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Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - Super Mario 3D World Captures Hearts

12 Days of Christmas - Super Mario 3D World Captures Hearts

A perfect Christmas Day game

Over the past two weeks we've covered eleven games, trends or events from the year that we feel represent some of the best of Nintendo in 2013; we'll have a lot more 2013 reminiscences and Game of The Year awards in the coming week, too. Yet it seemed appropriate to end this series on potentially the biggest high for...

Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - Fire Emblem's Awakening

12 Days of Christmas - Fire Emblem's Awakening

Long-running strategy RPG dodges permadeath with one of the year's best

There were greater commercial and critical successes than Fire Emblem: Awakening's in this Year of Luigi, but none could be as sweet. The underdog series finally saw the acclaim that it deserved from a mass audience for a banner year, one in which the stakes couldn't have been...

Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - EarthBound Escaped The Wilderness

12 Days of Christmas - EarthBound Escaped The Wilderness

Fans rejoiced

If you tell a non-interested observer that the release of a Super NES game on the Wii U caused a frenzy of excitement online, they may raise an eyebrow or, more likely, give you a quizzical look. Why would a game from so long ago be thrilling, when we have all of these highly cinematic HD experiences to enjoy? Of course, being a...

Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - A Year of Promotions from Nintendo

12 Days of Christmas - A Year of Promotions from Nintendo

Spend a little, get a bit more

While we could argue until the end of days about some aspects of Nintendo pricing, particularly with download retail games, 2013 has been another year where the company has taken positive strides to offer promotions and incentives on key games and their systems. Whether in Europe or North American there are decent...

Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - The Azran Legacy Solves The Professor's Last Puzzle

12 Days of Christmas - The Azran Legacy Solves The Professor's Last Puzzle

We hope the franchise will find a solution

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is already out in Europe and arrives in North America on 28th February; for some the end is still to come while others have already closed their 3DS lid — or hit a button on the 2DS — with a regretful sigh. Level-5 may have kept the door open for the series to...

Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - Wii Fit U Steps Up a Level While the Trainer Gets Ready to Brawl

12 Days of Christmas - Wii Fit U Steps Up a Level While the Trainer Gets Ready to Brawl

Feel the burn

Wii Fit U has had an odd history to date, with little mention for much of 2013 before Nintendo then announced a terrific trial download offer. We knew it was still a project very much on the way, however, because it was part of quite possibly the oddest E3 reveal in recent memory — to the point that we initially thought it was a...

Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - Animal Crossing Helped 3DS Turn Over a New Leaf

12 Days of Christmas - Animal Crossing Helped 3DS Turn Over a New Leaf

A game for all

While a number of 3DS titles have performed well for Nintendo in 2013, Animal Crossing: New Leaf has been a notable success story. While its core sales numbers have been impressive, it's perhaps been the cultural impact of New Leaf that's been the most pleasing for those keen to see 3DS success. To give some context of how well...

Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Devours Time and Pushes Boundaries

12 Days of Christmas - Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Devours Time and Pushes Boundaries

Wii U and 3DS cross-play brings Hunters together

Monster Hunter Tri on the Wii was a standout not just for its epic scale and unique style, but for its ability to bring owners of the system together in a solid, cohesive online component; that was a rarity. With honourable exceptions such as Mario Kart Wii, many titles on Nintendo's last-gen system...

Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - Pikmin 3 Finally Ended the Long Wait

12 Days of Christmas - Pikmin 3 Finally Ended the Long Wait

A more than welcome return

When considering Nintendo's most treasured franchises it can be humbling to consider how many began in the 8-bit NES era or even, in more primitive forms, in Arcade cabinets before then. It can be argued as a wonderful strength or as an area of concern, depending on an individual's opinion or whichever way Nintendo's...

Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - The Legend of Zelda's Legacy Continues

12 Days of Christmas - The Legend of Zelda's Legacy Continues

Plenty to enjoy for 3DS and Wii U owners

The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo's most powerful and iconic brands, a franchise capable of exciting a legion of fans with little more than a subtle hint of a teaser. In pure sales numbers it doesn't always match up to the mighty Mario, but its impact has arguably been as great as the plumber's in...