Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed during the E3 analyst briefing that the company acknowledges that Nintendo Land has failed to attract consumers to Wii U. Iwata said that Nintendo Land hasn’t fulfilled the same role as Wii Sports – which consumers flocked to play and subsequently purchased a Wii back in 2006. Iwata did say that Nintendo is going to release a variety of Wii U software which shows off how convenient and delightful it is to have the Wii U GamePad controller, and how it changes the gaming experience.
“Asymmetric gameplay” is one of the important elements which differentiate Wii U from other products. Thus, we have released “Nintendo Land” as the software to make consumers understand the value of asymmetric gameplay. In the United States, we bundled it with the Wii U “Deluxe Set” which is a higher-end model equipped with 32GB of memory. We have received a lot of comments from consumers that the gameplay in “Nintendo Land” is interesting. However, we presume that they have not yet come up with the best words to easily explain how interesting it is to other people.”
“I would say that “Nintendo Land” has not fulfilled the same role as “Wii Sports” did when we bundled it with Wii.”
“Of course, we won’t remain silent and do nothing. We are going to release a variety of Wii U software, and with each title, we would like to show how convenient and delightful it is to have the Wii U GamePad controller, and how it changes the gaming experience.”
“In addition, we have also learned that the name “asymmetric gameplay” does not fully explain the GamePad’s value to consumers. As for the software going to be released from now on, we would like to describe the experience that the GamePad provides with a different expression in order to adequately convey its necessity to consumers and increase the number of consumers that think, “Indeed it is good to have a GamePad.” In this sense, starting with “Pikmin 3,” we aim to include functions that make good use of the GamePad that consumers can appreciate”
Nickelodeon has revealed the games that are nominated for an award at this years Nickelodeon’s 26th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards. There’s four games which have been nominated: Just Dance 4, Mario Kart 7, Wii Sports, and Skylanders Giants. The event will be held on March 23, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET live from the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California. Which game do you predict will win?
The winners of this year’s Video Game Awards were announced yesterday. Only one Nintendo title – New Super Mario Bros. U – won an award, which was for best Wii/Wii U game of 2012. Half-Life 2 was crowned Game of the Decade and triumphed over Nintendo contenders The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Wii Sports.
Here’s the full list of this year’s Video Game Awards winners:
- Game of the Year: The Walking Dead: The Game
- Studio of the Year: Telltale Games
- Best Xbox 360 Game: Halo 4
- Best PlayStation 3 Game: Journey
- Best Wii/Wii U Game: New Super Mario Bros. U
- Best PC Game: XCOM: Enemy Unknown
- Best Shooter: Borderlands 2
- Best Action/Adventure Game: Dishonored
- Best RPG: Mass Effect 3
- Best Multiplayer Game: Borderlands 2
- Best Individual Sports Game: SSX
- Best Team Sports Game: NBA 2K13
- Best Driving Game: Need for Speed Most Wanted
- Best Song in a Game: “Cities” by Beck (Sound Shapes)
- Best Original Score: Journey
- Best Graphics: Halo 4
- Best Independent Game: Journey
- Best Fighting Game: Persona 4 Arena
- Best Handheld/Mobile Game: Sound Shapes
- Best Performance by a Human Female: Melissa Hutchinson as Clementine (The Walking Dead: The Game)
- Best Performance by a Human Male: Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2)
- Best Adapted Video Game: The Walking Dead: The Game
- Best DLC: Dawnguard (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)
- Best Downloadable Game: The Walking Dead: The Game
- Best Social Game: You Don’t Know Jack
During this year’s VGAs, the video game of the decade will be named. Two Nintendo titles – The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Wii Sports – made the nomination list, and it’s up to voters to crown the champion. Go here to vote for what you think is the best video game of the last ten years.
The 10 nominated titles for video game of the decade are listed below… Which is your favorite?
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
- Half-Life 2
- World of Warcraft
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Wii Sports
- Mass Effect 2
- Red Dead Redemption
- Batman: Arkham City
Although Nintendo admits that Wii Sports and Wii Play are not full games, the publisher promises that Nintendo Land will be a huge title. According to Nintendo senior producer Katsuya Eguchi, Nintendo Land will have more depth and longetivity than Wii Sports. Eguchi believes that passionate gamers will appreciate Nintendo Land and will “sink their teeth” into it more than they did with Wii Sports.
“Wii Sports was very fun, but there was a desire to have experiences that had a bit more depth or longevity to them. Something that more passionate game fans might be able to sink their teeth into a little bit more.”
