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May2012

  • News Pledge to Cloudberry Kingdom, Get It Free on Wii U

    Sounds fair

    Pwnee Studios' Cloudberry Kingdom wants to be Wii U's most difficult download game, but the developer has to finish work on the game first. For that it needs money and time, and you can help with the first one by pledging to its Kickstarter. In return, you'll get the game free on Wii U when it launches later this year. There'll be two...

  • News Samurai Warriors 3DS Sequel Confirmed for Japan

    Hacking and Slashing on 13th September

    Samurai Warrors: Chronicles was a 3DS title that divided opinion: some loved the hack and slash battles while others complained that it was too simplistic. Although critics and gamers don't often agree on the series' merits, it doesn't seem to matter, as more and more titles are released for its loyal fanbase...

  • News Level-5 Trademarks Professor Layton and Miracle Mask

    A puzzling reveal possible at E3

    It's no secret that Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle will eventually be released worldwide. It was a 3DS launch title in Japan, and although we always have to be patient, the puzzle-master with the wonderful hat always makes his way to the West. According to recent reports, that arrival may not be far away...

  • News Aliens: Colonial Marines on Wii U is 'Best-Looking' Version

    Launch date still unconfirmed

    Aliens: Colonial Marines is one of the big-name multi-platform titles confirmed for Wii U, and it just became more intriguing. Firstly, Gearbox Software's Randy Pitchford has spoken to Gamespot and talked up the Wii U's capabilities, as well as confirming that it will be the best looking version of the title. The Wii U...

  • News Pinball Arcade Coming To 3DS and Wii U

    Kickstarter campaign for The Twilight Zone table underway

    While 3DS owners may have had a taste of stereoscopic pinball with Zen Pinball 3D on the eShop, there's always room for more flippin' action on the system. It seems that those prayers will be answered by Pinball Arcade from FarSight Studios, which is said to be 'coming soon' on 3DS and,...

  • News E.X. Troopers Trailer Released

    Big guns and jet packs included

    Just yesterday we told you about a Lost Planet spin off called EX Troopers that was confirmed for 3DS. We're already learning more about the game, including the fact that it's actually called E.X. Troopers, and that when Capcom teased an anime style, it wasn't kidding. The E.X. Troopers official web site has been...

  • News FIFA 13 in Development for Wii U

    Also on 3DS and Wii

    It's another year, so that means another FIFA game from EA Sports, an annual tradition that's never missed. The developer recently hosted a big reveal of features that will be new to this year's entry: Complete Dribbling will allow greater skill on the ball, First Touch Control will make the initial touch from a player more...

  • News Project X Zone Details Sure to Push Buttons

    More characters and attack styles

    As Project X Zone gets closer to its Japanese release, the hype-machine is building up nicely with regular reveals and teasers. First up are combat details: Support Attacks will allow fellow team members within roughly eight spaces to perform a one time follow-up attack to inflict extra damage. Meanwhile, if the...

  • News Lost Planet Spin-Off Ex Troopers Confirmed for 3DS

    Shooting things in 3D

    With a solid six months of strong sales, especially in Japan, we may see a gradual increase in 3DS titles in development. The latest to be revealed by Famitsu, as translated by Andriasang, is Ex Troopers from Capcom, an action shooting title. The title shares some elements with the Lost Planet series from the HD consoles —...

  • News Ubisoft Readying Seven Wii U Games

    Let's play the name game

    Ubisoft's throwing its considerable weight behind Wii U with no fewer than seven games in development, CEO Yves Guillemot has revealed. Speaking to investors (as reported by GamesIndustry.biz) Guillemot confirmed the publisher is a "very strong" supporter of Wii U, with five casual and two core titles in the works...

  • News 10 Minutes of English Kingdom Hearts 3D Footage

    Mouse click

    Three months ago we brought you a Japanese trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, and now we bring you the same video in English. You've only got a few more months to wait until Sora and friends land in the West in 3D. Make the wait go quicker by watching the video repeatedly. And no, sadly that isn't Jeff Bridges' real...

  • News Make Your Own Movies in Pokémon Black and White 2

    Frame and focus

    Pokémon Black & White 2 land later this year with all the gotta-catch-'em-all action you could want, but if you fancy taking a break from animal slavery you can always try your hand at animal acting with the game's new "Pokéwood" mode. The addition lets you create miniature movies using your Pokémon, picking dialogue...

  • News Goooooal Europa 2012 Has the Best Name on DSiWare

    Count those Os

    Let's play a game. You're Cinemax, a DSiWare developer, and you're making a game about table football. Your past games have gone for the direct route when it comes to names: 90's Pool, Rytmik and, of course, Calculator. You're working on a table football game — what do you call it? If you went for Table Football 2012, sorry — not...

