So… today we got news that Iwata-san has passed away.
At first, I truly couldn’t believe it. So I looked it up, immediately stunned by the news. To be honest, I still don’t believe it…
Satoru Iwata has probably been more influential in my life than most any one I could think of in my own life.
Just to sit back and name a few things he’s worked on…:
- Pokemon Gold/Silver (He’s the reason both land masses are in the game)
- Pokemon Stadium
- Balloon Fight
- and probably so much more that we can’t even fathom…
He was and IS THE Nintendo Direct presenter with his lovely quote ‘Please Understand’..
He joined HAL Laboratories right out of university and then became it’s president in 1983. He then joined Nintendo in 2000, becoming Nintendo’s president in 2002.
Since 2002, Iwata has done EVERYTHING he thought possible to take care of Nintendo, even giving HALF of his paycheck back to the company.
Needless to say Iwata-san, there is no understanding this one…
Rest in Peace good sir…..
Splatoon helps the Wii U continue to gain momentum. The game, which is the latest Wii U title from Nintendo, launched May 29th in North America and Europe, and one day earlier in Japan. Sales numbers are not yet available for North America or Europe, but we have the sales figures from Splatoon’s first 2 weeks in Japan thanks to Media Create. Continue reading
Nintendo fans, are we all ready!? The Nintendo Digital Event E3 presentation starts in a matter of minutes, and you can watch it right here. Hold onto your seats, it’s gonna be one hell of a ride!
EarthBound Beginnings is out now in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. It’s a Virtual Console re-release of the previously Japan-only NES RPG, Mother, marking the first time it’s been made legitimately available in the English language. Producer Shigesato Itoi left a video message for fans, which you can check out below: Continue reading
Nintendo’s E3 presence started with a boom today, as the Super Smash Bros. series director made a handful of announcements ahead of the Nintendo Digital Event on Tuesday.
Most notably, new characters and stages are available to download in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, and via the Nintendo eShop. Here’s the line-up of new content available for download now – providing Nintendo’s servers have recovered from the influx of traffic post-show: Continue reading
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Hm, where have we heard that before? Continue reading
Mega Man games are a rarity these days, and when a new one’s announced, it’s often a Virtual Console re-release. While Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 garners millions in Kickstarter pledges, Capcom’s 8-bit hero has taken a back-seat, with the controversial Mega Man Legends 3 cancellation remaining a sore subject in some gamers’ eyes.
For fans that love to double-dip, or for those looking for a cheap entry point to the Mega Man franchise, Capcom will release Mega Man Legacy Collection on Nintendo 3DS late this year – following HD versions on PS4, Xbox One and PC in the summer. Continue reading
The upcoming Legend of Zelda was revealed rather unconventionally last year, with Nintendo bigwigs Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma showing off early footage late last year. Its 2015 release date has already been pushed back to next year, and Nintendo had previously iterated that the game would not be making an appearance at E3 next month. Continue reading
The folks at Gintendo Namer are at it again, with yet another fantastic review of an indie Wii U eShop release. This time, Simon “Zero” Jones takes on the role of Elliot Quest’s Elliot, adventuring through – and delivering his verdict on – Ansimuz Games’ retro throwback:
“Elliot Quest keeps playing it old-school with an almost complete lack of signposting… Fortunately, the game is always fun, even in the midst of vastly frustrating sections of powerful enemies. It demands to be played.”
Read the full Elliot Quest at Gintendo Namer.
Two years in the making, BeautiFun’s Wii U port of its stylish puzzle-platformer arrived last week, following mobile, PC and PS Vita versions of the game. As Gintendo Namer‘s Luke Summerhayes points out in his review, the game holds up well with the addition of physical controls and high-definition graphics.
“Look at the screenshots and you can see the gorgeous hand drawn backgrounds and characters but there’s a lot more to it than that. The animation, the music, even the narration creates an incredible atmosphere all the way from the first time you press start until the final credits roll.”
Read the full Gintendo Namer review of Nihilumbra here.