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In an interview with Eurogamer, Splatoon producer Hisashi Nogami opened up on the game’s origins. It started out as a prototype with an idea from programmer Shintaro Sato, who was attempting to create something new.

Nogami said:

“It’s something we do a lot of at EAD. We’re constantly making different prototypes with different game ideas to see what’s going to be good. One prototype that a programmer made was just this kind of idea of shooting ink on the ground, and doing a territory control game. We played it, thought it was really fun and maybe we can make a full game out of this.”

Shigeru Miyamoto and Shinya Takahashi, who oversees the Nintendo SPD teams, both commented on Minecraft as part of an interview with Kotaku. Both had pretty positive things to say.

First, here’s what Miyamoto shared:

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS are the first two games to truly take advantage of communication features between both of Nintendo’s systems. You might be wondering why this functionality hasn’t been pursued sooner.

Shinya Takahashi, the GM of Nintendo Software Planning & Development, told IGN:

“With Smash Bros., because the two games have the same gameplay and the same controls, that game in particular is designed where you’ll want to start playing on the 3DS first and build up your characters there, and then transfer that character data over to the Wii U and play with them there.”

Shigeru Miyamoto also chimed in:

Tomodachi Life appears to be off to a good start from a sales perspective. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime recently told Kotaku, “The Tomodachi Life numbers were significantly stronger than we had forecasted and planned.” Reggie explained that this is because the 3DS is “a vibrant platform.”

Nintendo isn’t experiencing the same kind of success as it did during the Wii and DS days. But perhaps that’s not entirely a bad thing.

Shigeru Miyamoto told Kotaku that “the numbers have never been as bad as they are now.” But he also added, “what I’ve found is that it’s always in those difficult times that we have a tendency to find that next new thing.”

When Kotaku mentioned that what Nintendo is doing with its games at E3 makes it feel like a bolder company, Miyamoto responded:

Nintendo of America senior director of communications Charlie Scibetta has commented further on the situation surrounding third-parties and Wii U.

Scibetta told Ars Technica:

“We want the same thing that the third parties want, which is to grow the installed base. We’re confident that if we can do that by driving the installed base through first-party software, like Mario Kart 8, like Super Smash Bros., then the third-party developers will follow because then they’ll see there’s a large enough installed base that it’s worth their investment to bring their games to our platform. So it’s our job to grow that installed base to make it more attractive for them to come to our platform.”

“Sure, everybody would like to have games earlier, but the good thing about Nintendo is that product quality is really important to us, so we would never ship it early just to help our bottom line or our financials for the holiday season. It’s much more important for us to protect the brand, the goodwill we’ve built up with fans over the years.”

“The good thing about Nintendo is we’ve been dedicated to gaming for over 30 years now, and it’s not like we do anything else. It’s not like we’re going to go away from what we do and try something different. We’re in for the long haul in gaming.”

A couple of prominent publishers have weighed in regarding their support for Wii U as well.

First up, Ubisoft:

“We think that by releasing good games from fan favorite brands, like Mario Kart, Nintendo is taking steps to increase the Wii U’s adoption. We have games coming out for the Wii U this year, including Just Dance 2015 and Watch Dogs. For any other games we announced at E3, it’s too soon to say.”

An EA spokesperson also said the following:

“So far, we haven’t announced any new titles for the Wii U, but that doesn’t preclude us from doing so in the future.”


Nintendo of America executive VP of sales and marketing Scott Moffitt recently spoke with GamesIndustry about several topics. Moffitt mentioned that the Wii U is at a “tipping point” and could improve with high-profile releases, stated that there are no plans to keep the GamePad separate from the Wii U hardware bundle, and more.

Head past the break for Moffitt’s responses. You can find GamesIndustry’s full article here.

In this week’s issue of Famitsu, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS director Masahiro Sakurai wrote another column and discussed the addition of Miis to the game. You’ll find what he shared inside the magazine below.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime shared a few more words about Amiibo while speaking with Polygon at E3 2014 last week. Head past the break for his comments.

The idea of using two GamePads in games is something that was brought up back in the very early days of Wii U. However, we’re coming close to the system’s second anniversary, and Nintendo hasn’t capitalized on this just yet.

So what’s the deal? Shigeru Miyamoto shared an update with IGN, noting that while dual GamePad usage can still be done from a technical standpoint, Nintendo is “at a point where we don’t feel it’s realistic to expect people to purchase two GamePads yet.”

Miyamoto’s words in full:

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