  • News Chronicles of Vampires Reawakens on DSiWare This Week

    Monster, monster

    Teyon's Chronicles of Vampires series reaches its horrific conclusion this week in Chronicles of Vampires: The Awakening, heading to DSiWare on Thursday. The 500 Point download is a blend of the puzzle and hidden object genres, so should be right at home on DSiWare. Last year we had Chronicles of Vampires: Origins, which admittedly...

  • News Assassin's Creed III Footage Emerges From the Shadows

    Going for the kill

    We know that Assassin's Creed III is coming to Wii U, one of a promising selection of cross-platform titles on the way to Nintendo's new console. It's also one of the most highly anticipated releases, with some of those familiar with the series encouraged by the new setting and confident that this is more than another minor...

  • News Kirby's Dream Land 2 Reaches Europe Next Week

    £3.60 a go

    Kirby's back on the 3DS Virtual Console in Europe next week as Kirby's Dream Land 2 hits home. The Game Boy sequel lands on 17th May for £3.60 and features classic Kirby characters like King Dedede, plus the first appearances of helpers Rick the Hamster, Kine the Fish and Coo the Owl. With Kirby's Dream Land already on 3DS VC and...

  • News Pledge to Diamond Trust of London's Kickstarter Campaign

    If you want to

    Diamond Trust of London — sorry, Jason Rohrer with Music by Tom Bailey: Diamond Trust of London — passed Nintendo's approval process recently and now sits on the verge of release. Before it gets there, though, there's the small matter of money, and that's where crowdfunding site Kickstarter comes in. Citing Nintendo's "large...

  • News A LEGO Lord of the Rings Game is Definitely Happening

    One does not simply code into Mordor

    After years of rumours and hushed whispers, it's finally official: there will be a LEGO Lord of the Rings game. New figures based on Peter Jackson's movies contain flyers for the game, according to MCV, who led with the leak of LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes earlier this year. No word on which formats the game...

  • News Marvel Pinball 3D's eShop Release Swings Closer

    Age rating outed

    It's been a while since we had an update on Zen Studios' Marvel Pinball 3D, but fear not — it's definitely still happening. The Australian classifications board has given the game a PG rating, which is nice. A recent Nintendo release schedule had the game down for the second quarter of this year, which draws to a close at the end...

  • News Adventure Time on DS to be Released 'Late Fall'

    Time to get algebraic!

    In March we told you that cult-favourite animated series Adventure Time was coming to DS, as confirmed by tweeting creator Pendleton Ward. He said he was looking forward to working closely with Wayforward Technologies, a developer with an excellent track record on the system; suddenly DS became a lot cooler in its old age. The...

  • News New Heroes of Ruin Trailer Heads into Battle

    It has online coop with voice chat, in case you'd forgotten

    As Heroes of Ruin gets closer to its release on 3DS, publisher Square Enix is making sure that we know all about it. It's a title that promises, ultimately, to set a new standard in online gaming on the handheld, with online coop, voice chat, daily challenges and StreetPass all in one...

  • News Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed "A Different Game" to Mario Kart 7

    "We’ve been making this game for 18 months" says producer

    For SEGA fans that also like a bit of karting, racing sequel Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is sure to be stirring some interest. With 3DS a confirmed platform, some have observed the water and air-based sections of the title as being copied from Mario Kart 7, which isn't...

  • News Wonder Boy Double Dose Hits North America's VC Next Week

    Two long overdue games are finally coming

    With the release of Super Hang-On on Wii Virtual Console this week, SEGA has announced on its blog that it will be releasing the other two games announced last year soon as well. Very soon, in fact — both of them will see the light of day next week. Yes, that means there will be two new Wii Virtual Console...

  • News Enclave Finally Steps Out of the Shadows on 22nd May

    Twilight ingress

    Originally scheduled to reach Wii way back in June 2010, Enclave: Shadows of Twilight should hit the console on 22nd May. A Wii-enhanced version of the 2003 PC original (also available on Xbox), players can now "charge into battle brandishing the Wii Remote," which will sound familiar to console veterans. Still, there's...

  • News Jason Rohrer's Diamond Trust on DS Finally Approved

    Publication details on the way

    All the way back in May 2011, creative game developer Jason Rohrer confirmed that Diamond Trust of London would arrive, courtesy of publisher Zoo Games, in late 2011. That period has passed, and Rohrer has confirmed in a blog entry that the title was held up by the 'Nintendo Approval Process'. This unconventional...

