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Nintendo has updated its Message from the President (Dec. 25, 2015)

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Today, on December 25, 2015, Nintendo updated its Message from the President. It is the first from Mr. Kimishima I believe (if you don't count one that was included in an earlier business report, but that was more bureaucratic than this).

To shareholders and investors:

Since the launch of the Family Computer System (called Nintendo Entertainment System outside Japan) in 1983, Nintendo has been offering the world unique and original entertainment products under the development concept of hardware and software integration. In the field of home entertainment, the video game industry is one of the few industries established in Japan that spread around the world, and Nintendo has established itself as a well-known brand truly representing video game culture throughout the world.

With the belief in our mission to put smiles on people's faces around the world through products and services, we have followed our basic strategy of expanding the gaming population by offering products that can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of age, gender or gaming experience. We now want to take this mission a step further by increasing the number of people who have access to Nintendo’s intellectual property (Nintendo IP).

We are actively offering Nintendo IP in a variety of different ways so that not only current players of our video games but all consumers - including those who used to play but currently do not and even those who have never played our video games before - will also come in contact with Nintendo IP.

For our dedicated video game platform business, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed “NX” with a brand-new concept and our unique software-led hardware-software integrated business will continue to constitute the core business for Nintendo. For the purpose of maximizing the population that interact with Nintendo IP, we will also enter into the smart device gaming business and aim to generate revenue and profit from it as well as to create synergy with the dedicated video game platform business.

As for other initiatives to use Nintendo IP actively, we launched a new product called amiibo - Nintendo characters that come in figure or card form that work with our video games. They have been well received by many of our consumers. Furthermore, our endeavors will not be limited to video games. We are planning to offer new attractions at theme parks by using Nintendo characters. We will also strive to further increase opportunities for consumers to come in contact with Nintendo characters in their daily lives, such as through visual content and merchandising.

Thus, we are now expanding how we leverage Nintendo IP in various ways beyond our traditional use of them predominantly within the dedicated video game platform business. Furthermore, in our attempt to establish a sustainable and continual relationship with our consumers, we are creating a new membership service called “My Nintendo” and a new account system, which should work as a bridge between our dedicated video game platforms and other devices, or even environments where our consumers can get in touch with Nintendo IP and, thus, will work as a mechanism to maximize the number of people that interact with Nintendo IP.

Nintendo will continue to flexibly transform itself by adapting to changing times while constantly valuing the spirit of originality based on the belief that the “true value of entertainment lies in its uniqueness” - and will continue to provide products and services that people will be surprised and delighted by.

Nintendo intends to make progress with the support and encouragement of its shareholders and investors.

Sources: [EN] https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/management/message.html [JP] https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/management/message.html

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blu

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Ok, that pretty much confirms NX next year (since some gaffers were still unconvinced).
 

AmyS

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2016 can get pretty damn expensive as far as hardware goes.
Yep, exciting though.

The state of gaming in 2016: Here’s what to expect

Virtual reality

Back in 2012, a crazy little crowdfunded upstart called Oculus kicked off the modern VR gold rush. Nearly four years later, three big-name VR headsets are scheduled for release in the first half of 2016: the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, and the PlayStation VR. For better or worse, next year will be the turning point for this generation.
Nintendo NX

Nintendo is in an odd place right now. The Wii U was a severe disappointment, the lumbering Japanese giant is just now dipping its toe into the app store, and the whole company is still reeling from the untimely death of Satoru Iwata earlier this year. With so much up in the air, it seems that 2016 will define where Nintendo sits in the modern landscape.
 

Faustek

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we are creating a new membership service called “My Nintendo” and a new account system, which should work as a bridge between our dedicated video game platforms and other devices
Wonder of I can finally have multiple devices on one account now.

PS region free
Stop sacking
Go choke on barb wire
Etc etx
 

Possumowner

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I don't think I've ever been as curious as I am now about Nintendo's new gaming platform.I just want a reveal now,but I think this is definitely coming in 2016.
 

CaviarMeths

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Kimi looks like some dude's grandpa who can't remember your name, but smiles and tucks a Werther's into your hand every time you visit. Fond of slippers and wool cardigans.
 

Usobuko

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Nintendo intends to make progress with the support and encouragement of its shareholders and investors

You will make me happy if you make more inroads with China.
 

MANGOD

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Will buy regardless, my first gaming memory was mario bros 3 back in the day and I'll always have a soft spot for anything nintendo. But dammit the wii u was a fucking disappointment
 

blu

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Huh, does it? I mean I was expecting it anyway but what indicates a timeframe?
Nothing indicates a firm timeframe (and nobody expected Kimishima to provide one in his annual message), but NX is the very first thing the new president mentions in his new message. Not the nebulous* QOL initiative, but (1) the NX, (2) amiibos, and (3) the new account initiative - all three receiving major focus in .. an unspecified year ;p

* In the sense that we might get something QOL-related launch tomorrow, but at this time no potential QOL customer has a clue what to expect.
 

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It's good that they're going to leverage their IP in things outside of gaming. It should help attract customers to the gaming side as well.

A Splatoon animated series to coincide with the NX launch and roll into the Spla2n launch in May 2017 would be fantastic.
 

FStubbs

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QOL will be interesting. What can it do that Apple and Samsung phones can't already do? Will it be a part of NX or its own separate thing?

Will Nintendo actually launch a handheld and console in the same year? o_O
 

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It is unfortunate he had to come to power in the way that he did, but I think he will be better for the company moving forward based on what I have read about him. Optimism!!!
 

Oregano

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He doesn't even mention wii u or 3ds. I think that's enough.
Nothing indicates a firm timeframe (and nobody expected Kimishima to provide one in his annual message), but NX is the very first thing the new president mentions in his new message. Not the nebulous* QOL initiative, but (1) the NX, (2) amiibos, and (3) the new account initiative - all three receiving major focus in .. an unspecified year ;p

* In the sense that we might get something QOL-related launch tomorrow, but at this time no potential QOL customer has a clue what to expect.
Huh, I guess that's true. NX is front and center in the message.
 

DrWong

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Blu is right: NX is the first thing he mentions. Year of nxamiibosmartgamesaccount confirmed.
 

AmyS

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I think part of the NX platform is AR in HD which I've never seen. Also, this is so 2016 Summer!
Yeah, it's the most revolutionary piece of the NX puzzle.



Along with the "now you're playing with power" supplemental computing devices.