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News: ESL Announces Tentative Move Into Competitive Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Tournaments

ESL Announces Tentative Move Into Competitive Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Tournaments

eSports for EU, initially

ESL - Electronic Sports League - is undoubtedly a big deal in the world of eSports, serving as a major global hub for online and venue events. Its most popular events are typically based around franchises such as Call of Duty and League of Legends, but it's now dipping its toes into Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. We are...

News: Xeodrifter Cross-Buy Will Include 3DS eShop Early Adopters When Wii U Version Lands

Xeodrifter Cross-Buy Will Include 3DS eShop Early Adopters When Wii U Version Lands

Great news all around

Xeodrifter is a gem on the 3DS eShop, a rapid Metroidvania-style project from Renegade Kid that's rightly earned plenty of praise. With its imminent arrival on the Wii U eShop in North America there had been doubts that early adopters would be able to enjoy the offer - this was the result of eShop limitations and the existing...

News: Animal Crossing New 3DS Cover Plates Coming To Europe In October

Animal Crossing New 3DS Cover Plates Coming To Europe In October

Same day as Happy Home Designer, in fact

Nintendo's Italian office has confirmed that Animal Crossing New 3DS cover plates will be coming to Europe on October 2nd - the same day that Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer hits the console. Three plates will be available, one showing Isabelle, the other portraying K.K. Slider and the third showing a...

News: Dave & Buster's is Planning Location Testing for Pokkén Tournament in North America

Dave & Buster's is Planning Location Testing for Pokkén Tournament in North America

"If it does well in test we'd bring it everywhere."

Pokkén Tournament is out in the wild in Japan, so attention naturally turns to hopes of seeing it in Western arcades. The arcade scene may not be as prominent outside of Japan, but we shouldn't forget that The Pokémon Company has talked up the prospects of some units making it to the West. It...

Nintendo Download: 23rd July (North America)

23rd July (North America)

Binding of Isaac Rebirth! 3D Streets of Rage 2! Legend of Kay! Much more!

It's Nintendo Download Update time once again, and we have a fairly packed week in North America. We have a relatively controversial and long-awaited arrival on Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS, cross platform RPG goodness and some quirky efforts on the home console, while a budget...

News: Donkey Kong Nearly Missed Out On Pixels Stardom

Donkey Kong Nearly Missed Out On Pixels Stardom

Nintendo only agreed if DK would be treated with respect

The Pixels movie certainly has a creative plot. When aliens intercept video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack Earth using the games as models. This leaves the President of the United States no option but to recruit a team of old-school...

News: Japanese Devil's Third Site Details Online Modes, Microtransactions And File Size

Japanese Devil's Third Site Details Online Modes, Microtransactions And File Size

New gameplay videos also revealed

Devil's Third launches in Japan and Europe next month and as a result we're seeing plenty of fresh information relating to Tomonobu Itagaki's forthcoming action title. The official site for the game has just gone live in Japan, and contains plenty of interesting data. For example, the game's online mode is...

Gallery: Nintendo Cosplay July Round-Up

Nintendo Cosplay July Round-Up

Dressed to impress at Hyper Japan and Comic Con London

In the first of what we hope to be a regular series of features devoted to the wild and wacky world of cosplay, Erica Jones brings us a selection of snaps showcasing the most notable Nintendo-related efforts of the month. July has been a great month for Nintendo costumes. Hyper Japan and London...

News: EVO Players Loved Hyperkin's New GameCube-Inspired ProCube Pad

EVO Players Loved Hyperkin's New GameCube-Inspired ProCube Pad

"Every single person loved how comfortable the controller is"

We recently reported that Hyperkin was demoing a new GameCube-inspired Wii U controller at this year's EVO event. Aimed at Super Smash Bros. for Wii U players, the wireless pad has the added benefit of working with all Pro Controller games. According to Hyperkin's Chris Gallizzi, the...

Video: Here's What Luigi Mansion Arcade Looks Like In The Ghoulish Flesh

Here's What Luigi Mansion Arcade Looks Like In The Ghoulish Flesh

Ain't afraid of no ghost?

Luigi Mansion Arcade is one of Nintendo's more unusual ventures of late - it's an arcade shooter developed by Capcom based on the Luigi's Mansion game series. It's recently been released in Japan and we're now seeing off-screen footage of the game in action. As previously confirmed, it's a first-person light-gun style...

Video: Chill Out With Smooth McGroove's Onett Theme A-Cappella From EarthBound

Chill Out With Smooth McGroove's Onett Theme A-Cappella From EarthBound

Released in honour of Satoru Iwata

Fans of awesome video game music with a taste for a-cappella are likely familiar with Smooth McGroove, who's covered a huge number of iconic tracks in his own style. There'd been a bit of a gap (around three months) since his last video at the time of writing, but the singer / composer has now released a fresh...

Hardware Review: Awesome Super Mario Inspired Watch - Sun and Moon Miyamoto

Awesome Super Mario Inspired Watch - Sun and Moon Miyamoto

Partner in time

A while ago we reported that Mr Jones Watches had produced a limited edition wristwatch inspired by the Super Mario series. The response to the design was so positive that the watch became a permanent fixture in their lineup after a small design change to differentiate itself from the limited edition variant. We were kindly given...

News: Nintendo Explains Reasoning Behind Upcoming Miiverse Redesign

Nintendo Explains Reasoning Behind Upcoming Miiverse Redesign

"Miiverse is created for gamers to talk about games"

At the start of July Nintendo confirmed plans for a major redesign of Miiverse this Summer. The social network has already evolved a fair amount since its launch with the Wii U in November 2012, with plenty of updates tweaking functions and the user interface. This redesign is more of a...

Talking Point: Assessing the Odds of Super Mario Maker Making a Commercial Splash This September

Assessing the Odds of Super Mario Maker Making a Commercial Splash This September

Anniversary-busting August may have been better

We're still waiting for a North American announcement - which we hope is just a matter of time - but we were rather pleased about confirmation today of a Super Mario Maker Wii U hardware bundle. It's coming to Europe on the same day as the game (a simple but important requirement) and certainly...

News: Genyo Takeda The Likely Choice For Nintendo President, Analysts Claim

Genyo Takeda The Likely Choice For Nintendo President, Analysts Claim

More likely than Shigeru Miyamoto

Following the tragic death of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata there has been much speculation on who will take on his role within the company. Shigeru Miyamoto's name has been brought up - a logical choice, given his fame in the games industry - but it would appear that the smart money is on Genyo Takeda, who gave a...

News: Assault Android Cactus Brings Mega Weapons and Neat Camera Angles Into the Battle

Assault Android Cactus Brings Mega Weapons and Neat Camera Angles Into the Battle

Boom

We're rather looking forward to Assault Android Cactus - the frantic bullet-hell shoot'em up is due this Summer on PS4 and 'later' on Wii U; it's been a long time coming. The Early Access PC build has been progressing nicely, so its arrival on Wii U is certainly something to look forward to. The latest information and footage of the title...