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News: Independent Retailers in the UK Will Be Able to Sell Nintendo Download Games

Independent Retailers in the UK Will Be Able to Sell Nintendo Download Games

Retail and download-only eShop cards coming to smaller retailers

It's been said often enough that the eShop platforms will become even more important for Nintendo in the coming months and years, particularly as competition for shelf space and an increasingly download-happy public look for alternatives to physical media. Traditional retail still...

First Impressions: Hyrule Warriors Is Zelda, But Not As We Know It

Hyrule Warriors Is Zelda, But Not As We Know It

Button-mashing with the Hero of Time

On paper, Nintendo's decision to ally Zelda with the Dynasty Warriors franchise makes perfect sense; Koei Tecmo's series is incredibly popular in its native Japan and Wii U owners are simply dying for another Hyrule-themed adventure to embark upon. However, almost immediately after the announcement of Hyrule...

News: Fancy Pattern Vivillon Now Available as Pokémon Global Trade Station Hits 100 Million Landmark

Fancy Pattern Vivillon Now Available as Pokémon Global Trade Station Hits 100 Million Landmark

It's the realest Vivillon

Not too long ago — at the end of May — we told you that a fancy pattern Vivillon was to be distributed following 100 million trades on the Pokémon Global Trade Station, with around ten million more required at that point. That seemed like a long way still to go, but evidently was not: that Vivillon is available now...

News: Report Suggests Bayonetta 2 Will Come With Original Bayonetta on a Separate Disc in North America

Report Suggests Bayonetta 2 Will Come With Original Bayonetta on a Separate Disc in North America

Download copies come with free original via the eShop, naturally

Nintendo's E3 announcement of Bayonetta 2 including a Wii U-enhanced edition of the original Bayonetta was pleasing; it's terrific news for Nintendo gamers, as those yet to enjoy the original can now enjoy both titles in the correct order, with the original even having new outfits and...

News: Mighty No. 9 Has Another Crowdfunding Campaign, in Addition to Pre-Orders

Mighty No. 9 Has Another Crowdfunding Campaign, in Addition to Pre-Orders

"For this new funding campaign we are looking to add new content"

Mighty No. 9 caused a lot of buzz when announced in summer 2013, with its Kickstarter campaign proving to be one of the most successful to date. What began with a $900,000 goal rapidly stormed past that target to close on $3,845,170; with PayPal contributions added the total reached...

News: Retail Promotions Prompt Tomodachi Life to Continue Climb in UK Charts

Retail Promotions Prompt Tomodachi Life to Continue Climb in UK Charts

Life in the old Mii yet

Tomodachi Life made a modest UK chart début when it launched in early June, not exactly shaming itself but struggling to make a significant impact. Since then, however, Nintendo of America has been making positive noises about its performance in its region and, in the UK charts at least, the Mii-sim has not only seen a...

Video: Midna's Unique Fighting Style Brings Extra Chaos to Hyrule Warriors

Midna's Unique Fighting Style Brings Extra Chaos to Hyrule Warriors

Link is the star again, sort of...

Koei Tecmo has been steadily releasing new videos of Hyrule Warriors to show the various playable characters in action, though curiously has been slow to release its Midna equivalent. It's been a slightly odd omission as the Twilight Princess star was revealed as playable a good time ago. Yet still, we now have...

News: Hacker Claims to Demonstrate an Exploit to Mod a Wii U System and Mario Kart 8

Hacker Claims to Demonstrate an Exploit to Mod a Wii U System and Mario Kart 8

Utilises a browser-based workaround

The Wii and DS systems suffered from extensive hacking and unauthorised mods, which allowed people to create their own apps and, alternatively, download and use ROMS of games for free. The homebrew scene was one aspect, though accompanying piracy was a substantial problem that impacted software sales and has been...

