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Talking Point: As Rumours Come and Go the Desperation for a Nintendo Direct Grows

As Rumours Come and Go the Desperation for a Nintendo Direct Grows

Roughly 7.8 billion 'rumoured' Directs haven't happened

There's totally going to be a Direct this week everyone... Someone probably said two months ago. There'll be a Nintendo Direct this week, because Miyamoto sneezed and it sounded like a very loud 'Direct'. And Kimishima-san was seen smiling, so that must mean he's thinking about the...

Talking Point: The NX Hype Will Ramp Up as Nintendo Steps Into a Vital New Era

The NX Hype Will Ramp Up as Nintendo Steps Into a Vital New Era

Mobile, next gen, QoL - oh, and games too

Strap yourselves in, it's going to be a busy 12 months in the world of Nintendo. Thank goodness, too, as it feels like we've been in a bit of a holding pattern for a number of months. We should also acknowledge that the terribly sad passing of Satoru Iwata also left a shadow over the Summer. Not that...

Talking Point: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Would be No Surprise, as Nostalgia Rules for Nintendo

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Would be No Surprise, as Nostalgia Rules for Nintendo

We're buying, Nintendo's selling

Rumours around a re-release / remaster of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess have been swirling for quite some time, occasionally a reflection of fan desires rather than any solid evidence. It wasn't so long ago that there was talk of it as a potential New Nintendo 3DS remake, taking the lead of Xenoblade...

Talking Point: Why Does Investor Confidence in Nintendo Continue to Dip Under Tatsumi Kimishima?

Why Does Investor Confidence in Nintendo Continue to Dip Under Tatsumi Kimishima?

Kimishima-san and colleagues have plenty to offer

Let's start this with a disclaimer - we're not high-rolling investors or employed as financial analysts. So when we talk about investors and share prices, we're looking in with our own perspective and trying to make sense of how the market's working and why it's behaving in certain ways. We're...

Talking Point: Star Fox Zero's Delay Could Be The Final Nail In The Wii U's Coffin

Star Fox Zero's Delay Could Be The Final Nail In The Wii U's Coffin

Nintendo's console now lacks a AAA release this Christmas

The Wii U's dire commercial situation has become something of an industry joke these days, with some of Nintendo's harsher critics taking delight in pointing out how the Japanese firm has gone from an install base of almost 100 million with the Wii to 10 percent of that total in a single...

Talking Point: Sweeping Internal Changes Show That Nintendo Is Ready To Tackle New Challenges

Sweeping Internal Changes Show That Nintendo Is Ready To Tackle New Challenges

Structural shifts and fresh promotions are just part of a wider plan

Yoshiaki Koizumi is one of the key beneficiaries of the merger of EAD and SPD While this week's big news is certainly the appointment of Tatsumi Kimishima as Nintendo's new president, it was the changes taking place behind the scenes which will have piqued the interest of seasoned...

Talking Point: Tatsumi Kimishima Is A Safe Pair Of Hands In Changing Times

Tatsumi Kimishima Is A Safe Pair Of Hands In Changing Times

New boss could hint at a more western-focused Nintendo

Earlier today it was confirmed that Nintendo's new president is Tatsumi Kimishima, a 65-year-old veteran who has previously held several senior roles within the company. While many believed that one of the interim bosses Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda would be given the nod, Kimishima does,...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Challenge With Super Mario's 2D Future

Nintendo's Challenge With Super Mario's 2D Future

Vocal fans prefer a retro style, while modern entries are sales leaders

With Super Mario Maker around the corner there seems to be a consensus - at least in this pre-release stage - that Nintendo has got it right with this creation tool. When you combine the excellent tool-set with a potentially endless supply of levels you arguably have - as we...

Talking Point: Nintendo Continues to Shift Its Third-Party Focus to Nindies

Nintendo Continues to Shift Its Third-Party Focus to Nindies

Necessity, forward thinking or both?

The Wii U and 3DS have been part of a truly first-party generation for Nintendo. As the leading dedicated gaming handheld - by a mile - the 3DS has had some decent support and occasional major third-party exclusives, yet for the Wii U it's been a different affair. Its sales struggles have seen most publishers...

