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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...

News: The Results Of Nintendo Games Seminar Show Innovation And Imagination

The Results Of Nintendo Games Seminar Show Innovation And Imagination

Last year’s four games available for free on the Japanese Wii U eShop

We recently reported on Nintendo of Japan's Nintendo Games Seminar and commented on what a great opportunity it looked like for young Japanese developers who wanted to make a name for themselves. Every year selected teams of college students are given classes on game...

News: Don't Fancy Sonic Boom? No Problem, The Sonic 2 HD Fan Remake Is Back On Track

Don't Fancy Sonic Boom? No Problem, The Sonic 2 HD Fan Remake Is Back On Track

"It's good to be back!"

Back in 2012, we followed the progress made on Sonic 2 HD — a fan project to remake Sega's classic platformer — with great interest. However, for personal reasons development work ground to a halt and we never heard anything more about the project. That is until now. The team's Facebook page was recently updated to let...

News: Shovel Knight Soundtracks Released on Bandcamp

Shovel Knight Soundtracks Released on Bandcamp

Name your price for some metal-slammin' tracks

In our recent post on the Shovel Knight release trailer, you may recall one of our questions in our state of frenzied yammering was "Where do we get this song?!" Delightfully, we have an answer: it's Track 17 on Strike the Earth! Shovel Knight Arranged, newly released alongside the

News: Senran Kagura 2 Website Updates With New Gameplay Trailer And Boss Reveal

Senran Kagura 2 Website Updates With New Gameplay Trailer And Boss Reveal

Even more titillating info

The official Japanese website for upcoming 3DS anime brawler Senran Kagura 2 has had a recent update adding new artwork, screenshots and an all new gameplay video. A brand new boss is revealed who looks like a nasty piece of work, if you ask us: It has also been revealed that a tree-like mission select screen has...

News: Satoru Iwata Reigns Supreme in Annual Shareholders Meeting

Satoru Iwata Reigns Supreme in Annual Shareholders Meeting

Business as usual

Nintendo's 74th annual general meeting (AGM) for shareholders took place today in Japan and we can confirm that Satoru Iwata has retained his position as Nintendo's president. Iwata of course was not present at today's meeting due to his recovery from recent surgery. We are yet to learn what this year's investor approval rating...

Hands On: Bewitching Bayonetta 2 Brings Action Gaming To A Climax On Wii U

Bewitching Bayonetta 2 Brings Action Gaming To A Climax On Wii U

We spend some time with Bayonetta 1 and 2

It’s hard to overestimate just how much buzz Bayonetta 2’s Wii U exclusivity garnered back when it was announced in 2012; the first game in the series - from Platinum Games and Hideki Kamiya - was critically acclaimed and a big hit with fans, though since it only ever appeared on the Xbox 360 and PS3,...