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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...

Talking Point: Your Favourite Nintendo Christmas Memories

Your Favourite Nintendo Christmas Memories

Gather round, gather round

For many gamers, Nintendo is as big a part of Christmas as tinsel, turkey and too-tight trousers, the company's magic helping to make the festive season just a little more joyful. With that in mind, we want to hear from you, our beloved Nintendo Life readers, about your favourite Nintendo Christmas memories. Perhaps it was...

News: Zoonami: Nintendo Not Generating Enough Interest in Downloads

Zoonami: Nintendo Not Generating Enough Interest in Downloads

Bonsai Barber studio disappointed

Martin Hollis was director and producer on N64 shooters GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark, but in more recent times his Zoonami studio created WiiWare hit Bonsai Barber, published by Nintendo. In a recent interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Hollis speaks out about the support received from Nintendo, the service's fine points and its biggest downfall: the lack of..

Talking Point: The Virtual Console's PAL Problem

The Virtual Console's PAL Problem

60Hz and the confusing state of Virtual Console emulation

“Many people don’t know what the difference between 50Hz and 60Hz is, but since most modern TV models support 60Hz it’s definitely worth finding out.” This interesting and illuminative statement, plucked readily from any number of Nintendo Wii game manuals, is fascinating in its...

Talking Point: Does Nintendo Need to Exercise More Quality Control on the Wii?

Does Nintendo Need to Exercise More Quality Control on the Wii?

Are shoddy ports and the tide of cheap cash-in titles putting the Wii at risk of meeting the same end as the Atari 2600?

Nintendo is right to be proud of the Wii: it has single-handedly put them back at the top of the console stack after two generations of consoles which, whilst not outright disasters, failed to capture the imaginations of the...