How Super Mario Maker 2 Improves on the Formula

Nintendo dropped a surprise AAA release on fans this summer in Super Mario Maker 2. The announcement came from nowhere just a few months prior. Its predecessor was very well received but didn’t excel in sales.  A large part of the reasoning behind the games failed boom was the poor sales of it’s doomed console the Wii U. The Wii U was Nintendo’s worst-selling console of all time with less than 14 million units sold.  Several highly-praised titles from the console have been ported to Switch to give them a second chance at life. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Mario […]

The Nintendo Switch is Already Well Equipped For Cloud Gaming

Cloud gaming is considered to be the future of gaming by many industry leaders. Tech giants Google even threw their hat into the ring recently with the unveiling of Google Stadia. Whilst Microsoft has been attempting to pioneer the venture for PC and Xbox gamers. Another of the industry leaders, Nintendo, may have had cloud gaming on the backburner when producing the Switch. Word is getting over from Japan of the consoles amazing capabilities for running cloud gaming software. It would explain Nintendo’s current lack of third party AAA titles and the reason they didn’t attempt to match the PS4 […]

The New Nintendo Switch

Let’s be honest here: everyone knew that it was only a matter of time before Nintendo decided to announce that a new version of their coveted Switch was on the way. Now, with more credible rumours bubbling that Nintendo is going to release a newer model, it’s time to take a look at just what that could mean for both the publishing giant and the everyday consumer. The current model of the Nintendo Switch is almost perfect. The game library is increasingly solid, the on-the-fly swapping between TV mode and handheld mode is a feature that is unmatched by any […]

Four Reasons You Should be Interested in Box Boy! and Box Girl!

Box Boy! made it’s console debut on Nintendo Switch last month. One of Nintendo’s newer and less recognisable franchises but one that’s worthy of your attention. Box Boy! and Box Girl! will be the fourth instalment in the franchise but will provide a perfect entry point to the series. Here are four reasons why the charming puzzle-platformer would make the perfect addition to any Switch library. It’s a New Series from HAL Laboratory Nintendo frequently outsources their prized franchises to smaller studios under the one banner of quality. And one of the most significant of those studios is HAL Laboratory […]

Nintendo Launch Mario Kart Tour Beta Ahead of E3

Nintendo recently opened up applications to a private beta for Mario Kart Tour. The game will be the latest in a line of mobile releases as Nintendo extends their reach into the emerging platform. Mobile gaming is a huge business and enjoys a significant crossover with the casual gaming demographic that Nintendo already targets. According to marketing agency Mediakix, there are an estimated 2.2 billion active mobile gamers. 56% of that demographic access games on their phones more than 10 times per week. Nintendo already had huge success in the market with the release of Pokemon Go, which became the […]

Are Nintendo Gearing Up to Replace Peach in the Mario Series?

Princess Peach has been a long staple of the Super Mario franchise. The perennial damsel in distress has been kidnapped more times than we can count. Providing the basis for the multiple adventures in a franchise that’s admittedly short of story. For some, it’s a plot device that’s grown tiresome and that represents an overuse of narrative cliches. There’s been increasing pressure on Nintendo since the mid-00s’ to switch up the beloved fairytale formula. So far the Japanese gaming giant has remained quiet on the matter, or have they? In a narrative nod more reminiscent of series like Pokemon or […]

Can Nintendo’s Budget Labo VR System Prove a Real Contender?

Nintendo Labo was probably an afterthought for most gamers. The system was primarily aimed at younger gamers and initial sales figures weren’t anything to write home about. Nintendo isn’t giving up on their latest peripheral venture just yet though and the upcoming kit could be a gamechanger. Introducing Labo VR which is set to hit shelves this month. Immediately the aesthetic is less pleasing than a lot of the competitors on the market. But considering packs retail for as little as £35, it could yet prove a marketing masterstroke. What is Nintendo Labo? Nintendo Labo is Switch peripheral that comes […]

Cuphead On Nintendo Switch – A Match Made In Heaven

The Nintendo Switch has scored an excellent addition to its library in tough as nails action-platformer Cuphead. The Xbox exclusive joins a collection of top platformers on the console.   It’s been a tough console generation for Xbox. They abandoned their unique Kinect peripheral due to the fact that it largely never worked. And a significant drop off in landmark exclusives has seen the Xbox One fall far behind the competition. The PlayStation 4 has sold an estimated 54 million more units than the Xbox One. The Nintendo Switch meanwhile is projected to overtake it’s sales this year, despite being a […]

Is Link’s Awakening the First Step Towards a Nintendo Universe?

We now have confirmation that Link’s Awakening will be coming to Switch this year. A port of a former title seemed the most likely candidate as we alluded to following the announcement. Not many fans were probably expecting that port to be Link’s Awakening though. It’s not a Zelda title that’s received a lot of love since it’s release in 1993. It seems a strange time to launch a remake but it could also be a very tactical decision. So is this just another nostalgia trip or a nod to the future for Nintendo? The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening […]

How Likely Are the Latest Leaked Nintendo Switch Titles?

Nintendo suffered more leaks this week when American chain store Best Buy accidentally listed some upcoming titles. Three new titles recently appeared on an employee’s terminal before being removed from sale. Those games were Metroid Prime Trilogy, Persona 5 and A Link To The Past. None of these releases has been officially confirmed by Nintendo but there is good reason to believe they’re all true. The leak could just have blown a portion of Nintendo’s E3 announcements but the plausibility means they could still be a hoax. So from most likely to least likely, these are the reasons why we could […]