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Rumour: Former Rare Composer David Wise Is Working On An Unannounced Nintendo Title

Former Rare Composer David Wise Is Working On An Unannounced Nintendo Title

Man behind Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze's music is back

David Wise is a living legend for many Nintendo fans, having contributed some amazing music to a dazzling array of classic Nintendo releases - the most famous of which is arguably the Donkey Kong Country franchise. Wise has since gone freelance but composed the fantastic soundtrack to...

News: AI Program Learns How To Build Super Mario Levels By Watching Gameplay Videos

AI Program Learns How To Build Super Mario Levels By Watching Gameplay Videos

Next stop, the complete destruction of mankind as we know it

Not so long ago we reported on a computer program which can "learn" how to play Game Boy games, but now someone has gone one better. A team at the Georgia Institute of Technology is currently working on a program which can build its own Super Mario levels - without the use of Super Mario...

News: Monolith Soft Open To Helping Get Zelda Wii U Ready For Launch

Monolith Soft Open To Helping Get Zelda Wii U Ready For Launch

"Monolith Soft is always available and we would love to help"

The talented development team at Monolith Soft is busy polishing off Xenoblade Chronicles X for its Western release on the Wii U in December, but that hasn't stopped them thinking of their next project. In a recent interview with Game Informer, Xenoblade director Tetsuya Takahashi and...

News: Working On F-Zero Wouldn't Have Been My Idea Of Fun, Says Former Criterion Boss

Working On F-Zero Wouldn't Have Been My Idea Of Fun, Says Former Criterion Boss

Alex Ward responds to news regarding the F-Zero that never was

We recently broke the news that Nintendo asked UK studio Criterion to create an F-Zero title for the Wii U, but sadly the discussion came to nothing. Criterion founder Alex Ward has responded to the story on Twitter, pointing out that F-Zero was simply one project amongst many pitched...

News: Next Level's Super Mario Spikers Was Canned Because Nintendo Had Issues With Its Level Of Violence

Next Level's Super Mario Spikers Was Canned Because Nintendo Had Issues With Its Level Of Violence

Playable prototype actually exists

Next Level Games has a long and proud history with Nintendo, having worked on a wide range of titles including Super Mario Strikers, Punch Out!! and Luigi's Mansion 2. However, not all of the projects pitched by this developer have seen the light of day, and Unseen64 has posted an updated video explaining what...

News: Cancelled Wii Adventure Zblu Cops Is Unearthed, Looks Amazing

Cancelled Wii Adventure Zblu Cops Is Unearthed, Looks Amazing

Based on the cult French comic book

Those chaps at Unseen64 have done it again and unearthed another cancelled and forgotten game from the annals of history. This time it's Wii adventure Zblu Cops, which was based on a French comic book all but unknown in the west. The work of entertainment group Biodroid, this promising title used a cel-shaded...

News: Nintendo Is A Slave To Its Past Success, Says Gearbox President Randy Pitchford

Nintendo Is A Slave To Its Past Success, Says Gearbox President Randy Pitchford

Japanese company needs to reach new customers

During this year's E3, a whole bunch of industry veterans met at the Lunch with Luminaries event. In this yearly talk Gaikai and Shiny founder Dave Perry invites big names for a in-depth discussion about the games industry, and this time around we had Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford, Boss Key...

Feature: The Making Of Body Harvest

The Making Of Body Harvest

Former DMA Design staffer Steve Hammond spills the beans

"Development Hell" is a well-known term for the painful gestation of a Hollywood movie. Whether modern AAA games suffer the same problems from concept to release, I don't know personally but I am certain that they do. I am currently reading Tales From Development Hell, and whilst the movie...

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