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News: Yooka-Laylee Character Designer Spills on Creating Playtonic Games' Quirky Heroes

Yooka-Laylee Character Designer Spills on Creating Playtonic Games' Quirky Heroes

"Big eyes, big teeth, big belly. You can’t go wrong with these traits"

If the core appeal of your game is 3D platforming, there are key ingredients that simply must be included - slick controls, a smooth camera and solid mechanics are naturally part of the recipe. Immediately charming characters are also a must, though - unlike some genres where...

News: Modern Super Sonic Joins The Ranks at First 4 Figures

Modern Super Sonic Joins The Ranks at First 4 Figures

Cue arguments about Modern vs Classic Sonic in 3, 2, 1...

First 4 Figures is a name synonymous with collectible figurines - from Link and Epona, to Mega Man and many more, the company has kept resin distribution companies in business for years. The latest addition to the range caught our eye, meanwhile, blending a classic character with its modern...

News: Updated Documents Point to Multiple amiibo Restocks for North America

Updated Documents Point to Multiple amiibo Restocks for North America

Includes Shulk, Toad and Mario

Nintendo of America and amiibo have a complicated relationship - the toy range is a commercial success, but has also fallen victim to stock issues in the region that frustrate plenty of dedicated fans. Entire websites and Twitter accounts are devoted to tracking stock and pre-order launch times as the scrabble for...

News: Disney Infinity 3.0 is Announced With Star Wars, Marvel and Inside Out, Confirmed for Wii U

Disney Infinity 3.0 is Announced With Star Wars, Marvel and Inside Out, Confirmed for Wii U

We break down the major details

Disney Infinity 3.0 has been announced and features play-sets and characters from every Star Wars movie, alongside improved cross-franchise compatibility and play-sets for Inside Out and Marvel. With a strong announcement from Lego Dimensions and expected news on the next Skylanders game, this is an impressive...

Weirdness: This Chain Chomp Cat Bed Sold for Over $1000

This Chain Chomp Cat Bed Sold for Over $1000

Quite a cat nap

Furniture and art pieces based on Nintendo systems and characters are pretty common, especially in the world of niche traders that sell their wares online. Whether you want cushions, coffee tables or lamps shaped like question blocks, the internet is there for you. It's not every day, however, that you see a cat bed shaped like...

Feature: A Fit-To-Burst History Of Kirby Games

A Fit-To-Burst History Of Kirby Games

In 22 easily swallowable installments

Kirby has always existed to present an appealing leaping-in point for beginner players, a job he has performed well for nearly two dozen years now. And yet, many of the players who helped cut their gaming teeth on a Kirby title still stick with the series after all this time. As more games are added to the Kirby...

News: Sega Won't Have A Booth At This Year's E3

Sega Won't Have A Booth At This Year's E3

"Collaborating" with "various business partners", instead

Sega recently offered 300 of its global staff voluntary retirement during a period of restructuring, prompting speculation about the company's future in the console arena. The Japanese veteran has now delivered some more bad news - it won't have a booth at this year's E3. This was confirmed...

News: It's Hats Off to the Latest SteamWorld Heist Ambassador Challenge

It's Hats Off to the Latest SteamWorld Heist Ambassador Challenge

For all you doodlers out there

With SteamWorld Heist heading to Wii U, 3DS and a load of other systems later this year, Image & Form is keen to keep its fans busy in the build-up. Part of those efforts are bi-weekly competitions for someone to become a SteamWorld Ambassador; they'll get to play Heist before it comes out and get free copies on...

Video: 'Smashified' Series Adds King K. Rool to the Collection of Super Smash Bros. Speed Paintings

'Smashified' Series Adds King K. Rool to the Collection of Super Smash Bros. Speed Paintings

In a while, crocodile?

YouTuber Artsy Omni has added a new video to the 'Smashified' series (a series that takes our favourite and most-wanted characters for Smash Bros. DLC and recreates them in the game's art style), and this time the focus is on King K. Rool - a logical choice considering that the antagonist of the Donkey Kong series is arguably...

