Opinion: The Re-Printed New Super Mario Bros. U Combo Pack is an Ill-Advised Purchase

Friday, October 16, 2015

Too much space, too much cost

Yoshi's Woolly World wasn't the only new Wii U release today. This week, Nintendo managed to sneak out a new edition of New Super Mario Bros. U. Yes, a Wii U launch game from 2012 has been given a new printing in the form of New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U, with both Mario games included on the same disc. The main question is...

amiibo: Evaluating the Rarity of Upcoming Amiibo

Amiibo Nintendo E3 2014
Saturday, August 8, 2015

The needs of the new outweigh the needs of the old

Such is the overwhelming demand that Nintendo has struggled to keep pace amiibo with it all year long. Fortunately, things are slowly improving. You have to admit it's getting better (a little better all the time) when it comes to amiibo. However, we're not out of the woods yet. The rest of the Super Smash Bros. line is slowly rolling out, and...

Features: Ranking the Wii Retail Downloads

Friday, July 31, 2015

Wii would like to buy

Fun fact: Kirby's Return to Dreamland is only the fourth Wii download on the North American eShop. That's four Wii games available since January 2015. As of this writing, regions like Japan and Europe have a wider pool of Nintendo classics from the Wii to chose from. The ability to play these games without a physical disc or having to enter the...

News: Dragon Quest VIII: Tale of the Stereoscopic 3D-less 3DS Game

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

If you were expecting some 3D dimensional "puff puff," well then...

Let's be honest: it's pretty dang cool that Dragon Quest VIII, one of the most critically acclaimed and beloved JRPGs for the PS2, is heading to Nintendo 3DS. How Square Enix is cramming a sprawling, downright ginormous title into a single tiny cartridge is way beyond my cognitive capacity, but I'd wager there's some very busy Slimes working...

amiibo: Nintendo Promises More Amiibo Stock, But Now What?

Nintendo amiibo
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Will Nintendo follow through, or is it another empty promise?

For Nintendo fans, the amiibo struggle has been an unparalleled phenomenon not seen since the Wii's early days. Reports are known far and wide that certain figures of the popular toys have sold out, without the promise of restocks or availability. This has frustrated those who want complete collections or to use the figures for their in-game...

Features: Expressing My Love of the Professor Layton Series

Professor Layton
Saturday, May 2, 2015

Why these puzzle-solving adventures are so appealing!

I'm not a fan of point 'n' click games, such as Monkey Island. I don't like story-based games, including The Walking Dead and Heavy Rain. But a story-based point 'n' click puzzle adventure franchise? Yeah, for some reason, I'll bite. My first experience with the Professor Layton series came in the form of my brother using a...

News: Splatoon’s First Commercial Underwhelms the Senses

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

"Claim your Turf" indeed

Coinciding with a major embargo lift today, Nintendo continues to roll-out dribs and drabs of Splatoon news. The major Wii U release has been backed up today with a new console bundle, and now, its first television commercial. https://youtu.be/lyzyAS74H3A Despite the presence of an enthusiastic announcer, this effort can't help but feel...

Opinion: The Potential Pitfalls to Re-Issue Donkey Kong 64 on Virtual Console

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Diving in to the possible reasons for this game's dormancy

In today's Nintendo eShop update,  many were surprised to see the return of Donkey Kong 64 to Wii U Virtual Console. If you don't understand why this is a big deal to retro connoisseurs, this game has never been revisited since its 1999 release on Nintendo 64. It completely skipped the Wii's Virtual Console, only to show up today. But why would...

News: Nintendo confirms lack of voice chat in Splatoon

Friday, April 10, 2015

And why that should be no surprise

In an interview featured in this month's EDGE magazine, the game's development team confirmed that voice chat would not be available in the inky shooter's online modes.  Splatoon may be bloodless and in theory accessible to everyone, highly competitive and aggressive teammates may keep some players from enjoying the experience. And the ability...

News: Why You Should Be Excited About HAL Laboratory’s Boxboy

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The boxy puzzler finally heads westward this spring

Pushmo, Azure Striker Gunvolt, Mutant Mudds... That's not the sound of a stark raving madman, those are the names of digital downloads on the 3DS eShop, and darn good ones at that. It takes a certain spark to elevate an eShop download to that of "must-play". Add Boxboy to that list of luminaries. Having launched in Japan earlier this year,...