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Talking Point: Super Smash Bros. and amiibo Have Enjoyed Success, But Nintendo Could Have Done More

Super Smash Bros. and amiibo Have Enjoyed Success, But Nintendo Could Have Done More

Communication, stock and implementation could have been better

For Nintendo fans and Wii U owners, we feel that the last few months have been a terrific period — there's been excitement and buzz around 2015 games and, more importantly, a selection of high quality and hugely enjoyable games that are in stores now. There's been a perceivable shift...

News: Black Forest Games Confirms New Giana Sisters Title

Black Forest Games Confirms New Giana Sisters Title

"Expect a new Giana early 2016"

Adrian Goersch of Black Forest Games revealed in an interview with Red Bull that a new game in the Giana Sisters series should be expected in early 2016. With an HD Director's Cut of Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams arriving on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One – but sadly not Wii U – in the near future, Goersch explains...

Feature: 12 Days of Nintendo Christmas - Day Six

12 Days of Nintendo Christmas - Day Six

On the sixth day...

In this completely silly run of bite-sized features, we're going to write a new version of '12 Days of Christmas' with a Nintendo twist that will, hopefully, be good enough to sing. Six Yoshis Laying: With the original line being 'six Geese-a-Laying', we thought that Mario's favourite side-kick — apart from Luigi — was the...

News: Activision Expands Skylanders Line-Up With New Elements

Activision Expands Skylanders Line-Up With New Elements

Can the original "toys to life" fight off the challenge of amiibo?

With amiibo figurines and Disney Infinity hot on its tail, Activison broke with tradition today and announced new Elements for Skylanders — the first since the original eight the game launched with in 2011. The new Light and Dark element groupings bring with them new characters,...

News: Please Sega, All We Want For Christmas Are These Amazing New 3DS Themes In The West

Please Sega, All We Want For Christmas Are These Amazing New 3DS Themes In The West

Variants on a theme

Ever since Nintendo introduced 3DS themes with a recent system update, we've seen a steady stream of cool backgrounds on our beloved handhelds. However, as if often the case, our Japanese friends are getting a superior offerings. There are already plenty of amazing themes available in that part of the world, and Sega has just...

News: Yo-Kai Watch: Shin'uchi Storms to Japanese Chart Summit as 3DS and Wii U Sales Increase

Yo-Kai Watch: Shin'uchi Storms to Japanese Chart Summit as 3DS and Wii U Sales Increase

Reports of Level-5 executives rolling in bundles of cash are unconfirmed

Yo-Kai Watch is a phenomenon in Japan — we're still waiting for it to come to the West — and has once again achieved truly impressive sales at launch, while Nintendo can enjoy some strong hardware sales in this week's Media Create Charts. Kicking off with the software top...

News: Koji Kondo Discusses Music Creation for Iconic Mario and Legend of Zelda Games

Koji Kondo Discusses Music Creation for Iconic Mario and Legend of Zelda Games

The man behind your musical childhood speaks

For those of you who don't know, Koji Kondo is the man behind some of the most iconic tracks in the Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda series soundtracks. The catchy and beautiful music he produced in these games during the late '80s and all throughout the '90s has remained with many throughout their...

Weirdness: Nintendo Wins More Great Publicity With Tabloid Emphasizing the Deadly Dangers of Its Systems

Nintendo Wins More Great Publicity With Tabloid Emphasizing the Deadly Dangers of Its Systems

"Overall, a Nintendo is a relatively safe Christmas present"

It may seem cute to us, but there's still a world where Nintendo's consoles are just "a Nintendo" and the Wii is a hot Christmas gift that will bring danger and injuries to festive living rooms. Yes, it's that time again, British tabloids are asking "is a Nintendo a safe Christmas...

News: Contra Advance Is Locked And Loaded For A Wii U Virtual Console Sortie

Contra Advance Is Locked And Loaded For A Wii U Virtual Console Sortie

Handheld Hard Corps

Konami's Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX has been rated by the Australian Classification Board and should arrive on the Wii U in the near future as a Virtual Console download. This is a loose port of the SNES classic Contra III: The Alien Wars and originally hit the Game Boy Advance in 2002. In Japan, it was known as Contra:...

News: Donkey Kong Land Rated And Ready For North American 3DS Virtual Console Release

Donkey Kong Land Rated And Ready For North American 3DS Virtual Console Release

Monkey business

After a successful 3DS Virtual Console début in both Japan and Europe earlier this year, the 1995 Game Boy title Donkey Kong Land is finally on its way to North America. Evidence of the anticipated re-release has appeared via the ESRB. Released a year after the success of the Super Nintendo original, Donkey Kong Land has the Kongs...

News: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Set Sales Record as Biggest Ever Nintendo Game Launch in Australia and New Zealand

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Set Sales Record as Biggest Ever Nintendo Game Launch in Australia and New Zealand

X & Y also become the highest selling Pokémon games locally

The impressive sales figures for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire continue, with Nintendo Australia today announcing the latest entries in the long-running franchise experienced the biggest ever launch for a Nintendo title within Australia and New Zealand. With combined sales...

