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News: Nintendo Is Shutting Down Its Taiwan Subsidiary

Nintendo Is Shutting Down Its Taiwan Subsidiary

Nintendo Phuten employees will leave by the end of this month

The Big N's Taiwanese subsidiary, Nintendo Phuten, will shut down at the end of May with employees leaving by the end of this month, Taiwanese website GNN reports. Nintendo Phuten is responsible for distribution and sales of the company's hardware and software in Taiwan; with a population...

Talking Point: Nintendo Must Take Careful Steps Into Paid DLC and Free-to-Play

Nintendo Must Take Careful Steps Into Paid DLC and Free-to-Play

The balance seems reasonable, so far

As more first-party games arrive on the Wii U and 3DS, we may need to stop thinking of paid DLC and free-to-play models as exotic rarities on Nintendo systems. To an extent they still are, in that there's a degree of surprise whenever either emerges in a Nintendo title, but it's quickly becoming the norm, with...

News: Robot-Battling Action Title Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle Announced For 3DS In Europe

Robot-Battling Action Title Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle Announced For 3DS In Europe

Pit the Knights against the Corrupted in 2D mech-fighting madness

Bandai Namco Games Europe has announced the upcoming release of Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle for Nintendo 3DS. The game is based on the anime series and Ionix toy line currently seeing success in the US and Japanese markets; Europeans will also be getting these through Spin Master...

News: Yo-kai Watch Returns to the Japanese Chart Summit as Hardware Sales Dip Again

Yo-kai Watch Returns to the Japanese Chart Summit as Hardware Sales Dip Again

3DS systems reclaim number one spot

It's been a tough month in the Japanese charts, with few notable winners setting the tills alight. This week continues that trend, though it brings good news for Level-5 and a return to the top for the 3DS systems. On the software side of things it was a quiet week, with new entries to the charts failing to shift...

News: Miiverse Update Imposes Restrictions on Posting Comments

Miiverse Update Imposes Restrictions on Posting Comments

Mario says it's not a chat room, right?

Nintendo has today announced a fresh update for Miiverse across the web and Wii U / 3DS versions. The positive change is that the web version will now have the same community search functionality as the console equivalent, as well as a "Posts from Verified Users" tab that acts as a shortcut to authorised...

Interview: MixedBag on Bringing forma.8's Mysterious Adventure to the Wii U eShop

MixedBag on Bringing forma.8's Mysterious Adventure to the Wii U eShop

"I think there's a lot of untapped potential in the GamePad"

Earlier this year Italian developer MixedBag caught the attention of Wii U gamers by teasing an announcement for the system; this turned out to be forma.8, an exploration game with a stylish visual approach. The studio's announcement reserved particular praise for Unity, Nintendo and...

Review: Tiny Games - Knights & Dragons (3DS eShop)

Tiny Games - Knights & Dragons (3DS eShop)

The dark knight

Taking the title of this game at face value, one could understandably conjure some exciting images of brave warriors setting off to battle in a land teeming with adventurous opportunities. The medieval setting is well-established by this point, and is versatile enough to appeal to even the very young demographic that Tiny Games...

News: Level-5's 3DS RPG Youkai Watch Has Now Sold One Million Copies In Japan

Level-5's 3DS RPG Youkai Watch Has Now Sold One Million Copies In Japan

Sales have doubled in the last two months alone

New reports suggest that Level-5's 3DS title Youkai Watch has shipped one million units in Japan. The game launched in July last year, but it wasn't until the transmission of the related anime TV show in January that sales began to spike; in February, Level-5 confirmed that it had delivered 500,000...

News: Picross e4 Confirmed For North American 3DS eShop Release In May

Picross e4 Confirmed For North American 3DS eShop Release In May

Mega Picross puzzles await

It might be slightly later than expected, but Picross e4 is finally making the leap to the west. The game has been confirmed for a May 1st release on the North American 3DS eShop. The game launched in Japan last year, and publisher Jupiter Corporation has previously stated that it will also see release in Europe in the...

News: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Announces Free And Paid-For DLC Tracks

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Announces Free And Paid-For DLC Tracks

Yuffie joins in too!

