Editorials

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...

September 4, 2014

Burden of the Silent Majority

by Karl Castaneda - 11:56 am PDT
Total comments: 60

The gaming community has taken a toxic and violent turn in recent months, and Karl’s wondering how the rational, compassionate, but ultimately silent majority should react.

I don’t think anyone on the NWR staff has been talking about the continuing harassment or disenfranchisement of women or the transgender or any other subgroup in the gaming sphere that isn’t white, straight and male. And I don’t think it’s because they don’t care - I think it’s the opposite,... Read more...

Super Smash Bros. Could Be Amiibo's Trojan Horse 3DSWiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 9:23 am PDT
Total comments: 14

While the use of Amiibo in Smash Bros. might not be compelling, those figures do look wonderful and collectable.

Back at E3 2014, I tried to unpack what Nintendo showed with Amiibo. I still stand by a lot of what I said. I think Amiibo has the potential to just be another eReader, making it the latest in a long line of Nintendo peripherals that got a major push and faded away. But there’s something that Amiibo has in its pocket that the eReader or the Balanced Board or Wii Motion Plus never had: attractive collectability.

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September 1, 2014

New 3DS, It Can't Be Worse than the Old 3DS 3DS

by Andy Goergen - 8:58 pm PDT
Total comments: 43

I’ve been waiting for the day.

The 3DS is garbage. Okay, maybe that's a bit strong, but hear me out: it has some of the best Nintendo games of the past 10 years in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Super Mario 3D Land. It is the home of the first fully mature digital storefront for Nintendo’s games, and the first... Read more...

Mini-Mariobilia: The Cuddliest Dinosaur Ever

by Andrew Brown - 3:17 am PDT
Total comments: 1

Japan's Club Nintendo gets a plush prize.

It seems Club Nintendo's quality has vastly declined in every region as of late. That is, of course, except for in Japan.

Observe this adorable Yoshi plush that recently hit the Japanese catalog for 600 points. Sitting pretty at about 18cm tall, he's firmly clutching a berry item from the Super Mario series.

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