In an effort to salvage this thread I'm going to split out the articles out into a garbage thread and leave this one to discuss what Nintendo announced.
1.) Please use this thread to discuss the things discussed in the fiscal call.
2.) Please use the other thread to discuss media reaction stories: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=471908
As it was done last time, I'm creating a thread for the investor meeting of tonight so we can have discussions on the bit of news we'll get from Nintendo. (Last time we got the NFC feature of the Wii U controller, the NSMB 3DS announcement and the Nintendo Network reveal.)
The resume of the meeting will be found here later: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/news/index.html
And we can follow this twitter for on-the-spot news: https://twitter.com/#!/gibbogame/
Meeting should start in approximately 2 hours. I'll update as fast as I can the OP with the latest info.
Western Support for the 3DS will catch up to Japanese support by E3.
Nintendo promises they have leanred from the 3DS and the Wii U will have a very rich launch line-up.
Claimed overseas 3DS support was rising, will catch up to japan by E3 so not worried about jp v. international performance
Big-ish news #1: New Super Mario Bros 2. will be available both at retail and digitally (full download to the SD Card.) You will be able to buy download codes at retail too, as a way to reduce inventory risks at retailers.
Have learnt lesson of 3ds launch, as a result WiiU will have very rich line-up from the beginning, a few rich titles
New super mario bros 2 will be offered for packaged or full download to SD card
Digital buys will also include retail as place for payment and download, but said "it does look complicated" in demo
Said game life is getting shorter, hence retailers carry few, digital will help retail as inventory risk reduced!
Big news #2: Wii U Software will be available digitally at launch.
Iwata doesn't think retail margins will be coming down as a result of digital. Finished
Don't see big price difference between retail and digital as digital will be sold be retailers, will be available at WiiU launch
Big news #3: Digital prices will be set by retailers, not by Nintendo.
Price digital will be set by retailers and not nintendo.settlement by retail not nintendo
Overall focused on improving quality, and having long term relationship with customers, hopeful digital will long term +ve
Won't comment on wholesale price to retail for digital versus packaged
Big-ish news #4: Wants a Wii Sports equivalent on Wii U, can't talk about it now for competitive reasons, will not remodel existing (game?)
Digital wholesale price will not be the same as packaged as inventory risk is different
Another confirmation of Wii U details at E3. The Japanese press will get the same presentation, but in Japanese, a week later.
Want to find WiiSports equivalent for WiiU, cannot explain for competitive reasons, will not remodel existing
The E3 presentation will NOT reveal the price of the Wii U.
WiiU - will launch this year in jp,us,eu and australia, more details at E3, that presso repeated in jp one week later
E3 will NOT include price details for WiiU
David Gibson @gibbogame
At nintendo results meeting - scheduled games list doesn't look much new except 3 pokemon titles for DS in usa this yr
3DS post xmas in japan success has accelerated while not overseas
Only has 6 in top 20 titles in usa versus over 15 in top 20 in japan, usa should be 3x jp performance
(Actually talking about New Super Mario Bros 2, here.)
Views super smach bros 2 as key to usa and will have long term demand
3ds has only 2, 3, 2 titles in top 20 in germany, france, spain respectively, 2 in UK
3ds standard title globally include mario kart etc, but also monster hunter, fire emblem, kid icarus, plus pokemon titles on ds will help
3ds core titles globaly inlude mario kart etc but also monster hunter and fire emblem
Launching 3ds in korea tomorrow,planning other countries as well, now talking about the potential of digital
Demand for 3ds in eu/us has been been rather very weak, think 3rd year crucial and then if surge will achieve nintendo like profits
Won't go all digital as it doesn't suit all users, want win-win relationship with retailers.
Needs to consider social gaming for Wii U, can't say more.
WiiU - will need to consider social game play, cannot say more