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Nintendo Download: 30th April (North America)

30th April (North America)

Paper Mario, amiibo tapping, mech blasting, pinball DLC and more

It's that time again, North American gamers, for details on the fresh download treats making their way to the eShop. This week brings an amiibo freebie, a Nintendo 64 classic, DLC, demos, discounts and more besides. It's certainly a diverse and quirky line-up this time around, so let's...

Review: Karous -The Beast of Re:Eden- (3DS eShop)

Karous -The Beast of Re:Eden- (3DS eShop)

​Not exactly the beast

The "shmup" genre is relatively niche but is also, among its devoted fans, one of the great pleasures in gaming. It's a difficult genre to create games for, however, as the nature of the gameplay is rather limited and simple, with innovations being hard to come by. After all, there's only so many ways one can pull off...

Video: Sin & Punishment: Successor of the Skies Shines On Wii U

Sin & Punishment: Successor of the Skies Shines On Wii U

A pleasurable experience

For the latest Wii release to get another chance on the Wii U eShop, Nintendo has given us something a little different in Treasure's Sin & Punishment: Successor of the Skies, or Star Successor as it's known in North America. A sequel to an N64 game that never even made it out of Japan (until a Virtual Console release on...

News: Nintendo Confirmed as Exhibitors at Legends of Gaming YouTube Extravaganza in London

Nintendo Confirmed as Exhibitors at Legends of Gaming YouTube Extravaganza in London

Mario Kart 8 looks like a key event

It's not uncommon to attend an expo nowadays, see a particularly long queue and accurately assume that those fans are in line to see a YouTube star. Some online celebs have millions of subscribers and over a billion views to their name, making them a big draw for the crowds at events. Legends of Gaming is an expo...

Nintendo Direct: A Special Splatoon Direct is Inked In for 7th May

A Special Splatoon Direct is Inked In for 7th May

Expect a splattering of details

Nintendo is clearly keen to keep up its run of Nintendo Direct broadcasts for major releases, confirming a Splatoon Direct that'll be broadcast on 7th May - it's going down at 7am Pacific / 10am Eastern / 3pm UK / 4pm CET. This has been confirmed by both Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe, suggesting that...

News: PAL Gamers Can Brighten Their Day With This Club Nintendo Majora's Mask Light

PAL Gamers Can Brighten Their Day With This Club Nintendo Majora's Mask Light

Not a terrible fate at all

We're well into the final stretch of Club Nintendo's existence, putting the pressure on us all to spend our last coins and stars before the service shuts down for good. Nintendo of Europe has been gradually adding new items to tempt us in that quest, and the latest addition is one of the best yet. As you can see in the...

News: Xenoblade Chronicles X Skell Models on the Way in Japan

Xenoblade Chronicles X Skell Models on the Way in Japan

The big marketing push continues

The RPG genre may not be quite as all-conquering as it once was, but Nintendo and developer Monolith Soft are clearly very determined to make a success out of Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U. We've seen a solid couple of months of build-up through 'special presentations' in flashy videos, while a handsome hardware...

News: Comic Workshop Update on the Way to "Mark the Comeback of Screenshot Posts to Miiverse"

Comic Workshop Update on the Way to "Mark the Comeback of Screenshot Posts to Miiverse"

Stan Lee will be thrilled

While Miiverse is certainly popular with a number of Wii U and 3DS owners, it's had some moments of controversy. Many of these relate to the availability and then removal of screenshot functionality, often as a result of Nintendo trying to moderate inappropriate content. Comic Workshop fell victim to controversy on this...

News: This GameStop Advert May Have Revealed Next Month’s Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate DLC

This GameStop Advert May Have Revealed Next Month’s Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate DLC

No pun intended

Capcom’s strong support for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate on the 3DS continues with both new and free DLC arriving on a monthly basis. So far this content has included new quests, items, and even well-known video game character collaborations. With new DLC content anticipated to arrive over the coming days, this week’s GameStop...

