Story in Games: A Tale of Two Nintendo Fans

A little while back, I was watching Kris from Double Jump stream Deltarune. At a certain point, our conversation hit a big fork in the road. When it comes to what you enjoy more out of games, are you in it for gameplay or story? Though the true answer for everyone probably lies somewhere in the middle, I slant heavily towards gameplay, and she slants heavily towards story. Thinking back, it makes a lot of sense for why our taste in games is so different.

But then it got me thinking about the common ground we do have: Nintendo. How do we have this company’s work in common when we want very different things out of our games?

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Super Mario Kart on the Super NES Classic Live Stream

The Mario Kart series got better with time, but there’s always value in going back to the original.

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ARMS Makes a Strong Sales Debut

Nintendo’s oddball fighter proved to be a heavyweight at retailers worldwide. First, it debuted at #2 on the U.K. charts, only behind an on promotion Horizon Zero Dawn. Then, its debut in Japan almost outsold the debuts of Tekken 7 and Street Fighter V combined. Most recently, NPD data shows that ARMS performed extremely well in the US, reaching #5 with 256,000 units sold physically and digitally. For a game that left many of us scratching our heads when upon its reveal in January, ARMS has become a hit.

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My Top 6 Favourite Wii U Games

As it stands, the Wii U will go down in history as Nintendo’s biggest home console flop. Confusing hardware, poor messaging and continued lack of third party support sunk this one from the start. That being said, there were still a number of games worth playing on the Wii U. In no particular order, here’s a list of my favourites.

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Hands-On With Super Mario Odyssey


Not long after getting my socks blown off by the stellar Super Mario Odyssey trailer, I was lucky enough to head across town and play the game at one of the preview events in my area. Was it as awesome IRL as it appeared to be in the trailer?

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First Impressions of the ARMS Roster

Over the past two weekends, I’ve been participating in as many ARMS Global Testpunch events as I could. At first, it was to see if ARMS was the real deal. Since then, it’s been a matter of wanting to play as much of this game as possible because it’s really fun.

I’ve had a chance to play with all eight of the characters that were available in the beta. Since Kid Cobra and Bark & Byte weren’t available, write-ups on them will have to come later. For now though, here are my thoughts on the characters we got to play with so far.
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What Happened to Advance Wars?

Years before I knew what Fire Emblem was, I was a die-hard Advance Wars fan. Upon its original release on the Gameboy Advance in 2001, it opened my eyes to the wonderful world of turn-based strategy. Beyond being my first foray, it’s still one of my favourites.

The series would get three more sequels before Nintendo quietly stopped supporting the series in 2008. Meanwhile, its sibling game Fire Emblem has taken off to become a marquee Nintendo franchise. What happened to Advance Wars? And what can be done to bring it back?

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I’m Going to the Defenders of the Triforce – Real Escape Game X Legend of Zelda!

Despite not having talked about this much on the site, I’m a fan of escape rooms. They’re an awesome way to partake in a video game like experience in real life. So when I heard that Nintendo was teaming up with Real Escape Game to make a Legend of Zelda themed escape challenge, I was immediately sold.

This touring escape challenge is in my city this weekend, so my friends and family will be there to try it out. Will report back on how things went!

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Coming Soon: The Super Nintendo Classic Mini?

Eurogamer reports that a mini SNES in the style of the NES Classic is coming later this year. They also note that this is part of the reason why the NES Classic Mini is being discontinued, as to make way in the production line for this new micro console.

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Coming in 2016: The Nintendo NX?

It may still be too early to lock any of this in, but it seems clear that something is going on at Nintendo in regards to its upcoming Nintendo NX platform. First, we heard that they had given out dev units to developers during the second half of last year. Then a report from Taiwan-based outlet Digitimes claimed that Nintendo was aiming to ship 20 million NX units by the end of the year. Most recently, Nomura Securities Analyst Junko Yamamura reports that the console will be revealed in June and out in the fall of 2016.

If we take all of this as is, it looks like Nintendo’s new console is coming this year. If so, what does that mean?

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