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Nintendo Spokesperson Says Iwata Is ‘Recovering Steadily’

Nintendo spokesperson Yasuhiro Minagawa has revealed that company president Satoru Iwata is “recovering steadily.” During the executive’s absence, however, the firm won’t make important decisions. Iwata recently endured surgery to remove a bile-duct growth. As a result, he missed Nintendo’s annual shareholder meeting and this year’s E3 trade fair in Los Angeles.

“Iwata is recovering steadily,” said Minagawa. “There is no interference with his business as president.”


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Disney Magical World Coming To Europe On 24th October

A whole new world awaits players in Disney Magical World, launching across Europe on 24th October for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems. After creating a personalised avatar and a customised dream life, players embark on a 3D fantasy adventure featuring more than 60 iconic Disney characters across a main central plaza and its surrounding worlds inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella,Aladdin and more. It’s all Disney, all the time as players interact with beloved characters, manage a café to earn in-game coins, set off on ghost-hunting quests and even visit friends’ towns via Local Play.

Endless opportunities for creativity and customisation allow the imagination to run wild in Disney Magical World. With more than 1,000 items, players can hone their design skills to create hundreds of personalised Disney-themed outfits, accessories and furniture. Aspiring restaurateurs can design a café from its décor to its menu. As they foster its success through careful management, players can earn valuable in-game coins and even pique the interest of favourite Disney characters to stop by for a meal. The personal “My Room” retreat above the café offers another customisable opportunity with even more items and furniture.

For players looking for a dose of adventure, Disney Magical World features many exciting quests and unique collectibles. By collecting and using magic wands with different skill sets, players can battle through ghost-filled forests and dungeons. Players also can help various Disney characters retrieve missing hard-to-find items on these action-filled excursions. With Disney Magical World players can connect with friends and showcase their creativity to one another. By connecting a Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS system via Local Play, they can check out the towns and cafés of friends and even exchange cherished items.

Adding to the adventure, a full world based on Pirates of the Caribbean can be purchased as add-on content from November 2014, where there will be new quests and characters, including Captain Jack Sparrow.  Meanwhile from launch, look out for a number of unique free items, including new costumes, recipes and café items, which will become available via Nintendo Zone hotspots across Europe. From launch you will also be able to take advantage of the Augmented Reality capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems, with the distribution of Disney Magical World-specific AR cards. More details on these AR cards, and how you can get them will follow closer to the game’s release. The fun-filled adventure begins on 24th October 2014 when Disney Magical World launches across Europe for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems.

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Bravely Default Scenario Writer Won’t Be Working On Bravely Second

Naotaka Hayashi won’t be returning in Bravely Second as the scenario writer. Instead, Bravely Default producer Tomoya Asano will be helping out on the scenario together with assistant producer Shinji Takahashi. Tsukishima who was the mastermind behind the Bravely Default novels will help supervise the scenario writers. And finally, Kensuke Nakahara, the game’s designer, will be directing.

Thanks, Kim

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Analyst Doesn’t Believe Wii U Will Ever Catch Up With PlayStation 4 And Xbox One

Ed Barton, a video games industry analyst at Ovum consultancy, has told the BBC that he doesn’t hold any hope of the Wii U catching up with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in terms of sales. Barton acknowledges that the company has some great games in the pipeline but is unconvinced that they will make consumers invest in Wii U.

“They have a relatively good games pipeline, but the big question is about its hardware.”

“The Wii U is so far behind now, and the perception of the audience that it’s a relatively under-powered console compared to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is now pretty firmly cemented.”

“Given how inaccurate some of Nintendo’s forecasts have been going into their results in terms of hardware and software sales in the past, I’m not optimistic.”

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Japan: Wii U Sells 9K And Nintendo 3DS Sells 38K

Here’s this week’s best-selling games in Japan courtesy of Media Create. The Nintendo 3DS remains the best-selling platform shifting 38,445 units thanks to Yokai Watch 2 and Yoshi’s New Island. Wii U sales have increased marginally as the console sold 9,429 units. Here’s the best-selling software and hardware in Japan.

  1. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 180,880 (1,829,533)
  2. [3DS] Yoshi’s New Island (Nintendo, 07/24/14) – 58,285 (New)
  3. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 18,129 (560,487)
  4. [PSV] Oreshika: Tainted Bloodblines (SCEJ, 07/17/14) – 17,690 (111,465)
  5. [PSV] Tokyo New World Record: Operation Abyss (5pb., 07/24/14) – 15,242 (New)
  6. [PSV] Corpse Party: Blood Drive (5pb., 07/24/14) – 13,688 (New)
  7. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 10,620 (1,218,698)
  8. [PS3] Under Nigh In-Birth Exe:Late (Arc System Works, 07/24/14) – 9,171 (New)
  9. [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure (Bandai Namco, 06/26/14) – 9,080 (110,558)
  10. [PS3] Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (Gust, 07/17/14) – 7,432 (51,177)
  11. [3DS] Gundam Try Age SP (Bandai Namco, 07/17/14) – 7,110 (28,634)
  12. [3DS] Pokemon Art Academy (Nintendo, 06/19/14) – 5,768 (75,404)
  13. [PSV] Freedom Wars (SCEJ, 06/26/14) – 5,344 (267,771)
  14. [3DS] Pokemon X / Y (Pokemon, 10/12/13) – 5,089 (4,112,000)
  15. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V Low Price Version (06/26/14) – 5,026 (28,685)
  16. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 4,591 (3,316,196)
  17. [PS3] Watch Dogs (Ubisoft, 06/26/14) – 3,684 (63,269)
  18. [PS4] FIFA 14 (EA, 02/22/14) – 3,587 (71,128)
  19. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12/01/11) – 3,346 (2,355,647)
  20. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 3,068 (3,764,042)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. 3DS XL – 31,789 (31,192)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 21,875 (27,352)
  3. Wii U – 9,429 (8,209)
  4. PlayStation 3 – 7,175 (7,389)
  5. 3DS – 6,656 (6,185)
  6. PlayStation 4 – 5,581 (6,456)
  7. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,767 (2,249)
  8. PSP – 489 (556)
  9. Xbox 360 – 122 (129)