Watching games, I've learnt approximately ten years after everyone else, can be just as rewarding as playing them, something that's clearer than ever in the Switch edition of New Super Mario Bros U.This new collection, which bundles together the 2012 game alongside its 2013 follow-up New Super Luigi U, is the latest of Nintendo's efforts to get the Wii U back catalogue, overlooked by many, onto the Switch (and if anyone over at Nintendo is reading, Tokyo Mirage Sessions and Pikmin 3 next please). It's an obvious choice for a revisit, a platformer of the highest pedigree that's undoubtedly the peak of the New Super Mario Bros series. These are games that revisit the meticulous 2D engineering of the original Mario Bros games, the hard edges and stubborn challenge given a marshmallow-soft visual makeover that can be somewhat divisive. New Super Mario Bros U boasts some of the hardest edges to date (and particularly in its fiendish Luigi-themed follow-up), though by this point the visuals … [Read more...] about New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe is for the hardest of hardcore Mario players
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Last year we made the case that Wii U ports for Switch are a very good thing - a chance to bulk up the library of Nintendo's new hybrid console with an array of quality games that never quite got the exposure they deserved. We wrote that piece based on Platinum Games' teasing of Bayonetta ports and six months on those games are now in our hands. It's Bayonetta 2 that's going to receive the lion's share of our attention in this preview phase, and we're pleased to say that first impressions are very positive indeed. Flash back to 2014, and our very own John Linneman lauded the brilliance of the Wii U original but noted the sub-par performance in many areas of the game. Platinum Games had pushed on the Bayonetta formula to even greater heights, but the leap from Xbox 360 to Wii U simply wasn't great enough to execute the more ambitious vision while maintaining the target 60 frames per second. Switch isn't perfect, but it's significantly improved. We went into this one not really expecting … [Read more...] about Switch Bayonetta 2 is a turbo-charged Wii U port
Nintendo never seems to compete with anyone but itself. This ability to get away with playing by its own rules must be frustrating to everyone else in entertainment who isn’t called “Disney.” 2017 was a particularly good year for Nintendo and it’s self-made luck, as the gaming giant kept making moves that were so confident yet weird that we were often left wondering if anyone behind the wheel knew what they were doing ... or if perhaps it was all part of a secret, master plan to take over the world. Here is a short list of bizarre things that never would have worked for Microsoft or Sony, but that Nintendo made look easy. In no particular order, how the hell was Nintendo able to win at some much at the same time it: Discontinued its most popular product The NES Classic was a wonderful system, and every shipment sold out the moment it hit store shelves. The hardware was always impossible to find, and Nintendo looked like it would be able to control allocation … [Read more...] about Nintendo owned 2017, and all it took was a series of bad mistakes
Five hours after rush hour, an eerie silence envelopes the road as I cross it without waiting for the lights to change. The sodium-vapour glow of the streetlight overhead illuminates spiders cocooned around its bulb and picks out tiny sparkles of frost on the asphalt beneath my feet. Ah yes, my cold, hurried feet, which are pad-padding across said empty street at twenty minutes to midnight in the direction of town. It’s freakin’ freezing. And--I’ll admit it--I’m starting to question myself. This is the dedicated gamer's midnight launch walk of shame. It could be any launch night, but this one in particular is Wii U’s midnight launch: November 29, 2012. I've got pictures in my work email archive from PRs that show fun-looking launch parties from London that same night (see below) but they're nothing like the reality that greets me as I arrive at the shop and stand in line waiting for someone to take pity on us and let us into the warmth. There aren't any … [Read more...] about Are midnight launches worth the effort?
Toy time Ever since we learned that the Wii U's GamePad would have a built-in NFC receiver (the tech that makes Skylanders toys warp into the game and thus print money for Activision), we knew that Nintendo would find clever and unique ways to work it into its biggest games. The first implementation, though, leaves much to be desired: You'll be able to buy Pokmon toys and bring them to life... in Pokmon Rumble U, one of the least interesting Pokmon spin-off ever. Come on, Nintendo--we know you can do better.While we're all for new IPs built specifically for NFC tech, we think some pre-existing franchises could benefit greatly from the interesting feature. Plus, Nintendo needs to jumpstart Wii U sales, and the best way to do that is with some familiar faces--especially if those faces are also printed onto little toys you can put on your GamePad to unlock cool stuff. Prev Page 1 of 9 Next Prev Page 1 of 9 Next Pikmin What the toys would be: A single unique Pikmin that looks unlike … [Read more...] about Nintendo’s franchises that could use NFC toys