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Talking Point: The Pros, Cons and Questionable Likelihood of a Nintendo NX Release in Summer 2016

The Pros, Cons and Questionable Likelihood of a Nintendo NX Release in Summer 2016

A new pillar? Is July 2016 too soon, or even likely?

In the first of what are sure to be multiple rumours before Nintendo lifts the lid on its 'NX' hardware in 2016, Taiwanese press site DigiTimes has made a range of claims around a potential release in July next year. Its general statements revolve around Foxconn handling much of the...

Nintendo Download: 2nd July (North America)

2nd July (North America)

Ocarina of Time, Roving Rogue, Samurai Warriors, discounts and more

It's that time again, North American gamers, for a look over this week's Nintendo Download Update goodies. One of the greatest games of all time is up for grabs, while there's a mix of Nindie and major third-party options through the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores. Throw in a load of...

Review: Life of Pixel (Wii U eShop)

Life of Pixel (Wii U eShop)

A passionate pastiche of pixels past

Independent games are well-known for reaching into the early days of the industry for inspiration. Many indies borrow the retro style of chiptunes and pixel art, being an aesthetic that's easily created on a smaller budget, and titles like Shovel Knight have even elevated the look beyond its original form. Life...

News: Bandai Namco Confirms European New 3DS Bundle and Pre-Order Bonuses for Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden

Bandai Namco Confirms European New 3DS Bundle and Pre-Order Bonuses for Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden

SNES title Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2 included as free 3DS download

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden, the 2D brawler from Bandai Namco, is heading to 3DS in the West in October. While more details are sure to be shown off as release approaches, Europeans planning to pick it up have plenty of reason to be happy courtesy of some pre-order and...

Guide: Master Splatoon's New Tower Control Mode with these Easy-to-Use Tricks & Tips

Master Splatoon's New Tower Control Mode with these Easy-to-Use Tricks & Tips

We all want control

Splatoon's new Tower Control game mode has been released to the public, and as with any new set of rules it can take a while to learn how best to approach the matter. That's why we've played and played since silly o' clock in the morning in order to better understand the ins and outs and more importantly deliver our findings and...

News: More Zelda Manga Is On The Way From Akira Himekawa

More Zelda Manga Is On The Way From Akira Himekawa

Returning after seven long years

Zelda (and manga) fans have much to rejoice over as after a seven year hiatus, the female partnership of Akira Himekawa - the pen name for two manga artists working together since 1991 - will return to publish another series of manga based on Nintendo's legendary franchise. No news as of yet as to when we can expect...

News: Nintendo Seeks Improvement at E3 2016, Though Miyamoto Defends Near-Term Rather Than "Dream-Like Demonstrations"

Nintendo Seeks Improvement at E3 2016, Though Miyamoto Defends Near-Term Rather Than "Dream-Like Demonstrations"

Miyamoto-san doesn't approve

Courtesy of the internet and its never-ending ability to make a lot of noise, Nintendo's senior management will know only too well that some of the company's most vocal fans were rather disappointed with the company's E3 showing. Its focus on near-term releases meant there were plenty of previously announced titles,...

News: We Can't Release Virtual Console Games Any Faster As It Would Impact New Development, Says Iwata

We Can't Release Virtual Console Games Any Faster As It Would Impact New Development, Says Iwata

"Development of Virtual Console titles require detailed manual work"

The Virtual Console promised so much when it launched alongside the original Wii all those years ago. Indeed, on that particular console it became something of a goldmine of amazing retro titles, and when Nintendo announced that the service would carry over to the Wii U, many...

News: Nintendo Aims to Avoid 'Notorious' Smart Device Business Models With Its Releases

Nintendo Aims to Avoid 'Notorious' Smart Device Business Models With Its Releases

Keen to "appeal to a wide variety of people"

By the end of this year, barring unexpected delays, we'll have downloaded Nintendo's first dedicated game / app for smart devices. In partnership with smart device veterans DeNA, Nintendo is plotting a small number of apps that it hopes will generate significant revenue, transforming its profit margins...

News: Nintendo NX Will Avoid The Launch Issues Which Plagued 3DS And Wii U, Claims Iwata

Nintendo NX Will Avoid The Launch Issues Which Plagued 3DS And Wii U, Claims Iwata

"We intend to offer NX through a Nintendo-like solution"

The officially translated notes for Nintendo's 75th AGM are in, and unsurprisingly Satoru Iwata spends a lot of time talking about Nintendo NX, the company's next gaming system. During the Q&A session, Iwata was asked some rather direct questions about how Nintendo intends to avoid a...

