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Video: Hanging Out With Arino In The Japanese GameCenter CX 3 Demo

Hanging Out With Arino In The Japanese GameCenter CX 3 Demo

Short and sweet

Japanese 3DS users are now able to get their hands on a demo of GameCenter CX 3, perhaps better known outside Japan as the latest game in the Retro Game Challenge series. The demo's a short slice of the story mode, with your chosen character (male or female) bumping into a youthful Arino back in a little 80's shop and eventually...

News: This Amazing Luigi's Mansion 2 Diorama Is Now Available From Club Nintendo Australia

This Amazing Luigi's Mansion 2 Diorama Is Now Available From Club Nintendo Australia

Got a spare 5000 star points?

The moment Australian Nintendo fans have eagerly been awaiting has finally arrived: the much anticipated Luigi’s Mansion 2 Diorama is now available from the local Club Nintendo catalogue. This extremely limited and individually numbered item is priced at a whopping 5000 star points. As the catalogue describes:...

News: R-Type, Street Fighter And Alien Crush Are All Flocking To The Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

R-Type, Street Fighter And Alien Crush Are All Flocking To The Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

Retro heavyweights flex their muscles on Nintendo's handheld

If you're a fan of blasting aliens, punching robots and playing demented pinball tables, then next week's Japanese 3DS Virtual Console releases should be right up your street. Irem's iconic 2D shooter R-Type is on the way (the PC Engine version), along with fellow PC Engine title Alien...

News: Level-5 Wants to Know Whether You Want Yo-kai Watch in the West

Level-5 Wants to Know Whether You Want Yo-kai Watch in the West

Looking for some Likes

Not so long ago we reported that Level-5 had filed a trademark in the U.S. for Yo-kai Watch, prompting speculation that the 3DS title is on its way to the West. The company seems to be gearing up to make that a reality, as it's now posted a message on its Facebook page to gauge interest: Between the strong sales of the game...

News: Rayman Legends On Wii U Is Still The ''Definitive Version'' According to Digital Foundry

Rayman Legends On Wii U Is Still The ''Definitive Version'' According to Digital Foundry

The GamePad swipes, taps and turns its way to the top

Simply saying the name Rayman Legends aloud is enough to get a reaction from Wii U owners, but that reaction could easily lie on either end of a broad spectrum. On one hand it's a bitter development story many would like to forget, but it's truly difficult to deny the title's charm, imagination...

News: Bravely Default Producer Inspired by 90210 and Glee

Bravely Default Producer Inspired by 90210 and Glee

Saving the world is like going to high school

Bravely Default producer Tomoya Asano was recently kind enough to field a question on the Nintendo Handheld Gaming Facebook page, revealing his inspirations behind the game's plot. Asano started off with the somewhat predictable — yet understandable — response of establishing a fantasy RPG setting...

News: The Year of Luigi Officially Ends on 18th March

The Year of Luigi Officially Ends on 18th March

Let's start a (doomed) petition for the decade of Luigi...

Oh, Luigi. The dream had to end, and Shigeru Miyamoto has brought cold, cruel reality crashing through our screens by confirming that the Year of Luigi will finish on 18th March; we'd hoped the day would never come. Luigi, for so long the other brother, had a year in which he could shine...

Developer Interview: PhobosLab on XType Plus, Impact and Why the Nintendo Web Framework Matters

PhobosLab on XType Plus, Impact and Why the Nintendo Web Framework Matters

The HTML5 revolution begins

While there are aspects of the Wii U that can questioned and put under scrutiny, its role in engaging and encouraging download-only developers should be emphasized as a major positive. The support for the widely used Unity engine — with free licensing and tools — has opened the platform up to a number of developers,...

News: Less Than 5% of Those Polled by the Game Developers Conference Have Wii U Plans

Less Than 5% of Those Polled by the Game Developers Conference Have Wii U Plans

Under 2% for 3DS

GDC (Game Developers Conference) 2014 takes place from 17th - 21st March in San Francisco, a gathering of thousands of companies and individuals to demonstrate, discuss and debate the current trends and patterns in the development industry. As is the norm, ahead of this year's event the organisers have polled "more than 2,600...

Video: Time to Learn Some Facts That Link Pokémon and Science

Time to Learn Some Facts That Link Pokémon and Science

Knowledge is Super Effective!

While we may have an instinctive understanding of games the more we play, learning about mechanics and how the nuts and bolts of experiences work, it can be up to interpretation when looking for the additional meanings or influences within a given game. Download titles in particular sometimes have underlying messages or...

Feature: A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Twenty Five

A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Twenty Five

Cute Nintendog! Little Mac! Home-Run Bat! More!

Super Smash Bros. made another Nintendo Direct appearance last week, with 2014 again emphasized as the release window, to remind us that the iconic series isn't far away from a Wii U and 3DS return. We're a little later than normal with the summary this time, but Masahiro Sakurai continues to use the...

