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Soapbox: Fan Expo 2014 - A Nintendo Fan's Experience

Fan Expo 2014 - A Nintendo Fan's Experience

Discussing Nintendo’s presence, or lack thereof

In this soapbox our resident Canadian writer and Pokémon expert Andrew Karklins shares his perspective from the recent Fan Expo 2014 event. Just recently (28th to 31st August), I was lucky enough to attend Fan Expo Canada, a convention held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As the third largest...

Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women In Games Won't Make the Problem Go Away

Ignoring The Objectification Of Women In Games Won't Make the Problem Go Away

Should we boycott Senran Kagura Burst's balloon-breasted characters?

Long-time readers of Nintendo Life will be aware that we've given a fair amount of coverage to Senran Kagura Burst, a 3DS fighting game which recently launched in Europe amid a campaign which focused almost entirely on the title's bevy of busty female combatants. To be honest, I...

Soapbox: The Nintendo Wi-Fi Disconnection Reminds Us Why Local Multiplayer Still Matters

The Nintendo Wi-Fi Disconnection Reminds Us Why Local Multiplayer Still Matters

Tom Whitehead goes on about online multiplayer's pitfalls, like an old man

I was disappointed to learn about Nintendo switching off online play on the Wii and DS; at the time I was on a short break spending some time with my family and, funnily enough, getting ready for some memory-jogging multiplayer gaming with my older brother. Growing up...

Soapbox: Nintendo Soundtracks - Where Are They?

Nintendo Soundtracks - Where Are They?

Kerry wonders why Nintendo's not wired for sound

I’ve recently (finally) got around to playing Fire Emblem: Awakening, and like all other beings with functioning ears after the first few battles I decided the soundtrack was incredible; so I took off into the wilds of the internet to try and buy a copy for myself. The joy of hearing such...

Soapbox: A Monster Hunter Obsession, and Why the Franchise Could Take Off in the West

A Monster Hunter Obsession, and Why the Franchise Could Take Off in the West

Tom Whitehead argues the case for the divisive, demanding series

I'll put it out there right from the off — I'm no Monster Hunter veteran. Not by a long way, and in fact my first experience with the series was Monster Hunter Tri on the Wii. I played the campaign to completion and enjoyed it a lot, but it wasn't until Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate...

Soapbox: Nintendo's Appearance at VGX Underwhelmed, But the Show Itself Was Far Worse

Nintendo's Appearance at VGX Underwhelmed, But the Show Itself Was Far Worse

Tom Whitehead cringed for three painful hours

I'll start this with a confession — I'd never bothered watching the VGA awards until this year's rebranded VGX event. I'd pre-judged it based on its own marketing message and what others had said, which isn't actually the best way to approach it; nevertheless life is short and, frankly, I was always...

Soapbox: Even With The Arrival Of PS4 And Xbox One, I'd Still Pick The Wii U

Even With The Arrival Of PS4 And Xbox One, I'd Still Pick The Wii U

Damien McFerran experiences buyer's remorse thanks to a recent purchase

Before we stumble headlong into what will surely be a touchy subject to some, allow me to clarify something. As many of you will be aware, Nintendo Life is but one third of a network of gaming-focused sites. Nestled in the bosom of a growing media empire, this site is flanked...

Soapbox: Zelda's Magic Creates A Link Between Generations

Zelda's Magic Creates A Link Between Generations

Damien McFerran on how Nintendo's new 3DS Zelda has created a vital bond

More than two decades ago, an excitable 12 year-old boy huddled down in front of his Super Nintendo console armed with a copy of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Having witnessed the critical acclaim directed towards this new action RPG the youth expectantly flicked...

Soapbox: The Wii Changed The Face of Gaming, Before The Console Industry Promptly Forgot Its Lessons

The Wii Changed The Face of Gaming, Before The Console Industry Promptly Forgot Its Lessons

Tom Whitehead believes that the Wii's good work has, in part, been wasted

This week the Nintendo Japan website updated the status of Wii production, officially bringing it to an end. We'd previously argued that Nintendo could have ruled the micro console market with Wii and the company, potentially, missed a trick; it seems to be a decision made...

Soapbox: Why Grand Theft Auto V Isn't For Me

Why Grand Theft Auto V Isn't For Me

Damien McFerran reminds us that other games are available

This week sees the release of Grand Theft Auto V on PS3 and 360 — but, alas, not the Wii U. But of course, you already knew that, because unless you've recently taken up residence beneath an exceptionally large rock, you'll have found it absolutely impossible to avoid hearing about...

Soapbox: Mobile And Tablet Gaming Is Creating A Generation Of Talentless Players

Mobile And Tablet Gaming Is Creating A Generation Of Talentless Players

Touchscreens are all very well, but Damien McFerran wants his pad back

As much as dedicated console players hate to admit it, smartphone and tablet gaming has really taken off of late. Companies like GungHo interactive are reaching the kind of audience and generating the kind of revenue that their more established rivals can only dream of, and...

Soapbox: The 8-Bit Era Laid the Groundwork, but Modern Day Progress Shouldn't be Discounted

The 8-Bit Era Laid the Groundwork, but Modern Day Progress Shouldn't be Discounted

Tom feels that enjoying both retro and modern games is vital

This week we've published a few features to celebrate the Famicom's 30th Anniversary. It's an extraordinary landmark, particularly because so many games from the 8-bit machine are still treasured to this day, many of which are deserving because they're enormous fun. I think there's...