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First Impressions: Hyrule Warriors Is Zelda, But Not As We Know It

Hyrule Warriors Is Zelda, But Not As We Know It

Button-mashing with the Hero of Time

On paper, Nintendo's decision to ally Zelda with the Dynasty Warriors franchise makes perfect sense; Koei Tecmo's series is incredibly popular in its native Japan and Wii U owners are simply dying for another Hyrule-themed adventure to embark upon. However, almost immediately after the announcement of Hyrule...

Talking Point: With E3 Long Gone, Nintendo Still Has Plenty to Reveal 'Directly' to Fans

With E3 Long Gone, Nintendo Still Has Plenty to Reveal 'Directly' to Fans

Keep the hype train running

While Nintendo's appearance at E3 — widely regarded as a success — was only a little under a month ago at the time of writing, in modern consumer and internet terms that is an age. Since that time we've had some updates on key releases on the way this Fall, and a lot of focus on the wider picture of eShop games and...

Parent Trap: Amiibo Charts A Fresh Course In The Toys To Life Sector

Amiibo Charts A Fresh Course In The Toys To Life Sector

Wallets are going to suffer this Christmas

Seen one toy-video-game craze and you’ve seen them all, right? Counter to first impressions Skylanders, Disney Infinity and Angry Birds Telepods each offer a distinct experience. Nintendo’s amiibo characters offer another new way to combine toys and video-games, but how different is it to these other...

Hands On: Bewitching Bayonetta 2 Brings Action Gaming To A Climax On Wii U

Bewitching Bayonetta 2 Brings Action Gaming To A Climax On Wii U

We spend some time with Bayonetta 1 and 2

It’s hard to overestimate just how much buzz Bayonetta 2’s Wii U exclusivity garnered back when it was announced in 2012; the first game in the series - from Platinum Games and Hideki Kamiya - was critically acclaimed and a big hit with fans, though since it only ever appeared on the Xbox 360 and PS3,...

Talking Point: New Ideas, Not New IPs, Are The Key for Nintendo

New Ideas, Not New IPs, Are The Key for Nintendo

Splatoon and Code Name S.T.E.A.M are joined by Captain Toad, after all

Earlier today we reported on an interview given by two of the developers behind upcoming Wii U third-person shooter Splatoon, in which they outlined the creative process that brought us human / squid hybrids rather than macho men with guns, with existing brands such as Mario...

First Impressions: Taking Sonic Boom for a Spin on Wii U and 3DS

Taking Sonic Boom for a Spin on Wii U and 3DS

Lightning Strikes (Not Once But Twice)

Back in May 2013 Nintendo announced that it had entered into a partnership with Sega to bring a series of three Sonic games exclusively to its systems. Sonic Lost World and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games were the first products of that arrangement, and the upcoming Sonic Boom games...

Video: Watch Our Handy Highlight Video To See How Nintendo Silenced Its Critics At E3 2014

Watch Our Handy Highlight Video To See How Nintendo Silenced Its Critics At E3 2014

Zelda! Amiibo! Splatoon!

It's fair to say that many people in the industry who are deemed to be "experts" didn't give Nintendo much of a chance at this year's E3. The company's decision to not hold a traditional press conference for the second year running — coupled with the well-publicised struggles of the Wii U — resulted in many dire...

Talking Point: Nintendo Should Beware the Slippery Slope of Sponsored DLC

Nintendo Should Beware the Slippery Slope of Sponsored DLC

A harmless way to make money, or guaranteed alienation of fans?

This week Nintendo confirmed the inevitable, and that was Mercedes DLC coming to Mario Kart 8 in the West, after it had previously been announced for the Japanese market. It'll be free in Nintendo's homeland and, we expect, everywhere else in the world, though Nintendo's refusal to use...

Talking Point: Nintendo Successfully Wooed Some Wii U Doubters at E3

Nintendo Successfully Wooed Some Wii U Doubters at E3

Its message of fun and innovation gets through

As a Nintendo-centric site, it's pretty obvious where the interests of our team and the community lie. While we'll be critical of Nintendo, its games, systems or policies when we feel such a stance is warranted, we are inevitably 'rooting' for the company. To nick the big N's slogan of choice right...

First Impressions: Solving the Puzzle of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Solving the Puzzle of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Toad Captain! My Captain!

Sometimes games play host to smaller experiences so fun they could easily stand as full-fledged titles of their own. Kirby games are famous for this, of course, with Kirby Fighters & Dedede’s Drum Dash on offer in the pink puffball’s latest outing, though Mario’s also been known to get in on the act — Super...

Feature: Catch Up With Ten of the Nintendo Treehouse E3 Demonstrations

Catch Up With Ten of the Nintendo Treehouse E3 Demonstrations

Essential viewing

Nintendo's multi-faceted approach to E3 this year did much to earn praise, as it ignored convention and produced a series of videos and events that played up to its strengths. The Digital Event was stylish, the Super Smash Bros. Invitational was raucous fun, and there were two roundtable events that generated plenty of buzz. That...

First Impressions: Enjoying the Craft of Yoshi's Woolly World

Enjoying the Craft of Yoshi's Woolly World

A purled gem

For fans who have been anxiously awaiting news of Yarn Yoshi since it was first announced in January 2013, seeing Nintendo’s Takashi Tezuka and Good-Feel’s Etsunobu Ebisu walk into a yarn shop during the E3 Digital Event was enough to send hopeful hearts flutter-jumping in anticipation. Now sporting a new name and a launch window...

Poll: What Did You Think of Nintendo's E3?

What Did You Think of Nintendo's E3?

It's actually finished, you know

E3 is over, finished, done for another year. It was three days (four if you consider the 'day zero' press conferences) of gaming madness, with information overload and the main console manufacturers, publishers and developers doing the equivalent of jumping around screaming "look at me, please!" for a sustained...

First Impressions: Taking Aim With Nintendo's New Online Shooter IP, Splatoon

Taking Aim With Nintendo's New Online Shooter IP, Splatoon

Colour us ink-pressed

Whatever your expectations for Nintendo's Digital Event at E3 this year, it's safe to say that they probably didn't include squid-girls flinging ink at each other across a cityscape in team-based battles. A surprise in every sense of the word, Splatoon came out of nowhere to significant fanfare as one of Nintendo’s flagship...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Innovative E3 Approach is a Breath of a Fresh Air

Nintendo's Innovative E3 Approach is a Breath of a Fresh Air

Going its own way

As this article goes live Nintendo's Treehouse team will be well into its second day of live demonstrations, showing off projects and titles revealed in the Nintendo Digital Event. It's an approach from Nintendo to offer rolling coverage and continually seize attention, while the company has fulfilled an obligation for a major...

Feature: All Of The Vital Super Smash Bros. Roundtable Details, As Pac-Man Joins The Fight

All Of The Vital Super Smash Bros. Roundtable Details, As Pac-Man Joins The Fight

Our man at E3 on Mii customisation, Amiibo and more

Below is a detailed summary from the recently held Super Smash Bros. roundtable, presented by Masahiro Sakurai, as we highlight the most important details and question answers. Once Masahiro Sakurai took to the stage to begin the roundtable, it didn't take long for him to drop the biggest news...

Talking Point: What We Expect From Nintendo at E3 2014

What We Expect From Nintendo at E3 2014

Hype train incoming

The Nintendo Digital Event is just hours away, which means forged MK8 DLC images and many more besides that we've ignored will be consigned to another year of irrelevance. Nintendo will lay out its major projects for the remainder of 2014 and, we suspect, one or two of the biggest titles of 2015. With its current gen rivals in a...