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  • 14

    Wii U eShop

    Review Shiny The Firefly

    Glow or no?

    In this reviewer’s opinion, any game that claims ‘funny faces’ as being a unique selling point in its advertising should be handled with caution, so without further ado let’s plunge into the realms of Shiny the Firefly. You control Shiny, the titular firefly in an effort to save its tiny firefly children that were scared by a...

  • Video The Top Ten Worst Designed Pokémon Ever

    Gotta retch 'em all!

    Not all Pokémon are created equal. Some of them are powerful, some of them are weak. Some of them are awesome to look at, and others are comparable to a pile of mouse droppings, and the latter are what we have for your viewing pleasure today. It should be noted that we aren't suggesting that any of the monsters listed in the...

  • 8

    3DS eShop

    Review Christmas Wonderland 4

    Straight on the naughty list

    Shovelware is as much a part of Christmas as roasted livestock and silly jumpers, particularly for children whose parents don’t know any better, and it seems that Microvalue isn't happy with ending its Christmas Wonderland series as a trilogy. Christmas Wonderland 4 is a point and click game that has you looking at a...

  • 61

    Wii U eShop

    Review Tested With Robots!

    Let it rust

    It's no secret that Nintendo has relaxed its criteria for independent publishers to release their games on their eShop, and for better or for worse it looks like that policy is here for the foreseeable future. It's this relaxed attitude that is responsible for one of the latest releases on the eShop. Tested With Robots! is themed in a...

  • News Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Sold to Over Ten Percent of Japanese Wii U Owners as System's Sales Rise

    Luigi and co. clean up

    Last Friday Super Smash Bros. for Wii U was finally released in Japan, and to no surprise it's taken the top spot in this week's Japanese charts courtesy of Media Create. Although the numbers aren't as grand as for the launch of the 3DS version, there are only around two million Wii U owners in Japan, meaning that ten percent...

  • 5

    3DS eShop

    Review My First Songs

    Just watch the world learn

    Not content with its current offerings on Wii U, Ringzero Game Studio decided that, despite system limitations, a 3DS outing of the My First Songs franchise should be made. To the developer's credit it holds up well despite the 3DS’ lower power, but it’s not quite the same game as it is on Wii U. For starters, the...

  • News Pokémon's Other Hidden Legendary Monster's Details Come to Light

    Warning, spoilers!

    Hacking has always been a prominent feature in any Pokémon game, and even in this current age of instant video evidence on YouTube taking the place of playground rumours, determined individuals are uncovering secrets about the most recent generation of Pokémon games. It should be noted that this article contains potential...

  • Rumour Dubious Walmart Listing Suggests Supposed Paper Mario Title for Wii U

    Sounds like guff to us

    Walmart recently listed the generically title 'Paper Mario (RPG) (Wii U)' on its website before quickly removing it, but not quickly enough, as one clever buck managed to snag a screenshot of the accidental upload. There's no box art or any details about the game, aside from an astronomical price tag that we can only hope is...

  • News Warner Bros. Announces LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin for Nintendo 3DS

    Bricking it

    Hot off the release of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Warner Bros. is already in the process of overseeing their next LEGO adventure. LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin is to be released for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita and is being developed by a TT Fusion – a subsidiary of TT Games who have focused on the handheld efforts in the...

  • Weirdness Fan-Made Pokémon Virtual Reality Prototype Rears its Head

    Gotta catch that one!

    A fan of the Pokémon franchise has been working hard to create something that many of us dreamed of when we were children; a virtual reality Pokémon game. It's only a prototype thus far, but it give a flavour of what could potentially be, although likely won't be for the foreseeable future. In the video below you can see the...

  • 49

    3DS

    Review Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal

    Not as Sonic doomed

    Unlike its Wii U counterpart, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal on 3DS is an experience that is much more reminiscent of a traditional Sonic game. It takes place with a 2D perspective and your goal is to get to the finish in typical Sonic style — unlike traditional Sonic games however, it's not quite as simple as that. Sonic Boom:...

  • News South Park Tables Available Soon in Zen Pinball 2 for Wii U

    Canadian thrills

    Zen Studios have announced that their highly enjoyable Wii U eShop game Zen Pinball 2 will soon have its very own pair of tables modelled after South Park. One of the tables in based around the main programme, and the other is specifically themed around the character Butters. These two tables will be available internationally from...

