unpleasant in the series is if you try to cheat by hitting reset, presumably to undo an in-game "mistake" like failing to catch a cool fish or having a bad interaction with a talking penguin. 

Reseting causes a character named Mr. Resetti to pop up the next time you start the game, who then lectures you about how you shouldn't have cheated. Along with Psycho Mantis's mind reading in Metal Gear Solid, it's one of the more creative fourth wall-breaking moments in gaming history. For a game that's otherwise focused on giving the player total freedom to apply negative reinforcement by forcing you to read a lengthy (and often hilarious) in-game lecture seems perfect.

But maybe it was too perfect, as according to the latest entry of Iwata Asks, Mr. Resetti's chastising was enough to bring some players to tears, presumably out of guilt. That led the developers to make him an optional in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. They also changed the underlying goal of the game from paying off rent to Tom Nook to improving the town as its new mayor.

New Leaf is quickly moving towards becoming the best-selling game in the series, so it's clear that Nintendo made the right move. Still, I can't help but feel like Animal Crossing is better when it can make players feel awful. It adds contrast to what can otherwise be a wholly soft experience. Without dark we can have no light, without Yin there is no Yang, without stress you can't relax, and other cliches. How about you? How do you feel about Animal Crossing with zero feel-bad potential?

Animal Crossing's Mr. Resetti made optional because he made players cry [Shacknews]

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11:00 PM on 03.31.2013

Freakyforms Deluxe, Dillon's 2 and Mario AR app for eShop

Nintendo is continuing their push to put their download services up front with three first party titles hitting Japan soon. Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger and Freakyforms Deluxe will both be released on ...

Jonathan Holmes

7:30 PM on 03.07.2013

Google-like policy at Game Freak resulted in HarmoKnight

In a new Iwata Asks, Game Freak discusses how an internal policy not unlike Google's "20 percent time" program allowed the studio to come up with its latest original IP, HarmoKnight. "...we decided to change the internal str...

Jordan Devore

6:15 PM on 02.19.2013

Iwata and Miyamoto star as the Luigi brothers

I'm ridiculously excited about Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, as the lanky member of the Mario Bros. duo will always have a special place in my heart, much more so than his showboating, portly brother. Miyamoto has th...

Fraser Brown

8:26 AM on 02.14.2013

New Super Luigi U announced for Wii U eShop in 2013

New Super Luigi U was announced this morning during today's Nintendo Direct. The title is an large-scale add-on for New Super Mario Bros. U, which is said to alter the game's existing 80 plus courses into all-new le...

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 AM on 02.14.2013

You're so cute, Iwata

Ear of Luigi.

Dale North

10:30 AM on 02.13.2013

Hot date: Nintendo Direct scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 14

I thought I was the only one that truly loves Valentine's Day, but Nintendo is also out shopping for the sexiest negligee they can find for their big date tomorrow. Group date, that is. Get ready to batt your eyes and play fo...

Dale North







Nintendo claims to finally understand HD development photo
Nintendo claims to finally understand HD development
by Tony Ponce

Throughout the day, we've been highlighting notable points from Nintendo's recent corporate management policy meeting, such as Animal Crossing: New Leaf's success, cloud gaming, and communicating Wii U's value. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata and EAD General Manager Shigeru Miyamoto have also touched upon the difficulties in learning HD development and how they seem to finally have a firm grip on the technology.

"We did not actively use technologies to render high-end graphics in real time for software development for Wii and previous consoles," Miyamoto explained in regards to the shift from Wii to Wii U. "[W]e needed to hold many workshops to learn about such technologies. We already went through this initial learning phase and are now tackling how to take full advantage of high-definition graphics. In this sense, retraining our developers used to be a great hurdle."

While Nintendo is new to the HD game, it values the experience of third-party developers who are seasoned in such technologies thanks to their work on other platforms. "[M]any of our third-party software developers have been dedicated to technologies like shaders," Miyamoto continued. "As Wii U is designed to bring out their real strengths, there have recently been more cases where we develop something with their help. It has been more convenient for us to work together with them because they have been able to more smoothly utilize their know-how for development for Wii U.

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10:15 AM on 02.05.2013

Nintendo: Cloud gaming is not the future

Those no-good kids, with their hula hoops and their clouds. Back in my day, there was only one Cloud in gaming, and he carried a sword twice his height like a real man does. New technology confuses and angers me, and you bett...

Jim Sterling

7:00 AM on 01.31.2013

Nintendo to help Japanese devs bring 3DS games westward

Nintendo is doomed, obviously, but the plucky platform holder is still going to try its best anyway. Part of that valiant, if futile, effort involves bringing more Japanese-developed games to Western audiences.  "The cha...

Kyle MacGregor

8:08 AM on 01.23.2013

THERE IS CURSING ON MIIVERSE!!!

Get on the ball, Iwata! You are supposed to moderate that sh*t! Don't show such filth on Nintendo Direct of all places!

Tony Ponce