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  • Nintendo Direct: Wii U celebrating healthy sales figures, Twilight Princess HD announced

    It's been a difficult year for Nintendo. After dealing with criticism for not showcasing Zelda on the Wii U at E3 2015, to the passing of its CEO Satoru Iwata in abrupt fashion, the company hasn't had much to celebrate. But good news awaits. After the company held its first Nintendo Direct broadcast after Iwata's passing, Nintendo announced better-than-expected Wii U and Amiibo sales. Amiibo cards and figurines topped the 800 000 mark in October, with the Wii U experiencing a 40% increase in sales year-on-year. Super Mario Maker was the primary driver, with Yoshi's Woolly World also playing a part. Overall,...

  • Nintendo’s Kimishima was only elected president for a year, he claims in interview

    Tatsumi Kimishima is a name you're going to hear a lot of in the coming year, thanks to the Nintendo board electing him as the company's new president. While he many not be as charismatic or endearing as Satoru Iwata, he's filled with business savvy -- arguably a trait that Nintendo needs now more than ever. In a recent interview conducted by Nikkei magazine, the new president made a few interesting remarks. Notably, he predicted that the Nintendo Wii U -- the company's latest failed console -- would be a commercial flop, as it was too similar to the original Nintendo...

  • Nintendo appoints Tatsumi Kimishima as new company president

    After the passing of the late Satoru Iwata, there were rumours abound that Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto would become Nintendo president, after he and Genyo Takeda held a caretaker-president role in Iwata's stead. But the company today announced its new president, and we don't think anyone foresaw the decision. Tatsumi Kimishima isn't a household name, and many probably wouldn't recognise him but he's been an integral part in Nintendo's backroom staff since 2000. In 2002, he was appointed as head of The Pokemon Company and soon after that, was elected Director of Nintendo of America, a post which he has...

  • Super Mario Maker review: the quintessential gamer’s game

    "How on earth do you review a game like this?" I asked myself one lonely and bored Saturday night while waiting patiently for it to download. To be quite frank, Super Mario Maker is yet another Mario game from that Japanese gaming company Nintendo. That's over 80 titles now (I didn't bother to meticulously count) featuring the little dungaree-clad Italian plumber, which is quite remarkable. Can you think of another character in gaming that has spanned nearly ten consoles? Nope, neither can I. Of course, it's easy to get nostalgic very quickly and taint the objective review approach completely. After all...

  • Nintendo’s next big decision: 4 potential successors to Satoru Iwata’s throne

    It's been 13 long years since Nintendo was without a president. In 2002, after a torrid ten-year spell of failed gaming consoles and ideas, then long-time president Hiroshi Yamauchi called it a day. Yamauchi was largely responsible for turning the company into the household gaming name it is today, but it was clear that after close to 50 years at the helm, it was time to vacate the role and introduce some fresh blood and fresh ideas. Then-little known Satoru Iwata was thrusted into the leadership position and would oversee some of Nintendo's biggest decisions this side of the millennium. It...

  • Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passes away at 55

    It's a sad, sad day for gaming. After a long battle with cancer, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has passed away aged 55 in Kyoto, Japan. "Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth," Nintendo's short press release noted. A gaming legend and president for over a decade, Iwata joined the company in 1983. He was thrust into a senior leadership role in 2000 after the company experienced one of its now trademark sales dips, beginning with the launch of the NES and hitting rock bottom with...

  • ‘Splatoon’ review: a Nintendo multiplayer without Mario

    There are two things you wouldn't normally associate with Nintendo: new IPs not featuring that mustachioed Italian plumber, and angry shooters. Without so much as a warning toot at E3 2014, the company announced Splatoon, a game that is the strangest embodiment of both. Needless to say, people were fairly excited. And they had every right to be. While serious shooters like Halo, Call of Duty and the endless number of Tom Clancy inspired titles rule the blue and green consoles, Splatoon does things quite differently over on the Wii U. It's not as serious as other shooters we've seen. Hell,...

  • Here’s what Mario could look like as an ‘Unreal’ Nintendo NX character

    Nintendo doesn't want its Nintendo NX console's secrets strewn across the internet, but that doesn't stop developers from pondering what the company is cooking in the back rooms of Kyoto. Reggie Fils-Aime has declared that it will be a home console, and thus compete with the likes of the Xbox and PlayStation consoles, but the real question remains: just how does Nintendo aim to to this? Well, a new video of Mario hurtling through an Unreal Engine 4 powered world certainly gives a glimpse into what's available at Nintendo's fingertips should they decide to grasp it. The company has always been happy...

  • ‘Code Name: STEAM’ review: Steampunk chess

    I've never been one for turn-based combat. Sure, in some games that require the mental agility of a well-read grasshopper, it can be a hoot but most of the time, these games are slow and laborious. In a world where instant gratification often outweights hard grafting, it's easy to pan a game that doesn't really give you what you want when you want it, but Code Name: STEAM (stylised as S.T.E.A.M.) is a bit of a mixed bag really. On the one hand, you have a rather charming Steampunk-inspired romp through a world ravaged by aliens coloured within comic book framework,...

  • Nintendo Wii U’s ‘Splatoon’ tops one million sales worldwide

    Splatoon, the Nintendo Wii U's social-based third person shooter with a difference, has announced worldwide sales topping one million units in just a few weeks. It's quite impressive considering the slowing figures of the Wii U itself and that Splatoon was launched just under a month ago on 28 May. "That figure includes more than 230,000 physical and digital units sold in Europe, more than 368,000 sold in Japan, more than 476,000 sold in the Americas," notes the presser, "and an additional 20,000 sold in Australia." Read more: Nintendo decided against Zelda Wii U reveal at E3 2015, citing possible fan ‘disappointment’ That...