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Review: Inazuma Eleven GO: Light & Shadow (3DS)

Inazuma Eleven GO: Light & Shadow (3DS)

Shiny new kit

In Japan, Level-5 is one of the masters at maximising franchises through games — typically on portable systems — and TV shows or films, continually keeping the storyline going and producing regular content. Yo-kai Watch is the current craze, while Professor Layton had some film content to accompany six main-series games and more...

Review: Baseball (Wii U eShop / NES)

Baseball (Wii U eShop / NES)

Not quite a grand slam

Originally released alongside the launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System in the 1980s, Nintendo's Baseball is one of several simple, lean titles that, while primitive and slow by today's standards, still show a special Nintendo pedigree. Ideally these games would be released as a compilation; the content in Baseball,...

News: NBA 2K14 Won't Be Slam Dunking On Wii U

NBA 2K14 Won't Be Slam Dunking On Wii U

I am Jack's complete lack of surprise

NBA 2K14 is jogging onto the court this Autumn, but one of the formats it won't be gracing is the Wii U — despite the fact that the prequel was a launch title for the system. Speaking to Kotaku, Jason Argent, the senior vice president of sports operations for 2K Games, explained the reason for the snub: We...

News: Ashes Cricket 2013 Announced For Wii U

Ashes Cricket 2013 Announced For Wii U

Prepare to be bowled over

You would not believe how many emails we've had over the years about Ashes Cricket 2009. No, seriously — you simply would not believe it. It's easily one of the most requested titles we've ever covered, and the fact that it wasn't released in some cricket-loving parts of the world seems to have upset an awful lot of...

News: Ever Seen Professional Ice Skaters Do a Super Mario Routine?

Ever Seen Professional Ice Skaters Do a Super Mario Routine?

You can soon

Do not underestimate the impact of Super Mario Bros. — it's inspired beatboxers, flautists, orchestras, artists and plenty more in its 25 year history, but it's rarely hit the limelight for its influence on the world of professional ice skating. Today, that injustice ends. Top skaters Tatiana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov took to the...

News: NBA Jam Roster Features Obama, Beastie Boys and More

NBA Jam Roster Features Obama, Beastie Boys and More

It wouldn't be basketball without politicians

Remember NBA Jam's bizarre roster of characters featuring everyone from Warren Moon to Bill Clinton? The upcoming NBA Jam for Wii isn't about to disappoint in that regard, with its presidential qualifications fulfilled neatly by one Barack Obama and other unexpected players hidden away. As well as Obama,...

News: Rejected! No Online Play for NBA Jam

Rejected! No Online Play for NBA Jam

Couch multiplayer only

When we interviewed NBA Jam producer Pete Trenouth earlier this year, he wasn't sure if online play would make it into the final release. Regrettably EA Sports' Community Manager Alain Quinto has confirmed via Twitter that the game will not ship with online play. Q: Will NBA Jam have an online multiplayer mode on the Wii? If...

News: The Roller Derby Game of Your Dreams is Coming to WiiWare

The Roller Derby Game of Your Dreams is Coming to WiiWare

Girls on rollerskates at last

"What's a roller derby?", the curious among you may have asked. It's a sport in which two teams of five players on rollerskates try to score points against each other. It's fast, physical and hardly what you'd call "mainstream", which makes it a perfect candidate for a transition to Wii. That's exactly what's happening, as Frozen Codebase is..

News: Freddie Flintoff Hits DS for Six

Freddie Flintoff Hits DS for Six

First cricket game heading to the handheld

Last year's Ashes Cricket 2009 on Wii was a huge success for Codemasters, but the lack of a DS version disappointed fans who wanted a bit of leather-on-willow on the move. Thankfully UK developer Fuzzy Frog Games has stepped in to fill the gap with Freddie Flintoff's Power Play Cricket on the way to DS in August. Taking an arcade-style approach to the..

News: Madden NFL 11 Franchise Mode Gets Upgraded

Madden NFL 11 Franchise Mode Gets Upgraded

Football returns to Wii with single-player improvements

Last year's Madden NFL 10 for Wii was one of the series' best multiplayer entries yet, with the Showdown and Huddle-Up modes bringing casual gamers into the gridiron action quickly. Its single-player elements, sadly, were not quite so well-developed, but for this year's instalment EA is promising a far improved Franchise mode that it's calling..

