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Talking Point: Mario Kart 8 DLC is a Winning Formula for Nintendo, But It Can Go Further

Mario Kart 8 DLC is a Winning Formula for Nintendo, But It Can Go Further

A real Battle Mode, Challenges and more

We suspect that the online multiplayer servers for Mario Kart 8 saw a handsome spike this week, with the launch of DLC Pack 2 and an update that includes the 200cc race class. It's a title that just keeps growing, and as we argued recently the arrival of non-Mario franchises points to a potential future for...

Editorial: Nintendo's Problems With Trends and Modern Media Continue to Damage Its Image

Nintendo's Problems With Trends and Modern Media Continue to Damage Its Image

Its need for control costs it vital audiences

We've argued the case before that Nintendo needs to modernise and drastically improve its attitudes to modern media, in terms of YouTube and social media platforms. It's easy to be defensive of its efforts, too, but we feel some recent statistics truly highlight the folly of Nintendo's current approach...

Interview: AVGN Adventures Developer on Influences, Spinning 'Bad' to Good and Miiverse Screenshots

AVGN Adventures Developer on Influences, Spinning 'Bad' to Good and Miiverse Screenshots

"I'm surprised Miiverse pages don't have an age gate"

It's becoming a trend for YouTube and web celebrities to release their own games, though in a number of cases these games come to smart devices. That was never likely to be the sole focus with Angry Video Gamer Nerd Adventures, however, as it celebrates the expletive-riddled retro 'reviewer' with...

Talking Point: Market Expectations Remain High For Nintendo and DeNA's Smart Device Crusade

Market Expectations Remain High For Nintendo and DeNA's Smart Device Crusade

A bubble to burst or the start of major success?

It's now been over a month since Nintendo and DeNA announced their major corporate partnership, with one relatively short presentation blowing away the big N's apparent reticence and minimalist approach to bringing games to smart devices. The announcement brought a marked shift in strategy - we went...

Talking Point: Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. DLC Can Evolve the Concept of Nintendo 'Evergreen' Releases

Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. DLC Can Evolve the Concept of Nintendo 'Evergreen' Releases

Bringing more gaming with less release

Let's kick off this article with some current-day realities - not negative as such, but perhaps uncomfortable. At the moment, especially with the Wii U, Nintendo is responsible for producing the bulk of high-quality retail releases. There are partners or second-party studios producing some key efforts - like...

Poll: Would You Like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. DLC to Expand for a Whole Generation?

Would You Like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. DLC to Expand for a Whole Generation?

Platforms within platforms

This week Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS had its first DLC in the form of Mii character outfits, while on 23rd April we'll get to enjoy the Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2. We know there's more to come in Super Smash Bros. in the form of purchasable characters - Mewtwo (already available to eligible Club Nintendo...

First Impressions: The Addictive Futility of the New StreetPass Games

The Addictive Futility of the New StreetPass Games

An existential crisis wrapped in awesome Nintendo cutesy style

Here's a tale of the lengths that editorial director Damien McFerran and editor Tom Whitehead went to in order to test out the new StreetPass games - StreetPass Zombies / Battleground Z and StreetPass Fishing / Ultimate Angler. Due to working in a small UK town and not Tokyo, added to...

Editorial: Why We Don't Plan to Provide Further Coverage of Sony Wikileaks Reveals Related to Nintendo Movies

Why We Don't Plan to Provide Further Coverage of Sony Wikileaks Reveals Related to Nintendo Movies

There are multiple reasons

Last year Sony Pictures was hacked, and thousands of emails were stolen and effectively used as weapons against executives, film-makers and those within that creative industry. Saucy emails were shared showing executives bashing movie stars, and there were even leaks related to talks that had taken place with regards to...

Hardware Classics: Sega Dreamcast

Sega Dreamcast

The last throw of the dice for Nintendo's old rival

Sega's Dreamcast holds a special place in the history of home video game entertainment. It was an innovative beast, being the first home console to offer online connectivity out of the box and setting the modern trend for sourcing internal components from PC manufacturers. It also proved to be...

Poll: What Are You Most Excited About in the Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2?

What Are You Most Excited About in the Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2?

Tracks, characters, vehicles, amiibo suits and free 200cc all coming

Earlier today Nintendo finally unveiled its full line-up for the Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2, with a whole host of lovely videos joining the announcement. We've also had a chance to go hands on with everything the DLC has to offer, including 200cc mode, to share our views on how its...

Hands On: Hitting the Tracks in Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 and 200cc Mode

Hitting the Tracks in Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 and 200cc Mode

It just keeps getting better...

When Nintendo announced that the second Mario Kart 8 DLC pack was coming earlier than promised, we were appropriately excited. Now that we've had a chance to get to grips with everything this extra content has to offer, suffice to say we're not disappointed. In this early look at the full DLC pack we check out the...

