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What’s going on with third-party games for 3DS ⊟
Nintendo has had difficulty attracting third-party games — games produced by other developers and publishers — to its consoles for years now. The company’s president Satoru Iwata acknowledged that reputation at last week’s Investors’ Q&A, but he also shed some light on where Nintendo is at right now with courting other companies to make games for 3DS.
"If you consider the Japanese market, it is fair to say that the number one dedicated video game system that Japanese third-party publishers are focusing on is Nintendo 3DS," he said. "This is because Nintendo 3DS has an overwhelmingly strong presence in the hardware as well as software markets for dedicated game systems, meaning that it would be illogical not to do business on Nintendo 3DS, and we are cooperating with third-party publishers in a variety of ways as long as we can establish win-win relationships."
While the DS and 3DS have done a good job attracting major Japanese companies like Level-5 and Atlus, the same can’t be said in the West, where outside of a few small studios like Renegade Kid and WayForward, we don’t see much third-party development. Iwata argues that’s because most publishers on our side of the globe specialize in making games for high-end home consoles.

The executive believes that can change, though: “The fact that Nintendo 3DS has now sold over 10 million units in both the U.S. and Europe seems to be news for third-party publishers, and we have recently been receiving more proposals from third-party publishers.” But don’t expect that growing interest to immediately translate into a slew of releases. “While [publishers] are very interested in Nintendo 3DS, it appears that they are currently investigating what they want to develop on our platform,” Iwata added.
He also repeated Nintendo’s interest in publishing more third-party games from Japan in the West, similar to its arrangements with Square Enix for Bravely Default and Dragon Quest's DS releases: “We sometimes distribute, or even publish depending on the circumstances, games that were made by Japanese software publishers in the overseas markets, and you can expect to see more examples of this this year and the next.”
We’ve heard Nintendo make that promise before and deliver on it to a limited extent — hopefully we’ll see those efforts multiplied. The photo from E3 2010 used above, by the way, comes from Destructoid.
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What’s going on with third-party games for 3DS ⊟

Nintendo has had difficulty attracting third-party games — games produced by other developers and publishers — to its consoles for years now. The company’s president Satoru Iwata acknowledged that reputation at last week’s Investors’ Q&A, but he also shed some light on where Nintendo is at right now with courting other companies to make games for 3DS.

"If you consider the Japanese market, it is fair to say that the number one dedicated video game system that Japanese third-party publishers are focusing on is Nintendo 3DS," he said. "This is because Nintendo 3DS has an overwhelmingly strong presence in the hardware as well as software markets for dedicated game systems, meaning that it would be illogical not to do business on Nintendo 3DS, and we are cooperating with third-party publishers in a variety of ways as long as we can establish win-win relationships."

While the DS and 3DS have done a good job attracting major Japanese companies like Level-5 and Atlus, the same can’t be said in the West, where outside of a few small studios like Renegade Kid and WayForward, we don’t see much third-party development. Iwata argues that’s because most publishers on our side of the globe specialize in making games for high-end home consoles.

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Breaking: Tomodachi Collection coming to the West ⊟

What is it with TinyCast predictions? They keep coming true! This report about Tomodachi Collection: New Life snuck into the end of this Wall Street Journal article published two days ago:

"The company is now working to decide what can be kept and what needs to be scrapped for its overseas launch of ‘Tomodachi Collection’ — or ‘Friend Collection’ — a 3DS life simulation game in which Miis from consoles can interact with one another and develop via mundane activities, such as exchanging food and clothing.

'It’s all about balance,' Iwata said.”

For those unfamiliar with the series, the life sim is a big hit in Japan, allowing players to follow the relationships and random experiences of the Miis living in their handhelds. We published a great article from Daniel Feit last year comparing Animal Crossing and Tomodachi Collection as hangouts. 

The situation is fluid and ongoing. We will update you with more details on the news as they come in. In the meantime, please enjoy these GIFs of Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata having a ball in Tomodachi Collection, taken from H3DS.

[Update: We contacted Nintendo for more information about the stealth reveal, but the company says it “has nothing to announce at this time.”]

