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Iwata: Nintendo going third party is bad in the long term

Aug 08 // Tony Ponce
"What I believe is that Nintendo is a very unique company, because it does its business by designing and introducing people to hardware and software -- by integrating them, we can be unique. And because we have hardware and software developers in the same building, they stimulate each other. And those kinds of conditions have enabled us to create something that no other companies can create." Some people just refuse to accept the truth. The reason Nintendo has been as successful as it has in the past is because of its level of control over every production phase, from the hardware itself to the games. Just because its current home console is doing less than stellar and might never achieve the kind of success Nintendo would like doesn't mean it should do something drastic like give up its valuable stable of properties. Imagine if Nintendo had gone third party following the GameCube. Does anybody here honestly believe the company would have done better financially publishing on the PS3 and 360 instead of going forward with the Wii? If you do, please check yourself into a nearby clinic, because you've lost touch with reality. There is no logical reason why Nintendo should jump out of the hardware business or, even worse, simultaneously publish games on other platforms and its own. I'd love to keep hearing what people come up with, though. It makes for great entertainment! Iwata: Nintendo games on rival platforms would only be a short-term fix [CVG]
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Iwata would only consider it if he stopped caring for the company
Nintendo should go third party, they say. "Nintendo should have their IP on every platform," they say. No matter how many times CEO Satoru Iwata or anybody in Nintendo management have repeated themselves, there's always some ...

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BioWare artist: Next-gen graphics not an obvious leap


Studios can't afford to impress our eyes on PS4 and Next Xbox
Feb 25
// Jim Sterling
One thing many gamers noticed -- and I particularly did -- was that the PlayStation 4 looked to be taking a step toward better game visuals, rather than the jump experienced in prior generations. BioWare artist Neil Thompson ...
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Watch Dogs has a viral webpage, obviously


Who watches the watchmen?
Feb 23
// Tony Ponce
If you were paying close attention to the latest Watch Dogs trailer, you might have noticed a web address for the game world's Central Operating Network (ctOS). Visiting http://chicago-ctos.com/ takes you to a black page with...
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Nintendo will region-lock the Wii U ... obviously


What a shock!
Sep 24
// Jim Sterling
Nintendo has surprised absolutely nobody by confirming that the Wii U will be region-locked, meaning European, American, and Japanese games will only work on systems made specifically for the corresponding country. Importers ...

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Pokemon Black & White 2 net over 1 million JP pre-orders


Jun 25
// Chris Carter
Remember when your parents told you Pokemon was just a fad? Oh how wrong they were. Sixteen years later, and Pokemon Black & White 2 is still selling like hotcakes. A recent report suggests that there were 1.16 million pr...
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PSVita Uncharted and Resistance to get multiplayer


Jan 23
// Maxwell Roahrig
During my time with the Vita last week (more on that later), I managed to dig up some interesting little nuggets regarding Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Resistance: Burning Skies. Now, these may seem like no brainers, but ...
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Gah! It was so obvious! Why didn't I think of that?


Jan 20
// Tony Ponce
Reddit user aheadofhistime showed off his new custom vanity plate. It's so simple that it's beyond brilliant. My new custom plate :) [Reddit]
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Mind blown! You can play games in 2D on a 3DS!


Sep 25
// Tony Ponce
Nintendo of Europe has posted a banner ad on their home page for the upcoming Metallic Red 3DS model. In addition to sporting a fiery finish, this latest 3DS also comes packed with some incredible new features. Not only can y...
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Shocking: Desmond's tale to continue after AC:Revelations


Jul 15
// Maurice Tan
In a twist that is a unsurprising as James Bond not dying at the end of a movie, Assassin's Creed: Revelations' lead writer Darby McDevitt ("It's DeWitt!") has told CVG that the upcoming game "won't answer everything because ...
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Captain Obvious: DS outsold 3DS


Jul 15
// Jim Sterling
The 3DS is having a hard time living up to the success of its predecessor, the Nintendo DS. If you need evidence of that, then look no further than last month's North American sales numbers. According to those, the DS is...
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Chris Evans to voice, look like Captain America in game


Feb 17
// Nick Chester
Sega has announced today that Chris Evans, the star of the upcoming Captain America film, will voice and lend his likeness to the character in the upcoming game. That is, of course, if you hadn't already made this assumption ...
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Captain Obvious: New Pokemon games coming to 3DS, Wii


Jan 28
// Nick Chester
As sure as the air you're breathing, there are new Pokémon games in the works for Nintendo consoles right now. You know this, right? Not convinced? "We are also developing Pokémon related products on the Wii and...
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Obvious: Coulton pens song for Portal 2


Jan 14
// Nick Chester
Well isn't this a triumph for Jonathan Coulton -- the singer/songerwriter will have a song that will appear in Valve's Portal 2. Shocking, I know, considering his track "Still Alive" -- which played during Portal's closing cr...
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Kid Icarus dev suggests steady hands for 3DS enjoyment