  • News Bird Mania 3D Confirmed for May Flight in PAL Regions

    Trailer and details inside

    As some of you may already know, Bird Mania 3D arrives in the North American 3DS eShop on 3rd May at a budget price of $1.99. Developer Teyon has now confirmed that the title will also arrive in PAL regions later this month, so it won't take long for Europe to catch up. It appears to be a non-stop 'runner'-style title —...

  • News Warren Spector Believes Epic Mickey is 'The Best Looking Wii Game Ever'

    Epic Mickey 2 will bring improvements

    Warren Spector is proud of Epic Mickey, and why not? Although it suffered from well-known camera issues, it was nevertheless a title full of creativity and great ideas that made good use of the Wii hardware. Such good use, according to Spector, that he still believes it to have the best visuals on the system...

  • News More Mario Tennis Open Details Served Up

    Piranha plants, online play and StreetPass

    With the release of Mario Tennis Open getting ever closer, Nintendo is starting to tease more details about game modes and features. Today's update is a mixture of the old and the new, reiterating that online leaderboards and unlockable characters will be included. There is some new information, such as...

April2012

  • News Tumblepop Set to Suck on 3DS Virtual Console Soon

    Sucking up enemies is the main activity, honest

    Despite describing it as Tumble Pop, the Australian Classification Database has now listed Tumblepop, originally a Game Boy title and now on the way to 3DS Virtual Console in PAL regions. Tumblepop was originally an arcade game and has been described as a cult classic, though it's unclear whether that...

  • News Brain Training 3DS Confirmed for Worldwide Release

    Available in both physical and digital formats

    In its February Nintendo Direct broadcast Nintendo unveiled Onitore — basically Brain Training 3DS — which will focus on testing your concentration and working memory. Already confirmed for Japan this summer, the success of the DS titles in the series made a worldwide release inevitable; Satoru...

  • News VVVVVV Set to Flip Into Europe on 10th May

    About flippin' time

    While gamers in North America have been fortunate enough to enjoy VVVVVV on their 3DS since late last year, those of us in Europe have been patiently — or impatiently — waiting for our own release. After announcing that it expects a European release in early May, publisher Nicalis has now nailed a date down on its Twitter...

  • News Nintendo Still Has Secret 3DS Games to Reveal

    Who knew?

    Nintendo's got more 3DS games coming your way this financial year, but it's not saying what they are. Satoru Iwata — Nintendo president, of course — told investors the company has several unannounced 3DS games on the way before we flip our calendars over to April 2013. Referring to a list of announced first-party games due in the...

  • News Sakurai: Smash Bros. to 'Change Direction a Little' on Wii U and 3DS

    Still a long wait ahead

    Masahiro Sakurai has been busy with Kid Icarus: Uprising for a while now, but it seems that he's finally turning his attention to the next entry in the Super Smash Bros. franchise. The confirmation of a new title for both Wii U and 3DS was actually made at E3 2011, though we later learned that the announcement was premature...

  • News Return to the Castle in Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion

    Castle crashers

    Warren Spector joined in the fun of Europe's Nintendo Direct to hype up Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion. Developed by DreamRift in collaboration with Junction Point, the 2D platformer is due out on Nintendo 3DS in autumn. Though it's set in the same Wasteland as the console versions and lets you mess with the environment with...

  • News Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drops into Europe on 20th July

    Confirmation at last

    Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance hit Japanese stores on 29th March, even causing a jump in 3DS sales when it was released. After a long wait we finally have news on a release date outside of Japan, with the title set to land in European stores on 20th July. In his Nintendo Direct presentation Satoru Shibata reiterated some...

  • News Sing Along to Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise in July

    Better late than never

    Great news, music fans — the latest edition of the musical equivalent of WarioWare, Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise is bringing the party to Europe on 6th July. It's been out in North America since February under the slightly snappier name Rhythm Heaven Fever. Perhaps to make up for the late release, Nintendo has prepared an...

  • News Heroes of Ruin To Include Free Daily Challenges for a Year

    Hits Europe on June 15th

    Heroes of Ruin is one of the most intriguing 3DS titles on the horizon, especially as it's an RPG that will feature online multiplayer and voice chat. It seems that online play really is vital to this game, with details of downloadable content announced in today's Nintendo Direct. Nintendo Europe boss Satoru Shibata...

  • News Download Play Confirmed for Mario Tennis Open

    Share a set with friends

    The upcoming Mario Tennis Open was discussed in today's European Nintendo Direct, with some specifics announced on multiplayer and Mii customisation. The most significant detail for tennis players hoping to take on friends and family was the confirmed inclusion of Download Play for local multiplayer, allowing up to four...

