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  1. Satoru Iwata was a genius and a hero to many in the gaming industry. His passing last July left many, including myself, with heavy hearts and the feeling that someone we cared about was taken too soon. At this year's Game Developers Choice Awards, an animated short was shown to honor and remember the late president and CEO of Nintendo. It is a beautiful, touching three minutes that I think really captures how a lot of people felt about Iwata. He was a man who wanted nothing more than to use his skills to make new, beautiful, wonderful things to bring a bit of happiness to people's lives. That's a bit of an unsung goal, but Iwata really gave it everything he had. Thank you, Mr. Iwata for making the world a bit better for us all.
  2. Satoru Iwata was a genius and a hero to many in the gaming industry. His passing last July left many, including myself, with heavy hearts and the feeling that someone we cared about was taken too soon. At this year's Game Developers Choice Awards, an animated short was shown to honor and remember the late president and CEO of Nintendo. It is a beautiful, touching three minutes that I think really captures how a lot of people felt about Iwata. He was a man who wanted nothing more than to use his skills to make new, beautiful, wonderful things to bring a bit of happiness to people's lives. That's a bit of an unsung goal, but Iwata really gave it everything he had. Thank you, Mr. Iwata for making the world a bit better for us all. View full article
  3. We are all at a loss today. Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo, is no longer with us. Nintendo officially released notice of his death today, noting that the sudden passing of the 55-year-old executive was the result of complications during surgery to remove a bile duct tumor. There are a lot of quotes and stories being exchanged in the world of gaming today. Many of the quotes are snappy and concise. Many of the stories are great testaments to Iwata's humility and character. However, we are all at a loss. There are no quotes, no stories, that can replace the man. Satoru Iwata built many of our childhoods in a profound way. He created Balloon Fight and EarthBound. He helped design Mario, Kirby, and Zelda titles. Along with Masahiro Sakurai, Iwata constructed the prototype for Super Smash Bros. He worked in the trenches, developing and designing games into his 40s. Without Iwata, video games would be a dimmer medium. In an era where many have become cynical and disillusioned with video game companies and the familiar PR lines, Satoru Iwata stood out. Instead of going bigger and flashier with Nintendo press conferences, he took them smaller and more intimate, using technology to talk directly to each person who supported Nintendo. He opened up Nintendo to the public, a company that had fiercely guarded its secrets and privacy. He changed the way a staple of the video game industry talked with its fans. That's incredible. Satoru Iwata was the kind of man who was willing to leave the corporate office and spend weeks personally fixing bugs and looking over code to make sure Super Smash Bros. Melee released on time. As CEO, Iwata took a 50% pay cut to allow people at Nintendo to keep their jobs. Throughout his life, Satoru Iwata displayed impeccable decency, dedication, and joy. Those things shown through in his work, the games he poured his life into, the games we played and laughed and bonded over. How do you properly send off someone like that? How do you say goodbye? The man was more than a corporate suit, more than a meme, and more than a creator of idle pastimes. People formed friendships over the fun infused into his games. Kids grew up with childhoods that were that much happier because they had spent time with his work. I believe that his good labor made us all better people and that his death leaves a little hole in all of us. In truth, there is no proper way to say goodbye. The world is a poorer place without Iwata. His effort meant so much to so many and now he is gone. Satoru Iwata leaves behind a legacy filled with countless smiles and happy memories. Some of those smiles and memories are mine and that's why I find myself wishing so hard that I was writing a story about a new Iwata banana meme instead of an obituary. It hurts when we lose someone with a good heart and Satoru Iwata had one of the best. Thank you, Iwata-san. May God watch over you as you rest in peace. We'll keep smiling for you.