News: Nintendo Celebrates Japanese Launch Of Fire Emblem If With Themed Cover Plate & Bundle

Nintendo Celebrates Japanese Launch Of Fire Emblem If With Themed Cover Plate & Bundle

Another week, another cover plate

Since the launch of the New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo has allowed users to accessorise their system with a wide selection of cover plate offerings. This trend won’t be stopping any time soon, with the latest cover plate reveal celebrating the upcoming Japanese launch of Fire Emblem If. The special Fire Emblem If...

News: Australian And New Zealand Pokémon Video Game & Trading Card Game National Championships Unite This June

Australian And New Zealand Pokémon Video Game & Trading Card Game National Championships Unite This June

A special long weekend event

Australian and New Zealand Pokémon fans are in for a treat from 6th – 8th June, with Nintendo announcing the 2015 Pokémon Video Game and Pokémon Trading Card Game National Championships will be coming together for the first time at the Melbourne Park Function Centre over a three-day long weekend event. As players...

News: Listings and Rumours Point to a Silver Mario amiibo Release on 29th May

Listings and Rumours Point to a Silver Mario amiibo Release on 29th May

In North America once again

It's pretty clear that the limited silver edition Super Mario amiibo is very real, with a sample bought from a Chinese auction site having been demonstrated in Mario Party 10. Its original leak was alongside the golden Mario that caused amiibo collectors to sweat over their complete collections, and this silver variation...

News: Bravely Second: End Layer Passes 100,000 Sales in Its Launch Week in Japan

Bravely Second: End Layer Passes 100,000 Sales in Its Launch Week in Japan

Wii U has a small boost as 3DS remains static

There's some cheer for Square Enix and 3DS fans in the latest Media Create charts from Japan, with a fresh release sealing top-spot and six-figure sales. Despite that, there's still an overwhelming volume of new releases on Sony systems hogging the top 10. It's Bravely Second: End Layer that claims top...

Talking Point: Mario Maker Can Be A Game Changer For Nintendo And Its Relationship With Gamers

Mario Maker Can Be A Game Changer For Nintendo And Its Relationship With Gamers

A future with NES Maker and more could be extraordinary

Sometimes a game has the power to seize the imagination from the moment it's revealed, with a self-hyping capacity to get thousands of gamers excited from little more than a glimpse. Others can be a slow burner or need the right moment to set off alarms in an individual's head. This writer...

News: Science Museum in Tokyo Aiming for Super Effective Education With The Pokémon Lab

Science Museum in Tokyo Aiming for Super Effective Education With The Pokémon Lab

Disclaimer may clarify that no real Pokémon are featured

Here's another event to file under the "wish I was in Japan" category, as Pokémon fans within travelling distance of Tokyo could potentially learn a little about science and also have fun with one of their favourite franchises. From 8th May onwards, The Pokémon Lab exhibit at the Miraikan...

Weirdness: You Can Now Browse Zelda: Link To The Past's Map Using Your Web Browser

You Can Now Browse Zelda: Link To The Past's Map Using Your Web Browser

Turn-by-turn Navi-gation not included

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past features one of the most vibrant game worlds ever created for any video game, and now you can gaze longingly at it using your humble HTML5 web browser. The peeps at Jadsdsengine have created a living, breathing replication of the game's overworld which can be viewed via...

News: Just When You Thought the Humble Wii Was Dead, Here Comes PSA World Tour Squash

Just When You Thought the Humble Wii Was Dead, Here Comes PSA World Tour Squash

Late to the Wii party?

Given that the Wii U first went on sale in November 2012, you might have assumed by now that publishers would have all stopped developing Wii games and moved on to take advantage of the power of the newer system. Alternative Software doesn't seem to have got the memo and is releasing PSA World Tour Squash on the Wii on the...

Review: LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin (3DS)

LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin (3DS)

Left in the dark

At this point, "Oh, look! Another LEGO game!" is a phrase that can only be said with genuine excitement or seething, bitter sarcasm. Regular releases in the LEGO series of video games have become such a constant in the industry that these action-adventure titles are on the verge of becoming a genre of their own. Not to leave the...