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Talking Point: Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated Poorly By The Third-Party Retail Scene, But The System Still Brings Joy

Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated Poorly By The Third-Party Retail Scene, But The System Still Brings Joy

Project Cars is one of the last to bite the dust

A few years from now the Wii U will have surely become 'last gen', following the Wii in having occasional Just Dance titles and being available at throwaway prices for those curious about the system. An excellent console it is too, with a retail library full of absolute gems and an eShop that's...

Talking Point: Assessing the Odds of Super Mario Maker Making a Commercial Splash This September

Assessing the Odds of Super Mario Maker Making a Commercial Splash This September

Anniversary-busting August may have been better

We're still waiting for a North American announcement - which we hope is just a matter of time - but we were rather pleased about confirmation today of a Super Mario Maker Wii U hardware bundle. It's coming to Europe on the same day as the game (a simple but important requirement) and certainly...

Talking Point: The Pros, Cons and Questionable Likelihood of a Nintendo NX Release in Summer 2016

The Pros, Cons and Questionable Likelihood of a Nintendo NX Release in Summer 2016

A new pillar? Is July 2016 too soon, or even likely?

In the first of what are sure to be multiple rumours before Nintendo lifts the lid on its 'NX' hardware in 2016, Taiwanese press site DigiTimes has made a range of claims around a potential release in July next year. Its general statements revolve around Foxconn handling much of the...

Talking Point: It's the Community That'll Put the 'Super' Into Mario Maker

It's the Community That'll Put the 'Super' Into Mario Maker

Its legacy could be outstanding

Just this week we got another look at Super Mario Maker at a UK press event, and were struck by its significant potential. Yet we've already done a first impressions article from E3, which goes into detail on how well it's shaping up. If you want a strong outline of its core features and why we think it's...

Talking Point: The Mystery of Devil's Third and Its Drift Away from the Spotlight

The Mystery of Devil's Third and Its Drift Away from the Spotlight

Nintendo of America remains silent while Europe has a release date

Cast your mind back to E3 2014 - Nintendo's first 'Digital Event' had finished and, by many accounts, had gone down rather well. It was a broadcast designed for all audiences, so a surprise immediately followed with the announcement that mature title Devil's Third, originally...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transforming Franchises Clashes With Fan Expectations

Nintendo's Approach to Transforming Franchises Clashes With Fan Expectations

New ideas that haven't necessarily been welcomed

It's safe to say that Nintendo's E3 efforts have been received with mixed responses from fans. Especially given that Microsoft and Sony arguably brought the thunder this year, many expected that Nintendo would have some similarly headline grabbing announcements to match. What we received instead was...

Talking Point: E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Development Shift Towards NX, and Away from Wii U

E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Development Shift Towards NX, and Away from Wii U

3DS also delves into spin-offs and sequels to pass time

It's been a little over a week since E3 2015, the shared temperature of frustrated Nintendo fans has simmered down a little, and we can reflect on both what the big N showed and kept behind the scenes. Both tell us much, and also indicate that the Wii U seems to be heading for a short...

Talking Point: Super Mario Maker Stole the Show at the Nintendo World Championships 2015

Super Mario Maker Stole the Show at the Nintendo World Championships 2015

A game changer for the franchise

The Nintendo World Championships 2015 was an event that had various similarities to the Super Smash Bros. Invitational from E3 2014 - it was charming, had some flat moments, the occasional hiccup, yet managed to seize momentum at key moments to keep us watching. It was a lengthy event that actually started rather...

Talking Point: Looking Ahead to the Nintendo World Championships 2015

Looking Ahead to the Nintendo World Championships 2015

Nintendo can start E3 with a bang

A week from today Nintendo will host a live event in Los Angeles that'll get the E3 party started for its fans. For the second year running the company's template for the expo is to combine a pre-prepared Digital Event with a live event and hour-upon-hour of Treehouse coverage, while some Best Buy customers will...

Talking Point: Prepare Yourselves - E3 Silly Season is Here

Prepare Yourselves - E3 Silly Season is Here

There's no escape

E3 is a peculiar beast, and comparisons to Christmas certainly work. In one sense it's "the most wonderful time of the year" - you can croon along to that line in your own head - but it's also a stressful nightmare. We may love the festive meals, jolly times and moments of relaxation at the end of the year, but they're bookended...

Talking Point: Retro Gamers Beware, PAC-MAN 256 Could be a Template for Nintendo's Smart Device Future

Retro Gamers Beware, PAC-MAN 256 Could be a Template for Nintendo's Smart Device Future

Simple works on phones, and the early NES era epitomises that style

Being a gamer on the wrong side of 30 that uses YouTube to keep up with a modest list of subscribed channels, this humble writer was unaware of PAC-MAN 256 until earlier today when a press release plopped into an inbox. A celebration of Pac-Man's 35th Anniversary? Sweet! It's on...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Modest Sales Targets Keep Wii U and 3DS Expectations Under Control

Nintendo's Modest Sales Targets Keep Wii U and 3DS Expectations Under Control

E3 surprises are still a solid bet, however

In consecutive years Nintendo predicted a return to good times, struggled to deliver and reported financial losses; with that in mind the recent annual results were a major positive. Nintendo reported a decent profit and showed enough positive intent that shareholders were happy, with the company's value...

Talking Point: Nintendo World Championships 2015 Should Be Just the Beginning

Nintendo World Championships 2015 Should Be Just the Beginning

Nintendo can seize popular culture again

With a typical slice of nostalgia it was announced that Nintendo World Championships 2015 will be a major live event prior to E3. Filling the gap left by the Super Smash Bros. Invitational of E3 2014, it seems like a smart move - play on nostalgia and the 25th Anniversary of the iconic 1990 contest, while...

Talking Point: Is Konami About To Exit The Console Game Business?

Is Konami About To Exit The Console Game Business?

Nintendo's old ally could be leaving the industry it helped to grow

Konami has been in the headlines a lot lately. First up were those troublesome rumours regarding the impending departure of Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear series and arguably the Japanese company's most valuable and famous employee. It would appear that Kojima is set to...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Legacy Makes The Virtual Console Essential, But It Must Modernise

Nintendo's Legacy Makes The Virtual Console Essential, But It Must Modernise

Idealism should make way for realism

Technologically, the world is busier and noisier than it's ever been before. So many gadgets and screens demand our time and loyalty, from smart TVs with hundreds of channels and streaming apps, to smartphones and tablets and, of course, game systems. Those with a decent amount of spare cash that are anxious to...

Talking Point: Mario Maker Can Be A Game Changer For Nintendo And Its Relationship With Gamers

Mario Maker Can Be A Game Changer For Nintendo And Its Relationship With Gamers

A future with NES Maker and more could be extraordinary

Sometimes a game has the power to seize the imagination from the moment it's revealed, with a self-hyping capacity to get thousands of gamers excited from little more than a glimpse. Others can be a slow burner or need the right moment to set off alarms in an individual's head. This writer...

Talking Point: Mario Kart 8 DLC is a Winning Formula for Nintendo, But It Can Go Further

Mario Kart 8 DLC is a Winning Formula for Nintendo, But It Can Go Further

A real Battle Mode, Challenges and more

We suspect that the online multiplayer servers for Mario Kart 8 saw a handsome spike this week, with the launch of DLC Pack 2 and an update that includes the 200cc race class. It's a title that just keeps growing, and as we argued recently the arrival of non-Mario franchises points to a potential future for...