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Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Faceplate NA and the Bigger Picture

New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Faceplate NA and the Bigger Picture

The issue has resurfaced, so we consider each side's perspective

In mid-January Nintendo hosted its first 'Direct' broadcasts of the year, and what seemed like improbable retailer leaks turned out to be true. North America was confirmed to be receiving a unique red New Nintendo 3DS XL - which looks rather nice - along with the black equivalent,...

Talking Point: The New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Network and Wii U Could Point the Way for Future Hardware

The New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Network and Wii U Could Point the Way for Future Hardware

The portable and home console gap slowly closes

The New Nintendo 3DS arrives this week, which is exciting news for eager portable games for a number of reasons. It's very much 3DS version 1.5, so the upgrade is down to the accumulation of a variety of relatively small improvements as opposed to a generational leap. It's standard Nintendo practice...

Talking Point: Limitations on Stock and Advertising Are a Price to Pay for Nintendo's Return to Profits

Limitations on Stock and Advertising Are a Price to Pay for Nintendo's Return to Profits

Less sales yet increased profits highlight extensive streamlining

Nintendo's got a lot of tough balancing to do right now with its finances - not only does it have its annual research and development costs, but it's also moving into the health field with Quality of Life and is about to complete the worldwide roll-out of new hardware with the New...

Talking Point: Star Fox for Wii U is an Ongoing and Surprising Mystery

Star Fox for Wii U is an Ongoing and Surprising Mystery

When will Nintendo show off Shigeru Miyamoto's project?

Nintendo had an impressive E3 in 2014, winning plaudits not just for its reveals but also its approach to the show, with the Super Smash Bros. Invitational and Treehouse live streams keeping fans entertained. There were a number of notable reveals, too, yet it was Star Fox for Wii U that...

Talking Point: It's Time to Salute The Nintendo 3DS, Defying Early Gloom to Pass 50 Million Sales

It's Time to Salute The Nintendo 3DS, Defying Early Gloom to Pass 50 Million Sales

A survivor in a harsh new world

The DS family of systems is wonderful in many ways, and achieved sales - the highest ever for a range of gaming portables - that are staggering: around 154 million units. That number accounts for those picking up replacements or upgrading to new models, yes, but it's a monstrous number that is representative of...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Flirtation With Microtransactions May Step Up in 2015

Nintendo's Flirtation With Microtransactions May Step Up in 2015

Free-to-play needs to make money somehow...

Nintendo is just hours away - at the time of writing - from announcing its Q3 financial results, which will teach us much about its Holiday season performance. The company's stable share prices approaching the publication of these accounts suggests that we're not looking at apocalyptic target misses, and...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Had a Strong Start With amiibo, But Evolution's a Priority for 2015

Nintendo's Had a Strong Start With amiibo, But Evolution's a Priority for 2015

The Super Mario range doesn't stir the soul like Smash Bros., it seems

When it comes to amiibo we often discuss stock issues, and the fact that acquiring specific toys is akin to obtaining an interesting quote from a politician - difficult and mostly fruitless; yet there's perhaps not enough focus on the concept itself. Until last week its...

Talking Point: Club Nintendo's Closure Is An Exciting Opportunity To Modernise Fan Rewards

Club Nintendo's Closure Is An Exciting Opportunity To Modernise Fan Rewards

The Club Nintendo brand shouldn't necessarily be lost, however

There was some surprising news today with the upcoming closure of Club Nintendo, bringing an end to Nintendo's only consistent consumer loyalty programme. There have often been promotions to encourage gamers to buy and enjoy more systems and games, with the Nintendo Network Deluxe /...

Talking Point: The New Nintendo 3DS Could Be a Huge Success, But Its Route to Release Has Been Rocky

The New Nintendo 3DS Could Be a Huge Success, But Its Route to Release Has Been Rocky

A delayed Western arrival and XL-only in the Americas detracts from buzz

The New Nintendo 3DS now has a release date for both North America and Europe, with 13th February no doubt circled on a number of calendars. It continues Nintendo's trend of sprucing up and revitalising a portable generation with a refreshed system, and there's certainly...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Wise to Embrace The Vital YouTube Audience

Nintendo's Wise to Embrace The Vital YouTube Audience

The bigger the better in 2015

An accusation occasionally hurled at Nintendo is that it's slow or behind the times in social media, and failing to do enough on platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. It would have been a valid point in past years, certainly, but it looks increasingly wrong with each passing year; 2014 brought some major improvements...

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...