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Report: Nintendo to offer “mini-games,” videos on smartphones ⊟
A report from Nikkei (a Japanese paper that is often on point about Nintendo rumors) says Nintendo will unveil its concession to the world of smartphones on Thursday, around when the company is expected to hold its quarterly financial results briefing.
No, Nintendo won’t be publishing its marquee games for iPhones, and you shouldn’t sell your 3DS. According to the paper, Nintendo will offer videos and mini-games to help bring awareness to their products.
It’s not quite “Finally Nintendo is making its games for mobile, doing what they obviously should have done years ago to save their company,” which is good, because that approach is about as smart as it sounds when you say it out loud. This strategy sounds more like what The Pokémon Company has done on iOS with its video and mini-game apps. I’m alright with that!
[Update: Nintendo denies Nikkei’s report and says it has “no plans to offer mini-games on smartphone devices.”]
This great comic, by the way comes from Stephen Maurice Graham — lots of great artwork and comics about games on his Tumblr. I like to think that this strip is like the second part of every Iwata comic!
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Report: Nintendo to offer “mini-games,” videos on smartphones ⊟

A report from Nikkei (a Japanese paper that is often on point about Nintendo rumors) says Nintendo will unveil its concession to the world of smartphones on Thursday, around when the company is expected to hold its quarterly financial results briefing.

No, Nintendo won’t be publishing its marquee games for iPhones, and you shouldn’t sell your 3DS. According to the paper, Nintendo will offer videos and mini-games to help bring awareness to their products.

It’s not quite “Finally Nintendo is making its games for mobile, doing what they obviously should have done years ago to save their company,” which is good, because that approach is about as smart as it sounds when you say it out loud. This strategy sounds more like what The Pokémon Company has done on iOS with its video and mini-game apps. I’m alright with that!

[Update: Nintendo denies Nikkei’s report and says it has “no plans to offer mini-games on smartphone devices.”]

This great comic, by the way comes from Stephen Maurice Graham — lots of great artwork and comics about games on his Tumblr. I like to think that this strip is like the second part of every Iwata comic!

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This warrants the return of Iwata Comics ⊟
Last night we learned that the 3DS kicked butt in 2013. Well, not really — we already knew it was kicking butt the whole time, from the release of Fire Emblem: Awakening all the way up until the debut of Sega’s 3D Classics Series games on eShop. The portable outsold all over consoles in the U.S. last year (same is true for Japan).
And then this morning we learned that those sales still weren’t strong enough to prevent Nintendo from cutting its projected numbers for the fiscal year (ending March 2014). The company now expects to sell only 13.5 million 3DS systems worldwide, compared to its initial 18 million forecast. Software sales have also been cut from 80 million to 66 million.
It’s even worse for Wii U — now 2.8 million console sales instead of 9 million, and 19 million game sales instead of 38 million. Ouch.
Despite continued disappointing sales results and annual losses for the company, Nintendo’s CEO and president Satoru Iwata says he does not intend to resign. “There will be no major management shake-up in the short term,” he told reporters today, according to Reuters.
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This warrants the return of Iwata Comics ⊟

Last night we learned that the 3DS kicked butt in 2013. Well, not really — we already knew it was kicking butt the whole time, from the release of Fire Emblem: Awakening all the way up until the debut of Sega’s 3D Classics Series games on eShop. The portable outsold all over consoles in the U.S. last year (same is true for Japan).

And then this morning we learned that those sales still weren’t strong enough to prevent Nintendo from cutting its projected numbers for the fiscal year (ending March 2014). The company now expects to sell only 13.5 million 3DS systems worldwide, compared to its initial 18 million forecast. Software sales have also been cut from 80 million to 66 million.

It’s even worse for Wii U — now 2.8 million console sales instead of 9 million, and 19 million game sales instead of 38 million. Ouch.

Despite continued disappointing sales results and annual losses for the company, Nintendo’s CEO and president Satoru Iwata says he does not intend to resign. “There will be no major management shake-up in the short term,” he told reporters today, according to Reuters.

