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12:00 PM on 08.12.2013

Iwata: Wii U doesn't need a price cut, it needs games

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has brushed aside suggestions that the Wii U requires an official price cut to compete with the forthcoming PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Speaking with CVG, the banana-wielding executive noted th...

Kyle MacGregor



Iwata: Nintendo going third party is bad in the long term photo
Iwata: Nintendo going third party is bad in the long term
by Tony Ponce

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 new chucklehead with the brilliant idea that putting Nintendo games on other consoles will result in a massive influx of revenue.

You should be happy to know that Satoru Iwata agrees with you! Nintendo would make a lot of money... in the short term, that is.

In a discussion with CVG, Iwata made himself as clear as possible: "If I was to take responsibility for the company for just the next one or two years, and if I was not concerned about the long-term future of Nintendo at all, it might make sense for us to provide our important franchises for other platforms, and then we might be able to gain some short-term profit. However, I'm really responsible for the long-term future of Nintendo as well, so I would never think about providing our precious resources for other platforms at all."

B-b-b-but iOS! But the Wii U's flagging sales!

B-b-b-but NOTHING!

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Nintendo's Iwata addresses company's third-party woes photo
Nintendo's Iwata addresses company's third-party woes
by Tony Ponce

Yesterday's big story was the reveal that the Wii U-exclusive ZombiU was not profitable for Ubisoft -- yet another black mark in Nintendo's ongoing quest to attract third parties to its new console. The hole Nintendo has dug itself into is seemingly much deeper than ever before, and it has pundits and fans alike wondering how or even if Nintendo can climb back out.

During the 73rd Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, from which we previously learned about Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata's stance towards staff reduction in the wake of financial downturns, Iwata was asked about his thoughts on third parties' reluctance to release Wii U versions of upcoming multiplatform titles. He understands the very undesirable situation the Wii U currently faces, hence why the company must take certain steps in the short term.

"One is to seamlessly release our first-party titles starting from next month to improve the momentum of Wii U. As third-party software developers do business for their own profits, they tend to avoid investing in a platform with little presence. We would therefore like them to see Wii U as a platform with which they feel they can make profits from an economical perspective." This parrots what certain third-parties claim would get them interested in Nintendo development again.

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2:00 PM on 07.06.2013

Nintendo is not in the habit of laying off staff

The videogames industry is cutthroat. We no longer bat an eyelash whenever a publisher shuts down an underperforming studio or lays off a huge chunk of a game's development staff before the game ever touches a store shelf. It...

Tony Ponce

6:00 AM on 07.04.2013

Nintendo remains unwilling to end region-locking

PS Vita is region-free. PS4 is going to be region-free. Xbox One will be region-free as well. Sony understands that when it comes to today's consumable media, we live in a border-less world. Microsoft is just trying to ride S...

Tony Ponce

6:30 PM on 06.28.2013

Nintendo CEO Iwata never said he would resign

The 3DS stumbled out the gate, and only recently has it broken into a decent stride on a worldwide scale. The Wii U, on the other hand, is still languishing as Nintendo places its future prospects on the shoulders of its firs...

Tony Ponce





9:29 AM on 05.17.2013

New Super Luigi U release date, standalone ver. revealed

Luigi is rockin' it hardcore! The upcoming New Super Mario Bros. U expansion, New Super Luigi U, is ready to drop on eShop on June 20 for $19.99. Not only that, there will be a special standalone disc, which doesn't require y...

Tony Ponce

9:28 AM on 05.17.2013

Oracle of Ages and Seasons discounted at launch on eShop

Nintendo announced today during their Nintendo Direct event that The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons will be $4.99 for three weeks (down from the price of $5.99) after the May 30th launch. This is basic...

Chris Carter

9:25 AM on 05.17.2013

New Sonic game coming exclusively to Wii U and 3DS

During today's Nintendo Direct, it was announced that a new Sonic game is coming exclusively to the Wii U and 3DS, called Sonic Lost World. This is part of a worldwide partnership that Sega and Nintendo have entered into, so ...

Patrick Hancock

9:23 AM on 05.17.2013

The Wonderful 101 coming to the Wii U on September 15th

Finally! Nintendo announced today that PlatinumGames title Wonderful 101 will be coming to the Wii U on September 15th. The game came under some fire recently for being touted as a "short" experience, but I personally can't wait, as PlatinumGames rarely misses. Oh, and it totally has waterslides.

Chris Carter

9:13 AM on 05.17.2013

Nintendo Direct: Wii U Mario & Sonic at the Olympics

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 ...

Tony Ponce

11:15 AM on 05.16.2013

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

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...

Tony Ponce



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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