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News: Inazuma Eleven GO: Light & Shadow Kicks Off In Australia And New Zealand July 18th

Inazuma Eleven GO: Light & Shadow Kicks Off In Australia And New Zealand July 18th

Better late than never

Level 5’s Inazuma Eleven game series has shipped more than 7 million copies worldwide since kick-off in 2008. Last year the latest localised entry in the series arrived on the 3DS in Europe as a dual release part of the second trilogy. With football steadily on the rise in the land of the Socceroos and All Whites, it’s...

News: Tappingo 2 Close to European Release

Tappingo 2 Close to European Release

Aiming for June

Puzzle games and the 3DS eShop are old, familiar allies - small screens suit leisurely puzzling, and there are some clever titles that scratch that itch on the system. Tappingo is one, which provides its own twist on a Picross-esque formula. Of course Tappingo 2 has been out in North America for a while, and we rather liked it in...

Hands On: Disney Infinity Toy Box 3.0 Brings A Fresh Mario Kart Rival To Wii U

Disney Infinity Toy Box 3.0 Brings A Fresh Mario Kart Rival To Wii U

Sumo Digital works its magic once more

Getting hands-on with the Toy Box for Disney Infinity 3.0 was more than a little interesting, not least because of the Star Wars content and characters therein. At an event in London yesterday we had a chance to experiment with the new game creator as well as try both the Toy Box Takeover adventure and Toy Box...

News: Waka-Waka-Well I Never, Pac-Man Turns 35 Today

Waka-Waka-Well I Never, Pac-Man Turns 35 Today

Everyone's favourite pill-popper is all grown up

Mario and Sonic may be two of gaming's most recognisable faces but even they are young pups when compared to the true elder statesman of interactive entertainment: Pac-Man. 35 years ago, Namco released Toru Iwatani's seminal title in Japanese arcades and began a gaming legend which endures even to...

Video: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Blame Could Largely be With SEGA, Not Big Red Button

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Blame Could Largely be With SEGA, Not Big Red Button

Seg-ah

Sonic Boom didn't do well on any metric; its sales failed to match those of fellow Nintendo exclusive Sonic Lost World, and it was panned by many critics and Sonic fans alike. Like any project it has its defenders, but many are agreed that it was a major disappointment, with Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric on Wii U being the biggest culprit. It...

News: Natsume Is Bringing Two Arc System Works Titles To North America In July & August

Natsume Is Bringing Two Arc System Works Titles To North America In July & August

More love for the eShop

Publisher of the Harvest Moon series, Natsume, has announced it has partnered with Arc System Works to release two titles for Nintendo’s eShop platform in North America over the coming months. Gotcha Racing, coming to the 3DS this July, is a top-down racing game where players gather parts from capsule machines to build a...

Reminder: The Final Splatoon Global Testfire is on 23rd May

The Final Splatoon Global Testfire is on 23rd May

One more session before launch

Splatoon is creeping ever closer, but Nintendo is giving everyone one more chance to try out online matches for free. If you missed the news last week, here's a reminder. The final one hour Splatoon Global Testfire is on Saturday 23rd May at 3pm Pacific / 6pm Eastern / 11pm UK / midnight CET; not great times for those...

Feature: The Full Story Behind Star Fox 2, Nintendo's Most Famous Cancellation

The Full Story Behind Star Fox 2, Nintendo's Most Famous Cancellation

"The series was never intended to be limited to linear 3D scrolling stages"

This year will see the launch of another entry in Nintendo's long-running space battle series, Star Fox. It's an indication of how popular the franchise is with fans that last year's relatively detail-free E3 announcement was one of the biggest stories of the entire event,...

Nintendo Download: 21st May (North America)

21st May (North America)

Swords & Soldiers II, classic Mega Man, Puzzle & Dragons and much more

It's that time again, slightly later than normal, for the North American Download Update details. This week brings a range of new options on Wii U, a number of which are exclusives, along with a 3DS retail release, the latest from CIRCLE Entertainment and a whole load of...

