Nintendo Q&A: Kimishima comments on NX missing the holidays, 3DS focus

imageKimishima feels that 3DS will make up for Wii U’s lack of software and projected hardware sales thanks to a strong line up of exclusive titles. He notes that as an “upside” to the 800K projected sales is that they can focus on 3DS

While noting that missing the Holiday season would be a missed opportunity in some regard, they hope to launch the system properly since they plan that the platform will be one played for a long time time so not only do they want a strong launch but they also want to software to continuously release post launch.

Thanks, Nintendo Everything  and Cheesemeister!

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RUMOR MILL: RETRO Studios working on a new IP for NX due next year

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Emily Rogers, a source that has proven trust worthy in the past, has found out that RETRO Studios is hard at work on developing a new IP for Nintendo NX due in 2017.

She states that it sounds like a new IP is in the works as it’s not a new Metroid game nor is it Donkey Kong Country related.

Traditonally, RETRO has required 3 years per project, so it should be ready by early 2017 unless development issues have occurred.

Eshop update 4/28/2016 (Xenoblade Chronicles)

image.jpegFrom Nintendo’s PR:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge – Make Minis march like never before in this free download. To get started, simply tap any amiibo figure on the Wii U GamePad controller or a New Nintendo 3DS system. Or, tap select amiibo figures to guide one of 11 Minis across more than 50 levels, using their in-game Minis and their unique abilities, like Yoshi who can eat enemies, to reach the exit. But watch out! Mine carts, ghostly Boos and other new obstacles lurk around every corner.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Disney Art Academy – Pre-Purchase – To help you start playing as soon as possible, if you pre-purchase the game in Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, it will pre-load the game to your system. That means you’ll be able to play after a small game update when it launches on May 13. Be one of the first to play! Game playable in 2D only.

SEGA 3D Classics Collection – A collection of nine classic SEGA games in one game … and in 3D! From the arcades straight to your Nintendo 3DS system, experience the classics that defined genres.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Lost Reavers – Lost Reavers is a free-to-play, four-player co-op game that asks players to haul treasure safely back to extraction points while their friends protect them. Choose one of four distinct characters to play, and explore a variety of worlds ranging from Ancient Ruins and Medieval Castles to a Modern City.

The Deer God – The Deer God is a game about survival, reincarnation and karma. Find power-ups, unlock ancient secrets and test your platforming skills in this unique side-scrolling pixelated adventure!

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Xenoblade Chronicles – You’ve played him in the Super Smash Bros. games, so now experience Shulk in his very first adventure! Discover expansive environments and deep character customization options as you delve into an epic conflict between the Homs (humans) and Mechons (robots). Explore the game’s unique upgrade, battle and relationship-building systems as you fight to change the future with trusty allies and the ancient Monado blade.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Gardenscapes (Nintendo 3DS), Jones on Fire (Wii U) and more games from JoinDots are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 5.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Journey of a Special Average Balloon and Outside of the Realm from Eli Brewer are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 5.
The Letter is 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $0.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 5.
Explody Bomb and Hold Your Fire: A Game About Responsibility from Alkterios Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 19.
SDK Paint is 25 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 11.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
To celebrate the developer’s 10th anniversary, Swords & Soldiers 3D, Tappingo and more games from Circle Entertainment are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 5.
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan, Etrian Mystery Dungeon and more games from ATLUS are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 9.
Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 5.
Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $8 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 25.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

New themes this week include:
Star Fox Zero: Space Battle
Shovel Knight Campfire Dream
Plague Knight’s Theme

Also new this week:
ASH (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

New digital sales data from Nintendo

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Pokemon’s VC release has amassed over 1.5 million sales.

Total profit from digital content is 43.9 billion yen for the latest fiscal year with the fourth quarter containing the largest amount of sales thanks to new Smash Bros. DLC, Fire Emblem DLC, and Pokemon.

Top sales are in said order:

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New amiibo sales data

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Almost 25 million figures have been sold with 28.9 million amiibo cards.

The Splatoon line had surpassed over a million sold in Japan alone.

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a few evergreen figures have been established with high sell through rates, Link remaining the most popular figure

 

HOT TAKE: NX’s delay isn’t necessarily a bad thing

2016The internet is abuzz with this morning’s Nintendo news. Another Zelda delay and the lack of content at e3 is a big blow for many. We try to analyze the situation, what went wrong, why they’d delay the NX, and why it’s not the end of the world.

We at CartridgeGames believe that the NX was truly meant to release this year. Last year’s Zelda delay and the news that the NX existed was enough for people to put 1+1 together and see that Zelda Wii U was meant to come to the NX as well. In the last Nintendo Direct of 2015 we got a trailer for Twilight Princess HD that finished with a teaser for Zelda U which ended with a “2016” in the middle of the screen. I doubt they wanted to disappoint fans with another delay.

