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Talking Point: Nintendo's Game Updates and DLC Are Fantastic, Albeit Starved of Attention

Nintendo's Game Updates and DLC Are Fantastic, Albeit Starved of Attention

Key Wii U titles have evolved a great deal

It's easy to be a little blasé and spoilt as gamers, but it's been striking once again that, with a combination of economic savvy and a clear love for its products, Nintendo is making the most of key releases on the Wii U. Three of the system's biggest games have transformed since launch with a mix of...

Video: Players React to Splatoon and Star Fox Zero at Hyper Japan in London

Players React to Splatoon and Star Fox Zero at Hyper Japan in London

Kids talking about being a squid, now

Hyper Japan was nearly a month ago in London, a major expo that brings together various aspects of Japanese culture. Nintendo UK has been a big supporter of the event and had a booth on hand, also giving attendees what was - at the time - the first opportunity for the European public to go hands on with Star Fox...

News: Rumours and Contradictions Are Everywhere in The Case of GameStop's Exclusive amiibo Triple Pack

Rumours and Contradictions Are Everywhere in The Case of GameStop's Exclusive amiibo Triple Pack

Still no official word on R.O.B., Duck Hunt and Mr. Game & Watch pack

Over the past 24 hours there's been plenty of online chat around an apparent GameStop-exclusive amiibo triple pack that'll go up for pre-order - in stores - on 8th August. Despite the attention it's received on Reddit, particularly, the retailer and Nintendo of America have so far...

News: IRONHAX to Use Free-to-Play IRONFALL Invasion to Run 3DS Homebrew and Region-Free Workaround

IRONHAX to Use Free-to-Play IRONFALL Invasion to Run 3DS Homebrew and Region-Free Workaround

Sorry, Cubic Ninja scalpers

It's tricky to broach the subject of mods and hacks on Nintendo hardware, as they can prompt diverse and at times feisty debate. This is in part driven by the severe damage that R4 cards did to the DS, with piracy of retail games a major problem that was - unbelievably in hindsight - facilitated and supported by major...

News: Rare Co-Founder Has No Idea Why Nintendo Didn't Buy The Studio Outright

Rare Co-Founder Has No Idea Why Nintendo Didn't Buy The Studio Outright

"I thought we were a good fit"

Rare co-founder Tim Stamper recently won the accolade of Development Legend at this year's Develop awards - along with his brother, Chris - and has now given his first interview since 2007. Stamper - who has recently returned to the games industry with mobile studio FortuneFish - talks about the origins of Rare, its...

Weirdness: Keep Your French Fries Toasty Hot With These Yo-Kai Watch Holsters

Keep Your French Fries Toasty Hot With These Yo-Kai Watch Holsters

Only in Japan, of course

Yo-Kai Watch is massive in Japan, and that means there are plenty of opportunities for all kinds of cross-promotional activity. However, few ideas are as zany as these McDonald's French Fry holsters, which allow you to slot in your pack of chopped potatoes and keep them warm during your quests to locate naughty spirits...

News: Nintendo Treehouse Staffer Talks Localisation, Voice Acting And Playing Non-Nintendo Games For Research

Nintendo Treehouse Staffer Talks Localisation, Voice Acting And Playing Non-Nintendo Games For Research

Inside information

Nintendo has traditionally been very reluctant to allow its employees to speak to freely with the gaming press, but that stance has apparently been relaxed in recent years according to Treehouse staffer Chris Pranger - and as if to prove his point, he's taken part in a lively podcast where he covers a whole host of...

News: This Controller Wants to Bring the 'Next Gen' to NES

This Controller Wants to Bring the 'Next Gen' to NES

Works on the 8-bit system or PC

Plenty of companies tackle the surprisingly complex challenge of producing a high quality game controller, and not all pull it off successfully. We somewhat admire the effort from Retro Fighters, then, which is aiming to crowdfund a 'next gen' NES pad. The main pitch for this pad is that it has both usb and a NES...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Celebrates His 45th Birthday

Masahiro Sakurai Celebrates His 45th Birthday

And doesn't look a day over 25

We want to know more about Masahiro Sakurai's diet and grooming habits, as he continues to defy the passing of time - the rigours of developing Super Smash Bros. have been tough on the game designer, yet he retains an admirably youthful look. Masahiro Sakurai turned 45 on 3rd August - at the time of publication it's...

News: Capcom Continues to Go Big With a Monster Hunter X Limited Edition and New Trailers

Capcom Continues to Go Big With a Monster Hunter X Limited Edition and New Trailers

For those always on the hunt

Monster Hunter X (Cross) is being given a big push by Capcom ahead of its late November release in Japan, a fresh entry that brings a slight switch in dynamic to the core play. Considering the huge success of previous 3DS releases in the franchise the projections for millions of sales don't seem excessive. A pricey...

News: Splatoon And Nintendo Dominated Japanese Retail During June

Splatoon And Nintendo Dominated Japanese Retail During June

Over 50 percent of the top 30 were 3DS titles

Japanese gaming publication Famitsu has published sales figures for the month of June, and Nintendo's online shooter Splatoon has come out on top. The Wii U release sold 368,538 copies between May 25th and June 21st - almost 20,000 of which were digital - making it one of the most impressive débuts for...

Movie Review: Pixels Proves Once Again That Video Games And Film Do Not Make Good Bedfellows

Pixels Proves Once Again That Video Games And Film Do Not Make Good Bedfellows

Game Over, man

Fun Fact: Pixels was a short, two minute film released in 2010 that briefly depicted a world overrun by an array of characters from old school arcade games. Not So Fun Fact: This short film would go on to be adapted into a feature length film of the same name five years later, starring none other than Adam Sandler. If that doesn't...

News: Nintendo Is Licensing Hudson Soft IP From Konami

Nintendo Is Licensing Hudson Soft IP From Konami

New Momotaro Dentetsu title in development

Earlier this morning, we posted some rather worrying news regarding the current situation at Konami, including claims that staff are being used as cleaners and security guards. If there's one positive to come out of the whole situation it's that Konami is so disinterested in harnessing its catalogue of IP...

News: Scathing Nikkei Report Hints At Shameful Treatment Of Staff By Dictatorial Konami Management

Scathing Nikkei Report Hints At Shameful Treatment Of Staff By Dictatorial Konami Management

"Useless" employees used as cleaners and security guards

All is not well in the world of Konami. Recent rumours have suggested that the Japanese veteran could be planning a move out of the home gaming business, and the company's recent treatment of Hideo Kojima - surely its most famous staffer - has raised eyebrows throughout the industry. However,...

News: Nintendo's Corporate Social Responsibility Report Outlines Company Goals, With amiibo a Focus

Nintendo's Corporate Social Responsibility Report Outlines Company Goals, With amiibo a Focus

Also includes a final President's Message from Satoru Iwata

Nintendo has released its Corporate Social Responsibility report for the year, a comprehensive document that covers broad principles in addition to details on company policies in areas such as manufacturing, environmental concerns and a number of lighter topics. There's a 'digest'...

News: Take a Look at the New 'Green Blob' Pokémon

Take a Look at the New 'Green Blob' Pokémon

Plenty of Pokémon Shuffle information, too

Earlier in the summer talk emerged of a new Pokémon that was revealed as part of a teaser during the new 'mon movie that's out now in Japan. We only had some sketches to go on, but 'green blob' seemed to sum up its form nicely. Serebii has dug up an image this weekend, though, which gives us a look at...