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...

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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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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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...

November 29, 2016

Gigantic Piranha Plants Set The Tone For What Nintendo's Universal Parks Could Be

by Neal Ronaghan - 7:59 am PST
Total comments: 1

Specifics are still scarce, but the vision is becoming clearer.

While we’ve known about Nintendo’s plans to work with Universal Parks & Resorts to make Nintendo-themed attractions for the Universal Studios parks for a while now, today we got the first concrete information of the intention to bring that Nintendo magic to the parks in Florida, California, and Japan. And that’s about all the concrete information we know.

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November 15, 2016

Pokémon Sun and Moon Finally Changes Up The Formula 3DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 7:57 am PST
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By refining and redefining what makes a Pokémon game, Game Freak seems to have made a truly fresh entry in the series.

For 20 years, the main Pokémon games all followed a very familiar structure. Start in a quiet town, pick a starter Pokémon, and then travel the world to defeat all eight gym leaders and the Elite Four. That tried-and-true structure certainly produced some absolutely fantastic games, but after six... Read more...

October 26, 2016

Nintendo's Mobile Apoc-Go-Lypse

by Neal Ronaghan - 11:35 am PDT
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We portend the future with startling results.

The latest Nintendo investor meeting showed that Nintendo’s profit-focused financiers aren’t too plussed by the Nintendo Switch and really want Nintendo to go full mobile, especially on the heels of Pokémon Go and the celebrated reveal of Super Mario Run. We decided to go our future-predicting machine - The Future Go Plus - to gaze into the coming years of Nintendo’s Apoc-Go-Lypse.

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July 19, 2016

The Social Wonder of Pokémon Go Mobi

by Neal Ronaghan - 1:12 pm PDT
Total comments: 2

After two weeks exploring, catching, and battling, here are Neal's thoughts on the mobile sensation.

I’ve spent the past two weeks of my life in a haze of Pokémon. I’ve barely touched any other games. Almost anything social I’ve done has involved catching Pokémon or capturing gyms. I went on a bike ride - that involved stopping every mile to catch a Psyduck or a Slowpoke. I went out to dinner... Read more...

July 8, 2016

Fighting for Team Mystic in Pokémon Go: A Tale of a Quiet New Jersey Town Mobi

by Neal Ronaghan - 12:04 pm PDT
Total comments: 6

A night of Pokémon Go that involved new friends, cop cars, and victory.

“This will last two weeks,” I told my friend Billy as he downloaded Pokémon Go, the new mobile game from Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, and Niantic Labs. “It’ll be the best two weeks of gaming in years, but Pokémon Go will last just that.”

Two weeks was more than I lasted with Ingress,... Read more...

June 24, 2016

Ever Oasis is Grezzo's Chance to Prove Their Worth 3DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 7:03 am PDT
Total comments: 6

After a half-decade of Zelda, Grezzo gets to make their own thing and that’s awesome.

E3 2009 feels like a lifetime ago, especially as Nintendo’s presence at the events and in the industry has morphed and evolved since. But back at E3 2009 in a corner at Nintendo’s booth, I played this weird little game called Line Attack Heroes. I knew nothing about this weird eventually-Japanese-only... Read more...

June 23, 2016

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (ESRB) Review WiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 10:45 am PDT
Total comments: 1

So the game is pretty great but how about that ESRB rating summary?

Sometime in the past week or two, I fell in love with the new Wii U RPG Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE in a wonderful way. Yea, it is a totally rad game, but this love didn’t fully come from the stellar combat system, over-the-top fun world, or winding and mind-bending dungeons. Nope, it was because... Read more...

June 20, 2016

Nintendo’s Weird E3 Succeeded Solely with Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild WiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 1:31 pm PDT
Total comments: 10

Rightfully earning the last laugh at E3 2016, Nintendo’s Zelda show wound up winning the day.

Let’s start this off by eating some crow. I didn’t track down any exact quotes of mine, but back in April when Nintendo confirmed that the new Zelda would be the only game playable at E3 2016, I likely guffawed. I might have said something like “well, they sure as hell gave up this year.” It seemed like yet another arrow to the heart of E3 following EA’s split, Disney’s demise, and Activision’s lack of booth.

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June 17, 2016

E3 2016: Divergent Paths Throw Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi Into No-Win Situations 3DSWiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 12:40 pm PDT
Total comments: 7

Honestly? We can probably just say this is all Francis the Chameleon’s fault.

At E3 2016, Nintendo showed off Paper Mario: Color Splash, due out on October 7 on Wii U. The Treehouse Live demo confirmed what most figured: this wasn’t a secret sequel to Thousand-Year Door’s RPG stylings. Instead, it’s a card-based follow-up to Paper Mario: Sticker Star. When Color Splash hits later this year, the non-RPG Paper Mario games will outnumber the RPG ones.

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April 7, 2016

Five Questions About Metroid Prime Federation Force 3DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 7:17 am PDT
Total comments: 11

We ponder the upcoming 3DS game and what it could (or couldn't) be.

The vitriol around Metroid Prime: Federation Force is often overwhelming. From the moment the game was announced, it’s hard to discuss the upcoming 3DS game without the conversation devolving into the negativity that surrounded it since its debut. Now that we know more about it and Federation Force... Read more...

February 20, 2016

Nintendo NY Smartly Refreshes Nintendo's Lone Retail Store

by Neal Ronaghan - 7:21 pm PST
Total comments: 1

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss (but a little better).

Friday was the grand re-opening of Nintendo’s flagship (and only) permanent retail store: Nintendo NY. Fanfare was in abundance, with a media-only ribbon cutting ceremony in the morning and a line that wrapped around more than three city blocks filled with fans waiting to enter the store when it... Read more...

February 4, 2016

Bending Regional Amiibo Buying Habits to Predict the Future WiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 11:26 am PST
Total comments: 2

We try to divine what Amiibo portend about America, Europe, and Japan.

Nintendo is getting into the routine of showing investors what Amiibo are selling best in each region these days. With the figurines out in stores for more than a year, there is enough of a sample size and variety to look at each region and draw (asinine?) conclusions about what characters and series that region likes the most. Who knows: maybe the sales of certain Amiibo in regions are a predictor of future games and series.

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January 3, 2016

Neal's Top 25 Games of 2015

by Neal Ronaghan - 2:48 pm PST
Total comments: 8

When regular sentences won't do, try some haikus.

I’ve gotten into the habit of keeping a running tally of games I played throughout a year in a running ranked list. It ebbs and flows as I spend time away from games and play new ones, but overall, I’ve enjoyed seeing how my favorite games of the year play out from month to month. After a lot... Read more...

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