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News: Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows Development Complete, Release Date Coming "Very, Very Soon"

Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows Development Complete, Release Date Coming "Very, Very Soon"

Challenge Mode will be on show at the Nindies PAX event

Shovel Knight was a gem of a download release in 2014 (2015 in Europe), marking an impressive début for Yacht Club Games. It scooped various Game of the Year awards courtesy of its blend of pixel-based visuals and outstanding gameplay. Of course, it originated on Kickstarter, with the...

Talking Point: The Argument For And Against amiibo-Cloning Tool Amiiqo

The Argument For And Against amiibo-Cloning Tool Amiiqo

A necessary evil or bare-face piracy?

Nintendo's range of amiibo toys has been a commercial success, shipping over 10 million units (at the last count) and giving the company a much-needed additional revenue stream during a time of considerable turmoil and upheaval. However, the amiibo story hasn't been entirely positive, with some figures proving...

News: Card Matching Game And Kirby's Dream Blanket Appear In European Club Nintendo Stars Catalogue

Card Matching Game And Kirby's Dream Blanket Appear In European Club Nintendo Stars Catalogue

Blanket coverage

Club Nintendo's death rattle continues, with two more items being added to the Stars Catalogue in order to tempt you to part with your soon-to-be-redundant virtual currency. First up is a Super Mario card matching game, which includes 60 cards, "each adorned with a Super Mario-themed design." Cards measure approximately 6cm x...

Interview: Brainseed Factory Discusses Typoman's Origins, Wordy Development and Making Use of the GamePad

Brainseed Factory Discusses Typoman's Origins, Wordy Development and Making Use of the GamePad

"We're very fortunate that Typoman's concept has been well received so far"

There are a number of promising games on the way to the Wii U eShop, though not many are exclusives. Typoman is an exception, then, and has a promising concept. Included in the Nindies@Home demo range earlier in the summer, we all had a chance to see how platforming and...

News: Nintendo Confirms Xenoblade Chronicles X Panel, Playable Games and a Nindies Lounge for PAX Prime

Nintendo Confirms Xenoblade Chronicles X Panel, Playable Games and a Nindies Lounge for PAX Prime

Sadly Xenoblade Chronicles X won't be playable

PAX Prime is taking place in Seattle this week, one of the most popular expos held annually in the US - it's already sold out. As always Nintendo of America is planning to have a significant presence, in the process aiming to win over some gamers to the Wii U and 3DS cause. A notable event this year is...

News: Teyon's First Wii U Game Combines Real Time Strategy, Tower Defence And The Shambling Undead

Teyon's First Wii U Game Combines Real Time Strategy, Tower Defence And The Shambling Undead

Say hello to Zombie Defense

Teyon has announced that its first Wii U title will launch next Thursday - September 3rd - on the European eShop. Zombie Defense is described as "a modern hybrid of a classic RTS and Tower Defence." As you can see from the announcement trailer below, it all looks very polished and suitably gory. A North American release...

News: Future Of Trine Series In Doubt Following Negative Reaction To Third Outing

Future Of Trine Series In Doubt Following Negative Reaction To Third Outing

"Poor media attention has caught us by surprise"

Trine studio Frozenbyte has stated that the future of the series - which has sold 7 million copies to date - could be in jeopardy following the scathing reaction to Trine 3: The Artefacts of Power's PC release. The game launched on Steam last week but has thus far received a rather negative reaction,...

Video: How Star Wars: Rogue Squadron Dev Factor 5 Gave Sonic His Home Video Game Début

How Star Wars: Rogue Squadron Dev Factor 5 Gave Sonic His Home Video Game Début

A tale that gets even more unlikely with each telling

Sonic may be one of the most famous video game characters on the face of the planet, but first appearance in a domestic video game is actually relatively unknown. Sonic's actual début occurred in the arcade racer Rad Mobile (later ported to the Sega Saturn under the title Gale Racer) where he...

Mario History: Mario Kart 64 - 1997

Mario Kart 64 - 1997

A new kind of racing

In this series of articles we'll write about one Mario game every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. In our last entry for this series we covered Super Mario 64, a title that utilised the capabilities of the Nintendo 64 to revolutionise Mario...

News: Nintendo of America Opts for 'Real World' Super Mario Maker TV Campaign

Nintendo of America Opts for 'Real World' Super Mario Maker TV Campaign

"Wanna play?"

Nintendo's marketing in North America has been interesting in the 3DS and Wii U era, as notable TV campaigns have often blended CG effects with real world actors - the latter are normally young teenagers to pitch to the family demographic. It's been a recurring formula and, to be fair to Nintendo of America, a lot of these trailers...

News: Updated 'Roadmap' Infographic Shows Nintendo's 2015 Release Line-Up

Updated 'Roadmap' Infographic Shows Nintendo's 2015 Release Line-Up

It's actually the Wii U rocking the most games

If you've been browsing around the site and wider web today you'll have seen plenty of announcements from Nintendo relating to release dates, bundles and even some new goodies. It's been rather like the news splurge we'd have from a Mini Nintendo Direct, only without the relevant video. In any case,...

News: VS. Excitebike is On The Way Soon

VS. Excitebike is On The Way Soon

Part of 'Builders Week'

Update: We've received the following information on this release from Nintendo of America: This version was originally released on the Famicom Disk System in Japan, and its upcoming release will be the first time it is available in the United States Unlike Vs. Excitebike for the arcade, this version has a track editor,...

News: Rejoice, Rural Professionals, Farming and Lumberjack Sims are Coming to Wii U

Rejoice, Rural Professionals, Farming and Lumberjack Sims are Coming to Wii U

"Live the farming dream"

There have been some notable release date announcements today, but fans of rural life that can't fulfil their dreams of working on the land have some good news of their own - two sim games from Bandai Namco are heading to Wii U. Professional Farmer 2016 is exactly as it sounds - you choose and maintain a tractor before...

News: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and amiibo Festival Bundle Details Emerge

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and amiibo Festival Bundle Details Emerge

Including NFC reader info for North America

As part of a detail dump from Nintendo today, information on key bundles and extras for Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival have emerged. Release dates were already known for the 3DS title, and it's worth noting that amiibo Festival on Wii U still has a 'Holiday'...

News: Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo Stampedes onto Shelves this November

Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo Stampedes onto Shelves this November

Your fabric-based Godzilla fantasies realised

The Yarn Yoshi amiibo triplicate was a great move by Nintendo - it brought the idea of toys-to-life into actual toys that aren't glorified statuettes. Three clearly wasn't enough though, as now we can expect a giant variation of these adorable critters to arrive in North America, Europe, Australia, and...

News: Nintendo Confirms Super Mario Maker Console Bundle and Key Release Dates for North America and Europe

Nintendo Confirms Super Mario Maker Console Bundle and Key Release Dates for North America and Europe

Star Fox Zero! Fatal Frame exclusive to eShop! Devil's Third! More!

Nintendo of America and their European counterparts have decided to have an information splurge to kick off the week, which is just fine by us. First of all, it's confirmed that a Super Mario Maker Wii U hardware bundle will arrive in North America, as was previously announced for...

News: Splatoon and Super Smash Bros. Lead a Lonely Fight for Nintendo in the UK Charts

Splatoon and Super Smash Bros. Lead a Lonely Fight for Nintendo in the UK Charts

Tomodachi Life squeezes in too

A little while ago a reader asked why we've not been sharing the UK charts on a weekly basis. The fact is we still check Chart-Track every Monday morning, but there's been little happy news from a Nintendo perspective. These charts cover physical retail sales, of course - no eShop figures here - and there are some key...