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Laura Varley

Laura is a freelance video game journalist that has an adoration for all things geeky. Her first Nintendo console was the grey Gameboy brick, which has evolved over the years into a 3DS XL. When she’s not at a desk writing, Laura is busy catching Pokemon and trying to keep the residents of her Animal Crossing town happy.

Why Are So Many Gamers Pre-Ordering Nintendo Switch?

Okay, so this may seem like quite an odd question for us to ask, but considering the negative press Nintendo Switch has received since its announcement, it’s a relevant one. The current lack of launch games, short battery life and expensive accessories have all been called into question, and yet many retailers were quick to sell out of pre-orders for the console. It’s clear that plenty of gamers a...

5 Reasons Why We’re Excited For Nintendo Switch

Since its reveal, Nintendo Switch has received a mixed reaction from gamers all over the world. Despite its possible flaws, we believe Switch is still something to get pretty excited about, as it offers a different gaming experience than those offered by its competitors (and indeed previous consoles). Let’s take a look at the five reasons why we’re excited for Nintendo Switch! 1. Never Stop Gaming...

Nintendo Christmas Gift Guide: The Best Merch To Buy Your Favourite Gamer

Christmas is round the corner and since the launch of the Nintendo Switch is a few months away yet, you’re going to need a few last-minute gift ideas for that special Nintendo gamer in your life. Well don’t fret, because we’ve done the hard work for you. Here are the top Nintendo gifts to get your mitts on this Christmas. Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo Classic Mini: ...

Why Animal Crossing’s Unbeatable Charm Keeps Me Coming Back

The first time I had the concept of the Animal Crossing games explained to me, I scoffed. How was that a game? There’s no end goal. No objectives. No story. It’s just you, a human, living in a town full of animals. Nevertheless, I sat and watched my newly-made university friend play Animal Crossing: Let’s Go to the City on the Wii. And suddenly, his affection for it made sense. It was so cute, so ...

Five Things We Want From Nintendo Switch

We’ve already covered everything we know about the Nintendo Switch so far, but there’s still so much that remains a mystery. Unfortunately, many of our questions are unlikely to be answered until January at the earliest. In the meantime, we’ve had a think about the top five things we’d like to see from the Switch when it’s released. Let’s take a look. A decent b...

Everything We Know About Nintendo Switch So Far

After months of waiting and what proved to be an accurate leak, Nintendo finally put us out of our misery last week and revealed the Nintendo Switch. While there’s a lot to be announced yet, we at Nintendo Insider are pretty excited about everything it has to offer. Let’s take a look at everything we know about Nintendo Switch so far. It’s powered by a custom NVIDIA Tegra process...

Has PS4 Pro Paved The Way For Nintendo NX Success?

The long-awaited PlayStation 4 Neo (now PlayStation 4 Pro) has finally been revealed. It’s a supped-up version of the current console, boasting 4K gaming, a 1TB hard drive and improved performance all round. Reactions to the news, however, have been split. The PS4 Pro does everything we all expected it to do – there were no big surprises, and thus, the response from gamers has been underwhel...

The Power Of Pokémon GO – How It’s Changing Gamers’ Lives

When I was nine years old, I never thought that at the age of 25, I’d be walking around catching Pokémon in the real world. Over the past few weeks I’ve been getting out of the house at every opportunity to see if I can catch that Magmar that escaped my clutches the other day, or to clock up a few more kilometers to hatch my eggs. I’ve spoken to people I never would have before, ...

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The Battle Cats POP! Review

After achieving more than 23 million downloads on iOS and Android, The Battle Cats POP! stormed onto 3DS, but is it worth its £8.99 price tag? The concept of Battle Cats is simple – you must destroy the enemy’s tower before yours. You control various different types of cats, though obviously you’ll start with just a couple of basic units. The enemy army, meanwhile, consists of a wide r...

Why Nintendo Needs More Female Protagonists

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was met with a warm reception when it was announced at E3, but not every fan was happy with the choice of protagonist. For a while, rumours had been circulating that the next Legend of Zelda could have a female lead. Sadly, the mumblings weren’t true and producer Eiji Aonuma explained that giving Zelda the lead would have meant poor Link would be left ...

How Nintendo Had A Successful Show At E3 2016

Now that the ashes of E3 have fallen, it’s a good time to look at just how well Nintendo performed, despite not having a proper conference like its competitors, PlayStation and Xbox. Instead of having a one-hour or two-hour long presentation full of game trailers, interviews and reveals, Nintendo decided to keep it simple and host several Nintendo Treehouse live streams. These focused on sho...

Is Nintendo NX A Last Hope At Home Console Success?

Ever since Nintendo announced it was working on a new “dedicated game platform” last year, the rumours haven’t stopped. Will it output 4K? Will it be the hybrid between a portable console and a home console? But perhaps the most important question is: will it be able to compete against the rumoured newer versions of the PS4 and Xbox One? And if it can’t, will this be the la...

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