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News: Pre-orders for Mario Kart Ride-on Available at Toys 'R Us in the United States

Pre-orders for Mario Kart Ride-on Available at Toys 'R Us in the United States

Comes with a 100,000-mile or 1-Blue Shell warranty

Remember that sweet-looking Mario Kart ride-on we reported was coming to the UK later this year? Turns out Toys 'R Us customers in the United States can already put money down on the same set of wheels. Pre-orders for the Super Mario Kart Ride-on are currently open at the Toys 'R Us website. The 6V...

News: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Heading to 3DS in North America This Fall

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Heading to 3DS in North America This Fall

A first for a Nintendo system

In recent times we've been posting some information on Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth as the build up continues to its June release in Japan. Thankfully we no longer need to consider it a matter for import, as Atlus has confirmed the title will come to North America in Fall this year. This game blends characters...

Talking Point: NFC And The GamePad Can Succeed If Nintendo Gives Players Control

NFC And The GamePad Can Succeed If Nintendo Gives Players Control

Lessons to be learned from successes such as Minecraft and Disney Infinity

This year is vitally important for Nintendo, just like 2013 and 2012, admittedly. 2013 was a strange year in that notable successes and triumphs were overshadowed by missed targets and Nintendo's own disappointment. It was a year of contradictions — 3DS was the...

News: CastleStorm's First DLC Expansion, Outcast to Savior, Assaults the Wii U eShop This Week

CastleStorm's First DLC Expansion, Outcast to Savior, Assaults the Wii U eShop This Week

Second add-on "The Warrior Queen" still planned

Update: Mel Kirk of Zen Studios has confirmed that this DLC will cost $2.99 / €2.99 / £2.39. Original Article: The arrival of CastleStorm on the Wii U eShop last year likely delighted Nintendo download gamers that had been eagerly anticipating the Zen Studios title; its blend of tower defence and...

Interview: HullBreach Studios Outlines Its Ambitions for a Wii U Space Epic

HullBreach Studios Outlines Its Ambitions for a Wii U Space Epic

Wants to "give reason to go back to the console day after day"

Earlier this year HullBreach Studios announced HullBreach Uncloaked, a Wii U follow-up and modernisation of a Wii browser-based MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) called HullBreach Online. It's quite possible that many won't have heard of the Wii title due to its...

Review: Quell Reflect (3DS eShop)

Quell Reflect (3DS eShop)

A rainy day delight

Puzzle games are masters of covert time consumption. Some, like Tetris, keep players on their toes with an unrelenting pace and an addictive “one more try” appeal. Others, instead, offer a calmer, more contemplative experience, letting the player move at his or her own pace as they descend into the logic and rules of the...

News: Nintendo Confirms Club Nintendo Promotion for Free Pokémon X Or Pokémon Y Download

Nintendo Confirms Club Nintendo Promotion for Free Pokémon X Or Pokémon Y Download

3DS or 2DS and one game required

Late last week a promotion leaked by Toys "R" Us emerged, in which new 3DS owners would have a chance to grab a free download of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y. Nintendo of America has now officially confirmed details that reiterate the promotion as targeted at new owners, or alternatively those that simply haven't...

Rumour: Next Skylanders Title Will Feature Vehicles

Next Skylanders Title Will Feature Vehicles

Mega Bloks toy preview spills the beans

Activision's Skylanders series is one of gaming's most profitable franchises, thanks to its successful formula of fusing interactive entertainment with expensive plastic toys that kids just can't seem to get enough of. The issue for Activision is that it has to come up with ways to keep this concept fresh...

Soapbox: Nintendo Soundtracks - Where Are They?

Nintendo Soundtracks - Where Are They?

Kerry wonders why Nintendo's not wired for sound

I’ve recently (finally) got around to playing Fire Emblem: Awakening, and like all other beings with functioning ears after the first few battles I decided the soundtrack was incredible; so I took off into the wilds of the internet to try and buy a copy for myself. The joy of hearing such...

News: Bandai Namco Cheekily Projects An 80-Foot Pac-Man Onto The Side Of Sega's UK HQ

Bandai Namco Cheekily Projects An 80-Foot Pac-Man Onto The Side Of Sega's UK HQ

"We hope Sega aren't offended, more delighted"

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures may be old news in the US but the European launch is only just happening, and to remind everyone of that fact publisher Bandai Namco has picked a rather unique approach when it comes to promotion: projecting a massive image of Pac-Man himself onto Sega's HQ in...

News: Wii U System Update 4.0.3 Goes Live

Wii U System Update 4.0.3 Goes Live

Dat stability

As with the 3DS, Nintendo's keeping busy with system updates for the Wii U, releasing version 4.0.3 for your gaming pleasure. We suspect that, due to the close proximity of the update with the news, that this has little to do with the reported Wii U exploit; either way, it's a minor update. There aren't any shiny new menus or...

News: TwitchPlaysPokémon Renewed for Generation Two

TwitchPlaysPokémon Renewed for Generation Two

Lord Helix has risen!

Over the past two weeks, the life of this writer has been dominated by two things. An absurd amount of schoolwork, and an equally absurd amount of time spent watching the antics of TwitchPlaysPokémon. The stream has drained away time, prompting viewing even during class. However, with the astounding popularity of the stream,...

News: Nintendo's Battles With Clones and Copycat Smart Device Games Continue in the Far East

Nintendo's Battles With Clones and Copycat Smart Device Games Continue in the Far East

Issues in the Chinese market, among others

We've highlighted multiple examples in the past of smart device games that are either direct or exceptionally close clones of Nintendo titles. In one sense a form a flattery, it's an ongoing concern for Nintendo that its content is presented without license and, in many cases, with a lack of quality that...

Video: Nintendo Minute Digs For Details on Shovel Knight With Sean Velasco

Nintendo Minute Digs For Details on Shovel Knight With Sean Velasco

Finding that retro balance

As the weeks pass we're certainly getting closer to some enticing eShop releases, one of which is Shovel Knight on the Wii U and 3DS eShop. Having succeeded in the crowdfunding arena Yacht Club Games is approaching its début, with 31st March the confirmed target release date. There's been plenty of positivity around the...

Weirdness: Samus Aran's Metroid Backstory Re-imagined as a Love Song

Samus Aran's Metroid Backstory Re-imagined as a Love Song

Samus does Glee

It seems that a number of Metroid fans quite like Samus Aran to be a largely silent, steely-eyed killer. Or, at least, they don't want her to be an emotionally unstable — swerving from distant monotone narration to being frozen by childhood trauma — young bounty hunter daft enough to slowly burn to death until given permission to...

Review: Sky Kid (3DS eShop / NES)

Sky Kid (3DS eShop / NES)

Heavy Weather

An arcade force to be reckoned with, Namco graced the Famicom and NES with impressive cartridge conversions of quite a few of its enduring coin-op classics. From Dig Dug and Pac-Man to Galaga and Xevious, Nintendo's console quickly amassed a collection of A-list arcade hits, and — along with the heavy hitters and household names —...