Nintendo has announced that a new Nintendo Direct will air on Wednesday, January 14th, at 6 a.m. PT. The upcoming online presentation will feature company president Satoru Iwata and crew. It will focus on spring 2015 Wii U and Nintendo 3DS releases. The last Nintendo Direct took place in November and included the announcement of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, which is scheduled to launch this spring. The event will be broadcast in Europe 15:00 CET (14:00 UK time).
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed that he wanted the Game Boy Advanced SP to include sleep mode functionality. Because the device sports a clamshell design, Iwata insisted that the feature was a necessity. The GBA SP’s successor, Nintendo DS, was the very first portable game system to have a sleep function, according to Iwata. The Nintendo 3DS and Wii U GamePad also feature sleep mode functionality.
“The GBA SP was also a clam-shell design, so I pretty adamantly demanded of the hardware team that it went into sleep mode when it was closed. ‘This feature is absolutely essential!’ I said,” explained Iwata.
“However, at that time, they told me that as it would take re-working the chip so it could be turned on and off it would take a year to do it, so I had to reluctantly withdraw my request. Nevertheless, I did tell them that they had to make sure the next system they designed would be able to go into sleep mode.”
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is celebrating his 55th Birthday today so I’d like to take some time out to wish him a very Happy Birthday. There’s been a few that have been disappointed at some of Satoru Iwata’s decisions, but there’s no doubt that he’s done a great job at delivering high quality AAA titles. Both Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros are two of the highest rated games this year so he’s clearly doing something right. Happy Birthday, Satoru Iwata!
Satoru Iwata has issued another comment on his health condition. During the Japanese version of last night’s Nintendo Direct, the Nintendo president addressed concerns about his weight loss and expressed his appreciation for those who have shown an interest in his well-being. Earlier this year, Iwata was re-elected to serve as the head of Nintendo’s board of directors.
“I have seen many comments from people concerned about my weight loss,” Iwata said. “While it is true that I have lost weight due to a major surgery, my weight has thankfully been stable now for 2.5 months and I’m progressing well. I am really grateful for everyone supporting me, the doctors as well as the hospital-staff.”
Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata says he feels much healthier following his surgery to remove a bile-duct growth earlier this year. The company president has returned to work and resumed his regular work schedule, appearing in front of the media for the first time since his surgery in June in order to report Nintendo’s second quarterly financial earnings. During the presentation, Iwata remarked that he had lost weight, though felt much healthier.
The growth first came to light when Satoru Iwata skipped E3 for health-related problems. But it was during Nintendo’s AGM in June that the president explained his absence, saying he was currently resting after recent surgery to remove the growth. Iwata’s high spirits will thankfully continue as earlier today Nintendo posted a net profit of 14.3 billion Yen, smashing analysts predictions.
New rumors have suggested that some members of the Nintendo management team are devising a scheme to get rid of company president Satoru Iwata. According to the recently-surfaced rumors, the executive is one of few Nintendo employees that are refusing to bring the publisher’s popular games to smartphones. It was recently revealed that Iwata has been re-elected as the head of Nintendo.
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.”