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Video: Volga Unleashes Flames of Justice in Hyrule Warriors Trailer

Volga Unleashes Flames of Justice in Hyrule Warriors Trailer

Another freebie playable villain in Japan

Just recently we outlined some of the details for the upcoming Master Quest DLC in Hyrule Warriors, which will include a new scenario playable with Cia, along with Epona as a 'weapon', a new Adventure Mode area and clothing. A new video released by Koei Tecmo now shows the villain with the deadliest goatee...

Video: Japanese Commercial For New 3DS Highlights Those Fetching "Kisekae Plate" Covers

Japanese Commercial For New 3DS Highlights Those Fetching "Kisekae Plate" Covers

Dressing up time

The Japanese launch of the New 3DS is just around the corner, and Nintendo is running commercials in its homeland to promote the customisable nature of the system. The standard New 3DS — not the New 3DS XL — features interchangeable "Kisekae Plate" covers which are sold separately and come in a wide range of eye-catching...

News: Super Smash Bros. Continues Chart Domination in Japan as Bayonetta 2 Grabs Third Place

Super Smash Bros. Continues Chart Domination in Japan as Bayonetta 2 Grabs Third Place

3DS rules again as Wii U enjoys a minor boost

It's that time once again for the Media Create chart results in Japan, which brought good news for Nintendo last week with the launch of Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS bringing nearly one million sales — Nintendo's figure had it passing the landmark by including eShop downloads. The latest results...

News: Nintendo Region Locks Consoles To Get More Hardware Sales, Says Mitchell Corp Boss

Nintendo Region Locks Consoles To Get More Hardware Sales, Says Mitchell Corp Boss

"They want more people to buy their hardware"

Mitchell Corp founder Roy Ozaki thinks that Nintendo's region locking policy has more to do with shifting additional units than it does with controlling releases in different territories. While Nintendo has always exercised some kind of regional lock in its home systems, its portable devices have...

Video: New Bravely Second Trailer Sets The Scene for Gorgeous 3DS Sequel

New Bravely Second Trailer Sets The Scene for Gorgeous 3DS Sequel

Wait a second...

In some respects the 3DS is representative of rapidly ageing technology, with low resolution screens and modest processing power necessitating the 'New' model upgrades to make a Xenoblade Chronicles port possible, for example. Some developers clearly struggle to make the hardware sing, yet there are numerous examples of games that...

News: Mitchell Corp Is Keen To Bring Strider's Spiritual Sequel To Home Formats

Mitchell Corp Is Keen To Bring Strider's Spiritual Sequel To Home Formats

Along with many of its other arcade titles

Mitchell Corp might not be a household name with most gamers, but the more astute among you will recognise the name from such hits as Pang, Puzz Loop and Polarium. Founded by former Data East staffer Roy Ozaki, the firm has enjoyed a very close relationship with Nintendo in recent years, with its last title...

Book Review: The Untold Story Of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 1

The Untold Story Of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 1

Charting a golden era

When journalist and novelist John Szczepaniak launched his Kickstarter campaign back in 2013 to record the hitherto undocumented story of Japan's game development community, there were a few raised eyebrows around the web. His funding goal was a lofty one, and the task seemed almost herculean in scope — he planned to travel...

News: Work On Your Taiko Drumming Skills While Beating Creatures In Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Work On Your Taiko Drumming Skills While Beating Creatures In Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

No bemani required

Not to leave the humans in the dark when it comes to new equipment options, Capcom has announced a Taiko: Drum Master-themed hunting horn for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. This friendly-looking smacker of things has been confirmed for American and European versions of the game: And also has its own typically restrained themed...

News: The Original Final Fantasy Is Getting The 3D Classics Treatment In Japan

The Original Final Fantasy Is Getting The 3D Classics Treatment In Japan

Owners of Final Fantasy Explorers will receive the game for free

While western gamers are still waiting on a possible announcement from Square Enix regarding the release of its latest 3DS RPG Final Fantasy Explorers in both Europe and North America, Japanese gamers are currently bracing themselves for the title’s release towards the end of this...

News: Sonic-Themed Felyne Drag Races into Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Sonic-Themed Felyne Drag Races into Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Tails armour still just a rumour

Not to be upstaged at the den of weird and wonderful that is the Tokyo Game Show 2014, Capcom has announced a Sonic the Hedgehog-themed suit of armour for the felyne fighting compadres (also known as Palicoes) of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, complete with Sonic's legendary sword Caliburn. To properly accessorise the...

News: Super Smash Bros. for 3DS Thrashes the Competition in Japan – 3DS Sales Increase

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS Thrashes the Competition in Japan – 3DS Sales Increase

Sells more than ten times second placed Destiny

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS hit Japanese shops late last week – some even released it before the agreed date – and it's safe to say that no one is surprised by seeing it at number one in the charts today; Nintendo has already announced over one million launch weekend sales when downloads are...

Video: We Take A Look At Super Smash Bros. 3DS' Exclusive Smash Run Mode

We Take A Look At Super Smash Bros. 3DS' Exclusive Smash Run Mode

Smash Run races for victory!

Recently we showed off twenty-five minutes of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS Classic mode, so today we're going to focus on the all-new and 3DS-only Smash Run mode. This mode is a little different from anything that's gone before, with a five minute prep time on an oversized stage filled with random adversarie

News: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Sells Over One Million Copies in Launch Week

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Sells Over One Million Copies in Launch Week

Super Smash!

While we've been waiting for the Media Create chart results in Japan to see just how smashing the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS sales have been, Nintendo has been unable to contain its excitement and has announced launch week results. They're rather good, to put it mildly. The portable's first entry in the series has sold over one...

Video: Here, Have A Generous Helping Of Super Smash Bros. 3DS Minigame Mania

Here, Have A Generous Helping Of Super Smash Bros. 3DS Minigame Mania

Bombs, bats, and brawls!

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS players that fancy a change from the usual brawling have always been able to take a break from the action with some compelling minigames, and the latest game is no different. From the familiar Home-Run Contest to the all-new Target Blast, join us as we take you on a whirlwind tour of...

News: Japanese Pokémon Centres Will Receive New 3DS Consoles With Suede Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Faceplates

Japanese Pokémon Centres Will Receive New 3DS Consoles With Suede Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Faceplates

At least the West has these nice pictures to enjoy

There is a clean-freak hiding away within everyone, and this includes Nintendo fans. So if you like your game systems to remain in pristine condition, don’t even consider putting your grubby mitts on these New 3DS consoles with suede Pokémon-themed faceplates – if they do somehow wash up on...

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...