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News: The GameCube is 13 Years Old

The GameCube is 13 Years Old

Happy Birthday to the handled innovator

The GameCube, the system with a look like no other, is now 13 years old. Released in Japan on 14th September 2001, it holds a special place in the hearts of many Nintendo gamers, and was memorable not just for the fact it had a handle, but due to its line-up of exceptional games. While it holds the...

Weirdness: Playing as Peach Online is Triggering Auto-Bans in Japan

Playing as Peach Online is Triggering Auto-Bans in Japan

Would be autobahns in Germany (Google it)

In a special Smash Bros. Direct earlier this year Masahiro Sakurai announced a feature that made as gaze skywards to praise the divine idea — moderating in online play. If players are constantly rage-quitting, playing with an awful connection, targeting a particular player or being naughty in any other...

Weirdness: Here Is A Super Famicom On Top Of Mount Fuji

Here Is A Super Famicom On Top Of Mount Fuji

Reaching new heights since the '90s

The Super Nintendo goes down in history as one of the greatest video game systems of all-time, for a variety reasons – be it the at the time revolutionary controller design, the cutting edge graphics and audio, or the stunning library of games. So how do you make one of the most legendary Nintendo consoles to...

Video: We Battle Through Our First Twenty-Five Minutes Of Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS

We Battle Through Our First Twenty-Five Minutes Of Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS

Smash hit, or a (Ninten)dog?

In our first video with the retail version from Japan, Kerry jumps straight into Classic Mode, completing a run and tackling a recently leaked new character. Don't watch if you want to avoid spoilers. The latest version of Nintendo's epic brawler finally hits 3DS — in Japan. Luckily Nintendo Life is on the case and...

News: Impending Japanese Launch Of Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS Brings New Character Reveals

Impending Japanese Launch Of Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS Brings New Character Reveals

If you don't want the surprise to be ruined, look away now...

The 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. launches in Japan later this week, but as you might expect some lucky players already have their copies of the game and have been putting the hours in to unlock all of the lovely secrets contained within. Predictably, the full roster of characters...

News: Yokai Watch 2 Back at Number One in Japan - Wii U Sales Remain Average, 3DS Drops

Yokai Watch 2 Back at Number One in Japan - Wii U Sales Remain Average, 3DS Drops

Microsoft adds a third home console to the mix

The Japanese charts show that Yokai Watch 2 can't be put down for long as it rises back to the coveted number one position. Even with the release of the Xbox One in Japan, the game simply cannot be shaken, it seems. Elsewhere in the software charts things are looking a bit grim for Nintendo, only two...

News: This New Fatal Frame Trailer Highlights the GamePad's Functionality

This New Fatal Frame Trailer Highlights the GamePad's Functionality

Send those ghouls packing

We've known for a long time that the new title in the Fatal Frame series would be using the GamePad as though it were a real camera, but this is the first good look at how it plays out within gameplay. The trailer shows the player battling numerous ghosts and spirits with the GamePad by taking photographs of them, rotating...

Video: Watch Us Crack Some Skulls In The 3DS Super Smash Bros. Demo

Watch Us Crack Some Skulls In The 3DS Super Smash Bros. Demo

Looks like we're in for a Smashing time

3DS owners across Japan — as well as those international Nintendo fans dedicated enough to import Japanese hardware — are currently abandoning their friends, family, and careers while they get busy with the Super Smash Bros. demo that has just been released on the Japanese eShop. Of course being a demo,...

News: Square Enix Temporarily Pulls 3DS Dragon Quest X From Sale Due To Unexpected Success

Square Enix Temporarily Pulls 3DS Dragon Quest X From Sale Due To Unexpected Success

Sales of both physical and digital versions suspended

Dragon Quest X came to the Japanese 3DS recently, and as expected, the game sold very well — in fact, the first shipment of physical copies went in the space of a single week. However, such success has caused serious headaches not only for Square Enix, but for the hordes of existing Dragon...