Video: Marvel at the Madness of Project X Zone 2 in This Extended Footage

Marvel at the Madness of Project X Zone 2 in This Extended Footage

Over seven minutes of action

Project X Zone 2 is heading to the 3DS in Europe in 2016, which is great news - albeit a delay - for those that got drawn into the anarchic original RPG. Meshing together franchises from SEGA, Capcom and Bandai Namco, it doesn't have to make sense to be entertaining. Bandai Namco of Europe has now published a new video...

Weirdness: Splatoon Has Been Impressively Recreated In Team Fortress 2

Splatoon Has Been Impressively Recreated In Team Fortress 2

Modding madness

Splatoon has been a critical and commercial success for Nintendo, and has introduced an entire generation of players to the concept of an online, team-based shooter. In fact, it has turned so many heads that even PC gamers - the chaps who live and breathe this kind of game - are paying tribute in their own unique way. A team of...

Video: Rodea The Sky Soldier Takes Flight In This Fresh Gameplay Trailer

Rodea The Sky Soldier Takes Flight In This Fresh Gameplay Trailer

Sky fallin'

Rodea the Sky Soldier's rather drawn-out route to market would be enough to make any video game character feel a little downhearted, but this flighty protagonist isn't giving up. With the Japanese launch in the bag and a North American release just around the corner, we're being treated to some more gameplay footage from the Yuji Naka's...

Rumour: Nintendo NX Shipping This Time Next Year, 20 Million Sales Targeted In First 12 Months

Nintendo NX Shipping This Time Next Year, 20 Million Sales Targeted In First 12 Months

Foxconn rumoured to be manufacturing the system

It is being reported that Nintendo's next games console - currently known as the Nintendo NX - will launch in July 2016. The source of the report is Taiwanese site DigiTimes, which is claiming that manufacturer Foxconn has won the contract to produce the console. However, it is thought that rival firm...

News: Bike Rider DX2: Galaxy Is Finally Pedalling To The European 3DS eShop This Month

Bike Rider DX2: Galaxy Is Finally Pedalling To The European 3DS eShop This Month

Better late than never

Japanese developer Spicysoft has revealed that Bike Rider DX2: Galaxy will launch on the European 3DS eShop on July 9th - more than a year after it hit North America. The game is even older in its native Japan, having originally launched in December 2013. Still, better late than not at all, right? Let's hope we don't have to...

News: The Smart Boy Is Real, Will Let You Play Original Game Boy Carts On Your Smartphone

The Smart Boy Is Real, Will Let You Play Original Game Boy Carts On Your Smartphone

Hyperkin's April Fool's joke turns out to be true

Back in April, hardware maker Hyperkin posted what many people thought was an elaborate April Fool's joke. The "Smart Boy" was pitched as a bolt-on controller which allowed you to play your original Game Boy carts on your smartphone. A fantastic idea, but surely too bonkers to actually be true,...

News: Hyperkin Is Working On The Ultimate Wii U Pro Controller

Hyperkin Is Working On The Ultimate Wii U Pro Controller

Meet the ProCube

Peripheral and hardware maker Hyperkin is working on what it hopes will be the ultimate Wii U controller option. The ProCube aims to fuse together the best bits of the Wii U Pro Controller and the GameCube pad. It works with all Pro Controller titles on the Wii U and is totally wireless - something that other Wii U GameCube clone...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's July DLC Brings Great Gear and Fan Favourites

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's July DLC Brings Great Gear and Fan Favourites

Straight-up Monster Hunting this month

For its sheer volume of content its hard to look beyond Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate as a leading light on the 3DS. It's an experience catered to skilful, dedicated players, however, and the July batch of DLC is certainly full of challenges for fans and masters of the franchise. There are no quirky crossovers...

News: Super Mario Maker Won't Filter Your Naughty Levels, But Offensive Content Can Be Reported

Super Mario Maker Won't Filter Your Naughty Levels, But Offensive Content Can Be Reported

Click a button and the level is "reviewed" by Nintendo

Super Mario Maker launches in September, and will give players the chance to create their very own Super Mario levels which they can then share with friends online. As is the case with any user-generated content, there's always the risk that some wannabe joker will create an offensive or...