5 posts tagged iwata
Here’s the key takeaway from this morning’s special Nintendo Direct presentation for Tomodachi Collection 3DS.
The Nintendo CEO and president didn’t actually put on a shrimp hat — this was a virtual overlay that popped up after some kind of fashion show in the game that showed off an “Ebi Fried Kaburimono” outfit. I’ve no idea what’s going on in this game, but it sounds like something that I would be down to play, or at least spend weeks sharing Tumblr-posted screenshots from.
Mii Satoru Iwata lives a strangely solitary life in Tomodachi Collection 3DS, spent mostly on the floor of an office filled with vintage Nintendo paraphernalia. Iwata Asks: “When am I going to collect some friends?”
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Digital distribu-ton! Confirming recent rumors, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced plans to release some retail games, including New Super Mario Bros. 2 and the Brain Age followup “Onitore,” on eShop at launch.
In an interesting twist, you’ll be able to purchase them directly on the eShop, or via codes sold at retail (like GameStop’s experiments with 3D Classics Kid Icarus)
Nintendo is working with stores in an effort to familiarize users with downloadable software, maintain relationships with retail partners, help those retail partners with things like stock (by having them “stock” more digital codes and fewer boxes), and solve the problem of fixed prices on the eShop by letting retailers set their own prices and discount stuff as they see fit. Very intriguing! Wii U games will also be sold digitally in the same manner.
Satoru Iwata espousing the “other” features of the 3DS, in an investor briefing. It’s basically Nintendo’s own fault the 3D has taken precedence — marketing and communication with press has heavily favored “glasses-free 3D” as the marquee feature, and the damn thing is called the “3DS” — but as one of those “actual users,” I feel way more impressed by these features.
Few things about the hardware are more exciting than receiving a new inappropriate Swapnote and seeing that blue light come on, or capturing a horde of Miis.
Nintendo is (maybe?) acknowledging the importance of networking, finally, with things like demos, decent eShop games, and the upcoming Nintendo Network, and though it’s not one-for-one with other systems in that department, interesting things happen when Nintendo does care about connectivity stuff.
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From GameCyte, quoting Nintendo CEO and president Satoru Iwata about the DSi’s WPA encryption:
“Though the new browser and those programs designed exclusively for the DSi will use a high level of security, existing DS software will use existing encryption.”
These images actually come from a recent roundtable session that Iwata held with Buffalo Technology, the company behind Nintendo’s WiFi USB connector and router.