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Feature: Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS 'Pic of the Day' Screens - Greatest Hits

Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS 'Pic of the Day' Screens - Greatest Hits

The end! Finished! Terminado! Fini! 完成した!

Since summer 2013 Masahiro Sakurai — lead designer and overall head honcho of the Super Smash Bros. games — has been dutifully posting new screens for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles every working day. His Miiverse Pic of the Day posts were essential viewing for those hyped about the games, as...

News: Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker Heading Exclusively to 3DS in Early 2015

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker Heading Exclusively to 3DS in Early 2015

Supposedly "nearly doubles" length of original

Like the DS before it the 3DS is becoming a terrific portable for RPG games, with Atlus delivering some of the very best examples. The publisher and developer has been busy in recent times yet has, nevertheless, announced another exclusive title for the portable — Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2...

Video: Top 5 Things We Love About Smash Bros. For Wii U

Top 5 Things We Love About Smash Bros. For Wii U

So much to love

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is one of the biggest Nintendo releases of the year, and if your're anything like us then you'll already have put plenty of time into this incredible title. If you're perhaps not quite convinced about the game and haven't been swayed by our glowing 9/10 review, then perhaps the following video — in...

News: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Sold to Over Ten Percent of Japanese Wii U Owners as System's Sales Rise

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Sold to Over Ten Percent of Japanese Wii U Owners as System's Sales Rise

Luigi and co. clean up

Last Friday Super Smash Bros. for Wii U was finally released in Japan, and to no surprise it's taken the top spot in this week's Japanese charts courtesy of Media Create. Although the numbers aren't as grand as for the launch of the 3DS version, there are only around two million Wii U owners in Japan, meaning that ten percent...

News: 40 Percent Blasted Off The Price Of Classic Steampunk Shooter Steel Empire

40 Percent Blasted Off The Price Of Classic Steampunk Shooter Steel Empire

3DS eShop side-scroller reduced to just $15.99 this week

Teyon has today announced that it is knocking 40 percent off the price of critically acclaimed eShop steampunk shooter Steel Empire. Originally released on the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive back in the early '90s, this classic blaster was recently updated for the 3DS. We gave it a glowing 9/10...

Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64

Nintendo 64

Will you still love me when I'm 64?

The Nintendo 64 is a console which divides opinions, even today. For some, it was an unforgivable fall from grace after the dizzying heights of the SNES; a system which failed in the face of stiff competition from newcomer Sony and its dominant PlayStation console. For others, it's home to some of Nintendo's...

News: Hollow Knight is a Bit Like Shovel Knight, Except the Knight is Hollow Instead of Carrying a Shovel

Hollow Knight is a Bit Like Shovel Knight, Except the Knight is Hollow Instead of Carrying a Shovel

More action adventure than platformer, however

As the video game industry gets older, we see less mind-blowing new concepts and more clever variations on established ideas. While pummelling foes with the downward shovel attack in Shovel Knight — the hugely successful title now also heading to Sony systems — we were reminded of DuckTales; that's...

News: Squeeze Begins on NINJHAX Homebrew Exploit in Most Recent 3DS System Update

Squeeze Begins on NINJHAX Homebrew Exploit in Most Recent 3DS System Update

Not just a theme shuffler

Nintendo's latest 3DS system update introduced a few features, with the ability to shuffle favourite HOME themes and the addition of NFC support — for payment cards and amiibo — on the New Nintendo 3DS in Japan and Australia / New Zealand. As some of the Nintendo Life community pointed out, however, it started to get...

News: AI Program Can Learn To Play Game Boy Games, Next Stop: The Subjugation Of Humanity

AI Program Can Learn To Play Game Boy Games, Next Stop: The Subjugation Of Humanity

When is Judgment Day due, again?

Developer Daniel Shumway has created an AI program which is capable of learning how to play Game Boy and Game Boy Color games. Named Piglet — but previously developed under the moniker WideEyes — it's a machine-learning AI built with Lua and designed to interact with the Visual Boy Advance emulator. Inspired by...