  • News Inchworm Animation Reaches Europe Next Week

    Slow motion animation

    One year and a day after it launched in North America, Inchworm Animation is hitting DSiWare in Europe. The application launches on Thursday 26th April for 800 Nintendo Points, an increase over its 500 Point price tag in North America. It allows users to create stop motion films and time lapse videos as well as traditional...

  • News Shin Megami Goodness Coming to 3DS and DS in PAL Regions

    RPG fans rejoice

    Until now, some gamers in PAL regions have looked on enviously as their North American counterparts have enjoyed Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked on 3DS, an expanded and improved version of the DS original from 2009. There's good news as publisher Ghostlight, a specialist in bringing Japanese games to the PAL markets,...

  • News Namco Bandai Shouts "Thundercats, Ho!"

    Purring onto DS

    Cartoon reboot Thundercats is getting a DS game courtesy of Namco Bandai. The side-scrolling action platformer comes courtesy of Naruto Ninja Council developer Aspect Digital and is due out in August. As you defeat enemies as Lion-O you gather energy for the Sword of Omens: once you've hoarded enough, you can shoot a damaging beam...

  • News Skylanders Giants 3DS To Be 'Completely Different' Than Wii

    Wii U under consideration, of course

    When Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure became a sales hit, surprising some with the scale of its success, a follow-up was inevitable. The announcement of Skylanders Giants duly followed, and although Wii was confirmed as a platform the vague description of 'handheld and mobile devices' left a 3DS sequel as very...

  • News Project X Zone Website Opens With a Bang

    Check out that music

    Last week we brought you the first screens of upcoming 3DS title Project X Zone, a project being produced by Capcom, Namco Bandai and SEGA. After an intriguing teaser involving a science lab, it was unveiled as a strategy RPG featuring iconic characters from all three developers, enough to get the blood pumping in many gamers...

  • News Nicalis Expects VVVVVV to Reach Europe in Early May

    NightSky in summer

    The anguished cries ring out all over Europe. "When will we get VVVVVV?". Nicalis' Tyrone Rodriguez says "soon". Speaking at the IDEAM event in Spain — the same event where he announced 1001 Spikes for 3DS and Wii U — Rodriguez said European 3DS owners should get VVVVVV in "early May". North...

  • News eShop Goes Cheap with Bird Mania 3D

    Project $2

    eShop game pricing is a hot topic — is $6 too much for a downloadable game? Should the store offer much shorter games for much less? Whatever your thoughts, empirical evidence shows Bird Mania 3D is the cheapest game to hit the 3DS yet. At $1.99 it costs less than any Virtual Console game and is on par with the cheapest DSiWare, which...

  • News BiP's Vikings to Invade 3DS eShop

    To the towers!

    DSiWare tower defence game Viking Invasion got in there before the genre hit market saturation on DSi. Publisher BiP Media is lining up a second attack wave, this time heading toward the 3DS eShop, with Viking Invasion 2: Olaf's Return. Pockett.net has the exclusive on the title, with new weapons, tower types and divine powers to put...

  • News New Trainers and Town in Pokémon Black & White 2

    All change

    Worried that Pokémon Black & White 2 is just a rehash of the original? New details from Coro Coro comics should put your mind to rest. The Japanese magazine has revealed B&W2 will feature new playable trainers, a new town and new gym leaders. Set two years after Pokémon Black and White, it's still set in Unova (Isshu in Japan)...

  • News Vampire's Crystals Co-Op Footage Emerges

    It was a dark and stormy night

    Shanblue Interactive — the studio behind Magic Destiny: Astrological Games, of course — has lifted the lid on its upcoming WiiWare outing Vampire's Crystals with a new video. The co-op trailer below shows two players racing around, grabbing crystals and avoiding attacks from the hordes of undead. There doesn't seem...

  • News Heroes of Ruin Alchitect Trailer is 3DS Gold

    Fresh from PAX

    3DS online action RPG hybrid Heroes of Ruin got another trailer today detailing the magic-based class that is the Alchitect. The walkthrough video below talks you through the class's abilities and battle strategies, which could come in handy if you're planning to deal out some lightning-based damage come June. There's also a bad dude...

  • News Marth's Fire Emblem: Awakening DLC Debut Confirmed

    Ready to join your party

    Fire Emblem: Awakening arrives in Japan on 19th April, and as expected it will be the first Nintendo published retail title on 3DS to feature DLC (downloadable content). It's a game with plenty of potential for additional add-on content, such as maps and additional characters, and the debut DLC appears to feature both. As...

