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  • News New LovePlus Launching With Limited Edition 3DS Consoles Next Spring

    Looks lovely

    Konami’s popular dating simulator returns next year with a new entry in the series, along with three limited edition 3DS XL designs. New LovePlus+ will feature new story scenarios and locations to visit, and will also be available in a deluxe package. “The Manaka Deluxe” set of New LovePlus+ includes a copy of the game, a 40...

  • News Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre Is Region-Free

    Mixed messages

    In the past — and to the outrage of some — Satoru Iwata has made it clear that the days of region-free Nintendo hardware and software are over. Now though, the door has been left slightly ajar. Whilst region-locks were thought to be the future of Nintendo gaming, this theory has now been partially crushed with the announcement of...

  • News Masahiro Sakurai Outlines His Heavy Smash Bros. Workload

    "It's faster and more accurate to do it myself"

    It's been highlighted in the past that not only is Masahiro Sakurai keen to implement his own vision and high standards, but that he's a particularly hard working individual. In fact early this year he highlighted how an arm injury was impacting his work, but that he was nevertheless persevering. One...

  • News The 3DS YouTube App Has Finally Gone Live

    Huzzah!

    In the most recent major Nintendo Direct broadcast it was confirmed that a YouTube app was finally coming to the 3DS; it's been in demand for a good while. It was stated that it would arrive in November yet passed this week's official download updates by; thankfully the app has now arrived on the 3DS eShop in Europe and North America, so we...

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    Review Bravely Default

    A Critical Hit

    If there’s one thing famed RPG developer Square Enix cannot be accused of, it’s failing to change over time. The early Final Fantasy titles were an exercise in optimistic grandeur, their idyllic landscapes serving as the stage for huge, epic quests filled with wonder and discovery. As of late, however, the company seems to have...

  • News Rune Factory Developer Neverland Closes Its Doors

    Where now for Rune Factory 5?

    After a sluggish financial performance due to business changes, Rune Factory developer Neverland has announced it will be closing its doors. The Japanese company made the announcement via its official website, explaining that its financial status had deteriorated considerably in recent times. After failing to raise the...

  • News Here Are Some Attractive Black Friday Nintendo Deals in North America

    Are you joining the crowds online and in stores?

    Earlier today we posted some Black Friday deals available in the UK that also have shipping to Europe, so we thought we'd cover some enticing options available in the homeland of this shopping madness, North America. Below are some of the most attractive Nintendo-centric deals set to do the rounds...

  • News Black Friday Madness Arrives in the UK, Too

    Plenty of Nintendo options to consider

    Black Friday used to be a single insane shopping day mainly limited to North America, potentially causing bemusement in other parts of the world seeing footage of enormous crowds fighting over discounted nappies. But still, like all things that make retailers and companies lots of money it's expanded, to the...

  • News There's A New Mario & Luigi: Dream Team 3DS XL Bundle On The Way

    New North American SKU appears in Target advert

    It would appear that Nintendo of America is launching a new 3DS XL bundle in time for Christmas. This time it's the turn of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team to get the pack-in treatment, coming pre-installed on a black and silver console which boasts an image of the famous siblings on its lid. The...

  • News Pokémon X & Y Online Battles Vulnerable to "Battle Analyser" Cheaters

    There should be no place for cheats

    It's an unfortunate part of Pokémon battles that some opt to cheat or gain unfair advantages, with official tournaments also falling victim. Unfortunately it's a blight now potentially affecting Pokémon X & Y, as details of a "Battle Analyser" tool are emerging. The tool works by setting up a PC as a Wi-Fi...

  • News SEGA Offers Atlus Its Dormant IPs and States The Company Will "Remain The Same" Under SEGA Ownership

    Sega went and got itself some RPGs

    Fans of popular Atlus games like Shin Megami Tensei IV and Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan can start to turn that sigh of defeat into a sigh of relief. In mid-September, SEGA Sammy Holdings obtained Atlus's parent company, Index Corporation, after Index was forced to declare bankruptcy — an event that...

  • Weirdness Nintendo of America Celebrates the Flying 3DS

    "FAA FTW"

    Nintendo's games, when you assess them with a critical perspective, are weird. The company's main mascot lives in The Mushroom Kingdom and fights an enormous turtle thing with a dog's name, while this year a major Wii U release put players in control of hundreds of colour co-ordinated minions that collect fruit and fight creatures to...

  • News Animal Crossing Spreads The Holiday Cheer In This Adorable New Trailer

    Rock around the Christmas tree with K.K.

    What better way to spend Christmas morning than snuggle up by the fireplace, grab a delicious glass of egg nog, and load up a game of Animal Crossing: New Leaf on your Nintendo 3DS or 2DS? Nintendo is hoping that consumers will decide to do just that, as it's advertising the game again this holiday season...

  • News Super Mario 3D World Underwhelms on Japanese Chart Début

    Wii U hardware sales increase by just 5,000 units

    Last week we reported on the continuing dominance of the 3DS XL in Japan, and the hope that the launch of Super Mario 3D World would provide a notable boost to the Wii U hardware sales; unfortunately, that hasn't quite been the case. To start with software, Media Create's charts show that Mario's...

