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Please tell me your thoughts on the potential of the existing businesses. You have explained that you would regain Nintendo-like profits in the fiscal year ending March 2017. I would like to know the expected balance between the existing businesses, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and new endeavors, such as more active utilization of character IP and QOL. Based on the latest financial results, I presume that it would be difficult to turn a stable and significant profit from the existing businesses because Nintendo 3DS has entered the latter half of its product lifecycle and Wii U is expensive to produce. Would you give me some clues about your outlook for the fiscal year ending March 2017?

First of all, we have never thought that the future of dedicated video game platforms would be bleak so we should migrate to a new business area. On the contrary, we continue to consider what more and better we can do to attract consumers to our dedicated video game platforms or to have them understand the value of our platforms.

Following the generally accepted theory on platform lifecycles, it is natural for you to presume that the sales of Nintendo 3DS will drop X percent each year or we cannot expect a huge increase in Wii U sales. On another front, we have witnessed one single software title completely change the entire picture of our business many times. I believe one of the most impressive stories was the time when people thought the Game Boy platform was virtually over. However, a software title called “Pokémon” turned things around for the platform and ended up creating the biggest annual sales for Game Boy in the latter half of the platform’s eventual lifecycle. Therefore, we do not believe that the situation so far means that there will not be a bright future. However, we should learn from our experiences of not being able to perfectly respond to certain social changes such as changes in the way consumers collect and receive information.

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Fans have data-mined Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in hopes of finding secret goodies. Based on the latest discoveries, it seems like there were some rather interesting plans for the game.

Source Gaming’s data-mining suggests that the new Smash Bros. could have received a Rhythm Heaven character (Chorus Men) as was originally speculated quite some time ago. There may have also been plans for a Dr. Mario stage.

Here’s the full rundown from Source Gaming:

The Share menu (Sharing Mii Fighters, Snapshots and Video) is present in the Wii U version. The text for it is the same (AFAIK). There are no additional fighter characters. However…

C:\SSB4\ui\replace\chr\chr_00 chr_00_Virus_01.nut

C:\SSB4\ui\replace\chr\chr_11 chr_11_Virus_01.nut

C:\SSB4\ui\replace\chr\chr_12 chr_12_Virus_01.nut

Lastly… C:\SSB4\ui\replace\chr\stock_90 stock_90_Virus_01.nut

This strongly suggests that Dr. Mario was going to receive a stage. Perhaps the three different Viruses had a different effect on the players (Chill could freeze, Weird could give the effect of Lip’s Stick and Fever could give players fire breath). There’s no way to tell as the models and stage have been removed.

Update: We’ll just throw this in as well as opposed to making a new post. werejack is claiming that two new Wii U bundles for North America – LEGO City: Undercover and New Super Mario Bros. U – are also on the way.


Earlier this month, Nintendo announced a special Smash Bros.-themed 3DS XL for Europe. A similar system has yet to be confirmed for North America, though it’s possible that we’ll be hearing something in September.

Twitter user “werejack” claims that Nintendo has something planned for the states as well, but “it might be different from the Europe one.” He suggests that the North American Smash Bros. 3DS XL will be “bluer.”

We normally wouldn’t post this sort of conjecture, but werejack actually leaked news of the Zelda: Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle, black 3DS XL, and red/blue Pokemon 3DS XL systems prior to their announcements last year. Hopefully werejack’s latest tweets are accurate as well!

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Update: This may not be happening after all. It seems CoroCoro has changed the text on its website, indicating that the magazine will discuss the characters and stages revealed thus far.


The official website for Japanese magazine CoroCoro has revealed that the next issue will be jam packed and is set to reveal all the characters and stages in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS.

CoroCoro goes on sale around the 15th of every month, but due to the fact it generally brings a lot of Pokémon related news, among other things, the magazine tends to leak early fairly often. So, chances are we could be learning about these characters and stages a lot sooner than the 15th of next month.

