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Video: A New Game Theory for Pokémon Lore Gets Rather Scientific

A New Game Theory for Pokémon Lore Gets Rather Scientific

Listen carefully

Figuring out lore in our favourite franchises can be a dangerous game and a potential road to madness, but it's also irresistible to try and apply logic to seemingly disconnected titles. Dedicated fans know that even the official Nintendo timeline for The Legend of Zelda, for example, has elements of retrospective improvisation, and...

News: Nintendo of America Issues a Fresh Batch of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Demo Codes

Nintendo of America Issues a Fresh Batch of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Demo Codes

Check those inboxes

Nintendo managed to create a lot of buzz in its Nintendo Direct broadcasts last week, but certainly grabbed plenty of attention by releasing demo codes for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. The Club Nintendo distribution kicked off right away in Europe and a day later in North America, with lucky recipients receiving an email with four...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Had a Strong Start With amiibo, But Evolution's a Priority for 2015

Nintendo's Had a Strong Start With amiibo, But Evolution's a Priority for 2015

The Super Mario range doesn't stir the soul like Smash Bros., it seems

When it comes to amiibo we often discuss stock issues, and the fact that acquiring specific toys is akin to obtaining an interesting quote from a politician - difficult and mostly fruitless; yet there's perhaps not enough focus on the concept itself. Until last week its...

News: Former Nintendo Indie Champion Discusses the Company's Decision Making and the eShop Gender Divide

Former Nintendo Indie Champion Discusses the Company's Decision Making and the eShop Gender Divide

"Risk taking is generally not really rewarded"

Dan Adelman's former title at Nintendo - Nintendo of America's Head of Digital Content and Development - doesn't necessarily emphasize the importance of his role at the company. He did integral work in helping to develop and improve how Nintendo dealt with download game developers, and was largely...

News: First 4 Figures Opens Pre-Orders For Its New Wind Waker Range

First 4 Figures Opens Pre-Orders For Its New Wind Waker Range

Kicks-off with the toon King of Evil

As you may know by now, First 4 Figures is a well known entity responsible for creating amazingly-detailed figures, covering an array of game franchises from Super Mario to Worms. It recently announced the latest instalment to its collection, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker series, and has began this...

News: GameStop Cancels European Rosalina amiibo Pre-Orders as the Scrabble for Stock Continues

GameStop Cancels European Rosalina amiibo Pre-Orders as the Scrabble for Stock Continues

Pre-order stock for upcoming wave also woefully short in North America

Wave three of the Super Smash Bros. amiibo is almost upon us, arriving in Europe on 23rd January and North America on 1st February, but we've just been reminded that - while they're lovely in principle - actually getting hold of these figures is a challenge in itself. A member...

News: New 3DS and Nintendo-Exclusive Games Stay On Top in Japanese Charts

New 3DS and Nintendo-Exclusive Games Stay On Top in Japanese Charts

Wii U hardware dips back into four figures, however

Though the start of 2015 has been eventful in terms of announcements from Nintendo, it's been typically quiet on the game release front. That's certainly reflected in the latest Media Create charts in Japan, though the status-quo happens to suit Nintendo's 3DS systems rather well. In terms of...

Video: Eiji Aonuma Shows Off Gyroscope Aiming in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

Eiji Aonuma Shows Off Gyroscope Aiming in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

It's in Japanese, but we like watching the footage

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D is so close that we're hallucinating about the real moon plummeting to Earth, and Nintendo has released another video to show off how the new entry takes advantage of the 3DS hardware. In this case it's reprising the rather effective gyroscope aiming controls...

News: Super Smash Bros. Tournament Organiser Steps Down Following Allegations Of Sexual Harassment 

Super Smash Bros. Tournament Organiser Steps Down Following Allegations Of Sexual Harassment 

Johnathan "Alex Strife" Lugo parts company with Apex

It has been confirmed that Johnathan "Alex Strife" Lugo will no longer be involved with the Smash tournament Apex. Lugo - who held the positions of Chief Executive Officer, Sponsorship Manager and Qualifiers Manager at Apex, which he helped found back in 2008 - has voluntarily stepped down...

Rumour: Terraria is Making Its Way to Wii U and 3DS

Terraria is Making Its Way to Wii U and 3DS

Terrariafic

505 Games' Terraria is a 2D sandbox game that falls somewhere in between Minecraft and Metroid on the gameplay spectrum. Featuring vibrant pixel art, exploration, quests, crafting and randomly generated 2D worlds, it's really a wonder this one has taken so long to find its way onto Nintendo platforms. After all, it's been available on...

News: Nintendo Australia Thanks Fans For Support Of Club Nintendo And Explains Closure Process

Nintendo Australia Thanks Fans For Support Of Club Nintendo And Explains Closure Process

“Thank you for your ongoing support”

The discontinuation of Club Nintendo isn’t specific to just any region; it’s an international shutdown of the long-running rewards programme. With this in consideration, Nintendo Australia has today issued an email to local fans down under thanking them for their ongoing support over the years, and...

News: Shantae And The Pirate’s Curse For Wii U & 3DS eShop Releases In Europe And Australia On 5th February

Shantae And The Pirate’s Curse For Wii U & 3DS eShop Releases In Europe And Australia On 5th February

Exclusive cross-buy discount offer also announced

The last we heard from WayForward about the PAL localisation of Shantae And The Pirate’s Curse was in December with the announcement that the title had been delayed until early 2015. With the New Year now here, WayForward has delivered on its promise, announcing that the latest entry in the...

