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COMMENT | A single game could save the Wii U, but Mario Kart 8 is not it

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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E3 2014, Mario, Mario Kart 8, Nintendo, Pokémon, Satoru Iwata, Wii U, Wii U games, Zelda

COMMENT | A single game could save the Wii U, but Mario Kart 8 is not it

Nintendo have never really subscribed to the idea that one lives and dies by the third-party sword. Far more likely to be hoisted by their own petard, relationships between the Big N and third-party partners have been inconsistent, to put it mildly. Infuriatingly fractious would be another way of putting it. We've said it time and again on this site that Nintendo have always held their destiny within their own hands. These days, gamers don't buy Nintendo consoles for third-party titles, some may well argue that we never have. It's all about the first-party exclusives.

Looking at the Wii U as it stands now, though, it's difficult to argue that there's not a damn fine line up of games to be had on the system. With titles like Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, LEGO City Undercover, Super Mario 3D World, and Wind Waker HD, not to mention definitive versions of the likes of Rayman Legends and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The future is bright, too, with Mario Kart 8 just around the corner, Bayonetta 2, Smash Bros. and the mysterious X still to come.

COMMENT | A single game could save the Wii U, but Mario Kart 8 is not it

Satoru Iwata believes one game can change the fortunes of the Wii U, and he's absolutely spot on.

"The fate of a video game system is often influenced greatly by the introduction of a single title. As many of you probably remember, before the release of the Pokémon game, Game Boy had been showing slow growth, and many people wondered whether it was the end of Game Boy. But the Pokémon game singlehandedly changed the landscape of the system, which then started to show the strongest sales in the lifecycle of the system."

We've seen it time and time again, particularly from Nintendo. But one can't help but feel that the One Game Iwata is referring to is yet to be unveiled.

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E3 2013 | What To Expect From Microsoft, Sony & Nintendo

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Black Tusk, Crackdown, Destiny, DriveClub, E3 2013, Fable, Forza 5, Halo, inFamous: Second Son, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Kinect, Mario, Microsoft, Nintendo, PS4, Quantum Break, Ryse, Sony, Wii U, X, Xbox One

E3 2013 | What To Expect From Microsoft, Sony & Nintendo

E3 2013 is going to be utterly insane. With the next console generation breathing down our necks, the 'Big Three' of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are going head to head in a battle for hearts, minds and pre-orders. Coy digs will be taken. Terrible teleprompted jokes will be cracked. Dubstep will reign supreme.

Sadly, I won't be attending personally this year (of all years, argh!), but I've danced this dance enough times to know broadly what to expect from the all-important press conferences scheduled for June 10th. Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo will use this platform to address us directly; showing us exclusives, revealing entirely new franchises and confirming third-party support. We've pieced together everything we know so far, as well as our own experiences at E3 from previous years, to present you with a comprehensive breakdown of what the three console manufacturers will bring to the table.

Note that the following article is one part confirmed fact, two parts informed guesswork and a soupçon of rampant drooling speculation. I've endeavoured to make it clear which is which - and of course, there'll still be plenty of surprises along the way!

Microsoft (June 10th, 17:30 GMT)

Let's start with the Redmond heavyweight, since they'll be holding their press conference first and have been making headlines aplenty over the last fortnight. Microsoft will look to supplement (and in many ways, make up for) the Xbox One's entertainment-loaded reveal event with a presentation concentrating on games, exclusives, DLC announcements and features.

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Wii U Mario, Super Smash Bros & Mario Kart To Be Unveiled Before E3

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Mario, Mario Kart, Nintendo, Nintendo Direct, Super Smash Bros, Wii U games
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Wii U Mario, Super Smash Bros & Mario Kart To Be Unveiled Before E3

According to a new tweet from Nintendo, they plan to properly reveal three of their biggest first-party Wii U titles in a Nintendo Direct presentation before E3. "We will discuss new Smash Bros., 3D Mario game, Mario Kart and other Wii U titles in our #NintendoDirectNA before the start of E3," reads the missive, which is music to our ears since the console doesn't really have any confirmed system sellers on the horizon as yet (sorry Pikmin 3).

We'll naturally keep you posted with the date, links and on-site embed code for the presentation. There's less than a month to go until E3, so expect firm details soon. Also this.

PWNCAST | Season 3: Episode 3 - Nintendo Rising

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Mario, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Nintendo, Pikmin 3, Podcast, PWNCAST, Strike Suit Zero, The Wonderful 101, Wii U, Zelda

PWNCAST | Season 3: Episode 3 - Nintendo Rising

Following Nintendo's big Wii U Direct presentation this week, we pick apart the announcements as well as discussing the Metal Gear Rising demo, Strike Suit Zero, and Ni No Kuni.

PWNCAST | Season 3: Episode 3 - Nintendo Rising, Recorded: January 24th, 2013

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be a few instances of strong language.

