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Editorial: Nintendo's Strategy Needs to be Global, With a Western Touch in the Boardroom

Nintendo's Strategy Needs to be Global, With a Western Touch in the Boardroom

Combine the vital Japanese culture with a broader outlook

Nintendo is, in the ongoing understatement of the ages, very Japanese. That can be a huge strength, and some of its key successes as a business have resulted from sticking to its core culture and, as a result, winning over legions of fans. In the current day the big N is well known for its...

Feature: Taking to the Skies for a Final Look at the Star Fox Zero E3 Build

Taking to the Skies for a Final Look at the Star Fox Zero E3 Build

Five more opinions on the divisive Wii U title

Star Fox Zero was a divisive reveal at E3, as it seemed to simultaneously delight and worry fans. Some loved the visual style, some compared them unfavourably to GameCube graphics. Some liked the gyroscopic GamePad controls, others thought they were awkward and poorly implemented. It's been a mixed bag...

Hands On: Blast Ball Brings Crude Button Mashing and is a Poor Advert for Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Blast Ball Brings Crude Button Mashing and is a Poor Advert for Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Tom and Anthony scratch their heads at Nintendo's Prime demo

Blast Ball had a peculiar reveal and presence in recent weeks. It first appeared in the Nintendo World Championships without Metroid branding, and was then revealed in the E3 Digital Event to be part of Metroid Prime: Federation Force, the divisive 3DS title in development by Next Level...

Feature: A Tale of Adventure and Totemic Chaos in The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

A Tale of Adventure and Totemic Chaos in The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

Three brave heroes seek triumph

This is the tale of identical triplets living in a quiet, uninteresting corner of Hyrule, each with an earnest desire to escape and see the world. Their section of Hyrule isn't on the lavish maps produced in honour of their hero Link, but is off the edge and out of view. Not even smashing pots is much fun in their...

Talking Point: The Pros, Cons and Questionable Likelihood of a Nintendo NX Release in Summer 2016

The Pros, Cons and Questionable Likelihood of a Nintendo NX Release in Summer 2016

A new pillar? Is July 2016 too soon, or even likely?

In the first of what are sure to be multiple rumours before Nintendo lifts the lid on its 'NX' hardware in 2016, Taiwanese press site DigiTimes has made a range of claims around a potential release in July next year. Its general statements revolve around Foxconn handling much of the...

Guide: Master Splatoon's New Tower Control Mode with these Easy-to-Use Tricks & Tips

Master Splatoon's New Tower Control Mode with these Easy-to-Use Tricks & Tips

We all want control

Splatoon's new Tower Control game mode has been released to the public, and as with any new set of rules it can take a while to learn how best to approach the matter. That's why we've played and played since silly o' clock in the morning in order to better understand the ins and outs and more importantly deliver our findings and...

Talking Point: It's the Community That'll Put the 'Super' Into Mario Maker

It's the Community That'll Put the 'Super' Into Mario Maker

Its legacy could be outstanding

Just this week we got another look at Super Mario Maker at a UK press event, and were struck by its significant potential. Yet we've already done a first impressions article from E3, which goes into detail on how well it's shaping up. If you want a strong outline of its core features and why we think it's...

First Impressions: Digging Up Details on Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories

Digging Up Details on Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories

Meanwhile, back at the ranch

Natsume always has a diverse catalog of games to show at E3, but the cream of each year's crop is undoubtedly Harvest Moon, the premier farm-life simulation series that's been offering players quiet pastoral pleasures since 1996. This year, after having just produced their first in-house Harvest Moon with last year's...

Interview: Warren Spector on the State of Nintendo, His Future, and How Epic Mickey Annoyed Core Gamers

Warren Spector on the State of Nintendo, His Future, and How Epic Mickey Annoyed Core Gamers

"I'm kind of a Nintendo geek"

At this year's E3 event we had the opportunity to sit down with Warren Spector, one of the most respected names in game development. Be sure to check out the first part of this interview in which we discussed game choices, development leadership and Shigeru Miyamoto. In this second part, we tackle recent history and the...

Reaction: The Concept of eShop 'Early Access' is Both Exciting and Slightly Terrifying

The Concept of eShop 'Early Access' is Both Exciting and Slightly Terrifying

Tom Whitehead thinks it would be the best of times, and the worst

Nintendo is rapidly disproving the suggestion that it's behind-the-curve or old fashioned in the download gaming space. Aspects of the company's decision-making remain cautious, but the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores have not only brought Nintendo up to speed with a number of modern...

