Talking Point News - Page 9

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...

Talking Point: Early Flirtations With Wii U "Free to Play" Are Just the Start

Early Flirtations With Wii U "Free to Play" Are Just the Start

Blasting away some kinks

While Europeans have endured a rather frustrating trend of late, waiting for various games to arrive that have already graced North America, the region has enjoyed first dibs on the Wii U eShop's dalliances with free-to-play download models. We're referring to Zen Pinball 2 and today's arrival, a downloadable tweaked...

Talking Point: The Emergence of "Niche" Japanese Titles Into The Nintendo Mainstream

The Emergence of "Niche" Japanese Titles Into The Nintendo Mainstream

If in doubt, go with what you know

As the weeks pass of Wii U's early days, and the 3DS campaigns to prove that gaming handhelds still have a major role to play, there are some signs that Nintendo's being forced to adjust its strategies when preparing new games. With the previous week's debates about third party content — both multi-platform and...

Talking Point: This Fan's Tragic Tale Highlights The Problem With Nintendo's Approach To Download Purchases

This Fan's Tragic Tale Highlights The Problem With Nintendo's Approach To Download Purchases

When $200 of credit can't replace $400 of downloaded games

As we've spoken about before, Nintendo's current attitude to downloadable games leaves quite a bit to be desired. The Nintendo Network ID system introduced with the Wii U is a step in the right direction, but the fact that purchases remain tied to a single piece of hardware is, in this day...

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

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Nine

Play games and forget your worries

The weekend is here, which for most surely means relaxation and happy times; oh, and video games. No matter what the speculation or news getting the video game industry into a funk, we can always settle back into our favourite hobby to have a good time. As always, some of your humble Nintendo Life writers are...

Reaction: The Rayman Legends Delay Is a Low Blow, But The Apocalypse Isn't Here

The Rayman Legends Delay Is a Low Blow, But The Apocalypse Isn't Here

Remaining "exclusives" need to be secured, however

Let's get one key point out of the way, just so we've said it early. The delay of Rayman Legends feels, to many current and prospective Wii U owners, like a cynical cash-grab of a business move. There are good old "anonymous sources", apparently developers on the game, stating that it's...

Talking Point: Wii U's Graphical Grunt is Laid Bare - Shall We Play Games Now?

Wii U's Graphical Grunt is Laid Bare - Shall We Play Games Now?

As with Wii, developer talent and creativity will be vital

Today perhaps brings a little closure, for those inclined to allow such a thing, with details and analysis emerging of the Wii U's GPU. Since before its release Wii U has been scrutinised by some in terms of its graphical capabilities, and there are plenty of people who focus on that area...