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Nintendo Working On 3D Mario Title and Mario Kart For Wii U

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Mario, Mario Kart, Nintendo Direct, Wii U games

Nintendo Working On 3D Mario Title and Mario Kart For Wii U

Will Be Playable At E3

Nintendo announced that Nintendo EAD's Tokyo Development Groups - the same teams that brought us Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, and Super Mario 3D Land - are hard at work on both a 3D Mario title for Wii U and an instalment of the hugely popular and addictive Mario Kart franchise for the console.

Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, noted that although there is nothing specific to revel as yet, both games will be available to play at E3 this year, possibly pointing towards a Christmas release, as they did with SM3DL and MK7 on 3DS.

PWNCAST | Season 2: Episode 5 – Scenes We'd Like To See

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Dragon Age Origins, Mario, Metroid, Platinum Games, Podcast, PWNCAST

PWNCAST | Season 2: Episode 5 – Scenes We'd Like To See

Following Jon's epic brainfart regarding his ideal vision for Army of Two, we decided to have a podcast week where we simply chat about a few outlandish gaming ideas that we'd like to see, and directions we'd have some existing franchises take if anything was possible and we had the power to sculpt the future.

With that in mind, Carl delivers a concept for a really dark Mario reboot; Jon puts Metroid in a pot together with Platinum Games and Prey 2 to pitch the best bounty hunting game ever; we discuss the advantages for realising wishlists and dreams that Kickstarter is affording; we lament that the there are still so many awesome Japanese games that will never make it West (though Ni No Kuni will); Matt pleads that Dragon Age II be struck from history and instead replaced with Dragon Age: Origins II, a true sequel that directly follows on from the fantastic first game; and we look forward to a generation that sees everybody, most of all the consumer, winning.

PWNCAST | Season 2: Episode 5, Recorded: October 17th, 2012

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be quite a few instances of strong language.

Picture Credit: Jose Emroca Flores

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Nintendo: "We Only Create A New Super Mario Bros. Title Once Per Platform"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS, Mario, New Super Mario Bros. 2, New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo, Wii U

Nintendo: "We Only Create A New Super Mario Bros. Title Once Per Platform"

Following the release of New Super Mario Bros. 2 on the 3DS (review incoming), Nintendo has defended their decision to iterate on the franchise rather than innovate; stating that they only release a 2D Mario game "once per platform" before looking to fresh ideas. This practice seems likely to continue... unless Miyamoto decides otherwise.

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Drum Roll Please: The Top Ten UK Game Brands From 1996-2012

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Call Of Duty, Fifa, GTA, Mario, The Sims, UK retail

Drum Roll Please: The Top Ten UK Game Brands From 1996-2012

GFK Chart Track has provided Eurogamer with a list of the top ten most successful games brands in the UK from 1996 to the present day, in terms of both copies sold and revenue generated.

Drum roll please. Place your bets now.

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E3 2012 | Nintendo Press Conference Hub - 17:00 BST

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Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS, E3 2012, Luigi's Mansion 2, Mario, Metroid, Nintendo Press Conference, Wii U, Zelda

E3 2012 | Nintendo Press Conference Hub - 17:00 BST

Here we go. Will Nintendo blow us all away this time around? Frankly we'd just settle for them getting it right. Don't just tell us, Nintendo, show us. Show us a bunch of games that we can get behind and the Wii U will be the only thing on everyone's lips for the rest of this week. Show us how they make the most of the new console, how they make the console unique, and how they'll fare against the intrenched forces of MS and Sony.

Oh, and Luigi's Mansion 2 would be nice as well.

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E3 2012 Preview | Nintendo

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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3DS, E3 2012, E3 2012 Predictions, Kirby, Mario, Metroid, Nintendo, Nintendo Press Conference, Opinion, Ruminating, Theorising, Wii U, Zelda

E3 2012 Preview | Nintendo

In our final look at the big three press conferences, we chat about Nintendo and, unsurprisingly, the big thing on everyone's lips is the Wii U. Will they announce features and specs? What of the console's launch lineup? Will it get a rebranding? And what of the 3DS? Nintendo have a second chance following last year's fiasco to set the record straight.

Carl

E3 2012 Preview | Nintendo

Oh those guys. Those ******* guys. After an E3 presentation last year which left me horribly disappointed it’s time for take two of the Wii U’s unveiling, but this time they have to absolutely 100% nail it. My hope is that they have used the last year to allow multiple tablet controllers to connect to a console, and perhaps even allow for streaming a game to a tablet over the internet so you can properly play on the go (you know, like the name “Project Café” implied.)

No doubt we will get a smothering of Mario-based products, Zelda will make an appearance, and we will see their attempt to make the 3DS relevant to the casual buyer market, but what I really want is for Nintendo to start being more adventurous and grab my interest in their games again. A guy can dream, eh?

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Why We Love . . . The Nintendo GameCube

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Gamecube, Games consoles, Mario, Metroid Prime, Nintendo, Why We Love, Zelda

Why We Love . . . The Nintendo GameCube

It shouldn't have worked. In fact, if one takes statistics into account and appraises the situation from a purely numerical perspective, it didn't. But somehow Nintendo's little purple box of wonders has left an indelible mark on hearts across the globe. It was the little console that, in the end, sadly couldn't. But for the faithful, for those who took the rather inexplicable plunge and sampled it's delights, there was nothing else we'd rather have been playing on.

