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News: Splatoon Update Improves Matchmaking, Tinkers With Rainmaker And Generally Tightens Things Up

Splatoon Update Improves Matchmaking, Tinkers With Rainmaker And Generally Tightens Things Up

Full list of changes in 2.4.0 update included within

A new update for Splatoon goes live today, and we've got the full list of changes for you to gaze at in wonderment. These include improvements to the matchmaking service, the addition of prohibited areas in the Rainmaker mode and the closing of certain level shortcuts in all game modes. You can...

Video: Mother 3 Hits Japanese Virtual Console With Impressive Trailer In Tow

Mother 3 Hits Japanese Virtual Console With Impressive Trailer In Tow

Will we ever see this classic in the west?

The Game Boy Advance title Mother 3 hits the Japanese Virtual Console service today, and to mark the event Nintendo has released a surprisingly comprehensive trailer. Mother 3 is the sequel to EarthBound - which was known in Japan as Mother 2. Originally intended for release on the N64's 64DD drive, it...

News: Splatoon Developers on the Future of Splatoon and DLC

Splatoon Developers on the Future of Splatoon and DLC

No future plans for paid DLC, free DLC is done in January

Splatoon has really come a long way since its initial launch. The Splatoon that we were introduced to back in May was still an excellent game, but a strong argument could be made that the game was uncharacteristically light on content for a Nintendo game. Since then, new maps, game modes,...

News: Niantic Developers Elaborate More on the Design of Pokémon Go

Niantic Developers Elaborate More on the Design of Pokémon Go

Many lessons have been learned from Ingress

As many of you likely remember, a location based multiplayer game called Pokémon Go was announced earlier this year for smart devices. The game will aim to place virtual Pokémon in the world around you, and place you in the shoes of an aspiring Pokémon Trainer. You'll be able to catch, trade, and battle...

News: Analysts Weigh in on Nintendo's Successes and Failures with amiibo

Analysts Weigh in on Nintendo's Successes and Failures with amiibo

It's been a great start, but there's plenty of room for improvement

Nintendo's amiibo lineup has certainly been a case of ups and downs. The popular collectible figures have generated some handsome profit for the company and it seems that more figures are launching all the time. However, amiibo have been plagued by stock issues ever since they've...

News: Nintendo NX Doesn't Need To Compete With PlayStation 4 And Xbox One To Be A Success, Claims Analyst

Nintendo NX Doesn't Need To Compete With PlayStation 4 And Xbox One To Be A Success, Claims Analyst

"Nintendo has a history of doing things its own way"

Next year we're going to hear a lot more about Nintendo's next console, currently codenamed NX. The system has been shrouded in secrecy since it was first announced earlier this year, but rumours are circulating that it could be a console/handheld hybrid which effectively unites the two markets...

News: Xenoblade Chronicles X Creator Tetsuya Takahashi Prefers Western Games To Japanese Ones

Xenoblade Chronicles X Creator Tetsuya Takahashi Prefers Western Games To Japanese Ones

Next project will be entirely different, too

Xenoblade Chronicles X has just launched in the west to very positive reviews, and to mark this occasion Time has been speaking to creator Tetsuya Takahashi, the man behind the entire "Xeno" series of video games. Takahashi revealed that he actually prefers Western games to those developed in his own...

News: Back In 1990, Miyamoto's Desire Was To Make Video Games Parents Wanted Their Kids To Play

Back In 1990, Miyamoto's Desire Was To Make Video Games Parents Wanted Their Kids To Play

"Ah, good! My child is old enough to play video games now!"

Video games are often unfairly blamed for society's ills, with critics claiming they make players violent or antisocial. While some might assume such claims are a recent thing, a newly-translated interview with the team behind Super Mario World reveals that such unwarranted criticism has...

