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3:00 AM on 06.24.2014

Nintendo's Satoru Iwata missed E3 to have surgery, is recovering well

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata was advised by his physician not to travel overseas so he didn't make the trip to E3, which is fine; he didn't miss much. This letter from Iwata to Nintendo shareholders on why he is also ...

Steven Hansen


11:45 AM on 06.05.2014

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata staying home from E3

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has been advised by his physician not to travel overseas "in the immediate future" and will be staying home next week, as a result. No E3! At least not in-person -- Nintendo has its Digital Eve...

Jordan Devore

7:40 AM on 05.08.2014

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire are 'full remakes'

Newly announced 3DS games Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire are obviously tied to GBA classics Ruby and Sapphire, but what are they really? New? Remakes? Or that terrible ind...

Dale North



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Nintendo plans to develop new consoles for emerging markets
by Dale North

Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata told Bloomberg that they plan to develop new game consoles for emerging markets. Instead of discounting existing Nintendo systems, they will "make new things, with a new thinking." 

Iwata told Bloomberg in an interview, "The product and price balance must be made from scratch."

First stop? Probably China. The country just lifted a 13-year ban on game consoles, and Nintendo said that they're already looking into options for that market. New Mario NFC toys are also part of their plan for expansion.

These moves could dig Nintendo out of the hole they're in.

Even with all of this, Iwata is still resisting the move to smartphones. 

"Our games such as Mario and Zelda are designed for our game machines so if we transfer them into smartphones as they are, customers won’t be satisfied," said Iwata. "If customers aren’t satisfied with the experience, it will decrease the value of our content."

Nintendo to Sell New Consoles for Emerging Markets [Bloomberg]

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Nintendo details plan to turn around Wii U sales
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Nintendo released their third quarter financial results which revealed an operating loss of over $15 million due to poor Wii U sales. While it wasn't totally bleak in sales in some regards, the company overall failed to meet revised sales projections thus causing Nintendo president Satoru Iwata to cut his salary in half.

So now what? Iwata just held a press conference in Japan tonight and detailed what his plan of attack is to turn the company around. For starters, Iwata stated that they won't be abandoning its hardware business, and game consoles will continue being the center of their strategy. That said, he admitted that adapting to change is necessary.

A revamp to their marketing is coming, with a big focus on the GamePad and it's capabilities, such as pushing the NFC function (tech similar to what Skylanders/Disney Infinity does). He admitted that the Wii U's weakness is the GamePad in that the recognition is low, and that people think it's an accessory for the Wii. Turning this around is the company's highest priority, such as how they'll be revealing new NFC titles at E3. They won't be cutting the price, however. We can also expect high-speed startups, so for instance you can instantly dive into games through the GamePad as your TV is powering up.

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2:30 PM on 12.06.2013

Happy birthday Iwata, Pachter thinks you should be fired

Today is Nintendo president Satoru Iwata's 54th birthday. Happy birthday Mr. Iwata; Michael Pachter thinks you should be out of the job. The Wedbush Securities analyst continued his fire and brimstone sermon at Game Mone...

Kyle MacGregor

4:00 PM on 11.09.2013

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

[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...

Preposterous Whitey

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