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COMMENT | The problem with Amiibo: why I'm still not buying it

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Amiibo, Nintendo

COMMENT | The problem with Amiibo: why I'm still not buying it

There's no denying that amiibo is one of the hottest gaming properties around right now. Nintendo's plastic NFC figurines fly off the shelves before they're even released, selling out in minutes, while retailers and grey market resellers hustle to fulfil the demand.

It's a huge craze, a brilliant idea on paper, but I ain't buying it.

Be in no doubt, amiibo is a fantastic concept, but the implementation leaves a lot to be desired and seems be headed in a worrying direction. Is it time for an intervention?

COMMENT | The problem with Amiibo: why I'm still not buying it

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Nintendo hires Doug Bowser as Sales VP, you couldn't make it up

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Nintendo

Nintendo hires Doug Bowser as Sales VP, you couldn't make it up

Proving shocking and flagrant nepotism in the workplace, Nintendo Of America have hired Bowser as their new vice president of sales.

Oh, sorry. Doug Bowser.

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Nintendo: Dr. Mario, Olimar & Bowser Junior amiibo pre-orders now open - just £10.99 while stocks last

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Amiibo, Nintendo

Nintendo: Dr. Mario, Olimar & Bowser Junior amiibo pre-orders now open - just £10.99 while stocks last

Nintendo UK has announced that three more amiibo are ready for pre-order on the official store.

They'll set you back £10.99, which is a reasonable sum... for as long as they last.

Kirby And The Rainbow Paintbrush Review | Right Idea, Wrong Console

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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Games reviews, Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush, Nintendo, Platformers, Puzzle games, Wii U games

Kirby And The Rainbow Paintbrush Review | Right Idea, Wrong Console

The Wii U GamePad is not a gimmick, but by and large Nintendo's first-party exclusives have struggled to prove it. Kirby And The Rainbow Paintbrush was supposed to change all that. Controlled exclusively using the touchscreen and stylus, it's an attempt to create an experience that could only work on Nintendo's excellent yet under-utilised peripheral.

Unfortunately Rainbow Paintbrush is too successful for its own good. Instead of enhancing the experience, the GamePad dominates proceedings to the extent that you might as well turn the television off to save power. Indeed, it feels uncomfortably like the makings of a great 3DS game or even an iPad debut that released on the wrong platform.

Kirby And The Rainbow Paintbrush Review | Right Idea, Wrong Console

After the colour is stolen from Kirby's world, our spherical hero rolls out to save the day. Literally. This time we can't directly control the pink protagonist, who's a slave to gravity and momentum. Once you've tapped him to start him rolling, you'll use the stylus to freely doodle rollercoaster-esque rails for him to follow around the 2D environments, creating loops to build up speed, platforms to reach lofty collectibles and paths to evade enemies, smash through blocks and circumvent obstacles. Later levels let you manipulate materials like water and sand in the same fashion, while you can tap to activate interactive level elements and activate a ruinous boost mode after collecting enough coins.

It's unique enough to make for a great first impression, especially since there's a satisfyingly meaty learning curve.

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Square Enix reschedules E3 conference - their body wasn't ready

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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E3 2015, Nintendo, Square Enix

Square Enix reschedules E3 conference - their body wasn't ready

Square Enix have rescheduled their E3 press conference to avoid Reggie's incoming body. Which, according to my sources, is ready.

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Missed the Splatoon beta? You've got another chance

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Nintendo, Splatoon, Wii U games

Missed the Splatoon beta? You've got another chance

Splatoon opened its doors for a few hours last weekend, letting us get hands-on with Nintendo's upcoming paint'em up. However, given the short notice and even shorter sessions, plenty of us managed to miss it.

Thankfully you've got another chance and a date for your diary.

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You can now get a New 3DS for just £119 - great hardware with an essential games lineup

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Console bundles, New 3DS, Nintendo

You can now get a New 3DS for just £119 - great hardware with an essential games lineup

The New 3DS is a fantastic piece of kit and may actually be better than the XL for many gamers. It's incredibly comfortable, functional, boasts groovy cover plates and increases the original 3DS' screen size while still offering the super-stable 3D, enhanced processing power, C-Stick and other awesome perks. Read our full review for all the details.

More to the point, though, the 3DS boasts the strongest games library of any current-gen system so far. You can now buy one for just £119 at Tesco Direct [UPDATE: and now Amazon, who have just price-matched).

The code expires on Monday, so get your skates on!

Nintendo confirms E3 2015 plans - is your body ready for the Nintendo World Championships?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
E3 2015, Nintendo

Nintendo has confirmed their E3 plans for this year, kicking off with their keynote digital event on Tuesday June 16th and followed up by a host of livestreamed gameplay footage throughout the expo.

Mark the date in your diary, but competitive gamers may also be interested to know that Ninty are bringing back The Nintendo World Championships.