News: Funk of Titans Aims to Teach "Jive-Turkey Pagan Titans" Some New Beats

Funk of Titans Aims to Teach "Jive-Turkey Pagan Titans" Some New Beats

Dig if you will the picture

While the Wii U eShop isn't short of download-only platformers, some can be criticised for being a little lacking in personality or creative flair. While the gameplay of Funk of Titans looks like fairly conventional fare, the concept gets prizes for its pure chutzpah. Developed by A Crowd of Monsters - not an actual...

News: Yooka-Laylee Sets a New Stretch Goal to Smash, This Time for a Fully Orchestrated Soundtrack

Yooka-Laylee Sets a New Stretch Goal to Smash, This Time for a Fully Orchestrated Soundtrack

A Rare treat

Yooka-Laylee is proof that combining industry veterans of an iconic development studio with a genre that brings to mind the late '90s is a tonic for success. From that laboured bit of wordplay we segway to Playtonic Games, which has quickly turned from a start-up of excellent developers into a significant Kickstarter success story...

News: Nihilumbra Begins Its Wii U Journey on 14th May

Nihilumbra Begins Its Wii U Journey on 14th May

Includes system-exclusive co-op, remember

It's been a little while coming, but BeautiFun Games' Nihilumbra finally has a confirmed release date on the Wii U. Having cleared Nintendo's testing it'll arrive on 14th May in Europe and North America. This puzzle adventure incorporates a painterly art style and a variety of mechanics, in which you use a...

News: Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends Is Brawling Its Way To Wii U And 3DS

Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends Is Brawling Its Way To Wii U And 3DS

Super Smash Bros has company?

Little Orbit has announced that it is publishing Vicious Cycle's Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends on Nintendo Wii U and 3DS later this year. Boasting 20 different characters as well as offline and online play, Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends contains plenty of modes, such as Tournament of...

News: Teaser Site For Koji Igarashi's Castlevania Successor Lets You Have Your Say

Teaser Site For Koji Igarashi's Castlevania Successor Lets You Have Your Say

Sword or whip - which will you choose?

Yesterday, we reported on a rumour which seemed to suggest that Koji Igarashi - he of Castlevania fame - was about to launch a Kickstarter campaign for his next game. The rumblings appear to have been true, as Igarashi has just launched a teaser site for his next venture - and it allows fans to have some...

News: Hacker Produces Region Free Exploit for Current New Nintendo 3DS System Version

Hacker Produces Region Free Exploit for Current New Nintendo 3DS System Version

New 'stability' update no doubt on the way

Though the DS days of mass hacking and playable ROMS through common R4 cards are a thing of the past - to the relief of developers and publishers - there are still those that mod the 3DS for niche purposes. Such has been Nintendo's aggressive approach to firmware updates to lock out exploits, any attempts...

Talking Point: Is Konami About To Exit The Console Game Business?

Is Konami About To Exit The Console Game Business?

Nintendo's old ally could be leaving the industry it helped to grow

Konami has been in the headlines a lot lately. First up were those troublesome rumours regarding the impending departure of Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear series and arguably the Japanese company's most valuable and famous employee. It would appear that Kojima is set to...

News: Rumour: Koji Igarashi's Castlevania Successor Could Rise From The Grave This Week

Rumour: Koji Igarashi's Castlevania Successor Could Rise From The Grave This Week

"The first sign rises with the full moon. Soon, I will return"

Long-time Castlevania producer Koji "IGA" Igarashi left Konami a while back to move into indie development, but aside from a cryptic double-page PAX flyer, we've heard very little about what he's up to. However, this week could change all of that, if rumours swirling around the dark...

News: ​Warren Spector Reminisces About the Development of the Epic Mickey Series

​Warren Spector Reminisces About the Development of the Epic Mickey Series

Learn how the series came together

Disney Epic Mickey could be argued as being something of a letdown on the Wii. After an initial reveal showcasing remarkably dark concept art and promising a dynamic and choice-driven narrative, many saw it as a bold and promising new direction to take Disney's famous mouse. The resultant game, and its sequel for...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Legacy Makes The Virtual Console Essential, But It Must Modernise

Nintendo's Legacy Makes The Virtual Console Essential, But It Must Modernise

Idealism should make way for realism

Technologically, the world is busier and noisier than it's ever been before. So many gadgets and screens demand our time and loyalty, from smart TVs with hundreds of channels and streaming apps, to smartphones and tablets and, of course, game systems. Those with a decent amount of spare cash that are anxious to...