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Talking Point: Wii U vs Xbox One - Online Requirements and On-Disc DRM

Wii U vs Xbox One - Online Requirements and On-Disc DRM

A big deal, or a mountain out of a mole-hill?

Last week Microsoft unveiled its Xbox One, or the non-gaming aspects for the most part, and seemingly managed to confuse as many viewers as it hyped up. Those that opt for schadenfreude should tread carefully, however, as Nintendo's Wii U reveal at E3 2011 similarly baffled many in terms of what the...

Talking Point: The Wii U's Next-Gen Challenge Starts to Take Shape

The Wii U's Next-Gen Challenge Starts to Take Shape

Microsoft, Sony and others start to show their cards

Yesterday, as we're sure most — possibly all — of you are aware, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One, the company's offering for the "next generation" of gaming. And so we finally have a situation where, piece by piece, the rumours, leaked design documents and outright fibs are making way for...

Developer Interview: System 3 On Bringing Putty Squad To Wii U And 3DS

System 3 On Bringing Putty Squad To Wii U And 3DS

Veteran UK developer talks about Putty's return and future projects

Today saw the confirmation that System 3's Putty Squad is coming to the Wii U and 3DS. We got in touch with the UK-based studio to talk about the game, how it differs from the Amiga version and what the company's plans are for the future. We spoke to studio founder Mark Cale, who...

Feature: Nintendo's Financial Revelations and Hardware Strategies

Nintendo's Financial Revelations and Hardware Strategies

3DS leads as Wii U goes slow and steady

Around this time every year Nintendo reports its financial results for the previous 12 months, and in by-gone days they could be summarised very easily — "we're rolling in cash like money hogs, victory lattes for everyone". Recently it's not been quite that simple, with the decline starting with the...

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...

Feature: The Big Nintendo 3DS Direct Summary

The Big Nintendo 3DS Direct Summary

There's a lot to take in

Before the latest Nintendo Direct broadcast, we're sure that many were unsure of what to expect. We've watched enough of them to know that sometimes they can be rather light on revelations, simply stringing us along with a few release dates, and on other occasions they can be blockbuster events that get the Nintendo Life...

Developer Interview: Ubisoft on the Expanding Rayman Legends and Wii U's Free Challenge Mode

Ubisoft on the Expanding Rayman Legends and Wii U's Free Challenge Mode

The upcoming Wii U eShop app sounds promising

When Wii U was preparing for launch, a good number of gamers were particularly excited about Rayman Legends, at one time a Wii U-exclusive launch title. Unfortunately for those eager fans, both promising selling points fell by the way-side, with an initial delay to Spring 2013 being extended to...

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...

Interview: Michael Pachter On Wii U, 3DS And The Challenges Facing Nintendo This Generation

Michael Pachter On Wii U, 3DS And The Challenges Facing Nintendo This Generation

"I don’t hate Nintendo at all"

Michael Pachter has been called a lot of things — not all of them repeatable on a family-friendly site such as this — but many of his harshest critics seem to miss the point of what he is actually saying; his job is to ensure that people invest their cash wisely and not to placate over-zealous fans...

Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2013 - Spring Edition

The Biggest Wii U Games of 2013 - Spring Edition

Time for a few changes

At the start of the year we published our Biggest Wii U games of 2013 feature, sharing some of the exciting releases set for Nintendo's latest home console. That list included some titles that are now available, and also some "before 31st March" predictions that have come and gone — those due to drop out due to imminent or...

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: 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...