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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

8:00 PM on 01.08.2013

Iwata: Women sure do love that Animal Crossing videogame

Nintendo has a big problem on its hands. The company can't seem to keep Animal Crossing: New Leaf on store shelves. The game has been out for only a couple months now, but it's already sold upwards of two million copies&...

Kyle MacGregor

10:30 AM on 01.07.2013

Nintendo: Wii U sales are 'not bad'

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has claimed that sales of the Wii U aren't doing badly, despite its failure to replicate the "sold out" status enjoyed by the original Wii during the holidays.  "At the end of the Christma...

Jim Sterling

7:10 AM on 11.30.2012

Iwata casually explains the meaning of HAL Laboratory

Every Nintendo fan knows of HAL Laboratory. The guys that are primarily responsible for the Kirby series, with the cute logo? Until now, people pretty much had an idea of where they got the name, but that's about to change. I...

Chris Carter





6:00 PM on 11.28.2012

Nintendo planning massive restructure for 2013

According to various publications like Guardian UK, Nikkei, and Wired, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata will institute a massive company restructure starting in December, which will involve expanding old divisions, creating new ones...

Tony Ponce



Wii U's USB storage, BC, and digital promo laid bare photo
Wii U's USB storage, BC, and digital promo laid bare
by Tony Ponce

Earlier today, I shared an English-language Nintendo Direct that detailed many of Nintendo Network's features. Who would have guessed that the Japanese branch would follow up a few hours later with yet another Direct with little warning. Nintendo truly is a company of shinobi.

You can watch Iwata's latest info dump above, but it won't benefit you unless you are fluent in "Nihongo." Thankfully, NeoGAF user cvxfreak was gracious enough to summarize the entire shebang. I've posted his notes past the break, or you can hit the link above and jump right to the source NeoGAF page.

Up for discussion are parental controls, USB storage options, backwards compatibility, and the Deluxe Digital Promotion. The Wii U will be able to read external hard drives up to 2TB in capacity, but it must be properly formatted so that it only works with the console. USB-powered HDDs are not 100% guaranteed to work unless you use a two-pronged USB Y cable. Wii Virtual Console titles can't be played on the GamePad, but Nintendo is working on launching a Wii U Virtual Console that will allow such functionality. And the points your earn as part of the Deluxe Digital Promotion can be used not only on the Wii U eShop but also on the 3DS eShop, Wii Shopping Channel, and DSi Shop.

Read on for the rest.

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6:00 PM on 10.15.2012

Take a look at the insides of the Wii U

Psst! Hey, you. Yeah, I'm talking to you. You wanna see some pictures of the Wii U without, you know, anything on? Yeeeeah, I know you do I... okay I'm freaking myself out now. In Nintendo's latest Ask Iwata, the team dive in...

Harry Monogenis



New Super Mario Bros. 2 getting DLC level packs photo
New Super Mario Bros. 2 getting DLC level packs
by Tony Ponce

[Update: Slight mistake on my part. All three announced level packs will be available on October 2, with additional unannounced packs appearing later.]

Ooooooh, those sneaky Nintendo devils! Out of the blue, they announce a special Nintendo Direct for the very same evening, getting our knickers in a twist, just to announce DLC levels for New Super Mario Bros. 2. And here I was hoping to finally learn news about the Wii U's online features, but I suppose Nintendo could always surprise us with yet another Nintendo Direct at, like, 4 AM on a Tuesday or something.

The best thing to come out of tonight's announcement would definitely have to be Nintendo President Satoru Iwata's disembodied polygonal head. He could give Dr. Kawashima a run for his money!

It would seem that this three-pack set of NSMB2 levels will appear on October 2, with another coming later in October and a third in November, all for ¥200 apiece. We should be receiving the same news from the American branch in a few minutes, so I'll update with the relevant US information at that time.

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9:00 AM on 07.13.2012

Want a second 3DS XL analog nub? Iwata says tough titty

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata recently addressed the issue of the 3DS XL's lack of an analog nub. The feather-haired warrior, ever-ready to deflect criticism, had his list of reasons all planned out, with the ultimate messa...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 07.12.2012

Iwata: 3D not quite as popular as it once was

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said that the 3D fad might be dying down a little bit, and that while the visual effect makes for better graphics, it will only be a minor part of future gaming generations.  "I think ...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 06.29.2012

Nintendo: Wii U online will be free, no subscriptions

Microsoft may have pioneered the "charge gamers for things that should be free" scheme, but none of the other platform holders have taken to the idea. As Nintendo prepares to meet Sony and Microsoft head-on with the Wii U, it...

Jim Sterling

6:00 PM on 06.17.2012

Mistwalker wants to make action-RPGs for the Wii U

Here we go again. Speaking with Gamezone in a recent interview Miswalker's Takuya Matsumoto discussed The Last Story developer's future projects, which might include the possibility of more action-RPGs for Nintendo's next hom...

Kyle MacGregor

7:23 AM on 06.14.2012

Iwata states that the Wii U will support free to play

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata recently announced that the Wii U will fully support both the free to play model, and the ability to conduct microtransactions. My friends, the time for first party Nintendo console DLC may be upon u...

Chris Carter