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Interview: Nintendo of America's Damon Baker on the Brave New World of Humble Nindie Bundle

Nintendo of America's Damon Baker on the Brave New World of Humble Nindie Bundle

"It increases the exposure for all these great developers and games"

This week brought a major landmark for both Nintendo and Humble Bundle with the aptly named Humble Nindie Bundle. It's the first time that console downloads have featured in the pay-what-you-want platform, allowing gamers in the Americas to pick up eight separate games (some...

Feature: Explaining Humble Bundle and What it Could Mean for Nintendo and Nindies

Explaining Humble Bundle and What it Could Mean for Nintendo and Nindies

There are many winners

A rather surprising promotion went live this week - the Humble Nindie Bundle. It's only available in the Americas, though Nintendo of America's Damon Baker has stated that there were efforts to make it global and there's scope for future promotions. The frenzy of attention is naturally on the pay-what-you-want angle, which...

Interview: GungHo's Daisuke Yamamoto Talks Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition

GungHo's Daisuke Yamamoto Talks Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition

"Imagine being able to make a game with such a world-renowned designer"

Nintendo recently launched Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition and Puzzle & Dragons Z on the Nintendo 3DS, a double-pack which not only contains one of the most popular puzzle RPGs of recent memory but also showcases a unique Nintendo take on the formula,...

Talking Point: Retro Gamers Beware, PAC-MAN 256 Could be a Template for Nintendo's Smart Device Future

Retro Gamers Beware, PAC-MAN 256 Could be a Template for Nintendo's Smart Device Future

Simple works on phones, and the early NES era epitomises that style

Being a gamer on the wrong side of 30 that uses YouTube to keep up with a modest list of subscribed channels, this humble writer was unaware of PAC-MAN 256 until earlier today when a press release plopped into an inbox. A celebration of Pac-Man's 35th Anniversary? Sweet! It's on...

Hands On: Disney Infinity 3.0's Twilight Of The Republic Brings The Star Wars Saga To Wii U

Disney Infinity 3.0's Twilight Of The Republic Brings The Star Wars Saga To Wii U

The Force is strong in this one

After much anticipation we finally got our hands on the Star Wars levels in Disney Infinity 3.0 in London last week. There's a little time before launch still but the headline here is that things feel very polished and locked down already - we came away very impressed. Having had a play with the Toy Box game-creator...

Feature: Yoshi's Woolly World, Like Kirby's Epic Yarn Before It, Offers Unique Chill-Out Platforming

Yoshi's Woolly World, Like Kirby's Epic Yarn Before It, Offers Unique Chill-Out Platforming

All platformer fans should want this game

Though its release in Europe is still a month away, Nintendo has certainly been keen to let the media get their hands on Yoshi's Woolly World. We already gave you a written and video preview for the game in late April, but without spoiling too many specifics we thought we'd provide a follow-up to explain...

Ninterview: Patrick Scott Patterson is Geared Up For the Nintendo World Championships Qualifiers

Patrick Scott Patterson is Geared Up For the Nintendo World Championships Qualifiers

"For me personally this is as awesome of a scenario as could be"

Patrick Scott Patterson (also known by some as OriginalPSP) is familiar to plenty of gamers, especially those that follow his reports on retro gaming and world records; he also has a strong record of media appearances talking about the medium as a whole. His public gaming history goes...

Reaction: There is a Positive Angle to Nintendo's Splatoon Global Testfire Issues

There is a Positive Angle to Nintendo's Splatoon Global Testfire Issues

Lessons learnt

When Nintendo announced the first round of Splatoon Global Testfire sessions we described the idea as a clever Nintendo Direct highlight, as it achieved multiple goals. It created 'event'-style hype, gave curious Wii U owners a look at the game, and also allowed Nintendo to stress-test the online component with an audience of a...

Feature: What the Heck is Puzzle & Dragons? - A Brief History, and Why Mario Got Involved

What the Heck is Puzzle & Dragons? - A Brief History, and Why Mario Got Involved

Match three with a difference

YouTube recently released a presser in anticipation of its 10th anniversary. Listed in acknowledgement of the milestone were several "top 10's", including the top 10 most viewed video game videos, as ranked by watch time: Minecraft Grand Theft Auto (series) League of Legends Call of Duty (series) FIFA...

Hands On: Disney Infinity Toy Box 3.0 Brings A Fresh Mario Kart Rival To Wii U

Disney Infinity Toy Box 3.0 Brings A Fresh Mario Kart Rival To Wii U

Sumo Digital works its magic once more

Getting hands-on with the Toy Box for Disney Infinity 3.0 was more than a little interesting, not least because of the Star Wars content and characters therein. At an event in London yesterday we had a chance to experiment with the new game creator as well as try both the Toy Box Takeover adventure and Toy Box...

Feature: The Full Story Behind Star Fox 2, Nintendo's Most Famous Cancellation

The Full Story Behind Star Fox 2, Nintendo's Most Famous Cancellation

"The series was never intended to be limited to linear 3D scrolling stages"

This year will see the launch of another entry in Nintendo's long-running space battle series, Star Fox. It's an indication of how popular the franchise is with fans that last year's relatively detail-free E3 announcement was one of the biggest stories of the entire event,...

