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Talking Point: Nintendo Turns to Classics, DLC and amiibo to Keep Fans Hooked

Nintendo Turns to Classics, DLC and amiibo to Keep Fans Hooked

Stalling tactics, but delightful nevertheless

Nintendo's most recent Nintendo Direct broadcasts were an oddity of contradictions - a lot was revealed, but it can easily be argued that there wasn't a great deal of new content. We were excited and delighted by some of the reveals, but conversely shook our heads and felt concern with every release...

Talking Point: What We Expect from Nintendo Direct - 1st April

What We Expect from Nintendo Direct - 1st April

Release dates, teases, DLC and eShop goodies

It's that time again, and before we start referring to this as the April Fools' Day Direct, let's remember that it's airing on 2nd April in regions and countries like Japan, Australia and CET parts of Europe. Nintendo will most assuredly be announcing plenty of real details, which is certainly worth...

Talking Point: It's Too Early to Write Off the Wii U Over The Legend of Zelda's Delay

It's Too Early to Write Off the Wii U Over The Legend of Zelda's Delay

The upcoming Nintendo Direct may show why

The delay of The Legend of Zelda on Wii U was undoubtedly disappointing for fans excited about its original 2015 release, but many reacted with a degree of acceptance - better to wait longer for a classic than have an underwhelming end result was a common refrain. We suggested the delay was perhaps good...

Talking Point: The Legend of Zelda on Wii U May Benefit From a Delay, But It Leaves a Blockbuster-Sized Gap

The Legend of Zelda on Wii U May Benefit From a Delay, But It Leaves a Blockbuster-Sized Gap

Nintendo needs a plan B

There'll be a number of Nintendo fans that, if they feel so inclined, can now say "I told you so". After insisting in December 2014 that The Legend of Zelda for Wii U was on track for a 2015 release, despite bold promises of a sizeable integrated game world and innovative ideas, Eiji Aonuma released a video update stating...

Talking Point: That Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door 3DS Rumour Looks Fake, But Do You Want it to be True?

That Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door 3DS Rumour Looks Fake, But Do You Want it to be True?

Remakes and remasters seem like a win-win for Nintendo

In the past 24 hours (at the time of writing) there has been excitable chatter around a 'leak' for a 3DS version of the GameCube classic Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, considered by some to be the best of the charming RPG series. We'd love to believe it - originally shared on Reddit, a...

Talking Point: It's Time for a Nintendo Direct to Set the Agenda

It's Time for a Nintendo Direct to Set the Agenda

With two months since the last broadcast, our bodies are ready

Ever since the broadcasts began, Nintendo Direct has given fans a fix of reveals, footage and talking points about upcoming releases; so when a gap opens up between presentations, there's some nervous twitching. When is the next video coming, and will Satoru Iwata appear in front of...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Right to Take Its Time With 'Digitalization' in Gaming, But Should Revolutionise the eShop Now

Nintendo's Right to Take Its Time With 'Digitalization' in Gaming, But Should Revolutionise the eShop Now

Create a platform exciting enough to match its Indie games

In recent weeks Satoru Iwata addressed shareholders in an Investor Briefing Q & A, tackling a range of issues around Nintendo's business. An issue that came up was the "digitalization" that we're seeing, with more and more gamers opting to download their games, and also seeking new...

Talking Point: The Limited Edition Battle With eBay Scalpers Can be Tackled More Efficiently by Nintendo

The Limited Edition Battle With eBay Scalpers Can be Tackled More Efficiently by Nintendo

Yep, Super Mario amiibo - Gold Edition pre-orders are flooding eBay

Today brought a familiar turn of events in the realm of amiibo and anything that's 'limited edition' of late from Nintendo. The best-known toy secret was announced with confirmation of Walmart exclusivity for the Super Mario amiibo - Gold Edition, and then they were gone before...

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...