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News: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Update Goes Live to Speed Things Up

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Update Goes Live to Speed Things Up

Full steam ahead

Code Name S.T.E.A.M., the new IP from Intelligent Systems, certainly has a number of strengths. A downside, however, has been the amount of time players spend observing the action - often without much of a good view - waiting for the enemy AI to move. You could make a coffee in the break between moves - oh, alright, we're...

News: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Takes Third Place in Japanese Charts, Lifts New Nintendo 3DS Sales 

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Takes Third Place in Japanese Charts, Lifts New Nintendo 3DS Sales 

Unsurprisingly sells less at launch than Wii original

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D launched in Japan last week, giving a welcome new release on Nintendo hardware in the company's homeland. It performed reasonably well, if not brilliantly, and helped the New Nintendo 3DS LL to climb back up to second in the hardware charts. The software top 20 has the...

News: Empty Slots on Super Smash Bros. Site Suggests More Upcoming DLC Characters

Empty Slots on Super Smash Bros. Site Suggests More Upcoming DLC Characters

They're toying with us!

One of the biggest pieces of news from last week's Nintendo Direct was the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot - an online form on the official Super Smash Bros. website that allows fans to pitch their dream characters as upcoming DLC for the game. Of course, this has sparked much interest, with players voting for both realistic - and...

News: International StreetPass Week to Bring New StreetPass Games, a Free HOME Theme and 'Exotic' Mii Characters

International StreetPass Week to Bring New StreetPass Games, a Free HOME Theme and 'Exotic' Mii Characters

StreetPass Fishing, StreetPass Zombies and premium service due soon

Nintendo used its Direct broadcasts last week to announce that there are two new StreetPass games on the way - StreetPass Fishing / Ultimate Angler and StreetPass Zombies / Battleground Z - in addition to the StreetPass Mii Plaza Premium option that adds some extra Mii features...

Weirdness: Super Meat Boy Is Calling For Your Votes In The Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot

Super Meat Boy Is Calling For Your Votes In The Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot

The steaks have never been higher

There’s already been some encouragement to nominate the likes of Banjo-Kazooie and Shovel Knight in Nintendo’s Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot, and now in a growing trend, there is yet another iconic character calling for players’ precious votes. Team Meat is asking fans of Super Smash B

News: Level-5 Reveals More Information on Layton 7, 3DS Version is in Doubt and a Wii U Version May Happen

Level-5 Reveals More Information on Layton 7, 3DS Version is in Doubt and a Wii U Version May Happen

The mystery continues

Nearly two years ago, Level-5 announced Layton 7, a curious departure for the series that would be coming to iOS, Android, and 3DS. Since then, next to nothing has come out about the project, but that all changed at Level-5's Vision event this year. There's been a change in the design of the title, with it now being...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Plans for DLC and Microtransactions Point to Changed Priorities

Nintendo's Plans for DLC and Microtransactions Point to Changed Priorities

Previous ethics and standards are being stretched

We're in the midst of changing times for Nintendo, perhaps of a turbulent nature, and the sands are shifting in multiple ways. In the past couple of months we've seen Nintendo partner up with DeNA to move towards bringing its core IPs to smart devices, bringing a resultant boom in share prices,...

Video: Feast Your Eyes On The Brand New Bravely Second Cinematic Trailer

Feast Your Eyes On The Brand New Bravely Second Cinematic Trailer

We'll have that Western release date any time, right Square Enix?

If you're a huge JRPG fan, then you will likely be looking forward to the arrival of Bravely Second: End Layer. As the release date for the Japanese version becomes ever closer, fans in the West are going crazy for more details. We already know that fan favourite Agnes Oblige will be...

