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Miyamoto & Reggie hosting E3 showcase at Nintendo booth photo
Miyamoto & Reggie hosting E3 showcase at Nintendo booth
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Nintendo won't be hosting a traditional E3 press conference as in years past. Instead the company intends to host smaller events focused on the software lineup for the US market. This we knew, but we were left to wonder what exactly they were going to do.

Well now we know as Nintendo has just announced that they'll be hosting a Come Play With Us @ The Wii U Software Showcase event at their E3 booth. Nintendo of America President & COO Reggie Fils-Aime and Shigeru Miyamoto will both be giving presentations, after which the press will get to play the upcoming lineup "through a unique hands-on time experience" with the games at Nintendo's booth before the show floor opens to all.

The event takes place on June 11, with opening remarks beginning at 10:30AM. No word if this will be livestreamed, but at the very least we will be live-blogging the event right here on Destructoid.

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Satoru Iwata excited about Nintendo's digital business photo
Satoru Iwata excited about Nintendo's digital business
by Tony Ponce

Following Nintendo's fiscal year 2013 briefing, during which president Satoru Iwata announced a significant change to the company's E3 presence, a Q&A session was held to address investors' concerns and inquiries. It was a rather humbling discussion, as Iwata had to fess up to Nintendo's slipping performance and defend certain key decisions and changes.

If it wasn't obvious before, it's crystal clear now that no one at Nintendo was prepared for the shift to HD development. "The reason for the delayed release of our first-party titles," Iwata explains in regards to launch window software, "was the fact that completing the games released at the same time as the launch of Wii U required more development resources than expected, so some staff members from development teams working on other titles had to help complete them. In short, the development teams of Pikmin 3 and other future games were understaffed during that period." This resulted in dry period that will last until July, directly impacting the Wii U's sales momentum. You would think that, given seven years of market history upon which to reflect, Nintendo would have been aware of the pitfalls faced by other companies on the 360 and PS3.

But in addressing how Nintendo plans to entice third parties currently skeptical of Wii U's capabilities and market potential, Iwata interestingly placed the spotlight on Nintendo Web Framework, Unity, and the vast ocean of ambitious independent developers. He claims that "it is more challenging to sell packaged software for around $50-$60" than ever before, and this combined with the rise in acceptance of digital versions of 3DS packaged software and the flexible development policies on eShop support his plan to greatly expand Nintendo's digital presence. Indies are key to a strong digital business, but the implication as I understand it is that big publishers are much less so.

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9:30 PM on 04.26.2013

CoD: Ghosts, Nintendo's E3 Plan & The Bureau Declassified

On today's Destructoid Show, we did a whole bunch of extra-serious journalism about video games. For starters, we have some facts and also some rumors about the upcoming reveal of the next Xbox. Boxart for Call Of Duty: Ghos...

Max Scoville



Satoru Iwata becomes Nintendo of America CEO photo
Satoru Iwata becomes Nintendo of America CEO
by Jim Sterling

Seems we may be seeing a lot more of Nintendo global president Satoru Iwata in the near future -- he's just been given a new job alongside his current duties, becoming CEO of Nintendo of America. 

The new position was revealed in Nintendo's financial report, where it confirmed Tatsumi Kimishima was being promoted from NoA CEO to shareholder, and Iwata was taking his place. Presumably, Iwata shall make his new home in Redmond, Washington, where he will bring all the bananas and Luigi clones he has in stock. 

"The move will support the company's unified global strategy, allow streamlined decision making and enhance Nintendo’s organizational agility in the current competitive environment. Reggie Fils-Aime will continue in his role as president and COO of NOA, reporting to Iwata."

Certainly an interesting move. Iwata is well known to Nintendo fans, far more so than Kimishima, and a changing of the guard may do well for a highly criticized wing of Nintendo's operations. I think "languishing" is a word that best describes NoA in the past few years -- here's hoping a Hot Iwata Injection can perk it up. 

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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