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Exclusive: Slightly Mad Studio Head Ian Bell Sets The Record Straight On Project CARS Wii U

Slightly Mad Studio Head Ian Bell Sets The Record Straight On Project CARS Wii U

"It was always 'maybe' as we had no knowledge of the system"

Slightly Mad Studios recently launched Project CARS on next-gen consoles and PC to positive reviews and encouraging sales. A truly unique racing title, it was crowdfunded by the community in a process which pre-dated the now-popular Kickstarter approach. The route to market has been a...

News: Cabbage Is The Dream Nintendo Game That Never Was

Cabbage Is The Dream Nintendo Game That Never Was

Shigesato Itoi, Shigeru Miyamoto and Tsunekazu Ishi all involved

We recently ran a feature on Star Fox 2, one of Nintendo's most famous cancelled projects. This SNES-based sequel had all the ingredients to be a sure-fire classic, but never made it to market. However, there's another game in the company's past which had the potential to be even more...

Video: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Blame Could Largely be With SEGA, Not Big Red Button

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Blame Could Largely be With SEGA, Not Big Red Button

Seg-ah

Sonic Boom didn't do well on any metric; its sales failed to match those of fellow Nintendo exclusive Sonic Lost World, and it was panned by many critics and Sonic fans alike. Like any project it has its defenders, but many are agreed that it was a major disappointment, with Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric on Wii U being the biggest culprit. It...

News: Nintendo Share Value Increases With Profits and Smart Device Gaming on the Agenda

Nintendo Share Value Increases With Profits and Smart Device Gaming on the Agenda

Nintendo pushes back system plans for developing countries

Whether by design or simply coincidence, Nintendo managed to bury its financial results behind a Splatoon Direct, though for the first time in a few years the reports were actually positive. Nintendo made a larger than expected profit despite missing some sales targets, and expects improved...

News: Nintendo's First Smart Device Game With DeNA to Land This Year, But Only Five Planned Up to March 2017

Nintendo's First Smart Device Game With DeNA to Land This Year, But Only Five Planned Up to March 2017

Slow and steady

In March Nintendo announced its partnership with DeNA to bring its IP to smart devices in apps and games. It was a fairly drastic shift in direction, with the talk turning from apps that would have the sole aim of directing consumers to Nintendo hardware, to directly acknowledging the need for big-hitting franchises to have games on...

First Impressions: Hands On With Playtonic's Yooka-Laylee

Hands On With Playtonic's Yooka-Laylee

Damien and Thomas share their initial impressions

The cat - or should that be chameleon - is out of the bag. Fledgling UK studio Playtonic Games has lifted the lid on the stars of its début title - Yooka and Laylee - and has sent Rare-loving Nintendo fans into a frenzy of anticipation by confirming that the game will be coming to the Wii U eShop...

News: How Some Of Rare's Leading Lights Traded Platforming For Pensions

How Some Of Rare's Leading Lights Traded Platforming For Pensions

Preciousbluedot is using game design to change the world of finance

Just in case the news relating to Playtonic's début didn't get the Rare fans among you excited enough, we've got a little update on what another group of famous ex-Rare developers have been up to since leaving the legendary UK studio - and it's probably not what you were expecting...

Video: Go Beyond The Beards With This Behind The Scenes Look At Guitar Hero Live

Go Beyond The Beards With This Behind The Scenes Look At Guitar Hero Live

FreeStyleGames opens its doors

Activision is relaunching its famous Guitar Hero brand as Guitar Hero Live, a game which not only offers a new-look controller but also focuses on using live-action footage to deliver a more immersive experience. It's coming to the Wii U - as well as other formats - this year. FreeStyleGames is the studio in charge,...

News: Zelda-Style Adventure Midora Runs Out Of Kickstarter Cash, Future Of Wii U And 3DS Versions Uncertain

Zelda-Style Adventure Midora Runs Out Of Kickstarter Cash, Future Of Wii U And 3DS Versions Uncertain

De-Minishing Returns

Remember Midora? It's a Zelda-inspired action-adventure which was successfully funded via Kickstarter to the tune of $73,470, and while it didn't meet its Wii U and 3DS stretch goals, developer Epic Minds insisted that it would still come to those machines - it would just take a little longer. However, there are doubts the

News: RCMADIAX Takes to Twitter to Outline New Strategy, Release Changes and Move Away from Wii U

RCMADIAX Takes to Twitter to Outline New Strategy, Release Changes and Move Away from Wii U

"There is a stigma attached to my name on the Wii U eShop"

Earlier this year RCMADIAX, who published the Wii U eShop's first Nintendo Web Framework game, announced that he was planning to step away from the Wii U. The developer has now taken to Twitter to provide a series of updates that indicate a quicker than expected move away from Nintendo's...

News: Game Jam Tasks Developers With Creating A Zelda Title Starring A Female Link

Game Jam Tasks Developers With Creating A Zelda Title Starring A Female Link

Gender bending in the name of gaming

Remember when Nintendo revealed the Wii U Zelda title at last year's E3, and many people jumped to the conclusion that Link was - y'know - a chick? Despite Nintendo's denials that Hyrule's famous warrior was switching genders for the next big adventure, many fans rightly asked why Link shouldn't be female for at...

News: Mobile Developers Extremely Positive About Nintendo's Move Into The Smart Device Space

Mobile Developers Extremely Positive About Nintendo's Move Into The Smart Device Space

"Nintendo will be another titan in the mobile game industry"

While industry analysts might be conflicted about Nintendo's partnership with Japanese mobile firm DeNA - a deal which will see Nintendo's IP finally arrive on smartphones and tablets - the mobile development community has reacted in an extremely positive fashion, seeing the Japanese...

News: Nintendo to Lead Design and Development of Smart Device Games, But Shigeru Miyamoto's Priority Remains the Wii U

Nintendo to Lead Design and Development of Smart Device Games, But Shigeru Miyamoto's Priority Remains the Wii U

"We are forming a joint development structure with DeNA"

Following this week's dramatic announcement of Nintendo's partnership with DeNA to greatly expand its move into smart device gaming and services, utilising core IP in the process, there have been plenty of questions around how the partnership will work and how, in practical terms, it'll affect...

News: First Screens From Banjo-Kazooie Spiritual Successor Are Revealed, Kickstarter Coming In May

First Screens From Banjo-Kazooie Spiritual Successor Are Revealed, Kickstarter Coming In May

Former Rare developers considering amiibo-style NFC figures

Last month we reported on the news that a group of former Rare developers had formed their own company - Playtonic - and were looking to create a "spiritual successor" to the Banjo-Kazooie series. During this week's EGX Rezzed, Playtonic showed off the first screens from the new game -...

News: Two Tribes Co-Founder Doesn't Think He Would Have Bought His Own Game

Two Tribes Co-Founder Doesn't Think He Would Have Bought His Own Game

"I think we were trying to please everybody"

Toki Tori 2 was one of the Wii U eShop's first big exclusives, a puzzle platformer which built on the previous two games - one on Game Boy Color and the other on WiiWare - to offer one of the console's first big download releases. However, Two Tribes Collin van Ginkel has revealed that sales have been...