Nightly News Roundup: 2010.07.01

Miyamoto considers new characters, Nintendo rewards its fans, video game CEOs make lots of money, and Sony wants to be Nintendo’s 3D buddy

By Andy Hoover. Posted 07/02/2010 02:51 Comment on this     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

Miyamoto Might Start Work on New Character

During a recent Nintendo shareholder meeting, Shigeru Miyamoto revealed it is about time for him to create a new character. The mastermind behind Mario and Zelda said, “It’s been Nearly 10 years since I made the Pikmin character, so I feel this is the year I must at long last make a new character.”

Also, Miyamoto revealed he has been spending a great deal of time recently swimming and volunteering with children. Miyamoto has often talked about his interests and hobbies are the source of inspiration for many of his games.

Source: IGN


Club Nintendo Rewards Revealed

The Club Nintendo year just ended so Nintendo has just revealed the latest batch of prizes for the Nintendo faithful who reached Gold and Platinum levels. Gold members will receive a 2011 Nintendo-themed calendar, while Platinum members will receive an exclusive figurine set featuring Bowser, Mario, Luigi, Toad, Princess Peach, and a Goomba coming out of  a warp pipe. Be sure to start registering your Nintendo purchases to save up points for next years rewards.

Source: IGN


Iwata and other Video Game Execs Salaries Revealed

Even though is sitting on top of the video game world, its executives aren’t making the most money. Asahi Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper, recently listed the salaries of various CEO from some of Japan’s largest companies, including a handful of game developers. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata earned a grand total, between salary and bonuses, of 187 million yen, or about $2.1 million USD. To put this in perspective, Sega Sammy’s CEO Osamu Satomi earned $4.9 million, Sony’s Howard Stringer earned $9.2 million, Namco Bandai’s Kazunori Ueno earned $1.5 million, Square Enix’s Yoichi Wada earned $2.7 Million, and Activision’s Bobby Kotick earned $3.1 million.

Source: GameSpot


Sony Wants to Work Alongside Nintendo in Promoting 3D Gaming

Sony Worldwide Studio’s president, Shuhei Yoshida, gave a recent interview in which he expressed dismay at Nintendo’s choice to heavily emphasize glasses free 3D technology as a superior choice to more traditional technologies. He said, “When you listen to what they are saying about the effect of 3D perspective to the games, they are saying the same message we are, but they don’t have to bash some small part of what the other company is doing.”

Yoshida went on to encourage Nintendo and the rest of the gaming industry to continue pushing for 3D gaming and also stated that glasses would remain a vital part of delivering 3D effects on a level larger than handhelds.

Source: IGN

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