Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Review

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a great reason to own a New 3DS

By on March 25, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a great reason to own a New 3DS

One of the best RPGs of the last generation was smashed down into a bite-sized portion for the New Nintendo 3DS XL, and against all odds, it actually works.

Let me be clear: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is the full Wii game, from start to finish. Every massive landscape, every explosive cutscene, every screen-filling boss battle is present — but it’s been completely reworked to fit on the New 3DS. More →

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Legendary Nintendo designer won’t be making iOS or Android games

By on March 20, 2015 at 9:41 AM.

Legendary Nintendo designer won’t be making iOS or Android games

Earlier this week, gamers rejoiced amidst news that Nintendo is planning to bring some of its most storied and beloved franchises to smartphones and tablets. As we highlighted earlier in the week, this is an opportunity Nintendo has long neglected, not only to the detriment of gamers, but to its own bottom line as well.

Nintendo sits on a gold mine of underutilized properties. It hasn’t been bothered to do another Advance Wars game despite its rabid global fan base that would pay $70 a pop for a new iteration. It has lost its passion for Castlevania and Metroid. It has neglected the clever little puzzle games that defined the early Nintendo DS years. Many of these franchises are perfect fits for tablet. Advance Wars games were practically designed to be played on large touch screens and came out years before tablets were even on the market.

While it remains to be seen what type of games Nintendo and its mobile gaming partner DeNA bring to the table, it’s worth noting that Nintendo’s legendary ace-in-the-hole game designer won’t be involved in the process.

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The Boy Genius Report Podcast: Episode 4

By on March 19, 2015 at 11:47 AM.

The Boy Genius Report Podcast: Episode 4

Is Apple finally introducing a streaming TV service? How about Nintendo making games for iOS and Android? And why is Microsoft getting rid of the Internet Explorer brand? Those are the three main topics in this week’s show, with Zach Epstein joining me again as guest. More →

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Nintendo embraces the one thing that can save it from oblivion: The iPhone

By on March 17, 2015 at 9:40 AM.

Nintendo embraces the one thing that can save it from oblivion: The iPhone

How perfectly dreadful. Nintendo, that last defender of console-only auteurism, is now succumbing to that basest of commercial instincts and is launching potentially hugely lucrative mobile apps. This could lead to something quite disturbing: Massive profit growth. More →

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Mario for iPhone and Android

Is Nintendo finally bringing its game library to iOS and Android?

By on March 17, 2015 at 8:10 AM.

Is Nintendo finally bringing its game library to iOS and Android?

One of the best game franchises that could make it to iPhone, Android and other mobile operating systems will finally become reality, as the company behind it is finally ready to start development of smartphone and tablet versions of its popular console games, The Wall Street Journal reports. More →

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Teens React Video

The funniest thing you’ll see today: Teens react to the Power Glove

By on February 9, 2015 at 1:55 PM.

The funniest thing you’ll see today: Teens react to the Power Glove

Ahh, Nintendo’s Power Glove. I have never seen teens more excited to try something in one of The Fine Bros’ videos. I have also never seen teens more disappointed in something once they actually tried it. At the time it came out, Nintendo’s Power Glove was an exciting motion-based controller that added a whole new dimension to video games. But in hindsight, of course, it was terrible and counterintuitive.

Now, we get to enjoy watching modern-day teens relive the frustration we all experienced decades ago. More →

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The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask 3D Review

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D review: Nintendo’s most triumphant remaster ever

By on February 6, 2015 at 3:01 PM.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D review: Nintendo’s most triumphant remaster ever

15 years ago, the darkest, most complex game in the history of The Legend of Zelda hit store shelves. Majora’s Mask was lauded as another masterpiece of the Nintendo 64 era and a worthy follow-up to Ocarina of Time, but it hasn’t quite had the same legacy as its predecessor.

Now that the game’s incredible looking remaster is finally coming to 3DS, Nintendo has a chance to rewrite history and introduce a whole new generation of gamers to one of its most tragic and fascinating tales.

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New Nintendo 3DS XL Review

Review: What it’s like to upgrade from a Nintendo 3DS to a New 3DS XL

By on February 3, 2015 at 2:35 PM.

Review: What it’s like to upgrade from a Nintendo 3DS to a New 3DS XL

I’ve owned a Nintendo 3DS ever since the day it launched. It’s not the most inventive or the most attractive portable on the market, but it features an incredible selection of first-party and third-party content. But its physical limitations have always bothered me, to the point where I simply started taking my PS Vita on trips with me rather than my 3DS.

The New 3DS XL is going to change that. More →

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The Legend of Zelda World Record

Watch someone beat The Legend of Zelda in 30 minutes by skipping screens, clipping through walls

By on January 26, 2015 at 3:35 PM.

Watch someone beat The Legend of Zelda in 30 minutes by skipping screens, clipping through walls

It’s surprisingly exhilarating to watch someone blast through a video game in minutes that would take a normal person hours to beat. We couldn’t take our eyes off of the ridiculous Super Mario World speedrun last week, good enough for a world record, but just days later we’ve been distracted by another record-setting run of a classic Nintendo game. More →

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Super Mario World World Record

Watch someone beat Super Mario World in less than 6 minutes using an insane glitch

By on January 22, 2015 at 3:10 PM.

Watch someone beat Super Mario World in less than 6 minutes using an insane glitch

You might not be aware of it, but there is an entire community of gamers out there who try to run through games as quickly as possible, by whatever means necessary. These speedrunners are regularly breaking each other’s records, even for games that are decades old, but it’s still exciting when it happens, especially with a classic game as popular as Super Mario World. More →

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Nintendo Direct January 2015

Here are all of the huge announcements Nintendo just made for 2015

By on January 14, 2015 at 11:25 AM.

Here are all of the huge announcements Nintendo just made for 2015

Not willing to rest on its laurels after a relatively successful finish to 2014, Nintendo hosted its first Direct presentation of the year on Wednesday in order to discuss the upcoming spring lineup for Wii U and 3DS, along with a few exciting surprises that should have Nintendo fans all riled up. More →

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Nintendo Wii U Sales Analysis

The 3 weird gimmicks Nintendo is using to build on its newfound momentum

By on October 30, 2014 at 3:36 PM.

The 3 weird gimmicks Nintendo is using to build on its newfound momentum

Against odds, Nintendo turned a profit in the September quarter. It turns out that Mario Kart 8 was successful enough to give the Wii U home console enough of a sales bump to help Nintendo to eke out a $86 million profit during the autumn period. Nintendo also repeated its vow to achieve profitability for the full fiscal year and after its autumn surprise, this suddenly seems achievable. More →

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