Nintendo reported huge financial losses recently. I do mean huge – $844 million loss is not a laughing matter. So company President Satoru Iwata met with analysts, during an online conference, to show that the company was moving forward by announcing a 2D side-scrolling Mario game for the 3DS. Nothing is actually known about the unnamed game yet except that it is expected in the next fiscal year (April 2012- March 2013).
During the same conference, Iwata confirmed that the Nintendo Network will be the online infrastructure that will be implemented for the Wii U and the 3DS. They are aiming to have more services available than in the previous iteration, whilst also offering personal accounts for the Wii U to give the system owner multiple accounts on the device. This will also allow the user to have multiple online accounts per system. Nintendo will also be selling digitally distributed packaged software (retail games) through the Nintendo Network for both 3DS and Wii U systems. It is unknown at this time when this may start. The last major item is that there will be the ability to purchase DLC. While this isn’t fresh news, it is a large step forward for the gaming giant. Expect DLC to start sooner than later, as the first title getting it is THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY which is out February 16th in Japan.
Is this enough to pull Nintendo out of the red? Probably not, but it is a step in the right direction to keep the more hardcore gamers/fanboys happy. Couple that with the people that bought the Wii and will more than likely upgrade and you have a pretty good start.