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Preview: Puzzling Our Way through Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

Puzzling Our Way through Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

Tips go in the jar, mate

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars is just a few days away for North American fans, and those in Europe will only have to wait a little bit longer to get their hands on it. With the release date rapidly approaching, we've put together a short video to show you what you can expect to see in the game when it hits the 3DS and...

Nintendo Download: 26th February (North America)

26th February (North America)

Donkey Kong Country bonanza! Titan Attacks! IRONFALL Invasion! More!

We suspect this week's Nintendo Download Update for North America will be rather popular with retro and Rare fans, making up for Nintendo of America's slight delay in issuing the details. Alongside these Rare classics are some attractive new download options on both systems, too -...

News: Study Finds That US Consumers Are Buying Wii U For Its Fun Factor And Kid-Friendly Nature

Study Finds That US Consumers Are Buying Wii U For Its Fun Factor And Kid-Friendly Nature

Nielsen's latest consumer survey shows driving factors behind console sales

Stat company Nielsen has conducted a US-based survey to discover what the five key factors are behind people buying a modern home console, and in Nintendo's case, it's a rather unsurprising list of points. According to the study, the top reason for purchasing a Wii U is...

News: Nintendo Confirms Super Mario amiibo - Gold Edition Exclusivity for 3000 Walmart Stores in the US

Nintendo Confirms Super Mario amiibo - Gold Edition Exclusivity for 3000 Walmart Stores in the US

Standard Mario Party 10 amiibo available with the game for a 'limited time'

Earlier this year a Gold Mario amiibo was leaked, and a subsequent image of Walmart advertising suggested it was going to be exclusive to the retailer in the US. As retailers have been known to get it wrong there was still a slight chance that wouldn't be the case, but...

News: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D New Nintendo 3DS Cover Plates Confirmed for 2nd April Launch in Europe

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D New Nintendo 3DS Cover Plates Confirmed for 2nd April Launch in Europe

Spontaneous celebrations erupt in city streets...

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D arrives in Europe on 2nd April, and naturally we've been hoping that the rad New Nintendo 3DS cover plates would make it out of Japan; it was clearly a no-brainer, as Nintendo of Europe has announced just that. As you can see in the tweet below Nintendo's even used a Vine,...

News: Woah Dave! Getting Free Deluxe Update On 3DS, Also Coming To Wii U

Woah Dave! Getting Free Deluxe Update On 3DS, Also Coming To Wii U

New levels and characters promised

Woah Dave! developer Choice Provisions has revealed that the game is getting a "Deluxe" update on the 3DS. Woah Dave! Deluxe - which has just hit Steam - features two new levels, a host of new characters, boss battles, fresh enemy types, UFOs you can ride, a "classic" mode which returns everything to how it was in...

News: Saints Row Design Director Was Working On An Open-World Wii U Game

Saints Row Design Director Was Working On An Open-World Wii U Game

Nintendo apparently pulled the plug one day before production

Unseen64's Liam Robertson - an expert at digging up cancelled gaming projects - has uncovered another interesting piece of into regarding an open-world adventure title that was in development for the Wii U. Chris Stockman - who served as Design Director on the original Saints Row - was...

News: Dot Arcade is an Intriguing Vintage Title Heading to Wii U

Dot Arcade is an Intriguing Vintage Title Heading to Wii U

We mean pre-Donkey Kong arcade vintage

Indie developers drawing inspiration from retro games is extremely common, but not many eShop releases pre-date the era that brought us the Donkey Kong arcade, for example. Dot Arcade is doing just that, as it'll recreate the light-based games of generations long since gone on the Wii U. Taking us back to the...

News: Former Rare Developers Will Show Off Their New Game In March

Former Rare Developers Will Show Off Their New Game In March

Playtonic Games to present their first project at this year's EGX Rezzed

Earlier this month, we reported on the news that fledgling studio Playtonic Games - made up of former Rare employees - is currently hard at work on a spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series. It has now been confirmed that the as-yet-unnamed release will be getting its...

News: Super Smash Bros. Soundtrack Release Has Been Delayed Until April In Australia Due To Production Troubles

Super Smash Bros. Soundtrack Release Has Been Delayed Until April In Australia Due To Production Troubles

Unfortunate news for Club Nintendo members down under

Limited stock has been a serious problem for Nintendo in recent times. With boss Satoru Iwata yesterday revealing the New Nintendo 3DS hardware was held back from an earlier release in both North America and Europe for this exact reason, this only added to the ongoing troubles fans have had...

News: Complete First Season Of Donkey Kong Country TV Series Coming To DVD This May

Complete First Season Of Donkey Kong Country TV Series Coming To DVD This May

"I'M GONNA BE A STAR!!!"

