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Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 13th November Broadcasts

The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 13th November Broadcasts

Big news for 3DS and a whole load of release dates and details

So, another Nintendo Direct broadcast has come and gone. The reaction online seemed to be, as is now standard, rather mixed. Some have expressed disappointment, while others (such as this writer) thought the broadcasts did a rather good job. Primarily announced as providing details on...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Resilience Against Wii U Criticism Emphasizes Its Longevity

Nintendo's Resilience Against Wii U Criticism Emphasizes Its Longevity

As the critics attack, Satoru Iwata simply looks ahead

It's been, overall, a tough couple of weeks for the Wii U's image in the online land of gaming enthusiasts. The focused attention of many outlets is, unsurprisingly and quite correctly, on the upcoming launches of the PS4 and the Xbox One, with Super Mario 3D World just about grabbing some...

Feature: Why Nintendo Isn't Popular in Poland

Why Nintendo Isn't Popular in Poland

Rob Burgess explains how a country with 40 million people has been missed

Earlier this year we posted an article based on a Nintendo fan's blog, which explained how difficult it was to buy a Wii U in Poland, a large European country. Rob Burgess, the author of that blog, has since written a follow up article in which he explains in a little more...

Poll: Is Nintendo's Wii U Advertising and Marketing Doing Enough?

Is Nintendo's Wii U Advertising and Marketing Doing Enough?

It's safe to say the 3DS messaging is doing fine

It's a common refrain for critics of Nintendo to state that it doesn't do marketing well. Some may see adverts featuring celebrities or colourful trailers of smiling children and despair, as there's often a sense that in targeting families and young gamers with much of its advertising the company...

Feature: Ten Wii U and 3DS Games To Play This Halloween

Ten Wii U and 3DS Games To Play This Halloween

Zombies, vampires, desolation, isolation and all that good stuff

It's that night, dear readers, when ghouls and monsters emerge from their pits of despair to torment the living. Or, another way of looking at it, children in rather inexpensive outfits come out to threaten adults with a good egging if they don't hand over sweets and candies. What a...

Feature: Where Is Your Wii Balance Board?

Where Is Your Wii Balance Board?

Time to dust off that slab of plastic in preparation for Wii Fit U

Wii Fit U's special trial deal begins this Friday, and will no doubt trigger a fitness frenzy amongst flabby Wii U owners all over the globe. However, a lot of time has elapsed between the incredible popularity of the Wii original and the launch of this new title, and like so many...

Feature: The Madness That Is Super Mario 3D World's Multiplayer Mode

The Madness That Is Super Mario 3D World's Multiplayer Mode

One crown to rule them all

In this personal reminiscence, Martin Watts describes his experience of playing Super Mario 3D World in multiplayer, and how it exposes our greatest flaws of character... Last week, Features Editor Thomas Whitehead and I were invited along to Nintendo UK's offices for a bit of hands-on time with one of Nintendo's most...

Preview: Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World

A brave new world

Some things in life are unavoidable. Death, taxes, and disappointing Wii U sales in its first nine months of life. Nintendo has a plan for the rest of 2013, however, which is encouraging for its fans — we've had the enthusiast's favourite The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, and soon we'll have the return of styles and...

Soapbox: The Wii Changed The Face of Gaming, Before The Console Industry Promptly Forgot Its Lessons

The Wii Changed The Face of Gaming, Before The Console Industry Promptly Forgot Its Lessons

Tom Whitehead believes that the Wii's good work has, in part, been wasted

This week the Nintendo Japan website updated the status of Wii production, officially bringing it to an end. We'd previously argued that Nintendo could have ruled the micro console market with Wii and the company, potentially, missed a trick; it seems to be a decision made...

First Impressions: Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight

We dig it

Yacht Club Games' Shovel Knight for Wii U, which made waves with an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, was on display at the recent New York Comic-Con. While more mainstream releases were generating huge lines and impatient parents, the deceptively simple-looking Shovel Knight was something of a hidden gem, making a great...

