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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...

News: Pokémon Link: Battle! Is Priced for Next Week's European Release

Pokémon Link: Battle! Is Priced for Next Week's European Release

In line with North American equivalent

Announced during the most recent Nintendo Direct broadcast, Pokémon Link: Battle! — known as Pokémon Battle Trozei in North America — will arrive on the 3DS eShop in Europe on 13th March, which is next week's download update. It hits North America on 20th March for $7.99, and Nintendo of Europe and...

Interview: Takashi Tezuka on Bringing Yoshi's New Island to the 3DS

Takashi Tezuka on Bringing Yoshi's New Island to the 3DS

"We used the original as a base on which to add new elements"

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island is often regarded as one of the finest platformers on Super NES, and potentially a stand-out across generations. After Yoshi's hugely popular appearance in its predecessor, it was a natural progression and one that certainly paid off for Nintendo...

News: The Next Batman Game Is Arkham Knight, And No, There Won't Be A Wii U Version

The Next Batman Game Is Arkham Knight, And No, There Won't Be A Wii U Version

Or a PS3 or 360 edition, for that matter

UK retailer Game has leaked the next instalment in the Batman "Arkham" series, which goes by the name of Batman: Arkham Knight. The retailer only lists the game as coming to the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. There's no reference to a PS3, Xbox 360 or — you guessed it — Wii U iteration of the title. Given the...

News: Latest PS4 Sales Figures Take it Past Wii U Life-to-Date Q3 Total

Latest PS4 Sales Figures Take it Past Wii U Life-to-Date Q3 Total

Momentum suggests current or imminent overtake

While we may have acknowledged — with a cheeky wink — the recent landmark of the Wii U sales surpassing those of Xbox 360 in Japan, the latest worldwide figures in the current generation remind us that, in terms of a sales footrace, Nintendo has already lost much of its advantage of launching a year...

News: Special Mario Kart 8 Event Racing Towards SXSW on 7th March

Special Mario Kart 8 Event Racing Towards SXSW on 7th March

Nintendo of America and Pennzoil strike a deal

Has there ever been a series that so perfectly captures the mayhem of racing games like everyone’s favourite plumber and his red shell collection? The short answer is arguably no, and this May will see Nintendo’s front man return to the track in Mario Kart 8. All new racers, all new tracks, all new...

Exclusive: Gemology Dropping More Puzzle Action Onto The Wii U eShop

Gemology Dropping More Puzzle Action Onto The Wii U eShop

Online play and stage building planned as post-launch DLC

The Wii U eShop is, as all of the game announcements and emerging release dates make clear, getting close to a flurry of releases that may continue for much of 2014. It's a target store for established developers to some degree, but is also attracting plenty of newcomers to the industry. One...

News: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Will Be Creeping To European Wii U And 3DS Consoles This May

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Will Be Creeping To European Wii U And 3DS Consoles This May

Slightly behind the North American release date

Activision has revealed that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be hitting Europe on May 2nd — just after the North American launch of April 29th, which coincides with the release of the movie in that region. The free-roaming action adventure is launching on a variety of consoles, including the Wii U and...

Nintendo Download: 6th March (Europe)

6th March (Europe)

Pac-Man, Tappingo, Luigi discounts and more

A day later than normal — probably due to a public Holiday in Nintendo of Europe's homeland in Germany — we now have details of what will be gracing the Nintendo download platforms this week. There are some retail options on both Wii U and 3DS, the latest title from Goodbye Galaxy Games, the return of...

News: NES-Style Action Title Insanity's Blade Is Cutting A Bloody Path To The Wii U eShop

NES-Style Action Title Insanity's Blade Is Cutting A Bloody Path To The Wii U eShop

Creator Causal Bit Games is now approved for Wii U development

Last year, Canadian studio Causal Bit Games successfully kickstarted the excellently-named Insanity's Blade, a tribute to the 8-bit hack-and-slash platformers of yesteryear. Boasting action and RPG elements and 18 different levels to conquer, the game also features a VCR6-based...

News: Japanese Prime Minister Says the Country's Economy "Can Learn From" Nintendo

Japanese Prime Minister Says the Country's Economy "Can Learn From" Nintendo

Keeping the faith

Nintendo's stock market value and current financial results may be a long way short of the recent glory days of the Wii and DS era, yet despite that drop in fortunes the company still has substantial cash reserves and is emphasizing plans to evolve its business and return to significant success. The 3DS continues to perform —...

News: The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon Are Doing Business With Monopoly in September

The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon Are Doing Business With Monopoly in September

"Connect 4: Super Mario" drops this Spring

With so many competing brands in game, toy and general stores, few would argue against Nintendo upping its licensing game in a big way, an objective it's already declared as a priority. We're rather pleased, then, that two of the most important of the company's franchises will be teaming up with one of...

News: Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Taking a Couple More Months for "Finishing Touches"

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Taking a Couple More Months for "Finishing Touches"

Winter's no weather for her getup, anyway

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is a jaunty number many fans have been wishing patiently for, but that patience might have to hold out just a little bit longer. Although developer WayForward originally delayed the game into a Q1 timeframe, a tweet from the company's account today points toward a post-March...

News: Gardening Mama Is Gleefully Smearing Her Green Fingers All Over The 3DS This April

Gardening Mama Is Gleefully Smearing Her Green Fingers All Over The 3DS This April

Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends confirmed for North America

Majesco has confirmed today that Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends will be coming to the US this April, exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS. The sequel to the DS original — which itself is an off-shoot of the incredibly successful Cooking Mama series — Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends is...