  • News Add Tennis Balls to the List of Things Goombas Hate

    Everything's a weapon

    It's not just feet that pose a serious threat to eternal whipping boys the Goombas; tennis balls cause them serious harm too. Nintendo's new trailer for Mario Tennis Open showcases some of the new special games, from a Super Mario Bros.-inspired romp through World 1-1 and 1-2 to a Super Mario Galaxy face-off against a Luma. You...

  • News Amoebattle's Quarantine Period is Nearly Over

    Release due soon

    After a long wait, Intrinsic Games' Amoebattle is nearly ready to infect DSiWare. The real-time strategy game with a distinctly germy theme has been approved for release by Nintendo of America, with a definitive release date expected in the near future. If you want to know more about Intrinsic's RTS, you can read our Amoebattle...

  • News Customisable Miis and Online Standings Served Up in Mario Tennis Open

    Who wouldn't want a Bullet Bill outfit?

    Mario Tennis Open isn't far away, and details about the title's single and multiplayer options are continuing to emerge. The latest update from Nintendo teases us with some single player features that may keep us busy when not on the worldwide multiplayer courts. The Special Games mode will apparently include...

  • News Rush Rush Rally Racing Parks in Europe on 19th April

    Really

    Update: The correct release date is 19th April, not 12th as previously stated. Senile Team's Rush Rush Rally Racing is on the way to Europe in two weeks. The indie racer — first developed for Dreamcast, fact fans — was first announced for WiiWare in August 2010, but the wait is due to be over on 19th April for 900 Nintendo Points. Up to...

  • News Men in Black: Alien Crisis Confirmed for Wii

    The good guys dress in black, remember that

    Another summer blockbuster, another video game spin-off. Many of these movie-based games are of questionable quality, and it's slightly concerning that we're only now finding out about Men in Black: Alien Crisis for Wii, to be published by Activision. This title will be released on 25th May, the same day...

  • News More Gorgeous Epic Mickey 3DS Screenshots Revealed

    What a Beauty

    Like us, you were probably pretty excited when you heard about Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion for 3DS, a new 2D platformer from Monster Tale studio DreamRift. Now Disney has released a few more details on this intriguing upcoming title. The previously revealed painting mechanic involves sketching on the touch screen before the...

  • News Fire Emblem: Awakening Pops The Question

    Will you marry me, Wyvern Rider?

    The release of Fire Emblem: Awakening is getting ever closer in Japan, with European gamers awaiting further clarification on the 'summer 2012' window and North American compatriots eagerly hoping for any news. Now that it's almost arrived in Nintendo's homeland the title has been the subject of an Iwata Asks column,...

  • News Boulder Dash-XL 3D Wants to Rock 3DS in July

    Budget retail release revealed

    Reef Entertainment has revealed it's bringing Boulder Dash-XL 3D to 3DS this summer. A 3DS retail release of last year's PSN and Xbox Live Arcade game, it features 150 brand new maps and the ability to share high scores and unlocked items via StreetPass. it's set to hit Europe on 20th July for a budget price of...

  • News Square Enix Pegs Heroes of Ruin for 26th June

    Casts level 2 Intrigue

    3DS's online action RPG Heroes of Ruin is due to land on 26th June, Square Enix has revealed. The title was originally promised for 'early' 2012 but has now seemingly slipped to the middle of the year. Hopefully that means its ambitious online multiplayer, including voice chat and regular new content via SpotPass, will make...

  • News Super Street Fighter II Strikes Europe Next Week

    Hadouken!

    The much anticipated Mega Drive version of Super Street Fighter II is due to reach Europe next week. The official Nintendo site lists the game for 12th April at 800 Points. We've already got Super Street Fighter II on SNES available on Virtual Console, but this Mega Drive version is due to launch with online multiplayer, a Virtual Console...

  • News N-Space Would "Love to Work" on a New Geist Title

    Talk about Heroes of Ruin, too

    N-Space is a developer that is becoming a regular on Nintendo systems, perhaps best known for producing the DS port of Call of Duty: Black Ops. It's currently in the process of developing Heroes of Ruin on 3DS, a new RPG that will be published by Square Enix. Before we get to that, though, it seems that it's interested...

  • News Musical Epic Mickey 2 "Won't Make You Sing"

    Good to know

    As Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two was unveiled by legendary game designer Warren Spector, comments that it would be a 'musical' game raised some eyebrows. While some assumed that this simply meant the inclusion of songs in the storytelling, others interpreted that description as meaning that the game would include singing and,...

