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News: These Animal Crossing Plushies May be Hard to Resist

These Animal Crossing Plushies May be Hard to Resist

Cuteness overload

Animal Crossing: New Leaf has been around for a good while now, but there are still plenty of 3DS owners accumulating a worrying number of hours as they build their perfect towns. If charming and compulsive is a combination you enjoy, it's still quite possible the best game out there. We'd suggest some of the biggest fans may be...

Parent Trap: Helping Newcomers Start Playing Pokémon, Zelda and Metroid

Helping Newcomers Start Playing Pokémon, Zelda and Metroid

Andy Robertson on bringing new players to the Nintendo banner

One of the difficulties of big video game series for any newcomer (never mind families) is when and how to jump in. Franchises like Skylanders, Zelda and Metroid offer lots of different games on lots of different formats that a family could buy to get started. However, the problem is that...

News: Nintendo Files New Pokémon Trademark "Great Detective Pikachu"

Nintendo Files New Pokémon Trademark "Great Detective Pikachu"

This is a case for Pikachu!

A short time ago we reported on a new Pikachu-focused Pokémon title that was apparently in development at Game Freak. We then heard that the game would place the player in the role of a detective, with Pikachu acting as a partner who helps solve crimes. We've now heard that Nintendo has filed a trademark in Japan for...

News: Marth Confirmed as the Latest Challenger in Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS

Marth Confirmed as the Latest Challenger in Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS

Emblematic of the growing roster, screens galore inside

Since it was officially unveiled at E3 2013 with a fairly modest roster, Masahiro Sakurai and his team have been gradually expanding the number of playable characters in the new Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS and, by extension, building hype. Today it's been announced that Marth will be...

Video: Nintendo Unleashes New Trailer for Bravely Default

Nintendo Unleashes New Trailer for Bravely Default

Oh, the sweet music

We don't always have the opportunity to celebrate the localisation of a Japan-based and developed RPG to the West, so the news earlier this year that Bravely Default — from Square Enix — would step out of Japan was sure to please 3DS fans. It hits Europe on 6th December — along with a lovely collector's edition packed...

News: Wii Party U and Wii Fit U Deliver Major Increase to Wii U Hardware Sales in Japan

Wii Party U and Wii Fit U Deliver Major Increase to Wii U Hardware Sales in Japan

Pokémon X & Y dominate at number one, of course

The weekly Japanese charts often tell the same story, with the 3DS dominating the hardware scene and, in the recent software stakes, Pokémon X & Y doing the same. Those trends continue this week, but we actually have positive Wii U results to share as well, with Wii Party U and Wii Fit U...

News: The Combined 2DS and Pokémon X & Y Launch Was Planned to Provide "Entry-Level Product"

The Combined 2DS and Pokémon X & Y Launch Was Planned to Provide "Entry-Level Product"

Not a quick fix or retreat from 3D visuals in future projects

When the 2DS was revealed it was met, by some at least, with derisive snorts and incredulity. Despite its clear target audience, demonstrated perfectly by its co-ordinated launch with Pokémon X & Y, there was — and still is, probably — a line of argument that said it was a...

Weirdness: Shiny Pokémon Finder Takes No-Hands Approach

Shiny Pokémon Finder Takes No-Hands Approach

This will probably void your warranty, though

There is a certain breed of Pokémon player out there who would do just about anything to capture the rare, “shiny” variety of each creature. Their fascination with shinies borders on a raccoon-like intensity — yet unlike most raccoons, many of these humans have access to technology. YouTube user...

First Impressions: Stardust Amazoness

Stardust Amazoness

Arc System Works swaps fighting for dungeon-crawling in this saucy RPG

Arc System Works may be famous for the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series of fighting games, but the company is broadening its horizons somewhat with dungeon-crawling 3DS RPG Stardust Amazoness. Starring an all-female cast trapped in a futuristic prison complex, the game showcases...

News: Shin Megami Tensei IV DLC Joins Game in 25% eShop Discount Until 11th November

Shin Megami Tensei IV DLC Joins Game in 25% eShop Discount Until 11th November

Don't worry wallets, there are only 11 DLC packs

Last week's Nintendo Download update for North America brought the news that Atlus was offering a temporary discount on RPG epic Shin Megami Tensei IV, with the price reduced to $39.99 from $49.99; that offer runs until 11th November. The publisher has now confirmed that in-game DLC is also part of...

Video: Watch Eiji Aonuma Harness Link's Power To Evade Sinister Nintendo Of America Goons

Watch Eiji Aonuma Harness Link's Power To Evade Sinister Nintendo Of America Goons

With tongue firmly in cheek, of course

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds grants Link the ability to turn himself into a flat painting and therefore stick to walls. This skill is used to good effect in the forthcoming 3DS epic, allowing the player to solve puzzles and reach new areas. During the recent New York Comic Con, Zelda series head...

