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News: The North American SNES Almost Shipped With Super FX Built-In

The North American SNES Almost Shipped With Super FX Built-In

Idea was scrapped to keep costs down, says Jez San

The polygon-pushing power of the Super FX chip might seem humble in modern terms, but back in the early '90s it was a seriously potent piece of kit and allowed the SNES to produce games like Star Fox, Stunt Race FX and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. The chip — which was conceived by British...

News: Every Wii U eShop Developer Gets A Free Unity Licence And Can Self-Publish

Every Wii U eShop Developer Gets A Free Unity Licence And Can Self-Publish

According to Retro City Rampage developer

Back in the bad old days of WiiWare, developers constantly complained about how hard it was to turn a profit on Nintendo's download service, largely because you had to reach a certain quota of sales before you saw any cash. This — combined with Nintendo's apparent indifference to indie developers — made...

News: Wii U Turned Ubisoft On To Second-Screen Gaming, But Isn't The Focus Moving Forward

Wii U Turned Ubisoft On To Second-Screen Gaming, But Isn't The Focus Moving Forward

Publisher now committed to "new gen" Microsoft and Sony platforms

These days we're seeing more and more console games shipping alongside companion mobile or tablet applications which aim to broaden the experience. If Ubisoft has its way, that trend is not only set to continue, but will develop to the point where "second-screen" gaming is...

News: EA: Frostbite 3 On Wii U "Not Impossible"

EA: Frostbite 3 On Wii U "Not Impossible"

Publisher wants to dish out "omnidirectional" support

Electronic Arts has had a strange relationship with Nintendo ever since the launch of the Wii U. There are currently four games from the publisher residing on the system but it seems the support - at least in the short-term - has all but dried up. The company is naturally offering support for...

News: Sakurai Explains The Reasoning Behind The New Characters in Super Smash Bros.

Sakurai Explains The Reasoning Behind The New Characters in Super Smash Bros.

No choice was made "for the sake of cheap novelty"

Super Smash Bros. was one of the highlights from this year's E3 Nintendo Direct presentation and it gave us all a first glimpse of the new characters joining the fight in the Wii U and 3DS iteration of the popular franchise. Naturally, the inclusion of Mega Man, the Villager and Wii Fit Trainer...

News: EA: We're Not Writing Off Wii U

EA: We're Not Writing Off Wii U

"We’ve launched four games. We’re proud of them"

Electronic Arts has enjoyed a rather inconsistent relationship with the Wii U since it launched last year. Following promises of "unprecedented support", the publisher has so far delivered four titles for the console and doesn't appear to have any big-name releases on the horizon. However, like...

News: Bethesda Has No Current Plans For Wii U or Handhelds

Bethesda Has No Current Plans For Wii U or Handhelds

Not ruling out future releases, though

Bethesda has never really been associated with Nintendo. The developer behind the Elder Scrolls and Fallout series can mostly be found making games for PC and other consoles and it seems likely it will stay that way for the foreseeable future. In an interview with Eurogamer, Peter Hines, Vice President of PR...

News: You Can Now Pre-Order a Copy of Soul Saga on Wii U For Only $15

You Can Now Pre-Order a Copy of Soul Saga on Wii U For Only $15

Update: Wii U stretch goal reduced to $80,000

Since we posted this exciting news, Disastercake has been in touch with us to let us know it has reduced the Wii U stretch goal to $80,000. Here's what Mike Gale has just told us: I wanted to let you know that I reduced the stretch goal for the Wii U down to $80,000. I really want to see Soul Saga on...

News: Kickstarter J-RPG Soul Saga: Episode I Heading to the Wii U, if Funded

Kickstarter J-RPG Soul Saga: Episode I Heading to the Wii U, if Funded

We catch up with the developer for more details

The one-man-band behind Indie development studio, Disastercake, is hoping to bring its J-RPG style Kickstarter project to the Wii U eShop in Q4 2014. Described as a "love letter to J-RPG classics from the Playstation era like Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire, Suikoden, and Persona", Soul Saga: Episode I...

News: Shigeru Miyamoto Explains Structure To Ensure First-Party Quality From Subsidiaries

Shigeru Miyamoto Explains Structure To Ensure First-Party Quality From Subsidiaries

"We want to leverage the capabilities of Retro Studios further"

With third-party support for Wii U, beyond the Winter at least, practically on hold as companies wait to see a bump in the system's sales, Nintendo is stepping into the breach with an extensive range of first-party games. Some are from Nintendo's internal teams in Japan, some are from...

News: Kingdom Hearts III Highly Unlikely To Appear On Wii U

Kingdom Hearts III Highly Unlikely To Appear On Wii U

DirectX 11 seems to be the key

The teaser for Kingdom Hearts III shown at this year’s E3 sent a tingle down many fans’ keyblades. The title was confirmed for both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, but unfortunately appears to be another bust for the Wii U. Director Tetsuya Nomura was asked at Square Enix’s recent Future of Final Fantasy E3...

News: Molyneux: Nintendo Is "Brilliant" At Attracting Players, But Their Hardware "Gets In The Way"

Molyneux: Nintendo Is "Brilliant" At Attracting Players, But Their Hardware "Gets In The Way"

"They've probably got a plan, and you should never underestimate Nintendo"

Former Bullfrog, Lionhead and Microsoft Games Studios boss Peter Molyneux has once again voiced his opinion on Nintendo's place in the industry, directly contesting Shigeru Miyamoto's assertion that working with both hardware and software offers advantages to the Japanese...

News: Nintendo's Kensuke Tanabe Wants To Make Tingle Popular In The West

Nintendo's Kensuke Tanabe Wants To Make Tingle Popular In The West

Tingle! Tingle! Kooloo-Limpah!

Let's be honest here — there's not much love for Tingle in the west. This plump, comedic character started his life as part of the Zelda series, but has since starred in his own games: Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland and Tingle's Balloon Fight DS. Even so, his reputation among players is pretty dire — he's...

News: Nintendo's Charlie Scibetta Explains the Benefits of Developers Running the Company

Nintendo's Charlie Scibetta Explains the Benefits of Developers Running the Company

"'Is it fun?' Most executives don't ask that question first"

During E3, Nintendo of America sent its marketing and product executives into the wilds of the expo floor to be quizzed by various games writers. In some respects that's given us confirmation of things we already knew, such as the continued resistance to any thoughts of going mobile, and...