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August 25, 2018

In Memoriam: Michael "Macstorm" Cunningham Switch

by Donald Theriault - 5:19 pm PDT
Total comments: 2

Donald reflects on the passing of the man who helped him in ways immeasurable.

Michael Cunningham, better known online as "Macstorm", passed away today (August 25) following a two and a half year long battle with stomach cancer. Michael was the operator of Pocket Console, and served as the editor in chief of RPGamer for many years.

Nintendo World Report extends condolences to Michael's family and friends, and the staff at RPGamer.


June 14, 2018

E3 2018: The Year of "Yeah, But..." Switch

by Donald Theriault - 3:40 pm PDT
Total comments: 4

One man's ramblings about an E3 that gets the lowest grade possible: C minus minus

When E3 actually works - which happens once every four years or so - it's because there's something that I can look forward to without reservation. E3 2018 had the following announcements in that line:

Yakuza games are multiplatform now, maybe we get that 1/2 HD port on Switch after all Cosmic Star... Read more...

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...

January 13, 2017

In Defense Of Small Launch Lineups

by Donald Theriault - 4:23 pm PST
Total comments: 14

Or how the only launch game Donald buys is from Konami.

Nintendo of America has finally confirmed the launch lineup for the Switch for March 3, and compared to their last console launch, the quantities are slim. 1-2-Switch, Breath of the Wild, Super Bomberman R, Skylanders Imaginators and Just Dance 2017 is the entire Day One lineup. The Wii U, for comparison,... Read more...

November 14, 2016

The Rumored Switch Pricing Is Just Crazy Enough To Work Switch

by Donald Theriault - 1:58 pm PST
Total comments: 6

Nintendo said they’d listen to the conversation, and it seems to be a positive one.

The Nintendo Switch could retail for $250 USD if some leaks and rumors that circulated this weekend are accurate.

First, a page on the Canadian branch of Toys”R”Us (since removed) was discovered showing the price of the system at $329.99 CAD (approximately $242.91 USD). Later, a report from... Read more...

July 7, 2016

Nintendo Shareholder Q&A Review

by Donald Theriault - 3:30 pm PDT
Total comments: 8

Maybe we should actually market Tokyo Mirage Sessions next time.

The hard part about annual releases is finding things that change from year to year. But Nintendo's new release Shareholder Q&A 2016 made a controversial decision. With a new man in charge under tragic circumstances, the questions that had some outlets calling the Shareholder Q&A series "good... Read more...

February 28, 2016

Leak Debunker: February 2016 Edition

by Donald Theriault - 6:22 pm PST
Total comments: 19

Caviar F: The 2019 Game of the Year

UPDATE February 28: When Nintendo uploaded artwork for Pokémon Sun and Moon on Friday, the filename originally started with "Niji", before being changed. This may lend credence to that part of the rumor, but I'd encourage remaining skeptical on the rest of it, especially as Nintendo's plans are constantly subject to change. Also, "ni-ju" (two ten) is the pronunciation for the number 20 in Japanese. The original story is below.


February 23, 2016

It’s Time For Nintendo And EA To Make A New Unprecedented Partnership

by Donald Theriault - 12:30 pm PST
Total comments: 12

If they are meeting, Nintendo fans should hope for a win-win situation

NintendoLife posted a rumor recently about a future meeting between Nintendo and Electronic Arts regarding NX publishing. According to occasional Did You Know Gaming/Unseen64 contributor Liam Robertson, the meeting will discuss the support – or lack thereof – for EA Sports titles on the NX.

And...

February 12, 2016

Key Takeaways From Nintendo’s Shareholder Q&A

by Donald Theriault - 4:30 am PST
Total comments: 12

Including a drop-dead date for the NX.

The full translation of Nintendo’s shareholder Q&A from February 2 has released, and with it some interesting statements about the future of Nintendo. With this being Kimishima’s second rodeo, he’s settling into a groove of simultaneously saying nothing and everything.

Reading through the Q&A, there are four major takeaways.


February 9, 2016

The Surprises Will Remain Spoiled WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 8:34 am PST
Total comments: 26

If you want to wait for Nintendo to speak, that's fine. But it'd make for a really boring website.

Last week's revelations that Mother 3 is pretty much ready to go set off some interesting reactions. Aside from a great Nintendo voice leaving the sphere prematurely (we miss you, Emily!), a surprising reaction came from a small minority: anger that we and others were “spoiling the surprise.”


January 20, 2016

Market Research Surveys Aren’t Leaking the NX

by Donald Theriault - 10:27 am PST
Total comments: 2

As the NX’s silly season begins, a word of caution regarding some rumors.

This morning, several people began posting the front page of a survey from leading market research firm GfK for the NX that contained the following “in the box” for the NX:

NX Console Sensor Bar Game Controller HDMI Cable

The same rumor states that “gameplay flows between the NX handheld... Read more...

January 8, 2016

Animal Crossing Amiibo Win Greatest Tank Battles WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 5:18 pm PST
Total comments: 23

Selling about as well as the game they were designed for.

We’re about a year removed from the mania over Smash Bros. Amiibo, and now Nintendo has a different problem on their hands: there are too many Amiibo for a November release. In this case, it’s Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival and their sea of boxes clogging up retail stores.

This shouldn’t...

November 17, 2015

Why A Theatrhythm Star In Smash Makes Sense GBA3DSWiiUDS

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 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.


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.


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...

August 21, 2015

The Pokkén Tournament Wish Book WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 5:22 pm PDT
Total comments: 1

It exists on Wii U and we know the date, but the final game needs a few things.

It wasn't an RPG, but there was a major announcement at the Pokémon World Championships as many expected. The launch of Pokkén Tournament for Wii U in Spring 2016 - you can probably pencil in May 27 for North America - portends to another busy summer for me following the launches of Mario Kart and Splatoon the last two years.


August 11, 2015

Temper Your Expectations For N64 Virtual Console WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 10:00 am PDT
Total comments: 11

Yes, Microsoft has an advantage right now. And even once it corrects, it's still going to be close.

The release of Rare Replay on Xbox One, with a full quarter of its catalogue being N64 titles, immediately sent the internet into a frenzy over Nintendo's lack of Virtual Console N64 releases to this point. Kotaku editor-in-chief Stephen Totilo mentioned in his review of Rare Replay that there were more N64 games on Xbox One than on the Wii U.

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