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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 Henchmen Who’ve Definitely Earned Some Time Off This Christmas

Christmas is a time for relaxation and many of us will be settling down with some of the latest releases. We’d like to spare a thought for those video game henchmen who won’t be getting any time off this festive season. We mean those unsung heroes, who’ve been turning up year after year with the gruelling task of stopping us, the protagonist. Those dedicated and loyal workers who risk life and limb for the cause, day in, day out. Here, we recognise some of those proficient professionals who’ve more than earned some time off this Christmas. Goombas – Mario Series […]