Editorials

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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November 3, 2016

How Nintendo Can Sell a New Handheld Alongside Switch

by Justin Berube - 9:24 am PDT
Total comments: 14

Who says the true portable line needs to go extinct?

Nintendo recently unveiled their new game console called Switch. One of the selling points of this new home console is the ability to play games on the go at the player's will. But does this functionality mark the end of Nintendo's dedicated portable platforms? Maybe not.

Many people who argue... Read more...

April 14, 2016

Link's Gender Doesn't Matter WiiU

by Justin Berube - 10:26 am PDT
Total comments: 25

I thought about the importance of the Link character and came to some conclusions.

By now I'm sure most readers of the site have heard about the latest rumor in regards to the new installment of The Legend of Zelda series coming to Wii U: that players will have the option to choose between a male or female incarnation of Link. If true, this means for the first time in a main installment... Read more...

November 11, 2015

Nintendo Direct Predictions for Nov. 12, 2015

by Justin Berube - 8:20 am PST
Total comments: 21

The King Nintendo Fanboy shares his predictions for one of the most wanted Nintendo Directs.

We haven’t really heard much from Nintendo outside of press releases since the company’s Digital Event back at E3 last June. In the time that has passed, we’ve seen the loss of a great leader from within Nintendo, and have had some bad news regarding delays. Sure, there have been some fantastic games released, but the Nintendo Direct format has been in a major drought.

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October 28, 2015

Can Nintendo Save Their Holiday Lineup? WiiU3DS

by Justin Berube - 5:15 pm PDT
Total comments: 10

With Star Fox Zero delayed, can Nintendo do anything to save their holiday lineup?

Last month Nintendo revealed that their big gun this holiday, Star Fox Zero, has been delayed into 2016. That really left the company with a gaping hole in their November home console lineup, which is when they usually release their biggest game of the year. Now taking up that big holiday spot is... Read more...

October 27, 2015

A Good Case of the Plague 3DSWiiU

by Justin Berube - 9:29 am PDT
Total comments: 1

The King Nintendo Fanboy shares his thoughts on the Shovel Knight expansion.

Shovel Knight was one of the games I was looking forward to most last year. As far as I'm concerned, the title delivered and it even made my list of top games for 2014. With that said, I still didn't seem to worship the game as much as my fellow staffers here on Nintendo World Report.

I was excited... Read more...

August 27, 2015

Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions Failed to Capture My Heart

by Justin Berube - 2:40 pm PDT
Total comments: 1

The King Nintendo Fanboy explains why the latest concert tour failed to impress.

When the symphonies for The Legend of Zelda were announced back in 2011, I was pretty excited. I eventually attended three different Zelda concerts and left each one impressed, though I did wish the second season had more new content than it ended up having. The bottom line was, I enjoyed each performance.

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August 26, 2015

Remembering Camp Hyrule

by Justin Berube - 10:38 am PDT
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The King Nintendo Fanboy remembers a lost Nintendo tradition in honor of its 20th anniversary.

Twenty years ago, Nintendo of America was starting their online community on AOL known as The Loud House. This community let fans talk with Nintendo reps in chat rooms, participate in trivia contests, and allowed fans to just have a new and evolving interactive experience with Nintendo in a way that was previously impossible.

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August 25, 2015

Amiibo Bundle Blunders WiiU3DSWii

by Justin Berube - 11:13 am PDT
Total comments: 6

The King Nintendo Fanboy weighs in on a growing Amiibo problem.

Since Amiibo were announced I've been worried about the potential problems with trying to collect them. Up until now I feel Nintendo has been offering each Amiibo figure at a fair price and in a fair way. Sure, there have been some supply issues, but that is another story.

Starting in September,... Read more...

July 9, 2015

Splatoon’s Splatfest Problem WiiU

by Justin Berube - 12:03 pm PDT
Total comments: 10

The first ever Splatoon Splatfest leaves me wondering why I battled in the first place.

Last weekend, I eagerly jumped on Splatoon to do battle during the first ever Splatfest here in North America. The theme was Cats vs. Dogs and I, of course, had decided to do battle for on the side of the cats. I’ve been a cat lover my whole life, so the decision was pretty easy for me.

I spent... Read more...

