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Talking Point: The Wii U Virtual Console Has Started, But Not With a Bang

The Wii U Virtual Console Has Started, But Not With a Bang

Oh for the days of that Revolution reveal

The Wii U Virtual Console is well and truly up and running, which its greatest supporters will say is a more-than-welcome boost of old-school goodies to fill out the Wii U lineup, and the greatest cynics may say it's another example of Nintendo mastering the art of selling very old rope. Based on the...

Talking Point: Why Nintendo Life is a Part of the Animal Crossing: New Leaf Mayor Program

Why Nintendo Life is a Part of the Animal Crossing: New Leaf Mayor Program

Jon gets recruited as an early Mayor, sadness ensues

If you follow us on twitter you may have noticed that our Editor-At-Large, Jon Wahlgren, has in his enviable, clammy hands an English-language digital copy of Nintendo’s newest quaint life sim, Animal Crossing: New Leaf. In fact, a few dozen people have received early copies — not only the...

Talking Point: Censoring Boingy Bits, Bums and Gore

Censoring Boingy Bits, Bums and Gore

Won't somebody think of the children?

The past week has brought us a couple of stories around the localisation of Fire Emblem: Awakening that, depending on your viewpoint, may be considered either funny, quirky or a disheartening example of censorship. We had the Nintendo of Europe translation of one conversation remove a rather juvenile reference...

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

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Twelve

It's what we do

The weekend is upon us, dear readers, and rather than relax our weary minds with some rest we plan to exercise our thumbs and senses with some gaming shenanigans. And why not? A sharp mind is always important, whether it's planning strategies for turn-based battles or assessing an environment before charging in with guns blazing,...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Changing the Media Game at E3

Nintendo's Changing the Media Game at E3

Abandoning the big presentation

So here's how the E3 game is supposed to be played by the three major game manufacturers. They appear at E3, talk up how exciting it's going to be, and then hold a high-profile press conference that's viewed by thousands of gamers before being mercilessly dissected. At that point senior figures conduct interviews to...

Talking Point: The Wii U's Identity Crisis

The Wii U's Identity Crisis

Muddled messages aren't helping matters

Let's start this with some clear points, to head-off accusations before they're made. No, we don't think Nintendo is doomed and no, we don't think the Wii U is doomed. While critical of some aspects of the Wii U since release, in general we've maintained a line that the system cannot be judged yet, and that...

Talking Point: The Arrival of eShop Download Codes in Stores is a Smart Move

The Arrival of eShop Download Codes in Stores is a Smart Move

Another step forward

This week it was announced that Nintendo of Europe had established an agreement with retailer GAME, for it to exclusively sell select download codes from the high street and its website; it's the first serious move to match up to similar download cards already available in Japan. The GAME retail group has stores across Europe...

Talking Point: iDÉAME, Unity and Nintendo's Continuing Indie Crusade

iDÉAME, Unity and Nintendo's Continuing Indie Crusade

Yet more evidence of the vital role of smaller studios

If you go back even a relatively short amount of time, for example ten years, most gaming was locked down by fairly high profile releases from the great gate-keepers of the games industry, such as Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Capcom, EA, Activision, Ubisoft and more. These names are all familiar...

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

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Eleven

Yikes, we're up to number 11?

So, OK, we've done some seasonal issues of this jolly series of features, so this isn't actually the 11th entry in the series. But the idea of shamelessly riffing off a Hollywood movie only came to us when typing out "Issue Eleven", so it is what it is. What we do have is another collection of weekend gaming plans from...

Talking Point: The Next-Gen Console War is Wii U's to Lose

The Next-Gen Console War is Wii U's to Lose

Graphical differences and consumer budgets continue to shrink

If you'll forgive us, let's delve of into a faint whiff of politics in this introduction. In most major industrialised countries — whether in the West or Japan — national economies aren't exactly in rude health. After spells of prosperity and golden toilet seats for all in the...