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PSA: Classic SNES Controllers Now Available for Wii

Old School gamers will be happy to learn that a classic SNES controller for the Wii is now available at ThinkGeek. As someone who has lamented that Club Nintendo Japan appeared to be the only way to pick one of these up, I am thrilled that they can be ordered in North America now. The Super Nintendo still remains my favorite system ever and I try to go back and play the classics on my Wii whenever...

Raccoon Mario Returns! New Super Mario Bros. 2 Coming to 3DS.

Classic 2D Mario gameplay is coming to the 3DS this summer, and it looks like the Raccoon Suit is making a return. Earlier tonight, Nintendo announced, via Nintendo Direct and later through Twitter, that New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be released in August in North America and Japan. No word yet on a release date for Europe. Few details have been provided, but a number of screenshots have been relea...

Could Wii U Launch with Super Mario Bros. 4?

Nintendo has now confirmed that it is working on a 2D Super Mario Bros. game for the Wii U based around the “Mario Experience” demo presented at E3 last year. At the same time, speculation is running wild that this game may be related to the supermario4.com domain recently registered by Nintendo. If the game is already well underway, could Nintendo be returning to those magical days when a new sys...

Can Wii U’s Hardware Live Up to Nintendo’s Third Party Aspirations?

Reports have been coming in for awhile now about the Wii U development kits, and it seems that most developers feel that the console will have around the same power as the 360 and PS3. Some say it is a bit more powerful, some say it is a bit less, but it’s starting to sound like the Wii U will not offer a significant graphical advantage over the next round of consoles from Microsoft and Sony. If N...

The Case for an Achievement System on Nintendo Consoles

I admit it. I’m an achievement junkie. Well, to be clear, I’m a trophy junkie, since I own a PS3, but “achievements” is the more common term. It’s fun to see what I have accomplished in the games I’ve played and it’s also fun to see what my friends have pulled off. The problem is that I’m just not as passionate about Playstation games as I am about Nintendo games. This is why I would like to see a...

Ambassadors: Are You Still Enjoying Your Free Games?

It’s been a number of months since the last Ambassador games arrived on the 3DS for us early adopters. I have to admit, I haven’t spent too much time with many of these games so far. However, I’ve really started to get into the original Metroid on the NES. It’s extremely difficult and I get lost a whole lot, but I can’t stop thinking about it. WarioWare is also excell...

I Can’t Stop Thinking About New Legend of Zelda

We know that a brand-new Zelda game is coming to the 3DS. I hope it is New Legend of Zelda. Some time ago, a Swapnote message was sent to 3DS owners from Aonuma thanking them for playing Ocarina of Time. The message ended with “I hope you’re looking forward to New Legend of Zelda games!” That capital N in “New” has a hold on my brain and won’t let go. “New” Legend of Zelda? The same “New” that bro...

Why the Original NES Ice Hockey Needs a WiiWare Update

Maybe it’s because I’m turning into an old man, or maybe it’s because I’m Canadian, but one of my favorite sports games is still the original NES Ice Hockey. Like so many of Nintendo’s other games, Ice Hockey relies on accessible, yet addictive gameplay with a level of depth that keeps the game fun even more than twenty years later. Oh, and the fat players are adorabl...

Nintendo will need better casual games to continue their console war

As most of you have no doubt read, Nintendo President Satoru Iawta is concerned that the Wii is in an unhealthy state, and that it is urgent for Nintendo to recover sales momentum. This statement, coupled with recent numbers confirming this sales drop, has left many to point the finger at Nintendo’s Blue Ocean Strategy, which disrupted the video game market by bringing a wider audience into ...

Behold, the Nintendo hardcore gamers want to see!

There’s been a great deal of complaining about Nintendo, at least among hardcore gamers on the internet. Since I want the company to do well (by “well” I mean be popular among said gamers), I’ve compiled all their criticism into a clear and easy-to-follow 20-step recipe, for Nintendo to restore its reputation. Are you ready?

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