Nightly News Roundup: 01.30.2012

Nintendo won’t be focusing on casual games for 3DS, retail games won’t be available for download (yet), and Ace Attorney 5 has been confirmed.

By Eileen Cullen. Posted 01/30/2012 21:00 1 Comment     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

Nintendo wants to please current 3DS owners before expanding the user demographic

“For the Nintendo 3DS, we have to first maintain the situation in which the current owners of the Nintendo 3DS will be satisfied. We cannot put too much priority on expanding the entire user demographic at present. It is important to maintain a good sense of balance here.” – Nintendo President Satoru Iwata

Iwata also stated that there are more casual titles currently in development, but that 3DS’s core demographic is different than that of the DS. No specific information about these casual games was given, but with titles such as Resident Evil: Revelations and Kid Icarus: Uprising coming out soon, it’s clear this isn’t the same audience that was drawn to Nintendogs back in 2005.

Source: Shack News

Nintendo is currently capable of digitally distributing retail games, but pricing is the problem

According to Iwata, Nintendo could begin making retail games downloadable, but if they started making these titles available for download now, there would be too much competition with wholesalers and retailers. The issue that the company has to work out is how much to charge, because many stores sell games for lower than the MSRP. But, if they set the price too low, then they won’t turn a profit. Iwata stated that he doesn’t want digital distribution to become “an enemy to wholesalers and retailers,” and that Nintendo wants to reach a solution that will benefit both the company and the stores that carry its products.

Source: GoNintendo

Capcom confirms Ace Attorney 5

At an Ace Attorney 10th anniversary event in Tokyo, it was revealed that a fifth game in the series is currently in development. The platform wasn’t specified, though it will likely be on 3DS, given the franchise’s history on Nintendo handhelds. As of now, it is unknown if it will be released outside of Japan.

Ace Attorney 5 Logo: Japan

It was also revealed that the first three games, originally for Game Boy Advance, will be released in HD for iOS.

Source: Nintendo World Report

One Response to “Nightly News Roundup: 01.30.2012”

  • 381 points
    Hyawatta says...

    Digital Distribution of Retail 3DS & Wii U Games: Need Ideas

    “…we already have the necessary infrastructure to digitally distribute the software on a scale as large as the packaged software. We can start it as soon as we decide to do so.”

    “As for the actual digital distribution method, we need to consider what kind of cooperation we can make with wholesalers and retailers, but we think that there must be various solutions other than just positioning digital distribution as an enemy to them. Upon close consultation with them, we would like to determine the details of our digital distribution.”

    “…there must be a solution other than positioning digital distribution as an enemy to wholesalers and retailers.” – Satoru Iwata

    This is of key importance. Does anyone have any ideas on how to solve this problem? Are there any other companies out there that are already implementing a solution to this? This problem is all that’s standing in our way of getting to download retail games right now. The sooner this gets solved, the sooner we get to stop lugging our physical carts around with us everywhere.

    Here’s an idea just to get the ball rolling:

    Allow the retailers to sell download codes or items, such as figures or cards, which use NFC to act as download codes. This way, retailers can also sell the digital versions of the retail games. I do not think it would be fair to Nintendo if the retailers were the only ones allowed to sell the digital content, though. Nintendo should still be able to sell the digital versions of the retail games directly from the eShop on the 3DS and Wii U. The price of the digital versions should be lower than the physical versions, but that is ok because the retailers can still sell the cheaper digital versions anyway. Just make sure that the prices of the digital versions are still the same from the retailer and from Nintendo’s eShop. Are you listening Nintendo? I want digital retail games ASAP! Please & Thank you.

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