  • Feature The Long Evolution of the Pokémon Trading Card Game

    Capers in card

    Alex attended an event that celebrated the new XY Phantom Forces sets in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. He got a chance to play the game for the first time in over ten years, and this is what he had to say about it. Despite being an enormous fan of the Pokémon series, the Trading Card Game has been a bit of a blind spot for me...

  • News Nintendo's Official Japanese Site Suggests Discontinuation of Certain 3DS Units

    Disappointment XL

    Nintendo's official Japanese website has begun displaying a notice above some of its 3DS models that speaks doom for some of the variants. The message translates to: Production is slated to end shortly It seems Nintendo is really trying to push the New 3DS into the hands of the Japanese public, and by reducing the number of...

  • Weirdness Samus amiibo Literally Opens Doors in Russian Metro Station

    NFC it in action

    Update: Eurogamer — naturally being a site frequented by many gamers from Europe — has been contacted by a reader in Moscow to explain that while amiibo does interact with the gates to the Metro, it doesn't actually open them up. You see the green light, though: The confusion here is that the gates in Moscow metro seem to be...

  • News Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Storm Japanese Charts, New 3DS Sales Climb in Unison

    There's 1,500,000 or more to see

    Not content with securing first place in the Japanese sales charts, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire also managed to secure second place as well with the Double Pack variation. This amounts to over 1,500,000 physical sales for the monster-catching experience in its first week of sales, an astounding feat which...

  • 47

    Wii U eShop / SNES

    Review Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!

    Donkey wish your girlfriend was Kong like me?

    Having stunned audiences with Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, Rare had an awful lot to live up to on the final entry of the original Donkey Kong Country trilogy. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble! sees the titular hero take centre stage after being second to the delightful...

  • Weirdness This Wearable Power Glove Accessory Can Be Yours for $150

    Tremendous hair not included

    It seems the legacy of the infamous Power Glove controller for the NES lives on, so much so that one adventurous young individual has cracked a couple of them open and replaced their guts to create an interesting range of winter hand accessories. The connections are cut from the device and then the innards with wiring...

  • 48

    3DS

    Review Tetris Ultimate

    The ultimate Tetris?

    Tetris has been around since 1984, where it was developed in Russia for the DVK, a Soviet computer, but most people remember either the Game Boy or the NES version as being the breakthrough for the title. To say that Tetris is successful is an understatement; the gameplay is just as enjoyable as it was thirty years ago and...

  • Video Two Smash Bros. Instructional Videos to Get You Brawling with the Best of Them

    One's perhaps more advanced than the other

    Did You Know Gaming and Nintendo have both released some instructional videos for the Super Smash Bros. series. Did You Know Gaming focuses on the advanced techniques from the earlier games such as wave dashing and directional influence, but Nintendo has taken a much more basic approach. It's the first part...

  • News Super Smash Bros. for Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter Sold Out Already in Most US Stores

    eBay prices skyrocket

    Nintendo were right to release the GameCube Controller Adapter for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, as it appears the popularity of the peripheral was far greater than many stockists of the device were anticipating, leaving it out of stock already in most US stores. Many Smash Bros. veterans swear by the GameCube controller as...

  • Weirdness Factory Error Results in Dual-Wielding Samus amiibo

    Can't grapple it

    Factory defects usually have hilarious consequences, but one plucky Nintendo fan managed to get their hands on an amiibo unlike any other: No doubt this figurine will become exceedingly sought after if kept in its original packaging. Of course you could quite easily make your own by buying two of the amiibos and swapping the arms...

  • News Details Uncovered of Upcoming Update for Zelda Spin-Off Hyrule Warriors

    Caps off to you

    The official Japanese website for Hyrule Warriors has revealed that an upcoming update for the game will feature more than just stability. The update is said to make the following changes: Increase level cap Increase maximum materials count New potions New medals amiibo functionality It's interesting to see Koei Tecmo's choices...

  • News The 3DS Proves to Be a Popular Music Player in Japan

    Exposed shoulder buttons not an issue

    Contrary to the West, Japan has an app that allows 3DS owners to download and listen to music, and despite the prominence of smaller and more dedicated media devices, many Japanese gamers are taking full advantage of the system. Recently hitting 3 million downloads, RecoChoku is the app in question. The site...