Parent Trap: Lego Dimensions Could Be A Game-Changer In The Toys To Life Sector

Lego Dimensions Could Be A Game-Changer In The Toys To Life Sector

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson reveals why Lego fever is gripping his home

With each year of parenting comes new challenges and, it seems, a new video game craze to spend money on. After Skylanders, Disney Infinity and amiibo, this year we also have to contend with Lego Dimensions. As you've likely seen, this offers a Toys to Life experience with...

Feature: Key Nindie Developers and Publishers Discuss Unity for the New Nintendo 3DS

Key Nindie Developers and Publishers Discuss Unity for the New Nintendo 3DS

"We have at least 5 games I would immediately want to start working on"

For those that follow the 3DS download scene closely, the recent announcement of upcoming Unity support for the New Nintendo 3DS was certainly welcome news. In the right hands the Unity engine can produce excellent, good-looking games, and is invaluable to small studios with...

Interview: Choice Provisions on the Nindie Scene, Future Plans and Why CommanderVideo Should Be in Smash Bros. 

Choice Provisions on the Nindie Scene, Future Plans and Why CommanderVideo Should Be in Smash Bros. 

"Shovel Knight, Meat Boy, and CommanderVideo would hold their own"

Choice Provisions remains one of the most admirably eclectic yet successful developers currently plying their trade in the download scene. After coming to prominence with the BIT.TRIP series on WiiWare and other platforms, the studio changed its name from Gaijin Games and has begun...

Reaction: Confirmation of Unity on the New Nintendo 3DS is Welcome, and Gives More Evidence of a Unified Future

Confirmation of Unity on the New Nintendo 3DS is Welcome, and Gives More Evidence of a Unified Future

Points to a reasonable lifecycle for the New portable, too

For a decent amount of time Nintendo's been fielding questions about Unity support for the 3DS, and the answer's often been the same - it's being considered and it's a desired inclusion on the portable. The problem is the reality that the 3DS is derived of technology that was ageing even...

Talking Point: Splatoon Is a Typically Colourful Nintendo Dabble in the Mainstream Market

Splatoon Is a Typically Colourful Nintendo Dabble in the Mainstream Market

It can't be gory with all that ink

When Splatoon was revealed at E3 2014, this writer was rather unimpressed, which in the clear perspective of hindsight was a very narrow-minded reaction. Eager to see more 'hits', the oddball, super colourful third-person competitive shooter seemed like a peculiar announcement - both fundamentally Nintendo-esque...

Feature: The Final Xenoblade Chronicles X Presentation - Dolls and Online Features

The Final Xenoblade Chronicles X Presentation - Dolls and Online Features

Info on how mech suits will work in the game, along with online mechanics

Well, there you have it. With this latest Japanese Xenoblade Chronicles X presentation, Nintendo and developer Monolith Soft have spilled all the beans they're willing to spill before the game releases in Japan on 29th April. In the past we've seen the planet of Mira detailed,...

Reaction: LEGO Dimensions Could be a Sales Phenomenon, and Nintendo Must Push It For Wii U

LEGO Dimensions Could be a Sales Phenomenon, and Nintendo Must Push It For Wii U

Can Nintendo seize LEGO dominance to replicate the Wii era of Just Dance?

Long rumoured, today finally brought official news on LEGO Dimensions, the toys-to-life project - the good news for Nintendo fans is that the late September release is confirmed for the Wii U. Admittedly LEGO games always do come to the Wii U, but in these tricky times it's...

Community Interview: Affordable Space Adventures - The Developers Answer Your Questions

Affordable Space Adventures - The Developers Answer Your Questions

"All types of game making are risky"

Affordable Space Adventures arrives in the eShop today in both North America and Europe, a Wii U exclusive that makes impressive use of the GamePad and suits either solo play or co-op for three players. It's a unique arrival in various ways, and we were full of praise for it in our Affordable Space Adventures...

Feature: A Day in The Future Life of a Nintendo Gamer

A Day in The Future Life of a Nintendo Gamer

When smartphones and new systems take over our days

Imagine this. When you check your phone in the morning, the Nintendo app is marked with a red dot. After you check your text messages and Facebook notifications, you click the big red "N" and get to work. Inside the app, your notifications let you know you have some extra lives for the Animal...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Plans for DLC and Microtransactions Point to Changed Priorities

Nintendo's Plans for DLC and Microtransactions Point to Changed Priorities

Previous ethics and standards are being stretched

We're in the midst of changing times for Nintendo, perhaps of a turbulent nature, and the sands are shifting in multiple ways. In the past couple of months we've seen Nintendo partner up with DeNA to move towards bringing its core IPs to smart devices, bringing a resultant boom in share prices,...

Poll: Which Characters Do You Want to Win the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot?

Which Characters Do You Want to Win the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot?

Realistic and, erm, not so realistic choices

Since it launched the official Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot page last week, Nintendo will have undoubtedly been bombarded with thousands of votes. When it comes to Super Smash Bros. there are always fighters left off the roster that many want to see, so the voting is sure to be diverse. With votes not...