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First Impressions: Tomodachi Life

Tomodachi Life

Life is what you make it

Since the surprise announcement that Tomodachi Life is coming to the West on 6th June, gamers have been trying to figure out exactly the game is all about. Given that it's a Nintendo project, comparisons to Animal Crossing have been bandied about, while others have confidently placed the game in the same basket as EA's...

Review: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition (Wii U eShop)

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition (Wii U eShop)

The broken Bat

For as long as portable games have existed, the trend of developing handheld versions of popular console titles has been present and correct. These games tend to be inferior versions of the originals, taking a substantial hit graphically and often limiting gameplay, depending on what the portable console is capable of. In some cases,...

Interview: Tom Create on Past Projects, Smash Cat Heroes and the Download Transition

Tom Create on Past Projects, Smash Cat Heroes and the Download Transition

"The eShop is somewhere where we definitely want to be involved"

The increasing importance and role of the download game market is often attributed to development studios based outside of Japan, with a perception that the home of Nintendo and many other prominent industry names is playing catch-up in embracing that segment of the market. There is...

News: Nintendo Launches 3DS XL "Recommended Software" Hardware Promotion in Japan

Nintendo Launches 3DS XL "Recommended Software" Hardware Promotion in Japan

A free game with a 3DS XL purchase

Nintendo has run a number of eShop retail download promotions in the past couple of years to encourage gamers to buy its products. Most of these have focused on the 3DS, with varying schemes in different territories offering free game downloads in return for registering a fixed number of retail titles or hardware...

News: Capcom Investing $80 Million in Two New R & D Buildings

Capcom Investing $80 Million in Two New R & D Buildings

All part of boosting internal development

Capcom may have enjoyed another smash hit with Monster Hunter 4 in Japan, with hopes of the Ultimate release achieving success worldwide, but it's had a hit-and-miss period in other areas. Just recently the company cut its profit projections by 50%, citing investment, an underperforming mobile sector and...

News: Nintendo Titles Struggle for a Presence in UK Charts

Nintendo Titles Struggle for a Presence in UK Charts

Layton vs. Ace Attorney drops out, Yoshi and Pokémon hang on

Nintendo's had some reasonable weeks in the UK physical retail sales charts, with titles such as Yoshi's New Island and Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney making solid starts despite having plenty of big-budget multiplatform titles in opposition. It seems the momentum is...

News: Nendoroid Toon Link Figure Slated for August Release

Nendoroid Toon Link Figure Slated for August Release

To be released only in Japan, of course

The Nendoroid series — from Good Smile Company — certainly has a group of cool figurines set for 2014. A few months ago the company announced a Luigi figure to cap off the Year of Luigi. Today, the company has announced that it will be releasing a Toon Link Nendoroid statue in August 2014 through the Good...

News: Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida Highlights Brushes With Miiverse Law

Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida Highlights Brushes With Miiverse Law

Naughty

It can be tempting to think of Nintendo as standing alone in terms of companies with powerful executives that are also charming, affable individuals; we see that side of Satoru Iwata and colleagues frequently in Nintendo Direct broadcasts. It'd be wrong to think these are qualities only found within Nintendo, however, as there are a number...

News: Veronica Mars Star Kristen Bell Reveals Her Former Love for The Nintendo 64

Veronica Mars Star Kristen Bell Reveals Her Former Love for The Nintendo 64

As well as Mario Kart and other classic Nintendo systems

Actress Kristen Bell of Veronica Mars fame used to be a huge gamer according to a new interview she recently gave in Empire magazine. And it would appear that she had a soft spot for Nintendo systems, especially the Nintendo 64. "You know, I used to be , Super Nintendo, Sega, N64. My N64 was...

Review: Pure Chess (3DS eShop)

Pure Chess (3DS eShop)

En Passable

VooFoo Studios took on a tough challenge in not only producing cross-platform online chess multiplayer, but achieving it on both the Wii U and the 3DS. Pure Chess immediately earns credit right away, in that case, as a technical example of what can be achieved on what is relatively old tech with the 3DS. Bonus points are due, then, but...

Feature: Time For a Super Smash Bros. New Challenger Screenshot Blowout

Time For a Super Smash Bros. New Challenger Screenshot Blowout

Pick a favourite between Zero Suit Samus, Sheik, Yoshi, Charizard, Greninja

It's been a crazy week for Nintendo fans, with an impressive Super Smash Bros. Direct revealing plenty of details on the upcoming 3DS and Wii U releases being followed by an unexpected and utterly bonkers Tomodachi Life Nintendo Direct. They were particularly exciting...