News: Shantae And The Pirate's Curse All Set For Festive Wii U Release in North America

Shantae And The Pirate's Curse All Set For Festive Wii U Release in North America

A virtual stocking filler

Shantae And The Pirate's Curse arrived on 3DS in North America in late October, though it's been delayed into 2015 in Europe. That delay announcement also indicated that the Wii U version will hit the EU alongside the portable original, but gamers in North America will have that HD option a little sooner.

Video: Learn How to Make Mario Kart 8 Koopa Shell Cake Pops, and See Shigeru Miyamoto Make Someone's Day

Learn How to Make Mario Kart 8 Koopa Shell Cake Pops, and See Shigeru Miyamoto Make Someone's Day

YouTube celeb Rosanna Pansino is understandably starstruck

If you're a YouTube fan that enjoys rather friendly and accessible baking videos, there's a pretty good chance that you know about Rosanna Pansino — she has nearly three million subscribers and we previously covered a Cooking Mama 5 video of hers. Pansino has now posted a Nintendo-themed...

Feature: Time to Vote For Your Game of the Year Awards 2014

Time to Vote For Your Game of the Year Awards 2014

Plenty of categories for the Reader Awards

As 2014 comes to its end there's the inevitable tradition to enjoy — annual awards. As is becoming our norm we'll have staff awards, votes of which will be counted shortly, while also giving you the chance to contribute to the Reader Awards. If you gaze upon the eventual staff awards results and believe...

News: One Of The Most Successful Nintendo Games Of 2014 Isn't What You'd Expect

One Of The Most Successful Nintendo Games Of 2014 Isn't What You'd Expect

It's on the Nintendo DS, for a start

Disney's Frozen is officially the most commercially successful animated movie of all time and has spawned a merchandising juggernaut which shows absolutely no signs of slowing, even a year after its initial cinema release. The DVD and soundtrack are best-sellers, with the signature tune — Let It Go — clogging...

News: Sharp Gearing Up to Supply 'Free-Form' LCD Screen Technology for Future Nintendo Hardware

Sharp Gearing Up to Supply 'Free-Form' LCD Screen Technology for Future Nintendo Hardware

Production said to be planned for early 2016

While solid and reliable information on Nintendo's future hardware plans can be tough to come by, some interesting news is being reported in Japan on a partnership that's close to confirmation between Nintendo and technology company Sharp. Sources are reporting that the two companies are near to...

News: Splatoon "Research Lab" Posts Now Have an Official English Tumblr Page

Splatoon "Research Lab" Posts Now Have an Official English Tumblr Page

Keep up with the developer's latest updates

As eager followers of Splatoon likely already know, the development team in Japan have been posting regular tweets showing off features of the colourful shooter; we posted a second summary not so long ago. So far we've been reliant on unofficial translations, but Nintendo has now stepped in to provide an...

Feature: 12 Days of Nintendo Christmas - Day Five

12 Days of Nintendo Christmas - Day Five

On the fifth day...

In this completely silly run of bite-sized features, we're going to write a new version of '12 Days of Christmas' with a Nintendo twist that will, hopefully, be good enough to sing. FIVE SONIC RINGS: The easiest line to shortlist, though there was tough competition from the rather obvious but equally worthy Five Golden Coins...

News: Game Boy Advance Shooter Pocky & Rocky With Becky Gets Rated Down Under

Game Boy Advance Shooter Pocky & Rocky With Becky Gets Rated Down Under

Rocking up for a PAL release soon

A rating for the 2002 Game Boy Advance title Pocky & Rocky with Becky has appeared on the Australian Classification Board site. A sequel to Taito's Kiki Kaikai — which made its début in arcades back in 1986 — Pocky & Rocky with Becky follows in the footsteps of previously localised titles Pocky &...

News: GAME Selling Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Console Bundle for £159.99, Today Only

GAME Selling Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Console Bundle for £159.99, Today Only

Or grab the game alone for £29.99

The Wii U's price point is becoming more and more tempting for those who've yet to pick one up, and UK retailer GAME have dropped the price of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U — as well as a bundle that includes the game and a basic 8GB console — to try and convert some fence-sitters. If you've yet to pick up the...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Gets Devil May Cry and Street Fighter Crossover Costumes

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Gets Devil May Cry and Street Fighter Crossover Costumes

Will it ever end?

To add to the wealth of crossovers with other titles, Capcom has revealed that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will have costumes for the Felynes inspired by Street Fighter II and Devil May Cry. If you've ever wanted to see what Chun-Li, Dante, or Blanka look like as cats without trudging certain corners of the internet, you'll be able...

Weirdness: Sony Uses Art From Super Smash Bros. To Celebrate 20 Years Of PlayStation

Sony Uses Art From Super Smash Bros. To Celebrate 20 Years Of PlayStation

Not so Mega, man

The PlayStation brand turns 20 this year, and Sony has plenty of reasons to be cheerful. It has gone from being an industry outsider to a major player in two decades, and has proven to be a worthy rival to the likes of Nintendo, Sega and Microsoft. However, it would appear that one of the graphic artists working on Sony's...