Category Archives: Opinion Piece

Programmable Series – By Any Other Game

Every video game is an interactive experience, but when does an interactive experience become a game? Video games by their very design require input from an external source, most commonly a keyboard, mouse, controller or joystick. If a game played itself it … Continue reading

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Masahiro Sakurai’s Exhaustive Smash Bros. Blog Gave Me a Year of Joy and Agony

Between New Super Mario Bros. turning ten last May and the recent discovery that the Smash Bros. DOJO!! – a website used by Super Smash Bros. series director Masahiro Sakurai to promote the then upcoming release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl – began updating ten … Continue reading

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The Irresistible Uphill Battle of Nintendo Pocket Football Club

In a way not unlike the failure of Mario Bros. to capture the nuances of the plumbing industry with any sum of accuracy, Nintendo Pocket Football Club is a football management simulation that pushes aside the preconceptions you may have garnered about what’s … Continue reading

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Nintendo Switch UK Premiere – Thoughts and Impressions

I was recently had the opportunity to attend the Nintendo Switch premiere event in London, which offered a number of fans the chance to get their hands on Nintendo’s latest console and a sampling of the first and third-party software it … Continue reading

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Pokémon – It Means More Than Pocket Monsters

Pokémon recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, so perhaps this is an ideal time to go over what the series might represent. Even with some of the darker content alluded to in the games, it’s an overall upbeat experience. Wholesome, you … Continue reading

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No crying until the end – An analysis of EarthBound’s finale

This week I beat EarthBound for the first time. I’d played it on many an occasion in the past, including almost to completion in its native Japanese thanks to the GBA compilation title Mother 1+2, but with the game finally … Continue reading

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3 Chills You’ll Find Nowhere Else

With the advent of such titles as Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and Gone Home, a debate has been sparked regarding what ought and ought not be categorised as a ‘video game’ in the first place. Some have dismissed these … Continue reading

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Mario characters and the problem with playing it safe.

It’s no secret that aside from tending to the sewers of Brooklyn and adventuring in the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario has a lot of hobbies. The portly plumber and his friends (and often foes) have seen themselves involved in all sorts of … Continue reading

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Nintendo’s Niche Game Problem

Nintendo have never been known for following trends. Their attitude to mobile gaming is a perfect example; whilst many other companies quickly set about bringing their biggest IP into people’s pockets, Nintendo have stood by their ideals and held out … Continue reading

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The case for Zelda on NX.

It’s quite arguable that the upcoming Zelda title for the Wii U, aptly titled ‘The Legend of Zelda for Wii U’, is one of the most highly anticipated Nintendo titles in a long time. Despite this lofty title, so far … Continue reading

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