Did you know that our dear old ape Donkey Kong has a nigh-on angelic singing voice? Anyone who watched the absolutely bizarre television series from the 90's will know all about it, and now the non-believers will finally get a chance to hear it for themselves in full. Yes, in an announcement that will either delight,...

News: Scram Kitty Developer Praises the Wii U and Mentions New Project

Scram Kitty Developer Praises the Wii U and Mentions New Project

“It always brings a lot of new potential to gameplay”

Many of you may remember Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails. The crazy rail shooter took its name rather literally and featured a gunner that moved along physical rails, with the goal being to shoot all the evil mice in a space station and save all the cats. It was a pretty strange setting;...

News: Club Nintendo in Japan is Full of Delightful Treats

Club Nintendo in Japan is Full of Delightful Treats

We're a little jealous

With its closure in the coming months, Club Nintendo is heading well into its swansong period. The Stars Catalogue in PAL regions is still a little underwhelming, with desirable items selling out and fairly mediocre recent additions including a Mario hat, while the North American Club Nintendo has some nice physical rewards...

News: Amazon UK and Tesco Now Flogging Wii U Premium Pack Bundles for £189

Amazon UK and Tesco Now Flogging Wii U Premium Pack Bundles for £189

Cheap 2DS and 3DS options, too

With Wii U hardware sales generally struggling, certainly in comparison to fellow 'current gen' rivals PS4 and Xbox One, we've often seen retailers slashing prices to shift stock. This certainly happens a lot in the UK, where brief promotions offer tempting opportunities for those yet to take the plunge. In a year...

News: Look On In Despair At The Hardest Super Mario World Level Ever Made

Look On In Despair At The Hardest Super Mario World Level Ever Made

Three years in the making, and breaking

The ROM hack scene can be an endlessly entertaining place. Offering up creative, fan-made content, one can never really know what to expect from the community. More often than not, fans will create more challenging levels after completing a game in a quest for additional prestige and for a true test of skills...

News: 3DS Browser Exploit Hackers Bypass Pokémon Shuffle Microtransactions

3DS Browser Exploit Hackers Bypass Pokémon Shuffle Microtransactions

Actually free-to-play

Pokémon Shuffle has endured a mixed reception among vocal Nintendo fans since its recent release on the 3DS eShop; the free-to-play title is quite heavily reliant on microtransactions, which can be a sticking point for a number of gamers. That monetisation is being bypassed by some, however, with hackers utilising a loophole...

News: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Shows Decent Momentum in Japan as the New 3DS is Overtaken

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Shows Decent Momentum in Japan as the New 3DS is Overtaken

God Eater 2 lifts Sony platforms above Nintendo's portable

It's time for our weekly dose of Media Create charts out of Japan, and this week's results bring a couple of key developments, with Nintendo's rivals benefiting from a major release. In the software stakes The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D has enjoyed a reasonable second week in...

Feature: Say Hello To The CPS Changer, Capcom's First And Only Attempt At A Home Console

Say Hello To The CPS Changer, Capcom's First And Only Attempt At A Home Console

One of the most obscure systems ever made

Although today's gaming landscape is dominated by Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, there have been plenty of other companies which have tried - or at least considered - producing their own gaming hardware in the past few decades. Nintendo's former rival Sega and industry trailblazer Atari are perhaps the most...

News: Nintendo Shows Off Mario Party 10, amiibo and Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars in Japan

Nintendo Shows Off Mario Party 10, amiibo and Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars in Japan

Bowser wearing glasses, that is all...

We're big fans of Nintendo's Japanese YouTube channel, for the simple reason that it often publishes relatively long videos of upcoming releases and - more importantly - awesome TV commercials. The latest batch includes a man with glasses transforming into Bowser, still wearing glasses; is that possibly the...

News: Character Art From Forthcoming Disney Wii U Title Emerges Online

Character Art From Forthcoming Disney Wii U Title Emerges Online

What could it be?

It would appear that Disney is working on an as-yet unannounced Wii U title. Freelance character artist and 3D modeller Cari Mayle has posted artwork from the game on her personal site - with permission, of course - which shows various fantasy characters. The characters include a Death Knight, Ranger, Assassin, Thief, Barbarian...

Video: Mother 4 Fan Game Gets a Crazy New Trailer Ahead of Summer Release

Mother 4 Fan Game Gets a Crazy New Trailer Ahead of Summer Release

Suitably insane

The Mother series, and most notably EarthBound on the Super NES and now Wii U Virtual Console, remains a cult favourite for plenty of Nintendo fans. Off the wall and riddled with peculiarities and referential jokes, these games remain a source of inspiration for many. Fans often bemoan that the series has effectively drawn to a...