Tag Archives: Nintendo

Miyamoto has concerns about the industry’s obsession with cinematic experiences

Legendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto, when speaking to The Telegraph, expressed concern over the industry’s obsession with cinematic experiences. Miyamoto said that players, not the exclusively the designers, need to be the ones in control of the experience.

“These younger game creators, they want to be recognized,” he said. “They want to tell stories that will touch people’s hearts. And while I understand that desire, the trend worries me. It should be the experience that is touching. What I strive for is to make the person playing the game the director. All I do is help them feel that, by playing, they’re creating something that only they could create.”

miyamoto 660x350 Miyamoto has concerns about the industrys obsession with cinematic experiences

Miyamoto then elaborated on the fundamental differences between games and other entertainment related experiences.

“When you play a game, one moment you’re just controlling it and then suddenly you feel you’re in its world,” Miyamoto said. “And that’s something you cannot experience through film or literature. It’s a completely unique experience.” Continue reading

Iwata discusses removing Nintendo’s region lock

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, at the company’s investors Q&A, discussed the possibility of removing region locking from its games, and the positive effect it would have on its consumers.

nintendoregionfree Iwata discusses removing Nintendos region lock

“The game business has a history of taking a very long time with localization among other things, such as having to deal with various issues of marketing in each particular country, or games that have made use of licensed content that did not apply globally, and had all kinds of circumstances, so to say, that region-locks have existed due to circumstances on the sellers’ side rather than for the sake of the customers,” said Iwata, as translated by Cheesemeister.

“In the history of game consoles, that is the current situation. As for what should be done going forward, if unlocked for the benefit of the customers, there may also be a benefit for us. Conversely, unlocking would require various problems to be solved, so while I can’t say today whether or not we intend to unlock, we realize that it is one thing that we must consider looking to the future,” he continued.

Nintendo owns and features a number of region specific content in Japan–a number of which would fit strongly in the western markets. With that said, it’s great that Nintendo is atleast thinking about it,

Nintendo announces it will not host a major press conference at this years E3

Nintendo has held an annual press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo for the last two decades.

However, during the company’s latest investors meeting, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata indicates that the company will not be hosting “a large-scale presentation” at this years event.

“In the past, we have announced new titles at Investor’s Meetings and then uploaded videos onto the internet, but with new methods like Nintendo Direct, that we have now, we believe that we are able to provide more appropriate and effective information separately to people from different standpoints and interests [gamer, investor, etc],” said Iwata.

“First, we have decided not to hold a large-scale presentation where new news is presented to a general audience from all over the world as in previous years,” he continued. “Instead, we are planning several smaller events for software targeted at the American market. One of these will be a closed event for distributors, and another will be a closed event for the Western press.”

“I did not appear in last year’s E3 presentation, and I do not intend to appear in these events either. Apart from these closed events, during E3, we are deliberating how to deliver game information to those at home using new methods, so we will announce further plans later.”

“During the E3 period, we will utilize our direct communication tools, such as Nintendo Direct, to deliver information to our Japanese audience, including those who are at this financial briefing, mainly focusing on the software that we are going to launch in Japan, and we will take the same approach outside Japan for the overseas fans as well,” Iwata concluded.

 Nintendo announces it will not host a major press conference at this years E3

President Obama says games can fuel technical innovation

president barack obama delivers his state of the union speech before a joint session of congress on President Obama says games can fuel technical innovation

Politicians and the national media are constantly questioning the impact of video games.

However, President Barack Obama suggests at a recent online “Fireside Hangout” that high schools could use tools like video games to get kids engaged in the field of technology.

“Look at Mark Zuckerberg,” said President Obama. “I was sitting next to him at dinner a couple of years ago, and he said he taught himself programming primarily because he was interested in games. If we set programs in high schools that engage kids because they get it, they won’t be just sitting there slouching in back of rooms while someone is lecturing.”

“Given how pervasive computers and the internet is now, how integral it is in our economy, and how fascinated kids are with it, I want to make sure they actually know how to produce stuff and not simply consume stuff.”

The President didn’t outline any specific plans for these types of programs, but it does show the positive impact of games during a time when games are under a large amount of scrutiny.

Nintendo centralizes, blending hardware development

Nintendo is centralizing its hardware development. According to a Nikkei report, Nintendo plans to merge both its console and handheld divisions into one with the investment of $340 million in a new Kyoto development facility.

The structural shift is intended to speed up hardware development on both sides, and introduce a mechanism that will allow both the 3DS and WiiU to coexist in the same space.

Nintendo announces Pokémon X and Y for 3DS

original 2 Nintendo announces Pokémon X and Y for 3DS

Last night, Nintendo unveiled the newest Pokémon games, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, two brand-new entries in the main Pokémon series.

“We brought Pokémon into an entirely new dimension and we’re incredibly excited to bring Pokémon X and Pokémon Y to fans,” said game designer Junichi Masuda, in an official release. “The stunning visuals, a completely redesigned environment, game scenario, music, and communication features will bring smiles to the faces of video game players around the world.”

The games feature three brand new starter Pokémon, Chespin (the Grass type), Fennekin (the Fire type), and Froakie (the Water type). Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will be out this October on the 3DS.

 Nintendo announces Pokémon X and Y for 3DS

Nintendo Network will be free

wii u controller Nintendo Network will be free

Nintendo’s not planning to require subscription fee for Nintendo Network due in part to the casual audience. Today, in a shareholders meeting, president Satoru Iwata said the decision was made to incorporate accommodate gamers’ “playing habits.”

“We have a wide variety of consumers, from the ones who enthusiastically play video games to those playing more casually, who are not always interested in them but try to play a game only when it has become a public topic or play it just during certain periods, like a year-end season and summer vacation. We therefore believe that services which ask our consumers to obtain paid memberships are not always the best.”

However, the console manufacture recently posted a loss in Apirl, Iwata acknowledges that the company wants to return a profit from the program. The marketing standpoint; the program will be a social forum, which will eventually lead gamers to making purchases.

“In developing a network service called ‘Miiverse’ available for the Wii U, we are pursuing how to amplify and transmit consumers’ empathy about a game,” he said. “For example, when you see another user enjoying the same game you also play say, ‘I enjoyed another game like this and that too,’ you might be interested in a game which otherwise would not be on your wish list at all.”

 Nintendo Network will be free

E3 2012: Nintendo Announces Paper Mario: Sticker Star for 3DS

Nintendo have announced Paper Mario: Sticker Star for Nintendo 3DS.

The game continues the series’ legacy of shoebox diorama-style environments, but the handheld’s 3D brings new depth. Mario will collect stickers in the environment to use as his battle commands and access new areas.