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Mario & Sonic

Nintendo Direct: Wii U Mario & Sonic at the Olympics

May 17
// Tony Ponce
Uggggh... a new Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympics is coming to the Wii U. Why am I not surprised? The game will take place in Sochi, Russia, the site of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and will use a combination of Wii ...
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Nintendo Direct

New Nintendo Direct for Wii U / 3DS games coming tomorrow

Will showcase first-party titles arriving this summer
May 16
// Tony Ponce
Nintendo has been promising a string of Nintendo Directs through the end of E3 week, and the first one will be arriving tomorrow, May 17, at 7:00 AM PST / 10:00 AM EST / 4:00 PM CEST. It will be available on the usual Nintend...
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Set for June 11 at 10:30AM
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 ...

Satoru Iwata excited about Nintendo's digital business

May 01 // Tony Ponce
The specific question presented to Iwata reads, "I am wondering if the current slow sales of Wii U will have any influence on the attitude of software developers overseas. In frequently receiving inquiries from individual investors, they seem to have the impression that the Wii U system is not so powerful and that few third-party games will be developed in the future. The current weak software lineup has deepened their concerns. I would like to hear your view on this point." The obvious response would be to parade a list of notable names -- Activision, Electronic Arts, Square Enix, Capcom, Take-Two Interactive, etc. -- and describe how Nintendo has been aggressively negotiating with these companies in order to deliver a healthy supply of third-party content and turn around Wii U's fortunes. Instead, Iwata brought up Nintendo's GDC presentation and the package of web technologies that smaller teams are finding very attractive. While there is no doubt that big boxed software is indeed coming, by focusing on Nintendo's digital initiative, it's almost as though Iwata feels that indies are much more crucial to industry growth than the major publishing space. But fear not, as Nintendo does not have any intention of pulling out of boxed software. In fact, when addressing the possibility of moving towards cloud gaming, Iwata brings up network latency issues as the reason why that option is not being pursued. "[A]t this point in time, I do not think that acquiring a cloud gaming company will in any way improve our performance," he states -- a reference to Sony and its acquisition of Gaikai, perhaps? Iwata also addresses his additional role as NoA CEO and how it will play in the company's overseas plans, which includes more effective advertising methods via Nintendo Direct and social media. If all goes well and Iwata can turn around North America's struggles, Nintendo will make its ¥100 billion profit by the end of this new fiscal year. That's the hope, anyway. The more I think about it, the more confident I am that whoever can best serve indies will be in the strongest position as this new generation really starts to heats up. It's hard to see the traditional market as anything but poisonous these days. Financial Results Briefing for the 73rd Fiscal Term Ended March 2013 - Q & A [Nintendo]
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In a Q&A with investors, the Nintendo president lays out plans for the coming year
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 ...

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The DTOID Show

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

The Destructoid Show holds up a single banana
Apr 26
// Max Scoville
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...
Iwata is CEO x2 photo
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 re...

Nintendo @ E3 photo
A number of smaller software-focused events will be held during the show instead
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...


Picture of the Day: Iwata in Weegee-ception

Apr 17
// Dale North
Nintendo Direct: scarier every week. 
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Zelda on Virtual Console

Nintendo Direct: Zelda Oracle titles bound for US eShop

Oracle of Ages / Seasons on Virtual Console will release at the same time
Apr 17
// Tony Ponce
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 ...
Yoshi's Island 3DS photo
Yoshi's Island 3DS

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

Eggs on my face!
Apr 17
// Tony Ponce
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...
Mario & Luigi 3DS photo
Mario & Luigi 3DS

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

Many new details from upcoming Luigi-ception adventure
Apr 17
// Tony Ponce
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 ...
Mr. Resetti tears photo
Tom Nook also neutered
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 unple...

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Nintendo Direct

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

Japan gets all three in April
Mar 31
// Jonathan Holmes
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 ...
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Game Freak

Google-like policy at Game Freak resulted in HarmoKnight

'Just give it a go'
Mar 07
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Luigi's Mansion video

Iwata and Miyamoto star as the Luigi brothers

Now that would be a movie worth watching
Feb 19
// Fraser Brown
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...
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New Super Luigi U

New Super Luigi U announced for Wii U eShop in 2013

NSMBU game-altering DLC announced
Feb 14
// Kyle MacGregor
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...
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Ear of Luigi

You're so cute, Iwata

Ear of Luigi
Feb 14
// Dale North
Ear of Luigi.

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

Let Nintendo be your Valentine
Feb 13
// Dale North
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...

