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December 31, 2014

How to Improve NES Remix WiiU3DS

by Alex Culafi - 9:24 am PST
Total comments: 4

After playing Ultimate NES Remix, Alex reviews the young series and offers his thoughts for the future.

Ultimate NES Remix is a unique package because it allows us to see the very best of what a series has to offer – a type of compilation usually exclusive to television and music. It includes challenges and remixes of the 16 most notable NES games out of 28 represented in the two NES Remix games on... Read more...

December 30, 2014

How I Got Sucked into Amiibos

by Bryan Rose - 4:38 pm PST
Total comments: 8

It's all about supply and demand.

I had zero interest in Amiibo from the start, I swear.

I didn’t want to get sucked into the world of Amiibo, but somehow I did. When I first saw them at E3 2014, I didn’t have much interest. I could understand why Nintendo went in that direction, though. After all, the Skylanders toys have... Read more...

December 16, 2014

Speculative Answers to the Questions of The Legend of Zelda Wii U WiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 5:01 am PST
Total comments: 5

That footage from The Game Awards didn't even touch on some questions. Will there be motion controls? Where does it fit in the timeline?

Since the gameplay video of The Legend of Zelda Wii U was released, the reality and potential of the upcoming game has been racing through my mind. You can check out the numerous videos I've been a part of for examples of this obsession with a smidgen of the new footage released recently.

With...

December 15, 2014

Is There a New GamePad Coming?

by Alex Culafi - 9:23 am PST
Total comments: 21

That Japenese commercial looks mighty fishy!

If you go on NeoGAF, /v/, or pretty much any online community centered around video games, there’s a decent chance you’ve seen this commercial making the rounds, posted a few days ago on Nintendo’s Japanese YouTube channel:

Around the 0:07 mark, pause and look at the man’s hands. You will see this image:


December 13, 2014

It's Time to Talk About 3DS Sales 3DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 6:16 pm PST
Total comments: 13

Also, bonus speculation about the New 3DS launch in North America and Europe.

With the release of sales data from November 2014, we now know that the Wii U sold around 250,000 units during the month, up a little bit from 2013, and the Super Smash Bros. games and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have combined for a little less than 4 million unit sales so far. Wii U software... Read more...

December 11, 2014

Excitement for a Gentler Majora’s Mask on 3DS 3DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 6:01 pm PST
Total comments: 12

Could Majora’s Mask 3D make the divisive Nintendo 64 gem more appealing to everyone?

I've been rooting for a Majora's Mask remake on 3DS since Ocarina of Time came out. My reasoning might be different than a lot of other people's, though because I wouldn't count myself as a fan of Majora's Mask. Sure, I love the music and the concept, but I've never gotten more than two dungeons through... Read more...

The Disappointing Scarcity of Amiibo WiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 5:11 am PST
Total comments: 36

Fear and loathing in Nintendo Land.

Panic set in as the second wave of Amiibo approached. All it took was one little quote from Nintendo to finally make me doubt the likelihood of getting all the Amiibo by just going to retail stores and not pre-ordering.

"We will aim for certain amiibo to always be available. These will be for... Read more...

December 4, 2014

Thoughts on the Lack of Character Customization in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire 3DS

by Becky Hollada - 10:08 am PST
Total comments: 2

Becky misses a cool feature introduced in Pokémon X and Y.

Now Pokémon X and Y has its fans and its critics, but arguably one of the best new features in the game was the ability for players to customize their own trainer. At first, I didn’t know what to think of it since my character’s appearance doesn’t make even the top fifty most important things... Read more...

December 3, 2014

Six Things Missing from Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire 3DS

by Alex Culafi - 5:32 am PST
Total comments: 3

Where are my trumpets?

As an addendum to my other article about why Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are both great and not-so-great Pokémon games, I’ve decided to specify six things that I think could have made the 3DS remakes even better. What would you have liked to see in the new Pokémon games that didn’t end up getting in? Sound off below.


December 1, 2014

Smash Bros' Humble Australian Launch

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Not quite a graveyard Smash, but certainly not a Poké-Party.

Only a week has gone by since Australia saw the release of the New 3DS along with Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and next up is the season's other most anticipated Nintendo release: Super Smash Bros. For Wii U. Since I missed the last launch, nothing could stop me from making this one! So off I went to the Nintendo Experience in Melbourne, the usual hangout for events like this.


