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Nintendo Download: 1st May (North America)

1st May (North America)

Triple Kirby, Mario Golf, Mega May begins and more!

It's Nintendo Download time, North America, and this week brings some rather tempting offerings to both the Wii U and 3DS. There are retro classics on both Virtual Consoles along with brand new software, while some discounts and two major retail titles also make an appearance. Let's get to the...

Review: Hometown Story (3DS)

Hometown Story (3DS)

Harvest Merchant

Released in North America and Japan last year, Hometown Story has now hit European shores at long last, thanks to the efforts of Rising Star Games. You play as a young boy — or girl, if you wish — who takes over a shop in a small town after his grandmother, who previously owned it, passes away. If this sounds in any way similar...

News: Harvest Moon 3 And Lufia: The Legend Returns Rated For 3DS Virtual Console Release

Harvest Moon 3 And Lufia: The Legend Returns Rated For 3DS Virtual Console Release

New Game Boy Color games incoming

If you're looking forward to playing more handheld classics on your 3DS then you'll be pleased to learn that the Australian Classification board has handed out ratings for two new Game Boy Color games. Harvest Moon 3 and Lufia: The Legend Returns have both been given a "General" rating, which is a good sign that...

News: Limited Time Pokémon Center Coming to Paris

Limited Time Pokémon Center Coming to Paris

Still no battling in the Eiffel Tower

It's no secret that the Kalos Region of Pokémon X & Y was inspired by the beauty, culture, and charming professors(?) of France. Now, for a fleeting amount of time, the real country will more closely resemble its virtual counterpart with its own Pokémon Center. As reported by Serebii and posted on the...

News: HAL Laboratory Director Explains Why Kirby Tends To Be A Ball Of Rage On Western Covers

HAL Laboratory Director Explains Why Kirby Tends To Be A Ball Of Rage On Western Covers

"We know there is a serious side to Kirby as well"

If you're a keen import gamer, then you may have noticed a slight disconnect between Kirby's games in the east and in the west — the Japanese boxart usually has a happy, smiling Kirby, while the covers of his western releases showcase a more determined — even grumpy — expression. Kirby:...

News: Get Artistic With Pikachu In 3DS Title Pokémon Art Academy

Get Artistic With Pikachu In 3DS Title Pokémon Art Academy

Brushes at the ready for a June release in Japan

Nintendo has confirmed that Pokémon Art Academy will be hitting Japan on June 19th. 40 lessons will be included, all of which will focus around a famous Pokémon. It will be released as both a retail and digital product and will retail for 3,619 Yen. The 3DS console's 3D screen will not be supported...

Matters of Import: Sega 3D Classics Races Ahead With 3D OutRun

Sega 3D Classics Races Ahead With 3D OutRun

Is it a Magical Sound Shower or just a Passing Breeze?

Sega’s 3D Classics range just keeps on going — in Japan, at least — with this latest offering being OutRun, one of the biggest hits of them all. Like Super Hang-On and Space Harrier before it, OutRun used Sega’s impressive Super Scaler arcade tech to wow arcade gamers and deliver some...

News: New Version Of Petit Computer Will Allow For SNES Or PlayStation Standard Games On 3DS

New Version Of Petit Computer Will Allow For SNES Or PlayStation Standard Games On 3DS

Smileboom president Takaki Kobayashi starts the hype train

Smileboom's Petit Computer is a DSiWare application which allows you to program games using a variant of the Beginners All-purpose Standard Instruction Code — or BASIC — programming language, which incredibly turns 50 this year. Speaking to John Szczepaniak — the guy behind

Review: Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)

Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)

The pink puff goes for the hat trick

Kirby, Nintendo’s pink puffball of concentrated cuteness, arrives on 3DS with a big bumper of a package, promising a trifecta of portable happiness. And it’s sure tough to not smile at the game’s chirpy demeanor and cheery world as the little guy floats and bops his way along his first 3DS adventure. But...

