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Book Review: Boss Fight Books - Super Mario Bros. 2

Boss Fight Books - Super Mario Bros. 2

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For how unique it is compared to other games in the Mario line, it’s amazing how easily Super Mario Bros. 2 is taken at face value or glossed over entirely. Many fans are happy to share the fact that the game is actually a reskin of Japanese title Doki Doki Panic after the original Super Mario Bros. sequel was deemed too difficult...

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

A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Fifty Seven

Master Hand mystery! Conquest! Mii Outfits! More!

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is now just days away from arriving all around the world, much to our delight, and it looks set to be just the beginning as we then look ahead to the Wii U release later in the year. It's almost too much to handle. Yet handle it we must, and we still have Masahiro...

Talking Point: History Shows Us That Nintendo's Here to Stay

History Shows Us That Nintendo's Here to Stay

125 years and counting

On 23rd September 1889 Nintendo was founded as Nintendo Koppai, meaning the company is now 125 years old; it's been known as Nintendo Co., Ltd since 1963. The history of the company is particularly fascinating, and also reminds us of some important lessons regarding Nintendo; it's not solely a video game manufacturer,...

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

A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Fifty Six

Conquest! StreetSmash! Castle Siege stage! More!

Super Smash Bros. is now only a little over a week away in the West, helping to ease the jealousy around lucky gamers in Japan; many will be rather familiar with the demo, too. As a result the hype levels continue to build ahead of millions more gamers getting their hands on the title. Masahiro...

Feature: Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Week Two: Tailor

Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Week Two: Tailor

A stitch of mine makes you look fine

In the second part of a regular series, Karen takes on Fantasy Life in a variety of 'lives' and documents her adventures. In addition to this series you can check out our review of the game. *Last week I got my start in Castele and surrounding kingdoms as a hunter, which was nice for exploring the environmen

Developer Profile: Masahiro Sakurai

Masahiro Sakurai

About the man behind two of Nintendo’s most significant franchises

"I decide what goes in the game; nobody else." These were the words of Masahiro Sakurai during a 2008 interview with Official Nintendo Magazine about Super Smash. Bros. Brawl. It's a quote that stands out because it contrasts quite starkly with the modest way in which the man...

Ninterview: We Talk Bits and Beats With Mega Ran

We Talk Bits and Beats With Mega Ran

Bringing nerdcore to the masses

Raheem Jarbo, known as Random or Mega Ran, is a popular American underground rapper, Chiptunes DJ, and record producer. To those that love retro game music and the creativity it can spark he can perhaps be considered as a trailblazer; best known on the Nerdcore Hip-Hop scene, Mega Ran has also coined the term...

Book Review: The Untold Story Of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 1

The Untold Story Of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 1

Charting a golden era

When journalist and novelist John Szczepaniak launched his Kickstarter campaign back in 2013 to record the hitherto undocumented story of Japan's game development community, there were a few raised eyebrows around the web. His funding goal was a lofty one, and the task seemed almost herculean in scope — he planned to travel...

Interview: We Loot Image & Form For Insight Into SteamWorld Heist

We Loot Image & Form For Insight Into SteamWorld Heist

"We really want to put this out on the 3DS, of course"

Earlier today Image & Form announced SteamWorld Heist, the next entry in the franchise that made its mark and surged to popularity with SteamWorld Dig on the 3DS eShop. It's quite a departure for the steampunk IP, adopting a 2D turn-based strategy approach with healthy doses of resource...

Feature: We Go Hands On With SteamWorld Heist, The Next Image & Form Game

We Go Hands On With SteamWorld Heist, The Next Image & Form Game

“A game about space adventure and survival”

Image & Form, the Swedish development studio that shot to prominence with the success of SteamWorld Dig on the 3DS eShop, which was subsequently ported to Wii U and other platforms, has announced the next game in the SteamWorld franchise. This isn’t a straight-up sequel, however, but a spin-off...

Feature: Ahead Of Hyrule Warriors, We Take A Look Back At Koei Tecmo's Famous Musou Series

Ahead Of Hyrule Warriors, We Take A Look Back At Koei Tecmo's Famous Musou Series

New to the franchise? Allow us to educate

With Hyrule Warriors marching dangerously close to its day of release, we wonder how many Nintendo gamers know their Dynasty Warriors from their Samurai Warriors – their Lu Bu from their Tadakatsu Honda. Indeed, most probably already know that Hyrule Warriors itself is just another in a long line of...

Feature: Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Issue One: Hunter

Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Issue One: Hunter

Wherein I get my start and pick on the local wildlife

In the first part of a regular series, Karen takes on Fantasy Life in a variety of 'lives' and documents her adventures. One of Fantasy Life's most notable features — the upcoming life sim/action RPG from Level-5 and Brownie Brown — is that it has twelve jobs, or Lives, that players can...

Talking Point: The Super Smash Bros. 3DS Demo Has Been an Easy Triumph for Nintendo

The Super Smash Bros. 3DS Demo Has Been an Easy Triumph for Nintendo

The 3DS brawler is given a chance to shine

With around 24 hours passed since its announcement, we can't help but be slightly amused by the understated nature of Nintendo of America's announcement of a Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS demo. Two of the Nintendo Treehouse staff stood outside their venerated department and, with a mixture of...

Feature: Meet The Unsung Pioneer Behind The Most Reviled Zelda Games Of All Time

Meet The Unsung Pioneer Behind The Most Reviled Zelda Games Of All Time

Charting the life of Dale DeSharone

The Legend of Zelda series is home to some of the most critically-acclaimed video games ever made, and the franchise is without a doubt one of the most important in Nintendo's illustrious catalogue. However, there a few titles within the lineage which stick out like a sore thumb — the trio of Zelda games...

Feature: Meet The Playable Cast Of Hyrule Warriors

Meet The Playable Cast Of Hyrule Warriors

Which one will you choose?

Hyrule Warriors isn't your typical Zelda title — the name should be a dead give-away — and nowhere is this more obvious than in the massive roster of playable characters. There are plenty of fan-favourites, not-so-fan-favourites and totally new characters to master here, with each one boasting their own play style...

Talking Point: The Growing Role of The Treehouse Gives Nintendo More Personality

The Growing Role of The Treehouse Gives Nintendo More Personality

A human touch

It's not so long ago that The Treehouse at Nintendo of America's HQ was a mystery, a department with a rather charming door behind which delights could be found. It was tempting to think of it as a smaller game-related version of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, with Oompa Loompas in Mario hats singing songs and playing games. Of...

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

A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Fifty Four

All-Star Mode! Outfit Colours! Smash Run running! More!

Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo 3DS is now just days away in Japan, so it's a short matter of time before full — official — details around the roster, stages and modes are available. Masahiro Sakurai is likely to remain the source of some final reveals, with the Director's Room Miiverse...