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  1. While we've heard a great deal last month about the Nintendo Switch can do and what games are coming to it, one of the remaining questions that remained unanswered pertained to the new online subscription for the console and its cost. Some details were made known about what the subscription entails, including access to a free monthly NES or SNES title (the latter of which would have newly added online multiplayer), but the cost had not been decided yet. The good news is that we may have a much better idea of how much they'll be charging, and it's probably not as much as you thought it would be. Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima mentioned in a recent interview to Nikkei that Switch's online service would cost in the range of 2,000 to 3,000 yen yearly for Japanese users. That roughly translates to $17.50 to 26.50 USD. If the cost translates similarly in the US, it appears that the US price for the service will likely be anywhere from $20-30. This would put the annual cost at 50-60% of what Sony charges for PlayStation Plus and 41-50% of what Microsoft charges for Xbox Live Gold. It should be noted that Nintendo of America has not announced the official price yet, but Kimishima's statement is a good sign that it will likely be around the price point he mentioned. Stay tuned for more on info on Switch's online subscription as we draw closer to the console's launch on March 3. Source: Nikkei (via Nintendo Everything) What are your thoughts on the pricing for Switch's online service if it does turn out to be $20-30?
  2. Ever since amiibo debuted late last year, it was obvious to many that the #1 reason people were buying them was to either collect or display them in their own home. And -- again -- it's likely that most thought it was a well-executed or elaborate scheme on Nintendo's part to tap into the collector's mentality to sell as many amiibo as possible. Surely Nintendo had 'collecting' in mind when they started selling them, right? How could they not? Well, according to Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima, the company was taken aback about the collecting aspect. In fact, it was never their intention to have the little figures be viewed as such. Kimishima weighed in on the matter in a recent interview with Time magazine, saying: "Our earliest goal for the Amiibo was to have these connected to software and have them enhance the play experience for the consumer, and for other consumers to say ”I see my friend using this Amiibo with that software and it looks great,“ and again increase that attractiveness of that combination. What we“re seeing instead is that the Amiibo are being picked up more as a collection item at this point, rather than, say, as an interactive item with software. And so we haven“t really established them as an enhancement for all of our software at this point. I think again that challenge is, how can we connect that IP to our software in general, and using the Amiibo to further enhance the play activity will allow us to get more people looking at, they see the Amiibo, they tie it back to the game experience, and then we“re creating a stronger connection with general knowledge of our IP and that fun experience they have.” Of course, the collecting aspect is an unexpected yet beneficial by-product of Nintendo's original plan for amiibo, but it would seem that the company is poised to increase the amount of value they contribute toward games in the near future. Hopefully this means we'll be getting less extras based on aesthetic bonuses and more that actually enhance the gameplay, but time will tell. Source: Time.com (via Nintendo Enthusiast) Are you surprised that Nintendo never intended for amiibo to become collector's items?
  3. If you haven't heard, Nintendo mentioned that Nintendo Directs would still continue on, though they made no announcement about when the next one would be. I'm not sure we've ever seen Nintendo's new president Tatsumi Kimishima talk before, so it's hard to say whether he'd be a good fit or not for taking over Iwata's role in Nintendo Directs. That said, would you be interested to see him take over that role? Or would you rather someone else at the Japanese headquarters take over? OR would you rather see NOA take over entirely for North American Nintendo Directs? Honestly, I'd like to see NOA take over full-time, with possible small snippets and segments featuring some of the branch from NCL (Nintendo Japan). Reggie, Bill Trinen, Damon Baker, and some of the other Treehouse peeps have shown that they can carry a Direct, so it seems obvious to me that they would be the ones to carry on Directs for North America. What do you think? Should Kimishima preside over Directs in the same way Iwata did? Or would you rather someone else take over?
  4. Jason Clement

    Nintendo Has Appointed Its New President

    Nintendo has finally announced that the person to succeed Satoru Iwata as president of the company will be Tatsumi Kimishima. If the name is unfamiliar to you, he was the company's former Managing Director and was most recently the head of its Human Resources. Kimishima also served as president of Nintendo of America from 2002 to 2006 before being succeed by Reggie Fils-Aime, where he would then continue on as CEO in that region until Iwata took over in April 2013. He also served as Chief Financial Officer at The Pokemon Company for some time. The veteran Nintendo executive officially steps into his new role as president on September 16. As for Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda, both will remain as senior managing directors and representative directors for the company. The official statement also lists Miyamoto as a "Creative Fellow" and Takeda as "Technology Fellow." This news comes after the unfortunate and untimely passing of Iwata earlier in the Summer. Whether or not Kimishima will step into Iwata's role of presiding over Nintendo Direct videos remains to be seen, as well as whether Directs will continue at all. Source: Nintendo (via Kotaku) What are your thoughts on Kimishima being appointed as Nintendo's new president?
  5. Nintendo has announced the promotion of Nintendo of America's chairman and CEO, Tatsumi Kimishima, today. He will now assume the duties as managing director at Nintendo Co., Ltd headquarters in Kyoto, Japan. So, who's the new CEO of Nintendo of America? The current Global President, Satoru Iwata, of course! Nintendo claims that this move "will support the company“s unified global strategy, allow streamlined decision making and enhance Nintendo's organizational agility in the current competitive environment." Reggie Fils-Aime will be continuing his role as Nintendo of America's president and COO. What do you think of Iwata being the new CEO of Nintendo of America?