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News: The Nintendo 3DS is Now Four Years Old in Europe

The Nintendo 3DS is Now Four Years Old in Europe

Eur 'avin a laugh

The Nintendo 3DS arrived four years ago today in Europe, strategically released to maximise profits before the end of the financial year that closed on 31st March 2011... erm, we mean strategically released to excite gamers. Its arrival prompted plenty of launch week hype, and by the close of March Nintendo announced that over 3.5...

News: Sony Hardware Takes Charge of Japanese Charts With Flurry of Releases

Sony Hardware Takes Charge of Japanese Charts With Flurry of Releases

Work to do for New Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

For over two years the Japanese market has been a fortress for Nintendo, with the 3DS in particular dominating the hardware and software charts. Recent times have brought a dip, however, especially since the release of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D provided a welcome boost in mid-February. In...

News: Canned Shooter Dune: Ornithopter Assault Could Have Added Spice To The GBA Library

Canned Shooter Dune: Ornithopter Assault Could Have Added Spice To The GBA Library

Title was practically finished but fell foul of publisher issues

Frank Herbert's epic fantasy series Dune has inspired some amazing video games - including Dune II: Battle for Arrakis - and should have delivered another riveting experience in the shape of Game Boy Advance shooter Frank Herbert's Dune: Ornithopter Assault. Developed by Soft...

Video: Nintendo Builds Hype for Xenoblade Chronicles 3D With Action Packed Launch Trailer

Nintendo Builds Hype for Xenoblade Chronicles 3D With Action Packed Launch Trailer

A little bit spoilerific

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D arrives soon on the New Nintendo 3DS, so fans of the Wii game - or those yet to experience the Monolith Soft RPG - don't have long to wait. It's a substantial undertaking, but is nevertheless hugely rewarding - we're full of praise for it in our Xenoblade Chronicles 3D review. To celebrate the...

News: Satoru Iwata Defends Timing of DeNA Deal, Teases Smart Device and Console Links in Club Nintendo Replacement

Satoru Iwata Defends Timing of DeNA Deal, Teases Smart Device and Console Links in Club Nintendo Replacement

"Something you have done on one device can be utilized on another"

Nintendo surprised many observers with its recent - and sudden - announcement of a strategic 'alliance' with DeNA, a company that specialises in back-end systems, e-commerce and smart device games. The headline announcement, along with a number of others, was that Nintendo IP will be...

News: Animal Crossing Helped This Artist Get Through Her Chemotherapy Treatment

Animal Crossing Helped This Artist Get Through Her Chemotherapy Treatment

"The mundanity of it is really comforting"

Chicago artist Krystal DiFronzo was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma - a cancer of the blood - last August. Like all cancer suffers, she had to deal with a lot of worry and heartbreak, but found an unlikely aid in the Nintendo 3DS title Animal Crossing: New Leaf. DiFronzo has created a series - called...

News: Tachyon Project Blasting to Wii U for Some Twin-Stick Shooting Action

Tachyon Project Blasting to Wii U for Some Twin-Stick Shooting Action

Shoot all of the things

Considering humanity's fondness for destruction, it's surprising that we're not bombarded with more space-based twin-stick shooters on the Wii U. It can be satisfying to destroy alien things with an explosion of pixels and particle effects, yet we're not given enough opportunities to do so. Eclipse Games, which previously...

News: Animal Crossing, Yoshi and Dragon Ball Z Bring Star Power in Latest 3DS HOME Theme Batch in Japan

Animal Crossing, Yoshi and Dragon Ball Z Bring Star Power in Latest 3DS HOME Theme Batch in Japan

Cute 'n powerful

While Nintendo doesn't always follow through with all of its ideas and concepts, it's maintained momentum with 3DS HOME Themes. New options arrive most weeks and cover a range of franchises and styles, helping us all to add a little extra spice to our portables. The Japanese market does have the best of the releases, naturally, and...

Review: Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley (3DS)

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley (3DS)

Lost, but not missed

The Harvest Moon series has had a bit of a confusing production history, but the good news is that we're here to help you out with the basics. Originally created and developed by the now defunct Victor Entertainment Software until its acquisition in 2003, the Harvest Moon series has since been produced by Marvelous AQL. Though...

Opinion: Splatoon Is to Shooters what Mario Kart Is to Racers

Splatoon Is to Shooters what Mario Kart Is to Racers

Ron and Alex share their thoughts on Nintendo's new IP

Our resident writing aficionado Ron and video guru Alex both got a chance to try their hands at a preview build of Splatoon recently, and despite writing an official preview, they felt they had more to say on a more personal note. We've made them scrawl out a few words to help explain just...

News: Standard-Sized New Nintendo 3DS Photos Emerge On FCC Website in North America

Standard-Sized New Nintendo 3DS Photos Emerge On FCC Website in North America

Files show that Nintendo sought approval for a US release

It's still a sore subject for many North American residents, but tongues have been set wagging today as photos of a decidedly standard-sized New 3DS have been found on the FCC website. Does this mean that a US release for the smaller handheld is finally on the cards? Well, not entirely. The...

Video: Watch the Original Master Sword and Hylian Shield Come to Life

Watch the Original Master Sword and Hylian Shield Come to Life

Hyut, hyat, heyyyarrggh!

Man At Arms on YouTube have done a number of different weapons from Nintendo games in the past, but this may be their most impressive challenge yet: Link's Hylian Shield. Traditional shields are naturally very difficult to make, and considering the Hylian Shield was likely designed with a healthy dose of artistic license,...

Feature: Before They Were Enemies, Sega And Nintendo Worked On One Of The Rarest Arcade Games Ever Made

Before They Were Enemies, Sega And Nintendo Worked On One Of The Rarest Arcade Games Ever Made

Taking a look at a genuine piece of gaming history

It's tempting to look back and think of Nintendo and Sega as long-standing rivals, and that was certainly the case during 8-bit and 16-bit era until the shock announcement that Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games was coming to the Wii. However, this wasn't the first time the two companies had...

News: Game Jam Tasks Developers With Creating A Zelda Title Starring A Female Link

Game Jam Tasks Developers With Creating A Zelda Title Starring A Female Link

Gender bending in the name of gaming

Remember when Nintendo revealed the Wii U Zelda title at last year's E3, and many people jumped to the conclusion that Link was - y'know - a chick? Despite Nintendo's denials that Hyrule's famous warrior was switching genders for the next big adventure, many fans rightly asked why Link shouldn't be female for at...

Review: Navy Commander (3DS eShop)

Navy Commander (3DS eShop)

A piece of ship

Don't be suckered in by the game title - Navy Commander is a take on the classic paper and pencil game Battleship (or board game for all you '80s kids) and there's very little commanding involved. The basic premise is simple, beginning with selecting a grid size from three options: 10x10, 15x15 or 20x20. While the 10x10 size is...