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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata passes away

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Carl Phillips
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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata passes away

News has emerged this morning that Satoru Iwata, the President of Nintendo, passed away on Saturday. He was 55 years-old.

In a statement released early this morning, Nintendo confirmed that the cause of death was “due to a bile duct growth.” He had missed out on last year’s E3 due to having surgery for the same issue. He was survived by his wife Kayoko.

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COMMENT | A single game could save the Wii U, but Mario Kart 8 is not it

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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E3 2014, Mario, Mario Kart 8, Nintendo, Pokémon, Satoru Iwata, Wii U, Wii U games, Zelda

COMMENT | A single game could save the Wii U, but Mario Kart 8 is not it

Nintendo have never really subscribed to the idea that one lives and dies by the third-party sword. Far more likely to be hoisted by their own petard, relationships between the Big N and third-party partners have been inconsistent, to put it mildly. Infuriatingly fractious would be another way of putting it. We've said it time and again on this site that Nintendo have always held their destiny within their own hands. These days, gamers don't buy Nintendo consoles for third-party titles, some may well argue that we never have. It's all about the first-party exclusives.

Looking at the Wii U as it stands now, though, it's difficult to argue that there's not a damn fine line up of games to be had on the system. With titles like Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, LEGO City Undercover, Super Mario 3D World, and Wind Waker HD, not to mention definitive versions of the likes of Rayman Legends and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The future is bright, too, with Mario Kart 8 just around the corner, Bayonetta 2, Smash Bros. and the mysterious X still to come.

COMMENT | A single game could save the Wii U, but Mario Kart 8 is not it

Satoru Iwata believes one game can change the fortunes of the Wii U, and he's absolutely spot on.

"The fate of a video game system is often influenced greatly by the introduction of a single title. As many of you probably remember, before the release of the Pokémon game, Game Boy had been showing slow growth, and many people wondered whether it was the end of Game Boy. But the Pokémon game singlehandedly changed the landscape of the system, which then started to show the strongest sales in the lifecycle of the system."

We've seen it time and time again, particularly from Nintendo. But one can't help but feel that the One Game Iwata is referring to is yet to be unveiled.

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Game Buzz | Episode 54 - Xbone Fanboys

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Call Of Duty: Ghosts, F2P, Game Buzz, GTA Online, Microsoft, Nintendo, Podcast, PWNCAST, Satoru Iwata, Square Enix, Xbox One

Game Buzz | Episode 54 - Xbone Fanboys

This week on Game Buzz, Matt and Jon expose themselves as the enormous Xbox fanboys that they are; we ask if Call of Duty: Ghosts is actually any good; we have a chat about why not even a cool half million can tempt us back to GTA Online; we ask if Nintendo is doomed under Iwata after his wishy-washy response to an investor grilling; and we ponder upon Square Enix's realigned focus on F2P and mobile.

Game Buzz | Episode 54 - Xbone Fanboys. Recorded 8th November, 2013.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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Iwata Faces Tough Investor Grilling: "We Do Not See A Dark Future For Nintendo”

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Financials, Nintendo, Q&A, Satoru Iwata

Iwata Faces Tough Investor Grilling: "We Do Not See A Dark Future For Nintendo”

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has been hauled over the coals in a new investor Q&A, wherein he remains defiant in the face of accusations of flip-flopping on stereoscopic 3D and failing to secure third party software support for the Wii U. Their ¥100 billion operating income projection remains unchanged.

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Watch Pokemon X and Y Direct Here From Noon!

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Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS Games, Nintendo, Nintendo Direct, Pokemon X/Y, Satoru Iwata

Watch Pokemon X and Y Direct Here From Noon!

Nintendo will be streaming a new edition of Pokémon Direct shortly. The broadcast, hosted by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, will provide new tidbits of info on the upcoming Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games coming to Nintendo 3DS worldwide on 12th October 2013.

Hit the jump to tune in and watch from noon today!