Matters Of Import: 3D Gunstar Heroes Is Hyperactive Run And Gun Action At Its Finest

3D Gunstar Heroes Is Hyperactive Run And Gun Action At Its Finest

Another classic to treasure on your 3DS console

Gunstar Heroes charged onto the Sega Mega Drive in 1993, significantly marking the début of quirky developer Treasure, having been formed from ex-Konami staff wanting to go it their own way. Often seen floating near to the top of many 'best game ever' lists, Gunstar Heroes is a bona-fide classic of...

Interview: Warren Spector Discusses Game Choices, Development Leadership and Shigeru Miyamoto

Warren Spector Discusses Game Choices, Development Leadership and Shigeru Miyamoto

"I'm a Link to the Past guy. It's maybe my favorite game."

If you only began telling Warren Spector's history by the time he joined the game company Origin in 1989, you will have glossed over a career that already included professional film critiques, his time producing tabletop games for the ubiquitous Steve Jackson Games, and a thesis about...

Talking Point: The Mystery of Devil's Third and Its Drift Away from the Spotlight

The Mystery of Devil's Third and Its Drift Away from the Spotlight

Nintendo of America remains silent while Europe has a release date

Cast your mind back to E3 2014 - Nintendo's first 'Digital Event' had finished and, by many accounts, had gone down rather well. It was a broadcast designed for all audiences, so a surprise immediately followed with the announcement that mature title Devil's Third, originally...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transforming Franchises Clashes With Fan Expectations

Nintendo's Approach to Transforming Franchises Clashes With Fan Expectations

New ideas that haven't necessarily been welcomed

It's safe to say that Nintendo's E3 efforts have been received with mixed responses from fans. Especially given that Microsoft and Sony arguably brought the thunder this year, many expected that Nintendo would have some similarly headline grabbing announcements to match. What we received instead was...

First Impressions: Getting Into The Spirit With Yo-Kai Watch

Getting Into The Spirit With Yo-Kai Watch

An Inspiriting Invasion

Yo-Kai Watch's Western début has been a long time coming - two 3DS games, several anime and manga series, and a mountain of merchandise have already conquered the imagination of young Japanese players, and now the first portable RPG in the series is making its way to the rest of the world courtesy of Nintendo and Level 5...

Interview: Knitting Together the Pattern of Yoshi's Woolly World and Cuddly amiibo

Knitting Together the Pattern of Yoshi's Woolly World and Cuddly amiibo

"We still have lots more ideas to explore"

Yoshi's Woolly World is out now in Europe - it heads to North America on 16th October - and is the latest major retail arrival on the Wii U. First teased back in 2013, its visual style and design brings a natural evolution to the yarn aesthetic seen in the excellent Kirby's Epic Yarn on Wii. Utilising the...

Movie Review: Behind Nintendo Quest's Game Collecting, There's A Surprisingly Human Story

Behind Nintendo Quest's Game Collecting, There's A Surprisingly Human Story

For the love of the find

Kickstarter-funded movie Nintendo Quest isn't exactly a documentary about NES games. They're definitely in the film; don't worry about that. You'll see so many shelves and boxes and displays chock full of gray cartridges that they'll dance behind your eyelids whenever you close them. But those who expect huge reels of play...

Talking Point: E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Development Shift Towards NX, and Away from Wii U

E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Development Shift Towards NX, and Away from Wii U

3DS also delves into spin-offs and sequels to pass time

It's been a little over a week since E3 2015, the shared temperature of frustrated Nintendo fans has simmered down a little, and we can reflect on both what the big N showed and kept behind the scenes. Both tell us much, and also indicate that the Wii U seems to be heading for a short...

Parent Trap: Woolly Yoshi amiibo Finally Turn Toys To Life Figures Into Actual Toys

Woolly Yoshi amiibo Finally Turn Toys To Life Figures Into Actual Toys

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson has a yarn Yoshi, don't hate him

It may seem that the knitted amiibo for Yoshi's Woolly World are simply a gimmick. However, for children the difference here is more than aesthetic. They mark a new toys to life trend of offering playable toys rather than collectable figurines for the shelf. Of course, historically toys...