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News: Mario Kart 8 Sales Increase By Nearly a Third in UK, Moves Back Up the Charts

Mario Kart 8 Sales Increase By Nearly a Third in UK, Moves Back Up the Charts

Pokémon Black and White make surprise return

With the Summer well underway — and with the UK currently enduring a heat wave — it's been a quieter week of game sales in the country, with a drop of 14% in revenue for game sales last week. Nintendo has bucked the trend however, with Mario Kart 8 and discounted DS games enjoying terrific weeks in...

News: Timespinner Looks Like an Awesome Pixel-Based 2D Metroidvania, and It's Coming to 3DS

Timespinner Looks Like an Awesome Pixel-Based 2D Metroidvania, and It's Coming to 3DS

Serious success on Kickstarter

There are various ingredients required to form a successful Kickstarter campaign, primarily having a good idea. Yet it also pays to show evidence that the game in question is not only real, but is full of potential. Timespinner from Lunar Ray Games hits that sweetspot. Its Kickstarter campaign started with PC / Mac /...

Nintendo Download: 24th July (Europe)

24th July (Europe)

A Sen'SeY, Master Reboot, Siesta Fiesta, Mega Man, discounts and more

It's Monday morning, which means it's time for the European Nintendo Download Update, and the latest line-up certainly starts off our week with a bang. There are three promising new titles on the Wii U eShop, an equally tempting and colourful release on the 3DS eShop, three Mega...

News: Toyota Brings Pokécars to Tokyo Toy Show

Toyota Brings Pokécars to Tokyo Toy Show

They're shinies, but only if you keep them waxed

Pokémon vehicles aren't that new of a thing. Odds are likely you've seen images of a Pikachu Beetle zipping about the Internet. However, Toyota has upped the ante at this year's Tokyo Toy Show by throwing out not only a Pikachu car, but one modeled after Fire-type starter Fennekin as well. Both...

News: SteamWorld Dig May Have a Discount on Wii U For Those With the 3DS Version

SteamWorld Dig May Have a Discount on Wii U For Those With the 3DS Version

Studio is looking into the possibility

A continual complaint for some that own both a Wii U and 3DS is the absence of cross-buy promotions, particularly with Virtual Console games but also with some download titles available on both systems. We have seen recent examples from Nintendo with Pushmo World discounts, and there's been a genuine cross-buy...

News: Nintendo of Europe Launching Wii U Virtual Console NES Remix Promotion

Nintendo of Europe Launching Wii U Virtual Console NES Remix Promotion

Up to 50% off for four weeks

While the Wii U Virtual Console hasn't yet served up all the downloadable treats that we desire, it has thrown up EarthBound and Game Boy Advance games. Nintendo of Europe's keen for you to remember there are a host of NES games, too, and has announced a campaign to encourage you to pick up more of these retro gems...

Video: Here are Plenty of Awesome Super Mario Bros. 3 Glitches to Try Yourself

Here are Plenty of Awesome Super Mario Bros. 3 Glitches to Try Yourself

Including a particularly tricky but cool way to skip to the end

Whenever gamers argue over which 2D Mario platformer is the best of them all, Super Mario Bros. 3 is normally included in the debate. It pushed the capabilities of the NES and blew a lot of minds when originally released, and still stands up as a terrific title by modern standards. The...

News: Bill Trinen Shares His History of the Treehouse, Localisation and Translating for Shigeru Miyamoto

Bill Trinen Shares His History of the Treehouse, Localisation and Translating for Shigeru Miyamoto

Back in '98 the Treehouse was a team of two

For those that follow Nintendo closely, through its various Direct broadcasts and public events, Bill Trinen has become a familiar and popular figurehead. He may be the Director of Product Marketing at Nintendo of America, a job that saw him nervously watching the time ahead of a meeting while making an...

News: Yacht Club Games Gives a Shovel Knight Localisation Update, With Pixel Graphics

Yacht Club Games Gives a Shovel Knight Localisation Update, With Pixel Graphics

Still only at the early stages, sadly

Shovel Knight, from Yacht Club Games, is one of the best titles to arrive on the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores this year — it's a platformer with plenty of loving nods to retro ideas and aesthetics, yet moves beyond mere nostalgia with terrific design and wonderful gameplay. We put it through its paces on both...

