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Talking Point: NFC and the Latest Wii U Wizardry

NFC and the Latest Wii U Wizardry

Near Field Communication: cooler than it sounds

As you may have noticed, we've seen a flurry of news stories coming out of Nintendo HQ in the past few days. We started with bad news, that Nintendo expects to make a loss in the current financial year, though the news that Wii U will launch in time for Christmas 2012 helped ease the pain. Of course,...

Talking Point: Using Glitches - Cheating or Clever Gaming?

Using Glitches - Cheating or Clever Gaming?

Everyone stay calm

This week game cheats have been in the news. We learnt about the origins of the Konami Code and, controversially, that Nintendo has no plans to fix Mario Kart 7’s Maka Waku glitch. All this talk of codes, shortcuts and glitches got us thinking about the morality of these gaming quirks: when is it acceptable to take advantage of...

Talking Point: Your Nintendo Christmas Presents

Your Nintendo Christmas Presents

What was in your stocking?

By now you've unwrapped (and probably discarded most of) your Christmas presents and digested your Christmas meal. It's time to talk what you got this year. No, we don't mean the Christmas meal: tell us about your Nintendo Christmas presents. Was Satoru Claus good to you this year? Drop us a comment below and let us know...

Talking Point: Why Is It So Hard to Make a Good Christmas Game?

Why Is It So Hard to Make a Good Christmas Game?

Coal in the stocking

Merry Christmas, everyone! It's that magical time of year again, a time for all of us to indulge in Christmas movies, Christmas music, Christmas TV specials and Christmas video games! Alright, we admit... not so much the last one. But that poses an interesting question: why not? Christmas-themed video games have been around for...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Year of Giving

Nintendo's Year of Giving

Making Santa look bad

As we approach the Holiday season, it seems appropriate to reflect on the act of giving. Although it’s nice to say that the real pleasure is in giving gifts, 3DS owners can be honest and say that receiving them is also rather enjoyable. Nintendo have provided a lot of free content since the handheld’s launch, in a variety...

Talking Point: The Evolution of the 3DS

The Evolution of the 3DS

Learning to walk

On 7th December the latest firmware update arrived on the 3DS, adding new features, functionality and playable content to the handheld. In fact, the system now has a more rounded feel to its functionality, with the current fully updated console boasting significant additions to its original capabilities. We've already put together...

Talking Point: The Overcrowded Holiday Release Schedule

The Overcrowded Holiday Release Schedule

Time for a congestion charge?

There’s a popular analogy that likens the act of waiting for buses to other everyday occurrences in life: around this time every year we’re all inevitably subjected to the same situation as we were last year, and the year before that, and so on. Picture the scene: you’ve endured summer months of crippling boredom, either prodding half-heartedly at the games you..

Talking Point: Nintendo's Plans to Fight Back

Nintendo's Plans to Fight Back

Mario’s gloves come off

If we were to summarise Nintendo’s year so far, we’d say that it’s been having a tough time. There have been moments of brilliance that have reaffirmed the faith of loyal gamers, but there have also been a lot of mis-steps, mistakes and bad publicity, some of which has been unjustified. In fact, despite the release...

Talking Point: Should Nintendo Regularly Offer Free Games for Download?

Should Nintendo Regularly Offer Free Games for Download?

Is continuing in Four Swords' footsteps the answer to the $0.99 download mentality?

As of last week, every DSiWare gamer can download The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition for free. This was originally a full retail title, now with added wireless connectivity, a new single-player mode and bonus levels. Compare that to Super Mario...

Talking Point: The Role of the N64 on the 3DS

The Role of the N64 on the 3DS

Classic games for a new audience

It's no secret that Nintendo has been having something of a tough time of it in regards to the 3DS. Since its launch in late March of this year, Nintendo's newest handheld has battled through a significant price drop, a shaky start as far as its online functionality is concerned, complaints about poor battery life and relatively low sales, that can arguably be..