“I really love going to smaller scale theme parks, even carnival, old-style theme parks. Within it there are these miniature worlds that you can dive into for just a short period of time and lose yourself in the style and the atmosphere of that particular world.”
Nintendo of Canada representative Matt Ryan was recently interviewed by Mario’s Hat. Ryan was asked to share his thoughts on Nintendo Land, which is an upcoming Wii U launch game. According to Ryan, Nintendo Land is a “huge title” for Nintendo, and ”is also the epitome of showing off what Wii U has to offer with the controls.”
Ryan claims that Nintendo Land is ‘more robust’ than both Wii Sports and Wii Play because “it’s not just mini-games, but there’s actually different levels, [and] different things available in each of the attractions.” Ryan wants to assure consumers that, unlike Wii Sports and Wii Play, Nintendo Land “is a full game.”
“Nintendo Land is a huge title for us, and it is also the epitome of showing off what Wii U has to offer with the controls, what the Wii U GamePad… having a different role, having a different perspective compared to what the other players using the Wii Remote Pluses are having. So it is an extremely important title for us, and will be one of the anchor titles for the launch of Wii U, no doubt.
“Our presence at E3 was very much about Nintendo Land. Even our whole booth looked like Nintendo Land, because it’s super-fun and what it’s able to show. Sometimes we say what Wii Sports was to Wii, Nintendo Land is to Wii U, except the major difference is– and this is something that we really want to get across– is that it’s not just mini-games, but there’s actually different levels, different things available in each of the attractions… a lot more than what was available in Wii Sports. We want people to know that this is a full game.”
Wii U will be Nintendo’s first console that uses an account system. Up to 12 user accounts can be made on a Wii U. According to Reggie Fils-Aime, Miis are crucial to Wii U’s account system. Family members who use the same Wii U can make their own Mii, and each Mii will represent the account of the person who created it.
This is similar to the way Miis are used in some Wii games – like Wii Sports – but for Wii U, Miis will play an even bigger role because not only will they appear in games, they will be a major part of the “strong account system” of Nintendo’s upcoming console.
“We recognized that the Wii U had to have a strong account system.”
“Here’s a little bit of background. Up until the Wii U, the device held all of the account information. Whether you played or your kids played or your partner played, it was all one set of data to the Wii. The same was true for DS and 3DS.”
“With Wii U, we’re going to have an account system. This means you’re going to create a Mii, as will all the other members of your family, and the behaviour for each Mii is going to be captured in an account. For example, if you’ve achieved a certain level in a game, that information will be unique to your Mii. Parental settings will be specific to each Mii.”
“This is critically important, because it means things like messaging and achievements and other key online functionality is tailored to you.”
Namco Bandai’s Masaya Kobayashi believes that the millions of Wii Sports fans should experience his latest game Go Vacation which comes out in Europe on November 4th. The game allows you to explore a huge resort and play the numerous activities on offer.
“I would say for anyone who is already familiar with Wii Sports or Wii Sports Resort that they should look at our game and see that it is different not just because of the sheer volume of it but also because of the exploration elements, and I hope they’ll get friends and family on board to have fun and experience the game together.”
Stephanie Ho, a 23-year-old stroke patient believes that she has made an incredible recovery from a stroke because of rehabilitation therapy using the Nintendo Wii.
Stephanies rehabilitation therapy involved playing the acclaimed Wii Sports for an hour on 10 consecutive weekdays, this helped improve her movements in her affected arm.
“It really helped me start using my affected arm again. Regular therapy can be so boring and frustrating, but with Wii therapy, you don’t have to think about it, you just play.”
- Stephanie Ho
The Nintendo Wii is inexpensive, easy to use and effective. This type of rehabilitation, using virtual reality, motivates participants to complete their therapy, which is essential for recovery to take place.”
- Dr McNulty
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has high hopes for the pre-installed software on the Nintendo 3DS which he believes will be as popular as Wii Sports was on the Nintendo Wii.
“Although it may look as though Nintendo will be offering just one (first-party Nintendo 3DS) software title at its new hardware’s launch, we have pre-installed something that could establish such a background to some extent,” Iwata told investors.
“More specifically, as long as you have Nintendo 3DS hardware, even without purchasing any software, although we do want people to purchase additional software, you will be able to enjoy new experiences to some degree. We are hopeful that Nintendo 3DS users will communicate that new joy to people surrounding them.
“The inclusion of such preinstalled software, the attraction of which can be readily realised by those people even without prior interest in Nintendo 3DS, will hopefully be able to work in a similar way that the bundling of Wii Sports worked for Wii in the US and in Europe. This is the reason why we allocated our (development) resources in this fashion for this time.”
- Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata