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News: Sumico Bringing Its Brand of "Super Smart" Puzzling to 3DS eShop on 18th December

Sumico Bringing Its Brand of "Super Smart" Puzzling to 3DS eShop on 18th December

Previously on iOS and Android

The 3DS eShop, with its dual screen setup and multiple control options, is a natural home for affordable puzzle games. While they can vary in quality — not to mention repeat themselves in the act of matching three objects — it's not a platform short of games to keep our brains busy. While it may be a competitive...

News: Super Smash Bros. Wii U Basic Bundle Heading for Spain

Super Smash Bros. Wii U Basic Bundle Heading for Spain

Currently only confirmed for Spain

Update: Since we originally posted this as a rumour, with a suggestion that it may have been confirmed in a Spain-only press release, Juan Jose Cintas Marquez of Deculture has forwarded us the message that was indeed issued to Spanish press. It appears to confirm all of the details below. Original Article: With...

Review: Shadow of the Ninja (Wii U eShop / NES)

Shadow of the Ninja (Wii U eShop / NES)

Go ninja, go ninja GO!

Ninjas really were a hot ticket back in the '90s. The Turtles were making TV and toy executives money hand over fist, and children became so caught up in the craze they had the sheer gall to drag their parents into the cinema to watch dreck like Surf Ninjas. Yep, it was a great time to be a kid. The trend bled into gaming and...

News: UCraft Wii U Beta Plans Outlined as New Trailer Makes The Case for Upcoming Release

UCraft Wii U Beta Plans Outlined as New Trailer Makes The Case for Upcoming Release

Beta download to be available before full release

UCraft has had a mixed history to date, as it's a project with bold ambition that's also endured a failed Kickstarter campaign and a move to PC that ended its planned exclusivity to Wii U. It's endured its share of criticism, as a result. The aspirational feature-set is still front and centre of the...

Guide: Everything You Need To Know About Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire's Secret Bases

Everything You Need To Know About Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire's Secret Bases

Bomb the base

Secret Bases are a feature from the original games that make a triumphant return in Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, but contrary to what many people believe, they're actually one of the most useful features in the game. Making A Base: Dotted around Hoenn there are 82 locations where you can create a Secret Base. This is...

News: Nintendo Dismisses Rumours That The GameCube Controller Adapter Has Been Discontinued

Nintendo Dismisses Rumours That The GameCube Controller Adapter Has Been Discontinued

"We are doing everything we possibly can to meet the demand"

It's been well documented in recent days and weeks that there have been substantial stock issues with the GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U; last week Amazon UK cancelled orders citing supplier confirmation that the item was no longer available. That prompted speculation that, despite...

News: 3DS System Update 9.3.0-21 Introduces a Shuffle Option for HOME Menu Themes

3DS System Update 9.3.0-21 Introduces a Shuffle Option for HOME Menu Themes

Some sweet stability to top it off

Since 3DS Home Menu Themes went live in October, the Theme Shop has received an onslaught of new content each week. With an already vast range of offerings, 3DS owners are slowly being overwhelmed with what theme to buy and use. Nintendo’s latest system update for the 3DS – Version 9.3.0-21 – not only solves...

News: Nintendo's New Response: Some amiibo "Likely" to be Discontinued

Nintendo's New Response: Some amiibo "Likely" to be Discontinued

Perhaps now some need to panic

Information on the availability of some amiibo figures has been somewhat frustrating to peg down. First came a rumour that the Marth, Wii Fit Trainer, and Villager figures were discontinued. Following that, Nintendo of America Assistant PR Manager David Young reportedly responded that no, none of these figures have...

News: Koji Kondo Outlines the Importance of Music in Mario Maker

Koji Kondo Outlines the Importance of Music in Mario Maker

"We always want to make sure the music sounds fresh and new"

Nintendo played a prominent role during last week's début Game Awards in Las Vegas, with Reggie Fils-Aime on hand to introduce a few segments, including the well-received Legend of Zelda Wii U footage. Yet there was another prominent Nintendo figure on hand in Koji Kondo, the iconic...

Review: Castle Conqueror Defender (3DS eShop)

Castle Conqueror Defender (3DS eShop)

Just another castle to conquer

CIRCLE Entertainment's Castle Conqueror series has seen a healthy number of instalments in its release history, so it's no surprise when a new game hits the Nintendo eShop. The series has stuck to a simplistic RTS (real-time strategy) style of gameplay for the majority of its entries, but the developers decided to...

News: Splatoon Developers Continue to Paint a Picture of Progress

Splatoon Developers Continue to Paint a Picture of Progress

Summarising key Twitter posts from recent weeks

A few weeks ago we shared a summary of Twitter posts from the Splatoon development team, with some details and screens being released through these quirky tweets. These images and details have continued since, and with the most recent upload being particularly eye-catching we thought it was high-time...

News: Digital Foundry Praises the Performance for Super Smash Bros. on Both Wii U and 3DS

Digital Foundry Praises the Performance for Super Smash Bros. on Both Wii U and 3DS

"It's a success for Nintendo fans of either persuasion"

Super Smash Bros. is now available on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS around the world, meaning that fans can double dip or opt for their preferred system wherever they are. Though full-on cross-play isn't possible, there is some connectivity between the versions — for transferring characters or...

Video: Did You Know Gaming Explores Cancelled Mario Games and Concepts

Did You Know Gaming Explores Cancelled Mario Games and Concepts

Shame about the volleyball / wrestling hybrid from Next Level Games...

Nintendo goes through a lot of concepts and projects that don't, in the end, become a full game. While that's normal, it can be fascinating to learn about some of the games or ideas that never made it to our systems, with a recent example being that Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker...

Review: S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team (Wii U eShop / NES)

S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team (Wii U eShop / NES)

I'm a scatman

Right, let's get this dealt with from the start; S.C.A.T is an awful name for a game — we won't go into why here, but it actually stands for Special Cybernetic Attack Team. Interestingly, the cart shipped in Europe as Action in New York. That's a much better title, although the game has as much to do with the Big Apple as mushy peas...

News: Nintendo's Holiday Sales and Profit Set to be "Best in Years"

Nintendo's Holiday Sales and Profit Set to be "Best in Years"

amiibo highlighted as major factor in improved fortunes

We're in the middle of the most crucial shopping season of the year, in which Nintendo and its competitors aim to achieve significant sales. From Nintendo's perspective it's been targeting a recovery for Wii U with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and amiibo, in particular, with the former being a...

Nintendo Download: 11th December (Europe)

11th December (Europe)

Ace Attorney trilogy, Rune Factory 4, Pokémon Pinball, discounts and more

It's the start of another week, and Nintendo of Europe has served up what must be one of the lengthiest download updates we've seen to date. There are some new titles, including a couple of big hitters on the 3DS, while there's plenty of pinball of various types gracing the...

News: Animal Crossing Plaza Service Stops At the End of This Month

Animal Crossing Plaza Service Stops At the End of This Month

More related news to arrive in 2015

With the Animal Crossing Plaza service ending this month, New Leaf Director, Aya Kyogoku, has issued a reminder and a message of thanks to loyal fans of the service. The plaza remains available on the Wii U eShop until 22nd December 2014, and when this year comes to a close, monthly surveys and the ability to...