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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Earlier this week, Nintendo invited me to its New York office to go hands-on with the final build of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. I’d had the opportunity to play the console version of the new Smash Bros. twice before, but this was the first time I was able to see all of the new modes and features, including 8-Player Smash, Smash Tour and the Amiibo NFC figures. More →
There are plenty of huge game releases still to come before the end of the year, but for Nintendo fans, one game stands out above the rest: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The Smash Bros. series has come to define Nintendo’s consoles in recent generations, stirring up as much excitement as any other popular series on the market. With less than a month until the game’s launch, there was still plenty we didn’t know, but on Thursday afternoon, Nintendo finally revealed everything we’d need to know about Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. More →
Bayonetta 2 doesn’t belong on the Wii U. It’s also exactly what the Wii U needs.
Bayonetta, the character, is everything that Nintendo hasn’t been for the past two console generations: brash, confident and self-aware. She has a sense of humor and she’ll never turn down a challenge, no matter how insurmountable it may appear. Nintendo’s willingness to take on this franchise might not be enough to restore its credibility with the core gaming crowd, but it’s a confident move in the right direction. More →
Nintendo announced on Tuesday that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the home console companion to the portable entry which released last week, will finally be available in the United States on November 21st. The highly anticipated brawler will then make its way to Europe two weeks later on December 5th. It took longer than many fans (and bloggers) had expected to reveal the date, but it looks like Nintendo is still on track. More →
Playing Hyrule Warriors is like playing with action figures — it’s not a great representation of how a war in the world of The Legend of Zelda would actually play out, but with a little imagination, everything comes to life. Hyrule Warriors is a bit of a mess, but once you become acclimated to the oft-repeated gameplay loop, there’s plenty of fun to be had. More →
With all the doom and gloom surrounding the Wii U, it’s easy to forget that Nintendo still (occasionally) puts out some of the best games on the market. Super Mario 3D World was certainly a contender for game of the year last year, and now Nintendo is prepping what looks to be a solid, if scant, holiday lineup for 2014. More →