Amiibos on their own, are actually pretty damn gorgeous to look at. Between Disney Infinity, Skylanders and Nintendo’s own grab at the toys to life genre, they just may have the very best physical figures on offer. Still, that doesn’t mean that these figures can’t be better. And when left in idle hands, you get the following masterpieces, from cosmic Pikachu to Death-Stare Luigi.
Say what you want about Nintendo and their over reliance on certain brands, but there isn’t a console around that can match them when it comes to making games that stand out with unique colour palettes that are vibrant and pop in all the right ways. Take Splatoon for instance, an upcoming family-friendly shooter game where colour plays an important role. It’s a new game that has the entire office keen to try it out. And it’s the kind of game that is drawing talent from a wide variety of Nintendo games.
I have a confession to make: I’ve never ever played a Kirby game. It’s not just because the title character reminds me of my deep-seated fear to merciless amorphous blobs who consume everything, like in that classic 1988 remake of The Blob - or watching people order ribs at an all-you-can-eat special at Spur. Still, that might change with Kirby And The Rainbow Curse, which returns the little pink fella to a Nintendo home console. And so far, scores are kind of mixed.
I have way too much love for The Legend Of Zelda. It’s a franchise which has been consistently impressive, even when games in the series haven’t been instant classics. Ever since the series hit the NES, The Legend Of Zelda has always prided itself on being a massive open-world game of dungeons, actions and adventure. But it has never called itself an open-world game until now, with the latest chapter in the saga finally attaching itself to that label.
There’s a new, new Nintendo 3DS out this month. A hardware update that packs some extra processing power and a few other additions, the device comes in two flavours: A big screen handheld that can be used to flatten Parktown Prawns, and a smaller pocket-size version which is ideal for my lady-sized hands. Both options are available locally, as compared to the US of A where only the bigger console is on sale. And that’s because Nintendo wants to expand their presence in the US by keeping the offerings simple.
I’ve been playing a lot on the New Nintendo 3DS lately – and it’s made me fall in love with the handheld all over again. The new, super stable 3D makes such a difference that I’m replaying old games in 3D, where I’d previously turned the effect off. I’m not the only one enamoured by the New 3DS; in its launch week, Nintendo’s sold through 335 000 of the things.
I got yer Dragon Balls. Right here. IN MY HANDS! NOT A EUPHEMISM DAMMIT!
In the short space of a week I've gone from owning zero Nintendo Amiibo, to having an insatiable thirst to buy one nearly every day. I currently own four of the immaculately designed little figurines, and I understand why they're selling like hotcakes around the world. But which ones are flying off the shelves faster than they're getting there? Better yet, which one will soon be rare collectible items?
I love Nintendo’s Wii U; Nintendo’s first-party games are undeniably gems, almost always polished to perfection. Just this weekend, I reacquainted myself with Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros, two of my very favourite games from the last year. Still, it’s easy to be underwhelmed by the quantity of great games hitting Nintendo’s machine. It’s not helped by the fact that the Wii U still isn’t selling well, even though it’s played most of its cards. It selling even fewer units than the ill-fated (but also awesome) Gamecube did at this point in its lifecycle. Is Nintendo in denial? Is it time for Nintendo to face facts?
Nope. Nope nope nopety nope. I still refuse to believe that Xenoblade Chronicles X is a Wii U game. Sure, Nintendo’s little console has some beastly power inside that can render some beautifully colourful games, but Xenoblade looks like something else entirely. Nintendo premiered a ton of new gameplay footage for the upcoming title, over the weekend. Prepare to be gobsmacked.
Out of the big three games in the Toys To Life genre, I think Nintendo may just have the best quality figures overall. That’s not to say that Disney Infinity and Skylanders have bad figures, but the Nintendo Amiibos have made an Amiibro out of me. Great poses, fresh colours that pop and a funky design aesthetic that plans to murder what remaining cash I have left in my wallet. And now, if you’re addicted to collecting Amiibos, things are about to get a lot worse.
Not only has Nintendo made a great case for their upcoming New 3DS, but they’ve somehow breathed new life into the Wii U over the past year. The console had the very best exclusive last year, and Splatoon could very well be one of the best titles of 2015 as well. But how much do we really know about the quid ink shooter? Apparently, not that much at all.
When we last left Darryn, he had ventured into the Viridian Woods, gotten hopelessly lost despite being told to walk in a straight line for five meters and was now on the verge of creating a new underground society where he would be king of the Metapods. All of the Kanto region would tremble before the immobile might of his new army! Hard fists, soft chins! The martial arts of passive resistance!
When it comes to The Legend of Zelda, there are undeniable gems and some absolute flops. Majora’s Mask, the upcoming remaster for the Nintendo 3DS, thankfully falls into the former of the two, and is widely considered one of the best Zelda games around. It’s also going to be the first game I pick up for my New3DS – and it looks like an absolute treat.
Making money off of YouTube gaming videos will always be a thorny issue. Some developers liken it to profiteering off of years of hard work from their team, while others claim that they’re the ones putting in the hard work to create the content. Some game developers whose names don’t rhyme with Shmindendo are cool with it, seeing YouTube exposure as a positive. Nintendo however, has been particular with how their games are represented on that online platform. But they may have finally found a middle ground.