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It’s time for Nintendo to exit the console business

It’s time for Nintendo to exit the console business

It's time for Nintendo to leave consoles in the past. I've rewritten this opening paragraph multiple times trying to figure out the right way to say that. I've written that there are few surprising things in the gaming industry these days, save for Nintendo, which remains to be a wild card of poor marketing decisions, and that Nintendo's mistakes have proven that it's software, not hardware that people are interested in. Sometimes, though, it's best just to come out and get to the point: Nintendo needs to close the curtains on its hardware business and transition to being a purely software developer.

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword lands on Wii U as new amiibo are revealed

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword lands on Wii U as new amiibo are revealed

With the release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild incoming relatively soon (hopefully), Zelda fans have a lot to look forward to. Unfortunately, Breath of the Wild isn't scheduled to launch until next year, so if you want something to tide you over while you wait, you might want to check out The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which is being re-released on the Wii U Virtual Console today.

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Super Mario Maker arrives on 3DS in December

Super Mario Maker arrives on 3DS in December

One of the more surprising announcements from today's Nintendo Direct broadcast centered around Super Mario Maker. Since most of the Nintendo Direct was focused on the 3DS, you can see where this is heading: Super Mario Maker will be launching on the 3DS later this year, albeit in a more limited form than its Wii U counterpart.

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Pokemon Snap lands on Wii U Virtual Console in Europe this week

Pokemon Snap lands on Wii U Virtual Console in Europe this week

If Pokemon GO or all of this news about Pokemon Sun and Moon has you feeling a little bit nostalgic, then here's a bit of good news: Pokemon Snap will be launching on the Wii U Virtual Console in Europe later this week. As announced by Nintendo of Europe on Twitter, Pokemon Snap will be arriving on Thursday, August 18, though details on pricing are still nowhere to be seen.

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Nintendo announces New 3DS bundle, adds eight titles to Selects lineup

Nintendo announces New 3DS bundle, adds eight titles to Selects lineup

If you've been thinking of picking up Nintendo's New 3DS, you may want to hold off just a little longer, as the company has announced a new bundle that features a pre-installed copy of Super Mario 3D Land. The bundle comes in at $150, which Nintendo says is the lowest price ever for one of these New 3DS bundles. As a particularly nice bonus, Super Mario 3D Land just so happens to be one of the best games on the 3DS, so starting off your collection with that gem isn't bad at all.

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Nintendo’s Q1 earnings report disappoints with Wii U and 3DS sales down

Nintendo’s Q1 earnings report disappoints with Wii U and 3DS sales down

Nintendo has been very hot and cold lately. From the launch of Pokemon GO, which is shaping up to be the most impressive mobile game launch ever and caused Nintendo's stock price to soar, to the inevitable tumble back to Earth as Nintendo tried to temper investor expectations concerning the amount of money it would pull in from the title, Nintendo has been on something of a rollercoaster the past few weeks. The ride isn't over yet, as Nintendo's newest earnings report has hit, and the results for quarter one are disappointing to say the least.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild still has a male Link

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild still has a male Link

With a title that goes "Breath of the Wild", some might easily associate it with the phrase "breath of fresh air." In some cases, the game might indeed offer that, breaking from some of the established conventions and limits of previous Zelda games. Unfortunately, the Wii U title still doesn't break free from one of the things that has had fans and even outsiders debating endlessly. That means this Legend of Zelda still doesn't have a female Link as rumored or, at the very least, even a female protagonist.

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Minecraft gets Hunger Games-style Battle mode

Minecraft gets Hunger Games-style Battle mode

Minecraft started out as such a simple game. You'd spawn into a world, and you'd need to find resources to build a shelter to ride out the night in. Then you'd work on building bigger and better structures until you got tired of it. These days, there's more to do than any of us could have imagined back when the game was originally released in alpha, back in 2010.

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Super Mario Maker goes Hello Kitty with new costumes

Super Mario Maker goes Hello Kitty with new costumes

Super Mario Maker is a very cool game that allows fans to design their own Mario levels that look like games played in the classic Nintendo days of yore. One of the cool things about the game is that you can get different costumes that make your on screen character look like characters from other franchises. That means instead of wearing suspenders and a mustache, you can play as someone else and still do all those Mario things like whack floating blocks.

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The next Zelda game may have a female Link, and I think that’s great

The next Zelda game may have a female Link, and I think that’s great

Gamers everywhere are clamoring for news and updates about the next game in the Zelda franchise. It's been far too long since we've been able to play as The Hero of Time (or some other iteration of the character). And now a new rumor swirling around says that our hero might end up being quite different than the one we're used to controlling.

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Mario Maker gets keys, locks, skewers, and a Super Expert mode

Mario Maker gets keys, locks, skewers, and a Super Expert mode

Nintendo has released many successful games over the years. And while some games do get updates once in a while, they've really stepped up their game for Super Mario Maker. Since it was released, Nintendo has rolled out two major updates for the game, bringing a host of new features. Plus, they keep releasing new costumes on a pretty steady basis. Well, today they've announced another big update.

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Nintendo NX tip: beefy handheld with wireless TV connection

Nintendo NX tip: beefy handheld with wireless TV connection

Given how Nintendo's performance in the hardware area has been rather disappointing these past years, it is understandable that a lot of attention, which includes speculation and anonymous insider tips, is being lavished on the promised Nintendo NX. Sometimes, however, those also turn more into wish lists rather than plausible features. This latest tidbit almost seems like an example. According to the supposedly reliable source, the Nintendo NX will veritably be a handheld device with the processing might of an Xbox One and connects to at TV wirelessly with an HDMI dongle.

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