Nintendo has recorded the best financial results it has had since 2012 thanks to sales of the Wii U hit Splatoon and brisk sales of its amiibo figurines.
The Wii U maker saw net income of ¥8.3 billion ($67.2 million). In the same period a year ago, Nintendo posted a loss of ¥9.9 billion. The weak yen also helped drive company profits. Operating income for the quarter landed at around 1.1 billion yen ($9.3 million).
Nintendo plans to shut down the Wii U TVii service via a system update on August 11th, the company revealed. Nintendo said that it is shutting the service down because "it is time to focus our resources on other projects." The service launched a little under three years ago. At the time Nintendo thought it was a pretty big deal.
To celebrate (and obviously promote) its upcoming launch of the Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U console, Nintendo and Facebook have teamed up to host a special "hackathon event" at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park on July 28 and July 29. Unfortunately, you have to be a Facebook employee in order to participate. The Super Mario Maker hackathon is exclusively for Facebook employees to design a special level in the game.
A fan-created and unlicensed Zelda animated series was introduced on Kickstarter this week and then pulled a few days later... by the Kickstarter owner, according to Eurogamer.
During two days of funeral services held in Koyoto, Japan for the late Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata, nearly 4,000 people showed up to pay their respects. Iwata died on July 11 due to complications related to a growth in his bile ducts.
More than 2,600 people attended services in the first day, and 1,500 came to pay their respects on the second day, according to the GI.biz. Many of those who took time to pay respects to the iconic Nintendo executive also brought along their 3DS hand-helds - a device that Iwata had a major hand in bringing to market.
After being told by a room full of Nintendo reps. that the white female hand in Super Mario Maker would be the default, Nintendo has backpedaled a bit, according to Business Insider writer Ben Gilbert. Gilbert noted on Twitter this morning that the backpedalling was disheartening because it made him look like he made a mistake or didn't ask the right questions of Nintendo at the time... but he did. In fact, he specially asked about this issue before writing about it here.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals put a statement mourning the passing of Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata. In a statement sent to Business Insider from Joel Bartlett, PETA's senior director of marketing innovations, the watchdog group said that its members join in mourning the passing of the iconic Nintendo figure:
In honor of his passing, GDC Vault has made available a very important and inspiring speech from Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata today. By way of Gamasutra, GDC Vault has made available a video of Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata's 2005 Game Developer Conference keynote address, "Heart Of A Gamer."
According to a report in Digitimes, production of Nintendo's next console will begin as soon as October of this year.
Club Nintendo, Nintendo's rewards program for its various hand-held and home consoles, has officially closed its doors. A visit to the official web site for the rewards program features an image of Mario with hat in hand and head bowed to signify the somber moment. It is accompanied by the following message from Nintendo:
"Club Nintendo has been discontinued. Our heartfelt thanks to our members for your support over the years. Please stay tuned for more information about our new loyalty program."
Microsoft announced at E3 last week that it was working on an "early access" program for Xbox One / Windows games - clearly inspired by the success of Valve's early access program for Steam. Now Nintendo is saying that it is considering such a program as well.
Speaking to Polygon, Nintendo of America’s third-party relations and indie development head Damon Baker said that, while they don't have anything to announce at this point, his company is kicking the idea around…
If you missed Friday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 148), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight are once again joined by super cool dude Justin Leeper to talk about all the games they loved and hated from last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo) in Los Angeles. Who won the E3? Who had the best games? Who failed miserably?
The Change.org petition to cancel the development of Metroid Prime: Federation Force - a four-player co-op 3DS title revealed by Nintendo earlier in the week - has 12,424 supporters as of this writing. The petition calls for Nintendo to cancel the game - basically relocate everyone working on it to other projects or fire them and waste any investment the struggling company has in the game. Why? Because it's not the "real Metroid" game fans wanted.
As we noted in our coverage of the Nintendo Direct E3 broadcast, The Legend of Zelda for Wii U exists, Nintendo simply decided not to show it. According to what Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime tells IGN UK, the game is still in development for Wii U and IS NOT being shifted to its next console system. So why didn't Nintendo show it at its E3 presentation? It didn't want to frustrate fans.
