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8:00 AM on 11.06.2013

Wii Sports Club might receive physical release

Wii Sports Club comes out tomorrow with its high-definition remixes of Bowling and Tennis. It's a Wii U eShop exclusive for now, but that's something that might change in the future.  "I do not deny the possibility that ...

Kyle MacGregor

11:30 AM on 11.05.2013

Nintendo considering new sales methods for digital games

Nintendo's digital business is on the rise. The company pulled in more than 11.4 billion yen from downloadable sales during the first six months of the fiscal year. Despite shattering its previous record, the platform holder ...

Kyle MacGregor

12:30 PM on 10.29.2013

Wii Sports Club co-developed with Namco Bandai

Wii Sports Club is being co-developed by Namco Bandai Studios, Nintendo revealed during a recent Iwata Asks session surrounding the upcoming game. Software developer Takayuki Shimamura said Namco Bandai was asked to a lend a ...

Kyle MacGregor





7:30 AM on 10.10.2013

Iwata Asks explains the meaning behind Pokemon 'X and Y'

In what is one of the greatest Q&A series on the web, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has interviewed Game Freak in his latest edition of "Iwata Asks," and uncovers a number of cool facts about the Pokemon franchise in th...

Chris Carter

10:45 AM on 10.01.2013

Worldwide online in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Games

Here's a question: why does Peach have to wear tights to ice skate while Bowser gets to go bare-bottom? They have lots of dumb laws over in Sochi. Maybe a 'dinos must not wear pants' law is also in place. We learned from thi...

Dale North

10:28 AM on 10.01.2013

StreetPass relay system will now allow six tags at once

Remember when Nintendo announced that the 3DS' StreetPass function would be improved so that you would get tagged whenever you passed through a Nintendo Zone location? The way the system works, two 3DS owners don't have to be...

Tony Ponce

10:12 AM on 10.01.2013

Wii Party U lets you knit and scoop water

Man, the four-player fun in Wii Party U just doesn't let up! You can play "Water Runners," in which you scoop up water from a river... then pour it into a bottle! Then there is a game where you lay the GamePad and all Wii Re...

Tony Ponce

9:36 AM on 10.01.2013

A Link Between Worlds will allow you to sequence break

For the longest time now, the common Zelda formula has been (1) enter dungeon, (2) get item from dungeon, (3) use that item to beat that dungeon, and (4) go to new dungeon and get new item. A Link Between Worlds is going to b...

Tony Ponce

9:16 AM on 10.01.2013

Sonic vs. Mega Man in Smash Bros. 4!!!

IN THIS WOOOOOOOORLD, WHERE LIFE IS STROOOOOOOONG!IN THIS WOOOOOOOORLD, LIFE'S AN OPEN BOOK!IN THIS WOOOOOOOORLD, WHERE COMPROMISE DOES NOT EXIST!IN THIS WORLD OF WORLDS, EVERY STEP MEETS THE REST! Sonic in Smash 4, everyone! My dream of Sonic vs. Mega Man will happen!

Tony Ponce

9:12 AM on 10.01.2013

Super Mario 3D World lets you clone yourself

In this morning's Nintendo Direct, CEO Satoru Iwata revealed a whole bunch of new abilities for Mario and crew in the upcoming Wii U platformer. By picking up a cherry, you can clone your character several times. Kuribo's Sh...

Tony Ponce

1:00 PM on 08.24.2013

The Wonderful 101 was almost a Nintendo crossover

Nintendo big boss Satoru Iwata recently brought PlatinumGames director Hideki Kamiya onto Iwata Asks to discuss The Wonderful 101. In a followup roundtable, a healthy chunk of the W101 development crew went into even greater ...

Tony Ponce



The DTOID Show: Xbox One, Kinect, and GTA V on PC! photo
The DTOID Show: Xbox One, Kinect, and GTA V on PC!
by Tara Long

Since Max is currently away in Los Angeles for a not-so-secret Call of Duty event, I got television's former darling Adam Sessler to join me on today's show to talk about the Wii U's dwindling software options and Microsoft's insistence on bundling Kinect with the Xbox One. We also discuss Rockstar's travelogue for the city of Los Santos, and go over all the features of the Xbox One's new controller!

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5:00 AM on 08.13.2013

Wonderful 101's Hideki Kamiya chats with Nintendo CEO

The latest Iwata Asks is positively delightful as Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata chats up Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya, director of the upcoming Wii U title Wonderful 101 and a bunch of vaunted Clover classics (Viewtiful Joe, Oka...

Steven Hansen

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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