News: Custom-made Luigi 2DS Now Up For Auction

Custom-made Luigi 2DS Now Up For Auction

25 percent of proceeds go to Child’s Play

The Luigi-themed 2DS console we reported on - which actually turned out to be nothing more than a convincing custom-made creation by Rose Coloured Gaming - is now up for auction. To take the Year of Luigi out in style, fans can now bid on this exclusive item until 17th November, with 25 percent of the...

News: Nintendo Updates Available Club Nintendo Reward Games in North America

Nintendo Updates Available Club Nintendo Reward Games in North America

Better start counting those coins

Update: WiiWare title Art Style: Cubello is also available as a reward until 8th December, at a cost of 150 coins. Original Article: Nintendo has updated its North American Club Nintendo Rewards service with three new games to download. From now until the 8th December 2013, users who have enough Club Nintendo...

News: Federal Aviation Administration Lets Passengers Use Electronics For Full Duration Of Flights

Federal Aviation Administration Lets Passengers Use Electronics For Full Duration Of Flights

Break out that 3DS and get ready for take-off

Have you flown that hang glider through all of the missions in Pilotwings Resort yet? If not, the US Federal Aviation Administration is about to provide you with an excellent chance. Last week, the FAA announced that its rules and restrictions limiting the use of electronic devices on commercial flights...

News: Junichi Masuda Confirms That Over Ten Million Pokémon Have Been Exchanged in Pokémon X & Y

Junichi Masuda Confirms That Over Ten Million Pokémon Have Been Exchanged in Pokémon X & Y

Game Director shows interest in more Mega Evolutions

Game Freak, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company all invested a great deal of effort into building hype for Pokémon X & Y on the 3DS. It seems to have done the trick, with hugely impressive sales to date and the software even being linked with increased StreetPass activity; the two games have...

News: River City Ransom: Underground Dev Still Wants To Bring The Game To Nintendo Consoles

River City Ransom: Underground Dev Still Wants To Bring The Game To Nintendo Consoles

Smartphones, not so much

Conatus Creative's Kickstarter campaign for a new version of River City Ransom may have surpassed its original funding target, but it failed to meet the stretch goals which would secure a version for consoles — including the Wii U and 3DS. River City Ransom: Underground is only certain for PC, Mac and Linux at present,...

News: Super Mario Bros. 3 Is Leaping To The Wii U And 3DS Virtual Console Services Soon

Super Mario Bros. 3 Is Leaping To The Wii U And 3DS Virtual Console Services Soon

The best NES entry is getting a new lease of life

Not since the movie The Wizard has Super Mario Bros. 3 been played on this many screens. It appears the game often touted as the greatest Super Mario of them all will be headed to the Wii U Virtual Console, as Nintendo’s main website has listed Super Mario Bros. 3 for its flagship system. An...

Rumour: Hacker Unlocks Three New Legendary Pokémon in X & Y

Hacker Unlocks Three New Legendary Pokémon in X & Y

Spoiler alert...

It’s common knowledge people love to hack Nintendo’s games, and the latest entries in the Pokémon series are no exception. Less than a month after the release of X and Y, a skilled fan has reportedly uncovered new Pokémon. According to Serebii.net, hacker Smealum has revealed the existence of three new legendary Pokémon...

News: Animal Crossing: New Leaf Passes 6 Million Copies Sold Milestone

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Passes 6 Million Copies Sold Milestone

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon sucks up some impressive sales, too

Nintendo has released new life-to-date global sales figures for its first-party 3DS software library, all of which show that the little 3D-enabled system is attracting a lot of people's attention. At the top of the list is Animal Crossing: New Leaf, a game which has already amassed a...

News: Nintendo UK Online Store Offers Musical Chest As Pre-Order Bonus For A Link Between Worlds

Nintendo UK Online Store Offers Musical Chest As Pre-Order Bonus For A Link Between Worlds

Pre-order now to secure the collectible

Earlier this month, Nintendo announced via Twitter that if you pre-ordered The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds from GAME, you'd get a musical treasure chest which plays the tune we've all grown to love when Link opens a chest to find a new item. It's become apparent that not only are GAME offering the...

Video: Nintendo Releases New Trailer For Mario Party: Island Tour

Nintendo Releases New Trailer For Mario Party: Island Tour

Footage arrives ahead of its release this month

Nintendo has released a new trailer for its upcoming dice-rolling, mini-game playing, friend bashing bonanza on the 3DS, Mario Party: Island Tour. First revealed back in April during a Nintendo Direct broadcast, the latest footage shows the usual chaotic environment that you'd expect from the Mario...

News: Nintendo's At It Again With Its Musical Zelda Easter Eggs

Nintendo's At It Again With Its Musical Zelda Easter Eggs

A Link Between Worlds theme hides a secret

As you all know, The Ballad of the Goddess from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is in fact just Zelda's Lullaby played backwards. If you're just discovering this for the first time, We'll give you a minute to let you come to terms with it. ... Done? OK, then catch your breath and prepare to be dazzled...