Exchange rates forced Nintendo to price the Wii U much higher than they would have liked

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…it was much higher than we would’ve liked, too.

Speaking to TIME, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata revealed that the company was “forced to sell” the Wii U at a certain price back when it launched, due to foreign exchange rates:

“I think, to be honest, we were in a difficult situation, because for the home console our biggest market opportunity was in the overseas markets in the U.S. and Europe, but because of the valuation of the yen and the exchange rates into dollars and euro, it made it a difficult proposition for us to capitalize on that, because of the cost that we were forced to sell the system at.”

There’s no doubt that the $349.99 price tag on a new console built upon an unproven concept served as a bit of a deterrent to prospective new buyers, especially compared to the impulse purchase that the Wii + Wii Sports was at $249.99.

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Splatoon update: A look at the game’s charged rifle weapon

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The latest update from the Japanese Twitter account for Splatoon gives us a close look at what seems to be some sort of charged rifle. When the ink stored in your ink tank is compressed, it can fire across long distances. You can use that power to take our your enemies with a single shot. Of course, it takes a lot of time to charge, so you can use other weapons in the meantime.

There’s a video of the new weapon in action after the break. You can watch it to get a sense of the charged rifle’s recharging time.

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Pokémon Shuffle: Pachirisu now available as today’s Daily Pokémon

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Alongside the two-week Keldeo event that started today, the 1.1.5 version update for Pokémon Shuffle started a new set of Daily Pokémon challenges. Today’s Pokémon is the electronic-type Pachirisu.

Of course, with this being a daily challenge, Pachirisu will step aside on non-Mondays to make way for a different challenge. Tuesdays will be your chance to catch Sigilyph, while Tropius will fly on on Wednesdays. Thursdays will be Farfetched, and you’ll be able to get Druddigon on Fridays. These particular daily challenges won’t last forever, though, so be sure to catch them within the next four weeks: you have until April 18.

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Nintendo president says report of The Legend of Zelda on Netflix not based on correct information

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Just over a month ago, the Wall Street Journal claimed that Nintendo was working with Netflix in the early development stages of a live action television series based on The Legend of Zelda. Now, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata tells TIME that may not be true:

“As of now, I have nothing new to share with you in regard to the use of our IPs for any TV shows or films, but I can at least confirm that the article in question is not based on correct information.”

Looks like we won’t be heading to a live action Hyrule Kingdom just yet. While some might be relieved at this development and other disappointed, there’s no denying that a live action television series in the style of Game of Thrones (as previously reported) would have turned some heads.

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Pokémon Shuffle: Keldeo event stage now available

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Version 1.1.5 of Pokémon Shuffle is now available, bringing an end to the Lucarionite event, and kicking off the Keldeo event!

Keldeo is only obtainable through the special stage, which will be available until 6am UTC on April 6th. As a heads up, you might want to have Mega Kangaskhan at the ready to help you clear the vertical blocks that attempt to impede your progress. We wouldn’t want you to waste a heart just to get that recon information!

The first time you clear the stage, you’ll also get 5,000 coins. Not bad!

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Rumor: Nintendo representative sheds light on Wave 3 & 4 amiibo, Majora’s Mask New Nintendo 3DS XL

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We’ve got another batch of “I spoke to a Nintendo rep” rumors, but many of these seem to make sense in light of supply issues we’ve seen. As such, we’ll share the rumors with you.

In line with Satoru Iwata stating the West Coast port lockout affected amiibo shipments into North America, the rep claims many of the third wave figures are still sitting on shipping crates and that the few figures we did get were shipped here by air rather than by sea. It makes sense that some of those third wave figures aren’t expected to get here until the summer. Furthermore, Nintendo will be resupplying retailers with stock of older waves of amiibo.

As for the fourth wave of figures including Lucina, Robin, Ness, Pac-Man, Charizard, and Wario, those figures have been available for pre-order for a while in every region except North America. This Nintendo rep claims Nintendo of America has withheld release dates and pre-order availability until the port lockout is resolved to the point where amiibo shipments aren’t affected again.

Lastly, the limited Majora’s Mask Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL is reportedly completely gone in North America, and we won’t be getting a restock. This is despite confirmed second shipments of the special edition unit in Australia and in Europe.

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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U was originally going to have Takamaru as a playable character

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From the same panel where Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai reassured fans that Mewtwo was on the way, he revealed that another character could have been playable in the game… but the plan was eventually scrapped and the character made an Assist Trophy.

The samurai Takamaru, from the Famicom’s The Mysterious Murasame Castle, was originally planned to be playable in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, but was ultimately cut due to his relatively unknown status among the majority of the Nintendo fanbase. Granted, this reasoning contradicts the addition of a number of characters to the series over the years, but it’s a valid point.

Given the character’s presence as an Assist Trophy, references to him in other games such as NintendoLand, and last year’s 3DS Virtual Console release of The Mysterious Murasame Castle in the West, who knows: perhaps Takamaru may become a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo NX.

You can view the video where Sakurai discusses the character’s once-possible inclusion after the break.

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The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses announces 17 additional concerts

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How’s this for an encore? Nintendo and Jason Michael Paul Productions have confirmed an additional 17 cities for their ongoing The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Master Quest concert tour.

You’ll be able to hit the link below to find out if the tour will be stopping by a concert hall near you. If the tour does swing by your home town, hopefully it doesn’t conflict with your work schedule – like that Chicago date does mine… sigh… – and you’ll be able to check out the program.

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Master Quest features familiar arrangements from the first two seasons of the tour, along with a number of new arrangements, including those of pieces from Majora’s Mask 3D.

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Famitsu DS+Wii teases big announcement for major upcoming game

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The latest Famitsu DS+Wii is out, and it’s teasing the arrival of something huge: A major new title for Nintendo systems will be announced soon and it will be featured in the next edition of the publication.

There’s no way to know if the mystery game will be heading for the Wii U or for the Nintendo 3DS, but it’s supposed to be big.

As always, there’s already rampant speculation as to what game may be revealed – it could be a game or expansion we’ve already gotten hints of, it could be the first showing of a game we already know about, or it could be a completely new surprise. What do you think? What are you hoping for?

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Six Flags Magic Mountain’s “Goliath” rollercoaster to be transformed into Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate’s Gore Magala

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From March 28th through August 10th, the popular Goliath “hypercoaster” at Six Flags Magic Mountain will be transformed into a Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate ride. For the opening weekend festivities, the national Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Caravan Tour will also be at Six Flags Magic Mountain for special event days this Saturday and Sunday.

“With the Six Flags partnership, the game will come to life with one dedicated passenger train of the Goliath coaster custom-skinned to resemble the game’s flagship Gore Magala monster. The Goliath “coaster giant” is a metal monster with a staggering 255 foot drop taken at 85 mph, making this one of the longest and fastest drops in the world. Once riders conquer the thrilling high-speed banked turns, camelback hills, huge spiral curves and “zero gravity” drops of the Gore Magala themed Goliath coaster, they will have a chance to tackle the ferocious Gore Magala in game form as they test out the Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate demo at kiosks inside the Cyber Cafe. Special Monster Hunter merchandise will also be for sale in the park to commemorate this ultimate vertical adventure.”

For more information, be sure to check out the full press release after the break!

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