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Calm down: Nintendo still has a lot in store for Wii U

Mar 30 // Jed Whitaker
Splatoon - May 2015 The paint-splattering Splatoon comes out in under two months and is Nintendo's first attempt at a third-person action shooter. Information has quickly been trickling out as release nears with Nintendo posting a huge dump of screenshots revealing new characters, modes, weapons, and stages. Chris Carter recently previewed the game, saying "I see a lot of classic Mario platforming design in Spaltoon's campaign" and seemed to have fun with the multiplayer.  Xenoblade Chronicles X - TBA 2015 The original Xenoblade Chronicles was a great game, and Xenoblade Chronicles X is shaping up to be even better. Character customization, multiplayer, beautiful graphics, and JRPG goodness make this one to watch for this year. No precise release date has been announced thus far. Yoshi's Woolly World - First half of 2015 Yoshi's Woolly World hasn't had much press since E3 of last year where it won over Steven. Taking Yoshi's Island-style gameplay and making it have a nice yarn aesthetic seems like a winning formula to having the best Yoshi game since Yoshi's Story on the N64. With the lack of information and the peculiar absence from Nintendo's game release calendar, I won't be surprised if this one slips to later in the year to fill in the gap Zelda left. Star Fox - TBA 2015 Star Fox for Wii U was originally teased with a blurred screen behind Shigeru Miyamoto, and only the above screenshot has ever been shown to the public. We do know that you play with a dual-screen perspective, and you pilot Arwings, tanks, and a new helicopter vehicle, but other than that it hasn't really been mentioned since E3 of 2014. That means less has been shown than the now-delayed Zelda.  Project Giant Robot and Project Guard - TBA 2015 Miyamoto has his hands full, as he has been working on not only Star Fox but also Project Giant Robot and Project Guard, two games shown last year at E3. Giant Robot has players building skyscraper-sized robots on their Wii U GamePad and then battling them to the death, while Guard is a mix between tower defense and watching security cameras. Neither game has been shown or mentioned since E3 last year, nor has a release date been announced.  Mario Maker - TBA 2015 While the name is pretty self-explanatory, Mario Maker looks to have a lot of depth, offering the ability to make levels in the style of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U. Not just easy levels either, but levels described as masochistic. No firm release date has been announced. So there you have it, seven games that potentially could be coming to the Wii U this year, pending any "please understand" cancellations that Nintendo has become infamous for. A nice mix of genres that should have something for everyone. Nintendo won E3 2014 in my opinion, so hopefully it can bring surprises to woo me again this year. The Wii U isn't dead, long live the Wii U.
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Unless it delays everything, please understand!
After the recent announcement that Zelda for Wii U wouldn't be releasing in 2015, people all around the Internet have been losing their collective minds screaming that the Wii U is dead when really, it is anything but. So join me as I refresh your memory and get you back on the Nintendo hype train for 2015.

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Mario Paint

Miyamoto originally pitched Mario for Splatoon


Maybe that scared the team into coming up with something more creative
Mar 18
// Steven Hansen
Splatoon's squishy squids that characterize the game came long after the graffiti-tagging gameplay concept. "We had found that the ink-battle play mechanic was fun, and the team was working very hard to brush up on that aspe...
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Nintendo Amusement Park

What would it be like if Nintendo ran a theme park?


I'm like, 'Yo - that's fifty dollars for a ten-year old game.'
Feb 17
// Jason Faulkner
Nintendo is a company whose name is synonymous with videogames (just point at any console and ask my granny what it's called). It's produced some of the most beloved and iconic characters of the last century, and is still goi...
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More F-Zero, maybe

Miyamoto thinks F-Zero needs a 'new type of controller interface'


We'd be fine without it, all the same
Jan 06
// Jordan Devore
In a recent appearance on Smosh Games (interview starts at 4:35), Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto touched on a range of topics, including the future of F-Zero and Pikmin. The famed designer gave a concise update on the latter se...
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Nintendo

Miyamoto on Zelda Wii U, amiibo cards, and the next Nintendo console


Company 'working on ideas for new hardware systems'
Dec 19
// Jordan Devore
In an interview with the Associated Press, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto spoke about several topics, including sold-out amiibo figures, the future of Mario, and next year's open-world Zelda. On missing exclusive in-game content...
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And it's giant
So the new Legend of Zelda is doing the, "Look, you can go anywhere you see in the distance" thing. And doing the, "our world is huge, look at our map, look at our waypoint system" thing. Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji ...

