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Talking Point: The Legend of Zelda on Wii U May Benefit From a Delay, But It Leaves a Blockbuster-Sized Gap

The Legend of Zelda on Wii U May Benefit From a Delay, But It Leaves a Blockbuster-Sized Gap

Nintendo needs a plan B

There'll be a number of Nintendo fans that, if they feel so inclined, can now say "I told you so". After insisting in December 2014 that The Legend of Zelda for Wii U was on track for a 2015 release, despite bold promises of a sizeable integrated game world and innovative ideas, Eiji Aonuma released a video update stating...

Feature: Ten Must-Play Games for the Nintendo 3DS

Ten Must-Play Games for the Nintendo 3DS

As voted for by you to celebrate four years of the portable

With the 3DS now four years old, and now that the New Nintendo 3DS has brought us another iteration with a whole load of features, we decided it was a good time to take stock of ten definitive experiences on the system. To that end we listed 50 retail games - the eShop will have its own...

News: ​Japan Weekly: Bravely Second Jobs Revealed and Theatrhythm Dragon Quest Reviewed

​Japan Weekly: Bravely Second Jobs Revealed and Theatrhythm Dragon Quest Reviewed

Along with a handful of other 3DS and Wii U reviews straight from Japan

Finally — this week's Famitsu has made up for the last couple of disappointing releases when it comes to juicy Nintendo news. While we still haven't heard when Bravely Second: End Layer will make it outside of Japan, that hasn't stopped Famitsu from feeding Japanese gamers...

Poll: Vote For Your Ten Must-Play Games On Nintendo 3DS

Vote For Your Ten Must-Play Games On Nintendo 3DS

The portable is now four years old

Today brings the fourth anniversary of the Nintendo 3DS being released in North America, which is certainly a landmark to celebrate following equivalent dates for Europe and Japan. After a sketchy start the system has become an integral part of the current-day gaming landscape, leading the way as a dedicated...

Parent Trap: Mario Party amiibo Toys Get Both Genders Battling

Mario Party amiibo Toys Get Both Genders Battling

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson talks Toys to Life

While my family have well and truly been bitten by the deadly amiibo collecting bug, until now this had been the territory of my two boys rather than my daughter. Although we all play Super Smash Bros. she rarely gets the game out herself. However, the arrival of Mario Party 10 and the related Super...

Community Interview: Give Us Your Affordable Space Adventures Questions for KnapNok Games and Nifflas  

Give Us Your Affordable Space Adventures Questions for KnapNok Games and Nifflas  

What do you want to know?

Affordable Space Adventures is one of our most eagerly anticipated Wii U exclusives of 2015, and the eShop title isn't far away - it arrives on 9th April in Europe and North America. It makes extensive use of the home console's GamePad for dual screen play, and can be tackled alone or in co-op for up to three players...

Interview: Nintendo and Nd Cube on Bowser, amiibo and the Pure Luck of the Dice in Mario Party 10

Nintendo and Nd Cube on Bowser, amiibo and the Pure Luck of the Dice in Mario Party 10

Part of the goal are "actions that are overflowing with energy"

Mario Party 10, as the name makes very clear, is just the latest in one of Nintendo's most substantial franchises. Especially frequent on the GameCube, it's evidently achieved a good degree of success and remains a mainstay on Nintendo hardware, with the home console entries being...

Opinion: Splatoon Is to Shooters what Mario Kart Is to Racers

Splatoon Is to Shooters what Mario Kart Is to Racers

Ron and Alex share their thoughts on Nintendo's new IP

Our resident writing aficionado Ron and video guru Alex both got a chance to try their hands at a preview build of Splatoon recently, and despite writing an official preview, they felt they had more to say on a more personal note. We've made them scrawl out a few words to help explain just...

Feature: Before They Were Enemies, Sega And Nintendo Worked On One Of The Rarest Arcade Games Ever Made

Before They Were Enemies, Sega And Nintendo Worked On One Of The Rarest Arcade Games Ever Made

Taking a look at a genuine piece of gaming history

It's tempting to look back and think of Nintendo and Sega as long-standing rivals, and that was certainly the case during 8-bit and 16-bit era until the shock announcement that Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games was coming to the Wii. However, this wasn't the first time the two companies had...

Preview: We Take Aim at Splatoon to See if It Offers the Best of Both Worlds

We Take Aim at Splatoon to See if It Offers the Best of Both Worlds

Catching up with Splatoon's solo and multiplayer modes

During past Nintendo Direct presentations, the main focus of Splatoon has undoubtedly been the multiplayer gameplay, leaving many caught off guard when it was announced that Nintendo's upcoming squad-based shooter would feature a single player campaign as well. Not much has been revealed about...

Events: Nintendo At The MCM Birmingham Comic Con 2015

Nintendo At The MCM Birmingham Comic Con 2015

A fun-packed festival of popular culture, cosplay and gaming

The MCM Comic Con - the UK's biggest popular culture event - has just finished its tenure at Birmingham's NEC, and we were lucky enough to attend. Packed with memorabilia, merchandise, cosplayers and even some famous faces from the world of film and TV, the event was well attended and a...

Poll: Where Do You Stand On DeNA, Smart Device Games, Nintendo 'Membership' And The Nintendo NX?

