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Talking Point: Pokémon X & Y's Grand Global Release Plan Has, Sadly, Been Undermined

Pokémon X & Y's Grand Global Release Plan Has, Sadly, Been Undermined

Leaks, ruthless retailers and impatient gamers suck away intended magic

The excitement was undeniable when Satoru Iwata, in a Nintendo Direct broadcast, announced Pokémon X & Y and confirmed that it would have a global release date. That's almost upon us, 12th October, meaning that aside from time zone differences 3DS gamers around the world...

Talking Point: The Steam Gaming Machines Are An Unconventional Challenge to the Wii U

The Steam Gaming Machines Are An Unconventional Challenge to the Wii U

Sony and Microsoft aren't the only competitors

When considering the challenges and competitors that the Wii U faces in the months and years to come, it's becoming an increasingly cluttered and tricky space to manoeuvre. Much the same was said during the early days of the 3DS, as its struggles saw it stacked up against smartphones and tablets; at...

Talking Point: Marketing Wii U to the Masses

Marketing Wii U to the Masses

Time to spread the word

While we await a potential increase in hardware sales, even Nintendo would admit that the Wii U has underperformed in its debut year. With poor sales to date and a year’s head start over its next-gen competition arguably squandered, the Wii U is in the unenviable position of heading into its first anniversary with yearly...

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

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Seventeen

WGAYPTW (snappy, right?) gets closer to adulthood

It's been a long journey for the What Games Are You Playing This Weekend series of articles. What started with such excitable promise became an irregular, grumpy visitor to the Nintendo Life servers, before a stern telling to brought it around to its new regular fortnightly slot. After last time's...

Talking Point: With Calls for Nintendo to Follow the Crowd, It Faces a Dilemma

With Calls for Nintendo to Follow the Crowd, It Faces a Dilemma

Sony's Vita TV joins the noise of huge releases and lots of consoles

It's been a busy week of opinions on Nintendo, the Wii U and the 3DS. Whether you agree with some, disagree or are simply baffled by it all, it seems that games industry figures are only too happy to queue up and say what Nintendo should be doing to remain a key player in the...

Talking Point: Nintendo's eShop Policies Deserve Both Praise and Attention

Nintendo's eShop Policies Deserve Both Praise and Attention

We break down the known details of eShop publishing

Just recently we reported on announcements made by Nintendo of Europe's Business Development Manager, Ed Valiente, who gave a presentation on eShop publishing at The Indie Games Collective event at the UKIE HQ in London. We picked up on a couple of notable revelations, relating to Miiverse coming...

Talking Point: The Wonderful 101 Provides Some Rare Family Friendly Thrills

The Wonderful 101 Provides Some Rare Family Friendly Thrills

Falls nicely into the PEGI 12 and ESRB Teen bracket

In this Talking Point, our colleague Andy Robertson — who runs FamilyGamerTV — explains why The Wonderful 101 is a game perfectly suited to families and, in particular, the young teen audience; it's an age group rarely catered to directly. Andy regularly works with families and appears on...

Talking Point: The Wii U May Be Playing Catch-Up With Some Developers, But Money Always Talks

The Wii U May Be Playing Catch-Up With Some Developers, But Money Always Talks

Some third-parties may never be on board, however

The challenges facing the Wii U, like those that faced the 3DS before it in 2011, are numerous. It's seeking to reverse stalled momentum that was, perhaps strategically, allowed to happen in exchange for a busy lineup of games in the second half of the year. This is being done against the backdrop...

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

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Sixteen

Sweet, sweet games

It's party time, Nintendo Life readers! Or should we say PARTAY? It's the sweet sixteen celebration of the What Games Are You Playing This Weekend feature, which we're sure is a thing because we saw it on MTV once. The idea is that we find some wealthy parents, get followed around by cameras while acting like spoiled brats because...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Low-Key Approach to the 2DS and Wii U Price Cut Reveals Wasn't Surprising

Nintendo's Low-Key Approach to the 2DS and Wii U Price Cut Reveals Wasn't Surprising

When going Direct isn't the right call

Yesterday may have brought huge Nintendo news, giving the company coverage on any technology or gaming site that you'd care to mention, but how that news was disseminated was interesting. With major releases we've become accustomed to short-notice Nintendo Direct broadcasts, which build hype and then drop the...

Talking Point: The Wii U's Limited Hard Drive Space and Future Install Headaches

The Wii U's Limited Hard Drive Space and Future Install Headaches

It's not just about installing eShop games

Splinter Cell Blacklist, on every platform but Wii U, has install options either mandatory or optional. According to analysis from Digital Foundry there are possible trade-offs on Nintendo's system as a result, with longer loading times and some weaker textures that are improved with an optional install...

Talking Point: Gamescom Announcements Raise the Stakes for the Wii U and 3DS

Gamescom Announcements Raise the Stakes for the Wii U and 3DS

Nintendo yet to reveal its full hand

In a typical year Gamescom is a vibrant show, undoubtedly, but not necessarily one that draws a mini-E3 level of headlines. Yet if you're following Microsoft or Sony, this year's show has certainly delivered. It's all about circumstances, and with the two companies launching new hardware no high-profile...

Talking Point: The "Indie Spotlight" Was A Bright Point of Nintendo Direct, But More is Needed

The "Indie Spotlight" Was A Bright Point of Nintendo Direct, But More is Needed

Both sides of the Atlantic should make noise for the Wii U eShop

Last week's major Nintendo Direct, by which we mean the full-fat multi-game broadcast on 7th August, served up the odd surprise and some release dates, with plenty also left in the tank for future presentations. What was certainly surprising, and one of the most popular news articles...

Talking Point: The Wonderful 101 Direct and Demo Set the Standard for Wii U Marketing

The Wonderful 101 Direct and Demo Set the Standard for Wii U Marketing

Removing confusion and doubt

The Wonderful 101 has had a slightly peculiar route to the Wii U, in terms of visibility and awareness. At E3 2012 Nintendo used its live conference to make peculiar jokes about zombies liking French food and provide a rather thorough walkthrough of Luigi's Ghost Mansion in Nintendo Land. That presentation had good...

Talking Point: Wii U and Third-Party Inconsistencies Pose Questions for Console Owners

Wii U and Third-Party Inconsistencies Pose Questions for Console Owners

Is Nintendo's system enough on its own?

It's been a slightly bruising week for the Wii U, though some positives have also emerged. From a first-party perspective there's the notable positive of Pikmin 3 hitting the valuable North American market, a game generally considered to be of excellent quality and an opening salvo in Nintendo's bold plans...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Financial Results Tell a Tale of Two Systems and Bold Ambition

Nintendo's Financial Results Tell a Tale of Two Systems and Bold Ambition

The company builds wealth amidst negative Wii U news

Nintendo has announced its first quarter financial results, which brought some notable headlines. The company made an operating loss, but ultimately posted a net profit; despite hardware and software business struggling overall, Nintendo had boosted its coffers by roughly 8.6 billion yen ($87.8...