Talking Point: With E3 Long Gone, Nintendo Still Has Plenty to Reveal 'Directly' to Fans

With E3 Long Gone, Nintendo Still Has Plenty to Reveal 'Directly' to Fans

Keep the hype train running

While Nintendo's appearance at E3 — widely regarded as a success — was only a little under a month ago at the time of writing, in modern consumer and internet terms that is an age. Since that time we've had some updates on key releases on the way this Fall, and a lot of focus on the wider picture of eShop games and...

News: Vblank Entertainment Provides Sales Threshold Update for Retro City Rampage on WiiWare

Vblank Entertainment Provides Sales Threshold Update for Retro City Rampage on WiiWare

"It hasn't made a cent in revenue yet"

Retro City Rampage was one of the last major releases to grace the WiiWare service, an anarchic top-down action title that brings to mind the original GTA titles and has enough '80s and '90s pop culture references to cause a nostalgia overload. It's arrived most recently in a definitive, heavily updated form on...

Video: DJ Jazzy Jeff, Jeremy Ellis and The Roots Perform an Awesome Super Mario Bros. Remix

DJ Jazzy Jeff, Jeremy Ellis and The Roots Perform an Awesome Super Mario Bros. Remix

Which DJ wins?

With the recent Independence Day celebrations in the US, there were plenty of events and concerts taking place around the country. One of these was the 2014 Philly Jam, and for those watching there was a bit of a retro Mario treat to enjoy. In the clip below DJ Jazzy Jeff — who most may know as Will Smith's buddy and musical...

Feature: Watch The Pokémon US National Championships - Live!

Watch The Pokémon US National Championships - Live!

Gotta watch it all

In early June we brought you the news that the Pokémon US National and World Championships were confirmed to be broadcast live on Twitch, giving fans a chance to see the events unfold even if they couldn't attend. The US National championships have now rolled around in Indianapolis, so if you want to watch the action unfold this...

News: Buck Rogers SNES Prototype Materializes

Buck Rogers SNES Prototype Materializes

From the 20th and 9/10 Century

Licensing can be a fickle playground for developers. The rights that were secured for a brand may suddenly change or be revoked entirely, calling for a change in plans at any time. More evidence of this fact has arrived in an alleged ROM of a prototype Buck Rogers SNES game made by French developer Loriciel in 1993...

News: Developer Hints At How Minecraft Could Shape Up On 3DS

Developer Hints At How Minecraft Could Shape Up On 3DS

One for the optimists

Minecraft and Nintendo — a suitable match that's never actually got together. With Nintendo's systems popular with young gamers and the Mojang game being a phenomenon loved by children — and adults too, of course — it seems like a perfect fit. That's particularly the case with the 3DS and its large userbase, while the Wii...

News: Nintendo Files Patent for "Eye Tracking" Device to Enable 3D Experiences on 2D Displays

Nintendo Files Patent for "Eye Tracking" Device to Enable 3D Experiences on 2D Displays

Also proposes enhanced experiences through smell, temperature and light

Nintendo may have submitted some rather peculiar patent applications in the past, but the most recent may have some foundation in reality, indicating a potential move into Virtual Reality for the company. It proposes a wearable device — potentially glasses — that is detected...

Video: This Hyrule Warriors Trailer Shows Off Agitha's Peculiar Moves

This Hyrule Warriors Trailer Shows Off Agitha's Peculiar Moves

If you don't like insects, look away now

Not too long ago Koei Tecmo confirmed, through Famitsu magazine and then its official website, that Agitha from Twilight Princess would be a playable character in Hyrule Warriors; it was an interesting reveal, with subsequent screenshots showing various large bugs being used as part of special moves.

News: Those Mario Kart 8 McDonald's Happy Meal Toys Are Now Available in the US

Those Mario Kart 8 McDonald's Happy Meal Toys Are Now Available in the US

Clap along...

Not too long ago we brought you the news that Mario Kart 8 toys were coming to McDonald's Happy Meals in the US, predicting an early July arrival. Well, they're now available, and looking rather charming. As reported before and as the image above shows, there are seven toys to collect in addition to a Mario visor, and they'll be...