Talking Point: The Most Memorable Nintendo 64 Games

The Most Memorable Nintendo 64 Games

Get N, to the Nintendo Life Poll

It seems like the year of major anniversaries in all things Nintendo, as this week we celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Nintendo 64. The good old N64 was released on 29th September 1996 in North America and introduced 3D polygon graphics at a level that hadn’t been seen before. Throughout the course of this...

Talking Point: Why No Plans for GBA on 3DS Virtual Console?

Why No Plans for GBA on 3DS Virtual Console?

If the Ambassadors are getting them, why not everyone else?

It's been a few weeks since the first half of the Ambassador Programme titles hit 3DS consoles everywhere, and now we're getting more anxious than ever for the upcoming ten from the Game Boy Advance line-up. So far, Nintendo has announced five of them: Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's...

Talking Point: The Most Memorable Third Party Game Boy Advance Games

The Most Memorable Third Party Game Boy Advance Games

We’re a bit late to the party

Back in June, the Game Boy Advance was celebrating its 10 year anniversary. We’re sure there was a party, with lots of balloons and a GBA shaped cake, but we weren’t there. We were a bit tied up with the excitement of E3 and the unveiling of the Wii U, while also looking ahead to what was next for the 3DS. Now we...

Talking Point: Nintendo's 3DS Press Conference

Nintendo's 3DS Press Conference

Is the 3DS back on track?

After a busy week of announcements, reactions to announcements, and Nintendo Life’s epic appearance on the eShop (we had to mention it), it seems like a good moment to sit back and take a deep breath. With so much news coming out of Nintendo’s Tokyo conference on 13th September, as well as localised press releases in Europe and North America, it can be difficult to..

Talking Point: The Second Circle Pad and the 3DS Evolution

The Second Circle Pad and the 3DS Evolution

What next for the 3DS?

Another week, another major 3DS announcement. That may be an exaggeration, but it is nevertheless true that the 3DS has had a busy first six months in the market. Since the device launched we’ve already heard about disappointing sales, a number of delayed 3DS titles from third party developers, Nintendo’s decision to...

Talking Point: The Future of No-Frills Emulation on the eShop

The Future of No-Frills Emulation on the eShop

Why should it stop with the Ambassador scheme?

Before the Virtual Console, emulators provided the only way that people could relive their favourite gaming experiences of years past. Allowing players to download "rom" files and load them onto their personal computers and other platforms, their only real legal application is to allow those...

Talking Point: The Five Remaining GBA Ambassador Games

The Five Remaining GBA Ambassador Games

What could they be?

With the NES half of the Ambassador titles hitting the eShop last week, it's only a matter of time before the ten Game Boy Advance games launch. So far Nintendo has announced only half: Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, Mario vs. Donkey Kong and WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$...

Talking Point: eShop Card Delay Proves Nintendo Still Doesn't Get It

eShop Card Delay Proves Nintendo Still Doesn't Get It

Why the wait?

The Nintendo 3DS eShop was supposed to be available at the console's launch, but was delayed by nearly three months. It promised to improve on the company's so-far lacklustre efforts at building a digital presence for itself, but until recently it's struggled to impress, with one of the main problems being a total lack of payment cards at retail in Europe. When the eShop launched in..

Talking Point: What Was the Best Super NES Game Ever?

What Was the Best Super NES Game Ever?

It's time to decide

It's 20 years ago today since the Super Nintendo saw official release in North America, and over the following years it amassed a truly incredible library of games still thought of today as some of the finest ever. But what really was the top dog on Nintendo's 16-bit wonder machine? Did the 96 levels of Super Mario World do it...

Talking Point: What If Nintendo Became a Third Party?

What If Nintendo Became a Third Party?

And would it prove a wise move to embrace the smartphone?

It's no secret that the 3DS sold far below expectations, even after Nintendo wowed us at E3 and promised to clean up its online act. Many are going as far as to suggest that the Ambassador programme and slashed pricing is as good as a death knell, while investors argue that Ninty should do...