Nintendo of America has told Kotaku that they are aware that a group has claimed to have hacked the Wii U, though they have had no reports of illegal Wii U games nor unauthorized applications playable on the system while in Wii U mode. The news came earlier today when WiiKey claimed that they had managed to completely reverse the Wii U drive authentication, disk encryption and file system. Here’s what Nintendo had to say.
“Nintendo is aware that a hacking group claims to have compromised Wii U security. However, we have no reports of illegal Wii U games nor unauthorized applications playable on the system while in Wii U mode. Nintendo continuously monitors all threats to its products’ security and will use technology and will take the necessary legal steps to prevent the facilitation of piracy.”
Nintendo of America has issued a statement to Game Trailers regarding the news yesterday that Nintendo won’t be holding an E3 presentation. Nintendo will be at E3 in full force, but they just won’t be hosting their annual presentation there. Instead, the company will focus on its Nintendo Direct presentations, and the various press events that it holds. Here’s what Nintendo of America’s Charlie Scibetta, Senior Director, Corporate Communications has to say about Nintendo’s plans for this year.
“As you’ve already seen, a lot of news about Nintendo games and services that traditionally would be held until E3 is being delivered this year through Nintendo Directs, and various press events. This approach will continue between now and E3. No matter where you are in the world, you’ll be fully informed. We look forward to continuing to provide you with Nintendo news and content in ways you haven’t before experienced. Beyond the news that will be communicated through Nintendo Direct videos in the run up to E3, at the show itself we’re hosting two smaller events on Tuesday morning before the LACC opens instead of just our traditional one event. A media event and a partner presentation will both occur that morning. While the audiences will be different between the two events, both will occur on the Tuesday morning of E3 (June 11) which is the date and time period the public has come to expect for Nintendo to deliver E3 news.
At the Nokia theater we’ll meet with business partners (retailers, publishers, analysts, etc.) from the NOA territory and discuss our plans for driving the business and providing tailored information that this group finds useful to their operations. Nintendo has done these same type of business meetings at past E3 shows, but has not in the past few years. This year we are returning to that business partner meeting format. New this year at our booth in the LACC, prior to the show opening, we’ll invite a small group of media to play our games. We will have a strong line-up of beloved franchise experiences available for immediate hands-on play. We are continuing to consider exciting new ways to bring the news of our games and information directly to the players at home during the E3 timeframe, and will have more to say about that at a later date.”
After yesterday’s announcement that Nintendo’s profits had suffered sufficient losses last financial year, Satoru Iwata has taken a big step by revealing in an official statement he will take on an extra role at Nintendo of America. Iwata will lace up his shoes as the CEO of Nintendo America after Tatsumi Kimishima – the current CEO – moves on to become the global managing director of Nintendo, based in its Kyoto headquarters.
This is big news as Kimishima, who previously came to Nintendo in 2000, will assume the role in both Corporate Analysis and Administration and the General Affairs divisions – meaning that the current bosses Yoshihiro Mori and Masaharu Matsumoto will step down this summer for retirement.
The big shift is set to create a more streamlined approach when it comes to matters of business and, of course, to fortify Nintendo’s global unified strategy within such a competitive market. With Satoru Iwata acting as NoA’s CEO, Nintendo’s COO Reggie-Fils Aime will now report directly to Iwata.
A Nintendo 3DS user recently contacted Nintendo of America’s customer service, and asked about whether digital Nintendo 3DS games could be recovered, if the handheld console was stolen or misplaced. A customer service representative for the company replied by reiterating that all digital content on the Nintendo 3DS is tied to the system itself, and, therefore, lost or stolen digital games and applications purchased from the Nintendo eShop cannot be retrieved.
… I was wondering, should I lose or have my 3DS stolen, is there any way to retrieve the games that I’ve purchased on the eshop? I am curious about your policy on this, and especially when so many young kids play 3DS and could potentially lose them. I know on the iphone and PSP, you are tied to an account to which you can retrieve your games. How does it work for Nintendo? Should I be worried about buying my little nephew eshop points?
Nintendo of America customer service representative: Thank you for writing. I’ll be happy to answer your questions regarding virtual content on the Nintendo 3DS. All virtual content downloaded on the Nintendo 3DS is tied to the system itself. As our warranty doesn’t cover lost or stolen game cards and systems, if this were to happen regardless of your games being virtual or you owning the physical copies, they would not be covered for replacement. …
Nintendo of America has revealed via its official Facebook page that the Wii U Virtual Console will be officially launching on Wii U this Tuesday in North America. The Wii U system update is also due to be released next week and features a number of improvements. You can see all the Virtual Console titles that have been announced for North America below.
- Balloon Fight
- Donkey Kong Jr
- Kirby’s Adventure
- Ice Climber
- Super Mario Bros. 2 (USA)
- Mario Bros.
- Mega Man 1
- Wrecking Crew
- Yoshi’s Cookie
- Kirby’s Dream Course
- Kirby’s Dream Land 3
- Kirby Super Star
- Super Metroid
The official Nintendo of America web store is now selling the Circle Pad Pro XL for those of you that own a Nintendo 3DS XL. The item is available to purchase, but it won’t begin shipping until April 19th. The Circle Pad Pro XL is compatible with games such as Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance. Will you be purchasing one?
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has told USA Today that the company believes sales of the Nintendo 3DS handheld in the United States have been “very strong” despite the rise of tablet and smartphone gaming. Reggie says that Nintendo has sold eight million Nintendo 3DS consoles in the United States since launching the device in 2011. The original Nintendo DS sold seven million during the same time period.
“That gives us a lot of confidence and a lot of belief that with great content and great experiences, the 3DS is going to be a very healthy platform.”
“In the end, it’s all about the games and our ability to launch strong software on a regular pace to drive the hardware business. From a consumer standpoint, it’s all about the content.”
Nintendo of America is offering a special promotion for people who buy both a Nintendo 3DS XL system and either Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon or Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity. Anyone who registers a Nintendo 3DS XL system and either Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity or Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon with Club Nintendo between March 21 and April 30 will receive a code to download one of five Nintendo 3DS games for free: Super Mario 3D Land, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, Star Fox 64 3D or Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive!
Nintendo of America has announced via Twitter that it plans to rerelease the successful Pink and White Nintendo 3DS XL in time for Valentines Day. The company had previously stated that they were discontinuing the model as it was purely a limited edition version of the Nintendo 3DS XL. GameStop currently has the system listed for $199.99, but it’s on backorder.
On March 19th, the fan-favorite Monster Hunter series descends on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. The action RPG’s expansive, gorgeous world features more to do than ever before. Players can hunt monsters, upgrade equipment and improve skills while they take part in more than 200 challenging quests. Monster Hunter Ultimate will be launching in Europe on March 22nd and will have a playable demo available to download on the 21st of February.