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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...

Poll: We Need to Talk About amiibo - Where Do You Stand?

We Need to Talk About amiibo - Where Do You Stand?

Awesome collectibles, source of frustration, a bit of both?

As we approach the 'expo we cannot name' - oh alright, E3 - we can't help but wonder how many times Nintendo will mention amiibo. Will we learn more about the amiibo cards that'll accompany Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer? Will there be more blasted Smash Bros. waves that we'll...

Guide: Use these Splatoon Tricks & Advanced Techniques to Improve your Inking

Use these Splatoon Tricks & Advanced Techniques to Improve your Inking

Think ink

Splatoon has been out for nearly a week and already people have been looking at the inner workings of the game's intricacies in order to give them an edge when it comes to the crunch. We're nothing if not diligent and have compiled a good number of tips that can help give you the upper hand online. This is by no means a complete guide,...

Interview: Splatoon Producer Hisashi Nogami on Claiming New Territory for Wii U

Splatoon Producer Hisashi Nogami on Claiming New Territory for Wii U

Aimed to create "an entirely new form of gameplay"

Though the claims that Nintendo simply doesn't tackle new ideas aren't entirely fair, there's little denying that Splatoon has been a breath of fresh air on Wii U. As a new IP that utilises a genre so rarely entertained by Nintendo - a third-person shooter - it appears to have succeeded in...

Hands On: Checking Out Splatoon's Freshly Unlocked Ranked Battle Mode

Checking Out Splatoon's Freshly Unlocked Ranked Battle Mode

Laying it all on the line

If you booted up Splatoon this morning you might have noticed that without even the need to download an update that you can now play on the new Port Mackerel map. You can also buy the N-ZAP '85, a new weapon which looks suspiciously familiar. Of course what will be most exciting for competitive gamers is the introduction of...

Parent Trap: Splatoon Gets Family Tested, And Comes Through With Flying Colours

Splatoon Gets Family Tested, And Comes Through With Flying Colours

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson investigates Nintendo's new smash-hit

With Splatoon out in the wild we can get a first proper impression of how the game is going down with families. With this in mind I checked in with the Huo family to see how they'd taken to the local and online components of Nintendo's new shooter. They took a while to get used to...

Guide: Tips On How To Become A Squid Hotshot In Splatoon

Tips On How To Become A Squid Hotshot In Splatoon

Get inked

Today marks the launch of Splatoon, Nintendo's infectious take on the traditional team-based online shooter. While this ink-splattered offering is far more friendly and accessible than your typical web-based blaster, there are still a few key points you might want to keep in mind before dashing - or should that be swimming? - headlong...

Hands On: Disney Infinity 3.0's Twilight Of The Republic Brings The Star Wars Saga To Wii U

Disney Infinity 3.0's Twilight Of The Republic Brings The Star Wars Saga To Wii U

The Force is strong in this one

After much anticipation we finally got our hands on the Star Wars levels in Disney Infinity 3.0 in London last week. There's a little time before launch still but the headline here is that things feel very polished and locked down already - we came away very impressed. Having had a play with the Toy Box game-creator...

Feature: Yoshi's Woolly World, Like Kirby's Epic Yarn Before It, Offers Unique Chill-Out Platforming

Yoshi's Woolly World, Like Kirby's Epic Yarn Before It, Offers Unique Chill-Out Platforming

All platformer fans should want this game

Though its release in Europe is still a month away, Nintendo has certainly been keen to let the media get their hands on Yoshi's Woolly World. We already gave you a written and video preview for the game in late April, but without spoiling too many specifics we thought we'd provide a follow-up to explain...

Reaction: There is a Positive Angle to Nintendo's Splatoon Global Testfire Issues

There is a Positive Angle to Nintendo's Splatoon Global Testfire Issues

Lessons learnt

When Nintendo announced the first round of Splatoon Global Testfire sessions we described the idea as a clever Nintendo Direct highlight, as it achieved multiple goals. It created 'event'-style hype, gave curious Wii U owners a look at the game, and also allowed Nintendo to stress-test the online component with an audience of a...

Hands On: Disney Infinity Toy Box 3.0 Brings A Fresh Mario Kart Rival To Wii U

Disney Infinity Toy Box 3.0 Brings A Fresh Mario Kart Rival To Wii U

Sumo Digital works its magic once more

Getting hands-on with the Toy Box for Disney Infinity 3.0 was more than a little interesting, not least because of the Star Wars content and characters therein. At an event in London yesterday we had a chance to experiment with the new game creator as well as try both the Toy Box Takeover adventure and Toy Box...

Feature: A Nintendo Fan's Guide to E3 2015

A Nintendo Fan's Guide to E3 2015

Plenty to see

The madness is on the way, with Los Angeles all set to host hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees for E3 2015. While technically an expo like any other, it has become far more than that for game companies and their fans. It's a major centrepiece of any gaming year, and an opportunity for major publishers and developers to...

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...

Feature: The Key Details on Splatoon, Nintendo's Shot at a New Wii U Hit

The Key Details on Splatoon, Nintendo's Shot at a New Wii U Hit

Modes, guns, 8-bit games and amiibo

This week brought us Splatoon Direct, Nintendo's quirky pitch for its upcoming ink-based arena shooter. It's a game that's justifiably been talked up a fair deal, with a blend of intuitive and clever GamePad controls, bright visuals and a whole lot of gameplay potential. While large sections reiterated information...

Reaction: The Splatoon Global Testfire Demo Is a Clever Nintendo Direct Highlight

The Splatoon Global Testfire Demo Is a Clever Nintendo Direct Highlight

Stress tests servers, creates and 'event' and builds hype all at once

Nintendo isn't quite as old-fashioned as some like to pretend; it is, after all, a multi-billion dollar entertainment company that manufactures and sells consoles. In recent times it's signalled a serious intent to tackle the smart device market, shake up its customer loyalty...

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...