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News: Valve's Gabe Newell Thinks Super Mario 64 Is Just Swell

Valve's Gabe Newell Thinks Super Mario 64 Is Just Swell

Esteemed developer lists it as his favourite non-Valve game

Gabe Newell is arguably one of the most important people in the games industry right now. He's the co-founder and managing director of Valve Corporation, a company which has created some amazing titles and is behind Steam — a popular digital distribution platform which many predict will...

News: Nintendo of Europe Confirms Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition Software Bundle

Nintendo of Europe Confirms Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition Software Bundle

The Spiny Shell is back

With Mario Kart 8 set to be a major release for the Wii U on 30th May, Nintendo of Europe has now started its engines on building hype and encouraging pre-orders. Having confirmed Super Mario Kart for the Wii U Virtual Console, along with a tempting eShop discount, it's also outlined physical retail options to tempt you to...

News: SNES Classic Super Mario Kart Is Racing To The Wii U Virtual Console This Month

SNES Classic Super Mario Kart Is Racing To The Wii U Virtual Console This Month

Download and get a discount on the cost of Mario Kart 8

Nintendo UK has announced that Super Mario Kart will be hitting the European Wii U Virtual Console later this month — March 27th, to be precise. What's more, as part of a special promotion in the run up to the release of Mario Kart 8, if you download Super Mario Kart you will receive a...

Video: The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part Two

The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part Two

How many have you played?

So, with part one of our exciting rundown of the best Wii U retail titles available right now under our belts, there's only one thing left for us to do — run part two. Our video expert Rory Cocker is once again in the director's chair, so if you have any issues whatsoever with the running order, please send your hate...

News: EnjoyUp Confirms Abyss for the Wii U eShop

EnjoyUp Confirms Abyss for the Wii U eShop

HD depth

Way back in April last year EnjoyUp Games showed Abyss running on the Wii U, leading to thoughts of a sequel or HD remake of the well-regarded DSiWare title. The latter has now been confirmed, with the studio confirming to us that it's aiming for a release in April or May, while there'll be a budget price — $1.99 in North America, for...

News: Latest Mana Game Rises To The Challenge

Latest Mana Game Rises To The Challenge

Now we're hoping for a 3DS port

Launched just a few hours ago in Japan on iOS (due on Android later in the year), Rise of Mana is the most recent title in Square's long running RPG series, perhaps most fondly remembered by Western gamers for the first SNES entry Secret of Mana. In keeping with some of the more iconic Mana games, Rise of Mana is an...

News: Internal Invasion Blasting Onto the Wii U eShop

Internal Invasion Blasting Onto the Wii U eShop

Uses Construct 2 and the Nintendo Web Framework

In recent weeks and months we've seen a growing number of download games confirmed for the Wii U eShop, either utilising Unity or Nintendo Web Framework tools that help developers bring their games to the system with as little cost as possible. The Web Framework, which supports code such as HTML5 and...

News: Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition is Wrestling Its Way to the Wii U eShop

Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition is Wrestling Its Way to the Wii U eShop

Good times

If you're an eager download gamer that owns a PS3 or PS Vita, there's a decent chance that you've played Guacamelee by Drinkbox Studios; our partners at Push Square gave the action / platformer / brawler an 8/10 score in their review, describing it as "a fiery adventure for fans of platformers with a bit of a kick". The good news is that...

Interview: BNC Design Studios on Gemology, the Wii U eShop and Utilising the System's Capabilities

BNC Design Studios on Gemology, the Wii U eShop and Utilising the System's Capabilities

"There is no other platform that could support our games"

Just this week we revealed that Gemology is on the way to the Wii U eShop, another title from a new developer. In this case that company is BNC Design Studios, and those of you with good memories may recall that we spoke to its founder Jake Taylor about his desire to explore licensing...

Talking Point: Steel Diver: Sub Wars Proves That Nintendo Can Make Free-To-Play Work

Steel Diver: Sub Wars Proves That Nintendo Can Make Free-To-Play Work

Nintendo's first freemium game scores a direct hit

Let's all be brutally honest here — when Nintendo announced that its first foray into the wild and wacky world of free-to-play gaming was going to be an update of 3DS launch title Steel Diver, it was hardly the most heart-stopping news ever. Steel Diver was — and still is — a nice enough...