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Pikmin

Nintendo is laying the groundwork for the next Pikmin, says Miyamoto


You really should try to the Pikmin 3 demo
Nov 06
// Jordan Devore
Tucked away in Nintendo's recent investor Q&A, senior managing director Shigeru Miyamoto commented on what's ahead for the "unique joy" that is the Pikmin series. This week, the company released three animated short films...
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Pikmin stuff

Miyamoto's animated Pikmin shorts on sale, Pikmin 3 gets demo


For Wii U and 3DS
Nov 05
// Steven Hansen
Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto has been working on little, animated Pikmin shorts instead of making games. Good for him. I want him to make wine next. Coppola did it.  Pikmin Short Movies goes on sale after this Ninte...
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Nintendo short film

Shigeru Miyamoto made an animated Pikmin short film


Screening next month in Tokyo
Sep 11
// Jordan Devore
Famed Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto has produced an animated short based on the Pikmin series that will debut at the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival next month. The film, Pikmin Short Movies, is made up of three e...
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Shigeru Miyamoto

Miyamoto explains Nintendo's reignited passion for core gaming


'In the days of DS and Wii, Nintendo tried its best to expand the gaming population.'
Aug 28
// Brittany Vincent
It's fairly obvious that Nintendo has been ramping up its concerted efforts to attract and maintain its core base, and Shigeru Miyamoto's latest comments confirm that it's not just a coincidence. Miyamoto spoke with Edge in a...

Nintendo's humorous shareholder Q&A summarized

Jul 04 // Jordan Devore
Nintendo's communication experimentation at E3 2014 was a success. Miyamoto: "The 'Nintendo Digital Event,' which we broadcast on the morning of the first day of E3, was viewed 4 to 5 million times, and the total views of our E3-related videos numbered in the tens of millions. This means that our messages reached a large number of people all over the world through the Internet, not only the people who attended E3 events." Someone asked if Nintendo could give shareholders free games as a perk. Kimishima: "We have been studying the best method of shareholder returns and our current policy is to pay out dividends." Miyamoto on Zelda Wii U: "We are trying to gradually break down such mechanism and develop a game style in which you can enjoy 'The Legend of Zelda' freely in a vast world, whenever you find the time to do so." Miyamoto on the next handheld Zelda: "...we have ideas for Nintendo 3DS which we have not announced yet, so I hope you will look forward to them." Someone suggested a handheld device whose screen could be "manually extended to become twice the size both horizontally and vertically." Then, they proceeded to ramble about casino games (???). Takeda on the next leaders: "We want to pass on to our younger developers the DNA of offering unexpected and fun entertainment to consumers by doing things in different ways from others so the company can continuously produce unprecedented entertainment." Some guy literally said this: "I do not understand video games and I even feel angry because, at Nintendo's shareholders' meetings, the shareholders always discuss things relating to video games or such childish topics as 'what the future of video games should be,' while I, for one, was flabbergasted that Mr. Iwata continues to hold his position although he had said that he would resign if the company's performance were bad."I hope that Nintendo's shareholders' meeting will become an opportunity where the shareholders discuss the company's business operations from the viewpoints of capital gain and dividends." Miyamoto on the future of the entertainment business: "It is true that I have a sense of fear in that 'hand-me-down smartphones,' as pointed out by another shareholder, are becoming hardware systems on which to play games due to their prices being lower than that of our most inexpensive video game system in our history."However, I do not believe that will completely control the future of video games. Of course, it is important to gain profit in effective ways, but Nintendo always has to take seriously, for example, network security for children. Taking into consideration that more and more children have a good command of these kinds of media, which help these media to spread, the most important task for Nintendo is how to provide new styles of entertainment by using these technologies, and how to make these new kinds of entertainment yield significant sales and profits."It goes without saying that Nintendo has been trying to improve its profitability at the same time. For example, at E3 this year, we were able to obtain more page views on our website while considerably reducing our E3-related costs." A fan of Iwata Asks wondered why there haven't been more of those articles. Miyamoto: "Nintendo should try to attract a more broad audience through a wider range of methods." Someone commented that Iwata might be ill because "he is trying to take on all of the things related to the company’s current situation by himself..." Miyamoto: "Just for your information, I too have been feeling a great deal of anxiety. Mr. Iwata is a president whom I can rely on very much, and I would like to continue this journey with him." Miyamoto on the future of entertainment, part two: "I believe it is important for us to learn from our predecessors in the movie and other media industries. This is something I mentioned earlier today (during my remarks on E3,) but to some, it might have seemed as though there wasn’t a wide variety of software at E3, and as though many people followed the same direction to make their video games. I believe this is a revelation of creative immaturity on our part as creators in the video game industry."The late Mr. Hiroshi Yamauchi, the former president of Nintendo, often used to say that in the entertainment business, only one can become strong and all of the others will become weak. With this remark, he was not referring to the arrogance of the winner. He mentioned this to describe the nature of the entertainment business, which tends to create just one winner because in the entertainment business everyone buys your offering if you create something unprecedented, and consumers do not think it is necessary to purchase products from others in the industry."To survive in the entertainment industry, it is often the case that everyone tries to follow suit with the strong one. My comment may be at risk of being misinterpreted, but in the digital content field, I think that our creativity is still immature. In the world of comic books and movies, there are people who are challenging themselves to be even more creative than before in creating their content."I believe that we (those who are creating digital content called video games) are still in a transitional period and will eventually step up into the phases where we expand and enrich the substance of our creativity. If we can manage Nintendo without losing sight of this challenge, I believe we might be able to create new entertainment that dominates the industry."Also, some may think it is fair to compete with others on the same hardware platform, but it is always challenging to become the one strong existence among so many companies, and to Nintendo, it is more advantageous to create and propose to consumers a brand new framework that includes hardware as part of the structure. We would like to continuously develop something unique by not abandoning this strength of our company. I ask for your continued support."
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Miyamoto talks the future of Zelda and the entertainment industry
Jonathan told you how Nintendo's 74th annual general meeting of shareholders came across like a bad comments section. Now, here's that meeting in-depth as translated by Nintendo itself. Notably, CEO Satoru Iwata was absent du...

