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Feature: A Year in Development - Curve Digital

A Year in Development - Curve Digital

Curve's Rob Clarke highlights Nintendo's welcoming Indie policies

In the second entry of this 2014 'Year in Development' series, Curve Digital's PR and Marketing Manager — Rob Clarke — talks about the company's busy year of Wii U eShop releases and Nintendo's support for 'Nindies'. It’s six o’clock, and I’m at the bar alone at a busy...

Feature: Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Tom Whitehead

Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Tom Whitehead

Tom Whitehead talks about the importance of gaming in his Holiday break

In the first part of a small series with contributions from multiple staff members, Tom Whitehead explains why Nintendo — and gaming as a whole — are such a big part of his Holidays. Given the choice, I typically opt for single player games. While I enjoy a variety of...

Matters Of Import: Collectible Badge Centre Brings A Personal Touch To 3DS Customisation

Collectible Badge Centre Brings A Personal Touch To 3DS Customisation

Gotta catch 'em all, quite literally

Nintendo is in something of a quandary at the moment. Their handheld business is obviously doing very well, but at the same time the company can’t help but glance over at the millions made from cheap smartphone apps and their "free" alternatives and long for a slice of that lucrative revenue stream. So, with...

Parent Trap: The Eyes Have It, Why amiibo Detail Matters

The Eyes Have It, Why amiibo Detail Matters

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson on why amiibo is such a hit in his house

Spending an afternoon unboxing Wave 2 amiibo figures got my boys more than a little excited, but along with the frenzied Christmas joy they quickly latched on to just how detailed these toys are. We first caught up with Wave 1 amiibos Yoshi, Donkey Kong and Peach before getting...

Talking Point: Super Smash Bros. and amiibo Have Enjoyed Success, But Nintendo Could Have Done More

Super Smash Bros. and amiibo Have Enjoyed Success, But Nintendo Could Have Done More

Communication, stock and implementation could have been better

For Nintendo fans and Wii U owners, we feel that the last few months have been a terrific period — there's been excitement and buzz around 2015 games and, more importantly, a selection of high quality and hugely enjoyable games that are in stores now. There's been a perceivable shift...

Feature: Time to Vote For Your Game of the Year Awards 2014

Time to Vote For Your Game of the Year Awards 2014

Plenty of categories for the Reader Awards

As 2014 comes to its end there's the inevitable tradition to enjoy — annual awards. As is becoming our norm we'll have staff awards, votes of which will be counted shortly, while also giving you the chance to contribute to the Reader Awards. If you gaze upon the eventual staff awards results and believe...

Poll: Have You Been Able to Buy the Super Smash Bros. Controller, GameCube Adapter and amiibo You Want?

Have You Been Able to Buy the Super Smash Bros. Controller, GameCube Adapter and amiibo You Want?

Stock issues have been ongoing since launch

Since late November there have been a few key products that Nintendo has used to drive sales of the Wii U, all related to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The main product has been the amiibo range, now into its second wave, while alongside that there's been the GameCube Controller Adapter and a related...

Developer Interview: Aurelien Regard Talks About Mixing F-Zero, Star Fox And Micro Machines In The Next Penelope

Aurelien Regard Talks About Mixing F-Zero, Star Fox And Micro Machines In The Next Penelope

Re-telling Greek legends on the Wii U eShop

Aurelien Regard isn't perhaps a name which will be instantly familiar with gamers. While fellow countrymen like Éric Chahi and Michel Ancel attract plenty of attention thanks to their famous titles, Regard has been dutifully plugging away in the shadows. Formerly of the now-defunct French studio Arkedo...

Video: The Top Ten Worst Designed Pokémon Ever

The Top Ten Worst Designed Pokémon Ever

Gotta retch 'em all!

Not all Pokémon are created equal. Some of them are powerful, some of them are weak. Some of them are awesome to look at, and others are comparable to a pile of mouse droppings, and the latter are what we have for your viewing pleasure today. It should be noted that we aren't suggesting that any of the monsters listed in the...

First Impressions: Bravely Second's Demo Comes Out Fighting

Bravely Second's Demo Comes Out Fighting

Watch the first 30 minutes right here

About a year ago we gave the original Bravely Default a whopping 9/10 in our review, so it was with some excitement that we battled through numerous eShop error messages for hours on end, desperate to get our grubby mitts on the Japanese Bravely Second demo that released recently. So how does Bravely Second...

Talking Point: What's Next For amiibo?

What's Next For amiibo?

Nintendo's range is off to a blistering start, but what could 2015 hold?

Amid the confusion regarding amiibo figures apparently being discontinued (and then not) and the scarcely credible defected models we've been seeing, it's easy to miss the fact that Nintendo's new "toys to life" range has been a storming success — so much so that the...

Feature: Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS 'Pic of the Day' Screens - Greatest Hits

Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS 'Pic of the Day' Screens - Greatest Hits

The end! Finished! Terminado! Fini! 完成した!

Since summer 2013 Masahiro Sakurai — lead designer and overall head honcho of the Super Smash Bros. games — has been dutifully posting new screens for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles every working day. His Miiverse Pic of the Day posts were essential viewing for those hyped about the games, as...

Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64

Nintendo 64

Will you still love me when I'm 64?

The Nintendo 64 is a console which divides opinions, even today. For some, it was an unforgivable fall from grace after the dizzying heights of the SNES; a system which failed in the face of stiff competition from newcomer Sony and its dominant PlayStation console. For others, it's home to some of Nintendo's...

Interview: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's Developers Talk Over Origins and the Contents of Toad's Backpack

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's Developers Talk Over Origins and the Contents of Toad's Backpack

"I’m curious about this too so let’s have a look"

The release of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker in North America — it hits Europe on 2nd January — is sure to tempt a few into adding the retail release as a stocking filler. Bursting with charm and providing a substantial spin-off from the popular bonus stages in Super Mario 3D World, it...

Guide: Everything You Need To Know About Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire's Secret Bases

Everything You Need To Know About Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire's Secret Bases

Bomb the base

Secret Bases are a feature from the original games that make a triumphant return in Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, but contrary to what many people believe, they're actually one of the most useful features in the game. Making A Base: Dotted around Hoenn there are 82 locations where you can create a Secret Base. This is...

Talking Point: The Legend of Zelda on Wii U Steals The Show and Raises Expectations

The Legend of Zelda on Wii U Steals The Show and Raises Expectations

With Star Fox apparently progressing well, 2015 could be thrilling

During E3 this year Eiji Aonuma introduced The Legend of Zelda on Wii U, the long awaited main-series entry on Nintendo's latest home console. We were shown an art style that shared some similarities with Skyward Sword, but with a slightly more nuanced, cel-shaded and detailed...

Live: Watch The Game Awards 2014 From Las Vegas

Watch The Game Awards 2014 From Las Vegas

Nintendo games and exclusives vying for 11 awards

The time has arrived, when we find out whether the glitzy Game Awards 2014 will successfully lay the ghost of VGX 2013 to rest, or simply bring the horror back once again. We hope for the former, and Nintendo's an active partner also up for plenty of awards; join us live for the show#TheGameAwards

Feature: Five Reasons To Choose Nintendo 3DS This Holiday Season

Five Reasons To Choose Nintendo 3DS This Holiday Season

Gaming on the go

Not too long ago we published five reasons to choose Wii U this Holiday season, so it now seems only fair to do the same for the 3DS. With so many systems and games competing for our time the little portable has plenty of rivals, but it's also a terrific option in a time of the year typically full of travelling and relaxation away...