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News: Michel Ancel: The Biggest Surprises Seem To Come From Nintendo

Michel Ancel: The Biggest Surprises Seem To Come From Nintendo

"Nintendo’s greatest strength, and its greatest weakness, is innovation"

Rayman Legends creator Michel Ancel has been speaking to Official Nintendo Magazine about Nintendo's position in the industry, and has pointed out that the company's greatest strength — and weakness — is its willingness to take risks and come up with fresh ideas:...

Video: Check Out WaterMelon's New SNES Title ProjectN

Check Out WaterMelon's New SNES Title ProjectN

Going underground with the developers in Germany

Indie developer WaterMelon is perhaps most famous for its Mega Drive title Pier Solar, which is coming to the Wii U eShop next year. However, the small studio is also working on a brand-new SNES title, currently referred to as ProjectN. WaterMelon has been uploading some rather amusing — not to...

News: A Decade After Being Bought By Microsoft, Rare Still Wants To Channel The Spirit Of Nintendo

A Decade After Being Bought By Microsoft, Rare Still Wants To Channel The Spirit Of Nintendo

UK studio wants Kinect Sports Rivals to emulate Nintendo classics

As we all know, Rare used to be one of Nintendo's most valuable development studios, but was acquired by Microsoft in 2002 to work on its Xbox console. As the years have passed the company has seen staff come and go, and few remain who can remember the days of the SNES, N64 and...

Feature: The Short Life And Untimely Death Of Robotech: Crystal Dreams

The Short Life And Untimely Death Of Robotech: Crystal Dreams

Designer and developer Doug Lanford talks about the unreleased N64 title

Some game developers are drawn towards projects because they represent a challenge, or the chance to work on fresh hardware. Others may feel attracted to contributing to the development of a particular game because of its subject matter or the concept upon which it is based...

News: Working With Western Developers Is All About Trust, Says Miyamoto

Working With Western Developers Is All About Trust, Says Miyamoto

"We know we can rely on them"

It's no secret that the world of games development has shifted slightly in the past few years. Japan was once the centre of the gaming universe, with companies such as Square, Konami, Capcom, Sega and of course Nintendo offering the best titles the world had to offer. While those companies are still doing sterling work,...

News: Nintendo Acquires 27% of Panasonic’s PUX Technology, Which Includes Voice Recognition

Nintendo Acquires 27% of Panasonic’s PUX Technology, Which Includes Voice Recognition

As well as tools for detecting handwriting, faces, objects, and gestures

Nintendo has, in the past, utilised technologies for its games and then purchased shares in the related companies, either in part of through a full acquisition. One example is from February 2012 when Nintendo purchased MobiClip, and in a similar move the company has now...

News: Shigeru Miyamoto Explains That Internal Development Teams "Gravitate" Towards Big Franchises

Shigeru Miyamoto Explains That Internal Development Teams "Gravitate" Towards Big Franchises

Less about names and more about desired game styles

We suspect a common complaint for some with Nintendo's current and confirmed lineup of titles is the absence of particular cherished and relatively under-served franchises. Examples such as Star Fox, F-Zero and 1080° are notable examples, as they enjoyed various entries on previous systems yet...

News: La-Mulana is Receiving A Sequel

La-Mulana is Receiving A Sequel

No news on platforms just yet

La-Mulana finally excavated itself to WiiWare last year after a lengthy process. Originally a PC title, it turned out to be an incredibly enjoyable game on Nintendo's system and earned a 10/10 from us in our review. Now, some six years after its original release, developer Nigoro has a sequel on the cards that will be...

News: Miyamoto: Retro Studios is High on The List of Candidates For A New Metroid Game

Miyamoto: Retro Studios is High on The List of Candidates For A New Metroid Game

Discusses Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and the future of Samus

The UK Official Nintendo Magazine published its 100th issue this month, which is a pretty impressive milestone, and to celebrate it sat down with Shigeru Miyamoto and spoke about several things, including Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Metroid. During the interview,...

News: Pokémon X & Y Nearly Had a Feature To Translate Pokémon Cries

Pokémon X & Y Nearly Had a Feature To Translate Pokémon Cries

"Stop force-feeding me Poké Puffs!"

October is just around the bend, which means you'll soon be able to try out the intriguing new features tucked away in Pokémon X & Y, such as Pokémon Amie and Super Training. But what about the features that didn't quite make the final cut? We recently spoke with Director Junichi Masuda and Designer...

News: River City Ransom: Underground Dev Wants To Bring The Game To 3DS And Wii U

River City Ransom: Underground Dev Wants To Bring The Game To 3DS And Wii U

Conatus Creative looking to bring River City Random "home" to Nintendo

We reported last week on a Kickstarter campaign for an officially licensed sequel to the NES classic River City Ransom (known as Street Gangs in Europe). When the campaign went live there was no word on which consoles it would be released on, should it find the required funding...

News: Nintendo Treehouse Staff Reveal The Process Behind Choosing Which Games To Localise

Nintendo Treehouse Staff Reveal The Process Behind Choosing Which Games To Localise

They're a secretive bunch

The famous Nintendo Treehouse is situated deep in Nintendo of America's headquarters and is responsible for a lot of things, including bringing the company’s games from Japan to North America. Shrouded in a mist of secrecy, the team that climbs up to the Treehouse every day are often devising complex marketing...

News: Nintendo of America Highlights Strengths of eShop Platforms, and Plans to Embrace New Ideas

Nintendo of America Highlights Strengths of eShop Platforms, and Plans to Embrace New Ideas

Over 1000 developers have expressed interest in the Wii U

With much talk at the moment surrounding Nintendo's third-party prospects and its positioning to embrace new ideas and changes in the video game market, key figures within the company are taking every opportunity to highlight the positives of its approach. With that in mind, Nintendo of...

Talking Point: Nintendo's eShop Policies Deserve Both Praise and Attention

Nintendo's eShop Policies Deserve Both Praise and Attention

We break down the known details of eShop publishing

Just recently we reported on announcements made by Nintendo of Europe's Business Development Manager, Ed Valiente, who gave a presentation on eShop publishing at The Indie Games Collective event at the UKIE HQ in London. We picked up on a couple of notable revelations, relating to Miiverse coming...