Nintendo claims to finally understand HD development

Feb 05 // Tony Ponce
Despite the extensive knowledge of third parties, the fact remains that the Wii U is completely new hardware that requires a learning period no matter who you are. Iwata explained that the final version of Wii U dev kits weren't available until the later half of 2012, after which all developers working on the hardware had to undergo a trail-and-error phase. Nintendo was no exception, hence the lack of "hardware-pushing" first-party software out the gate. "I think that this [trial-and-error stage] is true for third-party software developers as well as Nintendo's," Iwata noted. "The home consoles of other companies are six or seven years old and software developers have sufficiently studied them and know how to take full advantage of them well. As Wii U is new to them, some developers have already acquired the knack and made good use of its features and others have not. You might see this gap among the games that are currently available." Hence relative jankiness of several pieces of launch software, regardless of how well the games run on the 360 or PS3. Iwata isn't too worried because all developers need is time to get a feel for the hardware. "Actually, we believe that our in-house development teams have almost reached the next stage," Iwata boomed with confidence. "It is not true that we are deadlocked with a lot of trouble in our development. Otherwise, we could not aim for 100 billion yen or more in operating profit for the next fiscal year." Sounds like Iwata and Miyamoto believe the Wii U is going to be alright in the coming year, thanks to a deeper understanding of this new level of technology. Will it pay off? Tune in next week! Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel! Third Quarter Financial Results Briefing for the 73rd Fiscal Term [Nintendo via VideoGamer]
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Nintendo leveraged third parties to better learn HD tech like shaders
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 S...


Nintendo: Cloud gaming is not the future

Iwated poo-poos the idea of a cloud-based tomorrow
Feb 05
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Nintendo to help Japanese devs bring 3DS games westward

Jan 31
// Kyle MacGregor
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...
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You missed it, Iwata!
Jan 23
// Tony Ponce
Get on the ball, Iwata! You are supposed to moderate that sh*t! Don't show such filth on Nintendo Direct of all places!

Iwata: Women sure do love that Animal Crossing videogame

Consoles are dying. Nintendo is doomed.
Jan 08
// Kyle MacGregor
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&...

Nintendo: Wii U sales are 'not bad'

Iwata claims console sales are steady
Jan 07
// Jim Sterling
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...

Iwata casually explains the meaning of HAL Laboratory

He's about to blow your mind
Nov 30
// Chris Carter
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...

Nintendo planning massive restructure for 2013

Miyamoto to lead smaller team, among other changes
Nov 28
// Tony Ponce
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...

Wii U's USB storage, BC, and digital promo laid bare

Nov 14 // Tony Ponce
Parental Controls Nintendo realizes that some parents may fear that their children may use the Wii U's internet functionality without permission. Wii U has Parental Controls. Can restrict content based on user age, CERO (Japan ESRB) rating, internet functionality, internet browser, e-Shop spending, Miiverse functionality, friend registrations, videos, data management, internet settings Wii U keyboard input can save user input habits and predictive input in a specific database that depends on the game and user. Wii U does not save input data that you don't want other users to know into the database. Miiverse settings can be turned on/off depending on the save profiles per game. USB Data Storage 8GB = 7.2GB, 32GB = 29GB in terms of actual save data. Wii U uses around 4.2GB when using the system for the first time. NSMBU is ~2GB, Nintendo Land is ~3.2GB. So, both won't fit into the Basic set at the same time. Wii U lets you put data onto a connected USB media drive. One USB drive at a time only. Cannot disconnect the external drive while plugged into the Wii U and receiving power. You can use general drives. In terms of powering the HDD while connecting to the Wii U, if you do not use a Y Cable Type drive (2 USB cables), then Nintendo cannot guarantee it will work properly. Nintendo can guarantee functionality if the HDD plugs into a power outlet. No games on USB Flash Memory due to games not running properly all the time (whatever this means...) Wii U will read up to 2TB only for external hard drives In Data Management, you must format the connected media drive. Note that this means you cannot use the drive with a PC. You can move data from internal Wii U storage to external USB media in Data Management and vice versa. Data on both internal and external media will appear in the menu. At launch, only 1 USB hard drive can be connected, but through a future update, more than 1 will be possible and you will be able to move data between them freely. SD Cards can hold PC data, Wii Virtual Console, Wii Ware, and Wii save data, but cannot be used to save Wii U game save data. Backwards Compatibility Wii games, Virtual Console, Wii Ware stuff cannot be played using the GamePad screen, but only on the TV in Wii Mode Iwata: "We understand that there are people who were looking forward to playing Wii games, Virtual Console games, and so forth on the GamePad, but unfortunately we cannot accommodate those users' expectations." There are plans for a Wii U Virtual Console that WILL be compatible with the Wii U GamePad. Please look forward to it in the future. Nintendo Network Premium For Premium Set buyers only Point service Make Nintendo Network ID, then login to find and user the service After logging in, you can see the points you have earned Buy with download card or download number Earn 10% back on purchases Earn back purchase points in ¥500 increments Points earned can be used with Wii U/3DS e-Shop, Wii Shopping Channel, DSi Shop
These Nintendo Directs will be the death of me
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 li...


Take a look at the insides of the Wii U

Nintendo's new console has its guts strewn about
Oct 15
// Harry Monogenis
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...

[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 ...


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

Jul 13
// Jim Sterling
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...

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