Weirdness: This Monster Hunter Fan Will Keep You Cool On Those Epic Quests

This Monster Hunter Fan Will Keep You Cool On Those Epic Quests

Something for true "fans" of the series

Monster Hunter is pretty big in Japan, in case you hadn't noticed. This is made abundantly clear by the sheer volume of merchandise that is available, and we think we may have found the "coolest" item yet. Ahem. The official Monster Hunter USB fan features a rather burly-looking knight carrying an impressive...

News: Greninja Strikes a Pose in These Super Smash Bros. Screens

Greninja Strikes a Pose in These Super Smash Bros. Screens

A new threat

Not so long ago we shared some Zero Suit Samus Super Smash Bros. Screens that had been posted on the hugely popular Super Smash Bros. Facebook page, which showed the new challenger busting out a few moves. The page has now weighed in with some entertaining screens for newcomer Greninja, a surprise announcement in the recent Super Smash...

Month of Kirby: The Uncopyable and Vital Mascot

The Uncopyable and Vital Mascot

Before he could be anything, Kirby was one thing

The Hypernova power is a fantastic addition to Kirby: Triple Deluxe. Dynamic and stage-altering, it’s a continued step up from the heightened inhaling power Kirby was granted in his Return to Dreamland. “But what’s really so special about that?” one might ask. “Kirby has always been a...

News: Shu Takumi and Shintaro Kojima Shed Some Light On The Great Ace Attorney

Shu Takumi and Shintaro Kojima Shed Some Light On The Great Ace Attorney

Meiji-era setting helped developers focus on mystery

Earlier this week, Phoenix Wright fans got a sneak peek at the newest entry to the fan-favourite Ace Attorney franchise. In an interview with Famitsu, series creator Shu Takumi and producer Shintaro Kojima shed some light on the upcoming 3DS title The Great Ace Attorney, and why the development...

News: Nintendo Serves Up New Videos For Kirby, NES Remix 2, Tomodachi Life and Mario Golf

Nintendo Serves Up New Videos For Kirby, NES Remix 2, Tomodachi Life and Mario Golf

Feast your eyes

After early months this year that have seen some major releases but also some quiet release spells, at retail and on the eShop platforms, we're now entering a stretch where most weeks have something enticing to separate us from our money. This week we have NES Remix 2 on the Wii U eShop, while next week Mario Golf: World Tour will...

News: Masahiro Sakurai's Latest Super Smash Bros. Screen is for All You Mega Man Fans

Masahiro Sakurai's Latest Super Smash Bros. Screen is for All You Mega Man Fans

"The Mega Man legends, united"

Final Smash Attacks aren't just powerful moves to obliterate enemies, but also shameless, glorious fan service — perhaps that's part of the reason why we loved them so much in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Whether an insane charge shot from Samus or a hulking great Landmaster for Fox, they stick in the mind. Masahiro...

News: Nintendo Pocket Football Club Tournament & SpotPass Distribution Schedules Released, Add-On Content Detailed

Nintendo Pocket Football Club Tournament & SpotPass Distribution Schedules Released, Add-On Content Detailed

Train with aliens, play a friendly against Spain or compete in a tournament

Supporters of the newly released 3DS eShop title Nintendo Pocket Football Club will be pleased to discover the official website has recently been updated to include European rankings, tournament and SpotPass distribution schedules, as well as add-on content details...

News: Capcom Unsheathes An Announcement Trailer For The New Ace Attorney Title

Capcom Unsheathes An Announcement Trailer For The New Ace Attorney Title

A new dawn for the law has arrived

Earlier in the week Famitsu teased the latest instalment in the Ace Attorney series, and the return of creator Shu Takumi as Director. Now Capcom has stepped up with an official announcement trailer to give further testimony on the intriguing Meiji era setting. Confirming suspicions, Dai Gyakuten Saiban -...