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Anniversary: The Nintendo DS is Now 10 Years Old

The Nintendo DS is Now 10 Years Old

Went from baby phat to slim

It's a big day for the original DS, as it's 10 years to the day since the first model in the iconic family of systems — commonly referred to as the 'phat' — arrived in North America. Few will forget the E3 reveal of the DS by Reggie Fils-Aime, and its clamshell Though it signalled the beginning of the end for the...

Anniversary: 20 Years Ago Today, Rare Resurrected The Donkey Kong Brand

20 Years Ago Today, Rare Resurrected The Donkey Kong Brand

Donkey Kong Country is now two decades old

Donkey Kong is Nintendo's first major star, having made his début in the arcade game that effectively turned the company into the global monster it is today. However, when Mario decided to become Super on the NES and take his place as Nintendo's number one mascot, DK was bumped down the pecking order and...

News: NINJHAX Exploit Is All About Nintendo 3DS Homebrew And Not Piracy, Says Creator

NINJHAX Exploit Is All About Nintendo 3DS Homebrew And Not Piracy, Says Creator

Hack intended to attract bedroom coders to the 3DS, not stinkin' pirates

Today marks the launch of the much-hyped NINJHAX exploit, which allows 3DS owners a backdoor to run unofficial software on their consoles. The hack is the work of 22-year-old student Jordan Rabet, and is so called because it requires a copy of the obscure puzzle platformer...

News: Peculiar Outfits and Details Revealed for Twilight Princess Hyrule Warriors DLC

Peculiar Outfits and Details Revealed for Twilight Princess Hyrule Warriors DLC

Link to the Pants

The "Twilight Princess" DLC pack is just around the corner for Hyrule Warriors, and Famitsu has revealed the downright quirky content that'll be included. The headline — for us, anyway — is the emergence of a Link costume in which he's dressed like the Postman; it's quite a bizarre sight, and fans of Twilight Princess may also...

News: Thousands In Australia & New Zealand Attend Midnight Launches For New Nintendo 3DS And Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Thousands In Australia & New Zealand Attend Midnight Launches For New Nintendo 3DS And Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

A momentous occasion for Nintendo fans down under and across the ditch

Last night, Australia and New Zealand were treated to the release of a brand new Nintendo system before both North America and Europe. In a similar scenario to Nintendo’s homeland, Japan, existing models of the 3DS had reportedly reached the point of complete market...

Review: Xavier (Wii U eShop)

Xavier (Wii U eShop)

X-cruciating

In the world of platformers, the name of the game is control. That is to say, nothing speaks to a platform game's quality quite like the level of control the player feels they have over their character. Of course, control alone does not guarantee a successful product — creative level design that makes intuitive use of the mechanics is...

News: Child of Light's Creative Director Paints a Picture of its Artistic Process

Child of Light's Creative Director Paints a Picture of its Artistic Process

The game also made green, ended up in the black

Released back in spring Ubisoft Montreal's Child of Light possessed a uniquely gorgeous visual style that few, if any, have matched. In a talk at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) earlier this year, Creative Director Patrick Plourde discussed the journey from concept art to bringing the 2D RPG to...

Review: Castle Conqueror EX (3DS eShop)

Castle Conqueror EX (3DS eShop)

Back to basics

Four years ago, at the time of the original Castle Conqueror title's DSiWare release, we made a somewhat snarky remark in our review about the absence of Real-Time Strategy games on the Nintendo DS. With its touch controls and capability to display information on one screen and action on the other, the dual-screened console seemed...

News: Mewtwo Club Nintendo Super Smash Bros. Distribution Details Confirm Paid DLC Plan

Mewtwo Club Nintendo Super Smash Bros. Distribution Details Confirm Paid DLC Plan

Free if you buy both games, otherwise prepare to pay

It's been common knowledge for some time that those who purchase Super Smash Bros. for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS and register them on Club Nintendo will be eligible to receive a two-disc soundtrack as a special treat. It was also announced that free Mewtwo DLC will come in Spring 2015, a

Review: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS)

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS)

Mapping your psyche

Atlus’ Megami Tensei series has been an RPG institution for over two decades, but to Western audiences it’s perhaps best known in connection with a numbered pair of revolutionary PlayStation 2 titles: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 and Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4. Starring modern Japanese high school students and integrating...

News: Mighty Final Fight and Mario Pinball Land To Hit North American Virtual Console on 27th November

Mighty Final Fight and Mario Pinball Land To Hit North American Virtual Console on 27th November

Flippin' fighting

Nintendo of America's download update had some big-hitters today for Wii U and 3DS, though the press release also outlined some games that we can look forward to in the weeks ahead. While three of these were retail titles and dates we already knew, a couple of Virtual Console games have been outlined — details are below. Mario...

Nintendo Download: 20th November (North America)

20th November (North America)

Smash Bros., Pokémon ORAS, Watch Dogs, GBA DK, Battleminer and much more

It's time for the Nintendo Download update, North American gamers, and this week's update brings massive releases on Wii U and 3DS. Beyond the big-name retail titles we have some new download-only titles, a host of other retail downloads both old and new, retro GBA DK and a...

News: Toys "R" Us Buy One Get One 40% Off Deal Includes All Wii U and 3DS Games

Toys "R" Us Buy One Get One 40% Off Deal Includes All Wii U and 3DS Games

Handy as Smash Bros. for Wii U and Pokémon ORAS are eligible...

21st November is a bumper day for Nintendo fans in North America, with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U joining amiibo on the home console and Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arriving on 3DS / 2DS. As far as double releases go, that's an exciting day of gaming. US gamers that...

News: Suda51 Explains The Origins Of No More Heroes And Its Waggle-Based Swordplay

Suda51 Explains The Origins Of No More Heroes And Its Waggle-Based Swordplay

"That kind of motion is very Travis"

The Wii's incredible commercial success and unique control system ensured that the console received more than its fair share of third-party exclusives, with No More Heroes being one of the most notable early releases. Developed by Goichi "Suda51" Suda and his team at Grasshopper Manufacture, this insane 3D action...