Parent Trap: Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Makes Chess Players Of Us All

Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Makes Chess Players Of Us All

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson on old and new turn-based strategy

Code Name S.T.E.A.M. creates a knife edge multiplayer challenge for families with as much to commend it as Chess. Fighting talk I know, but this 3DS game made me reconsider how I see (and limit) video games in the home. While few have ambitions for their children to get really good at...

News: Splatoon's Iwata Asks Interview Considers Its Origins of Tofu, Rabbits and More

Splatoon's Iwata Asks Interview Considers Its Origins of Tofu, Rabbits and More

Iwata: "Well, I guess ink-an't be helped. (laughs)"

Splatoon isn't far away, arriving on 29th May on the Wii U, bringing its own blend of chaotic and colourful shooting. It's also a new IP, which is rare enough from Nintendo to be something worth mentioning, and there's certainly hype around the exclusive. Nintendo has now published a new Iwata...

News: Minecraft Clone Cube Life: Island Survival Confirmed For June Release, Launch Discount Revealed 

Minecraft Clone Cube Life: Island Survival Confirmed For June Release, Launch Discount Revealed 

60 percent off at launch

Minecraft clone Cube Life: Island Survival is coming to the North American and European Wii U eShops at the start of June, publisher Cypronia has told us. The title offers crafting with over 200 items and tools, wild animals to fend off, local inhabitants (which you'll be able to trade with or slaughter, depending on your...

News: Nintendo World Championships 2015 Qualifier Details Confirm Prizes and Limit of 750 Competitors Per Store

Nintendo World Championships 2015 Qualifier Details Confirm Prizes and Limit of 750 Competitors Per Store

A total of 6000 players

It's fair to say that the reaction to the Nintendo World Championships 2015 qualifiers has been less than positive; social media hasn't been kind on details of just eight participating stores. Our suspicion is that Nintendo of America will aim for the qualifiers to pass with minimal fuss and then focus minds of w

News: Wii U Stretch Goal Seemingly Teased for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Wii U Stretch Goal Seemingly Teased for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

If you squint you can see it

When Koji Igarashi - the producer on classic Castlevania titles - teased a Kickstarter campaign, there was an unsurprising meltdown online. The eventual Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Kickstarter campaign delivered what many hoped for - an action platformer that brings to mind the heritage of Igarashi-san's best...

News: Nintendo is Discontinuing the Basic 8GB Wii U in Japan, Standalone White 32GB Unit Taking Its Place

Nintendo is Discontinuing the Basic 8GB Wii U in Japan, Standalone White 32GB Unit Taking Its Place

Could the white Premium / Deluxe system finally make it to the West?

The poor old white 8GB Wii U, shunned by the majority of those buying Nintendo's system and victim to fire sales and obscurity. The issue wasn't, we suspect, the colour, but more the fact that it was a HD console with just 8GB of internal storage memory; 32GB doesn't actually get...

News: Art Academy: Atelier Sketched In For 26th June Release in Europe, Includes YouTube Upload Feature

Art Academy: Atelier Sketched In For 26th June Release in Europe, Includes YouTube Upload Feature

The full Wii U version is finally coming

While completing work on the full version for Wii U, Nintendo released Art Academy: SketchPad in August 2013 to tide over creative gamers for a short spell. The full Art Academy then missed its 2014 release target, prompting some concerns it had been sidelined; those worries can now be laid to rest with the...

News: Icy Wind Games Set To Release Action-Adventure Title "Heroes, Help!" On Wii U In Q1 2016

Icy Wind Games Set To Release Action-Adventure Title "Heroes, Help!" On Wii U In Q1 2016

Brought to you by an indie studio based in Sweden

The new two-man Stockholm-based indie studio, Icy Wind Games, is set to release its upcoming action-adventure Wii U title – Heroes, Help! – in Q1 2016. The top down title featuring 4-player local co-op involves travelling through a wide range of environments and fighting large amounts of enemies...

News: The Latest Miiverse Update Has Users In An Uproar

The Latest Miiverse Update Has Users In An Uproar

Change can be difficult to accept

Since the launch of Miiverse on the Wii U in 2012, the social media platform has undergone a series of changes. Nintendo has provided its service with ongoing support in the form of regular updates. These updates have enhanced and refined the overall experience, and other fixes from time to time have focused on...