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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...

Video: This Player Has A Great Chance If They Enter the Nintendo World Championships 2015

This Player Has A Great Chance If They Enter the Nintendo World Championships 2015

Just what Dr. Mario ordered

While the qualification rounds for Nintendo World Championships 2015 aren't quite the exciting event we hoped, it's good news for those that have mastered the relevant mode in NES Remix 2 or Ultimate NES Remix, the latter of which will be the version utilised in qualification. It mimics the original unique cartridge from...

News: Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Fails to Chart in Week of Poor Sales in Japan

Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Fails to Chart in Week of Poor Sales in Japan

Xenoblade Chronicles X clears 100,000 sales

In recent weeks there have been some decent game and hardware sales in Japan, so a tumble was always on the agenda. Even with that in mind, it's nevertheless been a rather lousy week of sales for Japanese retailers according to the latest Media Create results. Kicking off with the software charts, Final...

News: Unofficial Metroid Prequel Uses The Original NES Hardware To Impressive Effect

Unofficial Metroid Prequel Uses The Original NES Hardware To Impressive Effect

Metroid: Rogue Dawn is coming later this year

Will we see a new Metroid game at this year's E3? Fans will certainly hope so, but in the meantime we can all get excited about a fan-made prequel which uses the original NES hardware for that extra degree of authenticity. Metroid: Rogue Dawn takes the original title and hacks it apart, building an...

Review: Ultratron (Wii U eShop)

Ultratron (Wii U eShop)

Ultratraumatic

Ultratron thinks it's Dark Souls. 'Prepare to Die', it warns the player's battledroid before it takes to the battlefield in an almost impossible attempt to survive against a constant barrage of evil killer robots. Ultratron also loves Pac-Man. As well as having to collect 'pellets' as a form of currency in order to purchase weapons...

News: Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX Pushed Back To September, Special Edition Should Soften The Blow

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX Pushed Back To September, Special Edition Should Soften The Blow

AR cards and wallet chain, anyone?

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX was supposed to be launching in the US and Europe this month, but Sega has just confirmed today that the title has been pushed back to September. To help alleviate some of the disappointment, the publisher has confirmed that a special edition version of the game will be making its...

News: Here's Your Next Helping Of Guitar Hero Live Tracks

Here's Your Next Helping Of Guitar Hero Live Tracks

A mix of old and new

Activision has released the next set of songs for its forthcoming music title, Guitar Hero Live. This week's helping includes shock rock outfit Marilyn Manson, newcomers Royal Blood and veteran outfit the Deftones. Here's this week's list: Royal Blood "Little Monster" Marilyn Manson "Disposable Teens" Killswitch Engage "In...

News: We Have An Inkling These Amazing Splatoon Shirts Will Be Popular

We Have An Inkling These Amazing Splatoon Shirts Will Be Popular

Stay fresh

Japanese clothing firm King of Games is releasing a range of Splatoon gear, and boy do we want it all. The range of shirts - all based on designs seen in the forthcoming Wii U shooter - go on sale on June 13th for 4,259 Yen a pop, which is about $35 / £22 / €31. You can view the range by clicking one of the thumbnail images below...

Exclusive: eShop Publishers Are Dropping Releases In Germany Due To Low Sales And Cost Of USK Rating

eShop Publishers Are Dropping Releases In Germany Due To Low Sales And Cost Of USK Rating

Smaller indies also struggling to make a living on Nintendo systems

We've reported on the less-than-ideal nature of global age ratings in the past, and what they mean for indie developers attempting to make a living on Nintendo's systems. Releasing a game internationally isn't a simple matter of pushing a button; age ratings must be granted in every...

News: Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley For 3DS Launches In Australia On 20th June

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley For 3DS Launches In Australia On 20th June

Farming is life

Following in the footsteps of last November’s North American release, Nintendo has today announced, Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, for 3DS will be released in Australia on 20th June. Players take control of a boy or girl and shape the land to create their very own farm. At the same time, players must tend to live stock, fulfil...

Reaction: Nintendo Dropped the Ball, Not the Mic, With Its Nintendo World Championships 2015 Qualifiers

Nintendo Dropped the Ball, Not the Mic, With Its Nintendo World Championships 2015 Qualifiers

Less an event to capture social media, more one-off E3 show

Following Nintendo's outline of its E3 plans last week, we got rather optimistic and hopeful about the Nintendo World Championships 2015, stating that the E3 event could be just the beginning. We cited the ongoing success of the truly global Pokémon tournaments as a potential blueprint,...

News: Ronimo Games Explains Pricing for Swords & Soldiers II

Ronimo Games Explains Pricing for Swords & Soldiers II

"There should be room for bigger, better and higher quality indie games"

Arriving this week, Swords & Soldiers II will be another Wii U eShop exclusive, following up on the popular WiiWare original which - eventually - also found its way to multiple platforms. This time around more is made of the Wii U's options with the GamePad, however, and as...

News: This 3DS Carry Case Has A StreetPass Window, Because Those Puzzle Pieces Won't Find Themselves

This 3DS Carry Case Has A StreetPass Window, Because Those Puzzle Pieces Won't Find Themselves

Say hello to the Signal Pouch

Is there a better feeling in life than pulling your beloved 3DS out of your bag and seeing that reassuring green glow which indicates that StreetPasses await within? No, no there is not. And now thanks to the industrious guys and gals at Keys Factory, you can protect your console yet still see quite clearly when...