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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

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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

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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.

E3 2012: Entering The “Miiverse”

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Introducing the Miiverse, an online community for the Nintendo Wii U.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata describes the online community as a “communication between Miis,” adding that this interaction can happen with simple text message.

Iwata stated that Miiverse will include a feature that depicts games that are currently popular at the time. Developers can also incorporate the Miiverse features in their games, allowing for an expanded community interaction.

Iwata says that Nintendo wants to create “a new degree of empathy between players.” The NES GamePad makes the connections between players and devices richer because the GamePad screen can perform functions independent of the console, Iwata adds.

Iwata concluded with saying that the system can connect players with each other, “regardless of space or time.” Adding that the social elements of Miiverse are also designed to work with future Nintendo devices.