iwata Archive

Iwata Says Wii U Pricing Isn’t The Issue, Blames Slow Sales On Lack of Software

Satoru Iwata told CVG that the Wii U price point is not what’s causing the slumping sales. Iwata points out that if the pricing was the issue, then it just wouldn’t make sense that the Deluxe Set, which costs around $50 more than its basic counterpart, is somehow selling much more. He than added that

Nintendo Announces Animal Crossing Plaza For Wii U

Nintendo has announced Animal Crossing Plaza for the Wii U in a Nintendo Direct, following the massive worldwide success of the 3DS title, Animal Crossing: New Leaf. This app allows users to see all the characters in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and then make posts about them using Miiverse. You can select your favorite character,

Nintendo: “Game Delays Caused By Unexpected Developer Resources”

Speaking to the crowd  of investors at Nintendo’s financial briefing, Satoru Iwata admitted that the delay of many “launch-window” titles was caused by an unexpected need for launch title development resources. The vague “launch-window” finally settled on sometime before March 2013. For some titles, such as Pikmin 3, the original planned release date during the

Satoru Iwata: Wii U is Misunderstood, Changing People’s Minds Won’t Happen Overnight

At Nintendo’s investor Q&A, Satoru Iwata clarified that he understands that there are people who think the Wii U is weak and under powered for a next-gen console. Iwata feels that these people are mistaken, and promised to the investors that Nintendo is creating great software to increase consumer interest. Additionally, Iwata understands that there are

Wii U NFC Coming This Year

The Wii U GamePad is capable of NFC (Near-field communication), which is the almost the same technology swipe-less credit card readers use. A prevalent example is the Skylanders game series franchise, in which a player can see an action figure come to life in the video game. This feature could unlock a whole new aspect

Iwata: Consumers Have Not Understood the Wii U’s Value

President of Nintendo Satoru Iwata recently stated in the company’s financial briefing that he sees the general consumer as missing the value of the Wii U. He compared the Wii U to previous Nintendo consoles like the Nintendo Wii, and the handheld Nintendo DS, describing the Wii U as something that, like the twin-screened DS,

Iwata Apologizes for Lack of Wii U Game Releases in January and February

During today’s Nintendo Direct presentation, Satoru Iwata apologized to fans for a lack of Wii U titles in January and February. He said that Nintendo is trying hard to provide a great Wii U lineup, but that means that some games need more time to meet Nintendo’s quality standards. “Nintendo takes seriously its responsibility to

New Wii U Party Game Will Join the Wii Party Series

Yet another game announced today during the Nintendo Direct presentation is a Wii U party game much like Wii Party, for the Nintendo Wii. The game will have several minigames for party play that take advantage of new Wii U features, especially the Wii U GamePad. Some of the games are showcased in the video

Mario Kart Wii U Playable at This Year’s E3

Nintendo’s President, Satoru Iwata, revealed today that Mario Kart Wii U is being developed by Nintendo, and that we can expect to see a playable demo at E3 in June. No release date or farther details were given, but it’s safe to say we’ll probably see Mario Kart Wii U this holiday season. What will

Yoshi Game Coming to Wii U

  Not surprisingly, Satoru Iwata confirmed today that Nintendo is busy developing a Yoshi game for the Wii U. This news comes after a leak on Miiverse listed some form of Yoshi game, and several retailers listed the game on their website for preorder as well. The game will be a 2D platformer which has