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News: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Developers Give Background on Design Decisions

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Developers Give Background on Design Decisions

"The result, after applying everyone’s voice, was a very lively game."

While European gamers are still left in the dark as to exactly when it'll launch, North Americans will be enjoying Kirby and the Rainbow Curse in the coming week. In the latest issue of Nintendo Dream - a Japanese gaming magazine - an interview was conducted with several...

News: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and New Nintendo 3DS Enjoy Strong Débuts in the UK 

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and New Nintendo 3DS Enjoy Strong Débuts in the UK 

New 3DS boosts UK hardware sales by 57%

13th February was a big day for Nintendo in Western territories, as it released the New Nintendo 3DS and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, with Capcom's Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate also arriving in stores. When we spoke to Nintendo UK's James Honeywell he was optimistic about the potential fortunes of these...

Nintendo Download: 19th February (Europe)

19th February (Europe)

Wii downloads return with Kirby, classic Castlevania, GBA goodness and more

Monday morning can be a dreary time, but Nintendo of Europe has sent out the Download Update details for the coming week to bring some sunshine into your life. After a two week absence we see the return of Wii downloads on the eShop, some retro classics, DLC, loads of...

Review: Tri-Strip (Wii U eShop)

Tri-Strip (Wii U eShop)

Geometry Bores

Tri-Strip is a puzzle game about placing strips of triangles into a grid to make squares, which clears up space and nets you points; using the stylus, touchscreen and a single button, you can strategically drag, drop and rotate pieces into open spots. It's a style of play that requires a little bit more hesitation and thought when...

Review: 3D Fantasy Zone (3DS eShop)

3D Fantasy Zone (3DS eShop)

Blow your mind in a fantasy zone

One of the first 'cute 'em ups' following Konami's Twinbee, Fantasy Zone first launched in Japanese arcades in 1986, but is better known in the west for its decent Master System conversion. Iconic protagonist Opa-Opa also sneaks in cameo appearances in many Sega games, most recently as a playable character in Sonic...

Soapbox: Portable Gaming Forges a Special Relationship With the Player, and Nintendo is the Master in the Field

Portable Gaming Forges a Special Relationship With the Player, and Nintendo is the Master in the Field

Tom Whitehead reflects on why dedicated gaming handhelds still matter

I'll kick off this article with an admission that will cause some to snort in derision and dismiss anything I ever say about Nintendo in the future; those that have seen my occasional forum posts or followed our Reddit AMA last year may already have an inkling into what's...

Review: Best of Board Games - Mahjong (3DS eShop)

Best of Board Games - Mahjong (3DS eShop)

Matching never felt so adequate

Mahjong is something of a cultural institution in the East, widely played to this day throughout China, Japan, and South Korea. For such an enduring board game, the 3DS eShop has seen no shortage of adaptations - of the basic Solitaire version, in any case. In fact, there's almost an embarrassment of options available...

News: Adventure Bar Story is Your Typical RPG and Pub Management Experience

Adventure Bar Story is Your Typical RPG and Pub Management Experience

Where every party knows your name

There can be the perception that an RPG can be made out of anything, and the upcoming Adventure Bar Story on 3DS is proof of that. Set to arrive in the coming week in North America for $5.99, this eShop game certainly has a quirky premise. It has the usual RPG elements of setting up a Party and venturing out into...

News: Gallery: A Closer Look at Japan's Majora's Mask 3D Pre-Order Bonus

Gallery: A Closer Look at Japan's Majora's Mask 3D Pre-Order Bonus

Japan's exclusive postcards are something to behold

Nintendo released a staggering amount of promotional items the world over for the recent launch of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D. Most regions, including the UK, made available a Skull Kid figurine for gamers who pre-ordered the game, while retailers like GAME opted for paperweights of...

Rumour: Rayman Could be Planned as DLC in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

Rayman Could be Planned as DLC in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

Apparent screens and video appear on the web

UPDATE: The video below has now been revealed by the creator to be a very elaborate hoax made using editing software; that's another Smash Bros. rumour down for now. ORIGINAL STORY: It seems like the Super Smash Bros. hype train just never stops rolling. Prior to the release of Super Smash Bros. for...

Weirdness: If Cheesy Romance Novels Were Based on Games, They May Look Something Like This

If Cheesy Romance Novels Were Based on Games, They May Look Something Like This

Retro romance

It's Valentine's Day - or at least it was when we published this - and, as our final acknowledgement of this most commercial of occasions, we thought we'd highlight some pretty humorous artwork that was published in recent days. It takes classic games and their characters and re-imagines them as covers on corny Romance novels; the...

News: A Wild Update on Pokémon Shuffle Appears

A Wild Update on Pokémon Shuffle Appears

Nintendo used Microtransaction!

A surprise announcement in last month's Nintendo Direct was the reveal of Pokémon Shuffle, a free-to-play match-three type game that strongly resembles Pokémon Link: Battle! / Pokémon Battle Trozei. There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the title as it heavily features microtransactions, leading some to...

News: Nintendo's Wii U TVii Service is Formally Cancelled in Europe

Nintendo's Wii U TVii Service is Formally Cancelled in Europe

No surprise

When Nintendo announced the Wii U release date at a press event back in 2012, a key feature that was given a fair amount of time was TVii. The service works as a hub to bring together various networks and TV services into one app, utilising the GamePad and some interactive elements in a bid to be intuitive and interesting for viewers to...

Guide: Getting The Most Out of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Getting The Most Out of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Hunter, gatherer, prancer

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is now in stores, bringing the latest entry in the ever-complicated and challenging series to the West. There's little denying that, despite some effort on Capcom's part, the franchise can be daunting and difficult to grasp; even those getting through the early quests may be missing out on some...

Feature: Video Game Characters Looking for Love - 2015

Video Game Characters Looking for Love - 2015

High scores guaranteed

It's Valentine's Day, and with the most commercially romantic day of the year come many traditions, such as exchanging flowers, sending cards, getting sick on chocolate, copying and pasting old feature intros and... combing online dating sites looking for profiles posted by our favourite video game characters! What, you...