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News: The Photo Studio in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is Perfect for Comedy

The Photo Studio in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is Perfect for Comedy

New trophies also confirmed

With the release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U rapidly approaching, we can expect plenty of information and reveals in the coming weeks; Masahiro Sakurai has raised hopes of another Nintendo Direct, stating that an announcement is coming to reveal the game's "true potential". The game designer is still posting daily on...

News: 3DS Homebrew Hacker Makes Progress on New Nintendo 3DS

3DS Homebrew Hacker Makes Progress on New Nintendo 3DS

Can of worms, re-opening...

In recent months we've been following the efforts of Smealum, a hacker who's been developing a homebrew channel for the 3DS. As it approached its final stages of development it was emphasized that although the channel will not run illegal 3DS ROMS, it will support homebrew games and apps. The fuzzy moral ground comes with...

News: Nintendo UK Executive Says Wii U Has Had "Quite a Good Year So Far"

Nintendo UK Executive Says Wii U Has Had "Quite a Good Year So Far"

Moving on up

The "Wii U has had quite a good year so far," according to Shelly Pearce, head of UK Marketing, in an interview with MCV Magazine. The system has been picking up momentum as of late in the UK with an impressive 60% increase in sales; Pearce puts much of this improvement down to the success of Mario Kart 8. We've really seen momentum...

Feature: Ari Pulkkinen's Quest to Turn the Volume Up on Game Music

Ari Pulkkinen's Quest to Turn the Volume Up on Game Music

Music is "the biggest emotional aspect in any game"

There's surely little debating that music is absolutely integral to a video game experience. Nintendo has successfully riffed on iconic themes for decades, while still producing terrific new soundtracks in its current-day efforts that can only add to the excitement of the gameplay. This is...

News: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Announcement Revealing its "True Potential" is on the Way

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Announcement Revealing its "True Potential" is on the Way

Development isn't finished yet

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U isn't far away, due in late November / early December depending on your region. Logically development should be drawing to a close, as a result, though Masahiro Sakurai — in his most recent Weekly Famitsu column — has said "I'm not done yet...". There's still work to be done. Of course,...

News: Nintendo Confirms Retro Halloween Scares for the Virtual Console

Nintendo Confirms Retro Halloween Scares for the Virtual Console

Castlevania! Gargoyle's Quest! Erm, Kirby. More!

Today has brought us the usual North American Nintendo Download Update details, which delivered a fairly handsome line-up, and the big N has also outlined a range of Virtual Console titles that'll be haunting our systems up to Halloween — in most cases, anyway. Below are the four titles that are...

Nintendo Download: 16th October (North America)

16th October (North America)

Harmony of Dissonance, Lone Survivor, Ballpoint Universe and much more

It's that time again, North American gamers, for Nintendo Download Update details to brighten your day and lighten your wallet. This week sees a collection of promising new download games across Wii U and 3DS, along with high quality retro options on both systems. Throw in a...

News: Trailer Shows Off Today's First Batch of Hyrule Warriors DLC

Trailer Shows Off Today's First Batch of Hyrule Warriors DLC

"Master Quest Pack" gallops its way onto the eShop

The first batch of Hyrule Warriors DLC arrives today in Europe and the US, bringing a treasure chest full of exciting extras. The "Master Quest Pack" (the first of four announced DLC packages) will provide Hyrule Warriors owners with the following downloadable content: Three new playable...

News: Here's A Closer Look at Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire's PokéNav Plus

Here's A Closer Look at Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire's PokéNav Plus

More features than you can shake a Shiftry at

Ever since the second generation, every entry in the main Pokémon series has had some sort of little gadget that helps you navigate the world of tall grass and impossibly hardy shrubs. Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire are no exception to this rule, and bring back the classic PokéNav from the...

News: Transport Yourself To The Eighties With This Totally Dope Ultimate NES Remix Cap

Transport Yourself To The Eighties With This Totally Dope Ultimate NES Remix Cap

Ships with the game when you buy from the UK online store

Ultimate NES Remix is a collection of mini-games inspired by some of Nintendo's finest 8-bit escapades and — we we're sure you're aware — hits the 3DS next month. Just in case the game's considerable retro vibe isn't strong enough for you, you can now pre-order the title from the...

