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News: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Director Teases "Small Surprise" for All amiibo in the Game, Discusses Sources of Inspiration

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Director Teases "Small Surprise" for All amiibo in the Game, Discusses Sources of Inspiration

Toad in a Link outfit, please...

Though perhaps overwhelmed by the flood of Holiday releases - or unnoticed in Europe due to its peculiar arrival at the dawn of 2015 - we are big fans of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. If you're still on the look-out for a clever, charming game that actually utilises the Wii U's GamePad, it's one of the stronger...

News: Mobot Studios Aims for High Quality Fun at a Budget Price with Blocky Bot on Wii U

Mobot Studios Aims for High Quality Fun at a Budget Price with Blocky Bot on Wii U

"Sometimes you just want to sit down and play something fun for 10 minutes"

The Wii U eShop - particularly in North America - has been host to a number of budget releases aiming to deliver quick, harmless fun; while some have succeeded, there have also been plenty of disappointments. Experienced developer Mobot Studios is next to step up to the...

News: Eiji Aonuma Explains That The Legend of Zelda for Wii U Will Push the Hardware, But That the Series Has Always Been "Open World"

Eiji Aonuma Explains That The Legend of Zelda for Wii U Will Push the Hardware, But That the Series Has Always Been "Open World"

Seamless exploration is the key progression on Wii U

The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, it's safe to say, is one of the most eagerly anticipated Wii U titles of the year, bringing us the first HD adventure in the iconic franchise. Its reveal at E3 2014 - and more detailed off-screen demonstration at The Game Awards - got fans excited for a large...

News: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Developers Give Background on Design Decisions

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Developers Give Background on Design Decisions

"The result, after applying everyone’s voice, was a very lively game."

While European gamers are still left in the dark as to exactly when it'll launch, North Americans will be enjoying Kirby and the Rainbow Curse in the coming week. In the latest issue of Nintendo Dream - a Japanese gaming magazine - an interview was conducted with several...

News: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and New Nintendo 3DS Enjoy Strong Débuts in the UK 

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and New Nintendo 3DS Enjoy Strong Débuts in the UK 

New 3DS boosts UK hardware sales by 57%

13th February was a big day for Nintendo in Western territories, as it released the New Nintendo 3DS and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, with Capcom's Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate also arriving in stores. When we spoke to Nintendo UK's James Honeywell he was optimistic about the potential fortunes of these...

Nintendo Download: 19th February (Europe)

19th February (Europe)

Wii downloads return with Kirby, classic Castlevania, GBA goodness and more

Monday morning can be a dreary time, but Nintendo of Europe has sent out the Download Update details for the coming week to bring some sunshine into your life. After a two week absence we see the return of Wii downloads on the eShop, some retro classics, DLC, loads of...

Soapbox: Portable Gaming Forges a Special Relationship With the Player, and Nintendo is the Master in the Field

Portable Gaming Forges a Special Relationship With the Player, and Nintendo is the Master in the Field

Tom Whitehead reflects on why dedicated gaming handhelds still matter

I'll kick off this article with an admission that will cause some to snort in derision and dismiss anything I ever say about Nintendo in the future; those that have seen my occasional forum posts or followed our Reddit AMA last year may already have an inkling into what's...

News: Adventure Bar Story is Your Typical RPG and Pub Management Experience

Adventure Bar Story is Your Typical RPG and Pub Management Experience

Where every party knows your name

There can be the perception that an RPG can be made out of anything, and the upcoming Adventure Bar Story on 3DS is proof of that. Set to arrive in the coming week in North America for $5.99, this eShop game certainly has a quirky premise. It has the usual RPG elements of setting up a Party and venturing out into...

News: Gallery: A Closer Look at Japan's Majora's Mask 3D Pre-Order Bonus

Gallery: A Closer Look at Japan's Majora's Mask 3D Pre-Order Bonus

Japan's exclusive postcards are something to behold

Nintendo released a staggering amount of promotional items the world over for the recent launch of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D. Most regions, including the UK, made available a Skull Kid figurine for gamers who pre-ordered the game, while retailers like GAME opted for paperweights of...

Rumour: Rayman Could be Planned as DLC in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

Rayman Could be Planned as DLC in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

Apparent screens and video appear on the web

UPDATE: The video below has now been revealed by the creator to be a very elaborate hoax made using editing software; that's another Smash Bros. rumour down for now. ORIGINAL STORY: It seems like the Super Smash Bros. hype train just never stops rolling. Prior to the release of Super Smash Bros. for...