June 26, 2015

Nintendo, We Need Voice Chat 3DSWiiU

by Justin Berube - 9:07 am PDT
Total comments: 16

Splatoon and Zelda: Tri Force Heroes are just the start. Will we have to suffer without voice chat forever?

Nintendo has been playing around with online voice chat in their games for over a decade now. We’ve seen some Nintendo published titles take advantage of the popular online feature in better ways than others, but the support overall has left players wishing for more. Now, with Nintendo making more online focused games than ever, the company seems to be simply ignoring online voice chat when they need it most.

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June 5, 2015

Star Fox Wii U: Managing My Expectations WiiU

by Justin Berube - 9:05 am PDT
Total comments: 10

This series can soar, but is this the entry that will take off?

Star Fox 64 blew me away when it was released in 1997. The title was a complete package on the Nintendo 64, complete with full voice acting, replay value, multiplayer, and the Rumble Pack. I was hooked on this game for quite a while and even, at one point, had the game's dialog completely memorized. I couldn't wait for a sequel.

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May 29, 2015

Six Amiibo in Search of an Author WiiU

by Justin Berube, Neal Ronaghan, and Donald Theriault - 2:22 pm PDT
Total comments: 19

The NWR staff chats about the fourth wave of Amiibo.

Today is a big day for Nintendo fans as the fourth wave of Smash Bros. Amiibo figures are available in North America. If you’re lucky, you can go get Pac-Man, Charizard, Wario, Lucina, Robin, Greninja (only at Toys”R”Us), Jigglypuff (only at Target), Ness (only at GameStop), Inkling Boy, Inkling... Read more...

May 20, 2015

Nintendo World Championships 2015: Nothing But Luck WiiU3DS

by Justin Berube - 11:51 am PDT
Total comments: 8

Could the return of the legendary tournament be a complete crapshoot?

When Nintendo revealed their E3 plans, most of us were very excited to hear that they were brining back their legendary Nintendo World Championships. This old competition has become so well known over the years due to it having a special, and extremely rare, set of competition cartridges that ran... Read more...

April 3, 2015

My Joyless Amiibo Journey WiiU

by Justin Berube - 2:56 pm PDT
Total comments: 12

Our very own King Nintendo Fanboy details his personal Amiibo journey and how Nintendo is doing nothing to make it better.

If you don’t know me, let me just say I’ve been a super, insane Nintendo fan for nearly my entire life. I became hooked when I played a Nintendo Entertainment System, and was immediately enamored by a life full of Nintendo games, toys, and media. Over the years, it has been a strong constant in... Read more...

September 30, 2014

The Problem with Nintendo of America's Limited Editions WiiU

by Justin Berube - 9:22 am PDT
Total comments: 18

Nintendo of America is upsetting fans and losing potential money in the process.

Back in May, we first heard that the Nintendo World Store in New York City would be exclusively selling a Limited Edition version of Mario Kart 8 in North America. This special game variant came with the anticipated Wii U racer and a statue of the most iconic weapon in the game: a Spiny Blue Shell.

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September 10, 2014

Japan’s Unfair Smash Bros. 3DS Advantage 3DS

by Justin Berube - 10:24 am PDT
Total comments: 9

Smash Bros. players with Nintendo's new hardware are in luck.

We recently learned that the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. will not take advantage of Circle Pad Pro accessories. Instead, the new portable Smash Bros. will make use of the C-Stick built into the upcoming New Nintendo 3DS hardware.

I find this news awful because it gives Japanese players who... Read more...

June 6, 2014

Nintendo Needs Another Revolution

by Justin Berube - 4:58 pm PDT
Total comments: 3

Ten years ago, something special was brewing within Nintendo.

Ten years ago, Nintendo started a revolution that paved the way for some of their best-selling systems of all time. At E3 2004, Nintendo held what can easily be considered their best press conference ever. The GameCube was clearly struggling and the company promised to talk about a new dual screen handheld device.

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April 9, 2014

My Thoughts on the Megaton Filled Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct WiiU3DS

by Justin Berube - 2:23 pm PDT
Total comments: 24

Hear the good, the bad, and everything else from a person that has played more Smash Bros. than is probably healthy.

Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct focusing solely on the two upcoming Super Smash Bros. games was filled with a ton of incredible information. It’s clear these titles are going to be something special for Nintendo fans.

I’ve been playing Smash Bros. since the day the first one hit North America.... Read more...

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