Where Do You Stand On DeNA, Smart Device Games, Nintendo 'Membership' And The Nintendo NX?

Now that the dust has settled

There's been a lot of debate in the past few days around multiple topics that are important in the world of Nintendo. The corporate 'alliance' with DeNA will bring Nintendo brands to smartphone apps, services and - notably - games, while the former will also handle a lot of the dull-but-important infrastructure work on...

Japan Weekly: Famitsu Discusses Splatoon Weaponry And Gives Details On Style Savvy 3

Famitsu Discusses Splatoon Weaponry And Gives Details On Style Savvy 3

Two obscure Japanese games are also reviewed

Once again Famitsu has put out a weekly edition light on Nintendo news. It seems both Japan and Western territories are in a lull of significant Nintendo games. However, this edition did give us a bit more information on Splatoon - which is always welcome - and delved into Girls Mode 3 / Style Savvy 3, if...

Interview: Nintendo's Hiro Yamada On The Challenge Of Bringing Xenoblade Chronicles To The New Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo's Hiro Yamada On The Challenge Of Bringing Xenoblade Chronicles To The New Nintendo 3DS

"We hope the players will be satisfied with the outcome"

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is just around the corner, and has caused a significant stir in the community being the first exclusive title to come to the New Nintendo 3DS. Elusive in its original Wii format, this release will give many the chance to play what was arguably the biggest game on the...

Interview: Dan Marshall on The Swindle, Cancellation and Its Rebirth

Dan Marshall on The Swindle, Cancellation and Its Rebirth

"Here we are thirteen months later and it's expanded"

The Swindle is planned for the Wii U eShop this Summer, and it brings an interesting blend of action, platforming, strategy and humour. With a steampunk aesthetic, procedurally generated levels, its combination of styles and design approaches left us impressed in our first impressions. When...

Editorial: Nintendo's Heading For a Period of Major Change, and We Can't Fight It

Nintendo's Heading For a Period of Major Change, and We Can't Fight It

The times, they are a-changin'

Until this week Nintendo's strategy for the future was particularly vague, especially in the area of smart devices. The company's supposed dedicated Mii-based app had been in the works for quite some time and had been due in 2014, but was delayed into this year with talk of finding the right solution for moving onto...

Feature: We Catch Up With Four Nindies at EGX Rezzed

We Catch Up With Four Nindies at EGX Rezzed

Say hi to Image & Form, aPriori Digital, Dreadlocks and Delve Interactive

Last week we headed down to a lovely gaming event by the name of EGX Rezzed, which was held in London's charming Tobacco Dock venue. The event, hosted by our friends at Gamer Network, is a PC and developer-focused show, unlike the more mainstream and larger EGX which takes...

Reaction: The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think a Unified Platform is the Future

The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think a Unified Platform is the Future

Better, together

When Nintendo today announced its partnership with DeNA, which focuses on "smart devices" (mobile phones and tablets), it was wise to also include a statement of intent around its current business - dedicated game systems. As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm...

Talking Point: Nintendo's DeNA Plans and Ideas Are Smart, Not a Beginning of the End

Nintendo's DeNA Plans and Ideas Are Smart, Not a Beginning of the End

This doesn't have to be a 'Sega' moment

Nintendo has lifted the curtain, today, on a major corporate deal that dramatically adjusts its approach to smart devices, and also its future direction as a business. With Nintendo signing a major deal with DeNA to brings major IPs to smart devices, in addition to the partnership being linked to a future...

Interview: Dan Marshall Discusses His Development History, The Expanding Indie Boundaries and His Route to Consoles

Dan Marshall Discusses His Development History, The Expanding Indie Boundaries and His Route to Consoles

"There's always something exciting about games on a console"

The Swindle is planned for release on the Wii U eShop this Summer, and it brings an interesting blend of action, platforming, strategy and humour. With a steampunk aesthetic, procedurally generated levels, its combination of styles and design approaches left us impressed in our first...

Talking Point: It's Time for a Nintendo Direct to Set the Agenda

It's Time for a Nintendo Direct to Set the Agenda

With two months since the last broadcast, our bodies are ready

Ever since the broadcasts began, Nintendo Direct has given fans a fix of reveals, footage and talking points about upcoming releases; so when a gap opens up between presentations, there's some nervous twitching. When is the next video coming, and will Satoru Iwata appear in front of...

Feature: A Night at the Symphony of the Goddesses: Master Quest

A Night at the Symphony of the Goddesses: Master Quest

We take on the latest tour

Since the introduction of the iconic theme song on the NES in 1986, the body of music that has grown out of the Legend of Zelda series has been nothing short of legendary. Beginning with modest 8-bit sounds and eventually evolving into the sweeping sonatas in modern games, the songs have grown into something much more than...

Japan Weekly: Famitsu Gives More Details on Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition and Xenoblade Chronicles X

Famitsu Gives More Details on Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition and Xenoblade Chronicles X

Along with a quick look at Stella Glow, the upcoming 3DS RPG

Unlike last week's Famitsu magazine, this week's magazine featured much less information on upcoming Nintendo games. One Famitsu magazine each month serves as a recap magazine for the gaming news of the past month, with some new information peppered throughout. Unfortunately, this means...