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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...

Reaction: Nintendo's E3 Digital Event Brought Franchises We Wanted, But Not The Blockbusters

Nintendo's E3 Digital Event Brought Franchises We Wanted, But Not The Blockbusters

Metroid and Animal Crossing in unexpected forms

Nintendo's E3 Digital Event has concluded after the usual hype and build up, and as expected it contained a number of surprising twists. Some of our predictions were on the right track, but Nintendo also left out some releases and IPs that were much anticipated while, intriguingly, other brands we...

Reaction: There is a Positive Angle to Nintendo's Splatoon Global Testfire Issues

There is a Positive Angle to Nintendo's Splatoon Global Testfire Issues

Lessons learnt

When Nintendo announced the first round of Splatoon Global Testfire sessions we described the idea as a clever Nintendo Direct highlight, as it achieved multiple goals. It created 'event'-style hype, gave curious Wii U owners a look at the game, and also allowed Nintendo to stress-test the online component with an audience of a...

Reaction: Nintendo Dropped the Ball, Not the Mic, With Its Nintendo World Championships 2015 Qualifiers

Nintendo Dropped the Ball, Not the Mic, With Its Nintendo World Championships 2015 Qualifiers

Less an event to capture social media, more one-off E3 show

Following Nintendo's outline of its E3 plans last week, we got rather optimistic and hopeful about the Nintendo World Championships 2015, stating that the E3 event could be just the beginning. We cited the ongoing success of the truly global Pokémon tournaments as a potential blueprint,...

Reaction: Nintendo's E3 Plans are a Perfect Blend of Humour, Retro Charm and a Hint of Madness

Nintendo's E3 Plans are a Perfect Blend of Humour, Retro Charm and a Hint of Madness

Nintendo World Championships 2015, spread the word

Nintendo has made an event of confirming its plans for a major gaming expo, with pre-announcement hype and some bizarre social media stunts. Welcome to the madness of E3 2015. It started with some particularly peculiar pranking from well-known Nintendo figurehead Bill Trinen, with him joking that...

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...

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...

Reaction: The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think a Unified Platform is the Future

The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think a Unified Platform is the Future

Better, together

When Nintendo today announced its partnership with DeNA, which focuses on "smart devices" (mobile phones and tablets), it was wise to also include a statement of intent around its current business - dedicated game systems. As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm...

Reaction: DeNA and Its Games With Disney

DeNA and Its Games With Disney

A match made in heaven for Nintendo?

With all the chatter around the announcement of the 'Dedicated Game Platform' Codenamed 'NX' in Nintendo and DeNA's recent presentation, we thought it would be a good idea to brush up on our knowledge of Tokyo based DeNA Co., Ltd. to see what they are likely to do with Nintendo's beloved IP on smartphones...

Reaction: Pokémon Shuffle Isn't Quite Microtransaction Hell, But It's Getting There

Pokémon Shuffle Isn't Quite Microtransaction Hell, But It's Getting There

Tom Whitehead scratches his head, waits 30 minutes, then scratches it again

Microtransactions. It's a grubby phrase in the eyes of many, mainly because it represents a concept that thrives on being small and inoffensive, yet has the capability to lead to extravagant costs or to simply wreck a game's momentum. It's worse than 'free-to-play', as a...

Reaction: Super Smash Bros. amiibo Support Shows That NFC For The New Nintendo 3DS Is No Gimmick

Super Smash Bros. amiibo Support Shows That NFC For The New Nintendo 3DS Is No Gimmick

Part of a long term plan?

Today Nintendo provided a pretty meaty update for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, which adds some rather neat data sharing options that'll no doubt see thousands of Mii characters and funny images ping around the internet for our viewing pleasure. Beyond those additions of data swapping and Miiverse posts there was...

Reaction: Nintendo Direct Went Crazy With Reveals, and Was Delightful and Confusing in Equal Measure

Nintendo Direct Went Crazy With Reveals, and Was Delightful and Confusing in Equal Measure

Tom Whitehead tries to make sense of 2015's first Nintendo Direct vids

Aside from a few small details that will be saved for a wrap-up article in the very near future, I reckon we've covered most of the important news and reveals from the recent Nintendo Direct broadcasts. It was an absolute bombardment of details, and after quite a few hours and...

Reaction: Nintendo's Drop in Momentum Is A Bigger Concern Than Initial Financial Losses

Nintendo's Drop in Momentum Is A Bigger Concern Than Initial Financial Losses

Net sales and 3DS performance are down on last year

Nintendo's Q1 financial results have been announced and, in a continuation of the past couple of years, bring losses for the company. We'll repeat the nitty-gritty before assessing some other key points, yet we should perhaps take the positive spin that Nintendo is maintaining its projections for...

Reaction: Our Thoughts on Nintendo's Big Day at E3

Our Thoughts on Nintendo's Big Day at E3

Lots to consider

With day one of E3 now long closed, it gives us an opportunity to look back at Nintendo's efforts. It was arguably the most sustained onslaught — over the course of 8-9 hours — that Nintendo's ever produced, starting us off with a Digital Event, following up with rolling live demonstrations from the Treehouse team and rounding...

Reaction: Mario Kart 8 Accused Of Poor Sales Potential, Ruining Battle Mode And Racism

Mario Kart 8 Accused Of Poor Sales Potential, Ruining Battle Mode And Racism

Mario Kart Hate

Mario Kart 8 launches at the end of this month, and as you'll know if you've consulted our review, it's well worth looking forward to. It would seem that most of the gaming press agrees with us; the game has scored very highly across the board. However, opinions are like belly buttons — everybody has one — and unsurprisingly,...

Reaction: Nintendo Direct's Final Flourish of 2013

Nintendo Direct's Final Flourish of 2013

Damien and Tom share their thoughts on this week's broadcasts

It's like Nintendo read our minds, or at least deduced what a number of enthusiasts may be thinking. Aside from a slightly awkward appearance at the VGX awards to reveal Cranky Kong for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, we've had festive season advertising but relatively slim pickings...

Reaction: Nintendo Reminds Us of the Wii's Glory Days With Wii Fit U and Wii Sports Club

Nintendo Reminds Us of the Wii's Glory Days With Wii Fit U and Wii Sports Club

Inexpensive upgrade options are vital for attracting the Wii generation

This week Nintendo didn't so much surprise us with a Nintendo Direct, but left it outside the door unannounced and ran away giggling. Again apparently relying on the rapid influence of word of mouth, or perhaps acknowledging that much of the target audience aren't Nintendo...