November 24, 2014

Australia Parties for Pokémon

by Andrew Brown - 3:40 am PST
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Andrew missed the launch party, but the country is still celebrating!

When the clock struck midnight on November 21st, Australia saw the simultaneous release of the two New 3DS models and both Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby versions to go with them. In the typical flashy style of Nintendo's launch parties, EB Games was the place to be to catch all the action.


November 22, 2014

The Great Amiibo Hunt WiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 4:33 pm PST
Total comments: 13

Neal decided not to pre-order any Amiibo. Here's his report from the retail trenches as he tries to catch'em all.

When everyone was pre-ordering Amiibo a few months ago, I sat idly by. It wasn't that I didn't want the Nintendo figures; it was more that when I got them, I wanted to experience the thrill of going into a store and seeking them out. Instead of just waiting patiently for an Amazon package to arrive... Read more...

November 19, 2014

Amiibo: An Old-School Toy for a New World 3DSWiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 12:40 pm PST
Total comments: 5

After spending time with his very own Amiibo, here's what Neal thinks about them.

After having a trio of my own Amiibo with Super Smash Bros. on Wii U for the past week, I still haven’t really figured out how I feel about the concept. Amiibo mostly add up to just being Smash Bros. Tamagotchi that you feed equipment and customize so that way you can fight with them or against... Read more...

November 17, 2014

Ten Things I Want to See in Animal Crossing Wii U 3DS

by Alex Culafi - 5:31 am PST
Total comments: 9

NES games, 8-player visits, and more!

It feels like the Wii U version of Animal Crossing is due for an announcement. Thanks to Miyamoto’s recent Amiibo statements, in which he directly suggested implementation into a future Animal Crossing game, there’s very little doubt that the Wii U Animal Crossing is being developed right now.... Read more...

November 13, 2014

Comfort Games in the Wake of Death 3DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 8:49 am PST
Total comments: 3

How Fantasy Life helped me in my time of need.

My grandfather, my last living grandparent, passed away a few weeks ago, less than two years after my grandmother passed away. It sucks. I'm not going into too much sappy detail other than my grandparents were fabulous, amazing people who will always be a part of my life. Instead, I'm going to focus on how video games helped me through coping with their untimely passings.


November 4, 2014

Nintendo Needs Apps 3DSWiiU

by Zack Kaplan - 11:39 am PST
Total comments: 18

Nintendo is lagging behind its competition with multimedia support. It's time for a change.

Whenever a Nintendo system launches, the only thing that truly concerns me is what games will I be able to play. After a while I crave more. That's when applications come in handy. With the 3DS and Wii U, apps have been few and far between, and if Nintendo wants to compete for sales, they should reach out and bring more to their platforms to add more value.


Mapping Out the Next Five Years of Pokemon 3DS

by Alex Culafi - 10:13 am PST
Total comments: 17

What will Pokemon be like in 2019? We have the answer.

If you haven’t noticed, Pokémon has more or less become an annual franchise. In North America at least, a main series Pokémon game (or set of main series games) has come out every year since 2009.

2009: Platinum

2010: HeartGold and SoulSilver

2011: Black and White

2012: Black 2 and White 2


October 31, 2014

Excitement for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy Rising 3DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 7:04 am PDT
Total comments: 2

Why Neal is psyched to get the first Ace Attorney games on his 3DS this December.

The Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is coming to 3DS on December 9 and despite the fact that I've played two of the three games already, I'm actually incredibly excited for this collection to come out.

One barrier for the Phoenix Wright series that I've discovered over the years is that sometimes... Read more...

October 30, 2014

Does Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Have Enough Content? 3DSWiiU

by Alex Culafi - 10:10 am PDT
Total comments: 22

With the Wii U version on the way, does the first handheld Smash Bros. have enough content to stay relevant?

Before writing this, I wasn’t sure how to approach the topic, or what to base the measure of “enough” on. Should I make my evaluation based on the Wii U version, on the series as a whole, or solely the 3DS version without giving consideration to the rest of the series? For the sake of fairness, I’m going to attempt to do all three.


October 24, 2014

Five Observations about the New Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Demo 3DS

by Alex Culafi - 7:48 am PDT
Total comments: 2

Bold colors and dope soundtrack and free movement, oh my!

The demo for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is now available in most territories and finally, yes, I have played it. The demo isn’t that crazy because it just features a bit of exploration and a handful of battles, but I still managed to glean some observations from our first taste of the upcoming Pokémon experience. Here are the five things that stuck out the most.

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