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  • News Unused Textures in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Suggest Dr. Mario Themed Stage

    The doctor is out

    Through data mining and various other overtly complex methods, an avid fan of the Super Smash Bros. series has uncovered some unused texture files in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U that point towards plans for Dr. Mario to have his own stage at some point during development. The three viruses pictured look as though they could...

  • News Majora's Mask Edition New 3DS XL Available for Pre-Order Again on Nintendo UK Store

    The scarce just got a little bit less so

    Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Majora's Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL, it's no surprise that pre-orders for the console were sold out at an extraordinary rate, leaving many die-hard Zelda fans out in the cold. It seems that Nintendo is listening to the cries of its loyal fans, and has re-stocked...

  • Interview Exploring Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate With Mr. Ryozo Tsujimoto and Mr. Kaname Fujioka

    The West "will be the first" to see various costume collaborations

    With Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate arriving in just under a month on 13th February, alongside the New Nintendo 3DS XL and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, these are exciting times for portable gamers. Whether upgrading to the new hardware or not, Capcom's latest hunting...

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    3DS eShop

    Review Best of Solitaire

    All by myself

    Who doesn't love a good old card game? They're enjoyable, relaxing and you can even play them by yourself if you're socially lacking at the time. Best of Solitaire may seem like a tempting purchase if you're a fan of the solo four-suit adventure, but is it worth spending your money on? Best of Solitaire loads up almost instantly after...

  • News Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Free Demo Confirmed Alongside Release Date

    The hunt has already begun in Europe

    Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is set to be one of the biggest releases this year without a doubt, and in order to whet appetites as much as possible Nintendo has released codes for a special demo version in Europe and North America. If you're in Europe keep you eyes on your inbox as Nintendo will be sending out...

  • News Nintendo Confirms New 3DS eShop Shooter IronFall Invasion

    Iron't falling just yet

    Keen to get their foot in the door of the shooter genre, Nintendo has announced an indie-developer third person shooter for the European 3DS eShop. Not much is currently known about IronFall Invasion, but the developer VD-dev has been posting screenshots of the game since September last year. The game takes heavy inspiration...

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    3DS eShop

    Review Toys vs. Monsters

    Manufacturer refurbished

    If you've ever been disappointed that you can't play a recent and improved version of the hugely successful Plants vs. Zombies on your 3DS - aside from the DS release - you may be intrigued by the shamelessly similarly-named Toys vs. Monsters on the eShop. All of the information about it points to a fun little experience...

  • 16

    Wii U eShop

    Review Underground

    Overground, Wombling free

    It's not often that games have a professional, legitimate use outside of entertainment, but in the case of Underground that's exactly what you get. Not only is it a puzzle game, but it is also designed to teach the skills required for laparoscopic surgery, more commonly known as keyhole surgery. Educational tools are all...

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    3DS eShop

    Review My First Songs 2

    More of the same

    For those who haven't read our review of the original My First Songs on 3DS, you may want to read that before going any further in this one. My First Songs 2 is the sequel to My First Songs and generally follows the same formula as the original. You have a variety of nursery rhymes which you can tap along to using the touch screen...

  • 16

    3DS eShop

    Review Sumico

    To sum up

    Puzzle games are ten-a-penny these days and usually take the form of a clone of an existing puzzle game – most notably Bejeweled – so it's nice to see new ideas sprouting forth from developers such as those found in Sumico for the 3DS. Does its shiny new gameplay offer something fresh and enjoyable, or is it puzzle pitfall? The basic...

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    3DS eShop

    Review Brutus & Futée

    Et tu, Futée

    You'd be forgiven for not being especially inspired by the title of Brutus and Futée, as two unknown character's names doesn't really strike that much confidence in consumers. The title also doesn't give anything away in regards to the gameplay itself, so is this strangely named game worth your time? The two titular characters in...

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    Wii U eShop / NES

    Review Duck Hunt

    Old dog, same tricks

    Despite Nintendo's refusal to acknowledge the Duck Hunt character in Super Smash Bros. until long after the 3DS version was released, we all knew that the duo – or trio – were in the game. What we didn't know at that time was that Duck Hunt was due to release on the Wii U's Virtual Console, and now it has. The question is...