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Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Review | Mecha-Lincoln Wants YOU

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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3DS Games, Code Name S.T.E.A.M., Intelligent Systems, Nintendo, Strategy games

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Review | Mecha-Lincoln Wants YOU

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. makes a sensational elevator pitch. It's a turn-based strategy game that feels like XCOM, plays like Gears Of War and hails from the creators of Fire Emblem, all wrapped up in a delightfully cel-shaded Steampunk universe that parodies the American civil war. With geeky stunt casting from Wil "Wesley Crusher" Wheaton, Michael "Worf" Dorn and Jeremy "Finn" Shada no less.

Intelligent Systems have produced one of their most unique and confident games to date, another triumphant 3DS exclusive that deserves your immediate attention now that us Brits are finally able to play it. However, to fully appreciate how Code Name S.T.E.A.M. blends two disparate genres together, you'll have to unlearn much of what you think you already know.

The premise is delightfully mad. Set in a crazy steampunk alternate version of the late 19th century complete with massive brass airships and high calibre cannons, aliens have invaded the United Kingdom and threaten to unseat Queen Victoria. Who can save us? Why, only Abraham Lincoln and his elite team of alien-killing operatives, of course. Armed with the latest steam-powered technology, mechanical armour and weaponry, the Agents Of S.T.E.A.M. deploy to rout the extraterrestrials and rescue the British Empire.

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Splatoon looks ink-redible, but it's also Nintendo's most forward-thinking game in years | Nintendo Direct impressions

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Nintendo, Splatoon, Wii U games

Splatoon looks ink-redible, but it's also Nintendo's most forward-thinking game in years | Nintendo Direct impressions

Nintendo showed us half an hour of Splatoon in today's Direct broadcast. Having watched the stream and mulled over its impact, I'm obliged to report that they just won 2015. Again.

Why yes, I frequently resort to rank hyperbole following Nintendo Directs, but we were treated to one of the most competent and engaging game-related presentations I've encountered in quite some time. More importantly, though, Splatoon is looking absolutely superb.

Nintendo's first real stab at a multiplayer shooter seems set to be their most forward-thinking games in years, offering both unique and exciting gameplay, loads of content, a post-launch content strategy including free DLC, all while bringing the fun and colour back to a genre that's only just digging itself out of a serious funk. In effect it's applying their traditional values to an entirely new arena.

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Nintendo posts their first annual profit in years, celebrates with Universal Studios theme park rides

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Nintendo

Nintendo posts their first annual profit in years, celebrates with Universal Studios theme park rides

After posting annual losses since 2011, Nintendo is finally back in black thanks to the rampant 3DS, Smash Bros and Mario Kart.

So, to celebrate, they've teamed up with Universal Studios to create some Nintendo-themed rides. Because why not.

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Console Wars: Sega Vs Nintendo - and the battle that defined a generation only £1.19

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BuzzDuraband
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Deals
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Mario, Nintendo, Sega, Sonic

Console Wars: Sega Vs Nintendo - and the battle that defined a generation only £1.19

This, this is when console wars actually meant something.....you either worshipped the little blue speed demon or your loyalties laid with the Italian plumber.

I always remember a friend of mine with his Super Nintendo console and I swear to god all he ever did from the moment he opened his eyes to the instant he closed them was collected gold coins and attempted (pretty awfully) to rescue someone called Princess Peach. Super Mario wasn't really my thing, I personally preferred the speed of Sonic the Hedgehog whether it be flying through the Green Hill Zone at stupid speeds or trying to take down the pure evilness of Dr Robotnik who was just on a totally different level with his mad mechanical contraptions.

Console Wars:  Sega Vs Nintendo - and the battle that defined a generation is a 584 page Kindle title that covers the infamous console wars of the 1990's between Nintendo and Sega and has been discounted by 94% down from £18.99!

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Three more New 3DS bundles are coming to the UK

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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New 3DS, Nintendo

Three more New 3DS bundles are coming to the UK

The New 3DS is an exceptional piece of kit, packing improved functionality and comfort into a tiny package. You can read our New 3DS review for all the details, but if you like what you see then it might be worth waiting until June 26th.

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Nintendo Direct to show off Splatoon next week

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Nintendo, Wii U games

Nintendo Direct to show off Splatoon next week

Splatoon is out next month and shaping up to be a very different kind of shooter. Blending hectic and accessible pick up and play action with territory control paint mechanics and squid transformation, we're rather excited, even given the lack of voice comms. Having played it myself I can attest to its delightfully mad multiplayer.

However, there's still a lot more to learn, so it's a good thing that Nintendo plans to reveal a lot more details. The next Nintendo Direct presentation will show off plenty of footage and lock down the details, scheduled to take place next Thursday (May 7th). We'll likely get a closer look at the gameplay alongside the Amiibos and bundles too.