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Game Buzz | Episode 42 - Subs and Sandwiches

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS, DVR, Game Buzz, Microsoft, Nintendo, Nintendo Direct, Playstation Plus, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Satoru Iwata, Sony, Wii U, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox One

Game Buzz | Episode 42 - Subs and Sandwiches

This week on Game Buzz, Jon and I chat about Microsoft's latest u-turn, this time they've fixed headsetgate; we take a look at the Xbox One DVR announcement, and discuss the differences between Xbox LIVE Gold and Playstation Plus; then it's onto our weekly Nintendo facepalm segment -- "Please Understand" -- as we look at Iwata's rejection of a software-only future, talk about the recent Nintendo Direct and the Christmas release slate, and ask whether or not Nintendo can amass "Nintendo-like" profits before April 2014.

Then we start talking about sandwiches.

PS. If you're in London tomorrow with your 3DS, the folks from The Average Gamer are running a Streetpass event at Loading Bar in Soho from noon. We'll be there rubbing our handhelds on everyone, so do come and say hi. More details here.

Game Buzz | Episode 42 - Subs and Sandwiches. Recorded 9th August, 2013.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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Watch Here: Nintendo Direct Coming Later Today

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS, Nintendo, Nintendo Direct, Satoru Iwata, Satoru Shibata is much better than you Reggie, Wii U

Watch Here: Nintendo Direct Coming Later Today

Calling all Nintendo fans -- those of you who don't have a Wii U and the four of you who do -- there's a presentation coming later today! Mssrs. Iwata and Shibata will be outlining Nintendo's release strategy for the rest of the year and attempting to give those of you who don't have Wii Us a compelling reason to buy one in 2013, not to mention justifying the purchase for those who do.

There'll also be some 3DS stuff in there too.

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Iwata Promises "Nintendo-Like Profits" For This Financial Year

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS, Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, Wii U

Iwata Promises "Nintendo-Like Profits" For This Financial Year

In spite of Nintendo selling fewer Wii U's than the Vatican has sold condoms*, Nintendo's financials are actually in surprisingly adequate order. Much of this, as discussed in our most recent Game Buzz, has to do with the dwindling profile of the yen, not to mention the awesomeness of the 3DS and its current lineup.

But Satoru Iwata has stated that the company needs to do more and that he expects Nintendo to return to posting "Nintendo-like profits" come next April.

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Lanning: Nintendo Will Be Around For "100 Years", Not Microsoft Or Zynga

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Lorne Lanning, Microsoft, Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, Zynga

Lanning: Nintendo Will Be Around For "100 Years", Not Microsoft Or Zynga

Lorne Lanning has been coming out with some cracking quotes of late. This latest one sees the Oddworld creator praising Satoru Iwata and Nintendo for bucking the current trend of cyclically firing one's development staff, and he suggests that it is this creative-centric outlook that will mean Nintendo survive for years to come, rather than companies such as Zynga and Microsoft.

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Iwata: Many Developers "Pessimistic About Wii U"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, Wii U, Wii U games

Iwata: Many Developers "Pessimistic About Wii U"

But "They Will Swiftly Change Their Minds"

In what's becoming a proud tradition of stating the bleeding obvious, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has told investors that many studios and publishers have become worried about developing for the Wii U due to sluggish sales and a drought of quality software. However, he also reckons that they'll all come crawling back once Ninty deploys their heavy hitters.

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Iwata: "We Are To Blame" For Wii U's Failings

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, Wii U

Iwata: "We Are To Blame" For Wii U's Failings

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is making a bit of a habit out of stating the obvious, and has said once again that Nintendo are to blame for the Wii U's failings.

He's again highlighted marketing efforts, or the lack thereof, but preaches optimism.

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Iwata: "We Don't Care What Other Companies Are Trying To Do"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, Wii U

Iwata: "We Don't Care What Other Companies Are Trying To Do"

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has reiterated that Nintendo need to be better conveying the Wii U's unique selling points, saying that Niintendo couldn't care less about what the likes of Microsoft and Sony are getting up to, and that they have their own console to focus on.

