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Iwata: “Nintendo is not good at competing so we always have to challenge”

Much like Hiroshi Yamauchi, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata isn’t afraid to admit about failure. While speaking to the B Dash Camp held at Osaka, Japan, Iwata delved into several topics ranging from the recent death of former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi to pushing the Pokemon in the Americas. Iwata later mentioned in the interview about Nintendo’s longevity and how the company ...

Nintendo Discontinues Three Original 3DS Models in Japan

Nintendo axed three original 3DS models in Japan. Today we mourn the dearly departed Cosmo Black, Misty Pink and Ice White. It is survived by the remaining original 3DS colors — Gloss Pink, Light Blue and Metallic Red — and a plethora of special edition-themed handhelds available and yet-to-come.  I always thought Japan had too many hardware colors/themes anyway. It appears Nintendo fe...

Japanese Nintendo Direct Announced for 05.31.2013

This week could be a fairly busy news week for our friends over at Nintendo.  Tomorrow, Sega is expected to reveal more details on Sonic Lost World for the Wii U and 3DS, and Japan gets a new Nintendo Direct on Friday at 8PM JPT. The Japanese Nintendo Direct will be a bit different than what we are used to.  The theme of the Nintendo Direct will be focused on Monster Hunter 4 and Phoenix Wright: A...

Operation Rainfall: Over and Out

We can officially declare Operation Rainfall as a success.  On April 16th, 2013, we can finally play Pandora’s Tower!  After constant blood, sweat, and tears, it took one year and ten days for the  trilogy of games to arrive in America since Xenoblade Chronicles release. Sadly, it is possible that Pandora’s Tower will be the last game released on the Wii U, but wipe those tears from yo...

Wii U Error Strikes Japan

Japanese gamers have been running into a rather annoying error, Error Code 105-3102, when attempting to access the Wii U eShop, as well as updating the Wii U firmware. So far the error has not been reported stateside, or in Europe.  Nintendo is aware of the issue and has narrowed the cause down to a program within the Wii U itself, which can be fixed with a patch. Sadly, this error has appeared at...

Japan Gets A Limited Edition Charizard 3DS LL

Nintendo is releasing a limited Charizard 3DS LL in Japan and not just anyone can buy one too! Those wanting to buy one will need to go to a Pokémon Center retailer in Japan between Nov. 3 and Nov. 26 and fill out a form. Those who want to mail a form will need to go here for the form. There will be a lottery draw and this special 3DS LL will sell for ¥13,900 (approx. $236) Winners are to be notif...

Does Nintendo Shun North America?

Over the years Nintendo has released many games in Japan that North America might never get the chance to play.  Two examples, out of many, are Pandora’s Tower and Project Zero. Both games are highly sought after in North America, yet Nintendo seems to ignore our pleas.  Sure, we are finally getting The Last Story, and that is fantastic news, but there is so much more we could have access to...

Club Nintendo Japan…is Why We Should All Move to Japan

Club Nintendo’s been around for a while now. We’ve all (or at least I hope we all) have been punching those first-party game registration codes into the site for years in hopes that someday, some amazing reward will catch our eyes. Don’t get me wrong – there are some great rewards on the U.S. site, but a quick Google search yielding Japan’s Club Nintendo site demonstr...

Impromptu Nintendo event has investors (and gamers) giddy

Nintendo announced an unexpected Japanese press event yesterday for Sept 13, two day before the Tokyo Game Show. Following the news, the company’s stock priced jump, as investors expect Nintendo to unveil a revamped 3DS that day, reportedly one with a head-scratching second analog stick and a de-emphasis on 3D. (!) Not sure if that would excite the masses. But who knows, Nintendo has surpri...

Pandora’s Tower, first look

When Pandora’s Tower was first announced back in February, details about the title were…well we didn’t have any. Now we have video! There are still no details on exactly what type of game Pandora’s Tower will be, but my guess is that it will be of the hack and slack, Devil May Cry-ish type. My hope is that the title will be a JRPG with a real time battle system, not unlike...

Japanese earthquake causes Pokemon delay

Having fun with Pokemon Black/White? I know that I sure am. So many new Pokemon to catch, 8 new badges to collect, even an exclusive city to explore. I think I will hold off on completing my final gym battle, however, because Nintendo today has announced that the Pokemon Global Link scheduled for launch March 30 has been put on hold due to last weeks earthquake in Japan. Citing the need to conserv...

Nintendo fans give back: Donate to Japan earthquake relief!

Many of you have heard about the earthquake and tsunami crisis in Japan. On March 11, 2011, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake occurred in Japan, causing devastating structural damage, tsunami waves up to 33 feet high, widespread injury and loss of life, aftershocks, and concerns about possible nuclear fallout. Naoto Kan, the Japanese Prime Minister, described the earthquake and its effects as “the...

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