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Kingdom Hearts concert and world tour announced


Now THIS is going to be a must-see event. The Kingdom Hearts series isn't just getting a single concert, it's getting an entire world tour! One of the tour stops is at the Dolby Theater in L.A., and that's happening during E3 week! You can check out more specific dates/locations below. Thanks to RadicalDefect for the heads up!

- Siena Wind Orchestra will perform in Tokyo on Aug 11
- Osaka Shion Wind Orchestra will perform in Aichi on Aug 27 and Osaka on Aug 28
- world tour in 2017 starting in Japan on March 10 2017
- France on March 18-19
- England on March 25-25
- Singapore on May 6-7
- China on May 28
- Dolby Theatre in LA on June 10 and 14

- United Palace Theatre on June 24

Kirby: Planet Robobot - concept art for new abilities

The official Japanese site for Kirby: Planet Robobot has been updated with a look at some concept art for the new abilities in the game. Looks like these transformations went through a good number of changes before we got to the game's final content. Check out more content here (thanks led-mirrorknight!)

Nintendo further explains why they're reducing their stake in the Seattle Mariners

As many of you know, Nintendo of America Inc., which is headquartered in the Seattle area, was approached by local representatives in the early 1990s and invited to invest in the team, which was at risk of being moved away from the region. The late Hiroshi Yamauchi, at that time the president of Nintendo Co., Ltd., agreed to spend his own money to purchase the majority ownership of the team in order to show Nintendo’s appreciation to the U.S. for helping Nintendo do business in the country, and to contribute to the local residents and area. He became the principal owner of the team in 1992.

Mr. Yamauchi passed away in 2013. Due consideration had been made before his death and his ownership had already been transferred to Nintendo of America in order to ensure the team would remain in the area. Then Mr. Satoru Iwata, who had been overseeing the team as the new president of Nintendo after Mr. Yamauchi, as well serving as the CEO of Nintendo of America, passed away last year. This sad occurrence, along with Mr. Lincoln’s desire to relinquish day-to-day leadership for the team, prompted this decision.

As president and, then, the chairman of Nintendo of America, I personally observed the great efforts and contributions that Mr. Lincoln made during the past 17 years as the team’s CEO and the chairman. He worked to keep the team within the region and generated continued support from local residents. He has been a very reliable partner for me especially on the business affairs concerning the Mariners even after I returned to Japan and started working at Nintendo Co., Ltd. Now that Mr. Yamauchi and Mr. Iwata have passed away, and Mr. Lincoln has shown his desire to retire as CEO of the team, and especially because we can be now certain that the team will remain in the region and can grow, Nintendo of America has negotiated a sale of its majority interest to the current minority owners.

Since the subject sales profit has not been incorporated into the annual financial forecast we announced yesterday, if and when the sales contract is executed and approved by MLB, we will make the appropriate timely disclosure such as modifying the financial forecast. For your information, we will negotiate the deal by assuming the comprehensive asset value of First Avenue Entertainment LLLP as being 1.4 billion U.S. dollars.

Although Mr. Howard Lincoln will remain as a board member of the team and of Nintendo of America after his retirement from the CEO of the Seattle Mariners, I would like to take this opportunity to express my great appreciation for his shouldering and carrying out the huge responsibilities for both Nintendo and the Seattle Mariners, and for his splendid leadership.

Nintendo expands upon plans for Animal Crossing mobile app

We are currently developing a new application for smart devices based on the characters and world of Animal Crossing. As I mentioned before, the Animal Crossing series for dedicated video game systems is well-loved for its long-term playability, so we want to offer a connection between the smart device application and the world of Animal Crossing on dedicated video game systems. This will make it even more fun to play in both ways, while offering a new style of play for smart devices. We are developing this application to provide consumers with strong value suitable to smart devices while also generating synergy with our dedicated video game system business, as this is one of the goals of our smart device business.

Fire Emblem has become a 'major IP' for Nintendo, details on move to mobile

As I mentioned before, the latest title, Fire Emblem Fates, is selling well in America and has found a wide audience outside of Japan as well. We have also released many spin-off titles and related products, and this has become a major IP for Nintendo, both in name and in substance.

We are currently developing an application for smart devices based on Fire Emblem. We expect that many consumers will experience Fire Emblem for the first time on their smart device, so this application will offer a more accessible style of gameplay compared to the titles for dedicated video game systems. At the same time, we still aim to provide a fully engaging experience as a role-playing simulation game.

Nintendo looking to expand Miitomo's role, bring to new territories

As for Miitomo, our first priority was to bring more consumers around the world in contact with Nintendo entertainment. Items are available as in-game purchases for consumers who want to deepen their experience, but we have designed Miitomo so that it is possible to have plenty of fun enjoying this new mode of communication even without making in-game purchases.

As a result, users are enjoying Miitomo across the globe, with over 75% of users outside of Japan at present.Miitomo aims for further expansion in the future, with plans for regular updates and extension of service to additional countries. We are considering possibilities for launching service in South America and Asia. Through this support, we expect Miitomo to play an even bigger role on the global stage as the forerunner of Nintendo's new business activities.

Nintendo reiterates their 3 goals with mobile content

I have explained this on some occasions in the past as well, but Nintendo's smart device business has three purposes. First, we want to use smart devices to maximize the number of people who come into contact with Nintendo IP.
Next, of course we aim for the smart device business to be profitable on its own.

Furthermore, we want to create synergy with the dedicated video game system business to realize the full potential of our entire business. We have placed no restrictions on which Nintendo IPs can be developed for smart devices, so we continue to discuss the best ways to bring various characters and worlds to smart devices.

We understand that the value of the Nintendo characters and game titles that our consumers have supported for so long comes from the treasured experiences of playing on Nintendo's game systems, and the "hand-crafted" feel emblematic of Nintendo's products. It is not just a matter of character popularity.

This is why we feel that it would be a mistake to simply release our game titles in their current form on smart devices.
Therefore, we are carefully selecting IPs that will provide the consumers with strong value suitable to smart devices. We are working to provide a high-quality experience optimized to smart devices.

Nintendo recognizes Zelda's 30th anniversary, says 'more in store' for the future

Thirty years have passed since the release of the first title in The Legend of Zelda series, and we have even more in store for the future.

Nintendo bringing 'major' titles to 3DS, unannounced 1st/3rd party games coming

For the Nintendo 3DS, our strategy over the fiscal year ending March 2017 will be to revitalize the platform by launching major titles, and to reach broader demographics worldwide, including females and young consumers. The installed base in Japan is fairly saturated compared to other countries, meaning there is reduced opportunity to sell Nintendo 3DS hardware to new consumers. Our efforts will focus on sparking discussion and maintaining momentum among current owners of Nintendo 3DS hardware.

Due to our wide installed base, there are many titles, including major titles, from third-party software developers. Furthermore, there are many other unannounced titles, both first-party and third-party, that are proceeding with development. As in Japan, there are many more titles planned for future release (in North America), and other unannounced titles that are currently in development.

Pokemon Red/Blue/Green/Yellow hit 1.5 million downloads worldwide

Worldwide, the four Virtual Console titles – Pokémon Red, Green, Blue and Pikachu – have been downloaded more than 1.5 million times. More than half of these downloads came from the American market. Since the start of the calendar year, Pokémon has been the subject of much attention in America, and sales are showing a favorable trend. Although these are downloadable software titles, download codes sold through retail stores have been a high proportion of sales in Japan. We believe that we have successfully created a chance to appeal to the nostalgia of consumers who played these titles when they first came out.