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Feature: Breaking Down Over 50 Must-See Things in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Breaking Down Over 50 Must-See Things in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Step by glorious step

Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Nintendo Direct delivered what it promised — 50 'Must-See Things'. In fairness to the 'New Things' wording deployed on multiple occasions by Nintendo of America, meanwhile, it wasn't far off that target either, even if that would require a little more slack and an absence of cynicism...

Guide: Tips And Tricks To Get You Started In Bayonetta 2

Tips And Tricks To Get You Started In Bayonetta 2

Struggling to climax? Follow our advice

Bayonetta 2 is out today, and while there are difficulty options that accommodate players of all skill levels, that doesn't mean that you can't benefit from some pointers to help get you started. Below is a guide that should help provide you with an understanding of how to approach even the most-challenging...

Guide: How To Find Every Umbran Crow In Bayonetta 2

How To Find Every Umbran Crow In Bayonetta 2

Catch 'em all to unlock stamps for Miiverse

Umbran Crows are evasive little creatures. Twenty of these dodgy birds are hiding throughout the world of Bayonetta 2, and it's up to you to catch 'em all. Not only can locating each one be a task in itself, but possessing the requisite speed and skill to scoop them up before they're alerted to your...

Feature: Five 'New Things' We Want in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Five 'New Things' We Want in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Time to take the franchise to another level

With Super Smash Bros. for Wii U increasingly close to release, Nintendo's gearing up to answer the call for full details of its features with an upcoming live Nintendo Direct that'll introduce 50 'new things'; that's a bold and exciting promise. Though, as an important note, some of Nintendo's messaging...

Talking Point: Platinum Games Has Secured a Golden Wii U Legacy

Platinum Games Has Secured a Golden Wii U Legacy

Bayonetta 2 joins the brilliant Wonderful 101

We argued, right at the start of our Bayonetta 2 review, that the "Wii U library is small, but also diverse and exciting". The reason we opened with that point is that, despite lazy comments often shared online — increasingly irrelevant with each passing month — stating that the Wii U has 'no...

Video: How Much Faster Is The New Nintendo 3DS?

How Much Faster Is The New Nintendo 3DS?

Quite a bit, as it happens

The New Nintendo 3DS is available now in Japan, and we've been spending some quality time with the system — as you'll already know if you've checked out our review and hands-on video. One of the most common questions we've had since getting the console relates to overall speed — is it really that much faster than the...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Ability to Charm Young Gamers is Vital for its Success

Nintendo's Ability to Charm Young Gamers is Vital for its Success

Proper next-gen

There was a period, in the latter half of the last generation of systems, when it seemed as if Sony and Microsoft were making a major play for the young gamer's market — Microsoft pushed for advertising presence on major multi-platform franchises, in particular, while Sony tried new ideas with its range of Wonderbook releases...

Feature: The Making of Rocket: Robot on Wheels

The Making of Rocket: Robot on Wheels

How one of the N64's most criminally under-appreciated games came to be

The Nintendo 64, while simultaneously renowned and infamous for doing many things, is arguably best remembered for defining the 3D platforming genre. When Super Mario 64 released in 1996, it didn't just blow everyone’s socks off; it revolutionised home console gaming and set...

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

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

It's back! Apologies for its absence! Please understand!

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is on the way, and many are already masters of the 3DS version. Masahiro Sakurai is doing what comes naturally, then, updating the Director's Room Miiverse community with new posts every day. Yet still, let's address the obvious question to our loyal and eagle-ey

Parent Trap: Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Demo Is Perfect For Pocket Monster Newcomers

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Demo Is Perfect For Pocket Monster Newcomers

Both young and old alike

Parents can lag behind their children in their video-game consumption. A combination of a sentimental connection to games of yore and a dwindling amount of free time for their hobby often results in the kids playing new games first. Even for a series as long standing as Pokémon, many parents simply don’t get what all the...

Feature: Ari Pulkkinen's Quest to Turn the Volume Up on Game Music

Ari Pulkkinen's Quest to Turn the Volume Up on Game Music

Music is "the biggest emotional aspect in any game"

There's surely little debating that music is absolutely integral to a video game experience. Nintendo has successfully riffed on iconic themes for decades, while still producing terrific new soundtracks in its current-day efforts that can only add to the excitement of the gameplay. This is...

Feature: Brawl With The Nintendo Life Team in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Brawl With The Nintendo Life Team in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Fight club

Many 3DS owners will already be well into their time with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS by this point, customising their fighters and pinning down their 'main' for tough online battles. A fun feature of this game, of course, is its Mii integration: you can choose from three core Mii Fighter types — Brawler, Swordfighter and Gunner...

Feature: Bayonetta - Creating Gaming's Combative Heroine

Bayonetta - Creating Gaming's Combative Heroine

A unique part of the gaming scene

While it's a release that'll perhaps be battling the odds to make a major commercial impact, Bayonetta 2 will arrive as a Wii U exclusive on 24th October in the West, joined by an enhanced port of its predecessor. The new entry arrives as a relatively unique arrival, one of few dedicated action games of its type...

Video: New Nintendo 3DS Unboxing And Hands On

New Nintendo 3DS Unboxing And Hands On

Watch in awe as we remove and refit a face plate

We've got the New Nintendo 3DS in the office right now and in-between gazing at its rock-solid 3D screen and fondling its nipple-like C-Stick, we somehow found the time to record a special unboxing and hands-on video, which you can view below. The new console — currently only available in Japan —...

Preview: Bat-Swinging into Action in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

Bat-Swinging into Action in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

Go West young man

Already a successful branch of the LEGO series of games, the LEGO Batman line is soon to add a third entry into its already successful lineup. LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, as its name suggests, takes the action outside of just Gotham and spreads it around the globe and even outer space — but does it measure up? We got some...

Video: How Hyrule Warriors Forges A Link With Zelda's Past

How Hyrule Warriors Forges A Link With Zelda's Past

Comparing the legendary locations

There are few locations in the world of gaming that are as close to our hearts as those featured in The Legend of Zelda series. The recently released Hyrule Warriors brings yet another fresh take on these iconic locales, but for those who are don't know their Death Mountains from their Lake Hylias, here's a look at...