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Talking Point: Considering the Future of Nintendo Direct and Beyond for Reaching Old and New Fans

Considering the Future of Nintendo Direct and Beyond for Reaching Old and New Fans

Continued evolution, or a fresh direction?

Since it first emerged in late 2011, the Nintendo Direct concept has been integral to the big N's strategy for communicating with fans. In busy periods there can be multiple broadcasts in a single month, while longer gaps of 6-8 weeks have become relatively common in the past two years. We're in the midst...

Video: Here's All Your Pre-E3 Nintendo Direct Video Content In One Handy Place

Here's All Your Pre-E3 Nintendo Direct Video Content In One Handy Place

Moving images are fun!

Nintendo's final Direct broadcast before E3 was something of a surprise - we knew the Japanese event was happening but the Western Nintendo Direct Micro came out of nowhere. Still, when it delivered so much new-game goodness, it's hard to grumble about being blindsided - even if poor old Tom had to be shackled to his PC...

News: Art Academy: Home Studio Heading to North America as Wii U eShop Exclusive

Art Academy: Home Studio Heading to North America as Wii U eShop Exclusive

$4 discount for SketchPad owners

It's been a while coming, but just recently we learned that Art Academy: Atelier is heading to Wii U in Europe on 26th June, this being the full home console retail entry in the series. It's now been confirmed in a Nintendo Direct Micro that'll it'll be called Art Academy: Home Studio in North America, and will...

News: LBX: Little Battlers eXperience Will Be Fighting It Out On 3DS This Year

LBX: Little Battlers eXperience Will Be Fighting It Out On 3DS This Year

Silly customisations ahoy!

Today's surprise Nintendo Direct Micro did more than just provide localisation details from the weekend's Japanese broadcast, but has confirmed another title on its way to the West. LBX: Little Battlers eXperience is hitting the 3DS in North America on 21st August this year, and is due in Europe in November. As the name...

News: Bravely Second End Layer is Heading to the West in 2016

Bravely Second End Layer is Heading to the West in 2016

The wait begins

Bravely Second End Layer has proven to be a success in Japan, and considering the highly respectable sales of its predecessor in the West it's little surprise that it's now confirmed for localisation. The Square Enix-published RPG had recently been trademarked in Europe, so this isn't particularly surprising news. Both Nintendo of...

News: Nintendo World Championships Event Time Confirmed, With The Legend of Zelda NES Included in the Final

Nintendo World Championships Event Time Confirmed, With The Legend of Zelda NES Included in the Final

Pre-show broadcasts also promised

Following the past weekend's Nintendo World Championship's qualifiers, Nintendo of America has used its quirky Nintendo Direct Micro and subsequent details to flesh out the final event that's taking place in LA on 14th June. For starters, the big event will be at 3pm Pacific time on 14th June, which is 6pm Eastern...

News: Nintendo of America Unleashes a Nintendo Direct Micro With New Game Details

Nintendo of America Unleashes a Nintendo Direct Micro With New Game Details

Release dates for some of the Japanese Nintendo Direct reveals

Over the weekend there was a Japanese Nintendo Direct that unveiled some exciting details, all of which is summarised right here. Nintendo of America has now release a neat 'Nintendo Direct Micro' with localised details on some of these reveals. Examples include Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure,...

News: Satoru Iwata Will Return as Nintendo Direct Host, Apologises Again for amiibo Shortages

Satoru Iwata Will Return as Nintendo Direct Host, Apologises Again for amiibo Shortages

Splatoon stock seems to be short in Japan, too

Nintendo fans following today's Japanese Nintendo Direct will have seen a new presenter in action, Morimoto-san. The younger face held his own, fitting in with the often formal nature of the Japan-only broadcasts, taking on the tough role of filling the shoes of our most regular presenter - Nintendo...

News: Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Palico Village DX Heading to Japan This Year

Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Palico Village DX Heading to Japan This Year

Rather like Animal Crossing x Monster Hunter

A combination of a Japanese Nintendo Direct and a live Capcom fan event have brought news of two more MH titles heading to the 3DS. Most notable is the reveal of Monster Hunter X (Cross), which blends the classic main-series play with Frontier-like special moves and quicker combat. Also announced today...

News: New Dr. Mario Title Released on 3DS in Japan

New Dr. Mario Title Released on 3DS in Japan

Features online matches, download play and also has Luigi

In today's Nintendo Direct a couple of new downloads were given immediate releases in Japan. One of these is Super Mario Galaxy on the Wii U eShop, but there's a fresh option for 3DS owners too in the form of a new Dr. Mario title for the handheld. Also featuring Dr. Luigi, this new en

News: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, amiibo 3DS Portal and New Nintendo 3DS Hardware Dated for Japan

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, amiibo 3DS Portal and New Nintendo 3DS Hardware Dated for Japan

It's actually quite pricey

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer remains a bit of an oddity, at least in the opinion of this writer. It appears to be a rather simplistic game in which you decorate homes to satisfy cute characters, adopting one small part of AC charm into one package. It's also a vehicle for the first range of amiibo cards, which will...

News: Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is Dashing to Wii U and 3DS

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is Dashing to Wii U and 3DS

Rugby and golf make the cut

Whenever the summer or winter Olympics roll around there's a certain tradition for Nintendo fans - contemplating whether to pick up the latest Mario & Sonic release. A big deal when it first happened, we're now used to seeing the former enemies battling it out over a 100 meter sprint rather than in bizarre '90s...

News: Fire Emblem If Allows You to Build and Manage a Town, All Four Current FE amiibo Supported

Fire Emblem If Allows You to Build and Manage a Town, All Four Current FE amiibo Supported

Ten minute presentation video released

It may not be coming to the West until 2016, but Fire Emblem If is hard to ignore as a result of its rapidly approaching release in Japan. With two distinct versions - and a third arc available via download - it's a title ambitious in scope, expanding upon the excellent Fire Emblem: Awakening. Today's Japanese...

Feature: The Key Details on Splatoon, Nintendo's Shot at a New Wii U Hit

The Key Details on Splatoon, Nintendo's Shot at a New Wii U Hit

Modes, guns, 8-bit games and amiibo

This week brought us Splatoon Direct, Nintendo's quirky pitch for its upcoming ink-based arena shooter. It's a game that's justifiably been talked up a fair deal, with a blend of intuitive and clever GamePad controls, bright visuals and a whole lot of gameplay potential. While large sections reiterated information...

Reaction: The Splatoon Global Testfire Demo Is a Clever Nintendo Direct Highlight

The Splatoon Global Testfire Demo Is a Clever Nintendo Direct Highlight

Stress tests servers, creates and 'event' and builds hype all at once

Nintendo isn't quite as old-fashioned as some like to pretend; it is, after all, a multi-billion dollar entertainment company that manufactures and sells consoles. In recent times it's signalled a serious intent to tackle the smart device market, shake up its customer loyalty...