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Review: Excave (3DS eShop)

Excave (3DS eShop)

Dungeon crawling on a budget

Like most dungeon crawling RPGs, Excave builds its core upon slashing and fighting your way through waves of enemies in multi-floor dungeons, collecting various weapons and healing items, all while trying to escape with your bounty. The risk-reward tension combined with the thrill of the unknown awaiting you on each...

Gallery: Mega Man: The Board Game Gets Closer to Reality

Mega Man: The Board Game Gets Closer to Reality

Finalising content with Capcom

We've covered Mega Man: The Board Game a fair amount, from its origins on Kickstarter to tentative updates as Jasco Games has worked towards making the final product a reality. As a relatively complicated game with plenty of text and miniatures to produce, it's clearly been a challenging project. A major part of that...

Feature: A Celebration of HAL Laboratory - Forever Focused on Fun

A Celebration of HAL Laboratory - Forever Focused on Fun

Kirby, Pokemon, Smash Bros., and Box Boy...

Over the past weekend, on 21st February, HAL Laboratory turned 35 years old. Its rather cute / peculiar logo should be familiar to plenty of Nintendo fans, though due to Nintendo branding being predominant it's easy to overlook just how important the developer has been in not only establishing some of...

Review: Jewel Quest: The Sapphire Dragon (3DS)

Jewel Quest: The Sapphire Dragon (3DS)

Mountainside match-making

The simplicity of the Match-3 genre is both its blessing and its curse. Its easy learning curve and ability to pick up and play can open it up to a wide fanbase, but only a certain few clever or lucky titles are able to stand out amongst a sea of copies. Jewel Quest: The Sapphire Dragon is the sixth installment in the...

News: More New Nintendo 3DS Cover Plates Headed to Europe on 2nd April

More New Nintendo 3DS Cover Plates Headed to Europe on 2nd April

Pikachu! Kirby! Dots!

While Japanese New Nintendo 3DS owners have over 50 cover plates - known as Kisekae in the country - to choose from, the spread of these to Europe is a little more measured. A dozen options were available at launch, while a Majora's Mask 3D option is on the way; Nintendo has now confirmed another eight designs coming on 2nd...

Video: Did You Know Gaming's Latest Pokémon Episode Explores the History of Game Freak and Its Influences

Did You Know Gaming's Latest Pokémon Episode Explores the History of Game Freak and Its Influences

Right from its original with a fan magazine

Game Freak is one of the world's most successful developers, accumulating millions of sales on an annual basis through the main Pokémon games. As a result it's a major success for Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, too, and integral to the franchise and its ongoing success. Many great things have humble...

News: Clive 'N' Wrench Aims to Bring Back Those Rare 3D Platforming Memories on Wii U

Clive 'N' Wrench Aims to Bring Back Those Rare 3D Platforming Memories on Wii U

Inspired by Banjo-Kazooie et al

If you owned a Nintendo 64 in its heyday, or have familiarised yourself with its library in recent times, you'll have done a lot of 3D platforming and collecting. It may seem old-hat now, but the concept of running around in a 3D world collecting trinkets was somewhat mind-blowing, and Rare was prolific - titles like...

Review: Flap Flap (3DS eShop)

Flap Flap (3DS eShop)

Flap off

The success of the free mobile hit, Flappy Bird, was arguably one of the darkest periods in the history of video games. It was a title with questionable assets, a tedious concept and flawed mechanics that was made in just a handful of days. Despite this, it was clearly addictive, going viral with unprecedented downloads and media coverage...

News: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Record Decent Week 2 UK Sales

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Record Decent Week 2 UK Sales

Zelda title fighting with the big boys

The New Nintendo 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate all had strong début sales in the UK when they launched on 13th February. That launch buzz makes way for day-to-day sales, of course, and while both retail titles have seen numbers inevitably drop in their second weeks,...

Nintendo Download: 26th February (Europe)

26th February (Europe)

Hyrule Warriors DLC, Pac-Attack, Titan Attacks, Kirby HOME themes and more

It's Monday morning, but that's a good thing if you're a Nintendo fan in Europe, as it brings us the latest Nintendo Download Update news. This week has some typically bonkers Wii U DLC along with a range of rather tempting downloads on both systems. Let's get to it. Wii U...

News: Nintendo Are Releasing Stylish Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Playing Cards In Japan

Nintendo Are Releasing Stylish Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Playing Cards In Japan

Japan gets all the good stuff

With Nintendo starting out as a card company, it’s no surprise it still pays respect to its beginnings with regular releases of both classic Japanese hanafuda cards and more commonly known card games here in the west. The latest addition to this long-line is a set of Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire playing...

News: Yoshi’s Woolly World Rated By Australian Classification Board

Yoshi’s Woolly World Rated By Australian Classification Board

An early arrival expected

The upcoming platform game,Yoshi’s Woolly World, set for release in early 2015, has recently been rated by the Australian Classification Board, confirming the previously scheduled launch period is still on target. The Wii U title was rated on 16th February, with information of “very mild violence” in reference to...

Feature: Tales From the Front Line of amiibo Collecting

Tales From the Front Line of amiibo Collecting

The good, the bad and the ugly

Nintendo's amiibo have been a hit at retail, with around 5.7 million sold through January, and counting. Yet that sales success doesn't mean that supply is plentiful, and for the most eager of fans collecting some of the toys - particularly those that are a little most niche - have been a tale of endurance. This...

News: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Developers Discuss the Art Style and Sources of Inspiration

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Developers Discuss the Art Style and Sources of Inspiration

Blessing or a curse?

Just this Friday, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse released in North America to general critical acclaim. We awarded it a 7/10; while praising the excellent art style, we felt there were underutilized gameplay applications of the clay theme. As part of the buzz surrounding the game's release, GameSpot recently conducted an interview...

News: Eiji Aonuma Explains Several Design Choices in the Creation of Majora’s Mask

Eiji Aonuma Explains Several Design Choices in the Creation of Majora’s Mask

“It’s almost like another dimension”

It's no secret that many are enjoying The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D at the moment. The much-anticipated remake of the Nintendo 64 classic rectified some of the issues present in the original release and streamlined the whole experience to make it more enjoyable. Just recently, Game Informer con