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Talking Point: Nintendo's Game Updates and DLC Are Fantastic, Albeit Starved of Attention

Nintendo's Game Updates and DLC Are Fantastic, Albeit Starved of Attention

Key Wii U titles have evolved a great deal

It's easy to be a little blasé and spoilt as gamers, but it's been striking once again that, with a combination of economic savvy and a clear love for its products, Nintendo is making the most of key releases on the Wii U. Three of the system's biggest games have transformed since launch with a mix of...

Review: Canvaleon (Wii U eShop)

Canvaleon (Wii U eShop)

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Take a peek at some recent Wii U releases and you may see a painterly pattern forming. That's right; what with Art Academy: Atelier and Splatoon splashing some colour onto Nintendo's home console this year, it's almost like an artistic renaissance is upon us - just with more squids. On the surface, Canvaleon...

Video: Players React to Splatoon and Star Fox Zero at Hyper Japan in London

Players React to Splatoon and Star Fox Zero at Hyper Japan in London

Kids talking about being a squid, now

Hyper Japan was nearly a month ago in London, a major expo that brings together various aspects of Japanese culture. Nintendo UK has been a big supporter of the event and had a booth on hand, also giving attendees what was - at the time - the first opportunity for the European public to go hands on with Star Fox...

News: Rumours and Contradictions Are Everywhere in The Case of GameStop's Exclusive amiibo Triple Pack

Rumours and Contradictions Are Everywhere in The Case of GameStop's Exclusive amiibo Triple Pack

Still no official word on R.O.B., Duck Hunt and Mr. Game & Watch pack

Over the past 24 hours there's been plenty of online chat around an apparent GameStop-exclusive amiibo triple pack that'll go up for pre-order - in stores - on 8th August. Despite the attention it's received on Reddit, particularly, the retailer and Nintendo of America have so far...

News: IRONHAX to Use Free-to-Play IRONFALL Invasion to Run 3DS Homebrew and Region-Free Workaround

IRONHAX to Use Free-to-Play IRONFALL Invasion to Run 3DS Homebrew and Region-Free Workaround

Sorry, Cubic Ninja scalpers

It's tricky to broach the subject of mods and hacks on Nintendo hardware, as they can prompt diverse and at times feisty debate. This is in part driven by the severe damage that R4 cards did to the DS, with piracy of retail games a major problem that was - unbelievably in hindsight - facilitated and supported by major...

News: Rare Co-Founder Has No Idea Why Nintendo Didn't Buy The Studio Outright

Rare Co-Founder Has No Idea Why Nintendo Didn't Buy The Studio Outright

"I thought we were a good fit"

Rare co-founder Tim Stamper recently won the accolade of Development Legend at this year's Develop awards - along with his brother, Chris - and has now given his first interview since 2007. Stamper - who has recently returned to the games industry with mobile studio FortuneFish - talks about the origins of Rare, its...

Review: Astral Breakers (Wii U eShop)

Astral Breakers (Wii U eShop)

Puzzling Over the Stars

Ever since the stars aligned and humans discovered the fun of matching coloured objects, we've been trying to invent new ways to make puzzle games based on this simple premise. Puzzle Fighter and Bust-a-Move are just some of the diversions we've come up with. Astral Breakers joins the fray and brings with it a little bit of...

Weirdness: Keep Your French Fries Toasty Hot With These Yo-Kai Watch Holsters

Keep Your French Fries Toasty Hot With These Yo-Kai Watch Holsters

Only in Japan, of course

Yo-Kai Watch is massive in Japan, and that means there are plenty of opportunities for all kinds of cross-promotional activity. However, few ideas are as zany as these McDonald's French Fry holsters, which allow you to slot in your pack of chopped potatoes and keep them warm during your quests to locate naughty spirits...

News: Nintendo Treehouse Staffer Talks Localisation, Voice Acting And Playing Non-Nintendo Games For Research

Nintendo Treehouse Staffer Talks Localisation, Voice Acting And Playing Non-Nintendo Games For Research

Inside information

Nintendo has traditionally been very reluctant to allow its employees to speak to freely with the gaming press, but that stance has apparently been relaxed in recent years according to Treehouse staffer Chris Pranger - and as if to prove his point, he's taken part in a lively podcast where he covers a whole host of...

News: This Controller Wants to Bring the 'Next Gen' to NES

This Controller Wants to Bring the 'Next Gen' to NES

Works on the 8-bit system or PC

Plenty of companies tackle the surprisingly complex challenge of producing a high quality game controller, and not all pull it off successfully. We somewhat admire the effort from Retro Fighters, then, which is aiming to crowdfund a 'next gen' NES pad. The main pitch for this pad is that it has both usb and a NES...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Celebrates His 45th Birthday

Masahiro Sakurai Celebrates His 45th Birthday

And doesn't look a day over 25

We want to know more about Masahiro Sakurai's diet and grooming habits, as he continues to defy the passing of time - the rigours of developing Super Smash Bros. have been tough on the game designer, yet he retains an admirably youthful look. Masahiro Sakurai turned 45 on 3rd August - at the time of publication it's...

Review: Mario Tennis (Wii U eShop / N64)

Mario Tennis (Wii U eShop / N64)

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Some people would say Mario Tennis is worthy of praise solely for the fact it introduces the glorious specimen known as Waluigi into the Nintendo World. These people are right, but you can't write a full review out of that. In all seriousness, Mario Tennis marks a highlight in Nintendo's adaptation of the sport into a fun, casual style...