Zelda Breath of the Wild Runes

See Link’s rune abilities in new ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ video

By on August 24, 2016 at 3:49 PM.

See Link’s rune abilities in new ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ video

Not only is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild one of the most anticipated games of 2017, it’s also one of the last major titles to ever launch on the Wii U. With that in mind, you can understand why Nintendo is already hyping up the game, despite the fact that Breath of the Wild doesn’t even have a release date.

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Nintendo E3 2016 Schedule

Nintendo’s E3 2016 plans have been revealed – here’s everything you need to know

Nintendo’s E3 2016 plans have been revealed – here’s everything you need to know

By on May 5, 2016 at 1:55 PM.

Last week, Nintendo dropped a bombshell when it announced that it would only bring one playable game to E3 2016. In previous years, Nintendo has had dozens of demo stations for upcoming 3DS and Wii U games, but this year, The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will be the only Nintendo game on the show floor.

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Star Fox Zero review

Star Fox Zero review: Nintendo’s golden age returns to the Wii U

Star Fox Zero review: Nintendo’s golden age returns to the Wii U

By on April 20, 2016 at 11:00 AM.

In 2016, the most common selling point for a game is a near-limitless amount of content. Whether it’s the expansive maps of The Witcher 3 and Grand Theft Auto V, the addictive level progression system of Call of Duty or the user-generated world of Super Mario Maker, gamers expect to get their money’s worth.

But in 1997, we didn’t need 80-hour stories and prestige modes to bring us back to a game over and over again. All we needed was great gameplay, and that’s exactly what Star Fox 64 offered every Nintendo 64 owner two decades ago.

Nearly 20 years later, Nintendo is trying to recapture the magic.

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Nintendo Wii U Production Ending

With Wii U’s fate in question, Nintendo’s NX might be its last chance

With Wii U’s fate in question, Nintendo’s NX might be its last chance

By on March 23, 2016 at 1:03 PM.

After spending three-and-a-half years languishing at the bottom of the market, the Wii U is finally being put to rest. That’s according to a report published by Japan’s Nikkei on Tuesday, which claims that Nintendo will cease production of the ill-fated console before the end of 2016, perhaps in preparation for the rumored NX console.

Hours later, Nintendo responded to the report by denying it out of hand, saying that it wasn’t an official report from the company. According to Nintendo, “production is scheduled to continue” in the coming months.

But whether or not the report is completely accurate, it begs an interesting question about the future of the company: Is the next home console Nintendo’s last chance to compete with the PS4, Xbox One, PC and VR?

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Super Mario Maker Review

Super Mario Maker review: Building blocks

Super Mario Maker review: Building blocks

By on September 2, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

I’ve never aspired to design games.

I love to play games, write about games and talk about games, but I also know that I lack the skills necessary to build one myself. I’m in awe of the studios that do manage to ship a complete, working product, even if it doesn’t turn out exactly as they originally intended, because I know the insane amount of time and resources that are dedicated to game production.

For all of these reasons (and probably a few more), I’ve never been able to fully invest myself into a game that relies on me to provide user-generated content.

Super Mario Maker is the first.

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Super Mario Maker Gameplay Video

Super Mario Maker: The Wii U’s last chance to make a splash in 2015

By on August 12, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

Super Mario Maker: The Wii U’s last chance to make a splash in 2015

Once again, it’s been an incredibly tough year for the Wii U. Sales are still failing to meet expectations, the first-party lineup is remarkably small and third parties have all but given up on the console. There’s no point in sugarcoating it, but that doesn’t mean Wii U owners don’t have anything to look forward to for the rest of the year. More →

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Nintendo Death of the Wii U

Nintendo May Kill Off the Wii U Sooner Than Any of Us Expected

By on July 8, 2015 at 3:16 PM.

Nintendo May Kill Off the Wii U Sooner Than Any of Us Expected

From the moment Nintendo unveiled the Wii U at E3 2011, I knew that something had gone wrong.

After a generation of trying and failing to keep up with Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo struck gold with the Wii. It was different than anything we’d ever seen before, but somehow still more approachable than the PS3 and Xbox 360.

It sold as well as any console in history for half a decade, but when it was time for Nintendo to follow it up, we didn’t get the Wii 2. Instead, we got the Wii U — a half-baked upgrade with an undersized tablet for a controller. More →

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Wii U Vs. PlayStation 4 Vs. Xbox One Sales

Legendary Nintendo Designer Explains Why the Wii U Flopped So Hard

By on June 23, 2015 at 9:15 PM.

Legendary Nintendo Designer Explains Why the Wii U Flopped So Hard

Yes, it’s fair to say that the Wii U has been a disaster for Nintendo, which has seen its newest console get badly outsold by both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, thus forcing it to enter the realm of smartphone games for the first time to generate much needed extra revenue. Legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, who was the creative mind behind both the Mario and Zelda franchises, tells NPR that people stayed away from the Wii U because they flat-out didn’t understand what they were supposed to do with it. More →

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E3 2015 Awards Best Games

E3 Awards: The Best Games of E3 2015

E3 Awards: The Best Games of E3 2015

By on June 22, 2015 at 4:05 PM.

Just as quickly as it arrived, E3 2015 has packed its bags and ditched the Los Angeles Convention Center once again, leaving in its wake enough excitement to fill up a calendar year. Microsoft held the most consistently entertaining conference I’ve ever attended, Sony tried to make all of our dreams come true and Nintendo wound up apologizing for its lineup.

But none of that matters — I know that there’s only one thing you care about: Who won E3?

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Nintendo E3 2015 Preview

Distraught Nintendo Fans Need to Chill Out: The New Wii U Games are Fun

Distraught Nintendo Fans Need to Chill Out: The New Wii U Games are Fun

By on June 19, 2015 at 11:10 AM.

Spending all my waking hours on the show floor at E3 2015, I’ve been out of the loop for the most part when it comes to the actual fan reactions from the announcements earlier this week. After Sony and Microsoft blew the doors off their respective venues, I assumed that Nintendo fans would be chomping at the bit for some huge revelations.

What they got instead was a blocky Metroid spinoff, a three-player Zelda game, an Animal Crossing board game and an English translation of an RPG that came out 25 years ago. Needless to say, Nintendo fans were unhappy. More →

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Nintendo E3 2015 Live Stream

Nintendo’s big E3 press conference starts at 12PM ET – watch the live stream right here!

Nintendo’s big E3 press conference starts at 12PM ET – watch the live stream right here!

By on June 16, 2015 at 11:40 AM.

We’re just a few hours out from the E3 2015 show floor opening up, but before all the meeting begin, we have two more press conferences to watch. The first conference of the day is Nintendo’s Digital Event, which we were sadly not invited to (because it’s a prerecorded video).

Apparently the more focused event was a success for Nintendo last year, as they’ve decided not to take the stage for a second consecutive year. More →

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E3 2015 Top 10 Most Anticipated Games

10 games we can’t wait to see at E3 2015

10 games we can’t wait to see at E3 2015

By on June 9, 2015 at 2:12 PM.

Although the show floor won’t open until next Tuesday at noon, the E3 2015 festivities officially kick off in less than a week with the revival of the Nintendo World Championships and Bethesda’s first ever press conference on Sunday, June 14th. In order to prepare for the biggest gaming event of the year, we’ve decided to round up the 10 games that have us most excited about the latter half of 2015 and beyond. More →

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