News: Wii U and 3DS Hardware Sales Lead the Way in Japan

Wii U and 3DS Hardware Sales Lead the Way in Japan

Monster Hunter X, Splatoon and Super Mario Maker going strong

Sales are on the up in Japan as the Holiday season approaches, and the latest Media Create chart results bring very happy reading for Nintendo in terms of both software and hardware. Starting with software, Monster Hunter X (Cross) continues its dominance at number one, with its lifetime...

Poll: Did The Final Video Presentation for Super Smash Bros. Provide a Memorable Ending?

Did The Final Video Presentation for Super Smash Bros. Provide a Memorable Ending?

We also summarise the big announcements

Well, it's over. Though the last pieces of content for Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS are due in February 2016, the full batch of DLC and the final roster has been announced. That's it, finito, done. That sense of finality, which is probably also Masahiro Sakurai's way of saying "don't bug me about it any...

Video: Learn About the Intriguing History of Castlevania

Learn About the Intriguing History of Castlevania

Including the glory years

Castlevania is a classic franchise, and we're not simply talking about the entries from the NES and SNES era. It's easy to look at the current status of the series and bemoan the loss of the 'good old days', but the IP was still receiving wonderful releases not so many years ago. The six games across GBA and DS are...

News: The Legend of Dark Witch 2 Will Cast Its Spell Very Soon on 3DS

The Legend of Dark Witch 2 Will Cast Its Spell Very Soon on 3DS

Four HOME Themes arrive on the same day

The Legend of Dark Witch was a bit of a surprise on the 3DS eShop, with the action platformer proving to be a solid addition to the store; we gave it a recommendation in our review. Publisher CIRCLE Entertainment has now confirmed some key details around the sequel, including the fact it's arriving in North...

News: Mercedes-Benz Representative Explains the Company's DLC Deals with Nintendo

Mercedes-Benz Representative Explains the Company's DLC Deals with Nintendo

Appealing to nostalgia

In a rather strange turn of events, the first DLC ever released for Mario Kart 8 was all themed around Mercedes-Benz cars. Understandably, this put many gamers on edge and many saw it as a sign that the company was 'selling out', though this was perhaps an unfairly harsh criticism. At any rate, Mercedes-Benz DLC struck again...

News: Langrisser Re:Incarnation Tensei Dated For a 19th April Release in the West

Langrisser Re:Incarnation Tensei Dated For a 19th April Release in the West

Better watch out, Fire Emblem

You'd be forgiven if you've never heard of the game mentioned in the headline, as it's admittedly from a fairly niche franchise. Langrisser Re:Incarnation Tensei is the latest game in the Langrisser series, which evidently was Fire Emblem's biggest rival back in the day. Langrisser started on the Sega Mega Drive and had...

Video: New Super Mario Maker Costume Adds a Dash of Monster Hunter

New Super Mario Maker Costume Adds a Dash of Monster Hunter

Monster Hunter X Super Mario Maker

It seems that new character costumes for Super Mario Maker are becoming more and more of a regular thing. Sure, they don't actually do anything, but it's nonetheless a welcome addition, if only for variety's sake. The developers have expressed interest in the past in introducing costumes that will be more widely...

Gallery: Gawk At the Super Smash Bros. Reveal Art for Bayonetta and Corrin, Along With Cloud Screenshots

Gawk At the Super Smash Bros. Reveal Art for Bayonetta and Corrin, Along With Cloud Screenshots

Smashing

Well, we now have the final Super Smash Bros. cast for the Wii U / 3DS generation, with Cloud arriving imminently - at the time of writing - while Bayonetta and Corrin are due in February 2016. They'll all add their own twists to the roster and wrap up the largest and most ambitious Smash Bros. line-up to date. We've already compiled the...

Video: Catch Up With All The Super Smash Bros. Final Presentation Footage

Catch Up With All The Super Smash Bros. Final Presentation Footage

Including new challenger introductions

Well, that was something. Masahiro Sakurai pulled out a few surprises in his final Super Smash Bros. video presentation, while also going into typically exhaustive detail on movesets for new characters. The big reveals were Corrin - from Fire Emblem Fates - and Bayonetta, with the PlatinumGames icon being a...