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December 24, 2015

Sumo Gamer: A Comfortable Bean Bag Chair For a More Civilized Age

by Neal Ronaghan - 7:10 am PST
Total comments: 1

This soft and comfy chair is a little small but is still one of the best bean bag chairs I’ve ever sat in.

A few years back, I reviewed the Sumo Sultan, a mammoth beanbag chair from Sumo Lounge that was, back in my post-college haze, more comfortable and bigger than my own bed. The Sultan is wonderful but unwieldy if you don’t have the space. On the other hand, the Sumo Gamer, which I’ve been kicking... Read more...

December 15, 2015

Should You Buy Minecraft? WiiU

by Andy Goergen - 8:31 am PST
Total comments: 19

Or just play one of the seven other versions you already have?

When Minecraft launches on Wii U on December 17th, it will serve as something of a victory lap for Mojang, its parent company Microsoft, and 4J Studios who have handled the console ports for the iconic exploration/crafting/digging/creating simulator. Before heading to Nintendo's embattled console,... Read more...

November 17, 2015

Why A Theatrhythm Star In Smash Makes Sense 3DSWiiUGBADS

by Donald Theriault - 5:03 pm PST
Total comments: 9

It seems odd that a Kingdom Hearts character is in Super Smash Bros, but work with me here.

So last week, the newest character for Super Smash Bros Wii U and 3DS was announced. This made a lot of people upset and was widely regarded as a bad, or at least questionable move. Cloud Strife - the spiky haired swordsman of Final Fantasy VII infamy – came into the Smash Bros roster like a bat... 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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November 2, 2015

Nintendo Directs: What Works, And What Might Change

by Donald Theriault - 5:38 pm PST
Total comments: 2

We know they draw, we know they're about to change. But what would bring eyeballs directly to Nintendo?

Recently, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima announced that the Nintendo Direct videos would return from a hiatus caused by the death of his predecessor Satoru Iwata, and would do so before the end of the year. He followed up with the Wall Street Journal by stating that this year’s last Direct would be the last under the current format, with a new method to roll out next year.

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October 30, 2015

A Journey Through Modern Zelda GCWii

by Andy Goergen - 11:31 am PDT
Total comments: 4

How does the GameCube crown jewel hold up?

I get the itch a few times a year; you know the one. The one where you forget about the lengthy tutorials and the boring fetch quests and just get that seriously strong urge to go explore Hyrule again. In recent iterations, Zelda games are substantial undertakings; while you can breeze through Link... Read more...

October 29, 2015

Drawing Conclusions From Popular Amiibo WiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 11:20 am PDT
Total comments: 9

Nintendo released the stats for what Amiibo are selling best in each region. We go through the lists to see what’s fresh these days.

At the new Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima’s first investor presentation, he touched on Amiibo and the best-selling ones in each region. With more than 20 million Amiibo sold worldwide, the sales rankings for each region have quite the sample size, so let’s dive in and see what these lists say about each region and character.

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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 WiiU3DS

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...

October 16, 2015

Making Zelda on Wii U the Best Ever

by Matt West - 7:56 am PDT
Total comments: 13

Lessons the Wii U game can learn from its predecessors.

It has been quite a while since the last, new console Legend of Zelda game was released. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword graced Nintendo Wii consoles around the world in November of 2011, and we’ve been waiting for its successor ever since. And while Nintendo lifted the lid on the Wii U’s... Read more...

October 15, 2015

The NintenDo List: 2015 Edition

by Donald Theriault - 4:24 am PDT
Total comments: 4

There's a giant backlog of rumors and announcements for Nintendo to clear really quickly.

We’ve been getting some news recently from unexpected sources for Nintendo. Normally a tight ship, recent days have had partners revealing stuff “soon”, hackers spoiling an ungodly number of Virtual Console releases and way too much smoke about game updates. Nintendo's "honey-do list" is getting to be quite lengthy.

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October 13, 2015

Before Pokemon Go: Memories of Ingress Mobi

by Adam Abou-Nasr - 7:06 am PDT
Total comments: 4

Niantic’s involvement is enough to get me pumped for Pokémon Go. I was deep into their first war.

“Acquiring position. Downloading latest intel pack. Welcome back.”

The words hit me like a ton of bricks. Ingress’ soothing in-game rhythms flowed over me like a massive wave of baby blankets.

“Scanner disabled; location inaccurate” is displayed on my screen. The beautiful, all-metal... Read more...

October 5, 2015

On Death, Despair and Pandering Games 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 4:46 am PDT
Total comments: 8

Ultra Despair Girls makes Donald wonder just where a certain class of games can end up.

At the recent Eurogamer Expo (EGX), Sony President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida was asked about the possibility of a successor handheld following the PlayStation Vita. Yoshida’s response was simple, yet obvious: “The climate is not healthy right now”. This statement isn’t new to anyone... Read more...

September 26, 2015

Pokemon Shuffle Mobile Stacks the Deck 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 7:24 am PDT
Total comments: 6

The mobile port of the 3DS title goes headlong into making you spend money

A few months ago, Neal lauded Pokémon Shuffle's ability to create an enjoyable, if time-limited, game without spending money. The CEO of The Pokémon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara, recently gave an interview to Famitsu in which he mentioned that the 3DS version is aimed at middle schoolers, and that... Read more...

September 18, 2015

Things I Think I Think About Star Fox Zero's Delay WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 6:34 am PDT
Total comments: 6

Caution: Contains large quantities of Amiibo.

Seeing a Twitter direct message from Neal about Star Fox Zero's delay is a hell of a thing to wake up to.

Nintendo's announcement last night of the delay of Star Fox Zero to Q1 2016 is not without precedent. Recall that in 2013, Super Mario 3D World was moved up to the November slot as Donkey Kong... Read more...

September 15, 2015

An Ode to 3D Picross DS3DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 6:03 am PDT
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Shall I compare a game to a summer's day?

A long time 'go HAL Labs made 3D PicrossAnd from the word go, that game had my heartIts logic puzzles oft put me at a lossNo matter, I played the hell out of that cart

Soon after that time Nintendo told of the 3DSAnd its magical screens of stereoscopic 3D wonderPosthaste we thought 3D Picross could be a successIf HAL was not at work, surely it's a blunder

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September 14, 2015

Meet Nintendo's New President Tatsumi Kimishima

by Neal Ronaghan - 7:22 am PDT
Total comments: 23

We give you the rundown on the late Satoru Iwata’s successor and what it means for Nintendo.

Nintendo's new president, Tatsumi Kimishima, has been with Nintendo for 15 years, but he isn't a name most Nintendo fans are familiar with. So, who exactly is the newest head of Nintendo?

Well, the reason you likely haven't heard much about Kimishima is that he doesn't have a development background.... Read more...

September 3, 2015

How M.C. Hammer Indirectly Helped a Skylanders Level Get Made WiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 7:44 am PDT
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In addition to vehicles, Skylanders SuperChargers is bringing out crazier level ideas.

While the addition of vehicles might be the focus of Skylanders SuperChargers, the staple Diablo-style levels in the upcoming game are shaping up to be more dynamic than ever before. Each major area features a unique element, ranging from a level that takes place on a giant dragon that sways and moves... 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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