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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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11:45 AM on 02.05.2013

Miyamoto: Nintendo hasn't communicated Wii U's value

Addressing the Wii U's slow market performance, Nintendo developer Shigeru Miyamoto has admitted his company could have promoted it better. Citing a failure to "communicate" the features and value of the system, the impish de...

Jim Sterling



Review: The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia photo
Review: The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia
by Chris Carter

You'd be hard pressed to find a Nintendo franchise more storied than The Legend of Zelda. Although Mario and Pokémon have far surpassed the series in terms of raw sales, Zelda fans are among the most passionate fans in the industry.

Naturally, an official love-letter to Zelda enthusiasts is going to get quite a bit of attention, leading it to take the top spot on Amazon's bestseller list -- enter Hyrule Historia.

The compendium is segmented into four parts: "The Legend Begins," which is entirely about Skyward Sword; "The History of Hyrule," which takes us through a journey of every Zelda game to date; "Creative Footprints," which is my personal favorite section filled to the brim with sketches; and finally, a comic prelude to Skyward Sword.

Join me as I dive into every facet of what Hyrule Historia's 277 pages has to offer.

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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

12:00 PM on 11.16.2012

Ol' Grunkle Miyamoto turns 60 today

And he doesn't look a a day over 50! How does he manage to stay so young? There are many notable game developers who have influenced the course of the industry, but arguably none are more well-known and beloved than Shigeru M...

Tony Ponce

10:30 AM on 07.10.2012

Miyamoto wants a Wii U Metroid and Star Fox most of all

IGN had a moment with Miyamoto himself, and quizzed him on potential franchises he would like to see on the Wii U. Out of all of the great series and IPs that Nintendo has to offer, Miyamoto focused on just two: Metroid and S...

Chris Carter



The 'geek' question: hobbyist vs. intellectual photo
The 'geek' question: hobbyist vs. intellectual
by Ryan Perez

The one thing that has always bugged me the most about sports is the use of the word "we." As in, "We won!" No, you didn't win, John Sofaturd from Nothingsville, Ohio. You didn't do anything except sit on your ass and obtain a contact high from the fruitful efforts of someone else who worked their ass off for their success.

To my disappointment, gamers can sometimes have this same habit. Not too long ago, a friend of mine posted an image on Facebook associating the reclusive and unorthodox lifestyle of Nikola Tesla with that of a gamer/comic lover/D&D player, so on and so forth. This was all accomplished via the generalization of the term "geek." Sports fans, meet gamers, the DeVito to your Schwarzenegger.

This made me realize that the debate should not be regarding the differences between "geek" and "nerd"; the two terms virtually mean the same thing, these days. What the debate should be, though, is what different types of geeks/nerds exist. I was led to wonder just why my geek friends enjoy associating themselves with scientific geniuses, when they know practically nothing about science, themselves, as well as how to distinguish the two.

I then proceeded to try that good old-fashioned sociological method. I asked a variety of attendees at E3 two questions: one pertaining to general "hobbyist geek" knowledge and one of general "intellectual geek" knowledge. I wanted to see if we gamers are indeed the same as brainiacs, or if we're simply holding up a "We're #1!" foam finger of our own.

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10:15 AM on 06.12.2012

No online multiplayer in Pikmin 3

Those looking forward to herding dead-eyed plant monsters with friends around the world are in for a disappointment. Nintendo has no intention of exploiting the Wii U's increased online focus with Pikmin 3, as the game shall ...

Jim Sterling

7:30 PM on 06.09.2012

Non-Specific Action Figure has the last word of E3

Seriously, with all the nothing going on in terms of announcements, Non-Specific Action Figure really did do the best job.   Also, I love how this entire segment looks and sounds like a WWE backstage promo.

Jim Sterling

7:00 PM on 05.26.2012

Official Kirby doodles from way back in the day

Back in 1993, a strategy guide for the recently released Kirby's Adventure appeared in Japan. Inside, three of the big men responsible for the new game decided to sketch the little pink puffball. There's contributions by Masa...

Tony Ponce

9:00 AM on 05.04.2012

Miyamoto: PS Vita isn't a very strong product

Shigeru Miyamoto isn't against slagging off the competition in the friendliest way possible, with the Nintendo loyalist criticizing Sony's PlayStation Vita efforts. The Mario creator believes the Vita isn't a strong product, ...

Jim Sterling

12:35 PM on 04.12.2012

Miyamoto muses on some new juicy first-party prospects

Shigeru Miyamoto recently had a conversation with Edge, and I think most of you Nintendo fans are going to want to hear what he had to say. Sometime last year, it was revealed that Miyamoto would love to remake the original A...

Chris Carter





10:00 AM on 04.12.2012

Miyamoto loves Angry Birds, wishes he'd made it

Love it or hate it, Angry Birds is still a massive deal, as evidenced by the ludicrous amount of merchandise surrounding it. While it's become cool to despise, legendary videogame developer Shigeru Miyamoto has taken its side...

Jim Sterling

4:30 PM on 01.06.2012

Miyamoto is heading up an 'undisclosed original title'

Nintendo EAD manager Shigeru Miyamoto has a few projects in the pipeline, one of which has yet to be revealed. In an interview with the Associated Press, the designer reiterates that Pikmin 3 and Luigi's Mansion 2 are still c...

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 12.10.2011

Miyamoto in a life-sized Mario Kart makes my day

Shigeru Miyamoto was already in California to attend tonight's Spike Video Game Awards, so he took some time out from his trip to...go to the mall? The legendary game maker is shown in the photo above behind the wheel of a IR...

Dale North

7:57 PM on 12.10.2011

Miyamoto accepts Hall of Fame award for Legend of Zelda

At tonight's Spike VGA awards, Shigeru Miyamoto took the stage to accept an award for the induction of The Legend of Zelda into the hall of fame. He took the stage like a champ, coming out of the floor and fog to accept the a...

Dale North