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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...

News: Shigeru Miyamoto Suggests Low Key and Accessible amiibo Support in Star Fox Zero

Shigeru Miyamoto Suggests Low Key and Accessible amiibo Support in Star Fox Zero

"I’m really not thinking about there being locked content"

Just recently we all had our first real look at Star Fox Zero, and the response to its various E3 showings seemed to be a mix of excitement and hype, combined with some mutterings of disappointment and divided opinions on the control scheme. Nintendo has a number of months to convince...

News: Splatoon Version 1.3.0 Update Due on 30th June, Gameplay Adjustments Detailed

Splatoon Version 1.3.0 Update Due on 30th June, Gameplay Adjustments Detailed

Annoying Kraken Special Weapon to be powered down, a bit

Splatoon is being spruced up with new content on a weekly basis, adding new stages and weapons to the mix. It's also had fairly regular software updates, and the next major set of changes will be implemented on 30th June with version 1.3.0. It'll fix some Splatfest issues from Japan - prior to...

Video: Art Academy and Yoshi's Woolly World Combine Beautifully in This Time-Lapse Showcase

Art Academy and Yoshi's Woolly World Combine Beautifully in This Time-Lapse Showcase

Worthy of any virtual gallery

A neat new feature in Art Academy: Atelier / Art Academy: Home Studio is the option to upload time-lapse footage of your creations to YouTube. It's a practice popular among artists on the video platform, and provides multiple options that are automated - rather like Mario Kart TV in Mario Kart 8. The new Art Academy is...

News: Two More New Weapons Coming To Splatoon Tomorrow

Two More New Weapons Coming To Splatoon Tomorrow

Ink-credible staying power

Nintendo has confirmed that two more weapons will be added to Splatoon tomorrow. The Carbon Roller and Custom Dual Squelcher are the items in question, and according to the recent leak, these are the sub weapons they'll be shipping with: Carbon Roller - Burst Bombs & Inkzooka Custom Dual Squelcher - Squid Beakon...

Interview: Knitting Together the Pattern of Yoshi's Woolly World and Cuddly amiibo

Knitting Together the Pattern of Yoshi's Woolly World and Cuddly amiibo

"We still have lots more ideas to explore"

Yoshi's Woolly World is out now in Europe - it heads to North America on 16th October - and is the latest major retail arrival on the Wii U. First teased back in 2013, its visual style and design brings a natural evolution to the yarn aesthetic seen in the excellent Kirby's Epic Yarn on Wii. Utilising the...

News: Splatoon Hackers Make Octoling A Playable Character

Splatoon Hackers Make Octoling A Playable Character

Are you an octoling or a squid?

It’s been nearly a month since Nintendo’s squid-shooter was released and already the community is hungry for more. Following on from a cheeky fan who "data-mined" a disc copy of Splatoon to find out what exactly Nintendo had in store for the game's player base, a video has now emerged of a playable octoling thanks...

News: Animal Crossing Director Talks More About Happy Home Designer and amiibo

Animal Crossing Director Talks More About Happy Home Designer and amiibo

"To be sure, Happy Home Designer can be played without any Amiibo cards."

It's safe to say that fan reaction has been rather mixed towards the amiibo-centric focus of the two upcoming Animal Crossing games for Wii U and 3DS. While it's far too early to definitively judge the quality of these upcoming games, it's very apparent that these new games...

News: The First Western Splatoon Splatfest Kicks Off on 4th July

The First Western Splatoon Splatfest Kicks Off on 4th July

"Sorry for the delay—we experienced some…tentacle difficulties"

Not so long ago Nintendo of America confirmed a delay to the first Splatoon Splatfest in the West, following matchmaking and connection problems in the first Japanese event. These are online challenges in which you pick a side in a simple debate and then fight for your choice in...

Video: Spin a New Yarn with these Top Ten Ways to Waste Time in Yoshi's Woolly World

Spin a New Yarn with these Top Ten Ways to Waste Time in Yoshi's Woolly World

Lighter than lighthearted

Sometimes following the rules and going from A to Bin a game just isn't enough to cut it if you're in a sillier mood than usual, but does Yoshi's Woolly World allow such informal pastimes? You bet it does! Check out the video below to see the top ten ways you can have fun outside the rules and regulations that "the man"...

