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Feature: Memories of the Wii and DS Wi-Fi Connection Era

Memories of the Wii and DS Wi-Fi Connection Era

When the Nintendo Network was but a twinkle in Iwata-san's eye

It's finally happened, the Wi-Fi connection on the Wii and DS is gone, disconnected on 20th May. The DSi and Wii Shop platforms are still running, but online multiplayer and content in games is now shut down, prompting the end of an era for the last-gen systems. Regardless of the...

Matters of Import: Tomodachi Collection

Tomodachi Collection

The best of friends?

Tomodachi Collection is more a toy than a game in that very special Nintendo way: your own mad little island full of Miis that you never knew you wanted but you suddenly find yourself unable to live without, and while it may be the five-year-old prequel to the upcoming English language Tomodachi Life, that doesn't mean the...

Soapbox: The Nintendo Wi-Fi Disconnection Reminds Us Why Local Multiplayer Still Matters

The Nintendo Wi-Fi Disconnection Reminds Us Why Local Multiplayer Still Matters

Tom Whitehead goes on about online multiplayer's pitfalls, like an old man

I was disappointed to learn about Nintendo switching off online play on the Wii and DS; at the time I was on a short break spending some time with my family and, funnily enough, getting ready for some memory-jogging multiplayer gaming with my older brother. Growing up...

Video: These Are The Ten DS Games We Want To See On The Wii U Virtual Console

These Are The Ten DS Games We Want To See On The Wii U Virtual Console

Which one did you vote for?

The news that Nintendo is bringing DS games to the Wii U had us dreaming of all the amazing titles we wanted to see arrive on the eShop. Like some kind of benevolent moving-image god, our resident video guru Rory has transcoded these desires into magical lights and sound, and has lovingly deposited the results onto the...

Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - The Azran Legacy Solves The Professor's Last Puzzle

12 Days of Christmas - The Azran Legacy Solves The Professor's Last Puzzle

We hope the franchise will find a solution

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is already out in Europe and arrives in North America on 28th February; for some the end is still to come while others have already closed their 3DS lid — or hit a button on the 2DS — with a regretful sigh. Level-5 may have kept the door open for the series to...

Matters Of Import: Shining Force Feather

Shining Force Feather

We take a look at Sega's Japan-only DS strategy RPG

Sega's Shining Force series is still well thought of, even if the PS2 instalments arguably got off on the wrong foot by drastically rewriting series canon and deviating from the strategic gameplay found in older titles. Evidently someone was buying these games anyway, as after four entries on the...

Poll: How Important is Dual / Second Screen Gaming?

How Important is Dual / Second Screen Gaming?

A major part of Nintendo's strategy

Yesterday brought us some interesting comments from Ubisoft Managing Director Nicolas Rioux, who spoke about the potential prominence of "second screen" gaming, even going so far as to praise the Wii U as an innovative first step. As we observed in that article, it'd be a nasty piece of irony if technical...

Feature: The Humble Origins of Animal Crossing

The Humble Origins of Animal Crossing

How an obscure little N64 title grew into a hit franchise for Nintendo

The hype and excitement for Animal Crossing: New Leaf across the web is reaching a critical level. Hitting North America on 9th June and Europe on 14th June, it begs the question whether some people might literally explode as a result of not being able to contain their...

Feature: Series Reboots That Have Divided Gamers

Series Reboots That Have Divided Gamers

They did WHAT with [insert treasured franchise name here]?

There are some undeniable truths in life, death and taxes being two examples, and the video game industry has its own rules and obligations that can never be avoided. One of these revolves around reboots of treasured franchises — if you're going to "re-imagine" a popular character or...

Hardware Classics: Nintendo DS Lite

Nintendo DS Lite

This is how you redesign a console

Let's be brutally honest here — the original DS design was ugly. Quite what Nintendo's designers were thinking when they came up with it we'll never know, but the dumpy, two-tone casing hardly got pulses racing, even back in 2004. It felt like a system that was rushed out of the door purely to meet a deadline,...

Feature: Nintendo in 2012 - Part Two

Nintendo in 2012 - Part Two

Lots of Mario and Wii U's arrival

In the first six months of 2012, which we looked at in the first part of our 2012 retrospective, Nintendo oversaw some major releases on 3DS and announced the XL model, the Wii had a few memorable arrivals and E3 came and went with its own brand of madness. There were also a number of quirky stories that passed by,...

Feature: Nintendo in 2012 - Part One

Nintendo in 2012 - Part One

3DS fought back, hype mode was engaged

Not so long ago it could be argued that Nintendo was having some relaxing times, with DS and Wii systems flying off shelves and console rivals rushing to the platform in order to hop on the motion-control train. Of course, technology and the gaming industry evolve, and in 2011 Nintendo found itself trying to...

Feature: Your Guide to a Nintendo Holiday

Your Guide to a Nintendo Holiday

Christmas time, Mario and Trine...

It's Christmas time, and we all know what that means — rapidly depleting bank accounts, lots of food and merriment, and plenty of video gaming. The Holiday season actually means different things depending on your own perspective, of course, but to many it's a great opportunity to spend time with family and...

Feature: Diamonds in the Rough - Dementium: The Ward

Diamonds in the Rough - Dementium: The Ward

Worth a scare

Whenever we look back at a console’s lifespan, the first thing we nearly always do is remember the good stuff. We remember the Marios, the Zeldas, the hordes of Pokémon, and maybe even the odd Kirby game depending on your level of pink puff-ball persuasion. But we’re often so caught up in remembering what’s great that we very...

Feature: DS Games We Want on Wii U

DS Games We Want on Wii U

Two screens, only much bigger

Seven years and over 150 million sales have passed since Nintendo surprised the world by releasing its dual screen handheld back in 2004, introducing true touch screen gaming to the masses for the first time. The concept proved such a success that Nintendo has now implemented it in its next home console, Wii U, via a...

Feature: Olympics Fever on Nintendo Systems

Olympics Fever on Nintendo Systems

Button mashing for gold

If you’ve been living in a cave and isolated from the world for the past couple of weeks, then you may not have been bombarded with coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games. It’s now well under way, and thousands of athletes are running, cycling, swimming and more in the name of winning a shiny gold medal. None of the...

Feature: Batman's Nintendo Adventures

Batman's Nintendo Adventures

Holy topical feature, Batman!

Today sees the launch of The Dark Knight Rises in UK and North American theatres, amongst others, and it's become a cultural phenomenon, dominating the thoughts of Batman geeks and film lovers alike. We figured that you'll see the word 'Batman' wherever you go, so we might as well wrap it up in our favourite...

Game of the Month: June 2012 - Pokémon Conquest

June 2012 - Pokémon Conquest

Conquers all

June wasn't a great month for game releases it must be said, but the long-awaited arrival of Pokémon Conquest netted it our Game of the Month award in June. A blend of Japanese strategy series Nobunaga's Ambition and Nintendo's beloved pocket monsters, it straddles the middle ground between the two RPG approaches, creating something...

Talking Point: DS Games Deserve Digital Distribution on 3DS

DS Games Deserve Digital Distribution on 3DS

Too good to ignore

Not long ago, we brought you a feature on Bargain Bin DS Games, detailing some excellent games available for relatively little money. The response to the article highlighted how many little-known or under-appreciated gems the DS library has, as it seems to have been a platform that encouraged a lot of creativity from developers...