Talking Point: The Argument For And Against amiibo-Cloning Tool Amiiqo

The Argument For And Against amiibo-Cloning Tool Amiiqo

A necessary evil or bare-face piracy?

Nintendo's range of amiibo toys has been a commercial success, shipping over 10 million units (at the last count) and giving the company a much-needed additional revenue stream during a time of considerable turmoil and upheaval. However, the amiibo story hasn't been entirely positive, with some figures proving...

Talking Point: Pokkén Tournament May Not Be a Wii U Saviour, But It Can Provide a Welcome Boost

Pokkén Tournament May Not Be a Wii U Saviour, But It Can Provide a Welcome Boost

Giving early 2016 a focal point

Ever since its announcement for the Japanese arcade scene Pokkén Tournament has been closely followed by Pokémon and fighting game fans. Unofficial efforts have often pitched 'mon against each other in crude efforts, but the flashy Bandai Namco-developed release caused quite an online buzz. Of course, its status...

Talking Point: Considering the Future of Nintendo Direct and Beyond for Reaching Old and New Fans

Considering the Future of Nintendo Direct and Beyond for Reaching Old and New Fans

Continued evolution, or a fresh direction?

Since it first emerged in late 2011, the Nintendo Direct concept has been integral to the big N's strategy for communicating with fans. In busy periods there can be multiple broadcasts in a single month, while longer gaps of 6-8 weeks have become relatively common in the past two years. We're in the midst...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Dismissal of Chris Pranger Highlights Issues With Company Culture

Nintendo's Dismissal of Chris Pranger Highlights Issues With Company Culture

"I've failed you. I've failed me."

If I were fired from making games at Nintendo, I would feel cataclysmically heartbroken in such a way that I might never recover. This is the imagined story I have just now constructed in my head, but for former Nintendo localization editor Chris Pranger, this heartache is more than a pained hypothetical...

Talking Point: Fatal Frame's Trial Version and Limited Edition Highlight Nintendo's Shifting Approach to Retail

Fatal Frame's Trial Version and Limited Edition Highlight Nintendo's Shifting Approach to Retail

The eShop can be key for smaller retail releases

In the glut of Gamescom announcements earlier this week, Nintendo of Europe confirmed interesting details for the launch of Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water, known as Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden in North America; we'll opt for Fatal Frame as our preferred title. Given a

Talking Point: Nintendo's Game Updates and DLC Are Fantastic, Albeit Starved of Attention

Nintendo's Game Updates and DLC Are Fantastic, Albeit Starved of Attention

Key Wii U titles have evolved a great deal

It's easy to be a little blasé and spoilt as gamers, but it's been striking once again that, with a combination of economic savvy and a clear love for its products, Nintendo is making the most of key releases on the Wii U. Three of the system's biggest games have transformed since launch with a mix of...

Talking Point: Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated Poorly By The Third-Party Retail Scene, But The System Still Brings Joy

Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated Poorly By The Third-Party Retail Scene, But The System Still Brings Joy

Project Cars is one of the last to bite the dust

A few years from now the Wii U will have surely become 'last gen', following the Wii in having occasional Just Dance titles and being available at throwaway prices for those curious about the system. An excellent console it is too, with a retail library full of absolute gems and an eShop that's...

Talking Point: Assessing the Odds of Super Mario Maker Making a Commercial Splash This September

Assessing the Odds of Super Mario Maker Making a Commercial Splash This September

Anniversary-busting August may have been better

We're still waiting for a North American announcement - which we hope is just a matter of time - but we were rather pleased about confirmation today of a Super Mario Maker Wii U hardware bundle. It's coming to Europe on the same day as the game (a simple but important requirement) and certainly...

Talking Point: The Pros, Cons and Questionable Likelihood of a Nintendo NX Release in Summer 2016

The Pros, Cons and Questionable Likelihood of a Nintendo NX Release in Summer 2016

A new pillar? Is July 2016 too soon, or even likely?

In the first of what are sure to be multiple rumours before Nintendo lifts the lid on its 'NX' hardware in 2016, Taiwanese press site DigiTimes has made a range of claims around a potential release in July next year. Its general statements revolve around Foxconn handling much of the...