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

A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Forty Four

Massive pixels! Outfits! More Mii characters! Other Things!

Super Smash Bros. is still approaching, as we continue to grasp at straws and say that this week will mark the three month mark for the arrival of the 3DS version. How time crawls when Smash is on the way. Masahiro Sakurai and his team are no doubt gearing up and putting in extra hours to...

News: EA Explains Why It's Abandoning Dedicated Handhelds For Smartphones And Tablets

EA Explains Why It's Abandoning Dedicated Handhelds For Smartphones And Tablets

"You have to make some hard calls when you've got only so many people"

EA's support for Nintendo platforms is pretty lacking in general right now, but the 3DS and Wii U aren't the only systems the publisher is turning its back on — it has all but retreated from the dedicated portable console market, instead choosing to put its efforts into the...

News: Pokémon Orchestral Tour Premiering in August

Pokémon Orchestral Tour Premiering in August

Super effective on the ears

Following in the steps of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, another Nintendo franchise's musical score will soon say goodbye to its mom and embark on a journey to prove itself the champion of concert halls the land over. The Pokémon Company International has announced Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions, a new...

News: Cross-Buy is Now a Thing on Nintendo Platforms

Cross-Buy is Now a Thing on Nintendo Platforms

Buy one version, get another free

Since the Wii U's NNID (Nintendo Network ID) was added to the 3DS in late 2013 we've been yearning for eShop games, not to mention Virtual Console games, to offer cross-buy so you can play on both the Wii U and 3DS at no extra cost. This is par for the course on PlayStation systems, with Another World being one...

Review: SKYPEACE (3DS eShop)

SKYPEACE (3DS eShop)

Doesn't soar, but not quite a bore

SKYPEACE is a stage-based runner that finds you surfing it up in the in the sky, high above the clouds. As runners generally go, players will be aiming for a high score by collecting as many coins and significant pickups as they can, while avoiding incoming obstacles. Existing in a genre that overpopulates the...

News: Tomodachi Life on the Rise in UK Charts

Tomodachi Life on the Rise in UK Charts

The quirky Mii-sim still has legs

The weekly UK game sales charts are in again and we continue to see a flurry of PS4/Xbox One blockbusters hogging the top slots. Sniper Elite 3, Watch Dogs and EA Sports UFC are enjoying their time at the top this week. Tomodachi Life

News: Miyamoto Thinks That Nintendo Are in a Genre of Their Own

Miyamoto Thinks That Nintendo Are in a Genre of Their Own

“I really think there needs to be a Nintendo genre"

Legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto recently did an interview with the LA Times where he discussed Nintendo's focus on creating games which entertain, as opposed to simply trying to be "cool". He even went on to say that Nintendo should have a genre of their own. Nintendo isn’t one...

News: Princess Daisy Costume Confirmed For Bayonetta

Princess Daisy Costume Confirmed For Bayonetta

Dressing up is fun

Nintendo has previously revealed that you'll be able to use Samus, Peach and Link costumes in Bayonetta on the Wii U, but eagle-eyed fans have spotted that screenshots show a fourth costume selection slot. Given the colours and flower design used in the mystery icon, some had predicted that it would be an outfit for Princess...

News: Nintendo Supported Our Vision The Most, Says Devil's Third Maker Valhalla Game Studio

Nintendo Supported Our Vision The Most, Says Devil's Third Maker Valhalla Game Studio

"As far as boundaries go, there was nothing they told us we couldn’t do"

Devil's Third was perhaps one of the biggest surprises of Nintendo's E3. Previously announced by THQ as a PS3 and 360 title, its future was thrown into doubt when the publisher went under. Nintendo was the company which picked it up, and now the game will be hitting the Wii U...

Review: Toy Stunt Bike (3DS eShop)

Toy Stunt Bike (3DS eShop)

Batteries included

The store aisle packaging that greets you when selecting Toy Stunt Bike from the 3DS menu is a telling sign of the game’s intended mood. This is a physics-based platformer alright, but the challenge is infused with those elements of joy, imagination, and mild cruelty everyone remembers from playing with their toys as a kid...

News: Pier Solar HD Delayed, Wii U Version Will Now Come With Built-In Achievements

Pier Solar HD Delayed, Wii U Version Will Now Come With Built-In Achievements

Certification process throws up some issues

WaterMelon's rebooted 16-bit RPG Pier Solar and the Great Architects HD was due for release earlier this year, but the developer has now revealed that a last-minute snag in the certification process has resulted in a minor delay. Apparently it's Microsoft which is kicking up a stink — it rejected the...

Review: Cocoro Line Defender (3DS eShop)

Cocoro Line Defender (3DS eShop)

Doing lines

If there's one thing French studio Moving Player knows how to do beautifully, it's presentation. Its new title Cocoro: Line Defender is inspired by Japanese watercolour-style art, with bright environments and striking dark outlines reminiscent of the 2006 classic Ōkami. Sporting a traditional flute-based soundtrack and characters with...

News: Stats Suggest That UK Kids Are More Likely To Game On A Tablet Than A Nintendo 3DS

Stats Suggest That UK Kids Are More Likely To Game On A Tablet Than A Nintendo 3DS

Handheld consoles losing ground to other mobile devices

There once was a time when "portable gaming" basically meant "Game Boy". Nintendo's line of handheld systems ruled the mobile world for well over a decade, and its reign was only ended by the arrival of its successor: the Nintendo DS. While Nintendo continues to dominate the portable console...

Parent Trap: Amiibo Charts A Fresh Course In The Toys To Life Sector

Amiibo Charts A Fresh Course In The Toys To Life Sector

Wallets are going to suffer this Christmas

Seen one toy-video-game craze and you’ve seen them all, right? Counter to first impressions Skylanders, Disney Infinity and Angry Birds Telepods each offer a distinct experience. Nintendo’s amiibo characters offer another new way to combine toys and video-games, but how different is it to these other...