Editorials

May 22, 2017

What $100 Will Get You On The Nintendo Switch eShop Switch

by David Lloyd - 7:21 pm PDT
Total comments: 1

You've got some tough decisions ahead, this article can help you spend your eShop money.

The release of a new console recreates, for me, that feeling of excitement and anticipation that is normally reserved for Christmas morning. The countdown of how many sleeps are remaining and not getting sleep the night before are just a couple of the symptoms of new console fever. For most of us... Read more...

May 18, 2017

The SNES Classic Is Not The Product We Need NES 3DS

by David Lloyd - 8:03 pm PDT
Total comments: 11

The NES Classic Edition was likely discontinued to make way for an SNES Classic, but Nintendo should aim higher.

Now that the sun has set on the NES Classic Edition, rumours of Nintendo’s next nostalgia project have begun to surface in the form of the SNES Classic. The appeal of the classic systems is that Nintendo wants consumers like myself to relive their past memories of joyfully playing Nintendo games... Read more...

May 14, 2017

Now We’re Playing With Power Switch3DS

by Jonathan Metts - 6:49 pm PDT
Total comments: 2

Switch is a remarkable leap forward in the company’s portable gaming technology.

It’s been nearly thirty years since Nintendo brought portable gaming to the masses with Game Boy. For many adults, it was their first direct exposure to video games. Never before had video games been so public, yet so private, yet so easy to share. The battery-munching gadget reached older audiences,... Read more...

May 12, 2017

Why I Love Roguelikes

by Justin Nation - 9:52 am PDT
Total comments: 4

Do you sometimes think that many gaming genres have fallen into a rut? Thinking they're generally not as challenging as you'd like? Have you considered roguelikes? If you haven't you're missing out...

I may have been a little late to the roguelike party in the PC gaming space. Once I finally got a taste of it thanks to incredible indie titles like Rogue Legacy, Nuclear Throne, and of course The Binding Of Isaac, I found I couldn't get enough! Perhaps it is the old-school arcade gamer in me but... Read more...

May 5, 2017

Brothers In Arms: The 3DS and Switch in 2017 3DSSwitch

by Neal Ronaghan - 7:00 am PDT
Total comments: 9

The 3DS and the Switch are standing side-by-side in Nintendo’s plans, but for how long?

A lot of the discourse around the reveal and release of the Nintendo Switch has been focused on what exactly is the young system’s future legacy. Is the Switch a home console or a portable? Is it the successor to the Wii U? The 3DS? Both? Both sides have staked their claims in what they think Nintendo’s plans are, whether it’s using past precedent, reciting Nintendo’s own recent words, or because they believe in a one-console future.

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April 28, 2017

Support Your Nindies!

by Justin Nation - 2:08 am PDT
Total comments: 2

Over the years the quality of what you could expect out of independent game studios has evolved greatly and we're in a sort of indie renaissance at the moment. Have you noticed? Here's a list of reasons why they matter

Writing this is a bit odd since I'm convinced that the vast majority of people who will read it will be the already converted. I'd imagine the next most likely people to read it would be those who are determined to dismiss it immediately, reading primarily for the purpose of scoffing at it to then... Read more...

April 18, 2017

Why Do You Write Reviews?

by Justin Nation - 1:44 pm PDT
Total comments: 3

Is it for the fame? The vast fortunes? The prestige? The accolades from an adoring public? What? We do this for free and generally nobody cares? Well why would we do it then, and what does it take? I'll speak for myself at least...

While I took a pretty substantial break in the middle of things, and stopped doing it for over a decade and change, I started writing reviews of various kinds probably almost 25 years ago. Back then I didn’t have enough money to just buy a ton of games so I was really into downloading game demos... Read more...

The New Nintendo Direct Setup Is A Bold Step Towards The Future

by Daan Koopman - 12:17 am PDT
Total comments: 6

The changes made to the company's online presentations are strong. Now, it is time for advice.

Back when the Nintendo Directs first came on the scene, there was excitement filling the air. A more open Nintendo was both what we needed and what the company became under Satoru Iwata's leadership. Nintendo spoke to fans directly, started posting on more social media channels and showcased a lot... Read more...

April 13, 2017

The NES Classic and the Company that Misunderstood Basic Economics NES

by Andy Goergen - 2:36 pm PDT
Total comments: 24

Remember that time Nintendo launched a popular product and then immediately ceased production?

Nintendo has ceased production of the incredibly hard to find NES Classic, and I can't stop laughing. I should be mad at a company that made it very difficult to find a product that I absolutely wanted, but instead I'm so beyond incredulous that I can't be mad. Nintendo has made possibly the most Nintendo-like move of all time in ceasing production of probably its best-received product since the original Wii.

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The Emerging Essential Relevance of Value in Game Review

by Justin Nation - 2:01 am PDT
Total comments: 18

In a post-mobile and digital market, where "free" games have become a thing, publishers who've become accustomed to traditional pricing methods need to wake up. The review community should continue to force the issue as well.

Back in the stone age when I was in college, and the internet was in its infancy, writing game reviews was quite a different animal. Aside from the obvious differences in the online review landscape another massive difference was that this was long before smartphones (and concepts like the mobile... Read more...

April 9, 2017

The Positives and Pitfalls of Review Democratization

by Justin Nation - 2:28 pm PDT
Total comments: 16

The proliferation of sources for game reviews over time have brought many benefits to people in search of consensus opinions. Unfortunately, because of bias and other factors, more reviews can also bring more noise, especially for Metacritic.

The release of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild certainly brought out a lot of opinions. Many of them were extremely positive, but there was obviously both a reflexive backlash of “artificial” reviews (created with the express purpose of simply trashing the game) as well as “reviews” whose... Read more...

March 16, 2017

The Spirit of Fighting Games Is on Switch in Arms and Street Fighter II Switch

by Neal Ronaghan - 4:41 am PDT
Total comments: 2

Arms and Street Fighter II are the odd couple in some respects, but the pair have more in common than I thought.

I played two games at PAX East 2017 one right after the other that were more similar than I would have guessed. One was Ultra Street Fighter II, the retro-stylish Switch port of the classic fighting game. The other was Arms, Nintendo’s weird motion-controlled fighter. Now it’s not crazy to come... Read more...

January 14, 2017

The Nintendo Switch: A Mixed Bag Switch

by Alex Culafi - 7:40 pm PST
Total comments: 15

Thoughts on the Switch from a guy who played it.

Let me apologize for that title immediately. The phrase “a mixed bag” has long been considered the laziest phrase a reviewer can use when talking about a video game, but man, is it accurate here. The Nintendo Switch is the most mixed bag that ever did mix.

I say this as someone who played... Read more...

January 13, 2017

In Defense Of Small Launch Lineups

by Donald Theriault - 4:23 pm PST
Total comments: 14

Or how the only launch game Donald buys is from Konami.

Nintendo of America has finally confirmed the launch lineup for the Switch for March 3, and compared to their last console launch, the quantities are slim. 1-2-Switch, Breath of the Wild, Super Bomberman R, Skylanders Imaginators and Just Dance 2017 is the entire Day One lineup. The Wii U, for comparison,... Read more...

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