Nintendo America president Reggie Fils-Aime tells Polygon in an extensive interview at E3 that the translation of Mr. Iwata's tweet addressing fan complaints was not an apology, it was an acknowledgement.
"It was not an apology," said Nintendo of American president Reggie Fils-Aime. "It was not a statement about the content we're showing, essentially it was an 'I hear you' message."
A Change.org petition calling for the cancelation of Metroid Prime: Federation Force is making the rounds following Nintendo's reveal of the game. To say that fan reaction to Nintendo's overall line-up of games showcased during its Nintendo Direct E3 presentation might be overblown is an understatement.
At its annual pre-recorded E3 digital presentation, Nintendo detailed all the new (mostly) first-party titles coming to the Wii U and 3DS coming in 2015 and 2016. The presentation was light-hearted, whimsical and interspersed with vignettes of Nintendo's most recognizable executives - Shigeru Miyamoto, Satoru Iwata and Reggie Fils-Aime - as Sesame Street-style puppets doing goofy things - like Iwata looking thoughtfully at a bunch of bananas and Reggie noting that "My puppet body is ready." Fun stuff.
Today there will be three E3 press events starting at 9am PT (Noon ET) with the Nintendo Direct E3 pre-recorded presentation. That will be followed by the Square Enix media briefing at 10am PT (1pm ET), and the PC Gaming Show at 5pm PT (8pm ET). You can watch them all live via Twitch, but we'll have a recap of each shortly after each one concludes.
"Earthbound 3 will be called Earthbound: Endings," is just one of the crazy predictions Andrew has put together before Nintendo holds its annual Electronic Entertainment Expo media briefing tomorrow and he's got 10 more in his latest video. As it did last year and the year before that, Nintendo won't actually host its E3 event in Los Angeles, instead opting to do a special "Nintendo Direct" online event. It does have a booth of the show floor, of course.
Nintendo announced this morning that it has sold 15 million 3DS hand-held gaming systems in the United States since its launch. The system debuted in North America on March 27, 2011. After some initial trouble moving units Nintendo gave the system a generous price cut ($249 to $169), which helped immensely to move units. But, as Nintendo notes in today's announcement, a continued stream of popular software titles is the key factor in the system's success in America.
Rumors earlier in the week suggested that Nintendo's next console system - currently codenamed "NX" - would be using the Android operating system, but Nintendo says that these reports are just not true. Commenting to the Wall Street Journal today (thanks Andrew Eisen), a Nintendo spokesperson told the publication that there is no truth to the rumors.
In an unprecedented move, the Humble Bundle has teamed up with Nintendo to offer Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games (redeemable on the eShops) for whatever price you want.
The Humble Nindie Bundle lets you pay whatever you want for Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, Woah Dave!, and Mighty Switch Force. Pay more than the average price, and you'll also get The Fall, OlliOlli, and Moon Chronicles. Pay $10 or more, and you can get all of that plus Stealth Inc 2 and SteamWorld Dig.
The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York announced today that it will work with former Nintendo hardware designer and Ritsumeikan University (Japan) professor Masayuki Uemara to preserve the history of video games. The Strong Museum of Play is home to the Center for the History of Electronic Games.
Uemara, who is the program chair for the Center for Games Studies and Art Research at Ritsumeikan, will work more closely than he already does with the Strong Museum of Play to share knowledge, resources, and staff.
Nintendo's super-secret hush-hush in-development gaming system, the "NX" will not be a "simple replacement " for either the 3DS or the Wii U, according to what Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told investors at a recent investor Q&A session following the release of its most recent results.
As it did last year, Nintendo will host a digital E3 presentation, similar to its "Nintendo Direct" presentations that it holds from time to time online. It will take place on Tuesday, 16th June at 9:00 am Pacific Time. In addition, Nintendo announced that it will bring back the Nintendo World Championships tournament, with regional events to be held in major cities across the US. Participants will play various popular Nintendo games, leading up to a major event at E3. The last time the Nintendo hosted one of these events was in 1990.
I bet you can't wait until the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3, y'all) rolls around next month to learn more about Nintendo's exciting plans about its new console, NX, right? Well too bad, because you aren't going to learn a damn thing about, according to Nintendo. In fact, Nintendo says it probably won't start talking about NX until sometime in 2016. Nintendo also won't be talking about its quality of life platform either.