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Nintendo Confronts Internet Trolls

Satoru Iwata says internet trolling regarding Wii U has a damaging effect on the company. Iwata was most likely referring to a number of unconfirmed reports that suggested that Wii U is about as powerful as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Iwata says Nintendo is powerless to stop negative campaigns on the internet, in which false opinions are deliberately posted to ruin the reputation of a product.

“There have recently been negative campaigns on the internet in which false opinions are deliberately posted to ruin the reputation of a product. Such vicious rumours are a big problem and could be considered business interference.”

 “It is very difficult to tell consumers’ real complaints from those that are posted as part of a negative campaign.”“If we were to delete anything negative about our games, it could constitute a suppression of free speech and you would not able to believe in even a good reputation. Luckily, those who are engaged just to be engaged in negative campaigns are in fact just a fraction of all users.”

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      1. You’re* That “y” needed to be capital.

        I’m still not clear on what an internet troll is.

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  1. That’s why you have us Nintendo. We combat the trolls with the thing they fear the most; hard facts and logic.

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      1. This is probably the only reason I hate to love Nintendo! They’re an awesome company and I love them to the core but the Nintendo fanbase is just so…OVERLY biased! They may be the worst fanboys out there! I mean every time someone even makes a JOKE about Nintendo the fanboys start crying! it isn’t that serious!

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      2. and you are muslim… now that is offensive

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      3. No nintendos fanbase isn’t the worse, I ‘ve seen other developer’s fanbases that are even worse

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      4. Every fanboy is the worst. All 3 companies have terrible faboys. I’m not a fanboy, I’m a gamer so I don’t cry over other consoles, I just enjoy my games on all consoles.

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    1. From what I’ve heard from 4Chan, it makes waffles and folds your bed. But the 720 can also carry you up stairs and the PS4 can push buttons.

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  2. This is nice, but I think MNN should confront trolls. Take a look at the past few articles; about a fourth or third of the total comments have been trolls.

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    1. It is true! The trolls have awoken from their slumber lately because the awesome threat of the Wii U is proving to be quite large! It is a shame that Microsoft competes with it’s superior rivals through the use of trolls to ruin their products….only proves how bad the Xbox is…

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      1. And Sony trolls Nintendo from the exec level with slander and even various types of infrigment.

        At least ms tried some thing different. Most real adults hate ms, it’s the bad kids that love them. It lets them swear and act like what a child believes an adult is.

        I think Nintendo is about to bring out the spiked bat and the media better becareful before they start recieving court documents. Interference is a big deal. This is why patcher stepped off.

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  3. the most i’ve been trolling about is Sakurai’s stupid decisions with Smash Bros 4.

    i say nothing about Wii U aside from positive notes, so far, its the only 8th gen console doing things right.

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    1. What stupid decisions? Bringing in Namco Bandai? Yeah, it would have been so much better if they would release Smash Bros. 4 in 5 years, wouldn’t it -_-
      Or the stupid decision that he wants to balance the fighters before adding any new ones? News flash, ”probably” means that it’s likelier that there won’t be new characters, but it’s not sealed in stone.

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      1. Sir, what you did is what I like to call a blind double standard. They seem to have a somewhat legitimate argument more or less.

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    1. Not really… Epic said zelda cannot be done on any other console… google it…

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      1. Nintendo is not to be blamed here at all. Trolls need no reason to troll. They do it because they are lazy and have no life. They do it to bring down the GREAT image of Nintendo because it stands as a “threat” to their precious little suckbox.. I mean Xbox… Think of it this way, if Nintendo announced a stronger internet system than xbox that was completely free to use as well as Skyrim, Halo, all the CODs, plus cheaper DLC packs a new Super Smsh with 50 brand new characters, new Legend of Zelda stylized like Twilight Princess, Metroid, Mario, Star Fox, basically a true gamers dream, etc…. The trolls would still be trollin…

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      2. I get your point, but even though the trolls will continue no matter what, Nintendo could’ve gave them less reason to do so.

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      3. They’ve given their reason for not revealing too much too soon, though, and it was a good reason; they don’t want competitors making similar proposals before Nintendo can unleash what they’ve got in store.
        Remember how the Wii U’s game pad was unveiled in 2011?
        ONE MERE YEAR LATER, Microsoft comes out with the Smart Glass and tries to pass it off as the “Wii U killer”.
        Nintendo doesn’t want the same stupid crap happening with other offerings that they are coming up with later on, so they are keeping tight-lipped.
        People are just impatient. Nintendo hasn’t failed to become profitable in the long run yet, and I sincerely doubt this time will be any different.