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Wii U 3DS Cross-Buy

Miyamoto talks about cross-buy possibilities with Wii U and 3DS


He will 'think about it'
Jun 24
// Chris Carter
Sony has a Cross-Buy system out for its digital storefront, and it's pretty amazing. For select games if you buy them once, you'll have access on up to three systems depending on the game -- PS3, PS4, and Vita (sometimes the ...
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Miyamoto

Miyamoto: 'Two GamePad gameplay is not within our objectives in the short-term'


Aw, nuts
Jun 20
// Chris Carter
Ever since the launch of the Wii U, we've heard the same song and dance about the dual GamePad situation -- "it's possible, it's just not a priority." IGN had a chance to chat with Nintendo at E3 about said possibility in the...
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Miyamoto on VR

Miyamoto 'uneasy' at idea of VR players playing by themselves


It's in direct contrast to what the Wii U tries to accomplish
Jun 17
// Brett Makedonski
As virtual reality becomes more and more of a, well, reality, traditional videogame companies have taken serious steps to adapting to the trend. For instance, Sony's currently working on its Project Morpheus. Nintendo might b...
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Star Fox

Star Fox in full development with 'about a year' to go


Miyamoto: 'It's been maybe 6 to 10 months that we've been experimenting with it'
Jun 12
// Jordan Devore
So many awesome-looking Nintendo games at E3 that are ... not releasing this year. Drat. While the new Star Fox for Wii U didn't look especially "awesome" -- not yet -- add it to that list. Well, obviously! But, specifically,...
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Wii U

Miyamoto's three new Wii U games in action


Star Fox, robots, and home invasion
Jun 11
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto has new projects in development for the Wii U that use both the GamePad and television screen, and here he is introducing three of them at E3 2014. Project Giant Robot puts you in the cockpit of a...
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Also, 'Project Giant Robot,' and 'Project Guard'
Well that didn't take long. Nintendo has sent over word to Destructoid that three games have been confirmed from the mind of Shigeru Miyamoto -- Star Fox, Project Giant Robot, and Project Guard. All of these will be on t...