Jan 04
// Jim Sterling
This seems like a bit of a Captain Obvious post, but everybody's treating Masahiro Sakurai's comments like a big deal, so you might want to know. Basically, the Kid Icarus Uprising director has stated that you'll want a ...
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SEGA has three major Sonic announcements in 2011


Dec 14
// Jim Sterling
A SEGA marketing ape has loosened his jaw in the latest Game Informer to reveal that "two of three" big Sonic the Hedgehog announcements are coming in the early portions of 2011. SEGA with some Sonic news ... what a unique co...
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Analyst believes GTA V "likely" in 2012


Nov 25
// Maurice Tan
"Janco Partners" analyst Mike Hickey gave some predictions for Take-Two today. Why? Because he believes the publisher will make enough money to remain profitable even if a new GTA doesn't come out during the next fiscal year ...
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Captain Obvious: Splatterhouse denied rating in Germany


Nov 16
// Conrad Zimmerman
Game Captain is reporting that the gore-soaked Splatterhouse has been denied classification by the German classification board and, thus, will not be published in Germany. Hard to imagine that what is being marketed as o...
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No DLC for GoldenEye 007


Sep 03
// Matthew Razak
After having it bluntly confirmed that GoldenEye 007 would indeed have no DLC whatsoever, I struggled with whether or not to top this story off with our intrepid hero, Captain Obvious. On the one hand games on the Wii just do...
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Obsidian planning Fallout: New Vegas downloadable content


Aug 19
// Samit Sarkar
Bethesda's Fallout 3 set the bar for post-release support in this console generation with its robust package of five add-ons: "Operation: Anchorage," "The Pitt," "Broken Steel," "Point Lookout," and "Mothership Zeta." When I ...
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Fallout: New Vegas drawing more pre-orders than Fallout 3


Aug 06
// Conrad Zimmerman
It seems that there is demand for Obsidian's Fallout: New Vegas, so much so that the pre-orders for the post-apocalyptic role-playing game are far exceeding those for the series' previous title, Fallout 3. That's what MCV is ...
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UK Charts: StarCraft II, obviously


Aug 02
// Jim Sterling
It will come as a surprise to absolutely nobody that StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is soaring atop the chart this week, demolishing the competition and leaving bloody carcasses of spoiled hopes in its hype-drenched wake. Sta...
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NPD survey suggests more band-specific music games coming


May 07
// Samit Sarkar
With the upcoming release of Green Day: Rock Band this June, you'd think that maybe MTV and Activision would give the single-band game thing a rest. Of course, you'd be sorely mistaken. Destructoid reader Dexter345 sent ...
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Captain Obvious: Ninja Gaiden 3 pub says Ninja Gaiden 3 will be good


May 04
// Nick Chester
Hey, get this: Ninja Gaiden publisher Tecmo Koei says that Ninja Gaiden 3 is going to be a good game. While not officially announced, Tecmo Koei senior managing director Yoshiki Sugiyama is already talking up the sequel. "Nin...
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UK Charts: Football, obviously


May 04
// Jim Sterling
It should surprise nobody that 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa sits atop the UK Charts this week, enjoying big sales despite the questionable asking price. Still, most football fans are dumbshits, so nobody could expect them...
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Dead or Alive Paradise gets a nudity hack ... obviously


Apr 06
// Jim Sterling
Dead or Alive Paradise, the woefully rubbish PSP version of Tecmo's already sketchy franchise, just got slightly better. Or worse, depending on what you think of badly compressed images of massive boobs. Thanks to a little cu...
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UK Charts: Final Fantasy XIII wins, obviously


Mar 15
// Jim Sterling
Really, what else would be topping the chart during Final Fantasy XIII launch week? We are still playing that behemoth for our review but it appears we're almost over. Hopefully that'll be coming very soon, as soon as we stop...
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Breaking: Avalanche not working on a puzzle game


Mar 04
// Jordan Devore
As production on Just Cause 2 wraps up, the team at Avalanche Studios has begun dedicating more and more time to an upcoming project. Speaking to IncGamers, lead designer Peter Johansson was willing to let a few minor details...
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A lot of publishers have been having trouble figuring out how to make more money off their Wii games. We've heard from some folks at Capcom say that "hardcore" gamers have moved on from the Wii, or that there was never an con...

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Captain Obvious: God of War IV will happen


Jan 19
// Brad Nicholson
What’s left for Kratos after God of War III? It looks like the spirited man who spits in the faces of gods and titans will resume his role as the spirited man who spits in the faces of gods and titans.In a not-so-recent...
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Captain Obvious: Movie tie-ins generally a piece of crap


Jan 07
// Jim Sterling
Every now and then, we need somebody to tell us something we already knew, and that somebody right now is Bob Jacob, Cinemaware co-founder. Jacob blames the business model of a licensed game, wherein it has to be rushed to co...

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