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Submitted by Pozzle 705d ago | news

Iwata Seeks to Increase the Gaming Population Because, “Not Becoming an Enemy of Mothers is Healthy”

ZI writes: In an in-depth Wii U interview by Japanese site Nikkei, Satoru Iwata revealed that he wants to greatly increase the population of gamers, and not necessarily by making more casual games, but by bringing more non-gaming applications to Nintendo’s systems. He mentions Wii U’s cool new Google Maps Streetview application, which is set to release this month, as well as Youtube, and how a non-gamer who becomes accustomed to using the gamepad for such things becomes interested in using Nintendo’s systems, since there’s non-gaming things that can be done well on it. (3DS, Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, Wii, Wii U)

Zodiac  +   705d ago
That does seem to be a valid principle. It's smooth sailing once the mom is on board.
Allsystemgamer  +   705d ago
My mom always supported me playing.

It helped my Hand eye coordination when I was younger and reflexes. Also problem solving etc. the thing is u need the right games for children.

Yea I did play halo and goldeneye when I was young aswell as doom and duke nukem but both parents saw me as a mature kid who knew right from wrong. They taught me that and I've ne'er taken a game as a literal method of my brains development. I KNEW it was for entertainment purposes and was not made to inspire real events of violence.
3-4-5  +   705d ago
That is because a lot of Mom's are narrow minded and think they know more than they actually do when it comes to tech and entertainment. Same with fathers.

I blame the media for making it seem like games are only for 5 year old kids.

Yet 98% of people 30+ couldn't even beat some of the easiest games we have out today. Which means they aren't as smart as they think they are.
mochachino  +   705d ago
The average core gamer is over 30 years old.
MikeMyers  +   705d ago
“There are many things on the internet that are more interesting when viewed together. Watching videos, shopping, trip planning, and the Street View Google Map service [which will begin on Wii U] this month, in January. This way, if it’s an enjoyable experience, for people who don’t have any interest in games in the family, rather than something that’s a hassle to have, the Wii U can become something that they have a connection with.”

Then why was Nintendo the most resistive to online gaming? Even now they still don't have universal chat features and the way you invite friends and how they accept those invites are odd. also if gamers are interested in many things beyond gaming why did Nintendo refuse to support DVD movie playback and now blu-ray?
zerocrossing  +   705d ago
It's a smart move creating games and other content that parents can enjoy along with their kids, but I don't think it will help quell the argument that "violent video games influence violent behaviour" anyway I think that's untrue for the most part.
Jadedz  +   705d ago
Nintendoland...
Super Mario Bros. U, Raymond Legends, for example.
jslash  +   705d ago
Raymond Legends hahahahahaha
zerocrossing  +   705d ago
@jslash

Id so buy that! lol!
MurDocINC  +   705d ago
These games also make for great drinking games. I'll pick Mario party with friends over any game. Can't wait for wii u version!
TheEnigma313  +   705d ago
This sounds like an excuse to cater to the casuals.
1upgamer99  +   705d ago
I really like my Wii U, but Google Street maps seems kind of like a silly app. I mean yeah I guess there might be point in time when you may use it, but I don't think it would be my "go to" for maps, for one they are not print/portable.
Nevers0ft  +   705d ago
Combining the Gamepad with Streetview is an excellent idea: Sure, you can't print maps but you could fake a sightseeing tour of your favourite landmarks from your living room :)
metroid32  +   705d ago
Have u seen it ? i like it very much.
1upgamer99  +   704d ago
To be honest no I have not used it much, I always used my phone and gps.So I will check it out.
TongkatAli  +   705d ago
Whatever floats your boat Nintendo, but mature games are my favorite not to say I don't like Super Monkey Ball and Mario.
quantae06  +   705d ago
M rated games are already on the Wii U. It's not like he doesn't want those games too. He wants to expand the audience to be much bigger then just one group of people.
DivineAssault  +   705d ago
well continue not expanding your genres Iwata.. Its your company that will suffer for it
Tzuno  +   705d ago
If Nintendo continue this family thing they will sell poor, do serious good games for god sake. What do you expect a grandma to play everyday? that will never happen.
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metroid32  +   705d ago
He's saying apps that people use on pc or smart phones/smart tv's can be done better on wiiu and i for 1 know the wiiu browser is KING it lets u open a video and flip it on the tv then go searching on other sites oh it's the fastest browser ive ever used and with dual screen browsing it feels like a nextgen browser i love it and so does everyone that uses it.
KrisButtar  +   705d ago
My tablet, iPhone, vita, and my pc all have google maps. I only use it with the iPhone and vita though as I'm usually out when I'm looking for a street, cause I missed a left something or something like that. The GPS on it works pretty well I'm the blue dot and I gotta get to the red dot and it shows me the way.

I'm all for adding apps on all the new consoles, I'm just not seeing the point of using google maps on a system that is not mobile. Does the Wii u version going to work with GPS?
wiiulee  +   705d ago
with the wiiu nintendo can cover all bases...they just need the right commercials and advertisement out there...where are all the people that was active putting the wii everywhere when it came out...
profgerbik  +   705d ago
How about we just kill everyone on the planet? Wont that practically eliminate all the evil this world has to offer, all the problems people bitch and moan about?

I don't get it people are the problem yet no one wants to accept that instead they blame whatever they can point their finger at first. Nope it's not my poor parenting, it's those damn movies, music or games. I can't say music is the problem but I would say the music kids listen to these days is worse than anything you could see on TV, in a movie or in a game.

Some of the most violent people I have known also or seen in my life were people that seriously never played video games a day in their life. Go to a prison talk to all the hardcore killers and gang members ask them how much time they spent playing video games... Exactly. Now ask them how much time they spent listening to hood rat music, I bet they will tell you a shit load.

Music influences people easily especially if it's a catchy song they like it will influence them even more, music can easily be used to brain wash or put people in a trance with subliminal messages as well.

I mean when we have people like Lady Gaga rubbing her vagina on prison bars in music videos or Nicki Minaj talking about how much she loves to fuck big dicks.. It's not surprising to me seeing this generation of kids and how disrespectful they are to each other. It's sad when you see kids at the age of 6 talking about Nicki Minaj.. You have no clue how many kids I see that are way too young to be even listening to that crap.. but I guess that comes back to poor parenting but still today music is the worst it has ever been.

Sure back in the 60's sex was big but people respected each other, they weren't slapping each other in the face with their penises, abusing women like they are mere holes to screw..

I actually had met this very old Pornstar once and she said it truly disturbing how women today are treated in the porn industry. She said before that would never had been allowed nor would the women even take that type of abuse. I can't say porn is ever a respectable trade to partake in but it definitely is nothing like it is now which is disturbing..

You have girls shoving like three guys into their asses, guys slapping em around and literally having sex with their throats to the point where they are gagging, choking and crying.. I mean porn today is just absolutely sick and it for sure depicts a perfect picture of today's generation of kids and how they think about people.

Problem is they don't think. I might get banned for saying this but screw it, I felt like getting that out there.
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mochachino  +   705d ago
I prefer how PS3/360/PC prefer to try and not anger GAMERS, not their moms.

Good job Nintendo, you've been appealing to non-gamers for 7 years running. Good luck selling games to people that view games with contempt and ignorance. How are those Wii U sales going? Too bad moms jumped off your bandwagon and on to Apples.

Nintendo is positioned to have only 1 hit console in 4 generations, maybe they should start befriending gamers again.
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Knushwood Butt  +   705d ago
'I prefer how PS3/360/PC prefer to try and not anger GAMERS, not their moms.'.

lol, well said.

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