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During an interview with Financial Post, Shigeru Miyamoto touched on how Nintendo is handling pricing with Super Mario Run. He and the rest of the company “felt pretty strongly “that we needed to have a form of monetization where you would simply pay once and be able to play as much as you like.”

Miyamoto explained:

“When we first started talking about bringing Nintendo games and Mario to iPhone, we talked a lot about what we would do from a monetization standpoint and debated this even with Mr. Iwata back in those days (Satoru Iwata was CEO of Nintendo until his death in 2015).

Certainly there are a lot of different ways that you can monetize a game. In Japan there’s a mechanic that’s referred to as “gacha,” where you keep spending small amounts for a raffle or lottery to get rare items. There are other ways that you can charge people repeatedly to get money. And there are games that rely on a very small number of people who pay a lot of money and the rest of the players play for free.

CNET is another publication to have put up an interview with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. Just as we’ve seen with these discussions, much of it is about Nintendo on mobile and Super Mario Run. Reggie confirmed that the mobile game won’t be on Switch, but won’t rule out Apple TV. On the other hand, NES games won’t be coming to smartphones.

You can read up on a roundup of Reggie’s comments below. Be sure to view CNET’s article CNET“>here as well.

Super Mario Run was partially inspired by speedrunners, according to Shigeru Miyamoto. Miyamoto shared that noteworthy nugget of information with BuzzFeed.

The site reports:

“According to Miyamoto, part of the inspiration for Super Mario Run’s auto-running came from a surprising source: ‘super players.’ Watching online videos of these gamers’ astounding speed runs and other feats of gaming skill, Nintendo employees noticed that the gamers never let up on the D-Pad. Mario always kept running, and all of the skill came down to the incredible precision of the jumping. What if, the Nintendo braintrust reasoned, all players could have that experience? Ironically, the most skilled Super Mario players in the world may be partially responsible for introducing Mario to thousands and thousands of first-time players.”

BuzzFeed also reports that Nintendo “considered building GPS into its 3DS” at one point for a Pokemon GO-esque game. However, “Nintendo decided that it made more sense to put the game on millions of devices that already had satellite location tracking.”


Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime took on some questions from fans that ties into his appearance on The Tonight Show. He commented on Super Mario Run, his favorite Mario title, and more. Hear Reggie’s full responses below.

Over at Famitsu, two more off-screen videos showing more Super Mario Run gameplay are available. View them below.

Engadget published a few new quotes from Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. With Super Mario Run taking the spotlight this month, the discussion focused on mobile.

Reggie spoke about Satoru Iwata’s comments from 2011 and how Nintendo’s stance on mobile has changed since then. He also talked about how Pokemon GO has given 3DS a big boost and spoke about how Switch won’t be negatively impacted.

Head past the break for Reggie’s comments. Read Engadget’s full piece here.

Pokemon GO has managed to make the list as one of Facebook’s most discussed topics this year. It came in third, beating out popular events and people like the Olympics, Super Bowl, and Muhammad Alie.

The full list is as follows:

1. U.S. Presidential Election
2. Brazilian Politics
3. Pokémon Go
4. Black Lives Matter
5. Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine Presidential Election
6. Olympics
7. Brexit
8. Super Bowl
9. David Bowie
10. Muhammad Ali

The list above is based on data between January 1 and November 27.


Pokemon GO’s partnership with Starbucks is now official. A post on the official website shares details about what’s ins tore.

First, 7,800 Starbucks stores in the United States will become PokeStops and Gyms later today. On top of that, Starbucks is making the special-edition Pokémon GO Frappuccino.

Here’s the official notice from Niantic:

Three new snowman-themed Miitomo rewards have been added to My Nintendo. The Snowman Brooch costs 100 Platinum Points, and the Snowman Long-Sleeve Tee and Cosy Snowman Leggings cost 150 Platinum Points each. All three rewards are available until February 28th, 2017.


With all of the Super Mario Run information coming in tonight, a new set of interviews with Shigeru Miyamoto are beginning to appear. The Verge is one of the first outlets with a discussion with the legendary developer.

During the chat, there was plenty of talk about Super Mario Run including how some of its origins are tied to Wii. Miyamoto also spoke about Pokemon GO’s success, and said that some franchises like Nintendogs may be better-suited as mobile-only.

Here’s a roundup of Miyamoto’s comments: