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Nintendo’s Head Honcho Makes $1.87 Million A Year

June 30th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

For a company with two machines printing out money like post-WWI Germany, but, you know, without the hyperinflation, you’d think that the CEO of Nintendo would be pulling down way more than $2 million a year.

Due to some kind of rule change, Japanese companies are required to list any board members who made more that ¥100 million in pay. It was because of that change and a recent stockholder meeting that we were able that Iwata makes ¥68 million ($768,536 USD) plus performance-based rewards, totalling ¥187 million ($2.1 million USD)

How is this news? Well, I guess it really isn’t, but it’s always fun to hear how much some people make. In fact, to show how little the Big N’s CEO makes in comparison to other companies, andriasang.com provided a short list of the salaries of other Japanese company heads.

  • Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn: ¥890 million ($10.1 million USD)
  • Sony CEO Howard Stringer: ¥816.5 million ($9.2 million USD)
  • Sega Sammy Holdings CEO Osamu Satomi: ¥435 million ($4.9 million USD)
  • Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada: ¥240 million ($2.7 million USD)
  • Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata: ¥187 million ($ 2.1 million USD)
  • Sony CFO Nobuyuki Oneda: ¥164.3 million ($1.9 million USD)
  • Namco Bandai Holdings President Kazunori Ueno: ¥137 million ($1.5 million USD)
  • Honda CEO Takanobu Ito: ¥115 million ($1.3 million USD)

Yes, Square Enix’s CEO makes more than the head of Nintendo.

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New Dragon Quest IX Video. Now With Less Seth Green

June 30th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

If you felt that you didn’t need to see Seth Green in your Dragon Quest, IGN has a new trailer with a “just the facts” approach to the game. So you can now watch your merry band of heroes beat on the flora and fauna of the game’s vibrant world.

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Sin & Punishment 2 Hard? Please.

June 30th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

This is another “What the Hell is wrong with you?” rants, so skip it if you don’t want to hear me whine about how much you guys suck at games now.

So I’m reading some of the reviews of Sin & Punishment 2 floating around the internet, and I’m noticing that some people are complaining about the game being difficult on its Normal setting.

Really? With this and the garbage I’m hearing about Mario Galaxy‘s purple coin challenge, I seriously have to wonder what happened to you guys. Have years of playing games where health regenerates so long as you’re not being shot in the face repeatedly let your gaming muscles atrophy? This is called a challenge. It’s meant to make you play better. Try gritting it out. The game wasn’t meant to be easy.

Nowhere in Sin & Punishment 2 is there ever a moment where the player should feel like they’re being cheated. The game is polished to the point that anytime you die, it was likely your fault for not paying attention to the storm of bullets.

Hell, its not like this thing is Battletoads difficult.

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Robot Chicken’s Seth Green Promotes Dragon Quest IX

June 29th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

Nintendo’s no stranger to hiring celebrities to hawk their wares. They had Beyoncé for Rhythm Heaven and Lisa Kudrow for Professor Layton and Personal Trainer: Cooking, so it’s not too weird to see perpetually-20-something-looking actor Seth Green doing the ads for Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies.

We should just be glad that Nintendo is actually starting to advertise their games like Dragon Quest and Sin & Punishment.

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Be the Best at the Wii Games: Summer 2010

June 29th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

Tired of bowling 300s and sinking 3s without anyone to gloat in front of? Nintendo is holding the first official Wii Games: Summer 2010 event across the country to find the best groups of gamers of all ages.

The tournament is broken up into different age groups: Adult/Child, Adult/Teen, Teen, Adult, Super Adult (55+) and Family. Each group will compete in a series of 5 events:

  • Basketball in Wii Sports Resort
  • Bowling in Wii Sports Resort
  • The Hula Hoop® challenge in Wii Fit Plus
  • Clearing a Coin Grab level in New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  • Kart racing in Mario Kart Wii

Teams that move past the qualifiers, will be invited to the national tournament in Los Angeles, where they will compete for a chance to win a grand prize package that includes: Free first-party games for a year, a brand new entertainment system, a black Wii and more!

If you have the skills, and some people to fill out the rest of your group, sign up for the tournament and prove that you have what it takes to beat on some kids and old people.

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MDK2 Gets WiiWare, PC Remake

June 29th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

Back in 2000, after finishing up work on their Baldur’s Gate expansion, a little company known as BioWare was tasked with developing a sequel to Shiny Entertainment’s humorous third-person shooter MDK. What resulted was a worthy follow-up that managed to stick close to the formula that made the original so enjoyable.

Interplay, the publisher of the games, announced that they will be remaking the games for the Wii as a downloadable WiiWare title. A high-definition PC version was also announced.

The game is expected to be out on WiiWare this winter. The PC version has yet to be dated.

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3-on-3 Battles, New Pokémon in Black/White Trailer

June 28th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

A new trailer for Pokémon Black and White has come out, and this one features some slightly new additions to the basic Pocket Monster formula.

For the first time ever, trainers will now be able to take part in 3-on-3 battles. An interesting change, to say the least, but I’m curious to see if these battles will be strategically different from the 2-on-2 battles introduced in Ruby/Sapphire.

Also, new pokémon!

From left to right: (top row) Ononokusu and Doryuuzu (bottom row) Desukaan and Denchura.

And some yet unnamed guys.

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Reggie Confirms 2011 Launch for the 3DS on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon [Update]

June 28th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

[Update] Kotaku is reporting that sources close to Nintendo Japan are saying that Reggie was “mistaken” when he said that the 3DS would launch next year. Now, this hasn’t officially been confirmed by Nintendo themselves, so it up to you to believe it or not. However, when you think about what Reggie could have possibly been said wrong when he gave a vague window like “next year,” it does open up the window for a holiday launch date.

There’s still only one host of Late Night for me, and that is Conan O’Brien. However, this isn’t about that.

Last week, Jimmy Fallon had Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime on his show to promote Donkey Kong Country Returns as part of Fallon’s “video game week,” which featured the Kinect a couple of nights prior.

During a playthrough of the game, Fallon took the opportunity to ask Reggie about the recently announced 3DS and when we could expect to see it in stores. To which he replied with a simple “It’s coming out next year.”

That March 2011 date we’ve been hearing here and there is starting to look like it’s the real deal.

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Europe’s Jirachi Download is Available in the States, Australia

June 28th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

The European Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver site announced that players would be able to download the event-only pokémon Jirachi starting June 26. Needless to say, I’m a bit late on this one. My bad.

It was assumed that the download was region-specific, but it turns out that people in the U.S. and Australia have been able to download the Wish Pokémon without any issues.

I’m able to confirm that, as of today, Jirachi is indeed available in the U.S. through Nintendo’s Wi-Fi Connection.

You should all know the drill by now: Mystery Gift > Nintendo Wi-Fi > Profit!

The event ends July 16.

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This Week in Games: Living in Sin With A Safety Pin Edition

June 27th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

If you told me a few years ago that Treasure would be making a sequel to Sin & Punishment and that it would see a Western release, I honestly don’t think I could stop myself from laughing at the thought of such nonsense. I would also probably laugh at you for thinking of something so stupid. I mean, a company like Treasure, who was notorious for not making sequels to their games, dipping back into the S&P well and sending it overseas? Crazy talk.

Well, after a few twists and turns (and a couple of other Treasure sequels), the almost-impossible game is actually here.

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