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Nintendo Download: 10th April (North America)

10th April (North America)

More Wii U GBA treats, farming, poker, puzzles, discounts and more

Nintendo's Download Update for North America has arrived a lot later than normal, but now we know what's landing on your Wii U and 3DS systems this week. There's more GBA goodness on Wii U, new titles on both eShop stores and an NES title on the portable's Virtual Console; on top of...

News: You Can Now Pre-Order eShop Games Via Nintendo UK's Online Store

You Can Now Pre-Order eShop Games Via Nintendo UK's Online Store

The future is now

If you wanted any more proof that Nintendo is moving with the times, it's now possible to pre-order eShop titles online — for those living in the UK, at least. Drop onto the Nintendo UK online store listing for Nintendo Pocket Football Club and you'll see the option to pre-order the title, with the download code being dispatched...

Weirdness: Realistic Mario Probably Wouldn't Have Been As Successful As Super Mario

Realistic Mario Probably Wouldn't Have Been As Successful As Super Mario

Head + block = ouch

In case the size-altering mushrooms and cartoon-like environments didn't make it obvious enough, Super Mario Bros. takes place in a world of fantasy. However, it's always fun to consider what Nintendo's most famous franchise could have been like if the company had decided to adopt a more realistic approach. In this segment from...

News: Super Mario 3D World Double Disc Soundtrack Arrives on Club Nintendo

Super Mario 3D World Double Disc Soundtrack Arrives on Club Nintendo

Europe and Australia included for now

Last year we shared the news that Club Nintendo in Japan received an awesome Super Mario 3D World 2-CD soundtrack; we were envious as the Wii U title has a number of outstanding 'Big Band' tracks that still stick in the mind. The exciting news for gamers in Europe and Australia, who savoured the music while...

News: Nintendo of America Confirms Christina Aguilera as a Guest Celebrity in Tomodachi Life

Nintendo of America Confirms Christina Aguilera as a Guest Celebrity in Tomodachi Life

APRIL FOOLS!!!... Oh, wait

Earlier today Nintendo unleashed the utterly barmy and brilliant Tomodachi Life Nintendo Direct broadcasts in Europe and North America, also confirming a 6th June release in both territories. They're worth a watch, and certainly show how the quirky Mii life-sim could become an indispensable part of the 3DS library this...

Nintendo Direct: Nintendo Shows Off The Peculiarities of Tomodachi Life and Confirms Release Date

Nintendo Shows Off The Peculiarities of Tomodachi Life and Confirms Release Date

It looks bonkers and amazing

We've known for a little while that 3DS title Tomodachi Life was being localised, but Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of America have now released special mini Nintendo Direct broadcasts to not only provide full confirmation, but also to show off the wacky world of this Mii life-sim. To get the important detail out of...

News: Wii U Version Of LEGO: The Hobbit Taking Slightly Longer To Go There And Back Again In North America

Wii U Version Of LEGO: The Hobbit Taking Slightly Longer To Go There And Back Again In North America

Delayed until April 22nd, out this week on other formats and in Europe

The North American release of LEGO: The Hobbit on Wii U has been pushed back slightly , publisher Warner Brothers has revealed. The action adventure title hits Nintendo 3DS, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, and Xbox One this week in both North...

News: Tinie Tempah Shows the Love for Mario and Highlights Retro Inspiration for His Music

Tinie Tempah Shows the Love for Mario and Highlights Retro Inspiration for His Music

"Those games are adventures of the highest order"

Mario's the man, right? We sure think so / hope so, and the mascot is still Nintendo's most famous and bankable character, with the brilliant Super Mario 3D World recently achieving strong attach-rate sales on the Wii U and Mario Kart 8 exciting fans and carrying the fight to increase the system's...

Weirdness: Could This Be The Pokémon FPS That Nintendo Fans Have Always Wanted?

Could This Be The Pokémon FPS That Nintendo Fans Have Always Wanted?

Perhaps not, but it looks like a proper hoot

Hot off the tail of the downright bizarre Super Nintendog comes more Nintendo-themed insanity. Make of it what you will, but the following video showcases Ash Ketchum running, driving, flying and shooting (often all at the same time) his way around an environment that looks like a 3D version of Safari...

News: NES Remix 2 Features A Mode Which Mimics The 1990 Nintendo World Championship

NES Remix 2 Features A Mode Which Mimics The 1990 Nintendo World Championship

Retro sequel hits the Wii U eShop April 25th

It has been revealed today that NES Remix 2 will be looking to the past in more ways than one. The Wii U eShop exclusive features bite-sized mini-games based on old NES titles — just like its forerunner — but will also include a mode which attempts to replicate the 1990 Nintendo World Championship, in...

News: RPG Earthlock: Festival of Magic Will Be Casting A Spell On Wii U Next Year

RPG Earthlock: Festival of Magic Will Be Casting A Spell On Wii U Next Year

Q2 2015 can’t come sooner

After close to one year, crowdfunded RPG Earthlock: Festival of Magic is now officially headed to multiple platforms – including the Wii U eShop. With less than two days remaining, developer Snowcastle Games managed to meet and surpass its goal of $150,000. It has taken longer than expected, with a few setbacks and...

Weirdness: Meet The 'Super Nintendog'

Meet The 'Super Nintendog'

Caught somewhere between impressive and horrifying

The noble pursuit of professional dog-grooming isn't just a 'thing', it's a major thing. People from all over the world attend conventions and competitions to celebrate and display a staggering amount of creativity, using their prized pooches as canvasses for some truly bizarre works of art. The...

News: Here's a Rather Attractive Portable Nintendo 64

Here's a Rather Attractive Portable Nintendo 64

It even has a GameCube analogue stick

Have you ever felt the urge to play Jet Force Gemini one more time, but you're sitting on a bus or plane? You're in luck, as console modder Bungle has created what may be the definitive portable Nintendo 64. It's his fourth attempt at the concept, with more to be made in the future. Check out this nifty...

News: Android Game Inspired by Muramasa Takes Some Heat

Android Game Inspired by Muramasa Takes Some Heat

Developer to change any troublesome parts before release

It's true that video games often take inspiration from other games, leaving developers to occasionally answer tough questions over similar assets or design. Take for example the Flappy Bird fiasco that happened a few months back. The developer was attacked for having green pipes that bear a...

News: Job Cuts Hit Sega's London Office

Job Cuts Hit Sega's London Office

Part of a restructuring of the Sonic and mobile departments

Sega Europe has confirmed to Polygon today that it's laid off an unspecified number of employees at its London office, as the company's Sonic and mobile departments are consolidated into Sega of America: Sega is in the process of consolidating certain functions of the Sonic and Mobile...

News: Child of Light Reveals Partnerships for Music and Theatrical Design

Child of Light Reveals Partnerships for Music and Theatrical Design

This fairytale is getting serious

Layer by layer, the Ubisoft team behind the upcoming RPG Child of Light has been revealing all the unique choices that have gone into creating an artistic experience. Today, they have shown how a Montreal-based singer-songwriter and the multimedia wing of Cirque du Soleil are contributing to the overall design...

News: Mario Party: Island Tour Stays on Top in Japan as Hardware Sales Plummet

Mario Party: Island Tour Stays on Top in Japan as Hardware Sales Plummet

Tax increase and quiet week of releases take their toll

It's time for the Media Create Japanese chart results once again, as we see how the retail sector has held up following a 3% increase in sales tax in the country, from 5% to 8%. That may sound trivial, but as has been proven in multiple marketplaces a small percentage change in sales tax can...