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Talking Point: The Argument For And Against amiibo-Cloning Tool Amiiqo

The Argument For And Against amiibo-Cloning Tool Amiiqo

A necessary evil or bare-face piracy?

Nintendo's range of amiibo toys has been a commercial success, shipping over 10 million units (at the last count) and giving the company a much-needed additional revenue stream during a time of considerable turmoil and upheaval. However, the amiibo story hasn't been entirely positive, with some figures proving...

Talking Point: Pokkén Tournament May Not Be a Wii U Saviour, But It Can Provide a Welcome Boost

Pokkén Tournament May Not Be a Wii U Saviour, But It Can Provide a Welcome Boost

Giving early 2016 a focal point

Ever since its announcement for the Japanese arcade scene Pokkén Tournament has been closely followed by Pokémon and fighting game fans. Unofficial efforts have often pitched 'mon against each other in crude efforts, but the flashy Bandai Namco-developed release caused quite an online buzz. Of course, its status...

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...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Dismissal of Chris Pranger Highlights Issues With Company Culture

Nintendo's Dismissal of Chris Pranger Highlights Issues With Company Culture

"I've failed you. I've failed me."

If I were fired from making games at Nintendo, I would feel cataclysmically heartbroken in such a way that I might never recover. This is the imagined story I have just now constructed in my head, but for former Nintendo localization editor Chris Pranger, this heartache is more than a pained hypothetical...

Talking Point: Fatal Frame's Trial Version and Limited Edition Highlight Nintendo's Shifting Approach to Retail

Fatal Frame's Trial Version and Limited Edition Highlight Nintendo's Shifting Approach to Retail

The eShop can be key for smaller retail releases

In the glut of Gamescom announcements earlier this week, Nintendo of Europe confirmed interesting details for the launch of Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water, known as Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden in North America; we'll opt for Fatal Frame as our preferred title. Given a

Talking Point: Nintendo's Game Updates and DLC Are Fantastic, Albeit Starved of Attention

Nintendo's Game Updates and DLC Are Fantastic, Albeit Starved of Attention

Key Wii U titles have evolved a great deal

It's easy to be a little blasé and spoilt as gamers, but it's been striking once again that, with a combination of economic savvy and a clear love for its products, Nintendo is making the most of key releases on the Wii U. Three of the system's biggest games have transformed since launch with a mix of...

Talking Point: Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated Poorly By The Third-Party Retail Scene, But The System Still Brings Joy

Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated Poorly By The Third-Party Retail Scene, But The System Still Brings Joy

Project Cars is one of the last to bite the dust

A few years from now the Wii U will have surely become 'last gen', following the Wii in having occasional Just Dance titles and being available at throwaway prices for those curious about the system. An excellent console it is too, with a retail library full of absolute gems and an eShop that's...

Talking Point: Assessing the Odds of Super Mario Maker Making a Commercial Splash This September

Assessing the Odds of Super Mario Maker Making a Commercial Splash This September

Anniversary-busting August may have been better

We're still waiting for a North American announcement - which we hope is just a matter of time - but we were rather pleased about confirmation today of a Super Mario Maker Wii U hardware bundle. It's coming to Europe on the same day as the game (a simple but important requirement) and certainly...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Talking Point: Super Mario Maker Stole the Show at the Nintendo World Championships 2015

Super Mario Maker Stole the Show at the Nintendo World Championships 2015

A game changer for the franchise

The Nintendo World Championships 2015 was an event that had various similarities to the Super Smash Bros. Invitational from E3 2014 - it was charming, had some flat moments, the occasional hiccup, yet managed to seize momentum at key moments to keep us watching. It was a lengthy event that actually started rather...

Talking Point: Looking Ahead to the Nintendo World Championships 2015

Looking Ahead to the Nintendo World Championships 2015

Nintendo can start E3 with a bang

A week from today Nintendo will host a live event in Los Angeles that'll get the E3 party started for its fans. For the second year running the company's template for the expo is to combine a pre-prepared Digital Event with a live event and hour-upon-hour of Treehouse coverage, while some Best Buy customers will...

Talking Point: Prepare Yourselves - E3 Silly Season is Here

Prepare Yourselves - E3 Silly Season is Here

There's no escape

E3 is a peculiar beast, and comparisons to Christmas certainly work. In one sense it's "the most wonderful time of the year" - you can croon along to that line in your own head - but it's also a stressful nightmare. We may love the festive meals, jolly times and moments of relaxation at the end of the year, but they're bookended...

Talking Point: Retro Gamers Beware, PAC-MAN 256 Could be a Template for Nintendo's Smart Device Future

Retro Gamers Beware, PAC-MAN 256 Could be a Template for Nintendo's Smart Device Future

Simple works on phones, and the early NES era epitomises that style

Being a gamer on the wrong side of 30 that uses YouTube to keep up with a modest list of subscribed channels, this humble writer was unaware of PAC-MAN 256 until earlier today when a press release plopped into an inbox. A celebration of Pac-Man's 35th Anniversary? Sweet! It's on...