Weirdness: If Cheesy Romance Novels Were Based on Games, They May Look Something Like This

If Cheesy Romance Novels Were Based on Games, They May Look Something Like This

Retro romance

It's Valentine's Day - or at least it was when we published this - and, as our final acknowledgement of this most commercial of occasions, we thought we'd highlight some pretty humorous artwork that was published in recent days. It takes classic games and their characters and re-imagines them as covers on corny Romance novels; the...

News: A Wild Update on Pokémon Shuffle Appears

A Wild Update on Pokémon Shuffle Appears

Nintendo used Microtransaction!

A surprise announcement in last month's Nintendo Direct was the reveal of Pokémon Shuffle, a free-to-play match-three type game that strongly resembles Pokémon Link: Battle! / Pokémon Battle Trozei. There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the title as it heavily features microtransactions, leading some to...

News: Nintendo's Wii U TVii Service is Formally Cancelled in Europe

Nintendo's Wii U TVii Service is Formally Cancelled in Europe

No surprise

When Nintendo announced the Wii U release date at a press event back in 2012, a key feature that was given a fair amount of time was TVii. The service works as a hub to bring together various networks and TV services into one app, utilising the GamePad and some interactive elements in a bid to be intuitive and interesting for viewers to...

Guide: Getting The Most Out of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Getting The Most Out of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Hunter, gatherer, prancer

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is now in stores, bringing the latest entry in the ever-complicated and challenging series to the West. There's little denying that, despite some effort on Capcom's part, the franchise can be daunting and difficult to grasp; even those getting through the early quests may be missing out on some...

Feature: Video Game Characters Looking for Love - 2015

Video Game Characters Looking for Love - 2015

High scores guaranteed

It's Valentine's Day, and with the most commercially romantic day of the year come many traditions, such as exchanging flowers, sending cards, getting sick on chocolate, copying and pasting old feature intros and... combing online dating sites looking for profiles posted by our favourite video game characters! What, you...

Video: How To Game Safe On Valentine's Day

How To Game Safe On Valentine's Day

Who wants to go out, when you can have a romantic night of gaming?

It's that time of the year, which is either a celebration of your love to another person, or just another day for those who aren't quite as lucky. Alas, this is a video for those of the former category, but the single folk amongst you could do worse than make some notes for that...

News: Tomonobu Itagaki Gives an Update on Devil’s Third, Describing it as the "Biggest Game"

Tomonobu Itagaki Gives an Update on Devil’s Third, Describing it as the "Biggest Game"

Devilishly good-looking

Let's look a a brief history of the development for Devil's Third, the upcoming Wii U title. Tomonobu Itagaki - of Ninja Gaiden fame - left Tecmo Studios in 2008 to form Valhalla Game Studios with fellow ex-members of Team Ninja. They began working on Devil's Third, a unique hack'n'slash/shooter mashup, and THQ picked up the...

Poll: Are You An Early Adopter With The New Nintendo 3DS?

Are You An Early Adopter With The New Nintendo 3DS?

Big games to choose from, too

There's always some buzz when new hardware arrives, and while the New Nintendo 3DS is a mid-generation iteration it does, nevertheless, bring new goodies to fans of portable gaming. Nintendo's lined up its ducks for the release, too, ensuring that multiple major retail titles have landed in stores with the systems to...

Video: Nintendo Releases Slightly Peculiar "New is Good" Commercials for the New Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo Releases Slightly Peculiar "New is Good" Commercials for the New Nintendo 3DS

Peculiar can be good too, though

Nintendo of America has been pretty creative with its video commercials over the past 12-18 months, with live-action and entertaining campaigns for titles such as Pikmin 3, Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, and it's also adopting a quirky approach for the New Nintendo 3DS XL. The "New is Good"...

News: Hasbro To Bring Yo-Kai Watch Toy Range to the West, in 2016

Hasbro To Bring Yo-Kai Watch Toy Range to the West, in 2016

Details for games and TV shows remain unconfirmed

Yo-kai Watch is a phenomenon in Japan, with millions of games sold along with significant success for toys and the TV show. It's a franchise that has been a huge asset for Level-5, and there's naturally the expectation that it'll make a big impact in the West. Level-5 has already confirmed that...