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is due to be released in Japan in September, with a release elsewhere due in October.
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Thanks to the latest leaks from the latest NPD report, we have lifetime sales figures for a number of Wii U and 3DS titles in the US. Games include Super Mario 3D World, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, The Wonderful 101, Pokemon X/Y, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Shin Megami Tensei IV, and more.

The full set is as follows:

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Reggie Fils-Aime on the reaction to Wii U…

“Reaction has been very positive, not only to the journalist side. We have spent time with the analysts, the publishers. I make it a point whenever I have a break just to walk the floor and the reaction is extremely strong [among the show attendees]. People are excited, people are waiting to get their hands on it, people are getting into line twice and that’s true whether it’s for Wii U or for Nintendo 3DS as we have had lines back up. So the reaction has been very strong.”

Reggie on how the design thinking evolved/what Nintendo wanted to do with the next console…

Nintendo at E3 – A retrospective (Part 2)

Posted on 10 years ago by Brian in Features

Just in case you missed it, part 1 covered the first eight years of E3 from 1995 to 2002. If you haven’t read it yet and want to feel older than you really are, take a look at it. For everyone else, let’s jump straight into 2003.

Famitsu software sales (9/28 – 10/4)

Posted on 11 years ago by Brian in DS, News, Wii

Leaked from Famitsu have revealed the latest software sales estimates in Japan. Official Media Create numbers will be posted later this week.

01. [NDS] Inazuma Eleven 2: Kyoui no Shinryakusha – Fire/Blizzard [Level 5] – 314.453 [NEW] (82.9%)
02. [WII] Wii Fit Plus [Nintendo] – 294.597 [NEW] (73.0%)
03. [NDS] Pokémon Heart Gold/Soul Silver [Nintendo] – 226.924 [2.294.533] (99.5%)

04. [PSP] Gran Turismo [Sony] – 107.984 [NEW] (57.1%)
05. [PSP] Macross Ultimate Frontier [Bandai Namco] – 88.924 [NEW] (68.7%)
06. [NDS] Tomodachi Collection [Nintendo] – 67.516 [1.223.619] (95.8%)
07. [PS3] Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 [Tecmo] – 44.791 [NEW] (70.2%)
08. [PS3] Shin Sangoku Musou Multi Raid Special [Koei] – 36.117 [NEW] (42.2%)
09. [WII] Wii Sports Resort [Nintendo] – 25.975 [1.220.466] (97.3%)
10. [NDS] Dragon Quest IX: Hoshizora no Mamoribito [Square Enix] – 23.392 [3.948.677] (99.6%)

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Nintendo confirms Wii price cut

Posted on 11 years ago by Brian in News, Wii

Update: It’s been confirmed for the US now, PR is below. It’ll cost $219.95 in Canada, as well.

Following the leaks of numerous retailer ads, Nintendo has officially confirmed a Wii price drop. While the company is expected to make an announcement for North America by Friday, the cut has been announced for Japan first. Starting October 1, the console will cost 20,000 yen. That’s 5,000 yen cheaper than the current price.

WII AT $199.99 BEGINNING SEPT. 27

World of Nintendo Events, Key Software Releases Further Demonstrate System’s Incomparable Value

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 23, 2009 – Beginning Sunday, Sept. 27, the world’s most popular home video game system gets even more appealing. On that day, Nintendo’s suggested retail price for its record-setting Wii™ drops by $50 to $199.99. The new $199.99 Wii price point delivers the full iconic Wii gaming experience, including the motion-sensing Wii Remote™ controller, Nunchuk™ controller and Wii Sports™ software, and furthers Nintendo’s mission to expand the gaming universe by making video games accessible to more and more consumers.

Wii ownership also opens an avenue for players to the industry’s most diverse and unique collection of home console games. Key upcoming releases include Wii Fit™ Plus, launching on Oct. 4, and the first truly multiplayer Mario™ title ever, New Super Mario Bros.™ Wii.

