Don't Hold Out Hope for That Netflix Zelda Series; Iwata Says It's Just a Rumor

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In an interview with Time, Nintendo president Saruto Iwata crushed dreams and dispelled rumors that Netflix is involved with a Legend of Zelda tv show:

In early February, the Wall Street Journal reported that Netflix was developing a live-action series based on Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda franchise. But Mr. Iwata says those rumors are inaccurate.

“As of now, I have nothing new to share with you in regard to the use of our IPs for any TV shows or films, but I can at least confirm that the article in question is not based on correct information,” says Iwata.

The show's existence seemed questionable to begin with, but if you're desperate to keep hope alive, note that Iwata does say the rumors are "inaccurate" and not flat out false.  Maybe there is something in the works, just not with Netflix.  Or maybe Netflix is working on something for Nintendo, just not a Zelda series.  Or maybe nothing is happening at all.  There's that possibility too.

sad link goodbye hopes and dreams

 

Gears of War Creator Cliff Bleszinski Weighs in on Nintendo's Decision to Go Mobile

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Cliff Bleszinski a.k.a. CliffyB a.k.a. the mastermind behind the Gears of War series took to Twitter to express his displeasure at Nintendo's announcement that they're jumping into the smartphone games market later this year. While seen by some as the logical progression into an ever-growing market, others were a bit more cynical about the decision, worrying that Nintendo might Candy Crush-ify themselves with lame microtransactions and P2W content. CliffyB was firmly in the "this sucks" camp, as he expressed on Tuesday:

Nintendo's Working on the Replacement for the Wii U, Codenamed "NX"

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Alongside news that Nintendo is working on mobile games now, President Saruto Iwata announced today that the company is working on its next generation console, codenamed "NX."  From the press release:

Nintendo has decided to deploy its video game business on smart devices but it is not because we have lost passion or vision for the business of dedicated video game systems. On the contrary, now that we have decided how we will make use of smart devices, we have come to hold an even stronger passion and vision for the dedicated video game system business than ever before. Nintendo has made this decision because we have concluded that the approach of making use of smart devices is a rational way for us to encourage even more people around the world to recognize the great value of the wonderful game software available on our dedicated game systems.

As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename “NX.” It is too early to elaborate on the details of this project, but we hope to share more information with you next year.


It's a big day on the Nintendo hype train, friends.

Hold on to Your Toad Hats: Nintendo to Produce Mobile Games

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Nintendo has announced a partnership with Japanese mobile development company DeNA to create Nintendo games for mobile devices.  Previously, Nintendo has been averse to the mobile market, keeping its IP strictly on its own hardware.  According to Iwata,

Nintendo’s strength lies in, or our consumers see the most value in and are willing to pay money for, Nintendo IP, such as our software and characters, and we have been creating and nurturing them together with the history of home video game entertainment.

In order to flexibly deal with the developments of the Internet and social media as well as the changes in the people’s lifestyles, we will start strategic endeavors so that Nintendo can maximize the value of our IP that we have used primarily for our own dedicated game platforms.


Iwata says he doesn't know which Nintendo IP will be used in this new mobile venture, but they aren't ruling out anything.  However, Iwata does sound like he wants to remain focused on a few titles, rather than producing their whole catalog of games: "games on smart devices require ever-evolving services rather than just being a finished product.... People’s attention would only be dispersed if we simply increased the number of the titles we simultaneously released, and we could not expect to expand our business. Accordingly, we will narrow down the titles for development and operation to some extent."

DeNA will also be working with Nintendo to develop a new membership service to replace the now defunct Club Nintendo.  

You can read the press release in full here.


Golden Mario Gets an Official Announcement

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Official details about the golden Mario amiibo have finally been released!  The Super Mario amiibo—Gold Edition will be sold exclusively at 3,000 Walmart stores in the U.S. at a retail price of $12.96.  The gold amiibos launch with Mario Party 10 on March 20, 2015.  Also arriving on that day is a special new ‘wave’ Mario bundled with Mario Party 10.

Pre-order one here!

Looks Like Gold Amiibos are a Thing

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There are two ways to look at this news:
1) Whoa cool, what a neat and unique amiibo!  I sure would love to have one.
2) NOOOOOO I'm never going to be able to get my hands on it.  I might as well just curl up in a ball and die now.

Choose your own adventure, I suppose.  And expect to see a silver one as well.