Not everyone was happy with the announcements that were made today during the Nintendo Digital Event and it seems as though Nintendo is listening. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has tweeted that he is aware of the dissatisfaction from Nintendo fans and promises that they will work better next year to meet gamers expectations.
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Super Mario Maker will come with a number of pre-made courses when it launches later this year. According to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, players will be able to alter portions of the upcoming Wii U game’s included courses in addition to creating their own courses from the ground up. You can also upload and share your courses with other players from around the world, as well as play levels created by others.
E3 2015 is just around the corner, but Nintendo’s president and CEO won’t be there. According to Satoru Iwata, who skipped last year’s E3 as well, he won’t be attending the upcoming expo because Nintendo has no new hardware to announce. The executive also wants to get ready for the company’s next investors meeting, which is scheduled to take place the week after E3.
Nobody is immune to sickness, not even the powerful Nintendo CEO, Satoru Iwata. Last year in June, Iwata underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his bile duct. The surgery was responsible for his absence at E3 last year.
So, in preparation of E3 this year (which he too, is not attending), Iwata felt it was time to update his Mii to reflect his new ‘look’. He sent a picture of his Mii along with a tweet that more or less translates into this: “I have become a little slim because of the surgery for my disease last June. My body weight hasn’t changed since being discharged, so I decided to adjust my official Mii. Thank you. #Iwatter”
Sickness is never a cool thing. But hey, look at the bright side — he’s going to look great for Summer!
Nintendo is taking on a lot of new projects, from amiibo to mobile games and the most recent, teaming up with Universal Theme Park for Nintendo themed attractions. At the latest Q&A from Nintendo’s financial results briefing, apparently Iwata says he was “surprised” by Universal’s “extremely detailed” plans for Nintendo attractions, and upon Iwata’s return he immediately met with Miyamoto to talk things over. Universal’s engineers have met multiple times with “veteran Nintendo producers” to get the ball rolling on Nintendo themed attractions. Hopefully they might come sooner than we think!
Also at the Q&A, Iwata hinted at the company potentially dabbling into “films and video content”, but doesn’t elaborate any further. What do you think this could mean? Nintendo movies? Series? Maybe we’ll get that alleged Legend of Zelda Netflix series! Whatever it is, it seems like Nintendo have got lots of big ideas and ambitions for the next few years, and it’s an exciting time to be a Nintendo fan.
In the most recent investors meeting, Satoru Iwata briefly mentions the new Nintendo Membership Service, in partnership with mobile gaming company DeNA, to replace the phased out Club Nintendo. He doesn’t tell us much about the mysterious new project, but he does tell us that users will have one common ID they can use to access several devices. This is due to the incorporation of mobile phones and being able to access your account on them, as Iwata explains they plan to release 5 mobile phone titles by the end of the next fiscal year. He goes on to say that these new services include ones “based on their past purchases and gameplay records” which could suggest an Achievement system. How do you feel about Nintendo expanding to mobile devices? You can read part of his presentation here:
While we will announce the details of this integrated membership service at a later date, I can share with you at a high level the idea is that the consumer can access multiple devices using one common ID.
For us to be able to bridge the gap between smart devices and dedicated game systems, we will offer advantages to consumers who use one ID across multiple devices.
So far, the members input their Club Nintendo ID to use the services. With this new service, our members will be able to visit Nintendo’s website and log in with one ID, and they will receive various services including the ones based on their past purchases and gameplay records as well as services that will be an improved version of the current loyalty program.
With this new membership, we are planning to deploy services that will make playing Nintendo games with their game pals more fun regardless of which platform they are accessing.
Nintendo is expecting to develop and release about five mobile titles by the end of March 2017. While some may think that’s a relatively small amount, company president Satoru Iwata says Nintendo is aiming for all of them to become hits. Taking that into consideration, Iwata doesn’t think Nintendo’s mobile plans are halfhearted in any way. The firm is also hoping to launch its first mobile game by the end of this year.
“Regarding the number of the titles, you may want to know that we will release approximately five titles by the end of the next fiscal year, which is the end of March 2017,” Iwata said. “You may think it is a small number, but when we aim to make each title a hit, and because we want to thoroughly operate every one of them for a significant amount of time after their releases, this is not a small number at all and should demonstrate our serious commitment to the smart device business.
“We will strive to expand this business into global markets at a steady pace so that eventually we will entertain hundreds of millions of people all around the world. We are aiming to make this one of the pillars of Nintendo’s revenue structure.”