News: HTML5 Impact Engine Developer Talks Up The Value of the Nintendo Web Framework

HTML5 Impact Engine Developer Talks Up The Value of the Nintendo Web Framework

"The NWF can provide a lot of features that a typical Web Browser can't"

Details recently emerged for XType Plus, an arcade shooter with origins as a HTML5 browser game, which is on the way to the Wii U eShop. The original version of this title is technically playable for free via the Wii U web browser, yet performance can be choppy and...

News: SEGA Splits Index Into Two Companies, Secures Continued Atlus Game Development

SEGA Splits Index Into Two Companies, Secures Continued Atlus Game Development

Moving forward

Last year, after much speculation, Sega Sammy acquired Atlus via its parent company, Index, after the latter had endured financial problems. Once the acquisition was complete Atlus stated that it was continuing its development projects as normal, though Sega has now confirmed how it will restructure the acquired business — the...

News: Famicom Remix 1 + 2 Coming to Retail in Japan

Famicom Remix 1 + 2 Coming to Retail in Japan

A one-two nostalgic combo right in Japan's childhood

NES Remix was a pleasant surprise when suddenly announced for the Wii U eShop, and the appearance of its slightly more mature cousin NES Remix 2 is a good sign that this particular brand of retro carnival play is taking off. It may come to the delight and/or great envy of others, then, that Japan...

News: TwitchPlaysPokémon Takes Internet By Storm

TwitchPlaysPokémon Takes Internet By Storm

60,000 people struggling to cut a tree

Gaming has always been a social event. Whether playing the classic split screen on the SNES or large multiplayer games over the internet, gaming has reinforced the idea that it's meant to be enjoyed with others; this latest situation has shown the ideology is here to stay. TwitchPlaysPokémon is a Twitch.tv...

News: More Forbidden Magna Images Are Released

More Forbidden Magna Images Are Released

The innkeeper and his... spirits?!

We briefly mentioned Marvelous AQL's new RPG when the details first surfaced in Famitsu last week, but since then the official Forbidden Magna website's opened up; we can finally share some quality images with you of Lux and three of the spirits he'll encounter — Charlotte, Diana and Beatrice. Each of these...

News: Gem Break Aiming to Join the HTML5 Wii U eShop Influx of 2014

Gem Break Aiming to Join the HTML5 Wii U eShop Influx of 2014

Targeting Q4

Although details became public relatively early in 2013, it's taken time for the Nintendo Web Framework to begin delivering results. With titles such as Drop Blok U and others creeping closer, we'll soon see more developers familiar with code such as HTML5 and Javascript arriving on the Wii U eShop. Another to throw their hat into the...

News: Sega's New Shining Game Is Rather Different From What You Might Have Been Expecting

Sega's New Shining Game Is Rather Different From What You Might Have Been Expecting

Turn-based action is replaced by 2D fighting

Sega's Shining series is one of gaming's most beloved franchises, but for the past few years western fans haven't been able to join the party, as all of the recent instalments have been strictly Japan only. However, that doesn't mean that we haven't been keeping a keen eye on upcoming entries, largely in...

News: SQUIDS Odyssey Trailer and Screenshots Show Potential for This Spring Release

SQUIDS Odyssey Trailer and Screenshots Show Potential for This Spring Release

A Wii U and 3DS eShop release

SQUIDS Odyssey from The Game Bakers was one of a number of promising eShop games recently listed by Nintendo as due in the next few months. Two campaigns for the title have previously been released on PC and mobile platforms, but now arrive as one compilation to be available on both the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores...

News: Teyon Confirms Upcoming 3DS eShop Discounts for North America

Teyon Confirms Upcoming 3DS eShop Discounts for North America

Joining Europe for discounted downloads

Earlier today the European Nintendo Download update included a range of discount offers, including a number of 3DS eShop titles from Teyon. The publisher has now issued a press release to confirm that those offers will also be coming to North America this week, with one removed and another added as NA-only...

News: Natsume’s Graham Markay and Kiyoshi Sakai Talk About Yumi’s Odd Odyssey and Nintendo

Natsume’s Graham Markay and Kiyoshi Sakai Talk About Yumi’s Odd Odyssey and Nintendo

“We’re definitely fans of Nintendo”

The times they are a-changing. Whereas two decades ago Japanese-only games often remained Japanese-only, nowadays the West is getting best-selling franchises thick and fast. Monster Hunter has now sunk its claws everywhere, and JRPGs are getting more and more popular by the month. Perhaps this is a sign of...

Matters of Import: Dragon Quest Monsters 2 Shows Us How Remakes Should Be Done

Dragon Quest Monsters 2 Shows Us How Remakes Should Be Done

A monster masterpiece

Iru and Luca’s (or Tara and Cobi’s, if you prefer) adventure first graced the world with its presence thirteen years ago on the Game Boy Color, had a very brief fling with the PlayStation (Japan only, of course) in 2002, and then lay dormant for over a decade before Square Enix dusted it off and gave it an excellent...