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    2. Yes, because you could totally play your console games without a TV on those consoles, and you could also play games in native 1080p (It’s just scaled up on the other consoles). There’s a load of things the other consoles can’t do, and those include the Zelda and Bird demo.

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      1. Both examples you just gave can indeed be done by other systems. There are games that can be played in native 1080p. And did you ever hear of Crossplay ? Even if it’s not exactly the same thing as the WiiU does, it is what you did say: Playing games without needing a TV.
        Even though being a die-hard Nintendo fan myself, I must admit that many things the WiiU can do can be done by other systems as well.

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      2. But, Zelda, even though those things can also be done on the PS3, you need to own a PS3 and a PSVITA and that’s a $550 investment. Ntm, because you need both systems, not many games will take advantage of Cross-Play AND it’s not lag-free either like the Wii-U’s GamePad is so bringing up those features is kind of pointless.

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      3. Well, I guess that people who want to make use of Crossplay already do own a PS3. But in fact, you are right. That’s one of the things I meant by “it’s not exactly the same as the WiiU does”. Oh, and Sony is just working on their Crossplay-thing, they’ve announced great things concerning it so I guess they will improve it soon enough. Nothing works perfectly right from the beginning I guess.

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      4. Ntm, while there are few games that are done or can be done in 1080p, even fewer are in 60 FPS, and a lot of the multi-plats the Wii-U is getting are in 1080p and run in 60 FPS, multi-plats that are in 720p and run in 30 FPS on the PS3/360.

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    3. No, Xbox is in 720, the Zelda and Bird demo were in 1080….not the same quality. Wii U is substantially greater than the current Xbox360. It is a fact and is what this article is talking about. It is articles like the ones Nintendo were talking about up there that say the Wii U is nothing more than an Xbox, but they are lies written by Trolls…

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      1. Neither Zelda nor the Bird demo were in fucking 1080p. Zelda didn’t even have any Anti-Aliasing. Stop spreading bullshit when Digital Foundry got a direct rip of the feed PROVING they were both 720p.

        Everything else you said is fanboy speculation. Wii U is current gen specs and a fake next gen console. Specs that aren’t even all that great in 2008. It’s a weak system and once it gets teared down or some developer decides to come clean and *once again* post the specs, I will be right…yet again.

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      2. Those specs aren’t confirmed Aeolus and, ntm, multi-plats such as Assassin’s Creed III are already running in 1080p at 60 FPS and this is at launch. So please, stop spreading your bullshit.

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    1. This. Nintendo, just don’t feed the trolls and focus on your work. They are nothing but a bunch of jokers in a form of Xbots.

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      1. Funny you say that; a lot of these “jokers” you mention tend to gear towards the Sony side rather than Microsoft’s. Xbots have no reason to troll on Nintendo, because unlike Sony, Microsoft’s gaming business model isn’t trying to be the same damn thing as Nintendo’s.

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  4. Just show us the console’s final specs and proove its power! This won’t stop people from trolling but it would help…

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      1. Atually wiiU is very powerful…

        like what FUCKING DEVELOPERS SAID ALL ALONG!!!!

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      2. I WANT TO SEE WIIU’S SPECIFICS.ITS THE KEY TO UNLOCK THE SECRET WEAPON WITCH IT WILL SHUT THE FUCK UP TO TROLLS

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  5. I’m not stupid enough to believe that garbage anyways. Nintendo has never let me down, people are too unforgiving when it comes to Nintendo if Nintendo and Microsoft swapped names everyone would have a Wii U pre-ordered already.

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    1. Nintendo dissapointed me since wii came out.But i forgave them and gave them one chance.If they make a console witch it will be on par with next gen then i ll buy the wii2.But if they not then goodbye nintendo,hellow computer world!

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      1. read the specs u faggot they have been leaked. wiiU is next gen!!!!!!!!

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      2. if the U is on next generation then Nintendo has made me a gamer again (actually a nintendo fan)

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      3. not proven just yet but ppl say its more legit than previous rumours. Now shut up with your worried comments and just wait!!!!!!!