News: NicoNico Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Broadcast Confirmed for 12th September

NicoNico Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Broadcast Confirmed for 12th September

New character and mode in line for reveals

Japanese 3DS gamers have cause for excitement ahead of this weekend's launch of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, as a broadcast has been confirmed for the game on NicoNico — it's taking place on 12th September at 3am Pacific / 6am Eastern / 11am UK / noon CET / 7pm Japan; that's just hours before the...

News: Diggin' In The Carts Aims To Give Japanese Video Game Music The Exposure It Deserves

Diggin' In The Carts Aims To Give Japanese Video Game Music The Exposure It Deserves

Chip tune greatness

Red Bull might be an energy drink, but the company is going all kinds of other cool stuff that doesn't involve beverages — and the Red Bull Music Academy is one of them. Diggin' In The Carts is a new web series which aims to explore the rich — and some would say under-appreciated — history of the Japanese video game music...

News: The Japanese New 3DS Packaging Is Both Cute And Colourful

The Japanese New 3DS Packaging Is Both Cute And Colourful

The wait is killing us

Nintendo has revealed what the packaging for the Japanese version of the New 3DS will look like, and we're sure you'll agree that it's pretty sweet. The box is colourful and stylish, and very, very different from the kind of packaging design we've seen for the 3DS range so far. It hints at the bright and fun Cover Plates...

News: Yokai Watch 2 Finally Stripped of its Top Position – 3DS & Wii U Sales Steady

Yokai Watch 2 Finally Stripped of its Top Position – 3DS & Wii U Sales Steady

It'll probably be back up there next week

Yokai Watch 2 has finally lost its crown, dropping down to third place behind two Sony exclusives. It's a shame that it's been bested, but a game cannot stay at number one forever. Elsewhere in the charts Mario Kart 8 still holds its own whilst Hyrule Warriors drops down to number 14, but still with...

Video: This Japanese Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Commercial Takes Things Literally

This Japanese Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Commercial Takes Things Literally

Smashing

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS arrives in Japan on 13th September, which means that we're rapidly running out of time for Nintendo to formally finalise the roster and other features. Another perspective is that advertising and hype around the title is currently moving into full gear, and TV adverts will be a part of that. The most...

News: Harvest Moon and PoPoLoCrois Fantasy Farming RPG Heading to 3DS in Japan

Harvest Moon and PoPoLoCrois Fantasy Farming RPG Heading to 3DS in Japan

Dances with turnips

The name Harvest Moon (now Story of Seasons in western territories because of licencing issues) will be familiar to most Nintendo gamers as it's a longstanding series with many titles and spin-offs. The more obscure PoPoLoCrois – originally a fantasy manga series that was later adapted as two anime series and five strategy RPGs...

News: Xenoblade Chronicles Coming to 3DS in Japan

Xenoblade Chronicles Coming to 3DS in Japan

Surprising is not the word

During its most recent Direct livestream, Nintendo announced that the critically acclaimed Xenoblade Chronicles will be heading over to its handheld system. After a huge number of surprises, Nintendo still had bombshells to drop on us. This surprise came at the end of the presentation after the announcement of Shulk's...

News: Square Enix Announces Limited Edition of Final Fantasy Explorers in Japan

Square Enix Announces Limited Edition of Final Fantasy Explorers in Japan

Onion knight gear also available, chive knight is chuffed

Square Enix has just announced a limited edition of Final Fantasy Explorers, available though the company's own online e-STORE in Japan. The bundle features the 3DS game, the mini-soundtrack Final Fantasy Explorers Suppin Tracks, an art book with illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano, Gen...

Weirdness: Slowpoke Reggae Exists, and it's Terrifying

Slowpoke Reggae Exists, and it's Terrifying

Kind of catchy, still nightmare inducing

Everyone's Friday jut got a little weirder with the official Pokémon YouTube channel's latest post, a nearly four minute reggae epic of Slowpoke doing Slowpoke things like attempting to swallow other Slowpokes' tails, Busby Berkeley water number-style: One theory states that this video is related to an...