Both new and veteran players in America can jump into this new Mario action when it arrives on Nov. 15.

And beginning Oct. 2, consumers in select cities will have a new, convenient way to decide which Nintendo adventure to tackle next. On that day, a novel series of sampling events called “World of Nintendo” kicks off in Long Beach, Calif.

“Wii has reached more video game players than any game system before because it attracts everyone—both men and women, and people of all ages,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Our research shows there are 50 million Americans thinking about becoming gamers, and this more affordable price point and our vast array of new software mean many of them can now make the leap and find experiences that appeal to them, whatever their tastes or level of gaming experience.”

The inherent social nature of Wii is fully demonstrated in a groundbreaking way with New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the first Mario game ever to allow four players to take part in the action at the same time. That same dynamic is propelling the enthusiastic response for Wii Sports Resort™, while the release of Wii Fit Plus includes everything you love about Wii Fit™, along with new multiplayer elements and the ability to customize workouts to fit individual needs.

See below for full details on the World of Nintendo events that are scheduled to take place in Long Beach, Philadelphia and New York throughout the month of October.

Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other Wii features, visit Wii.com.

For more information about New Super Mario Bros. Wii, visit www.MarioBrosWii.com.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™, Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo DSi™ systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.1 billion video games and more than 526 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, visit the company’s Web site at www.Nintendo.com.

KEY Wii SOFTWARE RELEASES

Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo) – Available Now
Guitar Hero 5 (Activision) – Available Now
The Beatles: Rock Band (EA) – Available Now
Metroid™ Prime: Trilogy (Nintendo) – Available Now
Dead Space Extraction (EA) – Sept. 29
Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo) – Oct. 4
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes (LucasArts) – Oct. 6
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (SEGA) – Oct. 13
Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 (Konami) – Nov. 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Reflex (Activision) – Nov. 10
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo) – Nov. 15
EA Sports Active More Workouts (EA) – Nov. 17
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (Capcom) – Nov. 17
LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (LucasArts) – Nov. 17
James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game (Ubisoft) – Nov. 24

WORLD OF NINTENDO CONSUMER SAMPLING TOUR

In video game aisles, shelves are filled with hundreds of choices. Online, differentiating between thousands of alternatives is nearly impossible. For players, the ideal option would be the chance to see just those titles you’re most interested in—and then grab the controller and take them for a test drive.

That solution springs to life next month as World of Nintendo sampling events pop up in three cities. Among the hit Nintendo titles to be included:

For Wii:
New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus, Punch-Out!!™ and WiiWare™ titles

For Nintendo DS™/Nintendo DSi™:
The Legend of Zelda™: Spirit Tracks, Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box™ and Nintendo DSiWare™ titles

While final details are pending, the current schedule is as follows:

Long Beach Comic Con
Location: Long Beach Convention Center
City: Long Beach, Calif.
Dates:
Oct. 2: 3-7 p.m.
Oct. 3: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Oct. 4: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

VGXPO
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center
City: Philadelphia, PA
Dates:
Oct. 9: 2-9 p.m.
Oct. 10: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Oct. 11: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Big Apple Comic Con
Location: Pier 94 (55th Street at 12th Avenue)
City: New York, NY
Dates:
Oct. 16: noon-8 p.m.
Oct. 17: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Oct. 18: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Scribblenauts ROM out in the wild

Posted on 11 years ago by Brian in DS, News

Yesterday, there was some unfortunate news that the Pokemon HeartGold/Soul Silver ROMs had been released online. Sadly, there are reports that Scribblenauts has been leaked as well. Nintendo has attempted to squash piracy issues in the past, though it can be easily noticed that their efforts have been defeated up to this point. Scribblenauts will be out on Tuesday in North America and next month in Europe. We’ll have to wait and see if Nintendo can take action in response to this situation, but hopefully there won’t be a huge impact on sales of the title.