  • News Miiverse Update Paves The Way For 3DS Version

    Wii U and browser versions updated

    As many will already know, Miiverse will arrive on 3DS in a December system update, which will join shared eShop funds and Nintendo Network ID integration on the portable. Nintendo has today issued an update on the Wii U and browser-based iterations of Miiverse as early preparations for the new arrival. Due to the...

  • Video This New Puzzle & Dragons Z Trailer Has A Monstrous Amount Of Detail

    3DS outing expands dramatically on the popular mobile game

    December will see the Japanese release of Puzzle & Dragons Z, the 3DS port of the insanely successful smartphone puzzle / RPG hybrid. Developer GungHo has released another trailer to crank up interest even further, and it contains more details about the game's massive over-world, the...

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    Review Azada

    A puzzling page-turner

    American developer and publisher Big Fish Games is literally a big fish in the market of casual gaming. The creator of the Mystery Case Files series, the studio has carved out a profitable niche on PC and mobile platforms with its unique brand of hidden object puzzlers — and has also transferred some of these outings to the...

  • News Those Lovely Link Between Worlds Club Nintendo Posters Are Sold Out

    Sad times...

    Late last week we pointed you towards some rather attractive Link Between Worlds posters available on Club Nintendo in North America; they may have come at a pricey 500 coins, but looked worth the investment. Sadly, as has been pointed out in that article's comments, they're already sold out. The set was naturally sought after by...

  • Video Check Out This Puyo Puyo Tetris Trailer and Dream of Localisation

    We may be lucky, right?

    A little while ago we told you about Puyo Puyo Tetris, which is exactly what it sounds like. It's a puzzle mashup that dreams are made of courtesy of SEGA, and arrives on Wii U and 3DS in Japan on 6th February 2014. Sadly there's been no hint of localisation yet, though we certainly hold out hope that, at the very least,...

  • News iPhone Gaming Controller Could Mean "The End Of Nintendo", Claims Investment Site

    "Apple is already more important than Nintendo"

    The Motley Fool — a site which aims to provide investors with advice, analysis and news — has claimed that the release of Logitech's PowerShell iPhone gaming control

  • Weirdness Pokémon Cards Tell A Story of Family

    I've just...got something in my eye...

    The Pokémon series practically glows with nostalgia and childhood memories for many of us, and Nintendo seems determined to find new ways to break through the cold, callous, adult exteriors of some to appeal to that sentiment again. With this surprisingly emotive trio of cards it may have done just that, so...

  • News Warner Bros. Confirms LEGO The Hobbit For Release on the Wii U and 3DS Next Year

    Go on an epic adventure with Bilbo and co.

    Last week we reported that LEGO The Hobbit was scheduled for a 2014 release on 3DS and Wii U, with thanks to a scanned image of a promotional planner spotted in France - we stuck on the rumour tag for good measure as nothing about the title was confirmed. Today we come with good news, as Warner Bros. has...

  • News Nintendo of America Confirms Thanksgiving Weekend Deals for 3DS and Wii U

    3DS deals and a Nintendo Land + Wii RemotePlus bundle confirmed

    With Thanksgiving arriving on Thursday 28th November, and the following days representing possibly the most frantic shopping weekend of the year, Nintendo of America has outlined its official 3DS and Wii U offers for the period. Naturally many more will likely appear at individual...

  • News The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Squeezes Into UK All-Format Top 10

    The third highest selling single-platform title of the week

    While the status of top-selling 3DS game was assured for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds in its début week, where it would stack up in the UK all-format chart was in far greater doubt. The Xbox One launched in various territories worldwide — including the UK — on the same...

  • News European 2DS Pokémon X And Y Bundles Spotted In The Wild

    Have you caught one yet?

    We recently reported on 2DS Pokémon X And Y bundles hitting South Korea, and at the same time wondered if these packs would see a wider release. Seems we didn't have to wait long for the answer, as we're hearing reports that Euro retailers already have Pokémon X and Y bundles in stock. Dutch toy store

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    Review Ben 10 Omniverse 2

    Ben bleh

    The latest tie-in to the Ben 10 television series, Ben 10 Omniverse 2 is a serviceable title that falls prey to many of the issues that plague licensed games. It's a shame, too, because the creative, action-packed world and characters of the series certainly would lend themselves well to a video game. Developer 1st Playable Productions has...

  • News Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Announced For 3DS

    Coming to Japan in June 2014

    Persona, the critically acclaimed RPG series, is finally coming to the 3DS. During a recent event in Japan, Atlus revealed details for Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. The spin-off is set to feature various characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4, as well as being presented in a chibi-like style. With previous...

  • Video Let's Round Up The Latest Celeb and "Pitch" Nintendo Commercials

    Some of the NL team aren't sure who these 'stars' are, forgive us

    Over the past couple of weeks we've shared a number of Nintendo commercials with you, and they've attracted mixed reactions. Some have been popular, some haven't, but all have at least shown that the company's doing some old-fashioned advertising to encourage big sales this shopping...

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