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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...

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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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It was a sun-kissed weekend in Liverpool, as battle-hardened players descended on Exhibition Centre Liverpool to compete at the 2016 Pokémon UK National Championships held between Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th May. Where the brand has long beaten to the sound of the “Gotta catch ’em all” drum, the National Championships share more in common with the timeless anime theme that ...

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Causing Rock Showers in Pokémon TCG: XY – Primal Clash

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Nintendo 3DS Games of the Year 2014

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Top 10 Nintendo Direct moments of 2014

As 2015 begins and we look forward to whenever the first Nintendo Direct of the year arrives, we turn our attention to what announcements excited us most over the past year. We provide a rundown of the moments that stood out for us in a year where Nintendo decisively upped its game in reigniting interest not only behind Wii U, but Nintendo 3DS as well. 10. Koopalings burst into Mario Kart 8 (and S...

Pokémon X & Y Battle Tournament 2014 Interview: Francis & Joshua Jones

Combined efforts were key to win the Pokémon Ultimate Team category at the Pokémon X & Y Battle Tournament 2014, duly achieved by West Drayton’s Francis and Joshua Jones. We chatted with Francis about competing with his younger brother, whether they had a battle strategy in place, the risks of using nicknamed Pokémon in public, and what they’ll be spending their £250 prize voucher...

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