Feature: Brawl With The Nintendo Life Team in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Brawl With The Nintendo Life Team in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Fight club

Many 3DS owners will already be well into their time with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS by this point, customising their fighters and pinning down their 'main' for tough online battles. A fun feature of this game, of course, is its Mii integration: you can choose from three core Mii Fighter types — Brawler, Swordfighter and Gunner...

News: Eiji Aonuma Wants Mario Kart 8's DLC Master Cycle In Future Zelda Games

Eiji Aonuma Wants Mario Kart 8's DLC Master Cycle In Future Zelda Games

Extra horsepower for the Zelda franchise

It's not long now until November, which means the first batch of DLC for Mario Kart 8 will arrive. As it's The Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 8 and will include Link as a playable character, there's understandable hype. The recent reveal of The Master Cycle naturally grabbed our attention, then, a rather slick...

News: Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Lead the Way in New Nintendo 3DS Kisekae Faceplates

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Lead the Way in New Nintendo 3DS Kisekae Faceplates

Animal Crossing! Plumber's moustaches! More!

The New Nintendo 3DS is now out in Japan and has enjoyed a strong start in the charts, shifting nearly 235,000 units in its launch weekend. The smaller model was actually outsold by the LL (XL), which surprises us for one reason — Kisekae faceplaces. We can't help but be charmed by these faceplates,...

News: Junichi Masuda Talks Pokémon Snap and Listening to Fans

Junichi Masuda Talks Pokémon Snap and Listening to Fans

Get your Game Freak on

In a recent interview about Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, director of the Pokémon games Junichi Masuda talked about the fans' desire to see a new Pokémon Snap game. Masuda-san was clear to point out that the N64 cult classic "wasn't originally developed by Game Freak", although it does seem that he has a certain...

News: Curve Studios Outlines Release Details of Four Wii U Titles

Curve Studios Outlines Release Details of Four Wii U Titles

All before December

Curve Studios has a strong history of working on Nintendo hardware, perhaps most notably with Nintendo-published titles Hydroventure / Fluidity on WiiWare and Hydroventure / Fluidity: Spin Cycle on the 3DS eShop. The development studio's work goes way beyond those two games, of course, and it's been responsible for a range of...

Video: Your Heart Will Melt At This Sega Genesis Promo Created By A Son and His Gaming Mad Father

Your Heart Will Melt At This Sega Genesis Promo Created By A Son and His Gaming Mad Father

1991 home movie intended to convince family members to dump the NES

As you'll know if you've read the recent Console Wars, back in the early '90s Nintendo was still very much the king of the hill when it came to video games. Sega's time in the sun was yet to come, but the 16-bit Genesis (Mega Drive if you're outside of the US) was already making...

News: Pokémon Global Link To Undergo Maintenance

Pokémon Global Link To Undergo Maintenance

Power Plant shuts up shop temporarily

The Pokémon Company International has confirmed that the Pokémon Global Link (an online multiplayer feature that is used to provide players with services including battling and trading) will be undergoing maintenance next month. Now hold your Ponyta, this will only take place from November 13th to the 21st in...

News: Super Smash Bros. Website Introduces amiibo Details

Super Smash Bros. Website Introduces amiibo Details

Each amiibo is "uniquely your own"

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be the first title to support amiibo toys, with the initial range designed for the brawler — they will eventually be supported in a host of other games, too. Though we have an idea of how the figures will be integrated into the game, the official website has begun to lay out the...

Feature: Bayonetta - Creating Gaming's Combative Heroine

Bayonetta - Creating Gaming's Combative Heroine

A unique part of the gaming scene

While it's a release that'll perhaps be battling the odds to make a major commercial impact, Bayonetta 2 will arrive as a Wii U exclusive on 24th October in the West, joined by an enhanced port of its predecessor. The new entry arrives as a relatively unique arrival, one of few dedicated action games of its type...