So, why the delay? There’s no way to say exactly, maybe the hardware isn’t finished. If they’re creating an iOS-like environment I imagine they want to get that right or be stuck with certain issues for several hardware upgrades down the line. Or maybe there’s not enough software ready for a November 2016 release like many speculated. There have been very few verified, genuine leaks and none of them are from the hardware side, that likely means that there’s not a lot of dev kits out there and it’s kind of hard to finish games when the hardware you’re making games for isn’t finished itself.

NX is very important for Nintendo’s future, and their willingness to delay the release instead of releasing it as is during the holidays shows some promise. I was a strong believer that the Wii U should have been released in March of the following year instead of its initial November 2012 release date. A lot of the software from 3rd party developers weren’t finished with poor performance across the board. The OS was slow and unfinished requiring a massive day one patch in order to access a lot of important features and even still it was slow and prone to crashes. On top of that, the release window wouldn’t of looked so dire if there was more software between the launch and the holiday season of the Wii U which could have altered its fate. Hopefully they’ve learned from their mistakes in this regard and this will lead to a much smoother launch than the 3DS and Wii U in the past.

“Why skip e3 if it’s releasing this year?” …This one has me puzzled as well. E3 is definitely declining in relevance, especially to Nintendo with their Nintendo Directs giving them a proper outlet to announce various new projects at once, but it still seems odd to skip the show. There are set expectations that one must meet when at e3 that aren’t necessarily applicable to other broadcasts. If last year’s Digital Event was an average Nintendo Direct a lot of people would’ve been pleased with it or at least not as devastated as they were last year. Avoiding a poor showing by revealing what they have when it’s ready might be the best course of action for Nintendo and if they didn’t have enough ready to show off it would be better than ending the show with another Nintendo Land fireworks show.

So their willingness to delay the system until it’s ready makes it sound better than it just being delayed till 2017. I might not understand everything they’re doing with some questionable decisions, though I do believe that it could very well be for the best. NX’s reveal and launch window must be pulled off excellently if Nintendo wishes to continue in the hardware market. That being said, Nintendo MUST reveal more info on the system as soon as possible. It’s releasing within a year and people’s thirst for news will lead to leaks ruining the messaging that is so important to get right this time around.

Extra hot takes:

This means Wii U technically lived for 4.5 years which is more than most would’ve expected.

March 2017 isn’t a massive delay. It’s 4 months from when NX was supposed to launch

Holiday 2016 is probably going to be rather rough if you don’t own a 3DS. Hang in there.

 

Nintendo to implement an Auditory and Supervisory committee

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Here’s a post trying to explain in simpler terms

From the investor’s conference:

Notice Regarding Transition to a Company with Audit and Supervisory Committee
and Introduction of Executive Officer System

Nintendo Co., Ltd. (the “Company”) hereby announces that, at the meeting of the Board of Directors held on April 27, 2016, it resolved to plan to transition to a Company with Audit and Supervisory Committee and introduce an Executive Officer System.
The transition to a Company with Audit and Supervisory Committee is subject to the approval of the 76th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders scheduled to be held on June 29, 2016.

1. Company with Audit and Supervisory Committee
(1) Reason for Transition
By establishing an Audit and Supervisory Committee which consists of a majority of outside directors,
the Company aims to strengthen the audit and supervisory functions of the Board of Directors and
further promote corporate governance.

(2) Time of Transition
The Company plans to transition to a Company with Audit and Supervisory Committee upon
receiving approval for the required amendments to the Articles of Incorporation at the 76th Annual
General Meeting of Shareholders scheduled to be held in June 29, 2016.
2. Executive Officer System
(1) Reason for Introduction
By separating the management decision-making and supervisory functions from the execution of
operations and accelerating the delegation of authority to execute operations, the Company aims to
clarify the responsibility for the execution of operations and establish a more flexible management
structure which can appropriately and swiftly respond to the rapidly changing business environment.

(2) Outline of System
– Executive Officers will be appointed by the resolution of the Board of Directors.
– A Director may act concurrently as an Executive Officer.
– Executive Officers will hold their office for one year and may be reappointed.

(3) Time of Introduction
The Company plans to introduce the Executive Officer System concurrently with the transition to a
Company with Audit and Supervisory Committee.
3. Other Information
Please refer to the Consolidated Results for the Years Ended March 31, 2016 released today for the
executive appointment after the transition to a Company with Audit and Supervisory Committee and
introduction of the Executive Officer System.
The content of the amendments to the Articles of Incorporation will be announced as soon as
determined.