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News: North American Club Nintendo Update Closes Down Physical Rewards Until May

North American Club Nintendo Update Closes Down Physical Rewards Until May

More game downloads added in the interim

Club Nintendo patrons in North America who were saving up their coins for some tangible Nintendo memorabilia will apparently have to wait a while before doing so as the program undergoes a system update. Visitors to the Club Nintendo rewards page will be met with the following message: Orders for physical...

News: Hex Heroes Hacks Up Kickstarter Goal

Hex Heroes Hacks Up Kickstarter Goal

Their real time strategy for funding paid off

Prismatic Games' Wii U-centric, asymmetrical, party real time strategy game Hex Heroes reached its $80,000 Kickstarter goal with less than a day to spare, bringing the world one step closer to knowing what a Wii U-centric, asymmetrical, party real time strategy game is. Prismatic thanked backers in a...

News: Latest Project CARS Trailer Shows Off Stunning In-game Footage, Locks In November 2014 Release

Latest Project CARS Trailer Shows Off Stunning In-game Footage, Locks In November 2014 Release

This racing sim can't come soon enough for Wii U motoring euthsiasts

Touted as a serious contender to the likes of Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo series, and the Microsoft Xbox-exclusive – Forza Motorsport, Slightly Mad Studios’ Project CARS aims to be the most authentic, beautiful and technically-advanced racing game ever released. It’s...

News: Nintendo Is Shutting Down Its Taiwan Subsidiary

Nintendo Is Shutting Down Its Taiwan Subsidiary

Nintendo Phuten employees will leave by the end of this month

The Big N's Taiwanese subsidiary, Nintendo Phuten, will shut down at the end of May with employees leaving by the end of this month, Taiwanese website GNN reports. Nintendo Phuten is responsible for distribution and sales of the company's hardware and software in Taiwan; with a population...

Talking Point: Nintendo Must Take Careful Steps Into Paid DLC and Free-to-Play

Nintendo Must Take Careful Steps Into Paid DLC and Free-to-Play

The balance seems reasonable, so far

As more first-party games arrive on the Wii U and 3DS, we may need to stop thinking of paid DLC and free-to-play models as exotic rarities on Nintendo systems. To an extent they still are, in that there's a degree of surprise whenever either emerges in a Nintendo title, but it's quickly becoming the norm, with...

News: Robot-Battling Action Title Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle Announced For 3DS In Europe

Robot-Battling Action Title Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle Announced For 3DS In Europe

Pit the Knights against the Corrupted in 2D mech-fighting madness

Bandai Namco Games Europe has announced the upcoming release of Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle for Nintendo 3DS. The game is based on the anime series and Ionix toy line currently seeing success in the US and Japanese markets; Europeans will also be getting these through Spin Master...

News: Yo-kai Watch Returns to the Japanese Chart Summit as Hardware Sales Dip Again

Yo-kai Watch Returns to the Japanese Chart Summit as Hardware Sales Dip Again

3DS systems reclaim number one spot

It's been a tough month in the Japanese charts, with few notable winners setting the tills alight. This week continues that trend, though it brings good news for Level-5 and a return to the top for the 3DS systems. On the software side of things it was a quiet week, with new entries to the charts failing to shift...

News: Miiverse Update Imposes Restrictions on Posting Comments

Miiverse Update Imposes Restrictions on Posting Comments

Mario says it's not a chat room, right?

Nintendo has today announced a fresh update for Miiverse across the web and Wii U / 3DS versions. The positive change is that the web version will now have the same community search functionality as the console equivalent, as well as a "Posts from Verified Users" tab that acts as a shortcut to authorised...

Interview: MixedBag on Bringing forma.8's Mysterious Adventure to the Wii U eShop

MixedBag on Bringing forma.8's Mysterious Adventure to the Wii U eShop

"I think there's a lot of untapped potential in the GamePad"

Earlier this year Italian developer MixedBag caught the attention of Wii U gamers by teasing an announcement for the system; this turned out to be forma.8, an exploration game with a stylish visual approach. The studio's announcement reserved particular praise for Unity, Nintendo and...

News: Level-5's 3DS RPG Youkai Watch Has Now Sold One Million Copies In Japan

Level-5's 3DS RPG Youkai Watch Has Now Sold One Million Copies In Japan

Sales have doubled in the last two months alone

New reports suggest that Level-5's 3DS title Youkai Watch has shipped one million units in Japan. The game launched in July last year, but it wasn't until the transmission of the related anime TV show in January that sales began to spike; in February, Level-5 confirmed that it had delivered 500,000...

News: Picross e4 Confirmed For North American 3DS eShop Release In May

Picross e4 Confirmed For North American 3DS eShop Release In May

Mega Picross puzzles await

It might be slightly later than expected, but Picross e4 is finally making the leap to the west. The game has been confirmed for a May 1st release on the North American 3DS eShop. The game launched in Japan last year, and publisher Jupiter Corporation has previously stated that it will also see release in Europe in the...

