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Feature: Five Alternative Nintendo Reveals and Releases We're Interested in for 2016

Five Alternative Nintendo Reveals and Releases We're Interested in for 2016

Not just the obvious 'NX please" entries

One of our earliest articles of 2016 was focused on five key reveals and releases that will define Nintendo's 2016. That was focused very much on the tentpole announcements and releases that are confirmed or suspected, such as NX, My Nintendo accounts, major Anniversary franchise celebrations and more...

News: Nintendo's Official UK Store Opens Pre-Orders for Twilight Princess HD's amiibo Bundle and Standalone Game

Nintendo's Official UK Store Opens Pre-Orders for Twilight Princess HD's amiibo Bundle and Standalone Game

No standalone Wolf Link amiibo, yet

Through various retailers across different countries it's become clear that The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD and its Wolf Link amiibo will be available in various ways, and now the Official Nintendo UK Store has pitched in with its pre-order promotions, though it's not offering every option we expected...

Video: Pokémon Fan Recreates the Kanto Region in Unreal Engine 4

Pokémon Fan Recreates the Kanto Region in Unreal Engine 4

Wibbly-wobbly 'mon

There's only one true way to cement your credentials as a serious fan of a franchise. Sure, you could design T-Shirts, recreate a level out of coloured pins or produce a post-it-note stop-motion animation, but that'd all be so 2014. If you want to be a hardcore fan now you have to recreate an old game in Unreal Engine 4 - it's the...

News: Pokkén Tournament Will be Picking Fights on 18th March

Pokkén Tournament Will be Picking Fights on 18th March

Huzzah!

Update: This 18th March release is for both Europe and North America, which is excellent news. Original Article: It's the season for silly game delay rumours, and thankfully one can now be put to bed with a nice cup of cocoa. Pokkén Tournament is confirmed to be coming to Europe on 18th March, making it a welcome addition to the first...

News: Super Mario Maker Joins Elite List of Wii U Games to Pass One Million Sales in the US

Super Mario Maker Joins Elite List of Wii U Games to Pass One Million Sales in the US

Making dollars

While the big picture and overall sales history may not be kind to the Wii U in generations to come, the qualities of the system and some of its exclusive games have ensured that fans have happily picked up some titles in significant numbers. Super Mario Maker, Nintendo's fantastic level creation tool of 2015, has now joined a list of...

Video: Hyrule Warriors Legends Demonstration Shows Off Toon Link, Tetra and 'My Fairy' Mode

Hyrule Warriors Legends Demonstration Shows Off Toon Link, Tetra and 'My Fairy' Mode

Also provides a look at the Wind Waker Adventure Mode map

Hyrule Warriors Legends isn't far away, and with its release imminent in Japan Koei Tecmo has been publishing regular showcase videos looking at various features in the game. The latest has gone live, and once again looks at content and characters that are new to the 3DS entry. First of all...

News: 1994 Patent Reveals Nintendo Was Looking To Create A Super Mario Maker-Style Experience Through Unique Hardware

1994 Patent Reveals Nintendo Was Looking To Create A Super Mario Maker-Style Experience Through Unique Hardware

A "video game fabricating system" with editing tools and data sharing

Super Mario Maker has been a smash hit for Nintendo, and has finally given players the chance to create their own unique Super Mario experiences. However, if a 1994 patent is anything to go by, Nintendo has been thinking about this kind of user-generated approach for quite some...

News: Pokkén Tournament Modes and Details Emerge

Pokkén Tournament Modes and Details Emerge

Details of online, offline and LAN are revealed

Pokkén Tournament is due this Spring and looks set to be a key Wii U release for the first half of the year. When you combine Pokémon with the first fighting game of its style on the system since Tekken Tag Tournament 2 - or so it seems - you have the potential ingredients for a success story. In...

News: ​The Custom Hydra Splatling, Splatoon's Last Update Weapon, Goes Live on 15th January

​The Custom Hydra Splatling, Splatoon's Last Update Weapon, Goes Live on 15th January

The end of an era

We all knew that this day would be coming, but it's still a bittersweet time. The end of the free Splatoon weapon updates has come, and it will be marked by the launch of the final weapon: Custom Hydra Splatling. The Custom Hydra Splatling is, erm, a custom Hydra Splatling, with the main difference here being that it uses the...

News: ​North America Gets a Project X Zone 2 Demo on 26th January

​North America Gets a Project X Zone 2 Demo on 26th January

A taste of what's to come

It's somewhat hard to believe, but Project X Zone 2 is just about a month away from releasing here in the west. The sequel to the three company mega mashup SRPG extravaganza that was Project X Zone aims to deliver an even bigger experience, with more characters and cameos from the companies' rich histories. While it may be...

Talking Point: Considering amiibo Features and the Reality of 'Physical DLC'

Considering amiibo Features and the Reality of 'Physical DLC'

The evolution of amiibo, locked content and why some hate it

Courtesy of Famitsu screens and Amazon France continuing its impressive record of product page blunders, some details have dribbled out recently for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. Much of the information has been relatively minor, but one potential detail - let's consider it...

