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  • Nintendo NX games should put story, gameplay before graphics

    A few years ago, a game debuted on the PlayStation 4, a then new and exciting concept that was to take gaming to an entirely new level, into the eighth console generation. This game was The Order: 1886, and based on that name, you can easily imagine a game filled with lore, exciting quests through the 17th century and lots of metal-on-metal combat. But beyond this, you'd expect a good story. Expect is really the key word here. Although the game looked great -- honestly, it's still one of the best looking games on the PS4 -- absolutely nothing else about...

  • Super Mario Maker hits 1-million sales in US

    December 2015 was a good month for Nintendo. Its Wii U console welcomed its fifth game to sell over a million copies in the United States -- Super Mario Maker. Thanks to data released by the NPD Group -- a company that enjoys tracking these sorts of numbers -- suggests that the game-design-slash-nostalgia-fueled-platformer was one of the company's most popular Wii U titles to date. While it might seem like a repackaged rehash of older Mario titles, Super Mario Maker does introduce gamers to game design mechanics previously unappreciated by said gamers. It allows them to design levels that adhere to...

  • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash review: smash spread thin

    Where do I start with this one? It's not that I don't like spin-offs, but I do wonder how many times a cow can be milked before it's turned into a new couch. If Nintendo was a farmer, Mario would've been a three-seater ages ago, but thankfully, the Japanese gaming company still knows how to make the most of its aging IP. And yes, once again this year that little Italian plumber returns and brings his entire ensemble along for the ride in Nintendo's portrayal of the Wimbledon Championships. Gone are the dumb white shorts and preppy little tennis shoes, and...

  • 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,...