News: Gunman Clive 2 Shooting for 29th January Release

Gunman Clive 2 Shooting for 29th January Release

Quite the turnaround

Earlier this month, Gunman Clive developer Bertil Hörberg stated over Twitter that the awaited sequel to his eShop cult hit would have to wait a bit as he battled some recently discovered bugs--and what sounded like a nasty cold as well. It seems Hörberg made good time, though, and Gunman Clive 2 has received approval for...

News: Ninja Pig Studios Accused Of Stealing Pixel Art For Forthcoming Wii U Release Jumpy Cat

Ninja Pig Studios Accused Of Stealing Pixel Art For Forthcoming Wii U Release Jumpy Cat

Meme Run developer in hot water

This week is currently set to see the launch of Ninja Pig Studios' next Wii U eShop title, Jumpy Cat - but the developer behind the infamous Meme Run is already in hot water thanks to accusations that it has used stolen pixel art in its new game. Jumpy Cat is slated for release on January 22nd in North America, but...

Talking Point: Club Nintendo's Closure Is An Exciting Opportunity To Modernise Fan Rewards

Club Nintendo's Closure Is An Exciting Opportunity To Modernise Fan Rewards

The Club Nintendo brand shouldn't necessarily be lost, however

There was some surprising news today with the upcoming closure of Club Nintendo, bringing an end to Nintendo's only consistent consumer loyalty programme. There have often been promotions to encourage gamers to buy and enjoy more systems and games, with the Nintendo Network Deluxe /...

News: Club Nintendo Rewards are Updated for January, Kicking Off Its Final Run

Club Nintendo Rewards are Updated for January, Kicking Off Its Final Run

Mario! Wario! Metroid! Zelda! More due in February!

After today's surprise news of the discontinuation of Club Nintendo, the North American version has had its regular monthly update, but with a bit of a difference. Though coins can only be earned in the region until the end of March, redeeming those coins is possible until the end of June. After a...

Video: Family Gamer TV Puts the New Nintendo 3DS Battery to the Test

Family Gamer TV Puts the New Nintendo 3DS Battery to the Test

Smaller New model compares favourably to the old XL

A topic that's been posed to us with regards to the New Nintendo 3DS is how well the battery actually performs. Nintendo's official specifications show each model - standard and XL - as out-performing their predecessors by around 30-60 minutes, depending on activity. In practice we find that there...

News: Kirby Fighters Deluxe & Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe Hitting European 3DS eShop on 13th February

Kirby Fighters Deluxe & Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe Hitting European 3DS eShop on 13th February

Suck it up

Kirby: Triple Deluxe was a fun arrival on 3DS last year, and later in 2014 Nintendo - in North America and Japan - released Kirby Fighters Deluxe and Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe on the eShop as extended versions of the title's minigames. Nintendo of Europe has now announced that these downloads will be arriving in its region on 13th...

Ninterview: Learning Retro Secrets With A Former Nintendo Game Play Counselor

Learning Retro Secrets With A Former Nintendo Game Play Counselor

"We couldn't say 'kill', we had to say 'defeat'"

In its day the 8-bit NES took North America by storm, and it was so popular that in 1986 Nintendo set up a phone hotline so people who were stuck in their games could call at nearly any hour and speak to a live "game counselor", who could help walk the caller through the level which was giving them...

News: New Nintendo 3DS XL, Majora's Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Confirmed for PAX South This Week

New Nintendo 3DS XL, Majora's Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Confirmed for PAX South This Week

Skip the Majora's Mask line if you're wearing Legend of Zelda cosplay

In 2014 Nintendo of America did a good job of attending a whole load of expos and putting on special events, and it's kicking off 2015 with a focus on New Nintendo 3DS at this weekend's PAX South; it's running from 23rd to 25th January in San Antonio, Texas. NoA is taking a...

News: Flipnote Studio 3D Free Download Details Point to a Stripped Back and Offline Experience

Flipnote Studio 3D Free Download Details Point to a Stripped Back and Offline Experience

You can download your own DS creations from Flipnote Hatena, though

Nintendo has recently announced the surprise discontinuation of Club Nintendo in the coming months, with a replacement loyalty programme to take its place later in 2015. While new catalogue items are promised in multiple regions to help us dispose of leftover stars and coins,...

News: Club Nintendo to Close, With Replacement Loyalty Programme Coming Later in the Year

Club Nintendo to Close, With Replacement Loyalty Programme Coming Later in the Year

Flipnote Studio 3D will be free to existing members

Club Nintendo has been a consistent part of the dedicated Nintendo fan's world since the Wii / DS era, with purchases registered for coins and stars - depending on region - to be traded for extras. At times the programme has been criticised for slowly updated catalogues, but it's been relatively...

News: The New Fire Emblem For 3DS May Be Arriving Sooner Than Expected

The New Fire Emblem For 3DS May Be Arriving Sooner Than Expected

Update: Nintendo Australia issues an update dropping '2015' window

Update: It appears Nintendo Australia made an error with the listed 3DS release dates and has now sent out an updated version of the newsletter. The 3DS section now reads, "Games coming for Nintendo 3DS" rather than the existing header which indicated a 2015 launch for all titles...