News: Bayonetta 2 to Have a Standalone North American Release on 19th February

Bayonetta 2 to Have a Standalone North American Release on 19th February

Will set you back $29.99

Bayonetta 2 remains one of the finest exclusive releases on Wii U, though back in October 2014 it had an interesting, and slightly muddled, release. After flip-flopping on details following its initial E3 reveal, Nintendo's regional subsidiaries ended up taking different approaches when publishing the PlatinumGames title. In...

News: 17 Games Get North American eShop Discounts in the Winter Warm-Up Sale

17 Games Get North American eShop Discounts in the Winter Warm-Up Sale

Star Fox 64 3D! Gunman Clive 2! Punch-Out! More!

This week's Nintendo Download Update for North America had plenty of information, yet as expected Nintendo of America has followed it up with the first week of its 'Winter Warm-Up' sales. For three weeks there'll be themed discounts across the eShop on Wii U and 3DS, with the first batch coming...

Nintendo Download: 14th January (North America)

14th January (North America)

Metroid: Zero Mission! Space Hulk! Slice It! Discounts! More!

It's Nintendo Download Update time once again, with this week's North American offerings bringing a mix of old and new treats. The Wii U Virtual Console catches up with a long-demanded Game Boy Advance title, while there's also some strategy, gallery shooting and more coming to the home...

Video: The Latest Monster Hunter Stories Trailer Makes Importing Even More Tempting

The Latest Monster Hunter Stories Trailer Makes Importing Even More Tempting

Still coming this year in Japan

Monster Hunter Stories strikes us as a particularly interesting entry in the series. For over a decade the franchise has largely stuck to tried-and-tested approaches, but this is one of a fresh batch of titles (others being arcades and smart device apps) switching up the visual style and gameplay. An RPG adventure...

Rumour: Twilight Princess HD to Feature Special amiibo Dungeon, Hero Mode and Touchscreen Inventory

Twilight Princess HD to Feature Special amiibo Dungeon, Hero Mode and Touchscreen Inventory

Zelda-series amiibo to help with extra hearts, arrows etc

When it comes to early game leaks, Amazon France is certainly on the shortlist as one of the most prolific sources. That seems to be the case once again, with a listing for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD spilling the beans on some new features in the HD remaster. Some of the...

News: Bravely Second: End Layer Demo Arrives in Europe on 11th February

Bravely Second: End Layer Demo Arrives in Europe on 11th February

A "prelude to the adventure"

Bravely Default was a popular arrival when it was localised in Europe and North America, and also had a demo that served as a prelude to the main game. With Bravely Second: End Layer approaching in Europe the same strategy is being revisited. With the game due on 26th February, including a gorgeous Collector's Edition

News: Nintendo's European Sites Give Mario & Sonic At The Rio 2016 Olympics An August Release Date

Nintendo's European Sites Give Mario & Sonic At The Rio 2016 Olympics An August Release Date

That's during the actual Olympics

Nintendo recently confirmed that the 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was coming out in North America in March, but wouldn't give a solid release date for the Wii U version of the game. However, some of Nintendo's European regional sub-sites - including

News: Yes, You Can Scan The Shovel Knight amiibo While It's Still In Its Box

Yes, You Can Scan The Shovel Knight amiibo While It's Still In Its Box

"We got a lot of feedback from fans before release"

Collecting amiibo is a full-time obsession for some Nintendo fans, and there will be a great many out there who are kept up at night by the eternal question - should you open the packaging and reduce the value of the figure in order to use it in the manner Nintendo intended? The reason collectors...

News: Skylanders Superchargers Nintendo Combo Packs Are Exclusive To Smyths Toys In The UK

Skylanders Superchargers Nintendo Combo Packs Are Exclusive To Smyths Toys In The UK

£24.99 a pop

Donkey Kong and Bowser were surprise additions to the Skylanders Superchargers line-up, and have recently been re-launched independently from the starter packs they were originally bundled in, making it easier than ever for amiibo collectors to get their hands on them. The packs are now available in the UK, and are exclusive to Smyths...

Rumour: The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth May Be Coming to Wii U After All

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth May Be Coming to Wii U After All

It's lonely on top

For those of you that also game on other platforms, you may have been aware of The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth. As yet another expansion to The Binding of Isaac, Afterbirth adds on potentially hundreds of hours of new content on top of the already massive campaign, with new game modes, characters, items, challenges, enemies, and...

News: ​The Princess Daisy Costume is Finally Coming to Super Mario Maker

​The Princess Daisy Costume is Finally Coming to Super Mario Maker

It's actually happening

Costume updates for Super Mario Maker are a fairly regular occurrence nowadays, it seems a new one pops up almost every week. Sure, none of them actually do anything special, but it can be much more satisfying to occasionally play through a Mario stage as a pigeon instead of just Mario. Nintendo of America just revealed the...