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Talking Point: Pikmin 3 Shows the First Shoots of the Wii U's Planned Recovery

Pikmin 3 Shows the First Shoots of the Wii U's Planned Recovery

It's a marathon, not a sprint

For a number of months now we've reported on sales success stories for the 3DS and often had an accompanying Wii U line saying something like "X had a quiet debut week, hardware sales still struggling". Another common refrain, this time instigated by Nintendo itself, has been "the games are coming, the fightback will...

Talking Point: The Famicom Was the Beginning of the Modern Gaming Era

The Famicom Was the Beginning of the Modern Gaming Era

Solid building blocks

We recently shared the landmark news that the Famicom has celebrated its 30th Anniversary, having launched in Japan on 15th July 1983, over two years before the NES made its way West. The latter version is that best known and most commonly cited, yet it was the original model's release — Nintendo's first dalliance with a...

Talking Point: The Wii U Has Plenty of Opportunities for "Brand-New Types of Games"

The Wii U Has Plenty of Opportunities for "Brand-New Types of Games"

That "strong impact in the market" could be crucial

At the end of last week Nintendo released the official translations of Satoru Iwata's most recent investor Q & A, giving us an insight into Nintendo's current standing with that audience and providing some useful teases of information on what's to come. These meetings are intriguing as, in a...

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

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Fifteen

It's not all New Leaf, really!

It's time for our semi-regular whenever-we-get-around-to-it feature where a number of Nintendo Life writers share their weekend gaming plans. We may be getting further into the Summer months, but we still intend to spend a decent amount of time inside, curtains drawn, playing games. Unless we're on the road, which is...

Poll: How Important is Dual / Second Screen Gaming?

How Important is Dual / Second Screen Gaming?

A major part of Nintendo's strategy

Yesterday brought us some interesting comments from Ubisoft Managing Director Nicolas Rioux, who spoke about the potential prominence of "second screen" gaming, even going so far as to praise the Wii U as an innovative first step. As we observed in that article, it'd be a nasty piece of irony if technical...

Talking Point: The Uncertain Collectible Future of Download-Only Game Libraries

The Uncertain Collectible Future of Download-Only Game Libraries

Servers will surely shut down, but what about the games?

Just before the weekend, a number of Wii Channels were shut down. On 28th June most of the online enabled channels and services — such as Weather, News, Everyone Votes and Wii Connect 24 — went off air; low participation rates more than likely caused Nintendo to deem them an expense not...

Talking Point: New Super Luigi U Opens The Door For Quick Expansions in Other Franchises

New Super Luigi U Opens The Door For Quick Expansions in Other Franchises

DLC and boxed copies can satisfy everyone

After a bit of a wait and a release lineup that, apart from the odd exception, has been drier than the Sahara desert in recent weeks, Luigi jumps to the rescue with New Super Luigi U. It's arrived in this week's Nintendo Download update as DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U, but will have a life of its own as...

Talking Point: E3 Exposed the Strains of Nintendo's Development Workload

E3 Exposed the Strains of Nintendo's Development Workload

Delays have been common on Wii U

Nintendo and, in particular, the Wii U are in a tricky catch-22 situation; third-parties — including Ubisoft at E3 — are holding off on most additional support for the platform until sales improve, yet games are needed to boost sales. It's an issue that feels all too familiar, though the absence of much support...

Feature: What We Expect From Nintendo's E3 Direct

What We Expect From Nintendo's E3 Direct

Quite a lot, actually

So after plenty of build up and waiting for all the other presentations to finish, the E3 Nintendo Direct is now a matter of hours away. It's a diversion away from the live presentations of past years, but as a pre-recorded and scripted video it has the potential to be a well-paced extravaganza; we hope it'll seize the day...