Gaming

Why Couch-Coop still matters

Why Couch-Coop still matters

As I matured as a gamer, I've seen a lot of changes in the last three decades of video games. But one of the most profound experience is still manifested in kids from the 90s - the local multiplayer or as we call it today: Couch-Coop. 

Without a doubt, the biggest impact of the coop experience was made by Nintendo with their 4-player game Mario Kart. To this day, people have their N64 ready to go when friends come over and want to do something together. Albeit video games are still a stigma for many people, who would prefer the outside world. 

Nintendo Is Popularising The Next Tech-Trend With Its Switch: Modular Design

Nintendo Is Popularising The Next Tech-Trend With Its Switch: Modular Design

The Nintendo Switch, Nintendo's next entry into the consumer market, is a kick-ass tablet with an innovative controller. While Sony and Microsoft are trying to trump each other in the hardware department, Nintendo keeps ignoring the gaming juggernauts. The new console will not have any high-end graphics power; it might not even reach the PS4, but it will bring an entirely new storm of ideas to the gaming market, just as the Wii did when it came around.

Finally: Super Mario On The Go!

Finally: Super Mario On The Go!

Seeing Pokémon GO doing so great on mobile, I think this gave Nintendo the wake-up call that their IPs are so valuable and also playable on other platforms to dive into this for them new and huge market.

Pocket Monsters Conquer The World, Again!

Pocket Monsters Conquer The World, Again!

It's been roughly 20 years ago when the first Pokémon games were released. A pop culture phenomenon around the globe and a delight for children and their Gameboys. What a time to be a kid in the 90's. 

In 2016 the pocket monsters strike again, this time they come to you on your smartphone. Dust of your nostalgia, Pokémon GO is here and it leads the way to a bright future of AR apps and a long awaited success for Nintendo.

Miitomo: Nintendo's First "Real" Smartphone App

Miitomo: Nintendo's First "Real" Smartphone App

Finally! Nintendo made a move into the smartphone market in March 2016. I'm not counting Pokémon Shuffle, which was already released on mobile in August 2015, because it was a "Pokémon-game" and a simple copy-and-paste title  released on the 3DS ca. 6 months before. I didn't count it as native to the platform.

Miitomo, in the graphical style of a former game called "Tomodachi Life" for the 3DS, is about conversations with friends. You can connect to your existing Nintendo account or just start with a new one. Once hooked up, the conversation can begin.