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Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Easter Edition

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Easter Edition

Insert your own egg/Easter bunny pun here

It's the Easter Holidays which, whether you observe the religious aspects of the occasion or not, often means a long weekend of basking in the Spring sunlight and having a well-earned rest. That said, there's still snow on the ground for some of the Nintendo Life team, so staying inside and playing video...

Talking Point: An Open Letter To Nintendo

An Open Letter To Nintendo

A Wii U owner's plea to the company they love

Even the most dedicated Nintendo fan will admit that the Wii U hasn't had the best of starts. The console has struggled to shift units in the way that Nintendo expected, and although we've seen some quality software of late — including Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, LEGO City: Undercover and Need for...

Talking Point: The Download or Disc Dilemma

The Download or Disc Dilemma

Do you download?

In moving from the Wii Shop and DSi Shop to the Wii U eShop and 3DS eShop, Nintendo has shown a desire to compete head on with the Xbox, PlayStation and Steam online marketplaces and offer full retail downloads. It's amazing to think that downloads from the Wii Shop were limited to a meagre maximum of 40MB, yet now we can download...

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

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Ten

Oh baby, it's cold outside

First of all, we should apologise for using a tagline specific to those of us in parts of the world enduring a long Winter — a lot of the NL crew can see snow outside their windows right now, when they should see flowers in bloom and overly-chatty birds that won't stop tweeting (as birds do naturally, not on the social...

Talking Point: Wii U eShop Discounts Show It's a Vibrant Marketplace, Not a Monopoly

Wii U eShop Discounts Show It's a Vibrant Marketplace, Not a Monopoly

Nintendo's digital strategy continues to evolve

This week it was confirmed that a sale on Ubisoft's retail Wii U downloads, which arrived in North America in mid-February, will hit Europe this week. It's the latest small landmark in what's become a regular series of subtle evolutions in Nintendo's download platform strategies, and one that...

Reaction: Doom and Gloom Merchants on Wii U Being Nintendo's Last Home Console

Doom and Gloom Merchants on Wii U Being Nintendo's Last Home Console

We discuss the casual dismissal of Wii U in some quarters

In a regular series of features, we're going to take a rather strong statement or opinion expressed about Nintendo, and give our own take. These opinions aren't those of the site as a whole, but rather of a collection of your humble Nintendo Life writers. This time around we're looking at a...

Talking Point: The Pros and Cons of a Wii U Price War

The Pros and Cons of a Wii U Price War

Sell, sell, sell, say the retailers

Earlier this week we saw a bit of a Wii U price war break out, in the UK at least, with Amazon UK joining Asda in slashing the price of both Wii U models by £50. At the same time, a number of US retailers are being rather creative with their offerings, not necessarily going for a full-blown price reduction but...

Talking Point: Review Scores and Unwinnable Arguments

Review Scores and Unwinnable Arguments

Just how important are review scores?

Last week we published our Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate review; we liked it, despite some flaws that we outlined, and gave it a strong recommendation with a score of 8/10, which counts as "very good" in our review scoring policy. Such was the reaction to the review here, elsewhere and to the...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Stock Jump Bodes Well for the Value of Potential

Nintendo's Stock Jump Bodes Well for the Value of Potential

History and pedigree in the industry are vital weapons

This week brought some interesting and, perhaps, unexpected news. Nintendo's stock jumped a little over 7% on the Osaka Stock Exchange, a boost attributed to factors such as a weakening Yen being a benefit against trade in the U.S., while positive economic news from the big N's most valuable...

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

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Nine

Because that's what weekends are for

The weekend is upon us, so it's time to break out the good-stuff — by which we main games, obviously. There are always more games to play, even if none of them happen to be new; if you haven't bought anything this week just play something you already have, unless it's a recently released online-only single...

Talking Point: NFC and AR - Two Cool Extras That Need Some Love

NFC and AR - Two Cool Extras That Need Some Love

The features that time forgot

Remember the augmented reality (AR) games on 3DS? Go on, check your handheld, they're still there, quietly sitting on the home screen waiting to be enjoyed. Built into the system for all to experience whenever they like, taking an established technology and adding a hefty dose of Nintendo whimsy and charm. They were...

Talking Point: The Positive Power of Gaming

The Positive Power of Gaming

Stepping away from blaming games

We live in a world where blame is often too easily shifted and personal responsibility too easily avoided. Excuse-making has arguably become the fad of our time; as the laundry-list of blame-accepting environmental influences grows larger, the courage to accept and improve our own faults seemingly becomes more...

Talking Point: WiiWare's Vital Role in a Retro Revival

WiiWare's Vital Role in a Retro Revival

Introducing bits and pixels to a new generation

The upcoming release of Retro City Rampage on WiiWare arguably represents two important trends for the service — it could be the last notable release on the platform, and it's also yet another "retro" themed release. We'll consider the possible swansong and end of WiiWare in the near future, but...

Talking Point: Sony's PlayStation 4 Poses a Fresh Challenge for Wii U in the 2013 Holidays

Sony's PlayStation 4 Poses a Fresh Challenge for Wii U in the 2013 Holidays

A festive dust up

If you live somewhere with no internet access or connection to the outside world, it may be news to you that Sony unveiled its PlayStation 4 console in New York on 20th February. Over the course of two hours it confirmed a Holiday 2013 release, showed off the system's user interface and social functions, a new version of the...

Talking Point: Gamer Protests Can Earn Small Wins From Publishers

Gamer Protests Can Earn Small Wins From Publishers

From 60Hz retro releases in Europe, to freebies and localisations

It seems that in the modern era of social networks, free online news and consumers with greater choice than ever before, there is always something to get thousands of online commentators hot, bothered and outraged. On many occasions there are justifications and genuine reasons...