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      4. AHAH.. directx 11! A Microsoft technology! A technology used only on Xbox and Windows… Yes, yes, of course…..

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      5. They didn’t say Wii U will use DirectX11. They said it will support DirectX 11 FEATURES. Wii U will support OpenGL 4.2.

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  6. Iwata, I love you but, if u are worried about those trolls, and if the Wii U is more powerful than the current-gen systems, why the hell don’t u TELL US THE SPECS??????

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    1. Specs are leaked my friend. Scroll up a bit to a link I posted…

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      1. not confirmed but seems legit. We just need to wait and see ;) loving the GPU series!

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      2. Two things:

        Nintendo has proven it can turn lead into gold by turning even Unreal Engine 2 into goodness with Metroid Prime. Basically, Nintendo doesn’t even really need all that supposed power you claim the Wii U has to make a game look good.

        Secondly, no exact nature of the parts mentioned. You’re supposed to have a model number with those parts to have a specific idea.

        All of that being said, however, it’s probably the closest idea to what the Wii U will do.

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  7. Even though I’m a self-confessed Nintendo fan and a person who also likes other consoles, video game console/company fanboyism is pathetic. Put it this way: If one major video game console fails, that would be a BAD effect on the industry. I like to see consoles compete with each other. I want to see what each console delivers and what they’re capable of.

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      1. let me tell you something even better.

        You are not funny and your jokes are boring and rehashed. Make a new joke for the love of mankind. Thanks

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  8. I own a 360 and not a Wii…..yet, I consider myself a nintendo fanboy :S lol maybe because nintendo has the best first party games. I just hope this gen coming up nintendo doesn’t get left out of multi-plat games…..because that’s what is holding back a lot of hardcore gamers from getting nintendo systems

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    1. I wouldnt say thats fanboy, fanboy would suggest you disregard all other consoles and say stuff like sony drone. You can be just a nintendo fan as well as an xbox fan

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  9. I am not sure about which rumors he speaks about, but the secretive of Nintendo, created that, not the people!! To keep secret a critical information about a product that u try to sell, is very negative by its own means… I honestlly dont know which rumors he speaks about… Also the today announcement that some online options will have fees, it is an extra negative about wii U!!! If they mean online play, then I assume that nobody will buy it!!.. lol… what microsoft does already, is very negative for the consumers..

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  10. I really love Nintendo but this kinda sounds like whining to me. I mean, Nintendo with their WiiU aren’t the only ones attacked by trolls. I’ve seen a few other products of other companies being attacked even more than the WiiU. Besides, why don’t they just prove those trolls wrong if what they say is not true anyway ? If the trolls are not right at all about what they say, it shouldn’t be hard for Nintendo to show this to everyone. This all sounds a little exaggerated to me, to be honest.
    And sorry Satoru Iwata, but there us no such thing as a “false opinion”.
    Nintendo is kinda surprising me with some of their moves lately, unfortunately in a negative way.

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    1. Damn sickr, Iwata didn’t even mention specs. And damn Iwata using “false opinions”, but we all get the point. I mean there’s a lot of people dismissing the U-controller before even playing with it.

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  11. Yeah trolls have no lives. If we ever confront trolls in REAL LIFE, they wouldn’t say nothing without getting hurt.

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    1. Including the one parading round using my name. You can tell it isnt me because he spells as though he has mental issues and his points are incoherant and fanboyish

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  12. Maybe if Nintendo actually announced things instead of saying “We’ll announcement more at a later date.” people wouldn’t have to make up false rumors. It’s partly Nintendo’s fault for not actually making complete announcements.

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    1. Aeolus is the biggest troll here he spreads bulshit lies and rumor bcause he likes microsoft saying that the xbox360 is more powerful than the wiiu and ps3

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  13. While I agree there are many Wii U rumors and false facts, I think it is best for Nintendo to just remain focus and do their best. Even if there are liars out saying things not true about you or your business, do not give them too much attention. There will always be obstacles, especially when you are rising to the top in a business. There are many people out there wanting to make you look bad as much as they possibly can, even if it is lying on you. Just keep going, make the liars look bad, and don’t give in to hate. :)

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  14. This blog would be wonderful if in the comments we could just stick to talking about Nintendo and not waving our dicks around like 5 years olds.

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