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Feature: The State of WiiWare

The State of WiiWare

Where can Wii go from here?

Let's not beat around the bush here: WiiWare hasn't been a runaway success. Many Wii owners are unaware the service exists, what it offers and why they would want to use it, and those console owners who are familiar with the Wii Shop Channel are just as conscious of its myriad problems: poor content, dull presentation...

Talking Point: Wii U - Revolution or Evolution?

Wii U - Revolution or Evolution?

Is the Wii U innovative enough, or just a big DS?

When looked at logically, perhaps there is a valid point to be made about the Wii U. Admittedly, launch is a while away, and further details on the console and its capabilities will no doubt flow in the coming months, but the focus of this article is simple: will Wii U ‘disrupt’ the industry and...

Talking Point: The Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D Save File Debate

The Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D Save File Debate

Is a single, permanent save file ever enough?

Capcom's decision to limited Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D to a single immortal save file has drawn plenty of discussion recently. It's a big issue, and one that deserves another look. At face value, only having one save file for life is baffling, and there's no precedent we can think of: certainly past Resident Evil games needed multiple save files..

Talking Point: Should Nintendo Try to Recapture 'Hardcore' Gamers?

Should Nintendo Try to Recapture 'Hardcore' Gamers?

What is hardcore anyway?

In recent weeks the internet has been overloaded with rumours about Nintendo’s next home console, the successor to the phenomenally successful Wii. The rumours followed the usual pattern; anonymous sources said it was coming, speculation raged, ideas about the console started to find a level of consistency, and finally...

Talking Point: Should Nintendo Have Made the 3DS Download-only?

Should Nintendo Have Made the 3DS Download-only?

By sticking with physical media as the primary form of software delivery, Nintendo may have handicapped its new handheld challenger

Earlier this year, Sony finally closed the book on the PSPgo, the company's ill-fated attempt at releasing a console based entirely on the concept of digital media. Although Sony's failure was the subject of much mirth...

Talking Point: How 3DS Can Thrive at E3

How 3DS Can Thrive at E3

What the Big N should do at this year's expo

A little less than one year ago, as E3 2010 approached, one question was on everyone's mind: would the 3DS work? Surely our bodies were not ready for the futuristic glasses-free technology Nintendo promised. As we all know, it wasn't long before Reggie put our fears to rest: yes, it works, and it works well. Before we could even articulate our next..

Talking Point: Can Nintendo's Next Console Top Wii's Success?

Can Nintendo's Next Console Top Wii's Success?

Where to go after you've conquered the world?

The Wii is Nintendo's most successful home console ever, with 86 million machines sold around the world since it launched in 2006, but with the recent announcement of Nintendo's new console it's time to peek forward to the future. Wii was a remarkable success because it did something drastically different for a games console: it focused on cheap,..

Talking Point: StreetPass - Is Silent Communication the Future?

StreetPass - Is Silent Communication the Future?

We dive into the 3DS's automatic multiplayer

The 3DS is loaded with software right out of the box, from Face Raiders to Augmented Reality games, but it's the console's StreetPass functionality that Nintendo is banking on turning the console into a part of daily life for its owners. If you haven't been using StreetPass, you're missing out on some of...

Talking Point: The 3DS Friends List is Severely Lacking

The 3DS Friends List is Severely Lacking

What can you do?

Picture the scene: a new Nintendo handheld is announced, promising brand new features including more advanced communication functions. You'll be able to send messages to your friends through thin air, arrange to meet-up in games and, of course, draw crude pictures using the touch screen. What more could anyone want? That's right:...

Talking Point: 3DS Launch Line-Up Lacks Fresh Ideas

3DS Launch Line-Up Lacks Fresh Ideas

Where are the new games?

We're just days away from the launch of the Nintendo 3DS in Europe and North America, and although the launch line-up is peppered with good games — read our 3DS reviews if you don't believe us — for many there's still a nagging feeling the launch day games aren't quite as original as they could be. The DS had a similarly divisive launch day line-up: arriving with a..

Talking Point: Nintendo has Nothing to Fear from Mobile Games

Nintendo has Nothing to Fear from Mobile Games

Why the rise of mobile gaming won't destroy Nintendo's handheld dominance

These days it almost goes without saying that most gamers own some kind of mobile phone, and a staggering majority of those devices are capable of playing moderately entertaining games. Indeed, Apple's iPhone platform has been graced with some maddeningly addictive titles, such as Angry Birds, Infinity Blade, Canabalt and..

Talking Point: To 3D or Not to 3D?

To 3D or Not to 3D?

That is the question

With the release of the 3DS in Japan, gamers have finally been able to sit down with the system and play it for extended periods of time. While this has led to a lot of excitement and rave reviews, it's also brought up a lot of complaints about headaches, motion sickness and blurred vision. Given that there are a huge number of gamers outside of Japan who have yet to experience..

Talking Point: Why Nintendo and Rare Should Reunite

Why Nintendo and Rare Should Reunite

Is now the right time for Rare to come back home?

Last week wasn't the best of times for the UK games industry. We reported that indie dev The Code Monkeys shut its doors after 23 years and on Friday Bizarre Creations – who produced the brilliant Project Gotham Racing for Microsoft, as well as the criminally underrated Blur – finally closed...

Talking Point: Is the DS Dead at Retail?

Is the DS Dead at Retail?

Console's heyday is over

Nintendo's DS has had unprecedented success at retail, becoming the world's biggest-selling handheld and shifting millions of copies of unusual titles including Nintendogs, Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? and the Professor Layton series. Now, however, with the 3DS on the horizon it looks like the machine's headed

Talking Point: Your Nintendo Moment of 2010

Your Nintendo Moment of 2010

Pick one. Just one.

As we all recover from yesterday's festive extravagances and pledge to do more on Wii Fit Plus next year, we're in a serenely reflective mood here at Nintendo Life. Talk has turned to the best Nintendo moment of 2010, and we want to hear your thoughts. Was it the revelation of the 3DS? Stepping foot into Throwback Galaxy in Super...

Talking Point: Your Nintendo Christmas Presents

Your Nintendo Christmas Presents

Celebrate the gift of giving

If Father Christmas brought you everything you asked for this year, then a) you're very lucky and b) you probably want to crow about it here. That's why we've opened up the comments for you to brag, boast and bray about your Nintendo-related Christmas presents. Whether you got the DSi XL you've been asking for, that...