March2012

  • News Spirit Camera Event Set to Haunt San Francisco

    Scares and snacks in one place

    Nintendo of America likes to run preview events for upcoming releases, but the latest has us intrigued. Taking place tonight at 9pm, and for over-18s only, is an event to promote Spirit Camera: the Cursed Memoir, a horror game that apparently makes full use of the 3DS' camera and AR (augmented reality) capabilities. If...

  • News More Black and White Kyurem Details Revealed

    Just our type

    Pokémon Black & White 2's legendary Black Kyurem and White Kyurem are Dragon/Ice type Pokémon, new cases spotted on Amazon Japan have confirmed. Black Kyurem stands 3.3 metres tall, while White Kyurem is a little taller at 3.6m. Both weigh 325kg — about the same as a robotic lawn mower. We expect to learn more about Pokémon...

  • News XSEED Reveals Unchained Blades for 3DS eShop

    A link for the future

    XSEED Games is known for bringing top drawer RPGs to North America — it's publishing The Last Story after all — and it's just revealed another role player for Nintendo fans to get their hands on: Unchained Blades. The Japanese dungeon-crawler — known as Unchained Blades Rexx in the Land of the Rising Sun — will get a...

  • News Wario Land 2 is Japan-Bound

    Stolen treasure recovered

    Japanese 3DS owners can continue their journey through Wario's wicked world next week when Wario Land II reaches the Virtual Console. While here in the West we got two versions of Wario's sophomore outing — one for Game Boy and a revamped Game Boy Color release — Japan only got the colour game, so that's the version...

  • News First Epic Mickey 3DS Screen Shows Scrooge McDuck

    Colour us interested

    Disney Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion on 3DS is a 2D platformer developed by Monster Tale studio DreamRift, so we knew it was going to look good, but the first scanned screen looks like the team's nailed the Castle of Illusion atmosphere. The still also scores bonus points for including Scrooge McDuck from DuckTales,...

  • News Epic Mickey on 3DS is a Castle of Illusion Sequel

    To the tower!

    Last year, Disney registered a Castle of Illusion trademark, which many thought would have something to do with the then-unannounced Disney Epic Mickey 2. Turns out those people were (probably) right, as Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion on 3DS is a sequel to the 1990 Mega Drive/Genesis classic. A Nintendo Power preview (via

  • News Ubisoft Fills In Assassin's Creed III Wii U Details

    Eagle vision

    Assassin's Creed III is coming to Wii U, and Nintendo Gamer magazine (via NintenGen) has revealed some fresh details about how the game will use Wii U's new controller. As expected by anyone who's ever played a DS game, the Wii U's second screen will be used as a persistent map and navigation tool, linked to the series' virtual reality...

  • News Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion Confirmed for 3DS

    Now to fill in the details

    Earlier this week we reported on the rumour that Epic Mickey 2 was coming to 3DS. Although the official sequel, Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two was later announced for Wii, it seems that the 3DS rumours were almost completely accurate. The cover of the April issue of Nintendo Power leaves no doubt, showing a preview...

  • News Darksiders II on Wii U to be Available on 'Day One'

    Enhanced controls promised

    While a number of developers and high-profile games have tentatively stated that they'll arrive on Wii U, one that has clearly promised an appearance is Darksiders II from Vigil Games. Although anticipated as a release in the new console's launch period, the developer has gone one step further and stated that its title...

  • News Adventure Time is Coming to DS

    Life in the old dog yet

    Just as the 3DS seems to be taking over from its predecessor, the DS reminds us all of its existence with an intriguing title on the horizon. Though not quite on the same scale as the announcement of Pokémon Black and White 2, confirmation of a game based on cult-favourite animated series Adventure Time, to be developed by...

  • News Fire Emblem Awakening Wireless Features Revealed

    Taking the battle to the streets

    Fire Emblem Kakusei, or Awakening as it'll be known outside of Japan, is starting to power up the hype generator. Within the latest batch of details revealed to the Japanese press is information about how StreetPass and SpotPass will be used, with some interesting results. As reported by Andriasang, there will be...

  • News A New Pandora's Tower Trailer Is Here

    Contains classic witch voice over

    Upcoming — for Europe, anyway — Wii RPG Pandora's Tower is just a few weeks from launch, so Nintendo has some footage from the English version of the game to show off. The trailer below is a little lighter on the English accents than we've come to expect from recent RPGs Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story,...

  • News Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Confirmed for Western Release

    Feel the rhythm this summer

    Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy has been on our radar for a good while, with the Japanese release being followed by some of the first DLC content on 3DS. For all of you anxious Final Fantasy fans outside of Japan, meanwhile, there's finally some good news. Square Enix has set up a page on Facebook and confirmed that the...

