Nintendo surprised us all when it finally came around and announced that it intends to begin releasing mobile games for smartphones and tablets that make use of its iconic characters. It looks like Nintendo’s mobile gaming plans might only be the tip of the iceberg, however, as a new report from Japanese financial paper Nikkei claims that the company’s next home video game console will be powered by Android. More →
It’s been ages since Nintendo launched its last truly original property, but after spending several hours with Splatoon for the Wii U over the last few weeks, it’s clear to me that it didn’t take long to shake off the rust. Splatoon is bright, goofy, balanced and most importantly, a whole lot of fun. More →
Are you ready to see the best mashup of 2015? It’s subtle, it’s brilliant and it’s one of those things that you’ll never get out of your head after you watch it. Kris Sundberg, a VFX artist who worked on films such as Divergent and Into the Storm, has remade the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer with Mario Kart visual effects, and I think I’ve watched it a dozen times already. More →
This is even better than the former Apple employee named Sam Sung. Nintendo this week announced that it’s hired a new vice president of sales named Doug Bowser whose last name just happens to be the same name of the iconic villain from Super Mario Bros. Nintendo is fully aware of how funny this is, which is why its press release emphasized that Bowser “brings decades of experience, not fire breath, to his new role.” More →
Nintendo hasn’t given its fans much to be excited about over the past few months, but following the surprise announcement of a full-year profit on Thursday, the video game company revealed that it would be entering into a partnership with Universal Parks & Resorts to bring Nintendo-based attractions to theme parks the world over. More →
It has been 11 months since I last played Splatoon. At the time, I couldn’t quite grasp its appeal. A first-person, action-packed shooter for the Wii U aimed at kids didn’t sounds like something I’d rush out to buy on launch day, but Nintendo clearly has a lot of faith in this new IP, so I decided to give it another shot at a big Splatoon event the developer held in NYC on Wednesday. More →
It’s been almost a year since the release of Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U, but Nintendo is still giving players new reasons to jump back in with surprisingly frequent paid DLC releases and free updates. In a recent Nintendo Direct, the company announced that a new 200cc mode would be coming to the console racer, but you need to see it to understand just how fast it can be. More →
What started out as an April Fool’s joke for nostalgic video gamers may wind up becoming an incredible product. Last week, Hyperkin — a video game peripherals and accessories company — released some concept art, in jest, for a device it called the “Smart Boy.” The device was positioned as an iPhone 6 add-on that would enable users to play old school Gameboy and Gameboy Color games on their iPhone.
As it turns out, interest in what was then a non-existent product was so strong that Hyperkin is now actually working to develop the “Smart Boy” and make it a reality.
Looking at the sales figures over the past few years, it’s hard not to see the Wii U as a major disappointment for Nintendo. It’s certainly been a step down from the unprecedented success of the Wii, but looking beyond the numbers, the Wii U has slowly accumulated a killer collection of exclusive titles since its launch in 2012. More →