News: Master Reboot to Arrive on the Wii U eShop on 24th July

Master Reboot to Arrive on the Wii U eShop on 24th July

In both North America and Europe

Throughout this year Wales Interactive has outlined its plans to bring three games to the Wii U, with Gravity Badgers being the first arrival at the end of May. Infinity Runner will be another, which includes 32-player multiplayer, but the next arrival on Nintendo's system will be a title announced at the turn of the...

News: Violetta: Rhythm & Music Coming To 3DS, Wii and DS, Yet Shimmying Past Wii U

Violetta: Rhythm & Music Coming To 3DS, Wii and DS, Yet Shimmying Past Wii U

It's a "smash hit television show", we're told

Little Orbit, the masters of licensed games and no doubt literally rolling around in mounds of crisp dollar bills during lunch breaks, is taking another IP and pushing it out as a game. This time it's Disney's Violetta, a "tween telenovela" broadcast in Latin America and Europe, which is coming to 3DS,...

News: This Pokémon Food Looks Too Good to Eat

This Pokémon Food Looks Too Good to Eat

Pokénom-nom

Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction — more accurately known as Pokémon XY The Movie - The Cocoon of Destruction & Diancie in Japan — arrives in theatres in the country this weekend, on 19th July. Japan loves Pokémon at the best of times, but with the movie's imminent release there are a variety of special...

News: Puzzle & Dragons Z Has Shipped Over 1.5 Million Copies in Japan

Puzzle & Dragons Z Has Shipped Over 1.5 Million Copies in Japan

Still no solid news on its arrival in the West

There are still some that argue smartphone games don't suit dedicated gaming portables such as the 3DS, and vice-versa; Puzzle & Dragons Z perhaps shows that some titles can succeed in both worlds. A phenomenon on smart devices, this amended version arrived on Nintendo's handheld in Japan late last...

News: Suica NFC Cards To Finally Be Used, From 22nd July, For eShop Payments in Japan

Suica NFC Cards To Finally Be Used, From 22nd July, For eShop Payments in Japan

Here's hoping for Western equivalents

For well over a year now, Nintendo has been stating that it would utilise the NFC capabilities of the Wii U GamePad to support "Suica" cards in Japan. Typically used on public transport — in Japan and around the world in various forms — these swipe cards will allow gamers to quickly pay for a game on the...

News: Bayonetta 2 Environmental Artist Outlines Sources of Inspiration, Including Gorgeous Screenshots

Bayonetta 2 Environmental Artist Outlines Sources of Inspiration, Including Gorgeous Screenshots

Belgium and Italy set the scene

We can expect Bayonetta 2 to get plenty of attention and marketing from Nintendo ahead of its October arrival, with the Platinum Games exclusive joining Hyrule Warriors as an action game catered to those that prefer quick button taps to cerebral, relaxing experiences. One aspect certainly deserving praise is the...

News: This Super Smash Bros. Screen K.O. Shot is a Great Start to the Weekend

This Super Smash Bros. Screen K.O. Shot is a Great Start to the Weekend

It looks awesome in motion

It's Friday, which means many of us can look ahead to a weekend of relaxation and, probably, some games. Sadly the new Super Smash Bros. entries aren't included on our list of games to play, but we can nevertheless get into the weekend spirit with Masahiro Sakurai's latest Miiverse Pic of the Day. This entry is perfect...

News: Mario Kart 8 Secures Place as Top-Selling SKU in NPD June Sales, With Hardware Boost for Wii U

Mario Kart 8 Secures Place as Top-Selling SKU in NPD June Sales, With Hardware Boost for Wii U

Tomodachi Life joins MK8 in overall Top 10

The latest NPD results — which provide data on physical retail sales in the US — have been released, and Nintendo has been confident enough about the outcome to break recent trends and provide a press release update on its position. There are strong numbers for both the Wii U and 3DS. To begin with...