E3 Day One Report

E3 Day One Report: Every game I played on the first day

By on June 11, 2014 at 12:09 PM.

E3 Day One Report: Every game I played on the first day

My goal this year at E3 was to get hands-on time with as many games as I possibly could. Between booth tours, meetings and running around the show floor, I’m well on my way to exceeding my own expectations, so I figured I would keep a log of every game I played each day at E3.

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Nintendo E3 2014 Livestream

Watch Nintendo’s E3 2014 event right here

By on June 10, 2014 at 11:54 AM.

Watch Nintendo’s E3 2014 event right here

Once again, Nintendo will be forgoing a press conference this year in favor of an online streaming Digital Event. It might sound like a worrying concession from the struggling Japanese company, but stage presence doesn’t make much of a difference when no one’s buying your home console. We need to see properties both new and old at this event to give us a reason to get excited about Nintendo again. More →

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Nintendo 3DS Vs. Smartphones

Nintendo’s horrors multiply

By on May 30, 2014 at 2:21 PM.

Nintendo’s horrors multiply

Game revenue stats from the first quarter of 2014 are grim reading for Nintendo. The ailing giant is now being overtaken by multiple mobile app companies, many of them riding on the success of a single, free download. Nintendo’s entire software stable — consisting of dozens of Wii U, Wii and 3DS titles —grossed just $411 million in the first quarter of the year. More →

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E3 2014 List Of Games

Here’s a massive list of every game confirmed for E3 2014

By on May 30, 2014 at 11:01 AM.

Here’s a massive list of every game confirmed for E3 2014

With all the leaks, reveals, countdowns and announcements, it can be hard to keep track of the enormous list of games waiting to make their debut at E3. Last year was quieter than usual as Sony and Microsoft temporarily readjusted to focus on new hardware, but E3 2014 is all about the games. Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo not only have sizable install bases on the new generation consoles, they each have millions of fans waiting for a good reason to upgrade as well.

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Review
Mario Kart 8 Review

Review: Mario Kart 8 for Wii U

By on May 15, 2014 at 3:01 AM.

Review: Mario Kart 8 for Wii U

As one of the most consistent franchises in Nintendo’s history, the release of a new Mario Kart is always cause for excitement. The last entry, Mario Kart 7, is widely regarded as one of the best in the series, introducing air gliders, underwater racing and customizable karts. All the innovations from the 3DS title have returned in Mario Kart 8, along with the most impressive graphical overhaul the series has ever seen. With dozens of characters to unlock, 32 new and classic courses, a variety of multiplayer modes and a few unbelievably bouncy mustaches, Mario Kart 8 is the party game that the Wii U so desperately needed. More →

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Nintendo New Cheaper Consoles

New Nintendo consoles are coming, but you probably won’t be able to buy one

By on May 8, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

New Nintendo consoles are coming, but you probably won’t be able to buy one

After another dismal year of console sales, Nintendo is finally looking to broach uncharted territory in order to give its floundering business a much needed boost. Bloomberg reports that Nintendo is preparing to launch new consoles in emerging markets as early as next year, potentially capitalizing on China’s recently lifted ban on game consoles. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, China’s game industry could generate $10 billion in sales in 2015. More →

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Wii U Sales 2014

Why the Wii U is pretty much toast

By on May 7, 2014 at 5:05 PM.

Why the Wii U is pretty much toast

For a long time, many diehard Nintendo fans have clung to the hope that Wii U sales would finally explode once Nintendo released Mario Kart 8 and the new Super Smash Bros. game, two titles that have been absolute goldmines for Nintendo in the past. However Time’s Matt Peckham, who has staunchly defended Nintendo’s overall business model and strategy in the past, says that it’s basically game over for the Wii U no matter how good its big upcoming games are. And the reason for this is pretty simple: There’s just nothing that great about the Wii U. More →

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Mario Kart 8 Direct

Video: Buying Mario Kart 8 will net you a free Wii U game

By on April 30, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Video: Buying Mario Kart 8 will net you a free Wii U game

One month ahead of the game’s release, Nintendo has unleashed its latest extensive Direct focused entirely on Mario Kart 8. Alongside the game’s release on May 30th, Nintendo will release a Mario Kart 8 Wii U Bundle, containing a Wii U Deluxe Set, red Mario Wii Wheel, Mario Wii Remote Plus and the game for $329.99. If you register the game on your Club Nintendo account before July 31st, you’ll also receive your choice of a free Wii U game: New Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD or Wii Party U. More →

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Nintendo E3 2014 Schedule

Video: Here are Nintendo’s plans for E3 2014

By on April 29, 2014 at 1:09 PM.

Video: Here are Nintendo’s plans for E3 2014

Nintendo made history at E3 last year by forgoing a traditional press conference in favor of a pre-recorded Nintendo Direct broadcast. Although the lack of stage presence was purported to be a one-off, it appears that Nintendo will continue to move away from the established method of dissemination at E3 2014 with the newly branded Nintendo Digital Event on June 10th at 9 a.m. PT, an online stream which will feature “new games and announcements” from Nintendo. More →

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Super Smash Bros. 3DS Wii U Release

Video: Super Smash Bros. coming to 3DS this summer, Wii U in fall

By on April 9, 2014 at 5:34 PM.

Video: Super Smash Bros. coming to 3DS this summer, Wii U in fall

Nintendo announced on Tuesday night that the highly anticipated next-gen installment of Super Smash Bros. will finally release on the 3DS this summer and on the Wii U in fall. Along with the release window, Nintendo also went into detail about the visual enhancements of the multiplatform title, the game’s dedication to the competitive fighting community and the introduction of some new (and not-so-new) faces. More →

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Mario Kart 8 Trailer Wii U

Video: Mario Kart 8, the Wii U’s best hope, shown off in new trailer

By on April 3, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

Video: Mario Kart 8, the Wii U’s best hope, shown off in new trailer

The release of Mario Kart 8 was always going to be a big deal but it’s more important than ever because both it and the new Super Smash Bros. game are now the last, best hope for the Wii U. Nintendo on Thursday unleashed a brand-new trailer for its Mario Kart 8 racing game that showed off some new characters that have been added to the mix as well as some killer new courses that we haven’t seen before, including the newest version of Rainbow Road. Mario Kart has long been one of Nintendo’s biggest hits and it’s banking that Mario Kart 8 will be the game that finally helps boost Wii U sales. 2008’s Mario Kart Wii has sold an estimated 38.8 million copies and 2011’s Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS sold around 18.1 million copies, so if Mario Kart 8 sells as well as either of those two games it would give Nintendo’s newest console the jolt that it desperately needs. The new Mario Kart 8 trailer follows below. More →

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Super Smash Bros. Creator PlayStation 4

The man behind one of Nintendo’s best games is a big PS4 fan

By on March 12, 2014 at 3:40 PM.

The man behind one of Nintendo’s best games is a big PS4 fan

As Wii U owners patiently await any signs of life, the creator of one of the console’s most anticipated games even has to admit that he likes what he sees in the PlayStation 4. Masahiro Sakurai, director of the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game for Wii U and 3DS, was recently asked in an interview with Famitsu what he thinks about Sony’s PS4. According to Gematsu’s transtlation, although Sakurai has no interest in the “console war,” he sees the strengths of the PS4 and how the console can benefit game creators. More →

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