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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...

Talking Point: The Future of Metroid

The Future of Metroid

Where next, Samus?

It’s a big anniversary for Metroid, joining Mario and Zelda in the 25 year club. It’s interesting to note that there hasn’t been much fanfare from Nintendo, with the upcoming 3DS ‘Ambassador’ release of GBA classic Metroid Fusion being the only sign of Samus this year. It seems that as a franchise, Metroid is very much...

Talking Point: The GBA Games You Want on 3DS Virtual Console

The GBA Games You Want on 3DS Virtual Console

Go on, push our buttons

By now you've probably had chance to digest our Nintendo Ambassador program and free eShop games FAQ which explains the 20 free games current 3DS owners are entitled to, starting 1st September. All 20 games will be Virtual Console downloads — 10 from NES, 10 from Game Boy Advance — but so far only half the games have been...