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Nintendo Download: 21st May (North America)

21st May (North America)

Swords & Soldiers II, classic Mega Man, Puzzle & Dragons and much more

It's that time again, slightly later than normal, for the North American Download Update details. This week brings a range of new options on Wii U, a number of which are exclusives, along with a 3DS retail release, the latest from CIRCLE Entertainment and a whole load of...

Parent Trap: Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Makes Chess Players Of Us All

Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Makes Chess Players Of Us All

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson on old and new turn-based strategy

Code Name S.T.E.A.M. creates a knife edge multiplayer challenge for families with as much to commend it as Chess. Fighting talk I know, but this 3DS game made me reconsider how I see (and limit) video games in the home. While few have ambitions for their children to get really good at...

News: Splatoon's Iwata Asks Interview Considers Its Origins of Tofu, Rabbits and More

Splatoon's Iwata Asks Interview Considers Its Origins of Tofu, Rabbits and More

Iwata: "Well, I guess ink-an't be helped. (laughs)"

Splatoon isn't far away, arriving on 29th May on the Wii U, bringing its own blend of chaotic and colourful shooting. It's also a new IP, which is rare enough from Nintendo to be something worth mentioning, and there's certainly hype around the exclusive. Nintendo has now published a new Iwata...

News: Minecraft Clone Cube Life: Island Survival Confirmed For June Release, Launch Discount Revealed 

Minecraft Clone Cube Life: Island Survival Confirmed For June Release, Launch Discount Revealed 

60 percent off at launch

Minecraft clone Cube Life: Island Survival is coming to the North American and European Wii U eShops at the start of June, publisher Cypronia has told us. The title offers crafting with over 200 items and tools, wild animals to fend off, local inhabitants (which you'll be able to trade with or slaughter, depending on your...

News: Nintendo World Championships 2015 Qualifier Details Confirm Prizes and Limit of 750 Competitors Per Store

Nintendo World Championships 2015 Qualifier Details Confirm Prizes and Limit of 750 Competitors Per Store

A total of 6000 players

It's fair to say that the reaction to the Nintendo World Championships 2015 qualifiers has been less than positive; social media hasn't been kind on details of just eight participating stores. Our suspicion is that Nintendo of America will aim for the qualifiers to pass with minimal fuss and then focus minds of w

News: Wii U Stretch Goal Seemingly Teased for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Wii U Stretch Goal Seemingly Teased for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

If you squint you can see it

When Koji Igarashi - the producer on classic Castlevania titles - teased a Kickstarter campaign, there was an unsurprising meltdown online. The eventual Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Kickstarter campaign delivered what many hoped for - an action platformer that brings to mind the heritage of Igarashi-san's best...

News: Nintendo is Discontinuing the Basic 8GB Wii U in Japan, Standalone White 32GB Unit Taking Its Place

Nintendo is Discontinuing the Basic 8GB Wii U in Japan, Standalone White 32GB Unit Taking Its Place

Could the white Premium / Deluxe system finally make it to the West?

The poor old white 8GB Wii U, shunned by the majority of those buying Nintendo's system and victim to fire sales and obscurity. The issue wasn't, we suspect, the colour, but more the fact that it was a HD console with just 8GB of internal storage memory; 32GB doesn't actually get...

News: Art Academy: Atelier Sketched In For 26th June Release in Europe, Includes YouTube Upload Feature

Art Academy: Atelier Sketched In For 26th June Release in Europe, Includes YouTube Upload Feature

The full Wii U version is finally coming

While completing work on the full version for Wii U, Nintendo released Art Academy: SketchPad in August 2013 to tide over creative gamers for a short spell. The full Art Academy then missed its 2014 release target, prompting some concerns it had been sidelined; those worries can now be laid to rest with the...

News: Icy Wind Games Set To Release Action-Adventure Title "Heroes, Help!" On Wii U In Q1 2016

Icy Wind Games Set To Release Action-Adventure Title "Heroes, Help!" On Wii U In Q1 2016

Brought to you by an indie studio based in Sweden

The new two-man Stockholm-based indie studio, Icy Wind Games, is set to release its upcoming action-adventure Wii U title – Heroes, Help! – in Q1 2016. The top down title featuring 4-player local co-op involves travelling through a wide range of environments and fighting large amounts of enemies...

News: The Latest Miiverse Update Has Users In An Uproar

The Latest Miiverse Update Has Users In An Uproar

Change can be difficult to accept

Since the launch of Miiverse on the Wii U in 2012, the social media platform has undergone a series of changes. Nintendo has provided its service with ongoing support in the form of regular updates. These updates have enhanced and refined the overall experience, and other fixes from time to time have focused on...

Review: New Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / DS)

New Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / DS)

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When New Super Mario Bros. released for the Nintendo DS back in 2006, it had been roughly 15 years since the portly plumber starred in a proper 2D platformer. Not only that, but side-scrollers in general had been largely ignored since 1996, when the Nintendo 64 hit the market and assured us that 3D gaming was the way of the future...

Video: Christopher Lloyd Revives Doc Brown Role in New LEGO Dimensions Trailer

Christopher Lloyd Revives Doc Brown Role in New LEGO Dimensions Trailer

Back to the Future, or the Past, the Future Past?

So, LEGO Dimensions, this is a game that know what it's got and isn't afraid to flaunt it. Aiming to sell LEGO toys and a new game to adults with disposable income? Simple, get Christopher Lloyd to revive his legendary Doc Brown role - and we mean legendary - for a commercial. Check and mate. The...

News: NPD Survey Outlines Bright Future For amiibo And Other Toys-To-Life Franchises

NPD Survey Outlines Bright Future For amiibo And Other Toys-To-Life Franchises

These toys mean business

Despite plenty of ongoing issues with stock shortages and sudden cancellations, we think it's fair to say that the amiibo range has been a fairly lucrative venture for Nintendo. Pre-orders for the latest wave sold out within an hour on the official UK store, and recent NPD Group findings show that this frantic interest among...

Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the Fault of Many, But Damages Creativity and Risk Taking

The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the Fault of Many, But Damages Creativity and Risk Taking

More for less isn't sensible or fair

There's a worrying trend at present, in which ambitious and creative independent developers announce a sizeable Wii U exclusive, and then have to defend their pricing. That's happened twice in recent times with Affordable Space Adventures and - this week - Swords & Soldiers II. We've also had a reliable...