E3 2013 News

Video: Skylanders Swap Force Really Lives Up To Its Name

Skylanders Swap Force Really Lives Up To Its Name

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson gets swap-happy

The clue’s in the name right? Skylanders Swap Force is an interesting proposition this year because of all that switching and swapping you can do with the new figures. What we hadn’t appreciated was quite how varied the new mixed up creations could be, or how much they would feel like fully fledged...

News: Reggie Unmoved By The Threat Of $400 PlayStation 4

Reggie Unmoved By The Threat Of $400 PlayStation 4

Holiday season will put Nintendo in a "very good position"

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has been speaking to Kotaku about the current state of the Wii U, and has delivered some typically bullish predictions — as well as admitting that the console has struggled to satisfy core gamers. Talking about the "next-gen verses current...

News: Iwata: Nintendo Searching For A "Different Expression" To Describe The GamePad's Experience

Iwata: Nintendo Searching For A "Different Expression" To Describe The GamePad's Experience

Consumers don't understand the asymmetric gameplay of Wii U

When Nintendo released the Wii U last year it focused the majority of its messaging on what the all-new GamePad could bring to gaming. Of course, there's off-TV play but one of the biggest selling points is asymmetric gameplay, which allows one player to use the GamePad while others use Wii...

News: Warner Bros. Believes In Wii U, Thinks E3 Games Will "Re-energize The Platform"

Warner Bros. Believes In Wii U, Thinks E3 Games Will "Re-energize The Platform"

"I think they're going to fix the problem"

Nintendo may have some killer titles of its own coming to Wii U this year and beyond, but third-party support for the console has been uncertain almost from day one. Electronic Arts has backed away from the platform, and staunch supporter Ubisoft appears to be getting cold feet. Thankfully, it's not all...

News: Call of Duty: Ghosts May Not Appear On Wii U After All

Call of Duty: Ghosts May Not Appear On Wii U After All

It's all very mysterious

Remember when Call of Duty: Ghosts for the Wii U was confirmed last week after Infinity Ward executive producer Mark Rubin said PR wanted to keep things mysterious with the game? Well it's time to scrap that, as the story has now changed. Speaking with Games Industry International to clarify on the topic, Rubin said he in...

Feature: The Big Nintendo E3 Survey

The Big Nintendo E3 Survey

So, what did you think?

It's now been just under a week since Nintendo's E3 Direct and subsequent information overloads, and we're preparing to move on and start playing games again — as opposed to watching those Mario Kart 8, Monolith Soft's X or Super Smash Bros. trailers on an endless repeat cycle. But E3 was fun — at least, we think it...

First Impressions: Skylanders Swap Force

Skylanders Swap Force

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson goes hands-on at E3

The head to head nature of Skylanders Swap Force and Disney Infinity meant that E3 was always going to be a show down. With Disney buying up an impressive amount of floor space and advertising, Activision responded with more information, novelty and freebies than we’ve seen for previous Skylanders...

News: Pachter: Without Third Party Support Nintendo Fans May End Up Buying A Second Console

Pachter: Without Third Party Support Nintendo Fans May End Up Buying A Second Console

If Ubisoft drops support "you can stick a fork in Wii U"

Nintendo is currently struggling to gain third party support for Wii U, due to the console's relatively low install base. Electronic Arts is the most high profile publisher to announce it is pulling support and at this moment in time has no games in the works for Wii U. In order to rectify...

Talking Point: E3 Exposed the Strains of Nintendo's Development Workload

E3 Exposed the Strains of Nintendo's Development Workload

Delays have been common on Wii U

Nintendo and, in particular, the Wii U are in a tricky catch-22 situation; third-parties — including Ubisoft at E3 — are holding off on most additional support for the platform until sales improve, yet games are needed to boost sales. It's an issue that feels all too familiar, though the absence of much support...

First Impressions: Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2

Kiss kiss, bang bang

Really, Bayonetta 2 isn’t that far outside of Nintendo’s wheelhouse. The creators of Nintendogs and Wii Fit may like to play it family-friendly, but come on — there’s always been a playful, almost kinky side to Nintendo, games with just the right amount of dirtiness. Look at ol’ Jimmy T. making it happen in WarioWare,...

First Impressions: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Frozen in time?

If there is a rule that Nintendo lives by, it’s that one good turn deserves another. Hence why the E3 2013 revelation that the game Austin, Texas’ Retro Studios has been slaving away on for the past three years is none other than a sequel to Donkey Kong Country Returns isn’t much of a revelation at all. Donkey Kong Country...

Interview: Zelda Producer Eiji Aonuma Talks DLC, Missing Dungeons And Majora's Mask

Zelda Producer Eiji Aonuma Talks DLC, Missing Dungeons And Majora's Mask

Exclusive access to Link's protector

Eiji Aonuma has presided over the The Legend of Zelda series for the past 15 years and has overseen some of the franchise's most iconic entries. We got the chance to sit down and speak with him during this year's E3 event, where he was promoting the two forthcoming instalments: The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker...

Video: Nintendo Releases Its E3 Wrap-Up

Nintendo Releases Its E3 Wrap-Up

A nice quick look at the company's E3

Nintendo's E3 was certainly a bit different this year, as rather than a laser-focus on the events of a live presentation, it had the feel of revolving around multiple video releases — starting with the E3 Direct. There were the developer videos, which gave some enjoyable insight, while the standard round...

First Impressions: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Wind Reawakened

It’s strange to have a first impression on a remake of a game, especially when it’s a game like The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. The truth is that despite being 10 years old at this point, Wind Waker is still a great looking game that plays well and has held up very well over time. Whether that’s due to the GameCube’s...

First Impressions: Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8

Turning things upside down

Imagine the Mario Kart series as an enormous living being made out of adorable cars, happy drivers, delightful loops passing through volcanoes and haunted houses and vicious blue shells. Envision this being, this body of Kartdom, and now answer this simple question: where is its heart? What is the thumping engine within...

News: Hideki Kamiya Still Wants to Work on Star Fox

Hideki Kamiya Still Wants to Work on Star Fox

Let him do that, Star Fox

Ever-tweeting Platinum Games director Hideki Kamiya has spoken about his desire to work on the Star Fox franchise in the past, and that hope apparently hasn't gone anywhere. During E3 2013, speaking to Nintendo World Report, Kamiya reiterated that he would be "pleased" if he was offered everybody's favourite space-animal...