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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...

Talking Point: Warren Spector Asks, Where Are Gaming's Grown-Ups?

Warren Spector Asks, Where Are Gaming's Grown-Ups?

Questions for a young industry

As a Nintendo website, we often treasure and talk the most about games that are based in fantastical and, often, family friendly lands — an Italian plumber running and jumping, miniature creatures assisting a stranded rocket man, an adventure played out by LEGO characters and so on. Occasionally we get edgy and...

Talking Point: The Unreal Engine 4 Gaffe Exposes Graphical Snobbery, Again

The Unreal Engine 4 Gaffe Exposes Graphical Snobbery, Again

The fact it's actually scalable for Wii U should surprise no-one

A number of articles on Nintendo Life really got the community talking last week, one of which was our April Fools for the year. In terms of stories that were real, however, we had high profile comments from Epic Games' Mark Rein, who essentially stated that developers on Wii U...

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...