  4. We are all at a loss today. Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo, is no longer with us. Nintendo officially released notice of his death today, noting that the sudden passing of the 55-year-old executive was the result of complications during surgery to remove a bile duct tumor. There are a lot of quotes and stories being exchanged in the world of gaming today. Many of the quotes are snappy and concise. Many of the stories are great testaments to Iwata's humility and character. However, we are all at a loss. There are no quotes, no stories, that can replace the man. Satoru Iwata built many of our childhoods in a profound way. He created Balloon Fight and EarthBound. He helped design Mario, Kirby, and Zelda titles. Along with Masahiro Sakurai, Iwata constructed the prototype for Super Smash Bros. He worked in the trenches, developing and designing games into his 40s. Without Iwata, video games would be a dimmer medium. In an era where many have become cynical and disillusioned with video game companies and the familiar PR lines, Satoru Iwata stood out. Instead of going bigger and flashier with Nintendo press conferences, he took them smaller and more intimate, using technology to talk directly to each person who supported Nintendo. He opened up Nintendo to the public, a company that had fiercely guarded its secrets and privacy. He changed the way a staple of the video game industry talked with its fans. That's incredible. Satoru Iwata was the kind of man who was willing to leave the corporate office and spend weeks personally fixing bugs and looking over code to make sure Super Smash Bros. Melee released on time. As CEO, Iwata took a 50% pay cut to allow people at Nintendo to keep their jobs. Throughout his life, Satoru Iwata displayed impeccable decency, dedication, and joy. Those things shown through in his work, the games he poured his life into, the games we played and laughed and bonded over. How do you properly send off someone like that? How do you say goodbye? The man was more than a corporate suit, more than a meme, and more than a creator of idle pastimes. People formed friendships over the fun infused into his games. Kids grew up with childhoods that were that much happier because they had spent time with his work. I believe that his good labor made us all better people and that his death leaves a little hole in all of us. In truth, there is no proper way to say goodbye. The world is a poorer place without Iwata. His effort meant so much to so many and now he is gone. Satoru Iwata leaves behind a legacy filled with countless smiles and happy memories. Some of those smiles and memories are mine and that's why I find myself wishing so hard that I was writing a story about a new Iwata banana meme instead of an obituary. It hurts when we lose someone with a good heart and Satoru Iwata had one of the best. Thank you, Iwata-san. May God watch over you as you rest in peace. We'll keep smiling for you. View full article
  5. Speaking in a third quarter financial briefing today, Satoru Iwata revealed plans to create card-form amiibos. This news comes after Iwata stated that, "we had already shipped 5.7 million units worldwide by the end of last year. Amiibo is performing especially well in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Some figures are sold out and are being sold at online auctions at premium prices – something which none of us had predicted." Iwata goes on to mention the plans to create amiibo cards, "in contrast to the current figure-shaped amiibo available, we will make amiibo in the form of cards this year as one of our future plans as Mr. Miyamoto mentioned at the Corporate Management Policy Briefing in October." Beyond the new form Amiibos could be taking in the future, Iwata elaborated on plans to further Amiibo functionality: We are also planning a free-download app for Wii U in which you can enjoy NES and Super NES games with your amiibo in the first half of this year. With this app, once you tap your amiibo on the NFC area of the GamePad, you will be able to play highlighted scenes of one certain title for NES or Super NES. You cannot play the entire game due to a time limit, but another tap of the amiibo will enable you to try another highlighted scene in the game. We hope that when you tap your amiibo, the quickly changing game scenes will pleasantly surprise you and make you feel as though you have just exchanged a game cartridge. Nintendo also plans to aggressively pursue amiibo functionality for both the New 3DS XL and previous iterations of the 3DS through more interactive opportunities and an external NFC reader for older 3DS handhelds.
  6. Speaking in a third quarter financial briefing today, Satoru Iwata revealed plans to create card-form amiibos. This news comes after Iwata stated that, "we had already shipped 5.7 million units worldwide by the end of last year. Amiibo is performing especially well in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Some figures are sold out and are being sold at online auctions at premium prices – something which none of us had predicted." Iwata goes on to mention the plans to create amiibo cards, "in contrast to the current figure-shaped amiibo available, we will make amiibo in the form of cards this year as one of our future plans as Mr. Miyamoto mentioned at the Corporate Management Policy Briefing in October." Beyond the new form Amiibos could be taking in the future, Iwata elaborated on plans to further Amiibo functionality: We are also planning a free-download app for Wii U in which you can enjoy NES and Super NES games with your amiibo in the first half of this year. With this app, once you tap your amiibo on the NFC area of the GamePad, you will be able to play highlighted scenes of one certain title for NES or Super NES. You cannot play the entire game due to a time limit, but another tap of the amiibo will enable you to try another highlighted scene in the game. We hope that when you tap your amiibo, the quickly changing game scenes will pleasantly surprise you and make you feel as though you have just exchanged a game cartridge. Nintendo also plans to aggressively pursue amiibo functionality for both the New 3DS XL and previous iterations of the 3DS through more interactive opportunities and an external NFC reader for older 3DS handhelds. View full article
  7. Update: 03/24/2015 Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata gave an interview to Time Magazine touching on a number of topics, but, sadly, Iwata poured some cold water on the rumors of a live-action Legend of Zelda series in the works with Netflix. Iwata said, “As of now, I have nothing new to share with you in regard to the use of our IPs for any TV shows or films, but I can at least confirm that the article in question is not based on correct information." While this is certain to be disappointing news to some, it doesn't necessarily mean that Nintendo is ruling out the possibility of creating a miniseries based off of their IP, especially given their upcoming foray into mobile development. Original Story: 02/06/2015 Yep, you read that headline right. We might be seeing a live-action Legend of Zelda series sometime in the near future. The Wall Street Journal reported today that an unidentified source confirmed that Netflix and Nintendo were in the early stages of creating an online series set in Hyrule about a boy named Link who must rescue a princess named Zelda. Netflix reportedly describes the show as "Game of Thrones but for a family audience." The source said that Netflix is in the process of finding writers for the show, so a live-action Legend of Zelda series is probably a year or more away from becoming a reality. Now, this is all effectively rumor since no one has been able to confirm with either Netflix or Nintendo that they're in the process of making this show. If it is real, there's an equally real possibility that the project will never see the light of day, killed off by either Netflix or Nintendo. Still, imagining what a series like this would be like is certainly interesting. I mean, for goodness sake, if IGN can cobble together a fake live-action trailer for an April Fools Day prank, then I have to think that Netflix and Nintendo pooling their talents and resources together could make something truly amazing. Obviously, it is way too early to get any hopes up, but I think I already am overly hopeful about this becoming a real thing.
