Michael Larson

Michael Larson has a traditional 9-5 job, but that is only the beginning. His interests include family, friends, football (Go Packers!), bowling, and video games. Games have always captured his attention, and he is very passionate about them. He has always had a special connection with all things Nintendo that goes back to the first days of the NES. Currently, the 3DS and Wii U (NNID: shark9213) occupy much of his gaming time.

Wii U System Update

So with all of the attention that surrounded the Nintendo Direct on Tuesday, a system update for the Wii U stealthily downloaded to many consoles on Monday to surprise many gamers.  I should add, it will only update automatically (or stealthily if you prefer) if the user gives the system permission to do so.  After the installation is complete, there are a few new features that are easily visible....

Wii U Price Cut Announced

This is the moment that seemingly everyone has been clamoring for since right after the Wii U was launched – a price cut has been announced for the Wii U.  Kotaku revealed this information today when they released details from an interview with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. As its sales have been examined to slap a proclamation of success or failure on the new console, the ...

Meet the Newest Nintendo Handheld – The 2DS

Kotaku published a story earlier today based on an interview with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime.  They interviewed him earlier in the week, and he gave them a glimpse into the next iteration of Nintendo’s handheld units:  The Nintendo 2DS. The Nintendo 2DS is basically a 3DS, minus the ability to display pictures, videos, or games in 3D.  While the 3D display capability is m...

Nintendo Issues New Super Luigi U Challenge

Masataka Takemoto, the game director for New Super Luigi U, recently announced a contest on the Miiverse for owners of this game.  Upon completing the game, the player is granted access to the secret island that stores various stats from the play through.   The first item listed is the number of coins that were collected.  Here are his words about the challenge:   “If you’ve finis...

Nintendo Adds Wii U eShop Offer

For anyone that receives email updates from Nintendo, this is likely something you have already seen.  For those that missed it or do not receive email updates, Nintendo is running a short promotion on the eShop.  An important note: this promotion is only listed for the Wii U eShop, not the 3DS one. Basically it works like this:  If you add funds to your Wii U eShop balance between now and July 28...

Nintendo Creating a Free to Play Title

Today at E3, Nintendo stated to their investors that they currently have a free-to-play game that is in development.  They stated that the game would release by the end of the fiscal year, meaning we should see it by the end of March 2014 at the latest.  They didn’t offer much details beyond that, except they did state that it would NOT be based on Mario or Pokemon. This is interesting news ...

Mario Kart TV Can Share Replays

Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart 8 will include a feature known as Mario Kart TV. This feature allows players to share replays of their races on Miiverse. I’m sure there are more details to follow, but for now it seems like a move in the right direction.

Nintendo Trailers Flood YouTube

Nintendo has been busy uploading videos to YouTube since the end of their Nintendo Direct presentation for E3 this morning.  I counted 20 new videos (including the Direct itself) that have been uploaded since their stream ended.  They also shared a few videos yesterday, bringing their total to 24 videos in the same number of hours. All of the main features from the Nintendo Direct each have their ...

Adapter for Wii U Allows the Use of Gamecube Controllers

There are a group of people that would argue that the Gamecube controller is the best controller of all time across all systems.   I, for one, am a fan of the controller.  I am undecided if I would declare it the best ever, but it is certainly a great Nintendo controller.  If any of you were bummed that the Wii U does not support use of this controller, then you will be happy to know that there is...

Best Buy Giving Bonus with Purchase of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Best Buy is currently running a special promotion for anyone interested in purchasing Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D on the 3DS.  For those that purchase a copy of the game, Best Buy is including a download code for Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels from the 3DS eShop.  At this time it appears that only the physical copy qualifies, even though they list the digital download code option for purcha...

Retro-bit Offering Wireless Controllers for Retro Consoles

  As a palate cleanser from all of the XBox news yesterday and the seemingly endless debate over which console will win the next generation when two of them still have months left until they hit the market, comes news on the retro gaming front.  Retro-bit, a company that produces products for many retired consoles, has announced that they are releasing a new line of wireless controllers for the NE...

Nintendo Claims Ad Revenue From YouTube Videos

According to various YouTube users, Nintendo has started enforcing their copyright over content that is posted on YouTube.  Most notably, this includes numerous “Let’s Play” videos that feature lengths of game footage from a variety of Nintendo properties. Nintendo’s approach here is to place ads at the beginning or end of videos that feature Nintendo games, and the resulti...

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