News: NHL Slapshot Includes Wii's First Dinky Hockey Stick

NHL Slapshot Includes Wii's First Dinky Hockey Stick

See Wayne Gretsky hold it and smile

In a move that's caused someone, somewhere to curse why they didn't think of it first, the next NHL Slapshot game is coming to Wii complete with a very fetching mini hockey stick peripheral, as modelled by Wayne Gretsky and family here. As EA's first foray into Wii ice hockey you'd expect it to take on the more arcadey vibe of the company's other sporting titles..

News: Chicago Blackhawks Prepare for Stanley Cup with a Little Mario Kart

Chicago Blackhawks Prepare for Stanley Cup with a Little Mario Kart

Blue shells part of team's mental readiness

Competitive team sports are all about bonding as a unit: maximising each other's unique abilities, communicating well and working together towards a common goal. Pretty much the opposite of Mario Kart Wii then, but tell that to the Chicago Blackhawks who like to chill out with the game as part of their Stanley Cup preparations. It seems to be working..

News: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 to Offer More Authenticity to Your Game

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 to Offer More Authenticity to Your Game

With features old and new

Last season's Tiger Woods instalment offered gamers an intuitive and engaging golf game with very little to be disappointed at; and if you're not familiar with it, you can read our Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 review to find out why. Given all that the game has accomplished, what new features can EA implement this season? Let's find out as we go over some game details and soak..

News: NBA Jam Developers Gives Game Insights

NBA Jam Developers Gives Game Insights

...as well as their "slam dunk" faces

Gamers were delighted when the beloved NBA Jam series was announced to be making a return to consoles; specifically, the Wii. With game details and screenshots being fed to us carefully and slowly, it's time to call "timeout" and sit back to watch the latest development video. Creative director Trey Smith and art director Rob Hilson talk about how the..

News: THQ Announces Big Beach Sports 2

THQ Announces Big Beach Sports 2

Includes five new activities

With summer just around the corner, it's about time that we're greeted with a plethora of sports titles. With Wii Sports Resort taking the limelight last summer, THQ hopes to kick things off with their sequel to 2008's Big Beach Sports. Developed by Jet Black Games, Big Beach Sports 2 sees gamers taking part in the annual Coconut Cup Championship which takes place on..

News: DSiWare Enters Tie-Break with VT Tennis

DSiWare Enters Tie-Break with VT Tennis

Spanish developer Virtual Toys serves up some tennis

In between tournament seasons and need a tennis fix? Starting next Monday, you can get the strawberries and cream out of the fridge as you start preparing for a Summer of sports with a new tennis title on the DSi. VT Tennis will feature a Quickmatch mode where you can tweak certain settings and get off to a quick game. The number of games, and..

News: Hubert the Teddy Bear Gives WiiWare a Hug

Hubert the Teddy Bear Gives WiiWare a Hug

Cutesy Winter sports ahoy!

The UK may finally have shaken off most of its snow, but there's still time to have some Winter fun, as Teyon announces Hubert the Teddy Bear: Winter Games is heading to WiiWare in the near future. Here comes their press release, rolling down a snowy hill, skating over an icy pond and pirouetting gracefully into view. Your Winter fun is not over! Enter a frosty..

News: EA Makes NBA Jam Wii Officially Official

EA Makes NBA Jam Wii Officially Official

From downtown, etc!

'Twas but one week ago a little birdie told ESPN that NBA Jam would be making a comeback, so color us not-so-surprised to hear that EA has made it official that they've got a new Jam in the pipes for this year. Apart from the obvious graphical overhaul, which is said to bring "visible player emotion" to the table (e.g. eye popping), expect new modes and characters on..

News: NASCAR Gets A Mario Makeover

NASCAR Gets A Mario Makeover

New Super Mario Bros. Wii car competing on Saturday

The world's of NASCAR and Nintendo fans alike will mesh together on November 14 (a.k.a. this Saturday, a.k.a. New Super Mario Bros. Wii Eve) thanks to a decked-out stock car co-sponsored by Gamestop and Nintendo of America. The car, and its driver, Denny Hamlin, will be competing in the Able Body Labor 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Best of..