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Virtual Boy album art
I missed this last year, but this is the cover for a neat CD from a neat duo that shares the same name as Nintendo’s red and black console. This song/video of theirs, "Memory of a Ghost", is beautiful. I love it.
I also love that someone took the opportunity to ask Nintendo’s president to bring Virtual Boy games to the 3DS Virtual Console during the company’s recent shareholder meeting. Iwata responded, “I believe your comment is that we should take advantage of our software assets from Virtual Boy, and I would like to take note of that advice for the future.”
As Christine Love mentioned, that investor is a true hero for using up his question on this request. Shout-outs also to the shareholder who spent his time complaining about the quality of Nintendo’s cafeteria. Iwata acknowledged the issue and promised to take it under consideration. God I love these Nintendo investor Q&As.
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Virtual Boy album art

I missed this last year, but this is the cover for a neat CD from a neat duo that shares the same name as Nintendo’s red and black console. This song/video of theirs, "Memory of a Ghost", is beautiful. I love it.

I also love that someone took the opportunity to ask Nintendo’s president to bring Virtual Boy games to the 3DS Virtual Console during the company’s recent shareholder meeting. Iwata responded, “I believe your comment is that we should take advantage of our software assets from Virtual Boy, and I would like to take note of that advice for the future.”

As Christine Love mentioned, that investor is a true hero for using up his question on this request. Shout-outs also to the shareholder who spent his time complaining about the quality of Nintendo’s cafeteria. Iwata acknowledged the issue and promised to take it under consideration. God I love these Nintendo investor Q&As.

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From some people’s perspective, it might seem like a kind of restriction. However, we hope people can appreciate the fact that we’re selling our products worldwide. … There are many different regions around the world, and each region has its own cultural acceptance and legal restrictions, as well as different age ratings. There are always things that we’re required to do in each different region, which may go counter to the idea that players around the world want the freedom to play whatever they want.

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata explains his company’s region-locking stance, asking the policy’s opponents to please understand.

It’s worth noting that Sony and Microsoft both face the same challenges, yet their respective next-gen consoles are region-free (IGN conducted this interview before Microsoft’s region-free announcement). PS Vita is also region-free.

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Iwata Attorney and Monster Hunter 4 XLs

The highlights from this morning’s Ace Attorney 5 and Monster Hunter 4-centered Nintendo Direct in Japan! As you can probably tell from the limited edition hardware release date, Monster Hunter 4 will ship to Japanese stores on September 14 (with a demo coming out on July 25). You can watch a new trailer for the game below:

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Satoru Iwata in a fried shrimp hat
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.
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Satoru Iwata in a fried shrimp hat

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.

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Satoru Iwata’s killer Mother 2/Earthbound jacket
Before we get into this amazing piece, here’s a real quick follow-up to yesterday’s Japanese Mother 2 interview — someone’s translating it! They’re translating the interview, that is, not localizing the Wii U Virtual Console release. Just want to make that clear.
Anyway, Nintendo’s CEO and president tweeted this photo last night of a special gift he (and the rest of the Mother 2 team) received after working on the RPG. As you can imagine, this is an extremely rare item, but one actually showed up in an online auction a few years ago!
I’m envisioning Iwata spending the evening cruising through Shinjuku streets, wearing this jacket and a pair of leather gloves to complete the Ryan Gosling/Drive image. Iwata’s giving you a night call to tell you how he feels.
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Satoru Iwata’s killer Mother 2/Earthbound jacket

Before we get into this amazing piece, here’s a real quick follow-up to yesterday’s Japanese Mother 2 interview — someone’s translating it! They’re translating the interview, that is, not localizing the Wii U Virtual Console release. Just want to make that clear.

Anyway, Nintendo’s CEO and president tweeted this photo last night of a special gift he (and the rest of the Mother 2 team) received after working on the RPG. As you can imagine, this is an extremely rare item, but one actually showed up in an online auction a few years ago!

I’m envisioning Iwata spending the evening cruising through Shinjuku streets, wearing this jacket and a pair of leather gloves to complete the Ryan Gosling/Drive image. Iwata’s giving you a night call to tell you how he feels.