News: Monolith Soft Open To Helping Get Zelda Wii U Ready For Launch

Monolith Soft Open To Helping Get Zelda Wii U Ready For Launch

"Monolith Soft is always available and we would love to help"

The talented development team at Monolith Soft is busy polishing off Xenoblade Chronicles X for its Western release on the Wii U in December, but that hasn't stopped them thinking of their next project. In a recent interview with Game Informer, Xenoblade director Tetsuya Takahashi and...

News: Working On F-Zero Wouldn't Have Been My Idea Of Fun, Says Former Criterion Boss

Working On F-Zero Wouldn't Have Been My Idea Of Fun, Says Former Criterion Boss

Alex Ward responds to news regarding the F-Zero that never was

We recently broke the news that Nintendo asked UK studio Criterion to create an F-Zero title for the Wii U, but sadly the discussion came to nothing. Criterion founder Alex Ward has responded to the story on Twitter, pointing out that F-Zero was simply one project amongst many pitched...

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...

News: Nintendo Gets Tough With Miiverse Bans, and Some Users Aren't Exactly Pleased

Nintendo Gets Tough With Miiverse Bans, and Some Users Aren't Exactly Pleased

Rules aren't always there to be broken

Miiverse, Nintendo's bespoke social network, has been one of the company's most notable moves in this generation. Social networks are old hat now, of course, but with immediate access from games, screenshot sharing and the option to doodle drawings, it's proved a relatively popular app. As it's web based...

News: Rhythm Tengoku: The Best Plus Tops Japanese Charts as 3DS and Wii U Lead in Hardware

Rhythm Tengoku: The Best Plus Tops Japanese Charts as 3DS and Wii U Lead in Hardware

Splatoon also performing well

The Media Create charts have rolled around once again, having brought some positive news for Nintendo in recent times; pleasingly, that trend continues. To start with software we have two 3DS games and a Wii U title leading the way - Rhythm Tengoku: The Best Plus is top (maybe thanks to its awesome commercials?) on...

Gallery: The Splatoon T-Shirt Market Has More Variety Than the Game's Store

The Splatoon T-Shirt Market Has More Variety Than the Game's Store

Take that Jelly Fresh!

When it comes to fashion, Splatoon is cutting-edge gaming. Apart from those amiibo outfits that only dedicated collectors have, there are plenty of varieties of t-shirts, hats and shoes bopping around in the game's plaza at any time, while the stores rotate their offerings on a daily basis. Sure, you can pick outfits based on...

Video: Here's Our Montage of the Latest Super Smash Bros. DLC

Here's Our Montage of the Latest Super Smash Bros. DLC

Be a kid, a squid, a Mega Man and more!

Nintendo has once again Smash-ed it out of the park with some brand new DLC content, all of which has been collected together in one handy bundle pack. Released just prior to E3, AOC Collection #2 features an eye-watering amount of costumes, new stages and - of course - new characters! You can check out the...

News: Reggie Fils-Aime Tackles Metroid Prime: Federation Force and amiibo Criticism

Reggie Fils-Aime Tackles Metroid Prime: Federation Force and amiibo Criticism

"Look, we know that the fans want a straight Samus Aran game"

Reggie Fils-Aime has - as we observed during E3 - the propensity to talk a load of old PR guff at times, which to be fair is part of his job. His annual LA interviews conducted with Kotaku do occasionally get beyond copy-and-pasted standard responses, however, making the latest...

News: Spooky 2D Adventure Whispering Willows Will Be Haunting Your Wii U This Summer 

Spooky 2D Adventure Whispering Willows Will Be Haunting Your Wii U This Summer 

An out of body experience

Indie publisher Abstraction Games has confirmed that it is bringing Night Light Interactive's spooky adventure title Whispering Willows to the Wii U eShop. Originally released on Ouya, the game features gorgeous 2D visuals and an haunting soundtrack. The unique hook is that you'll be able to exit the main character's body...

Exclusive: We Almost Got A Wii U F-Zero Created By Burnout Studio Criterion

We Almost Got A Wii U F-Zero Created By Burnout Studio Criterion

Would have been shown off at E3 2011

F-Zero is one of those franchises which Nintendo fans are constantly clamouring for, and not an E3 passes without demands from the masses for a brand-new entry. The series has been dormant for quite some time, although recent events - such as a F-Zero mini-game in Nintendo Land and the inclusion of the legendary...