  • News Potzol's Puzzle SpeedsThru Europe on 5th April

    Block it out

    SpeedThru: Potzol's Puzzle — known as Ketzal's Corridors in North America — will reach Europe on 5th April, Nintendo's announced. The 3D puzzler is a follow-up to WiiWare title ThruSpace, with 90 stages and multiplayer included in the digital download. European 3DS owners can check out a 3D trailer in the eShop later today to get...

  • News Gon Paku Paku Paku Paku Adventure Announced for 3DS in Japan

    Now that's a video game name

    We often look at Nintendo console game releases in Japan with some envy, particularly when no localisation details are forthcoming. Titles such as Theatrhythm Final Fantasy are missed because they're part of a major, popular franchise, but in the case of Gon Paku Paku Paku Paku Adventure, we just really like the name. As...

  • News New Frogger Title Hops Onto WiiWare This Spring

    Now it's going hyper

    Frogger has a long gaming history, well known as an arcade in the early 1980s and appearing on legendary consoles as far back as the Atari 2600. It must have an ongoing charm, because it continues to appear in the current day with appearances such as Frogger 3D on 3DS and Frogger Returns on WiiWare and DSiWare. Konami has now...

  • News Rollercoaster Tycoon 3DS Springs Back Into Life

    Out this season

    The appropriately up-again-down-again fortunes of Rollercoaster Tycoon 3D are heading up again: developer n-Space has announced the game should be out this Spring. In fact, as Spring starts today, that gives us a fairly large three month window of expectation. Last month we revealed Rollercoaster Tycoon 3D had hit the skids, but it...

  • News New SNES Title's Pre-orders Sell Out

    Anything but a nightmare

    A few weeks ago we reported the surprising news that there's a new Super NES title on the way in 2013, defying the convention that developing retro games means publishing digitally on modern consoles or platforms. Nightmare Busters, from Super Fighter Team, will come on a brand new Super NES cartridge, while also including...

  • News Transformers Prime Announced For Nintendo Consoles

    Time to transform and roll out

    Activision has announced Transformers Prime, based on the TV show by Hasbro studios. It's described as an 'action brawler', so we can expect lots of button pressing, but other details outside of a 2012 release are in short supply. This title appears to be exclusive to Nintendo consoles, with versions planned for Wii,...

  • News Pokémon Black and White 2 Box Art Revealed

    Let battle commence

    It's safe to say that the announcement of Pokémon Black and White 2 caused a stir in late February, with many fans of the series having strong opinions on a direct sequel being released on DS. Now that the dust has settled and the reality of these new titles has sunk in, it's time to take a look at the recently released Japanese...

  • News Kingdom Hearts 3D Director Promises 35 Hour Campaign

    An RPG with some distance

    If you're looking for a lengthy adventure for your 3DS, then perhaps Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance will satisfy that urge. The 3DS debut of the series is expected in both Europe and North America this year, and game director Tetsuya Nomura has promised that it will be a substantial experience. In an interview with...

  • News Kid Icarus: Uprising Won't be Available from GAME/Gamestation

    Nintendo confirms other retail options

    In the past few weeks we've reported that a number of titles on Nintendo consoles weren't going to be stocked by the embattled GAME retail group in the UK: titles such as The Last Story, Mario Party 9 and Tekken 3D Prime Edition have all missed out. The much-hyped Kid Icarus: Uprising can now be added to the...

  • News New Fire Emblem Trailer Raises the Temperature

    Battles, and then more battles

    Upcoming 3DS title Fire Emblem: Kakusei, or Fire Emblem: Awakening as its known outside of Japan, undoubtedly has eager fans clamouring for a release date. With the title due to hit Japanese stores on 19th April specific worldwide details have not yet been forthcoming, though Europe has been confirmed for a 2012...

  • News Kid Icarus Uprising Gets Perfect Review Score in Famitsu

    Now it's really flying

    The anticipation and hype for Kid Icarus: Uprising seems to be growing with each passing day, with AR card giveaways and regular trailers ensuring a high profile. Despite all of the build-up it's surely the game itself that matters most, and it's received a major boost from renowned Japanese magazine Famitsu. In the latest...

  • News Free Kid Icarus: Uprising Cards Fly Onto North American Club Nintendo

    No time to waste

    Lucky Club Nintendo members in North America now have a chance to pick up a free pack of AR cards for the upcoming 3DS release, Kid Icarus: Uprising. For those not in the know, AR cards unique to this title will be used for simulated battles, with the victor apparently earning in-game currency and goodies. With plenty of cards...

