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Japanese Newspaper Denies It "Misinterpreted" Nintendo DS Successor Claims

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Speaking with Japanese newspaper the Asahi Shimbun, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata was quoted about the DS handheld's successor. Nintendo has since claimed that Iwata's comments were "misinterpreted". That newspaper has fired back, saying its reporting was indeed accurate.


Nintendo took issue with the original reporting by the Asahi Shimbun, stating that the paper's reporter ran something that the Nintendo chief didn't say. Kotaku posted a direct translation of Iwata's reported remarks about a DS successor:

"[It will have] highly detailed graphics, and it will be necessary to have a sensor with the ability to read the movements of people playing."


When asked for a comment, Charlie Scibetta, Nintendo of America's senior director of corporate communications told Kotaku, "Mr. Iwata did not make any comments regarding the functions of Nintendo's future hardware systems. The answer to the reporter's question was misinterpreted."

Kotaku Japan contacted the Asahi Shimbun regarding Nintendo of America's claim that the answer was misinterpreted by the reporter. The newspaper, one of the largest and most respected in Japan, issued this statement (below) to Kotaku Japan: "The article quoted Nintendo President Satoru Iwata's comment accurately."

Kotaku's translation of Iwata's comments in question are accurate as well.

Asahi Issues Statement [Kotaku Japan]