Video: This Pier Solar HD Teaser Trailer Will Make You Weep Tears Of 16-Bit Joy

This Pier Solar HD Teaser Trailer Will Make You Weep Tears Of 16-Bit Joy

HD update of WaterMelon's retro RPG is shaping up nicely

Pier Solar HD is one of those Wii U eShop titles that we simply can't wait to get our hands on, having already played and enjoyed the Mega Drive / Genesis original. Developer WaterMelon has now released a new teaser for the HD edition, which not only ties in with the game's arrival on Steam...

Weirdness: See Through the Eyes of Samus Aran in Metroid Prime with Oculus Rift

See Through the Eyes of Samus Aran in Metroid Prime with Oculus Rift

Check out this visor

If Metroid Prime wasn’t already immersive enough, YouTube personality Chadtronic has stepped it up a notch, sharing his own Oculus Rift experiences with Retro Studio’s now-classic 2002 GameCube title. After many requests and much troubleshooting, he was finally able to get the game up and running. Coming in just under 10...

News: Harvest Moon: Connect To A New World Dominates for 3DS in Japan

Harvest Moon: Connect To A New World Dominates for 3DS in Japan

Hardware sales for the region aren't pretty as PS4 drops

The latest Media Create Japanese chart results are in, and they have some interesting numbers to consider. Software sees the latest Harvest Moon title enjoy an impressive début, while a substantial drop in the PS4 system's sales — which some reports suggest is due to stock shortages —...

News: Hamatora: Look At Smoking World Announced For 3DS

Hamatora: Look At Smoking World Announced For 3DS

"Shared World" concept tying together multiple mediums into one setting

Shuuhou Imai, best known for his work on the Tokyo Majin Gakuen series that's been on everything from the original Playstation to the Nintendo DS, has just released some details on a new title — Hamatora: Look At Smoking World — for 3DS through his blog. The game is set...

Feature: Games That Almost Were - A Look At Cancelled N64 Titles

Games That Almost Were - A Look At Cancelled N64 Titles

Everything not saved will be lost

The end of the millennium was a turbulent time for Nintendo – the N64 hadn’t quite turned out to be the SNES Mk.II success it’d hoped the hardware would be, the 64DD add-on got off to a cautious launch in Japan and in 2001 both the N64 and the Game Boy Color would be completely replaced with younger and more...

News: Inti Creates Explains the Development Processes Behind Mighty No. 9

Inti Creates Explains the Development Processes Behind Mighty No. 9

Keiji Inafune gets at least one fresh build every month

In terms of Kickstarter success stories, Mighty No. 9 is undoubtedly in the top tier. With last year being an anniversary year for the Blue Bomber and Capcom making no moves to produce an official game, Keiji Inafune rather cleverly gauged the mood and seized the moment. As the figurehead well...

News: Nicalis Boss Tyrone Rodriguez Thinks The Wii U GamePad Is "A Waste Of Time And Resources"

Nicalis Boss Tyrone Rodriguez Thinks The Wii U GamePad Is "A Waste Of Time And Resources"

"I'd sure regret wasting $100+ on a second-screen that no one uses"

Anyone who has played Nintendo Land will know how much fun the concept of asymmetrical gaming can be, but it's fair to say that too few games have really exploited the potential of the Wii U GamePad's second screen. Clearly, coming up with unique concepts and new ideas takes time...

News: Activision Fires Free Fall DLC Onto Call of Duty: Ghosts for Wii U

Activision Fires Free Fall DLC Onto Call of Duty: Ghosts for Wii U

And it's free, free Free Fall

When Activision released Call of Duty: Ghosts, it was well known long before it even arrived that there'd be plenty of DLC and updates to rope you into playing the game well beyond that initial release buzz. Wii U owners have received a number of updates to improve the game's performance, but until now DLC has been...

News: New Screenshots Revealed for Cut the Rope: Triple Treat, Release Date Announced

New Screenshots Revealed for Cut the Rope: Triple Treat, Release Date Announced

Get to cutting on 28th March

Update: Activision has confirmed to us that 28th March is a Europe-wide release date. Original Article: Little over a month ago, Activision confirmed the release of Cut the Rope: Triple Treat for the 3DS. The package is coming exclusively to the 3DS and features Cut the Rope and its two expansions, 'Experiments' and...