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Reminder: Nintendo's Wi-Fi Service on Wii and DS Closes on 20th May

Nintendo's Wi-Fi Service on Wii and DS Closes on 20th May

Get in those last online rounds

An era ends on 20th May. Not a glittering golden era that will live on through the ages, but nevertheless a period of time that brought plenty of good times for Nintendo gamers. Nintendo is shutting down its Wi-Fi connection service on Wii and DS, primarily as a result of the closure of the GameSpy infrastructure that...

News: The Official Nintendo Magazine in Spain Highlights Super Smash Bros. on 3DS as a September Release

The Official Nintendo Magazine in Spain Highlights Super Smash Bros. on 3DS as a September Release

That's technically still Summer, if true

Update: The director of Official Nintendo Magazine in Spain has exchanged some clarification tweets with the publisher of the source story, Nintenderos, simply stating that the 3DS entry still has a Summer release without being confirmed for September. In an impressive feat of backtracking that defies the...

News: Nintendo Brand Manager Hopes Mario Kart 8 Will Serve as a "Catalyst" for Wii U

Nintendo Brand Manager Hopes Mario Kart 8 Will Serve as a "Catalyst" for Wii U

"Mario Kart is one of our killer titles"

Though no game ever achieves loving praise from 100% of those that play it, Mario Kart 8 has been the recipient of plenty of compliments in reviews to date. What truly matters for Nintendo, however, is that buzz about the release will not only make it a must-buy for Wii U owners, but also entice other gamers...

News: Kirby Seizes Top Ten Single-Format Chart Début in the UK

Kirby Seizes Top Ten Single-Format Chart Début in the UK

16th in all-format results, though

While gamers in North America have been enjoying Kirby: Triple Deluxe since 2nd May, it arrived two weeks later in the European market. Its début UK chart results are in, then, and the outcome is solid if unspectacular. The happiest outcome is that Kirby's latest is 9th in the single-format chart, mixing it...

Round Table: Let's Discuss Our Hopes and Dreams for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Let's Discuss Our Hopes and Dreams for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Bold ambitions

When The Pokémon Company announced Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire for the 3DS, franchise fans young and old lost a great degree of composure. It's no surprise that a remake is coming to Nintendo's current portable but it's come rapidly after X & Y, while its reveal was sudden and through a press release. A global...

Book Review: Console Wars - Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation

Console Wars - Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation

An insightful history with a bit too much Blast Processing

It's crystal clear from the first page of Blake J. Harris' Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation that the book is destined for the big screen. With not one, but two movies based on Console Wars already in production before it even hit bookstore shelves– a...

News: Wii U Reportedly Uses Less Energy to Run Than Wii and Rivals

Wii U Reportedly Uses Less Energy to Run Than Wii and Rivals

Natural Resources Defense Council highlights low energy use

A report by the the Natural Resources Defense Council suggests that the Wii U annually consumes less energy than the Wii, as shown in the graph below: The graph, which is designed to show how much energy your console drains across the year, illustrates that the Wii U is more effective in...

News: Tecmo Koei Hopeful That Hyrule Warriors Will Tap Into Zelda Fanbase and Hit One Million Sales

Tecmo Koei Hopeful That Hyrule Warriors Will Tap Into Zelda Fanbase and Hit One Million Sales

This new screen looks rather tasty

While it's been absent from Nintendo's Direct broadcasts since its shock reveal in late 2013, Hyrule Warriors is a potentially intriguing title on the way to Wii U. The Tecmo Koei-developed title, spinning off from the well known Dynasty Warriors franchise, is due this Summer in Japan and will hopefully not be far...

Video: The Piranha Plant and a "Crazy Plunge" Tested in the Latest Mario Kart 8 Commercials

The Piranha Plant and a "Crazy Plunge" Tested in the Latest Mario Kart 8 Commercials

Advertising with some bite

Over the past week we've shared a few Mario Kart 8 30-second commercial that have been doing the rounds, incorporating some fun live-action sequences with game footage. Nintendo's now uploaded a couple more examples, covering the Piranha Plant — an excellent new item in this entry — and showing a "crazy plunge" that's...

News: Several New Pokémon Online Competitions Announced

Several New Pokémon Online Competitions Announced

Battles to keep you busy over the summer months

Even with news of Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire dominating the Pokémon news space, it seems that the already released Pokémon X & Y show no signs of slowing down as more competitive events have been announced. Several new online competitions for the 3DS Pokémon titles have been...

Mario Kart Month: A Brief History Of Mario Kart Item Evolution: The Shell

A Brief History Of Mario Kart Item Evolution: The Shell

When spiny blue shells grow wings

If you thought Donkey Kong’s banana-throwing antics were foul play out on the circuit, Koopa Troopa is probably worthy of mention as well – no doubt coming under fire from various animal rights groups for the exploitation of his own species. Although shells have been one of the many foundations of Mario Kart...

Video: DreamWorks Animator Transforms His Son Into A Shell-Throwing Mario Kart Hero

DreamWorks Animator Transforms His Son Into A Shell-Throwing Mario Kart Hero

Shell shocked

DreamWorks Animator Daniel Hashimoto has created a series of videos which star his son in the role of Action Movie Kid, where movie-standard special effects are applied to make his life look a little more incredible. The latest episode couldn't be more timely with Mario Kart 8 around the corner, as Hashimoto places his son in a...

Reaction: Mario Kart 8 Accused Of Poor Sales Potential, Ruining Battle Mode And Racism

Mario Kart 8 Accused Of Poor Sales Potential, Ruining Battle Mode And Racism

Mario Kart Hate

Mario Kart 8 launches at the end of this month, and as you'll know if you've consulted our review, it's well worth looking forward to. It would seem that most of the gaming press agrees with us; the game has scored very highly across the board. However, opinions are like belly buttons — everybody has one — and unsurprisingly,...

Rumour: Wii Sports Club Japanese Retail Bundle Points to July Release for Boxing and Baseball

Wii Sports Club Japanese Retail Bundle Points to July Release for Boxing and Baseball

A knockout for Wii U?

The Wii Sports Club range on the Wii U eShop has offered some decent fun so far, bringing HD, Miiverse and MotionPlus upgrades to three events from the iconic Wii Sports. We're still awaiting Baseball and Boxing, of course, in order to complete the set; if a Japanese retail blog is to be believed, they're not far away. The...

News: Wii U Software Has a Boost in U.S. Sales as LEGO Takes Over

Wii U Software Has a Boost in U.S. Sales as LEGO Takes Over

Decent portable LEGO sales for Nintendo

In what's one of the quietest NPD sales updates of recent times, some limited details have emerged of April physical retail sales in the U.S. There's a relatively minor piece of positive news for the Wii U, while the software top 10 has an air of familiarity and one brand showing continued strong form. In...