News: Nintendo Celebrates Landmark of Record Sales Success for Million-Selling 3DS Games

Nintendo Celebrates Landmark of Record Sales Success for Million-Selling 3DS Games

Four games have sold 2 million copies in the last 5 months in Japan

While hardware results have slowed due to a certain level of critical mass, the 3DS remains a major success story in Japan, in particular. Along with the release of the New Nintendo 3DS — which is helping the portable maintain its dominance in the hardware charts for the country...

News: The Next Theatrhythm Game Is All About Dragon Quest, And It's Coming To The 3DS In 2015

The Next Theatrhythm Game Is All About Dragon Quest, And It's Coming To The 3DS In 2015

Japanese launch happening in March

Square Enix's Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy games have been a commercial and critical success for the company, taking the legendary tunes heard in the million-selling series and placing them in an incredibly compelling rhythm action context. Given that Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call has pretty much mined the...

News: Nintendo Appeal Takes Tomita Technologies 3DS Patent Case Back to Court

Nintendo Appeal Takes Tomita Technologies 3DS Patent Case Back to Court

And on it goes...

At the start of this year we reported that Nintendo was ordered to pay 3DS royalties to Tomita Technologies, having lost a patent trial related to the portable. The big N was accused of utilising patented stereoscopic 3D technology — particularly in the handheld's cameras — without permission; Nintendo had countered that it had...

News: The Latest 3DS Home Themes in Japan Have Monsters, Cute Cats and Festive Cheer

The Latest 3DS Home Themes in Japan Have Monsters, Cute Cats and Festive Cheer

Ticking all the boxes

While we're seeing plenty of 3DS HOME Themes make their way to the West, our curiosity with Japanese culture means that we can't help but be intrigued by themes released in Japan; it also helps that Nintendo regularly releases charming videos showing them off. The most recent batch of ten videos from Nintendo caught our eye,...

Interview: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's Developers Talk Over Origins and the Contents of Toad's Backpack

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's Developers Talk Over Origins and the Contents of Toad's Backpack

"I’m curious about this too so let’s have a look"

The release of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker in North America — it hits Europe on 2nd January — is sure to tempt a few into adding the retail release as a stocking filler. Bursting with charm and providing a substantial spin-off from the popular bonus stages in Super Mario 3D World, it...

News: Sumico Bringing Its Brand of "Super Smart" Puzzling to 3DS eShop on 18th December

Sumico Bringing Its Brand of "Super Smart" Puzzling to 3DS eShop on 18th December

Previously on iOS and Android

The 3DS eShop, with its dual screen setup and multiple control options, is a natural home for affordable puzzle games. While they can vary in quality — not to mention repeat themselves in the act of matching three objects — it's not a platform short of games to keep our brains busy. While it may be a competitive...

News: Super Smash Bros. Wii U Basic Bundle Heading for Spain

Super Smash Bros. Wii U Basic Bundle Heading for Spain

Currently only confirmed for Spain

Update: Since we originally posted this as a rumour, with a suggestion that it may have been confirmed in a Spain-only press release, Juan Jose Cintas Marquez of Deculture has forwarded us the message that was indeed issued to Spanish press. It appears to confirm all of the details below. Original Article: With...

News: UCraft Wii U Beta Plans Outlined as New Trailer Makes The Case for Upcoming Release

UCraft Wii U Beta Plans Outlined as New Trailer Makes The Case for Upcoming Release

Beta download to be available before full release

UCraft has had a mixed history to date, as it's a project with bold ambition that's also endured a failed Kickstarter campaign and a move to PC that ended its planned exclusivity to Wii U. It's endured its share of criticism, as a result. The aspirational feature-set is still front and centre of the...

Guide: Everything You Need To Know About Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire's Secret Bases

Everything You Need To Know About Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire's Secret Bases

Bomb the base

Secret Bases are a feature from the original games that make a triumphant return in Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, but contrary to what many people believe, they're actually one of the most useful features in the game. Making A Base: Dotted around Hoenn there are 82 locations where you can create a Secret Base. This is...