Looking at Nintendo's practices now - with their last two consoles built and sold on hardware gimmicks and promises rather than stacks of excellent software - the GameCube defies all logic. Indeed, it seemed to defy logic back in May 2002 as well, launching without the ability to play audio CDs or DVDs (instead plumping for the laughably cute mini optical discs), abandoning the N64's trident controller in favour of a dual-analogue approach, there was no backwards compatibility, and it looked ridiculous. It even had a carry-handle!

Why We Love . . . The Nintendo GameCube

But it also had some of the best games of its generation.

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Mario To Return To 3DS With New Super Mario Bros. 2 This Summer

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Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS Games, Mario, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Nintendo, Platfrom games

Nintendo have announced that everyone's favourite plumber will be returning to the 3DS this summer, alongside his perennially unsung brother Luigi, in New Super Mario Bros. 2. The upcoming side-scroller is set for release this August.

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REPORT: Miyamoto To Unveil Mario Wii U At E3

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Matt Gardner
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News
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E3 2012, Luigi's Mansion 2, Mario, Nintendo, Pikmin 3, Shigeru Miyamoto, Wii U

REPORT: Miyamoto To Unveil Mario Wii U At E3

Nintendo talisman and industry legend, Shigeru Miyamoto has reportedly suggested that Nintendo may well unveil an incarnation of Mario bound for Wii U at this year's E3.

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Hayashida: New Hardware "Gives People A Sense Of Freshness"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Koichi Hayashida, Mario, Next-gen, Nintendo, Shigeru Miyamoto, Super Mario 3D Land

Hayashida: New Hardware "Gives People A Sense Of Freshness"

Super Mario 3D Land director Koichi Hayashida has suggested that hardware changes, and the unique capabilities for which new tech allows, are what help to drive forward existing IPs such as Mario. Hayashida suggested that generational steps allowed developers to explore new combinations of familiar mechanics with "something special" made possible by new hardware.

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Iwata: New 2D Super Mario Title Coming To 3DS 'In Next Fiscal Year'

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Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS, Mario, Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, Super Mario

Iwata: New 2D Super Mario Title Coming To 3DS 'In Next Fiscal Year'

It would appear that a new Super Mario title is on the horizon for the 3DS, as Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced that a new 2D game featuring the moustachioed mascot would be arriving in "the next fiscal year".

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Ancel: Rayman 'Not At All Inspired' By Mario

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Mario, Michel Ancel, Nintendo, Rayman, Shigeru Miyamoto, Ubisoft

Ancel: Rayman 'Not At All Inspired' By Mario

Michel Ancel, the man behind Rayman, responded to a suggestion that Miyamoto's famous Mario series might have heavily influenced the French platformer with a resounding negative.

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PETA: Mario-Baiting Was Just a Joke

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Mario, PETA, Spoof, Tanuki

PETA: Mario-Baiting Was Just a Joke

PETA, following the emergence of their spoof-game Super Tanooki Skin 2 earlier this week, have stated that their lumping together of Mario and animal brutality was all just a bit of tongue-in-cheek fun to help raise the awareness of the real-life tanuki's plight.

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PETA: Playing Mario Turns You Into A Furmongerer

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Fur, Mario, PETA, Super Mario 3D Land, Tanooki Suit, Tanuki

PETA: Playing Mario Turns You Into A Furmongerer

Normally, when someone objects to video games, it's because of extreme violence or sexual content - you know, worthwhile ventures. PETA, on the other hand, must have been pretty bored in the office yesterday, because they've gone and targeted a fat plumber whose only real crime is to enjoy dressing up in onesies.

Apparently, according to PETA, the Tanooki Suit promotes the notion that wearing fur is worthy of a thumbs up. No, I'm not kidding. They're denouncing Mario on the grounds that he might prove to be a fashion trend-setter.

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Why We Love . . . Koji Kondo

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Compositions, Koji Kondo, Mario, music, Nintendo, Video game composers, Why We Love, Zelda

why we love

Carl and I had a chat the other day about video game composers, with an eye towards creating a list of the best for one of our Tuesday top ten lists. We have since realised the impossibility of that task. There are simply too many outstanding soundtracks out there, in too many different styles, from the sweeping, majestic scores of Final Fantasy to the tense, discord of Dead Space. Could composers with one fantastically scored game to their name outmuscle those with a consistently strong track record, if lacking an triple-A stunner? And what of the difference in styles between East and West? Could we sub-divide by genre?

Every previous list we looked over had glaring omissions. Every time we thought we'd reached a conclusion, another name was remembered. We were utterly stumped.

But one name was always a shoe-in...

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SEGA Dash Hopes Of Mario/Sonic Crossover Outside Of The Olympics

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Game news, Mario, Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games, Nintendo, Sega, Sonic, Sonic Generations

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SEGA's Takashi Iizuka has poured water on the fiery possibility of a Mario-Sonic crossover outside of overblown sporting events according to an interview between Iizuka-san and Nintendo Power.

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