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Hands On: Devil's Third - Sampling Online Chaos and Fearing the Devilry of Microtransactions

Devil's Third - Sampling Online Chaos and Fearing the Devilry of Microtransactions

Ironically you can buy Golden Eggs

When we shared our initial first impressions of Devil's Third it turned into a bit of a saga; your humble writer was surprised at the level of feeling that came out in response to an early look at the game. The focus was on the single player campaign at that point, with our general summary being that - while full...

Video: The Monster Hunter Training Academy Emphasizes the Importance of Gathering and Combining Items

The Monster Hunter Training Academy Emphasizes the Importance of Gathering and Combining Items

Green herbs, Blue Mushrooms and Honey - don't forget

Just recently we shared the first entry in Capcom's cute Monster Hunter Training Academy series, which is introducing series newbies to the basics of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Part one was relatively simple, but we're getting to more useful tips in the latest video uploaded on the Monster Hunter...

News: Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Acknowledges Nintendo as a 'Beacon' for First-Party Games

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Acknowledges Nintendo as a 'Beacon' for First-Party Games

"They've done a great job"

To the undoubted chagrin of those that yearn for a 'console war' of the type seen between Nintendo and SEGA in the '90s, the modern day big three generally share a great deal of mutual respect. Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft rarely engage in squabbles, each happy to praise and talk up each other's achievements; that's no bad...

News: Chris Pranger, Nintendo Treehouse Staffer Who Recently Spoke About His Work, Confirms He's Been Fired

Chris Pranger, Nintendo Treehouse Staffer Who Recently Spoke About His Work, Confirms He's Been Fired

"Yes, it was ultimately my own fault"

In recent times there's been a trend of Nintendo Treehouse staff becoming a little more visible, expanding upon their appearances at E3 and special broadcasts and engaging with the public. A number of the team have been on social media for some time, but there's been a sense recently that they have a little...

News: Splatoon's Rainmaker Mode Is Coming Tomorrow

Splatoon's Rainmaker Mode Is Coming Tomorrow

Or Saturday morning, if you're in Europe

Splatoon's next ranked battle mode is coming to North America tomorrow night, with a European release arriving on Saturday morning. The new mode involves carrying the Rainmaker item to the enemy's base. The Rainmaker allows the carrier to hurl cyclones of ink, but they're slow moving and will naturally...

News: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Hits The Nintendo UK Store In A Multitude Of Bundle Options

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Hits The Nintendo UK Store In A Multitude Of Bundle Options

Pre-orders now open for business

Nintendo's official UK store has opened pre-orders for Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, and is offering a selection of bundle options related to the game. The game on its own is up for pre-order at £34.99 and comes with a special 3DS Kit, which includes: A universal system case which holds New Nintendo 3DS...

Video: Get Happy with Our Super Mario McDonald's Happy Meal Unboxing

Get Happy with Our Super Mario McDonald's Happy Meal Unboxing

What's in the box?

Further promoting the many adventures of everyone's favourite Italian plumber after Luigi, McDonald's has once again begun giving away toys in the Super Mario vein with its child-focused brand of Happy Meals, much in the same way they did last year. We delve into the box of supposed joy to uncover what awaits inside its cardboard...

Video: You Can Turn Boss Weapons Against Their Owners In Mega Man Legacy Collection's Challenge Mode

You Can Turn Boss Weapons Against Their Owners In Mega Man Legacy Collection's Challenge Mode

Give them a taste of their own medicine

Mega Man Legacy Collection will contain plenty of goodies, and one of the most appealing is the challenge mode which features speed runs, remixes and a boss rush element. That's right, you can fight the characters who are arguably the stars of each title, and even use their own weapons against them -...

Weirdness: Female UFC Champ Was A Huge Pokémon Fan, Doesn't Like Zelda: Majora's Mask All That Much

Female UFC Champ Was A Huge Pokémon Fan, Doesn't Like Zelda: Majora's Mask All That Much

"I was constantly freaking out about the time"

Olympic medal-winning martial artist Ronda Rousey is one of the most famous female athletes on the face of the planet right now. She's the current (and first) UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion and has also forged out a successful acting career, having starred in the likes of Furious 7 and The...

