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Talking Point: Super Smash Bros. and amiibo Have Enjoyed Success, But Nintendo Could Have Done More

Super Smash Bros. and amiibo Have Enjoyed Success, But Nintendo Could Have Done More

Communication, stock and implementation could have been better

For Nintendo fans and Wii U owners, we feel that the last few months have been a terrific period — there's been excitement and buzz around 2015 games and, more importantly, a selection of high quality and hugely enjoyable games that are in stores now. There's been a perceivable shift...

Talking Point: What's Next For amiibo?

What's Next For amiibo?

Nintendo's range is off to a blistering start, but what could 2015 hold?

Amid the confusion regarding amiibo figures apparently being discontinued (and then not) and the scarcely credible defected models we've been seeing, it's easy to miss the fact that Nintendo's new "toys to life" range has been a storming success — so much so that the...

Talking Point: Super Smash Bros. Can Finally Reach Its Money-Spinning Potential

Super Smash Bros. Can Finally Reach Its Money-Spinning Potential

All the pieces have come together

We often talk up Nintendo's alternative and unique approach in the current games market, primarily that of generally focusing on colourful, fun games that often run at a silky smooth 60 frames per second; when it comes to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, we're even looking at a native 1080p resolution to round off the...

Talking Point: Nintendo Offers the Best of Both Worlds with Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Nintendo Offers the Best of Both Worlds with Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Satoru Iwata's "Same-Generation Hypothesis" actually makes sense

It's almost taken for granted that Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will perform well on 3DS (and 2DS) over the Holiday season. It's the safest bet for Nintendo since Pokémon X & Y jumped into a bold new 3D engine and became the biggest-selling of all 3DS games;...

Talking Point: The amiibo Range Grows, Yet Key Questions Remain

The amiibo Range Grows, Yet Key Questions Remain

Its ambition is both a strength and a curse

Back in August we outlined amiibo pros and cons, mainly within the context that Nintendo had revealed little about the figures over the course of the summer months. Many questions have since been answered in terms of how the figures will be used in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, in addition to their minor...

Talking Point: The Majora's Mask 3D Reveal Showed Nintendo Can Still Surprise and Delight

The Majora's Mask 3D Reveal Showed Nintendo Can Still Surprise and Delight

It was a S.T.E.A.M.Y Direct

This week Nintendo produced a rather traditional Direct broadcast — there was no animation, relatively little flashy presentation beyond trailers, and a diverse range of announcements. It was back to type and rather like those that we'd seen throughout 2013; that's not a criticism, as Nintendo has diversified its...

Talking Point: Platinum Games Has Secured a Golden Wii U Legacy

Platinum Games Has Secured a Golden Wii U Legacy

Bayonetta 2 joins the brilliant Wonderful 101

We argued, right at the start of our Bayonetta 2 review, that the "Wii U library is small, but also diverse and exciting". The reason we opened with that point is that, despite lazy comments often shared online — increasingly irrelevant with each passing month — stating that the Wii U has 'no...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Ability to Charm Young Gamers is Vital for its Success

Nintendo's Ability to Charm Young Gamers is Vital for its Success

Proper next-gen

There was a period, in the latter half of the last generation of systems, when it seemed as if Sony and Microsoft were making a major play for the young gamer's market — Microsoft pushed for advertising presence on major multi-platform franchises, in particular, while Sony tried new ideas with its range of Wonderbook releases...

Talking Point: History Shows Us That Nintendo's Here to Stay

History Shows Us That Nintendo's Here to Stay

125 years and counting

On 23rd September 1889 Nintendo was founded as Nintendo Koppai, meaning the company is now 125 years old; it's been known as Nintendo Co., Ltd since 1963. The history of the company is particularly fascinating, and also reminds us of some important lessons regarding Nintendo; it's not solely a video game manufacturer,...

Talking Point: The Super Smash Bros. 3DS Demo Has Been an Easy Triumph for Nintendo

The Super Smash Bros. 3DS Demo Has Been an Easy Triumph for Nintendo

The 3DS brawler is given a chance to shine

With around 24 hours passed since its announcement, we can't help but be slightly amused by the understated nature of Nintendo of America's announcement of a Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS demo. Two of the Nintendo Treehouse staff stood outside their venerated department and, with a mixture of...

Talking Point: The Growing Role of The Treehouse Gives Nintendo More Personality

The Growing Role of The Treehouse Gives Nintendo More Personality

A human touch

It's not so long ago that The Treehouse at Nintendo of America's HQ was a mystery, a department with a rather charming door behind which delights could be found. It was tempting to think of it as a smaller game-related version of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, with Oompa Loompas in Mario hats singing songs and playing games. Of...

Talking Point: Mario Kart 8's Diverse DLC Sets Up Endless Potential for the Franchise

Mario Kart 8's Diverse DLC Sets Up Endless Potential for the Franchise

A vehicle that could be vital in future

It's safe to say that Nintendo caught us off guard with its recent DLC announcement for Mario Kart 8, with these extras bringing new franchises into the MK world and, just as importantly, serving up a significant dose of content. Once both packs arrive the number of courses will have doubled, which is...

Talking Point: The Argument For And Against Retro Flash Carts

The Argument For And Against Retro Flash Carts

Preserving the past, or exploiting it?

As technology has advanced over the years, we've seen massive strides being taken in the realm of retro gaming, and one of the most important events to occur recently is the emergence of flash carts that allow gamers to potentially store every single game ever made for a single platform on an SD card and run...

Talking Point: A Virtual Console Revival Could Be Just a Pricing Revolution Away

A Virtual Console Revival Could Be Just a Pricing Revolution Away

Time for some of those new pricing structures promised by Satoru Iwata

When the Virtual Console arrived on the Wii Shop it was a revelation, an official and guilt-free way to download and play classics from across the history of Nintendo systems and even former rivals from Sega and Commodore. It was an opportunity to sample games from consoles...