25 posts tagged nintendo
Stop it, Iwata. Stop being so adorable.
I don’t care if the Wii U never takes off, if Nintendo never returns to the financial glory it enjoyed during the Wii and DS era — the company can’t get rid of this man. The game (industry) needs him.
These pics come from the Nintendo president and CEO’s latest session of Iwata Asks for the Google-powered Wii Street U app coming to Wii U:
Kawai: It has fifteen cameras of five megapixels each, and if you put the images together into a panorama later, you get a Street View photo with 75 megapixels. … Would you like to try carrying it on your back?
Iwata: Huh? Can I? Okay, I’ll put it on. (laughs) (standing up) How much does this weigh?
Kawai: It’s about 40 pounds, so about 18 kilograms.
Iwata: If you’ll pardon me… Umph! …This is now “Iwata Carrys”. Like this?
What is this life. Here’s Wii Street U in action.
Nintendo postcards by Daruma Studio, posted for and sold by Game & Graphics. The four Nintendo-themed designs all have art on the reverse that combines to form a larger piece full of console images and logos.
The main designs remind me of the Bape Mario x Milo collection, which I loved.
Wii U hits Japan on December 8 with Premium (black, $405) and Basic (white, $338) editions. While the prices are steep, keep in mind that’s usually the case with Japanese products, and the system will likely be cheaper in the West — Nintendo is expected to announce U.S. and European pricing later this morning.
Along with the extra storage and accessories, the Premium configuration comes with “Nintendo Network Premium,” a loyalty program that gives you a 10 percent credit when you make digital purchases.
New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land will both be available at Japanese launch, though not bundled with the system — the Wii didn’t include Wii Sports when it launched in Japan either. You can buy a Wii U GamePad for ¥13,440 ($173), a GamePad charging stand for ¥1,870 ($24), and a Pro Controller for ¥5,040 ($65).
You can not only play your Wii games on Wii U, but also transfer your WiiWare and Virtual Console titles.
Preorder: Wii U stuff
See also: More Wii U news, media
The final and never-before-published Howard & Nester comic, uploaded in full by Howard Phillips. It’s very different from the last comic that appeared in Nintendo Power— and it’s obvious why this was never printed!
Phillips, formerly a spokesperson for Nintendo, received this special comic from the Nintendo Power team as he was departing the company to work at Lucasfilm Games, hence the Star Wars allusion at the end.
The “Gail” referred to here is Gail Tilden, Nintendo Power’s founder and Nintendo of America’s former Brand Management VP. For more context on the comic, including explanations for the “junky” comment and the Japanese yelling, hit up Phillips’ Facebook page!
One of many amazing pieces from many amazing artists participating in the Fangamer vs. Attract Mode show/party, which kicks off at PAX this Saturday. You don’t need to have a PAX Prime pass to attend, but you’ll need $5 bucks to take in all the indie games, chiptunes, and cray artwork that will be at the event.
This great Nintendo-packed piece (though a PS1 controller snuck in) comes from Tiffany ‘OMOcat’ Liao.
See also: More OMOcat artwork
The 3DS XL is about two weeks out, so naturally it’s time for a couple new DSi colors. Man, I don’t know.
The Matte Red and Matte Blue DSi variants are shipping to US retail “as early as this week,” Nintendo announced on Twitter. The current retail price for a DSi is just $100, which is a pretty nice argument in its favor.
Buy: Nintendo 3DS XL Red or Blue, Nintendo 3DS See also: More Nintendo DSi news and media
I usually ignore Nintendo’s corporate social responsibility reports — an annual accounting of the company’s efforts to improve the lives of its employees and everyone else in the world — but this year’s report is quite charming!
The report covers a number of initiatives, like promoting environment policies, raising awareness of responsible pet care, encouraging kids to interact with nature using its 3D Pictorial Guide to Flora and Fauna software, etc.
But the fun graphics were what caught my attention:
E3 doesn’t formally kick off until Tuesday, but Nintendo will start early with a pre-recorded video this afternoon about “how the Wii U changes how you play.” The Nintendo Direct stream will be show up here at 6PM ET.
Today’s stream won’t focus on software — expect that at Nintendo’s E3 Presentation on Tuesday at 12PM ET, and at its Software Showcase on Wednesday at 9PM ET.
With all those presentations, I’m sure there will be something to be happy about in at least one of them.
“Capture 3D Video,” says Nintendo UK’s website. Capture it, before it jumps out of the TV and captures you.
See also: “Take a look” guy
Shigeru Miyamoto, in an interview with Wired. Miyamoto said he’s been telling his staff he plans to “retire” from his current executive position, in the interest of returning to smaller projects — still at Nintendo. He said he is going to start a project next year.
If this really ends up happening, this is kind of bomb. I know his intuition and polish help all the company’s games and whatever, but I’m really interested in seeing more personal projects from the weirdo who thought up Donkey Kong. I’ve always thought it was kind of a shame that he ended up an executive.
See also: More Shigeru Mitamoyo posts
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Robocop III Famicom cartridge, in which a veteran Tokyo police officer is brutally murdered by a gang of criminals, and brought back to life as a Special Rescue Command Solbrain robot. Well, not really. This is probably just a bootleg for Natsume’s modified version of Shatterhand.
Buy: Real Robocop games
See also: More bootlegs
TechCrunch’s John Biggs drops some real talk on the investors and analysts pressuring Nintendo to bring its major franchises to smartphones (beyond The Pokemon Company’s iOS/Android app recently released in Japan).
Maybe it’s because I follow news on the company so closely, but analysts, investors, and even gamers who make these sort of droll demands seem so out of touch with Nintendo’s strengths and identity.
Preorder: Nintendo 3DS (Flame Red, Black, & Blue)