  • News Inazuma Eleven GO Chrono Stone Confirmed for 3DS in Japan

    Time travelling and sports finally together

    The Inazuma Eleven series is unlikely to be well-known outside of Japan due to significant delays in localisation for European releases, while North America has missed out entirely. With the second title's Inazuma Eleven 2 Firestorm and Blizzard dual-release due at the end of this week in Europe, it may...

  • News Zombie Slayer Diox Trailer is Dead Musical

    A rhythmic slash-fest

    UFO Interactive has officially confirmed that its next eShop title, Zombie Slayer Diox, will be released in North America on 22nd March. It's a rhythm-action game that sees the hero slashing through waves of zombies to a hard-rock soundtrack: not your typical eShop release. The developer has wasted little time since its last...

  • News Mad Dog McCree Takes Aim at 3DS

    Strictly old-school

    In its relatively short existence so far, the 3DS eShop has already enjoyed its fair share of vintage download titles. The latest to emerge — somewhat unexpectedly — is Mad Dog McCree, a full motion video (FMV) arcade shooter. Originally an arcade machine, this simple point-and-shoot title made its way to different disc-based...

  • News New PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond Trailers Arrive

    Cute and deadly

    PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond has already arrived in North America, with the European release on the way, and promises to bring more typically colourful and cute gaming to the franchise. The latest trailers released by Nintendo UK show all four playable characters in action, giving you an idea of how the action unfolds and the sheer...

  • News Bomb Monkey Aiming for a Spring Explosion

    Renegade Kid co-founder hopes so

    Last week we brought you the news that Renegade Kid had teased a new game for eShop, Bomb Monkey. There were no significant details on the title's web page, but we made a guess that its a puzzle game that involves using the monkey to blow up blocks in an aztec setting. The lack of details, however, doesn't...

  • News Inafune Plans to Release King of Pirates Worldwide

    Sailing the seven seas

    Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune's next project, King of Pirates, is only confirmed for Japan at the moment, but if Inafune has his way we'll see it leave the Land of the Rising Sun and come to the West. Speaking to Joystiq, Inafune said that like all his titles, he's aiming King of Pirates for a global release: For all my...

  • News Kid Icarus: Uprising 3D Screenshots Swoop Into View

    While you wait for the real thing

    The hype is starting to build for Kid Icarus: Uprising, with launch now just over two weeks away. In order to get you ready for some 3D arcade-shooting action, Siliconera has bundled together a rather large batch of 3D screenshots to view on your 3DS. In order to view these images, you'll need to

  • News Renegade Kid Teases New eShop Game

    No Mutant Mudds here

    Renegade Kid, developer of the critically acclaimed Mutant Mudds, has launched a teaser website for its next game, Bomb Monkey. The image in this article is the whole website, a one page image of a monkey with a bomb on its head standing on aztec-style blocks, with the word 'puzzling' in place of a normal Flash loading bar. So,...

  • News Darksiders II Creative Director: "Don't Compare It to Zelda"

    There's no link

    THQ's original Darksiders on PS3 and Xbox 360 drew a lot of comparisons with Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series, but creative director Joe Madureira wants the upcoming Wii U sequel to skip those analogies this time. Joe Mad told Official Nintendo Magazine he only wants to compare Darksiders II to its predecessor: I'll be curious...

  • News Game Gear Hits North American eShop on 15th March

    Treble trouble?

    When the eShop was announced, SEGA aficionados welcomed the news that Game Gear titles would arrive on the platform. Famous for guzzling batteries and offering a high-tech alternative to the humble Game Boy, this was a handheld that took many console favourites on the go. The wait is almost over with confirmation that three titles...

  • News North America, These Are Your Upcoming eShop Games

    Lots on the horizon

    While Europe is celebrating something of a Virtual Console revival this month, North America has a stack of 3DS eShop content on the way in the coming weeks and months. For a start, Game Gear games hit the North American eShop on 15th March, but there's more. Here's what's on the cards according to Nintendo's latest press...

  • News Assassin's Creed III is Coming to Wii U

    Sneaky

    Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed III will be released on Wii U, the publisher has revealed. The game reaches PS3 and Xbox 360 on 31st October but as we don't know when Wii U is out don't take this as a day one Wii U release. Still, the news that Ubisoft's supporting Wii U with one of its biggest upcoming titles has to be a reason to be cheerful,...

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  • News Dragon Quest Monsters 3D Bundle on the Way to Japan

    Quest begins on 31st May

    Japanese release details for Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D have emerged, with Andriasang reporting that two retail options will be available from 31st May. As well as a standard game release there is also a 3DS console bundle on the way, adding yet another design for the handheld in its homeland. Clearly based...

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