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Preview: Getting Inside The Curiously Undemanding World Of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

Getting Inside The Curiously Undemanding World Of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

"I love what you've done here!"

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is one of those titles which has been instrumental in selling the Nintendo 3DS to the wider gaming public. When it launched in the west back in 2013 it appeared to trigger a rush of interest in Nintendo's portable system, and everyone seemed to be talking about it - sharing their...

First Impressions: Heading Back to the Farm in Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale

Heading Back to the Farm in Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale

Of Cabbages and Kings

Nestled snugly between Senran Kagura's bountiful bosoms and the Cold Steel of the latest Legend of Heroes chapter, Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale occupied a relatively unassuming spot at XSEED's E3 booth last month, but it certainly left quite an impression. This upcoming 3DS title is a crossover that...

First Impressions: Getting Cosy With Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

Getting Cosy With Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

How to make a happy home

At Nintendo's E3 presentation two "spin-offs" based on the Animal Crossing series were shown: Animal Crossing amiibo Festival for Wii U, a Mario Party-style interactive board game, and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for 3DS - an interior design based title. To focus on Happy Home Designer, it left many questioning...

Interview: Senran Kagura Producer Kenichirō Takaki Bares All

Senran Kagura Producer Kenichirō Takaki Bares All

“I love games, I love girls, and I love sexy stuff”

The Senran Kagura series famously - and perhaps apocryphally - began life when its creator, Kenichirō Takaki, decided that the Nintendo 3DS' stereoscopic display was destined to display one thing over all else: breasts. Setting to work to fulfill his dream, Takaki-san produced two tales of...

First Impressions: Basking in the Glow of Atlus' Legendary Lineup

Basking in the Glow of Atlus' Legendary Lineup

We take a look at Stella Glow and Legend of Legacy

From a steady stream of Shin Megami Tensei titles to an ever-growing assortment of Etrian Odyssey outings, it's safe to say that Atlus has shown the 3DS a massive amount of JRPG love over the past few years. The company's lineup at E3 last month continued that happy trend, but what was especially...

Hands On: Blast Ball Brings Crude Button Mashing and is a Poor Advert for Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Blast Ball Brings Crude Button Mashing and is a Poor Advert for Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Tom and Anthony scratch their heads at Nintendo's Prime demo

Blast Ball had a peculiar reveal and presence in recent weeks. It first appeared in the Nintendo World Championships without Metroid branding, and was then revealed in the E3 Digital Event to be part of Metroid Prime: Federation Force, the divisive 3DS title in development by Next Level...

Feature: A Tale of Adventure and Totemic Chaos in The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

A Tale of Adventure and Totemic Chaos in The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

Three brave heroes seek triumph

This is the tale of identical triplets living in a quiet, uninteresting corner of Hyrule, each with an earnest desire to escape and see the world. Their section of Hyrule isn't on the lavish maps produced in honour of their hero Link, but is off the edge and out of view. Not even smashing pots is much fun in their...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transforming Franchises Clashes With Fan Expectations

Nintendo's Approach to Transforming Franchises Clashes With Fan Expectations

New ideas that haven't necessarily been welcomed

It's safe to say that Nintendo's E3 efforts have been received with mixed responses from fans. Especially given that Microsoft and Sony arguably brought the thunder this year, many expected that Nintendo would have some similarly headline grabbing announcements to match. What we received instead was...

First Impressions: Getting Into The Spirit With Yo-Kai Watch

Getting Into The Spirit With Yo-Kai Watch

An Inspiriting Invasion

Yo-Kai Watch's Western début has been a long time coming - two 3DS games, several anime and manga series, and a mountain of merchandise have already conquered the imagination of young Japanese players, and now the first portable RPG in the series is making its way to the rest of the world courtesy of Nintendo and Level 5...

Talking Point: E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Development Shift Towards NX, and Away from Wii U

E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Development Shift Towards NX, and Away from Wii U

3DS also delves into spin-offs and sequels to pass time

It's been a little over a week since E3 2015, the shared temperature of frustrated Nintendo fans has simmered down a little, and we can reflect on both what the big N showed and kept behind the scenes. Both tell us much, and also indicate that the Wii U seems to be heading for a short...

First Impressions: Getting Into the Fold With Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

Getting Into the Fold With Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

A crossover aiming for the funny bone

The world has seen its fair share of monumental crossovers: DC vs. Marvel, Jetsons meets the Flintstones. And now, Mario meets Mario in a game of the same genre but technically in another universe because one is made of paper and, uh… The specifics of how this all happens in the story likely doesn't...

First Impressions: Linking Up in The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

Linking Up in The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

Wisdom, Power, Cosplay

While saving Hyrule has traditionally been a one hero job, multiplayer adventures have become a fan-favourite subset of the Legend of Zelda series since Four Swords made its début in 2002, and we were ecstatic to see The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes - an all-new co-op title for three players - revealed in Nintendo's...

Poll: How Excited Are You About Nintendo's E3 Games?

How Excited Are You About Nintendo's E3 Games?

Tell us which are must haves, maybes or misses

Now that we've all had a little time to chill out and think about the games we've seen so far at E3, we can think about which Wii U and 3DS games can claim places on our wishlists. There is, once you list the upcoming releases, quite a lot on the way in 2015 and beyond into next year - enough to keep us...

Poll: We Need to Talk About amiibo - Where Do You Stand?

We Need to Talk About amiibo - Where Do You Stand?

Awesome collectibles, source of frustration, a bit of both?

As we approach the 'expo we cannot name' - oh alright, E3 - we can't help but wonder how many times Nintendo will mention amiibo. Will we learn more about the amiibo cards that'll accompany Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer? Will there be more blasted Smash Bros. waves that we'll...

Interview: GungHo's Daisuke Yamamoto Talks Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition

GungHo's Daisuke Yamamoto Talks Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition

"Imagine being able to make a game with such a world-renowned designer"

Nintendo recently launched Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition and Puzzle & Dragons Z on the Nintendo 3DS, a double-pack which not only contains one of the most popular puzzle RPGs of recent memory but also showcases a unique Nintendo take on the formula,...