The Curtain Call news just keeps coming this week! Not only do we now have a confirmed western release, but in Japan the first wave of additional DLC tracks have been announced — including two tracks that are free for a limited period. The full line up is as follows: Final Fantasy V Battle 2 (BMS) - Free until the 8th of...

News: Hidden Object Puzzler Azada Is Spooking The North American 3DS eShop Next Month

Hidden Object Puzzler Azada Is Spooking The North American 3DS eShop Next Month

Brain training

It has been confirmed that the 3DS puzzle title Azada will be hitting the North American eShop on May 1st. Originally released in physical form back in 2012, Azada is a port of a preexisting PC, Android and iOS title and comes from the creator of the Mystery Case Files series. You have to assist the hapless Titus in his escape from a...

News: Bandai Namco Announces Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 for Wii U and 3DS

Bandai Namco Announces Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 for Wii U and 3DS

Pac Attack!

Hot on the heels of last year's Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures based on the television show of the same name, Bandai Namco has revealed an announcement trailer for Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2, set for release this year on Wii U, 3DS, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. If you've ever wanted to see Pac-Man skyboarding, you're in...

Video: Learn More About the Stunning Art Style and Sound in Child of Light

Learn More About the Stunning Art Style and Sound in Child of Light

The adventure is getting closer

While plenty of attention with the Wii U has drifted towards Mario Kart 8 and a host of upcoming Wii U eShop releases, we feel that Ubisoft's Child of Light shouldn't be forgotten or overlooked. Arriving on the download store next week, it's a title full of potential. With a script that'll read like a poem and with...

News: Possibility of SNES Remix and Other Remix Titles Depends on Fan Support

Possibility of SNES Remix and Other Remix Titles Depends on Fan Support

NES Remix director: "Does the marketplace want it or need it?"

In an interview with IGN, NES Remix and NES Remix 2 director Koichi Hayashida explained that the possibility of a SNES Remix, Game Boy Advance Remix, or other Remix brand titles will depend on the market's support and fan outcry. There could even be a Remix title based on third-party...

News: Nintendo Shows Off Its Mario Golf: World Tour DLC Courses and Characters

Nintendo Shows Off Its Mario Golf: World Tour DLC Courses and Characters

Wants your green for more greens

Earlier today Nintendo confirmed details for DLC in Mario Golf: World Tour, which has prompted plenty of spirited debate. It's a title that does include 10 courses right off the tee, though the addition of extra paid content — especially of the day one variety — always prompts discussion. There'll be three...

Guide: Building the Perfect Team in Pokémon X & Y

Building the Perfect Team in Pokémon X & Y

Serebii's Joe Merrick helps you get prepared for tournaments

"Strong Pokémon. Weak Pokémon. That is only the selfish perception of people. Truly skilled trainers should try to win with their favourites." In the past few months, we have dealt with the core mechanics of Pokémon, from EV training to IV breeding, and now comes the most unique part...

News: Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends Ships Today in North America

Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends Ships Today in North America

No, it's not Mother 3. It's Gardening Mama 2!

Cooking Mama refuses to be pigeonholed into the culinary arts. After a commercially successful green-thumbing spinoff adventure on DS in 2009, Mama is back for more in Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends on 3DS, which is shipping to stores in North America today. Like a well-tended backyard, bask in the...

Review: Boxzle (3DS eShop)

Boxzle (3DS eShop)

Lock the box and throw away the key

With a huge assortment of puzzle titles on the eShop, PouncingKitten's Boxzle doesn't do nearly enough to set itself apart from the rest of the litter. With three variations on the "sliding box" mechanic the potential for clever and satisfying puzzles is there, but poor visuals and sound, generic presentation and...

News: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Is Serenading The West Later This Year

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Is Serenading The West Later This Year

Music to our ears

If you've been following our coverage of the Japanese version of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call then you'll probably be wondering if and when the game is coming to the West. Thankfully, we can now confirm that a western launch is indeed happening, and it takes place at some point this year. To celebrate the announcement,...