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News: Atlus Just Can't Stop Offering Discounts, With Another Round Live on 3DS

Atlus Just Can't Stop Offering Discounts, With Another Round Live on 3DS

Crazy about deals

We often get a sense of déjà vu when producing the weekly Nintendo Download Update for North America, as we frequently include details of more Atlus discounts. The venerated publisher and developer — much loved for bringing distinctly Japanese experiences to the West — simply can't resist offering enticing deals to lure more...

News: Nintendo Unleashes Wacky Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS Commercials

Nintendo Unleashes Wacky Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS Commercials

"Settle it in Smash!"

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is less than two weeks from launch in the West, exciting news after well over a year of build-up. Nintendo, of course, will be unleashing a sizeable marketing campaign to push sales for the portable version, no doubt hoping it'll prompt some to also go for the HD version upon its release on...

Review: Darts Up (Wii U eShop)

Darts Up (Wii U eShop)

Bully for you

Many reading this may be aware that this title was previously released on the 3DS as Darts Up 3D, and you might be expecting a more fleshed-out experience on the Wii U’s considerably more powerful hardware. As it stands, this version of the pub-game simulator is largely the same as the portable instalment. You aim with the...

Video: New Bravely Second Trailer Sets The Scene for Gorgeous 3DS Sequel

New Bravely Second Trailer Sets The Scene for Gorgeous 3DS Sequel

Wait a second...

In some respects the 3DS is representative of rapidly ageing technology, with low resolution screens and modest processing power necessitating the 'New' model upgrades to make a Xenoblade Chronicles port possible, for example. Some developers clearly struggle to make the hardware sing, yet there are numerous examples of games that...

News: Capcom Releases Awesome TGS Trailers for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and The Great Ace Attorney

Capcom Releases Awesome TGS Trailers for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and The Great Ace Attorney

We sure love a bit of hype

In recent days the Tokyo Game Show has dominated the gaming scene in Japan; it's an event that doesn't often have any concrete details for Western gamers to latch onto, but it does bring more footage and details on titles confirmed or expected for localisation. That trend continued this past weekend, and two of Capcom's...

Review: Wild Guns (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Wild Guns (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

True Bit

The Wild West is a fantastic setting for a video game. Rugged gunslingers, drunken shootouts, limited presence of the law and a surplus of criminals lend to a volatile and rowdy backdrop for a tense, controller-gripping time. In the case of Wild Guns it takes the Steampunk route, injecting hostile machinery and advanced weaponry into the...

Nintendo 64x64: Beetle Adventure Racing

Beetle Adventure Racing

Arcade-style racing from the creative minds behind N64 launch title, Pilotwings 64. What makes Beetle Adventure Racing so enjoyable is that it feels fast and doesn’t punish you too much when you make mistakes. It looks pretty good too, with its decent lighting effects and accurate VW Beetle models. The multiplayer battle mode makes for a nice...

News: Shovel Knight Triumphantly Exits Final Testing Phase For International Release

Shovel Knight Triumphantly Exits Final Testing Phase For International Release

"We’ll be shipping up and shipping it out the door!"

North American players have been playing — and enjoying — the excellent Shovel Knight for what feels like an eternity now, but the game still hasn't launched in other parts of the world. Thankfully, the wait for non-Americans is finally drawing to a close, as developer Yacht Club Games has...

News: Engine Software Announces MindFeud For 3DS eShop

Engine Software Announces MindFeud For 3DS eShop

A social board game for the mentally nimble

Dutch-based outfit Engine Software has announced it will collaborate with Norwegian developer Monkeybin to release the classic social board game hit MindFeud on the 3DS eShop later this year. The revival promises to be true to the iOS, Android and Facebook originals, but adds a completely exclusive single...

Nintendo Download: 25th September (Europe)

25th September (Europe)

Fantasy Life, Art of Balance, FIFA(!), loads of discounts and much more

It's time to brighten our Mondays with the European Nintendo Download Update, once again, and this week serves up a lot of options across the Wii U, 3DS and even DSi. There's a major retail arrival on 3DS, new titles on both eShop platforms along with Virtual Console entries,...

News: Mitchell Corp Is Keen To Bring Strider's Spiritual Sequel To Home Formats

Mitchell Corp Is Keen To Bring Strider's Spiritual Sequel To Home Formats

Along with many of its other arcade titles

Mitchell Corp might not be a household name with most gamers, but the more astute among you will recognise the name from such hits as Pang, Puzz Loop and Polarium. Founded by former Data East staffer Roy Ozaki, the firm has enjoyed a very close relationship with Nintendo in recent years, with its last title...

Feature: Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Week Two: Tailor

Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Week Two: Tailor

A stitch of mine makes you look fine

In the second part of a regular series, Karen takes on Fantasy Life in a variety of 'lives' and documents her adventures. In addition to this series you can check out our review of the game. *Last week I got my start in Castele and surrounding kingdoms as a hunter, which was nice for exploring the environmen

Nintendo 64x64: Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon

Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon

Your friendly neighbourhood ninja

A platforming adventure that takes place across Feudal Japan, Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon focuses on a kiseru-wielding hero and his friends trying to prevent the country from being turned into a westernised fine arts theatre. Rich in Japanese folklore, yet stuffed with anachronisms such as giant robots, the...

Developer Profile: Masahiro Sakurai

Masahiro Sakurai

About the man behind two of Nintendo’s most significant franchises

"I decide what goes in the game; nobody else." These were the words of Masahiro Sakurai during a 2008 interview with Official Nintendo Magazine about Super Smash. Bros. Brawl. It's a quote that stands out because it contrasts quite starkly with the modest way in which the man...

Review: Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness (Wii U eShop / NES)

Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness (Wii U eShop / NES)

It's good to be bad

Although many people are familiar with the Red Arremers, the notoriously persistent enemies from the Ghosts 'n Goblins games, not many seem to be aware that one particular Arremer also starred in several games of his own. The first Gargoyle's Quest was released on the 3DS Virtual Console a while back, and now we've finally...

Nintendo 64x64: Pilotwings 64

Pilotwings 64

On target

Released alongside the N64, Pilotwings 64 delivered a sense of scale and open-world exploration that easily rivalled that of Super Mario 64. While it may not have been as revolutionary, it arguably did a better job of showcasing one of the N64's major unique selling points: the analog joystick, which provides a level of precision that...