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News: Tinie Tempah Shows the Love for Mario and Highlights Retro Inspiration for His Music

Tinie Tempah Shows the Love for Mario and Highlights Retro Inspiration for His Music

"Those games are adventures of the highest order"

Mario's the man, right? We sure think so / hope so, and the mascot is still Nintendo's most famous and bankable character, with the brilliant Super Mario 3D World recently achieving strong attach-rate sales on the Wii U and Mario Kart 8 exciting fans and carrying the fight to increase the system's...

Video: This Is Why You Should Never Allow Mario To House Sit

This Is Why You Should Never Allow Mario To House Sit

Never leave the plumber in charge

Ever wondered what happens if you leave your house and forget to turn off your Wii U? Well ponder no longer, as filmmaker John Huffnagle has created this short movie to show the kind of destruction that Shigeru Miyamoto's most famous creation can unleash when he's left unattended. The video is seriously impressive...

News: Video Games Live Tour Confirms UK Gigs

Video Games Live Tour Confirms UK Gigs

World tour is underway and will also go to mainland Europe

Last year we told you about Kickstarter success for Video Games Live, securing the release of another album of live game music performances. Headed up by industry veteran Tommy Tallarico, the project remains hugely popular with gamers around the world and is currently embarking on a world...

News: Mount Thunder Paints A Pretty Zelda Picture

Mount Thunder Paints A Pretty Zelda Picture

Legendary

Fan-art is commonplace when it comes to anything with a large fanbase; Nintendo is certainly no exception. Thousands of people from all over the world are doing their absolute best to pay tribute to the gaming giant, whether it be to painstakingly hand draw a homage to all things Mario, or to whip up a quick sketch of Kirby in a science...

News: Google Maps Launches a Pokémon Challenge

Google Maps Launches a Pokémon Challenge

It's already 1st April in Japan...

Google may be a mega corporation with investments in killer robots, but it does also (occasionally) have a sense of humour. Two years ago it unveiled an awesome NES cart version of Google Maps, and it's now incorporated its map software with one of the biggest brands in gaming — Pokémon. This app sets wannabe...

Site News: Tom Has Evolved Into A New Form: Editor Tom!

Tom Has Evolved Into A New Form: Editor Tom!

Our erstwhile Features Editor goes up a level

Those of you that are long-time followers of this site will have witnessed Thomas Whitehead's inexorable rise from the status of mere reader to the position he has, until today, occupied with assured brilliance: Features Editor. Tom has been a hugely passionate and incredibly dedicated member of the...

Weirdness: Square Enix Reproduces Deadly Final Fantasy XIV Boss in 16-Bit Style

Square Enix Reproduces Deadly Final Fantasy XIV Boss in 16-Bit Style

We'd play a Super NES version any day

Final Fantasy XIV, an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) for the franchise, has had a troubled history. The first version was such a disappointment that Square Enix eventually dropped it, reproducing the game and changing up the development team that eventually released the far-improved A...

Artwork: When Nintendo Finally Gets Around To Rebooting Star Fox, We Hope The Characters Look Like This

When Nintendo Finally Gets Around To Rebooting Star Fox, We Hope The Characters Look Like This

Fox and Falco looking mean and moody

The Star Fox series has been dormant for far too long — 3DS remake accepted, of course — and we sincerely hope that one day soon, Nintendo will bring the franchise out of retirement and give us the epic Wii U space adventure we've all been waiting for. Until then, we can simply feast our eyes on this...

News: These Nintendo Illustrations to Highlight The Wii U Difference are Just Too Good

These Nintendo Illustrations to Highlight The Wii U Difference are Just Too Good

Hardware advertising, Japanese style

It's little secret that Nintendo will be aiming to up its game, in territories all around the world, in selling the Wii U concept to the masses. We expect that these marketing efforts will retain the hallmark style for which Nintendo is famous — in other words, there'll probably be plenty of light-hearted,...

Weirdness: Engineer Uses Four Monitors to Display Whole Super Mario Bros. Levels

Engineer Uses Four Monitors to Display Whole Super Mario Bros. Levels

It's a me, Mario!

It's always fun when people use their skills to display a beloved video game character in an interesting way. Twitter user Morikuma_Works, who works as an engineer in Japan, has done just that with his four computer monitor display of Super Mario Bros. World 1-1. He also posted a picture of World 1-2, warp zone and all. Quite...

Video: This Pokémon XY The Movie - The Cocoon of Destruction & Diancie Trailer is Rather Dramatic

This Pokémon XY The Movie - The Cocoon of Destruction & Diancie Trailer is Rather Dramatic

Stuff is happening

Pokémon X & Pokémon Y have done particularly well since arriving on 3DS, selling an impressive number of copies and — with follow-up apps such as Pokémon Bank — is likely still keeping plenty of players entertained months after release. As is always the case with those Pocket Monsters, though, there's always something...

News: The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon Are Doing Business With Monopoly in September

The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon Are Doing Business With Monopoly in September

"Connect 4: Super Mario" drops this Spring

With so many competing brands in game, toy and general stores, few would argue against Nintendo upping its licensing game in a big way, an objective it's already declared as a priority. We're rather pleased, then, that two of the most important of the company's franchises will be teaming up with one of...

News: Dutch Developer Ronimo Games Working On Swords & Soldiers II For Wii U

Dutch Developer Ronimo Games Working On Swords & Soldiers II For Wii U

A sequel to the 2009 WiiWare original

Ronimo Games is best known by Nintendo fans for its release of Swords & Soldiers on the WiiWare service back in 2009. Less acclaimed was the release of the 3D version of the game on the 3DS eShop last year. However way you've heard about the Netherlands-based studio and its side-scrolling strategy game, the...

News: Pre-orders for Mario Kart Ride-on Available at Toys 'R Us in the United States

Pre-orders for Mario Kart Ride-on Available at Toys 'R Us in the United States

Comes with a 100,000-mile or 1-Blue Shell warranty

Remember that sweet-looking Mario Kart ride-on we reported was coming to the UK later this year? Turns out Toys 'R Us customers in the United States can already put money down on the same set of wheels. Pre-orders for the Super Mario Kart Ride-on are currently open at the Toys 'R Us website. The 6V...

Weirdness: Listen To The Super Mario Theme On A 3,000 Year Old Chinese Instrument

Listen To The Super Mario Theme On A 3,000 Year Old Chinese Instrument

A bit trickier to play than a warp whistle, probably

Doodoo doo do dooo do, dah! - It's the Super Mario theme! Known across the globe and endlessly catchy, this tune has been played on every instrument under the sun, as well a few renditions that should barely count. Hearing a cover version is certainly nothing new, but allow us to present one just...