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News: The Nintendo 64 is Now 18 Years Old in Japan

The Nintendo 64 is Now 18 Years Old in Japan

Finally old enough to run Conker's Bad Fur Day

Time flies when you're having fun, especially for those of us who grew up spending excessive amounts of time playing GoldenEye 007 and Mario Kart 64. That's because the Nintendo 64 was released a whopping 18 years ago today in its native territory of Japan. Released on 23 June 1996, the N64 served as a...

First Impressions: Taking Sonic Boom for a Spin on Wii U and 3DS

Taking Sonic Boom for a Spin on Wii U and 3DS

Lightning Strikes (Not Once But Twice)

Back in May 2013 Nintendo announced that it had entered into a partnership with Sega to bring a series of three Sonic games exclusively to its systems. Sonic Lost World and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games were the first products of that arrangement, and the upcoming Sonic Boom games...

News: Animal Crossing 'Clone', Castaway Paradise, Could Even Come to Wii U

Animal Crossing 'Clone', Castaway Paradise, Could Even Come to Wii U

"Everything is fine" with Nintendo, apparently

Last week we pointed your attention to iPad title Castaway Paradise, which has striking similarities to Animal Crossing and some aspects that would be familiar to Harvest Moon fans; all with a dash of micro-transactions, of course. Footage of the title, already out in countries such as Canada and New...

News: Awesome New Hyrule Warriors Trailers Show Link Rocking the Fire Rod and Some Serious Swordplay

Awesome New Hyrule Warriors Trailers Show Link Rocking the Fire Rod and Some Serious Swordplay

No mercy

It may turn out to be slightly mindless button mashing action, but Hyrule Warriors will be mindless button mashing action in The Legend of Zelda's world; we suspect that fact alone will be enough to excite plenty of players. It arrives in September on Wii U, of course, and with that release — along with an earlier arrival in Japan —...

News: Guild Quests Could Change the Way We Enjoy Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Guild Quests Could Change the Way We Enjoy Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Randomised maps and drops aim to add replay value

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is still tormenting us with an early 2015 here in the West, though we can expect plenty of enticing details to emerge ahead of its arrival. This version will have a lot of additional content over the original that was Japan-only, though there are aspects of that first...

News: Eiji Aonuma Hints at The Legend of Zelda on Wii U Being "More Than Just a Single-Player Experience"

Eiji Aonuma Hints at The Legend of Zelda on Wii U Being "More Than Just a Single-Player Experience"

More playable characters to be revealed for Hyrule Warriors

The Legend of Zelda is a franchise that's dabbled with multiplayer in the past, most notably with the Four Swords titles across GameCube, Game Boy Advance and DSiWare re-release The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition. The definition of 'multiplayer' can be stretched in this...

Nintendo Download: 26th June (Europe)

26th June (Europe)

Wii Sports Club, GBA Mario Tennis, StreetPass discounts and much more

Another Monday has arrived, dear gamers, and Nintendo of Europe is trying to cheer us up with its Download Update details. This week certainly has plenty of choice, with a broad variety of titles covering Wii U, 3DS and, yes, DSiWare. We have the completion of a HD sports set and...

Guide: The Biggest Wii U and 3DS eShop Games Coming In 2014

The Biggest Wii U and 3DS eShop Games Coming In 2014

With apologies, this time, to your digital wallet

The second half of 2014 is almost upon us, and we have a clearer idea of what games will arrive before those New Year bells take us into 2015. We already brought you a guide to the biggest Wii U and 3DS retail games coming in 2014, so naturally we'll now do the same for eShop games. Our goal with...

Video: Watch Our Handy Highlight Video To See How Nintendo Silenced Its Critics At E3 2014

Watch Our Handy Highlight Video To See How Nintendo Silenced Its Critics At E3 2014

Zelda! Amiibo! Splatoon!

It's fair to say that many people in the industry who are deemed to be "experts" didn't give Nintendo much of a chance at this year's E3. The company's decision to not hold a traditional press conference for the second year running — coupled with the well-publicised struggles of the Wii U — resulted in many dire...

Talking Point: Nintendo Should Beware the Slippery Slope of Sponsored DLC

Nintendo Should Beware the Slippery Slope of Sponsored DLC

A harmless way to make money, or guaranteed alienation of fans?

This week Nintendo confirmed the inevitable, and that was Mercedes DLC coming to Mario Kart 8 in the West, after it had previously been announced for the Japanese market. It'll be free in Nintendo's homeland and, we expect, everywhere else in the world, though Nintendo's refusal to use...

News: Nintendo Open To Minecraft on Wii U and 3DS, and Expanding Its Popularity in Japan

Nintendo Open To Minecraft on Wii U and 3DS, and Expanding Its Popularity in Japan

Shigeru Miyamoto teases, "maybe we're meeting with them!"

Minecraft is everywhere, and it's a phenomenon. It's on a significant number of platforms, with releases confirmed to be on the way for PS4 and Xbox One, while its PS3 and Xbox 360 versions continually rest in the top 10 of sales charts in major territories such as the US. A social, creative...

News: Mario Marathon 7 Streaming Live Right Now on Twitch

Mario Marathon 7 Streaming Live Right Now on Twitch

It's that time of year again

The 7th annual Mario Marathon started broadcasting live just a matter of hours ago, so go check it out. The fan-run event is a charity drive supporting Child's Play with a pretty fun set of rules: the group has a set of financial goals to be unlocked, each of which is linked to an in-game objective the players must...

News: iPad Title Castaway Paradise Does A Pretty Convincing Impression Of Animal Crossing

iPad Title Castaway Paradise Does A Pretty Convincing Impression Of Animal Crossing

Tom Nook won't be pleased

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so Nintendo must be feeling pretty flattered right now because we've just spotted an iPad game which looks an awful lot like Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Castaway Paradise is currently available on the Canadian, New Zealand and Vietnamese iPad App Stores, and it's fairly...

News: Boy Battling Terminal Cancer Gets To Control A Life-Sized Game Of Super Mario Bros.

Boy Battling Terminal Cancer Gets To Control A Life-Sized Game Of Super Mario Bros.

A heart-warming tale

A 10 year-old Canadian boy named Patrick has terminal brain cancer and is confined to a wheelchair, but thanks to The Children's Wish Foundation of Saskatchewan he got to realise one of his dreams: to control a life-sized version of the Super Mario Bros. video game. 50 volunteers — including the cast of Odyssey Productions, a...