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Iwata Laments "Contradictory Information" Surrounding Wii U

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, Wii U

Iwata Laments "Contradictory Information" Surrounding Wii U

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has stated that there’s “a great deal of contradictory information” regarding the Wii U's internal architecture, not to mention its capabilities, and that suggestions that it's not powerful enough are damaging the brand by spreading misconceptions.

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Iwata Remains Sceptical On Cloud Gaming, Importance of Graphical Performance

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS, Cloud gaming, Hardware, Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, Wii U

Iwata Remains Sceptical On Cloud Gaming, Importance of Graphical Performance

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has reiterated his scepticism when it comes to the notion of cloud gaming, particularly in regard to action games, expressing confidence in the continued success of physical consoles.

The Nintendo head honcho also played down the importance of graphical prowess and improved console performance, citing cost recovery and "saturation" as serious issues.

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Iwata: Paid Animal Crossing DLC Would Be "Unwholesome"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS Games, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, DLC, Nintendo, Satoru Iwata

Iwata: Paid Animal Crossing DLC Would Be "Unwholesome"

Nintendo have been incredibly cautious in their approach towards paid DLC, and fans will be pleased to hear that Animal Crossing: New Leaf will only feature free downloadable content, with president Satoru Iwata suggesting that the effects of monetising a franchises such as Animal Crossing via paid DLC would be "unwholesome".

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PSA: New Nintendo Direct Broadcast Going Out Tomorrow, No Wii U Stuff

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Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS, Nintendo, Nintendo Direct, Satoru Iwata, Wii

PSA: New Nintendo Direct Broadcast Going Out Tomorrow, No Wii U Stuff

Nintendo have revealed that the latest instalment of their web broadcast - Nintendo Direct - will be airing tomorrow at midday (12pm BST, 8pm JST, 4am PST).

Ninty have confirmed that the broadcast will be dealing with Wii and 3DS material, so don't hold your breath for any Wii U info. [nintendo.co.jp via NintendoLife]

Nintendo: Dedicated Gaming Handhelds Are 'Not Going Away'

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS, Handheld gaming, Nintendo, Satoru Iwata

Nintendo: Dedicated Gaming Handhelds Are 'Not Going Away'

Despite many publishers, developers and pundits believing that dedicated handheld consoles are losing ground to mobile games, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata is confident that the handheld market isn't shrinking, and that many gamers "are looking for something that is more rich" than mobile apps can currently provide.

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Iwata On Next-Gen: "Being First Not Important At All"

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Gaming consoles, Next-gen, Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, Wii U

Iwata On Next-Gen: "Being First Not Important At All"

Satori Iwata has stated that being the first of the big three to release a next-gen is not important at all, highlighting the console environment and pointing towards pricing and unique features as more important considerations.

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Iwata: Wii U Price And Launch Date TBA This Autumn

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Matt Gardner
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News
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E3 2012, Games consoles, Launch window, Nintendo, Pricing, Sales momentum, Satoru Iwata, Wii U

Iwata: Wii U Price And Launch Date TBA This Autumn

Nintendo's president, Satoru Iwata, has acknowledged that "there must be some concerns" over the Wii U's software and pricing, but he has said that Nintendo plan to deliver a strong message in the autumn to help gather momentum for the console's launch.

Iwata also hit back at critics suggesting that the Wii U might not be as revolutionary as its predecessor, stating that the unveiling of the original Wii was met with similar scepticism and that those critics have short memories.

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Nintendo: EU/US 3DS Sales Momentum "Not So Good"

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS, 3DS XL, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Nintendo, Sales, Satoru Iwata

Nintendo: EU/US 3DS Sales Momentum "Not So Good"

The 3DS might be kicking ass and taking names in Japan, but even Nintendo themselves have admitted that the handheld console is underperforming further West.

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