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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
Total comments: 1

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...

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...

November 3, 2016

How Nintendo Can Sell a New Handheld Alongside Switch

by Justin Berube - 9:24 am PDT
Total comments: 14

Who says the true portable line needs to go extinct?

Nintendo recently unveiled their new game console called Switch. One of the selling points of this new home console is the ability to play games on the go at the player's will. But does this functionality mark the end of Nintendo's dedicated portable platforms? Maybe not.

Many people who argue... 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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August 4, 2016

No Man's Sky Meets European Space Agency

by Karlie Yeung - 2:20 pm PDT
Total comments: 5

Worlds collide as gaming comes to the European Space Agency as No Man's Sky begins its pre-release tour.

Today there was a press event for No Man's Sky held at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Germany, part of the European Space Agency. It just so happens to be my workplace of the past seven years. After I had finished processing my disbelief and confusion that ESOC security would allow... Read more...

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...

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...

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 WiiU3DS

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 14, 2016

Link's Gender Doesn't Matter WiiU

by Justin Berube - 10:26 am PDT
Total comments: 25

I thought about the importance of the Link character and came to some conclusions.

By now I'm sure most readers of the site have heard about the latest rumor in regards to the new installment of The Legend of Zelda series coming to Wii U: that players will have the option to choose between a male or female incarnation of Link. If true, this means for the first time in a main installment... Read more...

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...

March 9, 2016

Fire Emblem and the 'Way Games Should be Played'

by Matt West - 2:46 pm PST
Total comments: 20

How "Casual" saved the series.

Since Fire Emblem began on the Famicom in 1990, the series has been known for its difficulty. More than just being hard, though, the games became famous for their “permadeath” system, in which once a unit playable character (the series’ term for its many playable characters) dies, it doesn’t... 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.

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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... 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 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.

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