News: Woah Dave! Arrives On The Wii U eShop 20th August, Cross-Buy Promotion Also On Offer

Woah Dave! Arrives On The Wii U eShop 20th August, Cross-Buy Promotion Also On Offer

Double Dave

If you live in the US and purchased the 3DS eShop title – Woah Dave! – when it was released in October last year, you’re in for a treat, with the publisher Choice Provisions today announcing the game will be available on the Wii U eShop on 20th August, with a cross-buy promotion also on offer for existing 3DS owners – making the...

News: Dragon Quest XI 3DS Screens Show Off the Blend of Old and New

Dragon Quest XI 3DS Screens Show Off the Blend of Old and New

They sure are pretty

Dragon Quest XI is a good while off, so much so that a Nintendo NX version was sort-of announced before some inevitable backtracking once Square Enix realised it had somewhat gotten ahead of itself. We have seen the 3DS version in action, though, which looks like an accomplished portable alternative to the HD version that'll be...

News: Super Mario Maker's eShop Pre-Load is Live in North America

Super Mario Maker's eShop Pre-Load is Live in North America

Tough luck, Europe

Super Mario Maker may, for many, fall into the 'must get a physical copy' category. Even download aficionados must be contemplating one of the physical retail options, either with the amiibo or a standard edition that - nevertheless - comes with a lovely 'design ideas' booklet. It's an Anniversary, live a little. For those that...

Mario History: Super Mario Bros. - 1985

Super Mario Bros. - 1985

Changing the gaming industry forever

In this series of articles we'll write about one Mario game every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. To paraphrase the great poet Dylan Thomas, for this run of articles celebrating the Super Mario franchise we will begin at the...

Video: Learn More About the Experimental Rayman 4 That Got Dropped in Favour of Raving Rabbids

Learn More About the Experimental Rayman 4 That Got Dropped in Favour of Raving Rabbids

It makes us slightly sad

While there's nothing wrong with mini-game collections - they can add a lot to any system library - there was an over-abundance of them in the Wii era. Major franchises were reimagined for the genre, with a particularly early example being Rayman Raving Rabbids, which brought Ubisoft's mascot onto the last-gen system and...

News: A Resident Evil 2 Remake Has Been Confirmed

A Resident Evil 2 Remake Has Been Confirmed

Hoping beyond hope for a Wii U or NX version

It's with some hesitation that we're sharing the happy news that a Resident Evil 2 Remake has, after much demand, been confirmed. Our hesitation is simply due to the fact that some handsome recent remasters in the series have been skipping Wii U, but tomorrow is another day and timelines may bring hope...

News: London To Get Overrun By a Horde of Pikachu in 'Summer in the City' Event

London To Get Overrun By a Horde of Pikachu in 'Summer in the City' Event

Prepare yourself for the Pikachu invasion

The Pokémon Company International will be making a splash at this year's 'Summer in the City' at the ExCeL London on Saturday 15th August, by attending with a horde of five Pikachu who will wander around the event for you to grab a selfie - if you are so inclined. Summer in the City is an annual event...

News: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Leads as Splatoon Passes Half a Million Sales in Japan

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Leads as Splatoon Passes Half a Million Sales in Japan

Wii U sales increase, too

The latest Media Create Japanese charts have arrived, bringing with them more positive news of Summer sales for Nintendo. On the software side Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer stays on top with over 180,000 sales in its second week, pushing it beyond 700,000 retail sales already. The two iterations of Yo-Kai Watch...

News: Enter a Crazy Code to Unlock a New Character in the Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden Demo

Enter a Crazy Code to Unlock a New Character in the Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden Demo

Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta, apparently

Update: Thanks to the comments and a quick web search this demo is actually available in North America, somewhat negating our first line below. While it was promoted and given a 'shelf' in Europe, its release in NA has been rather stealthy - apparently a search for the name or a rummage through the...

News: Here Are Some Handy Tips for Viewing Splatoon Online Rankings, Statistics and Map Schedules

Here Are Some Handy Tips for Viewing Splatoon Online Rankings, Statistics and Map Schedules

Inking in plans

Splatoon is a weekly - even daily - treat for plenty of Wii U owners, and with its glut of items, weapons and maps there's plenty on offer. It turns out there's also a neat resource for viewing online rankings alongside others on your Friend List, statistics on weapon usage and gear, and even the next few cycles of available maps...