Parent Trap: Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Makes Chess Players Of Us All

Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Makes Chess Players Of Us All

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson on old and new turn-based strategy

Code Name S.T.E.A.M. creates a knife edge multiplayer challenge for families with as much to commend it as Chess. Fighting talk I know, but this 3DS game made me reconsider how I see (and limit) video games in the home. While few have ambitions for their children to get really good at...

Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the Fault of Many, But Damages Creativity and Risk Taking

The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the Fault of Many, But Damages Creativity and Risk Taking

More for less isn't sensible or fair

There's a worrying trend at present, in which ambitious and creative independent developers announce a sizeable Wii U exclusive, and then have to defend their pricing. That's happened twice in recent times with Affordable Space Adventures and - this week - Swords & Soldiers II. We've also had a reliable...

Reaction: Nintendo Dropped the Ball, Not the Mic, With Its Nintendo World Championships 2015 Qualifiers

Nintendo Dropped the Ball, Not the Mic, With Its Nintendo World Championships 2015 Qualifiers

Less an event to capture social media, more one-off E3 show

Following Nintendo's outline of its E3 plans last week, we got rather optimistic and hopeful about the Nintendo World Championships 2015, stating that the E3 event could be just the beginning. We cited the ongoing success of the truly global Pokémon tournaments as a potential blueprint,...

Feature: A Nintendo Fan's Guide to E3 2015

A Nintendo Fan's Guide to E3 2015

Plenty to see

The madness is on the way, with Los Angeles all set to host hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees for E3 2015. While technically an expo like any other, it has become far more than that for game companies and their fans. It's a major centrepiece of any gaming year, and an opportunity for major publishers and developers to...

Exclusive: Nintendo PowerFest Winner Mike "Qik" Iarossi Will Compete In The Nintendo World Championships At E3 2015

Nintendo PowerFest Winner Mike "Qik" Iarossi Will Compete In The Nintendo World Championships At E3 2015

Champ is joining Empire Arcadia following team's world record success

At this year's E3, Nintendo will be resurrecting a special event which first took place 25 years ago. The 1990 Nintendo World Championships captured the hearts and minds of an entire generation of players and have since passed into video gaming folklore, arguably laying down the...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Modest Sales Targets Keep Wii U and 3DS Expectations Under Control

Nintendo's Modest Sales Targets Keep Wii U and 3DS Expectations Under Control

E3 surprises are still a solid bet, however

In consecutive years Nintendo predicted a return to good times, struggled to deliver and reported financial losses; with that in mind the recent annual results were a major positive. Nintendo reported a decent profit and showed enough positive intent that shareholders were happy, with the company's value...

Talking Point: Nintendo World Championships 2015 Should Be Just the Beginning

Nintendo World Championships 2015 Should Be Just the Beginning

Nintendo can seize popular culture again

With a typical slice of nostalgia it was announced that Nintendo World Championships 2015 will be a major live event prior to E3. Filling the gap left by the Super Smash Bros. Invitational of E3 2014, it seems like a smart move - play on nostalgia and the 25th Anniversary of the iconic 1990 contest, while...

Hardware Review: REVO K101 Plus

REVO K101 Plus

Hands-on with the ultimate hardware GBA clone

Love them or loathe them, hardware clones of vintage gaming platforms are here to stay. Technical wizards operating on the fringe of the gaming hardware arena are constantly dreaming up new products which ape the performance and feel of classic consoles, and in the past few years we've seen imitations...

Reaction: Nintendo's E3 Plans are a Perfect Blend of Humour, Retro Charm and a Hint of Madness

Nintendo's E3 Plans are a Perfect Blend of Humour, Retro Charm and a Hint of Madness

Nintendo World Championships 2015, spread the word

Nintendo has made an event of confirming its plans for a major gaming expo, with pre-announcement hype and some bizarre social media stunts. Welcome to the madness of E3 2015. It started with some particularly peculiar pranking from well-known Nintendo figurehead Bill Trinen, with him joking that...

Ninterview: Talking Super Smash Bros. With UK Grand Master James Miller

Talking Super Smash Bros. With UK Grand Master James Miller

He plays a mean Luigi

James Miller is rather good at Super Smash Bros. He recently won Nintendo UK's Super Smash Bros Invitational event at the MCM Comic Con in Birmingham - a massive achievement for many players but merely another title in Miller's eyes; he's already made his presence felt in the UK's Smash community several times in the pa

Matters Of Import: Take A Guided Tour Of Super Potato, The Ultimate Retro Gaming Paradise

Take A Guided Tour Of Super Potato, The Ultimate Retro Gaming Paradise

Japan-based Brit David Coyles explains the appeal of this legendary shop

"I don't know where to start! I'm so excited" blurted out in an enclave of retro gaming memorabilia, and a phrase which saved me from my own funk in a number of ways. Japanese store Super Potato has a certain uplifting effect on most of the people who visit – be it one of...