  • News Nintendo Invests in New Lobbying Firm to Tackle Piracy of Intellectual Property

    Japanese giant trying to change the minds of the US government

    Nintendo has had a long history with piracy, perhaps more than many other companies in the same situation. Back in the days of the Nintendo 64 the company decided to use the cartridge system rather than the easily-copied disc formats that Sony opted for with its PlayStation console...

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    3DS eShop / GBC

    Review Pokémon Puzzle Challenge

    Pokémon! Blocks! What more do you need?

    The eShop is rife with puzzle games, and it’s understandable as to why; they’re fairly simple in design and can provide a huge amount of entertainment to an incredibly broad audience. Some of them can be a little bit monotonous or shameless clones of another game, but you’ll sometimes find something...

  • News HORI's GameCube-Inspired Pikachu Controller Arriving Stateside

    Yellow belly

    The recently announced Pikachu variation of HORI's GameCube-like series of controllers will join its Mario and Luigi counterparts on 2nd March 2015 in the US. The controller is priced at $27.99 on Amazon, but given the popularity of the other two controllers in the range, it's highly likely that stock will run out fast unless...

  • News North American Release Date Confirmed for Duck Hunt on the Wii U Virtual Console

    Dust off that Wii Zapper

    Nintendo has officially announced that Duck Hunt will be arriving on the Wii U eShop in North America on 25th December 2014. We've known that the title was coming to the West ever since it was revealed alongside the Duck Hunt character present in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, but until now we only knew the...

  • News Fan Takes amiibo on Lighthearted Journey to their Homeland

    A Christmas endeavour

    Nintendo's got its audience over a barrel with its range of amiibo toys, and it seems that their charms have taken over certain fans' hearts, however most people don't take this appreciation to the lengths that one fan has. A Facebook page has recently appear that documents the adventures of Pikachu, Fox, and Mario in their...

  • News Black Forest Games Confirms New Giana Sisters Title

    "Expect a new Giana early 2016"

    Adrian Goersch of Black Forest Games revealed in an interview with Red Bull that a new game in the Giana Sisters series should be expected in early 2016. With an HD Director's Cut of Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams arriving on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One – but sadly not Wii U – in the near future, Goersch explains...

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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    Review Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire

    Not just a load of balls

    Following on from the highly enjoyable Pokémon Pinball on the original Game Boy and Game Boy Color, Nintendo released a successor to coincide with the release of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. Now, with Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire firmly secured by many a 3DS owner, Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire

  • News Hidden Palutena's Guidance Audio Discovered in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

    Likely a placeholder for any DLC characters

    Determined fans are always looking to uncover hidden information in video games, and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is no exception. One of the secret features in the game is Palutena's Guidance, which can be activated in Palutena's Temple as Pit by using his down taunt for a fraction of a second. Palatine...

  • News GAME Selling Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Console Bundle for £159.99, Today Only

    Or grab the game alone for £29.99

    The Wii U's price point is becoming more and more tempting for those who've yet to pick one up, and UK retailer GAME have dropped the price of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U — as well as a bundle that includes the game and a basic 8GB console — to try and convert some fence-sitters. If you've yet to pick up the...

  • News Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Gets Devil May Cry and Street Fighter Crossover Costumes

    Will it ever end?

    To add to the wealth of crossovers with other titles, Capcom has revealed that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will have costumes for the Felynes inspired by Street Fighter II and Devil May Cry. If you've ever wanted to see what Chun-Li, Dante, or Blanka look like as cats without trudging certain corners of the internet, you'll be able...

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    3DS

    Review Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom

    "I love you everything burrito"

    Despite the universal praise for the main cartoon, Adventure Time hasn’t been able to truly gain the love of the public in the gaming vein. Its first stab on a Nintendo system was the snappily-titled Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! and played very similarly to Zelda 2: The Adventure of...

  • News Plenty of Fishies Swimming onto Wii U this Week

    Finding Wiimo

    Nitrolic is releasing a brand new title known as Plenty of Fishies to the Wii U eShop in the US. You control a fish – as you might imagine – and have to take on various challenges in order to get the highest score amongst your friends. The game features a number of different gameplay modes in both single player and multiplayer...