Latest News

News: Charizard Distribution Event for Pokémon X & Y Coming to GAME UK, Includes Mega Stone

Charizard Distribution Event for Pokémon X & Y Coming to GAME UK, Includes Mega Stone

Things are heating up

Pokémon X & Y may have been released last October, but it's still a hub for millions of players engaging in online battles and trading pocket monsters. There's also the Trading Card Game, and The Pokémon Company is taking the opportunity to plug its most recent expansion — Pokémon TCG: XY—Flashfire — by offering...

News: Miiverse Update Allows You To List Favourite Game Genres and Add Lines To Posts

Miiverse Update Allows You To List Favourite Game Genres and Add Lines To Posts

Because it's mine, I write with lines

Have you ever been writing a post on Miiverse and thought, "darn it, why won't it let me share my message in multiple, perfectly placed lines"? Or perhaps you're wanted to share with the world that you love puzzle games and platformers above all else? If either of those wishes applies to you, then you're in...

News: 3DS On Top As Wii U Remains Highest Selling Home Console in Japan

3DS On Top As Wii U Remains Highest Selling Home Console in Japan

Mario Kart 8 passes half a million physical retail sales

The latest Media Create chart results for Japan are in, and they continue the trends established over recent week in terms of hardware and software. There are certainly yet more positives for Nintendo, albeit against a backdrop of modest overall industry sales in the company's homeland. The...

News: Super-Secret Bases Confirmed for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Super-Secret Bases Confirmed for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Online features take them to another level

With Secret Bases being a popular feature in Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire, the odds were always good that they'd have a presence in this years 3DS remake / remaster Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. The Pokémon Company has now confirmed their return, re-naming them "Super-Secret Bases" and...

News: Stand-Alone Kirby Fighters And DeDeDe's Drum Dash Headed To The Japanese 3DS eShop

Stand-Alone Kirby Fighters And DeDeDe's Drum Dash Headed To The Japanese 3DS eShop

Both feature new content, both out this month

Those of you wise enough to have purchased the rather excellent Kirby: Triple Deluxe will be aware that the mini-games included with the title — Kirby Fighters and DeDeDe's Drum Dash — are jolly good fun, and stand-out releases in their own right. It would appear that Nintendo agrees, because the...

Feature: A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Forty Five

A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Forty Five

Rosalina! Mega Man! New 3DS stage! More stuff!

Super Smash Bros. is still coming, yes it is. We may be approaching a half century of these features, which is bordering on insanity, but Nintendo keeps assuring us that the games are coming, and that it's not all a mass-hallucination as part an experiment for the mysterious Quality of Life platform...

News: 3DS System Update 8.0.0-18 is Now Live

3DS System Update 8.0.0-18 is Now Live

Hold onto your hats, things just got seriously stable

On 7th July the eShop stores were down — worldwide — for around five hours for maintenance, and though plenty of work was undoubtedly done the only notable change from a gamer's perspective was that the music seemed to change. We're not going to lie, it was underwhelming. Fear not though,...

News: Dragon Quest X Is Now Adventuring Onto 3DS

Dragon Quest X Is Now Adventuring Onto 3DS

Still no word of an overseas release though

We've lamented before on Square Enix's baffling decision to keep Dragon Quest X a strictly Japan-only affair, and now it appears that fans outside Japan have another format to direct their frustrations at with the announcement that the game will hit Japanese 3DS' on the 4th of September this year. The...

News: Fancy Pattern Vivillon Now Available as Pokémon Global Trade Station Hits 100 Million Landmark

Fancy Pattern Vivillon Now Available as Pokémon Global Trade Station Hits 100 Million Landmark

It's the realest Vivillon

Not too long ago — at the end of May — we told you that a fancy pattern Vivillon was to be distributed following 100 million trades on the Pokémon Global Trade Station, with around ten million more required at that point. That seemed like a long way still to go, but evidently was not: that Vivillon is available now...

News: Retail Promotions Prompt Tomodachi Life to Continue Climb in UK Charts

Retail Promotions Prompt Tomodachi Life to Continue Climb in UK Charts

Life in the old Mii yet

Tomodachi Life made a modest UK chart début when it launched in early June, not exactly shaming itself but struggling to make a significant impact. Since then, however, Nintendo of America has been making positive noises about its performance in its region and, in the UK charts at least, the Mii-sim has not only seen a...

Talking Point: With E3 Long Gone, Nintendo Still Has Plenty to Reveal 'Directly' to Fans

With E3 Long Gone, Nintendo Still Has Plenty to Reveal 'Directly' to Fans

Keep the hype train running

While Nintendo's appearance at E3 — widely regarded as a success — was only a little under a month ago at the time of writing, in modern consumer and internet terms that is an age. Since that time we've had some updates on key releases on the way this Fall, and a lot of focus on the wider picture of eShop games and...

Feature: Watch The Pokémon US National Championships - Live!

Watch The Pokémon US National Championships - Live!

Gotta watch it all

In early June we brought you the news that the Pokémon US National and World Championships were confirmed to be broadcast live on Twitch, giving fans a chance to see the events unfold even if they couldn't attend. The US National championships have now rolled around in Indianapolis, so if you want to watch the action unfold this...

News: Developer Hints At How Minecraft Could Shape Up On 3DS

Developer Hints At How Minecraft Could Shape Up On 3DS

One for the optimists

Minecraft and Nintendo — a suitable match that's never actually got together. With Nintendo's systems popular with young gamers and the Mojang game being a phenomenon loved by children — and adults too, of course — it seems like a perfect fit. That's particularly the case with the 3DS and its large userbase, while the Wii...

Nintendo Direct: Yokai Watch 2 Gets Its Own Broadcast in Japan

Yokai Watch 2 Gets Its Own Broadcast in Japan

Play the 'figure out what's happening' game

Although it's said to be on the way to the West, we're yet to receive firm release details on Yokai Watch, the 3DS title from Level-5 that's enjoying continued success in Japan. That success has certainly been assisted by the accompanying anime series, with the brand as a whole capturing the imagination in...

News: Shovel Knight Has an Unlockable "Butt Mode"

Shovel Knight Has an Unlockable "Butt Mode"

Sorry, everyone else who wanted to be Game of the Year

In classic retro gaming fashion, Shovel Knight comes with a slew of cheat codes to unlock various perks and quirks. By far the most prominent of these codes has been Butt Mode, which replaces many of the common words in the game (e.g. "Shovel," "Knight," "Magic") with "Butt." Yacht Club Games...

News: Shigeru Miyamoto States There Are "A Few" Zelda Titles In Development, Aiming To Evolve The Series

Shigeru Miyamoto States There Are "A Few" Zelda Titles In Development, Aiming To Evolve The Series

"We have ideas for Nintendo 3DS which we have not announced yet"

There's little doubt that, among Nintendo's various big-name franchises, The Legend of Zelda is currently one of the most discussed and prominent at the moment. The Legend of Zelda for Wii U was shown for the first time at E3 this year, while Hyrule Warriors is getting closer to its...

News: Nintendo Highlights Hundreds of Developers Working on Games for Wii U and 3DS

Nintendo Highlights Hundreds of Developers Working on Games for Wii U and 3DS

The Wii U eShop is strongest in the US

As you may be aware, Nintendo recently hosted The 74th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, in which company management provides presentations to its shareholders and answers a number of questions — Satoru Iwata was unable to attend. The official transcript of that meeting has been published, which...