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Nintendo's E3 lineup full of games by western developers

Nintendo's E3 presence will have more western games than usual, says company president, Satoru Iwata. “I feel that it will become necessary to reinforce the development resources in the foreign countries. Therefore, I hope we will be able to show you something like that at E3,” said Iwata at an investor briefing last week.

Those western games could be for the 3DS or Nintendo's new console, which Nintendo plans to unveil at the trade show. Iwata's comments on the state of Nintendo's third-party partners seem to indicate that many of these western titles will be for the new home console. “Of course, we would like to cooperate with software developers for Wii's successor, and as I am repeatedly saying, I don't believe Nintendo can carry out everything alone. I am saying that we are responsible for building up the market, but I don't think that Nintendo can maintain the market alone; We are aiming for creating a situation where software publishers will be willing to cooperate,” said Iwata.

Iwata also commented on the online capabilities of the new system, and implied that Nintendo was seeking outside help in that area. “(Nintendo) would like to clearly differentiate what is our true strength from what we can basically do by ourselves but can be done better by more skillful outside specialists in order not to fall into that trap again. You may be aware of some features which I am implying now in relation to the future developments of Nintendo 3DS and Wii’s successor system that we announced yesterday.”

May 3, 2011

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  • shawksta - May 4, 2011 2:20 a.m.

    @ChrisCultista Your calling me a fanboy? Thats sad you had to stoop so low. No, it wasnt because of "Waggle", other games didnt even use "Waggle" and their was other Control schemes. The Reason 3rd Party wasnt supportive was because of the less Powerful Hardware But that didnt stop Nintendo themselves from making Masterpieces. I KNOW Portal and others like RDR and ME2 are masterpieces, DID I SAY THE WII WAS THE BEST? No, Im saying that it has its own special games that make it stand out compared to 360/PS3 which are more powerfull than the Wii.
  • Omrikon - May 3, 2011 11:34 p.m.

    "Mainstream" = belonging to or characteristic of a principal, dominant, or widely accepted group, movement, style, etc (as is seen on Dictionary.com) Wii = most widely owned console of the current generation. Also the one with the lowest system specs and price with a clear focus on multiplayer gaming within the same room. I pray that Nintendo is serious about actively going online though. They lost an immense amount of playability from all of their multiplayer games by not properly supporting online play, even if they were afraid it would turn into a profanity-fest like it tends to in online shooters. As for the games, it feels like they've been rehashing bits from a handful of core titles with little to no change over the years. I seriously doubt anyone playing a Nintendo system has any issue with tired cliches after playing Zelda: Ocarina of the Thousandth Time.
  • RideZeLitenin - May 3, 2011 11:20 p.m.

    Bring it on Nintendo (& Co.)
  • ChrisCultista - May 3, 2011 10:35 p.m.

    Correction. 3rd parties wont touch Wii because of waggle. Is Portal(hailed to be better than any Wii game story wise) a masterpiece? Is it for the Wii? The Wii is touted as a main stream console. Are you a troll or just a 12 year old?
  • FlamingNinjaBob - May 3, 2011 10:23 p.m.

    @shawksta im sorry, but i just have to say this. IM TOO COOL FOR MAINSTREAM.
  • shawksta - May 3, 2011 10:02 p.m.

    @Chriscultista Did you hear me? The wii isn't a mainstream console,its specifically used for its games that stand out from the usual realistic action cliches and are masterpieces. Thinking its kiddy makes you immature. Sony and microsoft has their console popular through 3rd parties,Nintendo did it bythemselve without any support. @mrclam I know ,nintendos games are hardcore masterpieces,im talking about having the mainstream third party support to make the console part of the mainstream audience.
  • mackshizzle - May 3, 2011 9:48 p.m.

    Western developers ruined the DS with the incredible amount of shovelware. Japan's got a bunch of good games by their 3rd parties; Western audiences got Chicken Shoot.
  • mrclam - May 3, 2011 9:02 p.m.

    "With Nintendo getting help from Wester Developer support, No Doubt will they come back to being hardcore" They never stopped being "hardcore" (whatever the f*** that means anyhow). Mario galaxy/dkcr/etc all were "hardcore" titles. In fact much more "hardcore" than games ive rented for the 360/ps3 which can be beaten within hours (cod4/halo reach/etc) without breaking much of a sweat.
  • ChrisCultista - May 3, 2011 8:45 p.m.

    @shawksta Im sure that Sega wastnt "fucking around" when they made the dream cast. The 360 and PS3 also had exclusives that made them special to buy. The 360 and PS3 can keep being hardcore and be better at it because they havent been making baby minigames for the past 5 years.
  • shawksta - May 3, 2011 8:32 p.m.

    We gotta Face the Facts, Nintendo's not Fucking Around anymore, their Serious, there are still fanboys who are throwing Nintendo off, they need to grow up and surely Nintendo will not dissapoint. Nintendo did an amazing job alone with the wii regularly, their First Party Titles are what makes the Wii special to buy, its not used for a Mainstream console like 360/PS3,its used for its special exclusives that are Masterpieces. With Nintendo getting help from Wester Developer support, No Doubt will they come back to being hardcore,and will most likely be one of the best, unlike sony and Microsoft, Nintendo really is hitting the ball this time with Gaming, cause thats why their here, GAMING, and ONLY GAMING, No Other products like the other 2.
  • Ariaka - May 3, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    They might have pulled the one trick to make their new system succeed. I am seriously concerned they're just going to pull a Jaguar/Saturn/Dreamcast (Sorry, but I love you SEGA) at this point.
  • Bubblesauce - May 3, 2011 7:01 p.m.

    I don't know if it's just me but I've always preferred western games over Japanese games. @EnragedTortoise1 I'm not sure whether a metroid survival horror would excite me or enrage me.
  • Nap1400 - May 3, 2011 6:37 p.m.

    I'm definitely hoping for better online this time. I now have hope for Nintendo if they go along with this. DON'T DISSAPPOINT ME, NINTY!
  • codystovall - May 3, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    Bout damn time
  • EnragedTortoise1 - May 3, 2011 6:02 p.m.

    They better have a survival-horror Metroid Prime, a 2D HD Mario platformer, futuristic Zelda, and everything I've ever wanted from the big N in order for me to care. The 3DS is nice, but I want some actual exclusive games! Ridge Racer can't last forever!
  • Redeater - May 3, 2011 5:46 p.m.

    It is going to take a lot to convince me to buy Nintendo's new console. I might buy a second generation 3DS though if they improve the 3d and battery.

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