News: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Announces Free And Paid-For DLC Tracks

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Announces Free And Paid-For DLC Tracks

Yuffie joins in too!

The Curtain Call news just keeps coming this week! Not only do we now have a confirmed western release, but in Japan the first wave of additional DLC tracks have been announced — including two tracks that are free for a limited period. The full line up is as follows: Final Fantasy V Battle 2 (BMS) - Free until the 8th of...

News: Hidden Object Puzzler Azada Is Spooking The North American 3DS eShop Next Month

Hidden Object Puzzler Azada Is Spooking The North American 3DS eShop Next Month

Brain training

It has been confirmed that the 3DS puzzle title Azada will be hitting the North American eShop on May 1st. Originally released in physical form back in 2012, Azada is a port of a preexisting PC, Android and iOS title and comes from the creator of the Mystery Case Files series. You have to assist the hapless Titus in his escape from a...

News: Bandai Namco Announces Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 for Wii U and 3DS

Bandai Namco Announces Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 for Wii U and 3DS

Pac Attack!

Hot on the heels of last year's Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures based on the television show of the same name, Bandai Namco has revealed an announcement trailer for Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2, set for release this year on Wii U, 3DS, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. If you've ever wanted to see Pac-Man skyboarding, you're in...

Video: Learn More About the Stunning Art Style and Sound in Child of Light

Learn More About the Stunning Art Style and Sound in Child of Light

The adventure is getting closer

While plenty of attention with the Wii U has drifted towards Mario Kart 8 and a host of upcoming Wii U eShop releases, we feel that Ubisoft's Child of Light shouldn't be forgotten or overlooked. Arriving on the download store next week, it's a title full of potential. With a script that'll read like a poem and with...

News: Possibility of SNES Remix and Other Remix Titles Depends on Fan Support

Possibility of SNES Remix and Other Remix Titles Depends on Fan Support

NES Remix director: "Does the marketplace want it or need it?"

In an interview with IGN, NES Remix and NES Remix 2 director Koichi Hayashida explained that the possibility of a SNES Remix, Game Boy Advance Remix, or other Remix brand titles will depend on the market's support and fan outcry. There could even be a Remix title based on third-party...

News: Nintendo Shows Off Its Mario Golf: World Tour DLC Courses and Characters

Nintendo Shows Off Its Mario Golf: World Tour DLC Courses and Characters

Wants your green for more greens

Earlier today Nintendo confirmed details for DLC in Mario Golf: World Tour, which has prompted plenty of spirited debate. It's a title that does include 10 courses right off the tee, though the addition of extra paid content — especially of the day one variety — always prompts discussion. There'll be three...

Guide: Building the Perfect Team in Pokémon X & Y

Building the Perfect Team in Pokémon X & Y

Serebii's Joe Merrick helps you get prepared for tournaments

"Strong Pokémon. Weak Pokémon. That is only the selfish perception of people. Truly skilled trainers should try to win with their favourites." In the past few months, we have dealt with the core mechanics of Pokémon, from EV training to IV breeding, and now comes the most unique part...

News: Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends Ships Today in North America

Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends Ships Today in North America

No, it's not Mother 3. It's Gardening Mama 2!

Cooking Mama refuses to be pigeonholed into the culinary arts. After a commercially successful green-thumbing spinoff adventure on DS in 2009, Mama is back for more in Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends on 3DS, which is shipping to stores in North America today. Like a well-tended backyard, bask in the...

News: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Is Serenading The West Later This Year

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Is Serenading The West Later This Year

Music to our ears

If you've been following our coverage of the Japanese version of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call then you'll probably be wondering if and when the game is coming to the West. Thankfully, we can now confirm that a western launch is indeed happening, and it takes place at some point this year. To celebrate the announcement,...

News: Nintendo Confirms Mario Golf: World Tour DLC, Pricing and Release Schedule

Nintendo Confirms Mario Golf: World Tour DLC, Pricing and Release Schedule

Club together some cash

Update: Nintendo of Europe has now confirmed its own pricing details, including an introductory offer for the season pass: Mushroom Pack — 2nd May (€5.99 / £5.39) Includes two new 18-hole courses and Toadette as a playable character. Flower Pack — "later in May" (€5.99 / £5.39) Includes two new 18-hole...

Weirdness: Hoverboards Now a Virtual Reality With the Assistance of a Wii Balance Board

Hoverboards Now a Virtual Reality With the Assistance of a Wii Balance Board

Cue Back to the Future II theme song

It wasn’t long ago a video starring legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk alongside the Doc from Back to the Future and a cast of others emerged online, showing the unveiling of the first-ever “real life” hoverboard. Shortly after the video went viral, the entire reveal – as many expected – was confirmed by...

Video: Capcom Unleashes a New Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Trailer

Capcom Unleashes a New Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Trailer

Beastly

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is still a good while away from its early 2015 release in the West, but gamers in Japan can expect Monster Hunter 4 G this year; the same game by a different name. As with the previous generation, the G variation will include the same content as the original plus a whole lot more — the difference in volume between...