Amazon UK on the next-gen race, Nintendo’s plight, microconsole rumours and ‘accidental’ leaks

Amazon announces $199 Kindle Fire tablet

If you’re looking to check the pulse of the videogame market, ask the world’s largest online storefront. Amazon’s power in the retail world isn’t matched by its presence in the media, though, and for years it has been quite deliberate in keeping a low profile in the press. That’s changing. At Amazon’s Summer Wish List… Continue reading

Unepic review

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Unepic’s first real shot at a big laugh takes a little while to arrive. During a brief toilet break from a Dungeons & Dragons game with his stereotypically nerdy friends, protagonist Daniel finds himself stumbling around in the darkness, emerging to find he’s been transported to a mysterious castle. He’s soon possessed by a malevolent… Continue reading

NES Remix review

NES Remix

Nintendo has become so practised at repackaging its old games and selling them to us across multiple formats that the general response whenever it happens seems to be one of quiet acceptance rather than irritation. This is just how Nintendo operates, we muse, as we roll our eyes, sigh gently and pony up for Super… Continue reading

State of Play 2013: Embattled Nintendo endures a difficult year, despite critical acclaim

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On the face of it, 2013 would appear to have been something of an annus horribilis for Nintendo – at least in terms of its home console business. Its forecast for 9 million Wii U sales for the fiscal year now looks hopelessly optimistic: with less than four months to go it has currently sold… Continue reading

Super Mario 3D World: an obsession reborn after a decade away

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My love affair with Mario began in December 1993. All-Stars rarely left the hatch of my Super Nintendo, muscled out only by certain special cases like Yoshi’s Island or Super Star Wars. Or Star Wing. Or anything that pushed my SNES to the limits and further towards Lawnmower Man-style vicarious visions. Similarly, Mario 64 was… Continue reading

Super Mario 3D World review

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Don’t let the name fool you; it may say Super Mario World on the box, but there’s no sign of Yoshi here and no cape either. While Mario’s Tanooki form made a crowd-pleasing return in this game’s closest relative, Super Mario 3D Land, there’s no trace of that billowing yellow strip of magical fabric, which… Continue reading

Something about Japan: No next-gen hardware in Japan means the holiday is Nintendo’s to lose

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Lucky old Nintendo. By delaying the launch of PS4 in Japan, Sony has given the Wii U pretty much an uncontested run of the home-console sales this holiday season. (Xbox One was unlikely to be a contender in Japan even if it was coming this year, which it isn’t.) And with brand new Mario and… Continue reading

Wii Sports Club: a minor triumph for an ailing console

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Pity the Wii U GamePad. This Swiss Army knife of controllers was supposed to be all things to all players, and yet lately its creator seems to be doing its level best to ignore it. Instead it’s the Wii Remote – at least in its MotionPlus-enhanced form – that finds itself back in favour, as… Continue reading

Why Wii U should steal your Christmas

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With news of the Watch Dogs and Drive Club delays, I somehow found myself shelling out for a next-gen console ahead of time. Last week, in fact. It has second screen functionality that means I can play in the palm of my hand if Coronation Street is on. It’s HD. And it’s a shiny black… Continue reading

Wii Party U review

Wii Party U

Wii Party U has no rhythm, and you won’t realise just how crucial that is to a party game until it’s gone. Forget Game & Wario’s bubble-wrap-popping immediacy: this party game could bring the wildest shindig to a ponderous crawl. One problem is its multitude of gametypes. Some games use the GamePad, some rely on… Continue reading