TIME Talk With Nintendo President

Nintendo Co., Ltd. President Shuntaro Furukawa recently spoke with TIME saying that “Nintendo is Nintendo because of our games, characters and IP,” and talks about giving the development teams freedom: “Expansion can’t happen without the freedom to try something new, and the courage to step into unfamiliar territory.”

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Daily News Update with TIME interviews, Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary sale, the R in Super Bomberman R and more!

● The lead picture is Yoshiaki Koizumi (left), Shinya Takahashi (centre) and my Mii (right) stolen from the TIME interview(s) with excerpts and links below…

● An excellent interview with several key Nintendo people from TIME. Excerpts from the Shinya Takahashi part with Miyamoto asking him what he wanted to work on in the company: “I said ‘3D graphics.’ And Mr. Miyamoto said, ‘We’re not doing that.’” A Shigeru Miyamoto excerpt: “On our end, we’re eventually going to have to retire. So instead of rushing and fumbling when that happens, we wanted to use Nintendo Switch as a kind of turning point to hand over more to the younger generation. After choosing the members to be onstage, we started to think, ‘Wow, maybe we should’ve chosen a younger bunch of people!’” My final favourite part is again from Takahashi: “Our tradition at Nintendo, and this comes from Mr. Yamauchi, is that we’re not a games company, but an entertainment company.”

TIME also spoke with Yoshiaki Koizumi. On local-play: “I think for us, it’s just more of a natural flow from even the days of the Famicom when you would sit down with two controllers and then hand one to your friend and play together in front of the TV”. On being a hybrid: “We’re hoping that Nintendo Switch will be a system that will be the constant in your gaming life. Whereas previously, you would play certain things on your home system and certain things on your handheld. Our hope is that Nintendo Switch can be the system that bridges both of those and becomes the constant system that you’re always using.”

● The Final Fantasy series is having a 30th Anniversary eShop sale with 19 3DS and Wii U titles half-price. Go here for the full list. Gamers that live 3D really should buy the Final Fantasy I 3D Classic for ¥540. Curtain Call, Explorers and all the Virtual Console titles are also half-price.

● Konami Reddit says about the R in Super Bomberman R: “R is a throw back feel for the Devs. to when games could simply have a letter and allow that letter to carry many meanings. It symbolized Returns & Reborn because this game is such a homage to SNES and SB3. But it also mean Rangers, to represent the diverse and colorful group of Bomberman characters who patrol the galaxy.” (source)

Fire Emblem Heroes is holding a 24 hour retweet campaign to gain 10,000 Hero Feathers. Retweet this tweet right away! The game is also down to #5 on the JP App Store with Puzzle & Dragons overtaking it. On their plans to support the game in the future, Director Kouhei Maeda told IGN: “We plan to add new stories continually after release, at a pace of about two a month or one every two weeks. We also plan to add things like new characters and skills, as well as new game modes that go in different directions from the current gameplay.” (source)

Nintendo 3DS firmware is now at Ver. 11.3.0-36 with the same ‘Improvement of system stability and convenience’ as always.

RPG Maker Fes has been rated in Australia so this awesome RPG making game is being localised!

● The debut trailer for Minna de Wai Wai! Spelunker can be watched here.

● Finally, this week’s Weekly Famitsu will include 10 pages of new Monster Hunter XX information plus a look at Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Snipperclips (plus developer interviews). Expect scans here from around 15:00 GMT onwards.

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