Editorials

October 10, 2017

Ten Takeaways From the 2017 Nintendo World Championships

by Neal Ronaghan - 5:33 pm PDT
Total comments: 3

From a ringside seat, we report back on the experience of the latest Nintendo sporting event.

Last weekend, Nintendo held their second modern stab at the Nintendo World Championships in New York City. Some of the staff were on hand to watch it live and after a fun evening of excitement, laughs, and taking pictures for the site Twitter while leaning over a balcony, I’m here to lay out some of the neat things I took away from my first-ever live viewing of an eSports event (however weird and offbeat Nintendo does it).

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September 29, 2017

Neal's Personal SNES Classic Game Ranking ClassicWiiWiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 7:41 am PDT
Total comments: 5

The list is subject to change depending on solar flares and stuff, but here's one version of it.

I've spent the last week with the Super NES Classic. You can read about it here. The little SNES is adorable and filled with merriment and fun. Additionally, it's filled with 21 different games spanning the life of Nintendo's second home console. As of the days before the Super NES Classic is available to all, here's my personal ranking of all 21 games, as they are presented on the Super NES Classic.

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September 12, 2017

Where Does Samus Returns Fit In Metroid's Legacy? GBA3DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 5:02 am PDT
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After finishing Samus' latest journey, Neal ponders where it might fit in the 2D Metroid hierarchy.

As I’m writing this, I finished Metroid: Samus Returns several days ago and have messed around with harder difficulties while trying my best to 100% my initial save file. As you can read in my review, I adored Samus Returns and I think it’s a brilliant game and remake that is a worthy entry in... Read more...

July 24, 2017

The Woes of Salmon Run's Time-Restricted Design Switch

by Neal Ronaghan - 9:55 am PDT
Total comments: 3

Blink and you'll miss the chance to play Splatoon 2's new mode, as it's available less than half of the time.

Well that was a fun weekend of Splatoon 2. I got some Turf Wars in, dabbled in Ranked, and fell deeper in love with Salmon Run, the brand new horde-style mode. Now that the weekend is done and I head back to the weekday grind, I'm looking forward to coming home from work and sitting down with some... Read more...

July 19, 2017

The Nintendo Switch Online Application Still Has Ways to Go Switch

by Daan Koopman - 10:31 am PDT
Total comments: 4

Sorry guys, I need to check my notification tray. I will be right back.

The Nintendo Switch Online application is out. As the official way to interact during Splatoon 2 sessions, Nintendo had a lot riding on it. Would it be anything of note? After testing it for a while, I think that SplatNet 2 adds certain benefits but the same can't be said for its online voice chat functionality.

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July 7, 2017

What Could The 3DS Have In 2018? 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 5:45 am PDT
Total comments: 9

Nintendo of America says the venerable handheld has another full year ahead of it. Let’s see if they’re right.

Two different discussions emerged about the 3DS at this past E3. One, from Nintendo, was that the 3DS was a full part of their business for at least the next year, as proven by the Treehouse Live announcements of Metroid: Samus Returns and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions. The... Read more...

June 26, 2017

Super NES Classic: Instant Game Analysis Classic

by Neal Ronaghan - 1:20 pm PDT
Total comments: 3

We break down the 21-game lineup of the Super NES Classic.

In three months, we’ll all be walking into an open minefield trying to get a Super NES Classic as, even with the foresight of the supply issues of the NES Classic, the stock of this new mini console will likely be challenging to find on its September 29 launch. So, as we await the reckoning of this system’s launch, let’s break down the lineup.

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June 7, 2017

The Switch Pro Controller's D-Pad Dysfunction Switch

by Justin Berube - 9:01 am PDT
Total comments: 27

A much-needed feature is faulty on Nintendo's premium console controller.

When people ask me what Nintendo's greatest gaming innovation is I often respond by mentioning the D-Pad. The simple input device, designed by the legendary Gunpei Yokoi, has made playing a large variety of games much easier. It’s even possible to use a D-Pad on portable devices without taking up... Read more...

June 5, 2017

Nintendo's Increased IP Utilization

by Justin Berube - 9:02 am PDT
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How Nintendo has been taking advantage of their brands.

Many gaming fans will look at Nintendo and see a major entertainment company that’s known for manufacturing gaming hardware and software. They’re not wrong, as these two areas are what the company considers their core business. However, there is more than the core business when it comes to Nintendo and their synergized strategy.

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June 1, 2017

E3 2017: Can Nintendo Ride the Momentum of the Switch?

by David Keremes - 1:34 pm PDT
Total comments: 17

The E3 debut of the Switch will be very interesting.

There is no question the Switch has got off to a tremendous start. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has raised the open world genre to another level, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold the fastest of any in the series and we still have ARMS, Splatoon 2, and Super Mario: Odyssey to look forward to in 2017, just to name a few.

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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 3DSClassic

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...

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