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Feature: A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Fifty One

A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Fifty One

Mii outfits! Meta Knight! Mega Man! More!

It feels like we're approaching the home straight of Super Smash Bros. hype, with the nights (slowly) drawing in and the arrival of the 3DS entry well under two months away. There are still some mysteries to be unravelled, however, and Masahiro Sakurai has been upping his efforts to get gamers excited about...

News: A Whopping 5-Disc Bayonetta 2 Soundtrack Will be Released in Japan

A Whopping 5-Disc Bayonetta 2 Soundtrack Will be Released in Japan

Bewitching

Bayonetta 2 arrives in Western territories this October, and we think you should be excited about it. It's impressed us a great deal so far, with fast-paced action, gorgeous visuals and a soundtrack that pushes you onwards. It's great news — if you're in Japan — that the soundtrack is all set for a full release in the country...

Nintendo Download: 21st August (Europe)

21st August (Europe)

Double Dragon's back, classic portable Mega Man, demos, discounts and more

Monday morning can be a slightly bleak time, but it is brightened up by the European Nintendo Download Update that shows us what's on the way in the coming week. It seems like a fairly modest line-up this week, though there are some enticing retro options, demos and some...

Gallery: Exploring the Pokémon World Championships in Photos - Day 3

Exploring the Pokémon World Championships in Photos - Day 3

They want to be the very best, like no one ever was

The Pokémon World Championships in Washington, D.C. wrapped up today, with champions emerging victorious in a dazzling spectacle of wit and Kangaskhans. Canadian Andrew Estrada was crowned the winner of the Trading Card Game Masters Division, while Korean Se Jun Park took home the Masters Division...

Review: Mysterious Stars: The Samurai (DSiWare)

Mysterious Stars: The Samurai (DSiWare)

Bushi-no.

The DSi’s touchscreen-and-stylus setup has inspired an impressive array of pen-and-paper puzzle conversions over the years, and this trend seems set to continue right into DSiWare’s twilight days. Collavier’s Mysterious Stars trilogy, as the most recent example, pairs classic connect-the-dots puzzles with children’s stories. It’s...

Weirdness: Check Out this LEGO Bob-Omb Battlefield Reconstruction

Check Out this LEGO Bob-Omb Battlefield Reconstruction

In more than 64 bits

Everybody likes to celebrate their passion in different ways, and one intrepid gamer has recreated the entirety of Bob-Omb Battlefield from Super Mario 64 entirely from LEGO bricks. The detail is phenomenal, the enormous Chain-Chomp taking centre place, and King Bob-Omb in his rightful place perched atop the hill. Goombas,...

Review: Cybernator (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Cybernator (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Run-n-gun in space

Konami's Cybernator isn't as well-known as run-and-gun titles such as Contra, but this SNES game is a quality offering with plenty of challenge, personality and replay value. The Virtual Console exists to let gamers relive (and experience for the first time) classic games, and Cybernator will be a breath of fresh air for anyone...

Interview: The Pokémon Company International's J.C. Smith on World Championships and Expanding the Brand

The Pokémon Company International's J.C. Smith on World Championships and Expanding the Brand

Hints at a Mega Evolution for Slowking?!

During this weekend's Pokémon World Championships in Washington, DC, we were able to catch up with J.C. Smith, the Director of Consumer Marketing for the Pokémon Company International, to talk about the competitive scene, the Trading Card Game Online, and Pokémon's worldwide appeal. Whether you're here...

Gallery: Exploring the Pokémon World Championships in Photos - Day 2

Exploring the Pokémon World Championships in Photos - Day 2

Even more cute hats

After a day of last-chance qualifiers yesterday, the Pokémon World Championships began in earnest this sunny Saturday in Washington, D.C. While the only competitors in attendance were the few who made it through to the tournament proper, the spectators came in droves today, packing the convention center's large ballroom wall to...

Video: Mega Slowbro Spins its Stuff in New Trailer

Mega Slowbro Spins its Stuff in New Trailer

Like a record, baby

Mega Slowbro was leaked accidentally earlier this week by Nintendo's official Korean website, and now the west has acknowledged its existence with a new trailer revealed earlier today. Mega Slowbro's ability changes with the transformation into Shell Armour as well as giving the pink rascal additional defence and special attack...

Play & Win: Join the UK Mario Kart 8 Championship First Heat - Today!

Join the UK Mario Kart 8 Championship First Heat - Today!

Qualification for the grand final is up for grabs

The time has finally come for the first heat of the Mario Kart 8 Championship 2014 in the UK, which we're running in association with the Nintendo Official UK Store. It's all in aid of a quest to find the country's fastest Mario Kart 8 racer, and to have some fun at the same time. This Championship...

Feature: Watch The Pokémon World Championships - Live!

Watch The Pokémon World Championships - Live!

Now it gets serious

After National Championships around the world, hundreds of players have descended upon Washington, D.C. with the hope of become a World Champion. The Pokémon World Championships are the pinnacle of competitive battling, and it's being broadcast live for us all to enjoy. Today is the opening day of coverage, which will include...

News: The Pokémon Trading Card Game Is Coming To iPad This Year

The Pokémon Trading Card Game Is Coming To iPad This Year

Confirmed during Pokémon World Championship

It has been confirmed that The Pokémon Trading Card Game is making the leap to the iPad this year. The news broke at the ongoing Pokémon World Championship when Josh Wittenkeller tweeted an image of the game in action on Apple's tablet device. Kotaku has since received confirmation from The Pokémon...

Gallery: Exploring the Pokémon World Championships in Photos - Day 1

Exploring the Pokémon World Championships in Photos - Day 1

Getting a little furry

Today was the first day of the 2014 Pokémon World Championships, bringing the best players of both Pokémon X & Y and the Pokémon trading card game from around the world to convene on Washington, D.C. in hopes of claiming eternal glory for their Mudkips. While the tournament proper doesn't begin until tomorrow, the Last...