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Talking Point: Nintendo's Ability to Charm Young Gamers is Vital for its Success

Nintendo's Ability to Charm Young Gamers is Vital for its Success

Proper next-gen

There was a period, in the latter half of the last generation of systems, when it seemed as if Sony and Microsoft were making a major play for the young gamer's market — Microsoft pushed for advertising presence on major multi-platform franchises, in particular, while Sony tried new ideas with its range of Wonderbook releases...

Feature: The Making of Rocket: Robot on Wheels

The Making of Rocket: Robot on Wheels

How one of the N64's most criminally under-appreciated games came to be

The Nintendo 64, while simultaneously renowned and infamous for doing many things, is arguably best remembered for defining the 3D platforming genre. When Super Mario 64 released in 1996, it didn't just blow everyone’s socks off; it revolutionised home console gaming and set...

News: The Game Boy Color is Now 16 Years Old

The Game Boy Color is Now 16 Years Old

It'll be asking to host house parties...

Nintendo's released so many systems and iconic games that anniversaries are a regular occurrence; now it's the turn of the Game Boy Color — it's 16 years old, having been released in Japan on 21st October 1998. While some attribute Nintendo's trend for focusing on innovation and content over raw power as...

News: Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley Heading to PAL Regions in Early 2015

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley Heading to PAL Regions in Early 2015

Bergsala strikes a deal with Natsume

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley hits North American stores on 4th November, the latest franchise entry for 3DS and one of its most ambitious titles to date. While the blend of farming, relationship building and RPG elements will be present and correct, this entry offers significant editing tools to shape the...

Rumour: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Data Prompts More DLC Speculation

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Data Prompts More DLC Speculation

More Smash

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS isn't short of content, and the upcoming live Nintendo Direct is promising "50 new things" for the home console iteration; it's clear that Masahiro Sakurai and his team have devoted a great deal of effort to details both big and small. Gamers and fans always want more, of course, and with major Nintendo...

Weirdness: Super Smash Bros.' Announcer Sings the Original Pokémon Anime Theme

Super Smash Bros.' Announcer Sings the Original Pokémon Anime Theme

Gotta smash 'em all

It seems that Xander Mobus – the announcer for Super Smash Bros for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – has a lighter side beyond his official work with Nintendo, and asked the Smash-playing public what they wanted him to say in the announcer's voice. Many people asked him to sing the original theme from the Pokémon anime, and without...

News: Pixel Galaxy: Enemies Aren't Forever is a Shooter That Looks Like an Eye Exam

Pixel Galaxy: Enemies Aren't Forever is a Shooter That Looks Like an Eye Exam

We mean that in a good way, we think

The download scene isn't short of retro-styled titles, as they can be an effective way to develop on a budget and appeal to a wide range of gamers. Another throwing its hat into the ring, through Kickstarter, is Pixel Galaxy: Enemies Aren't Forever; it's only looking for $6000 in funding, too. Apparently...

News: Castle Conqueror EX Invades the North American 3DS eShop on 23rd October

Castle Conqueror EX Invades the North American 3DS eShop on 23rd October

Are you ready to do battle against The Empire?

CIRCLE Entertainment’s latest title, Castle Conquerors EX, for the 3DS eShop was teased in August as the sixth release in the real-time strategy series, with plenty of improvements promised over the DSiWare original. Now, the prolific digital developer has revealed Castle Conqueror EX is invading th

News: New Music and Voice Samples Discovered in the Donkey Kong Arcade

New Music and Voice Samples Discovered in the Donkey Kong Arcade

A few decades on, there's still more to find

The Donkey Kong arcade was a key turning point for Nintendo as a company, as it brought Shigeru Miyamoto to the fore and helped to demonstrate to Hiroshi Yamauchi and his management that the video game business could be lucrative for the company. It's so iconic that a small band of gamers still compete...

News: Two Pokémon Game Boy Color Titles Dated For North American 3DS eShop

Two Pokémon Game Boy Color Titles Dated For North American 3DS eShop

Nintendo's trading on your nostalgia

Nintendo of America has decided that November will be the month of Pokémon on the 3DS eShop, with two Game Boy Color titles heading to the store before the latest releases arrive at retail. Nintendo's official website has updated listings to show what's coming and, in one simple page, has confirmed a release...

News: Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Launch Trailer Whips Into Action

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Launch Trailer Whips Into Action

Wii U version coming this Winter

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse arrives in the 3DS eShop in North America this week for $19.99 — it's due in Europe "as soon as possible" — and WayForward is gearing up for the long awaited release. The IP is still very much the studio's main event, with this third entry having endured a number of delays; it's now...

News: Mega Steelix and Mega Glalie Confirmed for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Mega Steelix and Mega Glalie Confirmed for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

More Mega Hype

With the release of Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire now just one month away, The Pokémon Company is stepping up its efforts to build hype for the new titles. It's doing this primarily through Mega Evolution announcements, of course, and another two have been confirmed. This time around we have Mega Steelix and Mega Glalie...