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First Impressions: Nintendo Wii U

Nintendo Wii U

Taking Nintendo's new console for a spin

After seeing the Wii U and its touchpad controller revealed at Nintendo's E3 Press Conference, it was difficult to get an idea of what the system would hold from a gaming perspective. Sure, the visual power looked good and the controller itself featured a wide array of control functionality, but getting a feel for what the system could do from a practical..

News: Wii U Won't Support Blu-ray or DVD Playback

Wii U Won't Support Blu-ray or DVD Playback

So don't bother trying

With news that the Wii U won't be compatible with GameCube games, and that the console's proprietary disc format is able to hold an amount of data that rivals the PlayStation 3, we naturally wonder if the console will be able to play Blu-ray Discs, or even DVDs. At this year's E3 analyst Q&A session, hopes of being able to play the aforementioned formats on the Wii U have..

News: Nintendo Buys Up Domains for WiiUWare, Wii U Sports and More

Nintendo Buys Up Domains for WiiUWare, Wii U Sports and More

It's all coming up Wii U

The best thing about Nintendo's new console being called Wii U is it's easy for the company to think up domain names. The latest batch below show the Big N has gone all-out to register several high-profile domains, and although they're not all likely to be used there are some interesting registrations. WiiUWare.com is one of the more interesting names, particularly as..

News: Nintendo Taking "Massive Leap" with Wii U's Online Set-Up

Nintendo Taking "Massive Leap" with Wii U's Online Set-Up

PlayStation Network and Xbox Live might want to watch out

Nintendo might feel that it's finally starting to get the hang of digital storekeeping, but what about a console's online presence and functionality? Speaking to Eurogamer, Nintendo marketing manager Rob Lowe explained the importance of having a strong online set-up now as opposed to having...

News: Wii U and Its Controller Near Their Final Form Factor

Wii U and Its Controller Near Their Final Form Factor

Reggie Fils-Aime talks design and tablet trend

Although the aesthetic design of the Wii U controller may look similar to tablet devices, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime points out that the company is not trying to tap into the tablet market. During a VentureBeat interview, Fils-Aime spoke about Wii U's development and how it took place before tablet devices gained the popularity we..

First Impressions: Mario Kart (3DS)

Mario Kart (3DS)

Mario Kart goes 3D!

The Mario Kart titles have become a staple of Nintendo's consoles and handheld systems over the past 19 years, so the fact that a new game is being released for Nintendo's new 3DS system comes as no real surprise. What does come as a surprise is how many new ideas the developers have injected into this newest rendition and the...

News: We May Have 8-Player Online with Mario Kart 3DS

We May Have 8-Player Online with Mario Kart 3DS

Bring on the competition!

There will be a number of new features in the upcoming Mario Kart for 3DS, and if all goes according to plan, an increase in the number of players competing against each other online will be one of them. Mario Kart DS featured four-player online and Nintendo is looking to double this figure with the 3DS instalment. The game will feature eight-player local wireless action..

News: Nintendo Website May Be Victim of Phishing Scam

Nintendo Website May Be Victim of Phishing Scam

Nothing to do with overpaying for haddock

Nintendo's European website may be the victim of a phishing scam as investigations are underway to determine the severity of the situation. Until further notice, certain parts of the site have been shut down while Nintendo investigates. Taken from the online notice that's posted on the website, Nintendo...

News: Following Wii U Unveiling, Nintendo Shares Drop 10%

Following Wii U Unveiling, Nintendo Shares Drop 10%

Iwata: "It's very strange."

Much like the 3DS, Nintendo is adamant that Wii U has to be seen and experienced first-hand if it is to be understood. Could this be the reason why Nintendo shares took a plunge following the new console's announcement at E3? In the two days following Nintendo's E3 conference on Tuesday, shares dropped by almost 10...

First Impressions: Luigi's Mansion 2 (3DS)

Luigi's Mansion 2 (3DS)

Busting makes Luigi feel good

It's hard to believe that it's been almost a decade since the release of the original Luigi's Mansion, but fans of the game can certainly attest to the lengthy wait. Now, with the announcement of Luigi's Mansion 2, Nintendo is bringing back Mario's spooked brother and this time with a wealth of new gameplay touches and...

News: Wii U Games Using Two New Controllers Being Considered

Wii U Games Using Two New Controllers Being Considered

The more the merrier, right?

For all the questions that Nintendo's appearance at E3 2011 answered, many more new ones have arisen. Nintendo EAD designer Katsuya Eguchi is working on a five-player Wii U prototype game that utilises just the one Wii U controller and four regular Wii Remotes and Nunchuks. Is this because the Wii U controller will have a price tag heavy enough to put users off from..

First Impressions: Super Mario 3D (3DS)

Super Mario 3D (3DS)

Super Mario comes to life in full 3D

After the mammoth success of the two Super Mario Galaxy titles on the Wii, we had to know that a new Super Mario title was in the works for Nintendo's new 3DS system. While we received very little in the way of information when the game was first announced, Nintendo wasn't the least bit shy when it came time to put the game on display this week at E3. From the..

News: The DS is About to Enter the Super Fossil Fighters Age

The DS is About to Enter the Super Fossil Fighters Age

Dino-fighting returns this holiday season

The Vivosaurs are far from extinct as Nintendo announces the return of the Fossil Fighters series with the upcoming Super Fossil Fighters on the DS. In the RPG sequel, players continue to find and clean up various fossil pieces and by using them to create and revive the Vivosaurs, enter them into the fossil park-sanctioned tournament. Much like the gameplay..

News: Mario Kart 3DS Video Slipstreams Behind Screenshots

Mario Kart 3DS Video Slipstreams Behind Screenshots

Blue sparks flying

You've probably already seen the Mario Kart 3DS screenshots, but it'd be better to see the game moving, right? Right. The video below shows the game's customisable karts, aerial and aquatic racing and more. No Blue Shell either, which is a good thing, though there should be no chicken-counting at this stage. Nintendo has promised Mario Kart will see release on 3DS before the year..

News: Mario Kart 3DS Drives, Glides and Dives this Year

Mario Kart 3DS Drives, Glides and Dives this Year

Land, sea and air

Mario Kart was confirmed for release this Christmas, resulting in much rejoicing, but it's the new additions to the series that will likely get gamers geared up (sorry) for the upcoming 3D racer. Whereas previous games have stuck fairly closely to the standard kart or bike formula, the next instalment will see racers taking to the skies in gliders and diving under the surface of..

News: Paper Mario in Motion is a Many Splendoured Thing

Paper Mario in Motion is a Many Splendoured Thing

See the flat one on the move

Paper Mario on 3DS looks pretty special in this video below, but having seen it running in 3D we can tell you it looks even better in the thin, papery flesh. While Nintendo didn't have much to tell about the game at its E3 media briefing, the new screenshots and video below should keep you going until we have more solid...

News: First Super Mario 3DS Screenshots Jump Into View

First Super Mario 3DS Screenshots Jump Into View

See the plumber's next outing

True to Shigeru Miyamoto's promise, Super Mario for 3DS really does look like a combination of the plumber's best bits from his heritage. We have the first screenshots below showing the combination of 2D and 3D that Nintendo hopes will create one of their portly hero's best ever titles. We'll bring you video footage as it reaches us.

Reaction: Upcoming 3DS Games

Upcoming 3DS Games

The list is in

Here's a list of games coming to 3DS in the coming months, including a few from the eShop right at the bottom. There's some surprises on the list — not all pleasant ones, it must be said — but we'll leave it to you to pick out the diamonds in the rough and tell us what game you're most looking forward to in the comments below.