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News: Freedom Planet Runs into Delay

Freedom Planet Runs into Delay

Need to liberate a critical bug from the game

Those who have been yearning for a full Wii U run on the oh so Sonic-tacular Freedom Planet in North America will have to wait until a recently discovered bug has been exterminated, according to director Stephen DiDuro, DiDuro, who goes by Strife, posted news of the game's delay via development team...

News: The Tragic Tale Of Taito's WOWOW, The Console Which Promised Download Gaming In 1992

The Tragic Tale Of Taito's WOWOW, The Console Which Promised Download Gaming In 1992

Ill-fated system pre-dated the SNES Satellaview by some margin

Taito may now be a part of super-publisher Square Enix, but the history books will honour the company as one of gaming's true pioneers. It was responsible for Space Invaders - arguably one of the most important games of all time - as well as a string of '80s and '90s arcade hits,...

Editorial: Paper Mario is 15 Years Old Today, and Provides a Reminder of Nintendo's Wonderful Whimsy

Paper Mario is 15 Years Old Today, and Provides a Reminder of Nintendo's Wonderful Whimsy

Silly and brilliant, what a combination

Paper Mario is 15 years old today, 11th August, in terms of its Japanese release in 2000. Intelligent Systems, a development company typically associated with Fire Emblem and Advance Wars, took a step back from serious strategising to produce what was, at the time, a bit of a revelation. Actually originally...

Video: Capcom Launches Cute Monster Hunter Training Academy Series

Capcom Launches Cute Monster Hunter Training Academy Series

"There is no furry without fury"

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has been available in the West for about six months now, in the process becoming a success in Capcom's quest to boost the IP's sales outside of its guaranteed popularity in Japan. It's a fantastic entry in the series that's both familiar and fresh, with core mechanics and systems in place...

News: DeNA West CEO Believes Nintendo Smart Device Releases "Might Change the Way People Play Mobile Games"

DeNA West CEO Believes Nintendo Smart Device Releases "Might Change the Way People Play Mobile Games"

Thinks "hundreds of millions" of people will want to play

We can expect quite a lot of focus on Nintendo and DeNA in the coming months, as the big N will be making its long awaited - especially by shareholders - entry in the world of smart device gaming. DeNA's experience in the market and background in 'services' will combine with Nintendo's game...

News: Awesome Mario Kart Trophies Are Now Up for Grabs on Club Nintendo in Europe and Australia

Awesome Mario Kart Trophies Are Now Up for Grabs on Club Nintendo in Europe and Australia

Star Power

Club Nintendo is all wrapped up in North America and it's heading towards its end date in PAL territories, too. Fans of the service in Europe and Australia can still grab some goodies with their remaining Stars, however, and some particularly awesome rewards have just been added. All of these Mario Kart trophies are up for grabs, and...

News: Try Not to Get Too Merry While Checking Into SteamWorld Heist's Bars

Try Not to Get Too Merry While Checking Into SteamWorld Heist's Bars

Hire crew, check missions, buy new gear

SteamWorld Heist is heading to the 3DS this 'Fall', with a release on Wii U and other platforms to follow, and Image & Form's latest is sure to be one of the eShop's big ticket releases in the remainder of this year. The developer is now back to normal in serving up weekly updates, too, this time focusing...

News: Nintendo and DeNA Smart Device Game Still On Track, Announcement Details Currently Being Planned

Nintendo and DeNA Smart Device Game Still On Track, Announcement Details Currently Being Planned

We can expect a smartphone game in the next four months

The passing of Satoru Iwata in July was an significant blow to Nintendo and his many admirers around the world, though company business has so far continued to follow planned timelines - at present Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda are running Nintendo on an interim basis. A major announcement...

News: Nintendo Not Looking To Churn Out Yearly Sequels To Its Core Franchises, Feels DLC Keeps Games Feeling Fresh

Nintendo Not Looking To Churn Out Yearly Sequels To Its Core Franchises, Feels DLC Keeps Games Feeling Fresh

Pokémon being the notable exception

There may be a new Call of Duty, FIFA and Assassin's Creed on store shelves every single year, but Nintendo of America's Scott Moffitt stresses that Nintendo isn't looking to pull the same trick any time soon. Speaking to The Examiner, Moffitt addressed the issue of yearly updates, something which publishers...

Review: Swords & Darkness (3DS eShop)

Swords & Darkness (3DS eShop)

Alone in the darkness

Side-scrolling hack and slash games fall into a tricky genre. It's such a simple concept at its core, but it can easily be ruined by something as basic as poor controls or lack of originality. Swords & Darkness, the latest in the genre to make its way to the 3DS eShop, is an unfortunate example of what happens when little...

News: Nintendo: Wii U GamePad Is The Only Real Innovation This Console Cycle, But We Didn't Showcase It Well Enough 

Nintendo: Wii U GamePad Is The Only Real Innovation This Console Cycle, But We Didn't Showcase It Well Enough 

"That's our real secret sauce"

The Wii U may not have gained the same commercial success as the original Wii, but it terms of innovation it arguably does more than its next-gen rivals, thanks largely to the potential of its GamePad controller. That's certainly the opinion of Nintendo of America's Executive VP of Sales Scott Moffitt, who has been...

Weirdness: The Man Behind Busking Mario Is Now Racing Trains As Mega Man

The Man Behind Busking Mario Is Now Racing Trains As Mega Man

Off the rails

Emlyn Lewis is an award-winning Irish filmmaker who just happens to have a deep love of retro gaming - Nintendo specfically. He's famous for busking in the guise of Super Mario and playing notable tunes from the series on his keyboard, but recently he's branched out into another beloved NES franchise: Capcom's Mega Man. Mega Man vs...

News: Award-Winning Logic Puzzler The Bridge Launches On The Wii U eShop This Month

Award-Winning Logic Puzzler The Bridge Launches On The Wii U eShop This Month

"M. C. Escher meets Isaac Newton"

The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild's logic puzzler The Bridge is hitting consoles this month, and that includes the Wii U. Described by the developer as "M. C. Escher meets Isaac Newton", The Bridge launched on PC and Xbox 360 back in 2013. The aim is to reach the exit of each level, and to do this you will need to...

Video: Say Hello To The SNES Game Which Ships Inside A Game Boy Cartridge

Say Hello To The SNES Game Which Ships Inside A Game Boy Cartridge

Invading a 16-bit home console near you

One of the really cool things about the Super Game Boy adapter - besides the fact that it allowed you to play your portable titles on SNES - was that it added embellishments to certain titles, like two-player modes, additional colours and even attractive borders around the screen. However, there's one title...

News: CoroCoro Reveals Yo-Kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version For Wii U

CoroCoro Reveals Yo-Kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version For Wii U

A Level-5 & Ubisoft collaboration

After selling millions and becoming a cultural phenomenon in Japan, it has been revealed the popular Yo-Kai Watch series will receive a Just Dance spin-off. The latest issue of Japan’s CoroCoro Magazine explains Yo-Kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version is on the way to the Wii U courtesy of a surprising...