Iwata Asked

The host of Game Center CX, Arino, normally just gets to play a difficult old game and try to finish it in one sitting. In this clip, Arino was surprised with a special guest, Nintendo’s President, Satoru Iwata.

It’s a great interview that really demonstrates what a different kind of person Iwata is from the cigar-chomping fat cat you might associate with the head of a video game company. Iwata started out as a developer on the original NES, and in this interview even lets us in on why older games were so difficult.

In recent years Mr. Iwata was the one doing the asking in his Iwata Asks series of developer interviews.

Thanks to shacker Serpico74 for the heads-up on the video.

Nintendo 3DS

It pays to be on Twitter. Mark “Gaming Jesus” MacDonald linked this Nintendo.jp PR (emphasis theirs) early Tuesday morning via New York Times reporter Hiroko Tabuchi:

Nintendo Co., Ltd.(Minami-ward of Kyoto-city, President Satoru Iwata) will launch “N intendo 3D S”(temp) during the fiscal year ending March 2011, on which games can be enjoyed with 3D effects without the need for any special glasses.

“Nintendo 3DS”(temp) is going to be the new portable game machine to succeed “Nintendo DS series”, whose cumulative consolidated sales from Nintendo amounted to 125million units as of the end of December 2009, and will include backward compatibility so that the software for Nintendo DS series, including the ones for Nintendo DSi, can also be enjoyed.

We are planning to announce additional details at E3 show, which is scheduled to be held from June 15, 2010 at Los Angeles in the U.S.