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The 15 worst decisions in Nintendo gaming history

And that's the trouble with choices: there's usually a wrong one...

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11. ZACK & WIKI: THE QUEST FOR BARBAROS' TREASURE

Motion dismissed

Capcom dropped the ball in the final stages of their puzzling adventure. While the motion controls could be a little wonky, the riddles gave you enough time and space to compensate for gyroscope grief. Towards the end, however, you're forced to pull off some movements with perfect timing. Pro tip: the remote works even less well after being smashed on the floor a few times.

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12. MARIO PARTY 6

Get off da mic

Build quality has long been a Nintendo strong point. Which makes the thin plastic cylinder masquerading as a microphone that came bundled with Mario Party 6 a highly surprising design choice. Aside from looking like it'd fall apart if you so much as looked at it funny, it didn't even work: you'd bark "jump" at Mario and see him leap a full three seconds later, or yell "blue" to a quiz question only to be told "yellow is the wrong answer". Then Nintendo have the temerity to call said quiz Speak Up. The bleddy cheek.

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13. PHOENIX WRIGHT: ACE ATTORNEY

The black Dahlia

Phoenix is a smart guy, yes? Always finding holes in witness statements, spotting crucial evidence and such. Sure, he's reliant on Maya from time to time, but we'd be more than happy for him to represent us in court. So it's all the more surprising that he should fall for devious, manipulative Dahlia Hawthorne. Disturbingly unhinged from the off, you'd think Feenie would see through her sickly sweet demeanour to the dark heart beneath. Love must be blind after all.

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14. PERFECT DARK

Jerk-person shooter

F or some people, Rare's future-shooter bested even GoldenEye. A darker, more complex and technically impressive game with an ace single-player campaign, it nevertheless fell apart a bit when it came to multiplayer. By opting to push the N64 to its limits, Rare ensured that in split-screen the frame rate would come juddering to a near-halt, leaving you thinking that you were watching a particularly violent Flipnote.

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15. VITALITY SENSOR

Or: Mr Iwata's Pull My Finger

TheVitality Sensor is one of the weirdest Ninty decisions in recent years. Legend has it Satoru Iwata sprung it as a last-minute surprise for Nintendo's E3 2009 briefing. He persevered with the charade for a while, suggesting it was to be released "not too late in 2010". Two years later: no sign. Peculiar.

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