Nightly News Roundup: 2011.04.28

Iwata pushes buttons, Mario gets ripped, and a bear-y big rumor begins to surface.

By Smith Stuart. Posted 04/28/2011 18:11 4 Comments     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

Iwata Defends Buttons, Dispels Tablet Tabloids

In a recent Q&A posted on Nintendo of Japan’s official website, president Satoru Iwata made it clear that Wii’s successor will be sticking with a more conventional controller and have little or nothing to do with a touch screen.

“Whenever we make a new game console, we’ve always done it without abandoning buttons and the directional pad. I’m glad about that, because I’m a firm believer that buttons and directional pads enhance gameplay. And as such, we aren’t planning on completely ditching buttons, nor are we thinking of taking tablets and implementing them in a home gaming system.”

This comes after much speculation that Nintendo’s next console would be based around a device similar to the iPad.


Bootleg Mario Snakes its Way to Apple’s iPhone

Yesterday, a new game titled “Monino” was added to iPhone’s App Store, only to be removed shortly thereafter.



How such blatant copyright infringement ever managed to snake through Apple’s legal pipes remains a mystery.

Source: Electricpig

Rumor: Rare Ltd. to Work on Nintendo 3DS

The rumor mill has churned up yet another interesting allegation, this time regarding Microsoft’s Rare developing games for Nintendo’s 3DS, with a Star Fox Adventures port and a new Banjo title being at the center of attention.

As you may recall, Rare worked under Nintendo for more than a decade before it was purchased by Microsoft in 2002. Yet in the years following that historic acquisition, Rare has still managed to loophole several titles for the Big N’s handhelds. This adds a little gravity to the rumors, though they should still be taken with a grain of salt at this point.


Source: Gameolosophy

4 Responses to “Nightly News Roundup: 2011.04.28”

  • 1379 points
    xeacons says...

    I think those articles go so well together. It’s like Iwata saying,

    “We’re sticking to buttons, and this is why [Mario dies on the iPhone].”

  • 57 points
    Urie says...

    I think we need to be more discerning in regards to his actual words. His comments regarding implementing tablets “as they are today” or something to that effect. In other words, it sounds like he’s proposing a use for the Cafe touch controller that exceeds current expectations. It’s the same way that his “Wii 2 can’t just be HD” was taken to mean the next console “won’t have HD”. Plus everything we’re reading is translated from Japanese, which leaves a whole lot to be lost in translation.

    I think it makes sense for Rare to be working on the handheld. As the article points out, they’ve been developing for GBA and DS, so it makes logical enough sense. Adventures was a Gamecube Player’s Choice title, so they could reasonably expect a decent level of interest. I’m a bit more concerned with the rumors of a new Banjo-Kazooie title, since those haven’t exactly been Earth-shattering after the Microsoft buyout.

    In fact, considering all that’s happened with Rare’s culture (i.e. all the big creative names leaving) I’d be surprised if we can expect any great original titles coming down that avenue. Meritorious titles, sure, but truly great? I think that age has passed. Now just where are the Stamper Brothers…

    • 219 points
      Smith Stuart says...

      You’re exactly right about Rare, Urie. I should know – I was one of their biggest fans and was torn at Nintendo’s loss of it in ’02. Still, Rare is nothing like what it used to be. Most of Rare’s games of the past nine years have sucked immensely compared their former glories, and I suppose we can blame all that on the Stampers “early retirement.”

      But we can still hope, can’t we?

      Also, I rephrased Iwata’s based on my own knowledge. I didn’t want to use the “literal” text that is being spread because it contains poor grammar and wooden translations. Iwata is simply saying that Nintendo isn’t going to take pure tablets and use them as a gaming console or as an accessory for the next one. Just watch the Monino video posted above and you’ll see why “pure tablet” gaming is a horrific idea

      Iwata’s “as they are today” is really a moot spat of dialogue.

  • 678 points
    amishpyrate says...

    i thought i read somewhere that at one point while developing the ds, nintendo was considering releasing it without any buttons. Glad that didn’t pan out and glad they aren’t trying it now.

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