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Nintendo Investor Call Reveals Free Excitebike, Rhythm Heaven Wii, Missed 3DS Goals

nintendologo.jpgPublicly traded companies have the best info nodes around! We're used to hearing companies like Activision, EA, and Square-Enix as they variously lament their failures and announce new products, all in the name of keeping those stocks high. Today, Japanese sites are reporting on an investor call by Nintendo regarding their last quarter and plans for the future, and there are some really juicy pieces among the financial fluff.

The biggest one in my mind is a free game: Excitebike, but in 3D! Arriving with the feature-heavy system update in late May, everyone's favorite NES track-building game will pave the way and pique interest in other 3D titles that will be part of the 3DS' Virtual Console, which will include Super Mario Land and Zelda: Link's Awakening. No pricing scheme has been announced, but Nintendo did say they're also looking into rereleasing games for platforms other than the Game Boy and GBA.

In addition, a bit of good news for fans of the bizarre music genre: Rhythm Heaven, announced for Wii last September, will be coming out in Japan this summer, and it's set to use button controls instead of the imprecise waggle. Iwata has already said he expects the series to become a more social experience on the big screen, so we'll be waiting with tapping toes to see if they announced it for a wider release!

Not all is sunshine and mushrooms in the world of Nintendo, however: their President noted on the call that the Nintendo 3DS didn't quite meet their sales expectations through the end of March, which was 4 million units. The actual numbers ended up at 3.61m, which included the 1.32m sold in North America. Perhaps a crushing datapoint in their fiscal-year-plan, but when you consider that it was only out for five days in the US and we still don't have a launch title like Professor Layton, Nintendo's detractors still shouldn't sit comfortably in this news.

Overall, this is looking like another good year for Nintendo, especially if they can bring out some of the must-have 3DS titles like Mario and Star Fox before holidays. Here's looking toward a brighter star in their lineup!

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I wonder if Capcom will charge for the Legends 3 demo next month...?

Pauwow said:

Now I remember Satoru Iwata's words answering the complains about having to type all your personal info everytime you buy anthing on their Store and the lack of security on Sony's Network and Xbox Live a few months ago:
"For Nintendo, especially in terms of the people who have never experienced online video games before, we think that it's still very important to create a world where we can assure that there will be no harassment for these online beginners, and we really want to assure the security and safety for them to do that."
You should listen your veterans kids!
Now Sony is not even sure if some CC info has been stolen or not... and they wait a week to say something?

Pauwow said:

I posted last message in the wrong place! Sorry! Obviously my message was related with the PSN problem not with this Nintendo's news but I can't edited or change it.
Regarding Nintendo, I really want to know date and price, this waiting is killing me!

I'm just hoping that Nintendo does accounts (which won't get hacked like on the PSN). I've been hesitant to buy downloadable software, since Nintendo has no way to transfer it to the new 3DS or forthcoming Super Wii.

Pauwow said:

@the blackgecko:

There is going to be an update in May to transfer your DSIWare games to the 3DS. The option is already in your 3DS (just not ready yet) if you want to see it: go to System Settings, Other Settings, System Transfer. If you tap there will read this message on your 3DS screen: "System Transfer will become available through a system update." I was worried too because the L trigger in my DSi just died the other day and I have a bunch of games from the DSiWare. After the transfer option was confirmed from Nintendo we just have to wait a few weeks.
About the accounts system it would be great but I kind of doubt it. Satoru Iwata said almost 2 years ago that Nintendo didn't feel like the security was good enough to create an account system with personal information online. In that time I honestly believed that it was a bit granpa syndrome but after what happened with Sony PSN... I don't know maybe he was right.

Well I am sure, after buying the 3DS, that once the console has indeed got these star games Nintendo will have nothing to worry about. The launch was weak, which leads me to wonder why they didn't get some decent games out. Then again, lets not rush perfection like Zelda OoT 3D and Starwing 3D

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