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Talking Point: What We Expect In Nintendo Direct - 13th February

What We Expect In Nintendo Direct - 13th February

Though we hope for so much more

Throughout 2013 Nintendo Direct broadcasts were a monthly affair, with some being small broadcasts focused on specific titles. After the pre-Christmas broadcast that surprised us with games such as NES Remix and more so with Hyrule Warriors, January passed without a further update. That was hardly a surprise due to...

Talking Point: The Watch_Dogs Wii U Delay Demonstrates That Major Third-Parties Are Walking Away

The Watch_Dogs Wii U Delay Demonstrates That Major Third-Parties Are Walking Away

How important that is for the system is up for debate

Before the Wii U was launched Nintendo made the right noises about third-party support — here was a powerful system with backing from major players like EA, Activision and Ubisoft, we were told, and the innovative new controller would encourage unique, multi-screen experiences. Of course,...

Feature: Breaking Down What Nintendo's QOL Platform Could Mean

Breaking Down What Nintendo's QOL Platform Could Mean

Potentially a large, developing market

Satoru Iwata's Investor Briefing this week included a few surprises and, in limited detail, some of Nintendo's key strategies for the coming year and beyond. Yet it was the final announcement that caused the most head-scratching and, not surprisingly, didn't prompt investors to rush to buy up Nintendo shares;...

Talking Point: Nintendo's 3DS and Wii U Strategies Face Rather Different Challenges

Nintendo's 3DS and Wii U Strategies Face Rather Different Challenges

Past-generation trends need not apply

In some respects today's financial results were the least surprising and eye-opening of recent times, and that's mainly to the credit of Nintendo's decision to jump the gun and reveal major reductions in sales and financial projections, blunting the impact from today's Q3 results. Nintendo's previously bold...

Talking Point: Is There A Future For The Wii U Without The GamePad?

Is There A Future For The Wii U Without The GamePad?

Could sacrificing the console's main selling point be the way to success?

When the Wii U was first announced, the confirmation of the GamePad controller — complete with a second-screen bursting with tantalizing asymmetrical gameplay possibilities — caused quite a stir. The reaction from the industry and general public was mainly positive, and...

Talking Point: The Wii U's 'Relevance' Is About Sales, Nintendo's Strategy Has Remained Consistent

The Wii U's 'Relevance' Is About Sales, Nintendo's Strategy Has Remained Consistent

It's tried to stick to a winning Wii formula

Last week was a bit grim for Nintendo and its followers, as it changed from an official stance of predicting a positive year to the polar opposite. Gone were optimistic projections aligned with profits, and in their place were lower numbers — distressingly so with Wii U — and predicted losses...

Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Twenty One

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Twenty One

Adulthood awaits for WGAYPTW

It's been a while, for which the features editor in question is receiving a firm reprimand, but the treasured WGAYPTW series returns. And it's all grown up for its 21st issue — that means doing the laundry, paying taxes and being more miserable than in its younger years. Thankfully video games are here to save the day...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Wii U Struggles Bring a Challenge, Not Doom

Nintendo's Wii U Struggles Bring a Challenge, Not Doom

The wider picture shows more than "Nintendoomed"

So, it was a funny old day at Nintendo HQ. Within a short space of time we went from 3DS topping hardware sales in the U.S., alongside the Wii U enjoying its "highest month", to Nintendo confirming major reductions in its sales and financial projections. The timing of this — after the December NPD...

Talking Point: An Unplanned Flash Sale Looked Like Retail Download Genius from Nintendo

An Unplanned Flash Sale Looked Like Retail Download Genius from Nintendo

A flash sale... well, 'flashed' before our eyes

There was a moment this week when, for a brief and glorious moment, Nintendo ran a Steam-like flash sale on retail games. It may have passed plenty of people by, especially as it was for download codes on the official Nintendo UK store, but it was a glimmer of a brave new world where Nintendo creates...

Talking Point: Claims of Wii U Third-Party Development Troubles Shouldn't Be Dismissed Lightly

Claims of Wii U Third-Party Development Troubles Shouldn't Be Dismissed Lightly

Problems may have been resolved since, but are nevertheless still relevant

Over the weekend there was an interesting article published by Eurogamer's Digital Foundry, in which a "secret developer" shared their Wii U development experience. It made tough reading for anyone loyal and committed to the Nintendo and Wii U cause, but did provide some...

Talking Point: New Year Resolutions for Nintendo

New Year Resolutions for Nintendo

We can all improve

With 2014 now here, it provides an opportunity to take stock and consider ambitions for the year, as well as identify areas of improvement. We can all do better things and improve ourselves, but what of major corporations? The same rule applies to them, so below are some suggestions for Nintendo, which brought us so much to enjoy...

Talking Point: Miiverse Can Promote System Unity And Serve As A Powerful Wii U Advertisement

Miiverse Can Promote System Unity And Serve As A Powerful Wii U Advertisement

Tens of millions of Nintendo fans can now interact

This week Nintendo finally delivered Miiverse, along with the Nintendo Network ID and shared eShop fund support, to the 3DS. While it has its flaws — which we'll cover to some degree this weekend — that's to be expected with any launch, especially one such as this that fundamentally shakes up...

Talking Point: Moving To Smartphones Is Not The Answer For Nintendo

Moving To Smartphones Is Not The Answer For Nintendo

The numbers don't add up

It seems that a month can't pass by — in the past couple of years — when investment analysts, games industry figures and Nintendo's own investors aren't saying that Nintendo needs to expand and release games on alternative platforms. It's creeping into discourse around the Wii U due to the hardware's struggles to date,...

Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Twenty

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Twenty

So long teens, hello more awesome games

It's finally happened, the WGAYPTW series has left its teens, and the emotional crisis it prompted led to it missing its normal schedule — that's right, it was nothing to do with the features editor forgetting to organise it, no way. But it's fine, this little series of game-related tittle-tattle is ready...

Soapbox: Super Mario 3D World's Playful Whimsy is Refreshing, But Faces a Vital Commercial Test

Super Mario 3D World's Playful Whimsy is Refreshing, But Faces a Vital Commercial Test

Will an overwhelmingly positive critical response and buzz deliver success?

Something slightly surprising, to me at least, happened yesterday. Super Mario 3D World had a wonderful series of reviews that went live, on any major outlet you'd care to name, bang on the embargo. I'm not talking about the scores — which were excellent — but the...

Talking Point: The Nintendo Network ID Creeps Ever Closer to Being Fit for the Modern Age

The Nintendo Network ID Creeps Ever Closer to Being Fit for the Modern Age

There's still some distance to go

Since the Wii U launched with its shiny new Nintendo Network ID system, we've been both pleased and frustrated with its implementation. The fact it's tied to the home console hardware has led us to be critical, on occasion, to the point where we once rather cruelly equated it to the abomination of its equivalent...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Resilience Against Wii U Criticism Emphasizes Its Longevity

Nintendo's Resilience Against Wii U Criticism Emphasizes Its Longevity

As the critics attack, Satoru Iwata simply looks ahead

It's been, overall, a tough couple of weeks for the Wii U's image in the online land of gaming enthusiasts. The focused attention of many outlets is, unsurprisingly and quite correctly, on the upcoming launches of the PS4 and the Xbox One, with Super Mario 3D World just about grabbing some...

Talking Point: Regional Online Multiplayer Misses the Point

Regional Online Multiplayer Misses the Point

Wii Sports Club keeps it local, unless you're in a PAL territory

Nintendo can work in mysterious ways at times, especially when it comes to online modes. Some will feel that the company doesn't actually deliver enough online gaming — with many titles committed to local multiplayer only — while we have others serving up regional online play...