Opinion: OPINION: Why The Wii U Failed

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

A problem who's origins are complicated and rambling

With the Nintendo Switch on the horizon in March, the book has well and truly closed on its predecessor, the Wii U. With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild left as its final major release, and Nintendo has outright admitted they no longer manufacture the system. There is little doubt as to why. Despite Nintendo's best intentions, the Wii U...

Features: A NX Portable Hybrid Sounds Great If Third Parties Are On Board

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

When an NX falls, do third parties hear it, will they care

I still have no idea what's going on with Nintendo's NX. Grave rumors point to a device that acts like a portable you can connect to your TV. Such a platform has a knack to fit Nintendo's strengths in portable play, going back to the Game & Watch. I'm more of a fan of portable gaming anyway, hence my many hours into 3DS and my enjoyment of...

Features: Fake NX Rumors Teach Us To Be Skeptical

Monday, April 18, 2016

Don't believe everything you see on the internet

Rumors about Nintendo's still-mysterious NX platform are on a roll lately, or so the internet would like you to think. The latest scuttlebutt, which we did not report here on Always Nintendo, came from NeoGaf user 10K, who shared that the NX would be more powerful than the PlayStation 4, and that it would once again feature a screen controller...

Features: Opinion: Miitomo is A-Okay

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Or...How I learned to stop worrying and love Nintendo on mobile

Nintendo's first-ever mobile app Miitomo is finally out in the wild. In less than a day, it's taken Twitter and Facebook by storm and became the most downloaded app in North America. Miitomo is a social platform where users answer questions and share the answers with your friends under the anonymity of your Mii. For many, the fun will be in the...

Opinion: Top 5 Favorite Easter Eggs

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Some of the most egg-citing finds in Nintendo games

As you finish up your Easter egg hunts and festivities, we've found five of our favorite Easter Eggs tucked away in some of Nintendo's biggest titles. Easter eggs are little homages or references to other games or franchises, which are usually a great source for nostalgia, leaving us with a token of gratitude toward the developers for putting in...

Features: A Balanced Perspective on Developmental Delays

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hurry up and wait

Following a rumor that Star Fox Zero might be facing another developmental delay, fans are naturally starting to get antsy.  This of course is far from the first time a Nintendo game has been delayed: Zelda: Twilight Princess, the upcoming Zelda game for Wii U, and Pikmin 3 are just three examples.  While the wait is often difficult to...

Features: Why Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo is an Exciting Announcement

Saturday, January 30, 2016

There's a new mouse detective in town, Basil

Earlier this week, Nintendo announced a new eShop game: Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo.  Reaction to this announcement has been mixed, ranging from excitement (over 35,000 fans and counting have already started clamoring for Danny DeVito to voice Detective Pikachu in the English localization) to outright disdain.  This mixed reaction...

Features: Why Mobile Games Could Indeed Save Nintendo

Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo Co., right, and Isao Moriyasu, president and chief executive officer of DeNA Co., shake hands during a joint news conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Nintendo dropped its resistance to using its characters on mobile devices as the maker of Mario and Zelda teams with DeNA to develop new games for smartphones and tablet computers. Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Satoru Iwata; Isao Moriyasu
Sunday, January 24, 2016

Smart phone, smart strategy

The response to Nintendo's decision to make mobile phone games has been mixed, to say the least.  After all, as addicting as games like Angry Birds can be, they simply don't have the depth of, say, a Zelda game.  On the other hand, no one can deny Angry Birds' success.  The mobile game has been downloaded over three billion times and has...

Features: Why Nintendo Is Removing a Controversial Conversation From Fire Emblem Fates

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The old localization vs censorship argument

Today, it was revealed that the upcoming western release of Fire Emblem Fates would be chopping out a controversial sequence. Nintendo confirmed to Nintendo World Report that a conversation option involving drugging and gay conversion would be removed as an option. In the version of the game that ships in the U.S. and Europe, there is no...

Features: That Time Justin Beiber Pimped Nintendo 3DS

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Nintendo Christmas Memories

It may be right after Christmas, but that doesn't stop this from being a time to trade, to quote Andy Williams, "tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago". The same can be said for video game fans, as it's a time when video games are often a Christmas present. There is an exception to every rule, and here is Nintendo's. This is a look...