Mario photo
Mario

Super Mario 3D World was designed with the New SMB crowd in mind


'Theres still a lot more room for discovery and invention,' says producer
May 01
// Jordan Devore
Having finally gotten a Wii U, my goal this week has been to play Super Mario 3D World and at least try not to burn through it too quickly. It's tough, though, with the promise of something new pushing me to continually do "j...
Mario photo
Mario

Super Mario 3D World's Double Mario power was an accident


And other tidbits from the development team
Nov 14
// Jordan Devore
The end of the recent Iwata Asks about Super Mario 3D World made it clear that more Super Mario Galaxy is a definite possibility, which was probably the biggest news of the piece -- but there are other behind-the-scenes tidbi...
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Mario Galaxy not dead

Mario Galaxy is not dead, says Shigeru Miyamoto


Thank goodness
Nov 14
// Chris Carter
I'm not sure how many of you thought that Super Mario 3D World signaled the end of the Galaxy sub-franchise, but Miyamoto has seen fit to put a stop to any rumors that may be milling about out there. In the latest Iwata asks,...
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Nintendope

Nintendope: My fantasy hang-out session with the Big N


Promoted from our Community Blogs!
Nov 09
// Preposterous Whitey
[Dtoid community blogger DoctorHair shared this... uh... well, he... yeah... just read it. It's goddamn hilarious. --Mr Andy Dixon] Welcome to Fantasy Blunt Scenarios: A new, ongoing original series concerning groups of peopl...
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Nintendo

Miyamoto wants to get more involved with smaller projects


'Little chance that he could take the time to work on the next Mario'
Nov 03
// Jonathan Holmes
In a recent interview with French outlet Gamekult, Nintendo's spritely King of old man magic voiced plans to move away from headlining the Mario franchise -- "Creating a game of the caliber of Super Mario 3D World takes a lot...
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Pikmin

There's a code hidden in Pikmin 3, according to Miyamoto


Okay, fine, I'll go find all of those memos
Aug 01
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto has taken to the Miiverse to tease a code in Pikmin 3 that can be found by collecting Secret Memos scattered throughout the game: "Did you know that once you've collected ten of these Secret...
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Nintendo

Miyamoto: Nintendo working on new franchise


Aiming for a spring 2014 release
Jul 10
// Kyle MacGregor
Exciting news, everyone! Nintendo has new franchise in development and it'll be here sooner than you think. In the latest edition of Weekly Famitsu, company man Shigeru Miyamoto decided to be a big old tease, letting slip jus...
Nintendo photo
Nintendo

Miyamoto on why Nintendo is slow to create new characters


'Focus first on creating fun and new gameplay'
Jul 08
// Jordan Devore
In an interview with Game Informer, Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto spoke about where the company's priorities lie in terms of creating new intellectual properties. There are a lot of familiar franchises coming up for Wii ...
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Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien visits E3, hilarity ensues


He gets to chat with Miyamoto as well
Jun 26
// Chris Carter
As part of his "Clueless Gamer" series, Conan O'Brien visited E3 this year, and checked out the PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, and pretty much everything else he could get his hands on. He spoke with Sony's Aram Jabbari, Microsoft's ...
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Nintendo Direct Pikmin

Watch the entire Nintendo Direct Pikmin presentation here


20-minute Pikmin presentation shows off footage
Jun 26
// Chris Carter
This morning, Nintendo put on a special Japan-only Nintendo Direct specifically for Pikmin 3. It's basically a "Let's Play" for the game starring Miyamoto, as he leads someone through a demonstration of a typical level. For ...
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Nintendo

Majora's Mask remake still on Miyamoto's mind


I shall consume. Consume... consume everything...
Jun 22
// Kyle MacGregor
Nintendo is still thinking about a potential remake of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Speaking with IGN, series creator Shigeru Miyamoto said "they're still in my memory" of Zelda fans that have long clamored for an enha...
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Nintendo

Nintendo increasing staff to forge more games and new IPs


Shigeru Miyamoto explains the future of Nintendo's game development
Jun 22
// Wesley Ruscher
Would you like to see a new Metroid, Wave Race, or Star Fox game? Perhaps some Chibi-Robo love? Hell, maybe even a new IP? Well, apparently nothing is out of the question with Nintendo as they look to build and strengthen the...






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