Should Nintendo replace Miiverse with a Forum API system?

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Because as we’ve seen in my article yesterday, Miiverse as a concept just does not work.  A single giant ‘community’ (in the loosest sense of the term) made up entirely of ignorant people making insane suggestions and potentially damaging comments?  Yeah, that was a disaster just waiting to happen!

So instead of that, how about this alternative?  How about instead of Nintendo trying to replace fan run forums with some mediocre official social network knock off, they actually work WITH the community and highlight the interesting discussions made on these unofficial sites?


How Not to Design a Video Game Antagonist; the Ten Worst Nintendo Villain Designs in History!

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Nothing makes a good story as much as a great villain. Whether they’re a humorous nutcase like Fawful, a merciless dark lord like Ganon or just a good all rounder like Bowser, Nintendo villains have often become seen as some of the best designed in video games, some of the most memorable characters to have appeared over the history of the medium.

Sadly though, even Nintendo isn’t immune to mistakes.  So here are ten cases where the character designers completely messed up the design for one of their video game antagonists.  Behold, the worst Nintendo villain designs in gaming history!


What More Video Games Need is a Sense of Humour

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When it comes to modern video games and the industry in general, it seems being ‘serious’ is all the rage.  Whether it’s from two bit indie games trying to deconstruct gaming in some overly mean spirited way in their attempt to be ‘art’, triple A blockbusters desperately trying to turn games into Hollywood movies or development in general becoming something run by people who apparently don’t like games or anyone who actually plays them, video games seem to have become an increasing formal, boring medium.

So here’s my article on why video games really need more humour.  On why they need their own individual charm and to stop taking themselves so seriously.  Keep reading to hear some examples of games that managed this well…


Is Nintendo Going to Shut Down Miiverse like SwapNote?

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Because despite the general push for Miiverse support across the board in Wii U games, the service really does have most of the same ‘issues’ that SwapNote’s SwapPass functionality had.  Ones like trolls, idiots, potentially illegal or risky content and various other things that Nintendo really didn’t like finding out about back when the SwapNote scandal broke out.

So if you want to know more about the kind of insanity that could get Miiverse wiped off the map, keep reading!


Tomodachi Life Announced for West

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Which is kind of nice if you like that sort of thing, the game was pretty successful in Japan after all.  It’ll be released in the US and Europe on June 6th.

Unfortunately, while they released a Nintendo Direct about the game, they also kind of made the game look rather unappealing to people who don’t know about it.  So if you want to see that video (and hear why I found it kind of awkward as hell to watch), keep reading!


Super Mario 3D World soundtrack now on Club Nintendo!

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So for those European Nintendo fans out there who want to hear the game’s music in some ‘official’ way, there you go.  You can find Nintendo’s Tweet on the matter in the full post after the break.

My opinion though?  Don’t really see much point in getting this CD.  Not only do I not plan to buy a Wii U (and this game, among others) until Smash Bros comes out, but the entire soundtrack can be gotten far conveniently with this magical thing called the ‘internet’ and ‘Youtube’.

But if you want to see what Nintendo has to say on the matter (officially) or to see it on the Club Nintendo store, keep reading!


Mario Golf World Tour has Paid DLC?

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Well, that’s certainly a game I never expected Nintendo to be selling paid downloadable content for! Apparently though, that’s exactly where they’re going to be doing, with the 3DS game having both ‘additional paid downloadable courses’ and ‘special trial tournaments’ according to the eShop description.

So what kind of downloadable courses do you expect (or hope) to see?  I personally hope to see a few based on other Mario games and spinoffs, like the RPGs, Donkey Kong Country, Wario Land or WarioWare, but I have this sneaking suspicion I’ll be disappointed yet again.

But what do you want for downloadable courses in Mario Golf World Tour? (more…)

Super Smash Bros 4 Direct; Live Blog!

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Want to hear about all the latest things announced at today’s Nintendo Direct the second they happen?  Want to know my thoughts on the game, its design and what’s planned from it?  Just plain excited?  Then if so, head inside to see the Nintendo Direct videos as they happen and read a detailed run down of everything announced for the new Smash Bros title!


2DS Trademark Registered in Japan

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As you may or may not know, the Nintendo 2DS console has not as of this time been released in Japan.  Why is that?  Who knows, some say it’s due to everything from Nintendo’s complete domination of the market making it unnecessary to stereoscopic 3D being more tolerated by Japanese audiences.  Either way, it’s not there yet.

But is this about to change? It might well be so, since Nintendo have now registered a trademark for ‘Nintendo 2DS’ In Japan. Want to see it?  If so, keep reading!


Pokemon X and Y Sell 12 Million Copies, Become Fastest Selling 3DS Games Ever!

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Not that any of this should surprise you in the slightest, every single Pokemon game in history has been a massive break out success and has sold at least ten or so million copies worldwide.  But for this Pokemon game to already do that well (and outsell pretty much every other 3DS game ever released)?  That’s pretty impressive I have to say.

So what was the full press release? Read on to find out!