News: Nintendo Officially Confirms It's Distributing Yo-Kai Watch In The West, Omits Release Window Details

Nintendo Officially Confirms It's Distributing Yo-Kai Watch In The West, Omits Release Window Details

Game expected to arrive in 2016

We already knew that Yo-Kai Watch was coming to the west thanks to Hasbro's deal to create toys for the popular Japanese cross-over franchise, but it wasn't until today - and Level-5's Japanese Vision 2015 conference - that a publisher (Nintendo) and solid release window (2016) came to light. Nintend

News: The Snack World Is Level-5's Next Cross-Media Project, And It's Coming To Nintendo 3DS

The Snack World Is Level-5's Next Cross-Media Project, And It's Coming To Nintendo 3DS

Toys use NFC to interact with the game

As if announcing three new Yo-Kai Watch titles wasn't enough, Level-5 has today revealed its next big "cross-media" venture, The Snack World. A multimedia effort which will see Level-5 collaborate with Takara Tomy, TV Tokyo and CoroCoro Comics, The Snack World will cover movies, manga, toys and video games...

News: Level-5 Announces Yo-Kai Watch 3 For Nintendo 3DS, Action Takes Place In USA

Level-5 Announces Yo-Kai Watch 3 For Nintendo 3DS, Action Takes Place In USA

Third time's a charm

Level-5 has just revealed the third entry in its best-selling Yo-Kai Watch series, due to launch on the Nintendo 3DS. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will take place in North America, in keeping with the storyline of the ongoing anime series. A new character is introduced called Inaho Misora, who has her own Yo-kai named USApyon. Level-5 has...

News: Yo-Kai Watch Busters Hitting 3DS This Year, Main Franchise Coming To The West In 2016

Yo-Kai Watch Busters Hitting 3DS This Year, Main Franchise Coming To The West In 2016

Busting makes me feel good

Level-5's Vision 2015 event is happening right now, and the company's CEO Akihiro Hino has just announced a new entry in its popular Yo-Kai Watch franchise. Yo-Kai Watch Busters is an 3DS action title based on a mini-game featured in Yo-Kai Watch 2. The title will come in two versions - Red Cat Troupe and White Dog Unit -...

News: The Great Ace Attorney Special Edition Has The Best Incentive Ever - A Sherlock Holmes Briefcase

The Great Ace Attorney Special Edition Has The Best Incentive Ever - A Sherlock Holmes Briefcase

We deduce that this is awesome

The Great Ace Attorney, which will take the series into a new era and no doubt expand upon its various case-solving mechanics, is creeping closer to its release on 3DS in Japan. Gamers in the West can do little but look on in envy, unfortunately, and the special edition bundles will do little to ease our suffering...

Review: Etrian Mystery Dungeon (3DS)

Etrian Mystery Dungeon (3DS)

Sharing the Wonder

Since its début back in the DS days, ATLUS' Etrian Odyssey series has been well-represented in the West, with every main entry, an ongoing run of 'Untold' story-driven remakes and the magnificent mashup Persona Q all making their way to eager European and American gamers. The Mystery Dungeon games - while equally well-known in...

Video: Lucas Visuals and Moveset Compared Between Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Wii U

Lucas Visuals and Moveset Compared Between Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Wii U

Spot the difference

Fans of the latest Super Smash Bros. titles on Wii U and 3DS certainly have a lot to look forward to, with Mewtwo on the way soon - we also know that Lucas is coming this summer, of course, making a return from Super Smash Bros. Brawl on Wii. Though we have a wait for the character to arrive as DLC, we're yet to see how he'll...

Review: Fossil Fighters: Frontier (3DS)

Fossil Fighters: Frontier (3DS)

Adventure's right around the bend

On paper, Fossil Fighters might appear to be little more than a Pokémon clone. It's a series about reviving dinosaurs — called vivosaurs — from fossilized remains and pitting them in turn-based battles against other dinosaurs. But even though the formula is undoubtedly similar, Fossil Fighters makes a solid...

News: Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Reckons "It Would Be Cool" if Rare's Banjo Was Voted in as Super Smash Bros. DLC

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Reckons "It Would Be Cool" if Rare's Banjo Was Voted in as Super Smash Bros. DLC

"We've worked with Nintendo on Rare IP before"

In a blow to console warriors that want the major console manufacturers to battle it out to the death, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has spoken positively about the potential for Rare IP to be featured as DLC in Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Now that would be something to behold. This is in...