Spiffing Reads: Nintendo’s ups and downs, satanic Pokémon and video game whales

This week on our weekly roundup of the best games writing, we start with a look at the crazy time that Nintendo’s been having lately…

Nintendo’s roller-coaster week (GamesIndustry.biz)

A look back at an important week for Nintendo, with their share price peaking and then diving in relation to Pokemon Go, and leaked reports revealing the nature of the Nintendo NX. And speaking of which, the author offers some interesting thoughts on that console’s future: “if it’s going to succeed, Nintendo needs to create something truly new, truly desirable and truly innovative. Many consumers have responded to the NX rumours by lamenting that they want Nintendo to do something more like a “normal” console; my concern is the opposite, that NX as described in existing reports actually doesn’t go far enough or innovate sufficiently to differentiate itself from the competition.”

Pokemon Go Is Over, ‘Because ‘Satan’ Has Conquered Westboro Baptist Church (Pedestrian)

The Pokemon gym at Westboro Baptist Church – yes, the one whose website is named ‘godhatesfags.com’ – has been conquered by a Magmar named ‘Satan’ with 666 CP. This comes in the wake of the church branding the previous gym leader – a Clefairy called ‘Loveislove’ – as a ‘sodomite’.

Digital Draughts: Uncharted 4 with Heavy Seas’ Plank IV (Games I Made My Girlfriend Play)

An excellent review of both Uncharted 4 and a highly suited beer – Plank IV of the Uncharted Waters series. After reading this I can’t wait to play the fourth game – I’ve just finished Uncharted 2. And I also want a drink.

List of whales in video games (Sunset Surfers)

Important work, and I’m glad someone has finally done it. You’ll be amazed at how frequently whales crop up in gaming.

Thinking inside the box: why I don’t like the new Xbox One S – By Mr Biffo (Digitiser 2000)

At the end of the day, for all its improvements in design, the Xbox One S is still, well, just a box. Where have all the interesting console designs gone?

Spiffing Reads is a regular feature where we pick out the best gaming articles of the week. If you’ve read anything interesting, please let us know in the comments.