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Shigesato Itoi + Satoru Iwata
I know that a number of you have crushes on these middle-aged Japanese men, so I’m sure you’re squealing over this photo of them together, thumbs barely touching, two hearts becoming one.
Mother 2 releases on Japan’s Wii U Virtual Console this week, which means we get this great photo of Nintendo’s boss and Mother's creator introducing a conversation between the two today (hoping for a translation soon).
Wii U’s Miiverse has also kicked off a special Mother 2 community that’s filled with Western fans begging for a Virtual Console release outside of Japan, and endearing comments from Itoi like these:

"Ahh Ahh Can you hear me? This is Shigesato Itoi. Please give me something. Please give me Test Test"
"I’m about to eat a banana that’s been sitting in 50 degree celsius water for 15 minutes straight. ….Yum! Mother 2 is nice, but so is this banana.”

On a related note, awesome Japanese design site PingMag is back — here’s a great interview they had with Itoi about advertising and t-shirts from seven years ago.
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Shigesato Itoi + Satoru Iwata

I know that a number of you have crushes on these middle-aged Japanese men, so I’m sure you’re squealing over this photo of them together, thumbs barely touching, two hearts becoming one.

Mother 2 releases on Japan’s Wii U Virtual Console this week, which means we get this great photo of Nintendo’s boss and Mother's creator introducing a conversation between the two today (hoping for a translation soon).

Wii U’s Miiverse has also kicked off a special Mother 2 community that’s filled with Western fans begging for a Virtual Console release outside of Japan, and endearing comments from Itoi like these:

"Ahh Ahh Can you hear me? This is Shigesato Itoi. Please give me something. Please give me Test Test"

"I’m about to eat a banana that’s been sitting in 50 degree celsius water for 15 minutes straight. ….Yum! Mother 2 is nice, but so is this banana.”

On a related note, awesome Japanese design site PingMag is back — here’s a great interview they had with Itoi about advertising and t-shirts from seven years ago.

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Nintendo livestreamed a Japanese presentation this morning dedicated to third-party 3DS releases, and while we didn’t receive any new game announcements, we did get to see a Tomodachi Collection version of company boss Satoru Iwata doing the illuminati/”Direct” gesture.

Other small news items from this morning’s Nintendo Direct:

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons (Game Boy Color) coming to Japanese 3DS Virtual Console on 2/27Tomodachi Collection: New Life hits Japan on April 18Youkai Watch looks pretty neatWe got to hear Iwata say “Kamehameha” while showing Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate MissionGuild02 will be released as three separate downloadable games on eShop instead of as a retail cartMonster Hunter 3 Ultimate for 3DS can play online through Wii Us that have a wired connection to the Internet via the LAN adapter (and a free downloadable Wii U app)So, we didn’t get any megatons, but at least the 3DS is already at a point where it has a very strong slate of upcoming games, so it’s not in a PS Vita-like situation after Monday’s lackluster Vita Heaven event.
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Nintendo livestreamed a Japanese presentation this morning dedicated to third-party 3DS releases, and while we didn’t receive any new game announcements, we did get to see a Tomodachi Collection version of company boss Satoru Iwata doing the illuminati/”Direct” gesture.

Other small news items from this morning’s Nintendo Direct:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons (Game Boy Color) coming to Japanese 3DS Virtual Console on 2/27
  • Tomodachi Collection: New Life hits Japan on April 18
  • Youkai Watch looks pretty neat
  • We got to hear Iwata say “Kamehameha” while showing Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission
  • Guild02 will be released as three separate downloadable games on eShop instead of as a retail cart
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for 3DS can play online through Wii Us that have a wired connection to the Internet via the LAN adapter (and a free downloadable Wii U app)

So, we didn’t get any megatons, but at least the 3DS is already at a point where it has a very strong slate of upcoming games, so it’s not in a PS Vita-like situation after Monday’s lackluster Vita Heaven event.

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Nintendo Direct this morning

Nintendo will deliver three regional Nintendo Direct presentations today simultaneously at 9AM ET, which you can watch at the following links:

The planned topics include 3DS and Wii U games, and based on private video thumbnails on Nintendo’s Youtube account found by JosiahB, we know Fire Emblem: Awakening, LEGO City Undercover, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf (!!!) will likely be discussed.

We also know that Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata will wear a Luigi hat during the presentation, which makes sense considering Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon releases soon. But the company might have more announcements for the tall brother, considering it’s previously said that “2013 is going to be the year of Luigi.”

The Michelangelo painting above comes from Fighting Freak Knuckles with this excerpt from the Bible:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not go without Animal Crossing.”

- Reggie 3:16

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