Serving up Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

  On November 21st Mario and friends will take to the courts in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash. This Wii U exclusive enables four players to battle it out at once and for the first time includes the option of teaming up with an amiibo. It’s been a while since Mario Tennis has been on the scene, Mario Tennis Open  for the 3DS was the last entry for the series in 2012. The original Mario Tenni...[Read More]

Nintendo NX to be a WiiU/3DS hybrid?

-Tom Heath Since its launch in 2012, I would argue that the Wii U has had an image problem. Given the console’s resemblance to its predecessor, both in appearance and name, there are those who think “Wii U” is the name of the tablet-style controller, and presume it is an accessory for the original Wii from 2006. The new games made for the Wii U, more specifically the first-party ...[Read More]

Splatoon just keeps getting better

– Stefan Bradley Splatoon has been out for months now, but Nintendo’s online multiplayer shooter has become a service rather than a simple standalone release, with regular free updates since the game’s launch in May, so yes, I am relevant. Thanks. It’s still amazing to me and others that Nintendo not only released an online multiplayer focused title, but a shooter of all things. Also it’s a ...[Read More]

Pokemon GO: How to over promise with a trailer

– Charlie Braithwaite Yesterday the world was literally taken over by Pokemon when the trailer for the upcoming app Pokemon GO was released. While the trailer looks amazing, it’s surely over promising the hell out of what it can deliver. If you missed it you can check it out below: Admittedly we haven’t seen the game in action yet, but it will be hard to create a reality where Po...[Read More]

Nintendo’s future under the spotlight

– Nick Palmisano In the wake of CEO Satoru Iwata’s death, Nintendo veterans Miyamoto and Takeda look set to steer the company into an exciting, transformative future. Shigeru Miyamoto is possibly the greatest video game developer of all time. Director and game designer of Super Mario Bros. Donkey Kong and Star Fox, Miyamoto turned a dusty, matte grey cartridge into a freedom to explore the s...[Read More]

Nominees for Gamescom 2015 awards announced

– Tom Heath With Gamescom 2015 taking place this coming weekend, it is therefore the time for the nominees for the Gamescom 2015 awards to be revealed. Makes sense! Announced over on IGN, Star Wars Battlefront leads the nominations with four categories, followed by Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Final Fantasy XV and Anno 2205 with three each. There’s also a people’s choice...[Read More]

ZombiU for PS4, Xbox One and PC releases next month

– Tom Heath The problem with working the name of a console into the title of a game exclusive to said console is that it becomes pretty awkward when you suddenly decide to release it on other platforms. Ubisoft’s ZombiU, as with most games released on the launch of the Wii U in 2012, decided to include the capital “U” in its title. And it did that because…reasons? I m...[Read More]

Nintendo wants to watch you sleep

– Tom Heath When one goes looking at patents filed by individuals or companies, you come across some strange stuff. For example, in 1984 some guy patented the rocket powered surfboard. That is a thing. Sometimes new patents can give you an idea of the direction a company may be heading with their products, while other times they’re just concepts that are never realised in the exact for...[Read More]

Nintendo president dies at 55

– Tom Heath News broke this morning that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has died at the age of 55. A short statement said Iwata passed away on July 11 due to a “bile duct growth”. Iwata began working for Nintendo in the 1980s, before being appointed director in 2000 and president in 2002. During his time as president, he oversaw the release of the GameCube, DS, Wii, 3DS and Wii ...[Read More]

In Memoriam: Ocarina of Time

– Charlie Braithwaite Welcome to the second edition of In Memoriam, the LoadScreen series where we shed a tear for beloved characters who have passed away. This week we are honouring the demise of a character from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. You know, that game everyone who has ever touched a gamepad and was alive in the 90s talks about. Ocarina of Time is arguably one of the most ...[Read More]

Let’s talk about the Nintendo puppets

– Charlie Braithwaite Some things occur in this universe that are completely unpredictable. Have you ever seen something some eye-wateringly insane you just could not comprehend it? If you answered no, then perhaps you haven’t seen a puppet version of Nintendo President of America, Reggie Fils-Aime declaring “my puppet body is ready.” Ready for what exactly? Well… E3,...[Read More]

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