Nintendo released their financial results for the first quarter of the year (April 1st through June 30th, 2015) and the results were positive. They reported a profit of ¥8,284 million, which is about $66,833,489 U.S. dollars. Last year this time, they reported a loss of ¥9,924 million, which is about $80,064,648. That’s still far from where they once were but they’re definitely doing a lot better.
Here’s an interesting rumor for you. According to MCV UK, Nintendo is getting ready to launch a ‘Loot Crate’ style subscription box service. It will allegedly be named ‘N-Box’ and will feature toys, clothes, and other merchandise with Nintendo themes. They’re also claiming they’ll offer three-month, six-month, and twelve-month plans but will also allow you to buy them individually.
The idea of a Nintendo themed box-service service actually would make a whole lot of sense. Considering the hype and craze over the Amiibos, I can see a service like this taking off. All of that in mind, Nintendo has yet to confirm or deny the existence of said service. That means, take it with a grain of salt.
Nintendo recently put out a and quickly deleted a tweet stating that they’re partnering with Facebook for Super Mario Maker. In the tweet they stated that Facebook employees will build a stage and one of those levels be free to download after launch.
Well, the next day, Nintendo officially announced on their website about the partnership. Named Hackathon, employees of Facebook will create stages for Super Mario Maker and a panel of people Facebook and Nintendo will be judging. The best level will be playable when the game launches September 11th. Furthermore, Nintendo will be recording the whole event for a video series that they’ll put on their social media channels July 28th and 29th for fans to check out.
Since the unfortunate and unexpected announcement of Mr. Iwata’s passing, many people have shared their condolences in and out of the industry. Others who have worked closer with Mr. Iwata have looked back and reflected on past experiences. One such individual is Yuji Horii of Dragon Quest fame. Apparently, Mr. Iwata was also a key individual in the release of the first Dragon
Warrior Quest game in the west.
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