  8. Update: 03/24/2015 Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata gave an interview to Time Magazine touching on a number of topics, but, sadly, Iwata poured some cold water on the rumors of a live-action Legend of Zelda series in the works with Netflix. Iwata said, “As of now, I have nothing new to share with you in regard to the use of our IPs for any TV shows or films, but I can at least confirm that the article in question is not based on correct information." While this is certain to be disappointing news to some, it doesn't necessarily mean that Nintendo is ruling out the possibility of creating a miniseries based off of their IP, especially given their upcoming foray into mobile development. Original Story: 02/06/2015 Yep, you read that headline right. We might be seeing a live-action Legend of Zelda series sometime in the near future. The Wall Street Journal reported today that an unidentified source confirmed that Netflix and Nintendo were in the early stages of creating an online series set in Hyrule about a boy named Link who must rescue a princess named Zelda. Netflix reportedly describes the show as "Game of Thrones but for a family audience." The source said that Netflix is in the process of finding writers for the show, so a live-action Legend of Zelda series is probably a year or more away from becoming a reality. Now, this is all effectively rumor since no one has been able to confirm with either Netflix or Nintendo that they're in the process of making this show. If it is real, there's an equally real possibility that the project will never see the light of day, killed off by either Netflix or Nintendo. Still, imagining what a series like this would be like is certainly interesting. I mean, for goodness sake, if IGN can cobble together a fake live-action trailer for an April Fools Day prank, then I have to think that Netflix and Nintendo pooling their talents and resources together could make something truly amazing. Obviously, it is way too early to get any hopes up, but I think I already am overly hopeful about this becoming a real thing. View full article
  9. Today in a streamed Nintendo Direct, Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata was pleased to unveil a business partnership with former rival Sega. Cementing this new connection was the revelation of a new Sonic title called Sonic Lost World for WiiU and 3DS, a new WiiU Mario & Sonic at the Olympics title for this year’s Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the announcement that the Nintendo E-Shop would soon be selling Sega GameGear titles. From that starting point, the Direct broadcast went on to divulge more information on various upcoming titles. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages will be sold via the E-Shop beginning May 30 for $5.99 each, but will be on sale for first month for 4.99 apiece. A couple minutes were devoted to discussing Mario and Donkey Kong Minis on the Move’s level creator and level sharing systems. Nintendo also announced a video series on Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The new Animal Crossing releases on June 9. More info was shared on Game and Wario (something involving creatures called… Fronks). The latest WiiU Wario title will retail at a $39.99 price point on June 23. In a surprise move, Nintendo also announced that New Super Luigi U, previously DLC only for New Super Mario Bros. U, would also be receiving a standalone retail version. The DLC content will be priced at $19.99, while the version available in stores will be $29.99. Also showcased was the addition of a new character called Nabbit, who will help ease the difficulty of the title for less experienced players. Iwata also hinted at upcoming info for the mysterious Platinum Games title The Wonderful 101, which will be released September 15. Reggie Fils-Aime, president and COO of Nintendo of America, concluded the Nintendo Direct by revealing that during the week of E3, people will be able to play select unreleased WiiU titles at Best Buy stores. You can view the full Nintendo Direct broadcast below.
  10. Today in a streamed Nintendo Direct, Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata was pleased to unveil a business partnership with former rival Sega. Cementing this new connection was the revelation of a new Sonic title called Sonic Lost World for WiiU and 3DS, a new WiiU Mario & Sonic at the Olympics title for this year’s Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the announcement that the Nintendo E-Shop would soon be selling Sega GameGear titles. From that starting point, the Direct broadcast went on to divulge more information on various upcoming titles. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages will be sold via the E-Shop beginning May 30 for $5.99 each, but will be on sale for first month for 4.99 apiece. A couple minutes were devoted to discussing Mario and Donkey Kong Minis on the Move’s level creator and level sharing systems. Nintendo also announced a video series on Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The new Animal Crossing releases on June 9. More info was shared on Game and Wario (something involving creatures called… Fronks). The latest WiiU Wario title will retail at a $39.99 price point on June 23. In a surprise move, Nintendo also announced that New Super Luigi U, previously DLC only for New Super Mario Bros. U, would also be receiving a standalone retail version. The DLC content will be priced at $19.99, while the version available in stores will be $29.99. Also showcased was the addition of a new character called Nabbit, who will help ease the difficulty of the title for less experienced players. Iwata also hinted at upcoming info for the mysterious Platinum Games title The Wonderful 101, which will be released September 15. Reggie Fils-Aime, president and COO of Nintendo of America, concluded the Nintendo Direct by revealing that during the week of E3, people will be able to play select unreleased WiiU titles at Best Buy stores. You can view the full Nintendo Direct broadcast below. View full article
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