We'll bring you all the info nearer the time. In the meantime, you can get your hands on an incredibly cheap pre-order that expires at midnight!

 

These official Nintendo Mini Classics keychains are only £3.99 in your local supermarket

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Games Merchandise, Nintendo

These official Nintendo Mini Classics keychains are only £3.99 in your local supermarket

If you want to keep the kids (who are we kidding -- yourself) entertained during the weekly shop, these Nintendo Mini Classics Keychains might be worth a look. Especially since you'll be able to keep your keys safe too. Much like a tiny Game & Watch, they're fully-fledged LCD games in their own right, and they'll only set you back £3.99 at Lidl.

This is strictly while stocks last, obviously.

Are Nintendo giving up on SNES virtual console games?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Nintendo, SNES, Wii U

Are Nintendo giving up on SNES virtual console games?

Nintendo have one of the most impressive legacy games libraries of any publisher or console manufacturer, but they're also astonishingly bad at letting us buy them. The Wii U virtual console is full of holes and if new reports from a third-party partner are accurate, they may have now completely lost interest in bringing new SNES games to Wii U to focus on other platforms.

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Pokemon Rumble World will be free to play on 3DS this week

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, Free to play, Nintendo, Pokemon Rumble World

Pokemon Rumble World will be free to play on 3DS this week

If you own a Nintendo 3DS (or 2DS, we won't judge), you'll be able to freely download and play a new Pokemon title this week. Pokemon Rumble World launches on April 8th, providing a lightweight and hectic battle arena in which you'll brawl and collect adorable plastic toy versions of your favourite Pokemon.

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Get £1 off every £10 you spend @ The Game Collection

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Gooner
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Deals
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Discount, Nintendo, Playstation, Voucher codes, Xbox

Get £1 off every £10 you spend @ The Game Collection

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Use the following codes

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Code works on everything on site as far as i'm aware upto the value of £50

Head on over to their site here and see what bargains you can grab.

COMMENT | Without Zelda, can the Wii U compete in 2015?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda, Wii U games

COMMENT | Without Zelda, can the Wii U compete in 2015?

In case you missed the news over the weekend, The Legend Of Zelda will not be arriving on Wii U this year. Series producer Eiji Aonuma personally confirmed the delay via a video message, officially announcing that the game won't release until at least 2016.  "In these last three months, as the team has experienced firsthand the freedom of exploration that hasn't existed in any Zelda game to date, we have discovered several new possibilities for this game," he explained. "As we have worked to turn these possibilities into reality, new ideas have continued to spring forth, it now feels like we have the potential to create something that exceeds even my own expectations."

"We are no longer making our 2015 release our number one priority. Instead, our priority is to make it the most complete and ultimate Zelda game. I hope to use the added time to make The Legend of Zelda for Wii U into a game that will reward you for your patience."

The warning signs have been rather blatant, especially since Miyamoto confirmed that the team reached "a really fun stage of development" as late as January 2015, which typically means that there's at least a year and a half if not more to go. Zelda joins Uncharted, The Witcher 3, Project CARS and Arkham Knight as big-budget delays, and we're always happy for developers to take their time rather than rush out a release.

However, there's a much more interesting question to be asked. With Zelda out of the picture, can the Wii U field a compelling games library this year or is it dead in the water?

Spoiler alert: don't count Nintendo out just yet.

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The Nintendo NX makes for easy headlines, but it isn't the real story here

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Mobile games, Nintendo, Nintendo NX, Wii U

The Nintendo NX makes for easy headlines, but it isn't the real story here

Nintendo certainly pick their moments. What started as a quiet Tuesday morning turned into a media frenzy as they nonchalantly announced that they're working on a "new hardware system" codenamed Nintendo NX. It's a cool name, and as you'd expect, the internet exploded. Nintendo and NX are still trending at the time of writing and there are already loads of armchair articles speculating about what the new console (if indeed it is a console) could bring to the table. What is it? Could it be a console/handheld hybrid? A mobile streaming box? The New Wii U?

So I was about to jump on the bandwagon myself with a barely-informed speculation piece, but the more I thought about it, the more convinced I am that Nintendo NX isn't the real story here. In fact, you could argue that it's barely newsworthy at all, and is actually overshadowing the truly big news that Nintendo announced yesterday.

The Nintendo NX makes for easy headlines, but it isn't the real story here

See, console manufacturers are always developing new hardware. They never stop. Now considering that console cycles tend to last roughly five years (the last generation was a fluke), this puts Nintendo's next machine in the frame for 2017... which completely tallies with their promise of a reveal next year. The headline, then, is "console manufacturer makes consoles." No, I don't think that we're going to stop the presses.

Instead, let's take a look at the real scoop: Nintendo's first true foray into mobile games and the mysterious new membership service.

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