While a large number of Western gamers regularly shun Nintendo, favouring the rote multiplayer shooters that seem to populate the other systems, the same can’t be said for our Japanese gaming chums. In the land of the rising sun, Nintendo is still very much king. According to Famitsu’s sales charts (via neoGAF), most of the 20 best-selling games in Japan last year were for Nintendo platforms.
I love Nintendo. I love them to the point that when I get accused of being an Xbox fanboy, I get sad because I’m secretly biased to the house of Mario and Luigi. Crap, shouldn’t have printed that. But I have to admit, Nintendo has made some baffling decisions in the last couple of years. Decisions which are backwards, and hinder the company going forward. And that’s due to the inner workings of the company, which just doesn’t get it. Man.
Last week’s Nintendo announcement wasn’t exactly surprising. Mario, Donkey Kong and various other familiar mascots were trotted out for a bunch of new games, while the release date for the new Nintendo 3DS was the main drawpoint of the show. But ask any RPG fan watching, and they’d tell you that Nintendo spent their load in the opening minutes of that conference, with a Fire Emblem money-shot for the ages. And you can expect that game to unleashed later this year.
Before everyone disappeared on holiday last year we decided to help host a competition with local indie developers Egamea, to help promoted their game O3DX. There were four massive prizes on offer, including goods from Nintendo, Microsoft and Steam. With the competition now closed, all that's left is to check if we're making your Tuesday extra special.
Believe this or not, but I've never played a Legend of Zelda game. It's a combination of me never really owning a Nintendo console and...well that's pretty much all it takes, doesn't it? I'm rectifying that next month with the New 3DS, and it looks like Majora's Mask 3D will be the perfect title to kick things off.
I’m not ashamed to admit that my eyes grew several sizes larger when I glimpsed the Majora’s Mask edition of the upcoming New 3DS XL at the tail end of the Nintendo Direct conference last night. The handheld looks gorgeous, and will most likely be one of many unique designs that roll out this year. I’m also a slut for Nintendo hardware, but it’s not like I can afford the unit right now. Especially at these prices.
Hoopa. It’s the name of a Pokémon that has been around since Pokémon X and Y, but has yet to be released. Unless you hacked the game that is. A legendary Pokémon, Hoopa is also linked to the recent influx of other legendary pocket monsters in the recent release of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. And it looks like Nintendo is finally unleashing their latest Pokémon officially.
Puzzle & Dragons is a ridiculously popular free-to-play mobile game. The formula and design is fairly simple, but now it's getting a Mario skin and making its way to the 3DS.
By now, you’re more than aware of my obsession with Pokémon. But the less said about the Weedle tattoo on my lil’ Weedle, the better. Right now, I’m busy with a quest to complete the Pokedex. And I mean a total completion. Not only do I want to achieve a 100% rate before the year ends, I want to actually possess all of the Pokémon possible. Here’s how far I am right now.
I really enjoyed my time off over the festive season, but I must admit it’s good to be back. We ended 2014 on a high, but I wouldn’t blame you for missing out on some of our last articles of the year. Just like this amazing competition, where there are no less than five big prizes up for grabs!
Looks like the days of the original 3DS and its fatter cousin who gave up on a new year’s resolution within the first week, are numbered.
It wasn’t the best year for fighting games to be honest. 2015 thankfully should be different and a lot more jam packed. Mortal Kombat, Tekken, and yes, Street Fighter V (oh calm down already Geoff!), will crowd the genre once more. That doesn’t mean there weren't standout titles this year though. Who er... punched better than the other?
Lights! Camera! ACTION! Gaming can be cerebral, engaging or even tender depending on the experience that you’re looking for. But sometimes, you want a game that will rip your shirt off and make you grow hairy explosions on your chest. Action games were back with a vengeance this year, but there could be only one…winner.
2014 has been all about the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. But really, Nintendo may have just had the very best year when it came down to it. With a solid line-up, Nintendo was knocking sixes all year long across a wide variety of genres and franchises. But if you’re looking for that one game that will define the Wii U, then the choice was obvious.
Handheld gaming has proven to be something special this year, especially thanks to all the load shedding we’ve all experienced! Which title really stood out though, keeping gamers away from their consoles and PCs even when the power was on? There can only be one top game for the consoles for ants!