Interview: Image & Form CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson Talks SteamWorld Dig And Working On The eShop

Image & Form CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson Talks SteamWorld Dig And Working On The eShop

Critical reaction, the Wii U eShop and picking 3DS over smartphones

At this year's Eurogamer Expo we were lucky enough to get the opportunity to speak to Image & Form's Brjann Sigurgeirsson about the company's 3DS eShop title, SteamWorld Dig. In the interview, Sigurgeirsson speaks about the development of the game and its lore, its critical...

Hands On: An Evening With Wii Karaoke U By Joysound

An Evening With Wii Karaoke U By Joysound

Take On Mii

Nintendo has previously stated that one of its main objectives with the Wii U is to provide experiences that can’t be done on other video game systems. In addition to this rather admirable quest, the company has also been keen to emphasise the fun that can be had with the system in local multiplayer. So far it hasn't had a great...

Hands On: Pure Chess (Wii U eShop)

Pure Chess (Wii U eShop)

The grand old sport comes to the people

While the 3DS eShop is maturing into a platform with a healthy variety of experiences, and the Wii U eShop promises to do so, one obvious gap is in delivering a virtual edition of one of the grandest old games / sports in existence. Chess may have appeared as a minigame option in a mediocre 3DS game or two,...

Interview: Ubisoft on Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag's Place in the Franchise, and Returning to Wii U

Ubisoft on Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag's Place in the Franchise, and Returning to Wii U

Wii U release dates also confirmed

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag is, perhaps depending on your perspective, a highly tempting multi-platform blockbuster coming to the Wii U or, alternatively, a title below first-party releases and exclusives in the pecking order this Holiday season. It's a release, notably alongside another Ubisoft title in...

Talking Point: The Steam Gaming Machines Are An Unconventional Challenge to the Wii U

The Steam Gaming Machines Are An Unconventional Challenge to the Wii U

Sony and Microsoft aren't the only competitors

When considering the challenges and competitors that the Wii U faces in the months and years to come, it's becoming an increasingly cluttered and tricky space to manoeuvre. Much the same was said during the early days of the 3DS, as its struggles saw it stacked up against smartphones and tablets; at...

Developer Interview: Xander Davis on Astrogun, Indie Potential and the Wii U

Xander Davis on Astrogun, Indie Potential and the Wii U

"Gamers are dreamers, I think we all care deeply about realizing the dream"

Earlier this summer a story that caught the imagination of the Nintendo Life community revolved around Xander Davis, an independent developer that declared himself to be a Wii U believer — he'd previously dismissed the system prior to its launch. It was a case of going...

Reaction: Nintendo Reminds Us of the Wii's Glory Days With Wii Fit U and Wii Sports Club

Nintendo Reminds Us of the Wii's Glory Days With Wii Fit U and Wii Sports Club

Inexpensive upgrade options are vital for attracting the Wii generation

This week Nintendo didn't so much surprise us with a Nintendo Direct, but left it outside the door unannounced and ran away giggling. Again apparently relying on the rapid influence of word of mouth, or perhaps acknowledging that much of the target audience aren't Nintendo...

Talking Point: Marketing Wii U to the Masses

Marketing Wii U to the Masses

Time to spread the word

While we await a potential increase in hardware sales, even Nintendo would admit that the Wii U has underperformed in its debut year. With poor sales to date and a year’s head start over its next-gen competition arguably squandered, the Wii U is in the unenviable position of heading into its first anniversary with yearly...

Talking Point: The Wonderful 101 Provides Some Rare Family Friendly Thrills

The Wonderful 101 Provides Some Rare Family Friendly Thrills

Falls nicely into the PEGI 12 and ESRB Teen bracket

In this Talking Point, our colleague Andy Robertson — who runs FamilyGamerTV — explains why The Wonderful 101 is a game perfectly suited to families and, in particular, the young teen audience; it's an age group rarely catered to directly. Andy regularly works with families and appears on...

Talking Point: The Wii U May Be Playing Catch-Up With Some Developers, But Money Always Talks

The Wii U May Be Playing Catch-Up With Some Developers, But Money Always Talks

Some third-parties may never be on board, however

The challenges facing the Wii U, like those that faced the 3DS before it in 2011, are numerous. It's seeking to reverse stalled momentum that was, perhaps strategically, allowed to happen in exchange for a busy lineup of games in the second half of the year. This is being done against the backdrop...