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August2015

July2015

  • Guide Surviving the New Miiverse Update

    Into the wild green yonder

    The most recent Miiverse update has met with mixed responses; some feel it's a marked improvement, others are reacting as though it's the spawn of something horrendous. For better or for worse, this new layout is here to stay. The new features may take some getting used to, but in order to speed up this process we've...

  • Video Classic N64 Stages Make a Triumphant Return in Super Smash Bros.

    Two castles, two princesses

    Amidst all the new Mii Fighter costumes and the revamped Tourney mode, it's easy to miss the fact that two classic stages have returned in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & Nintendo 3DS; namely Hyrule Castle and Peach's Castle which both herald form the original N64 game. We've thrown together some footage of these 'new'...

  • News Range Blaster And Inkbrush Nouveau Coming To Splatoon Tomorrow

    Or tonight, if you're in North America

    Two more weapons are coming to Splatoon tomorrow (tonight in North America), giving players even more options when it comes to deciding on their perfect load-out. The Range Blaster and Inkbrush Nouveau are the weapons in question. They're not entirely new weapons but variations on already-available armaments...

  • News The Miiverse Redesign Has Gone Live

    Up and running on Wii U, 3DS and web browsers

    As promised, Nintendo has launched its Miiverse redesign, which is structured to re-shape the platform back into a game-centric social network. It's changed how our posts are categorised, and a 30 post a day rule - which doesn't include all in-game posts - is certainly the most controversial move,...

  • News Splatoon's Big Update Will Also Include New Music, Have a Listen

    Dat piano riff

    Exciting times are ahead for Splatoon fans, with its next big update coming on 6th August. It'll include a whole load of new outfits, new 'Slosher' weapons, a new level cap (50), Squad Battles and also Private Battles. Plenty to come, then, though a new music track is also on the way. Posted on the

  • News Splatoon's Big Update is Coming on 6th August

    Private lobbies, tag team matches and more

    Update: Nintendo as issued a press release which gives a few more details. The following will all be included in this update: Squad Battle - Set up in your own teams with friends in Ranked Battles Private Battle - Set up your own custom rooms with any team combinations up to 8 players, with options for...

  • Poll Where Do You Stand on Miiverse and Its Planned Changes?

    Assessing opinion 2.5 years after its original launch

    Miiverse, Nintendo's bespoke social network service, will undergo a major redesign on 29th July. It's easy to forget that the service is only a little over two and a half years old, having arrived with the Nintendo Network ID upon the launch of the Wii U. NNIDs and Miiverse are familiar now, but...

  • Video Camp Triggerfish is Splatoon's Newest Map, See It in the Flesh

    But no one's serving up imitation gruel

    We're treated yet again to a brand new map to try and out-splat our foes: this time it's the long-awaited Camp Triggerfish that's been teased for far longer than the game's been on shelves. Camp Triggerfish is a symmetrical but strangely portion map that allows you to easily infiltrate your enemy's spawn at...

  • News The Miiverse Redesign Will Go Live on 29th July

    Batten down the hatches

    There have been hundreds - probably thousands - of comments complaining, but the Miiverse redesign is coming regardless. On the one hand the new layouts look like a slick way to share screens and progress in games, but the comment limits and move away from supporting 'chat' isn't going down well with all fans of the platform...

  • News Nintendo Explains Reasoning Behind Upcoming Miiverse Redesign

    "Miiverse is created for gamers to talk about games"

    At the start of July Nintendo confirmed plans for a major redesign of Miiverse this Summer. The social network has already evolved a fair amount since its launch with the Wii U in November 2012, with plenty of updates tweaking functions and the user interface. This redesign is more of a...

  • Video See Splatoon's New E-Litre 3K Scope & Neo Splash-o-matic at Work

    3,000 litres under the sea

    Nintendo has been gracious enough to grant us even more weaponry to splat our foes with in Splatoon, and the two most recent additions are the deadly long-range E-Litre 3K Scope and the re-imagined Neo Splash-o-matic. The E-Litre 3K Scope is what you'd expect: a standard E-Litre 3K but with a scope added for extra...

  • Video Check Out Splatoon's New Octobrush & N-ZAP '89 in Action

    A brush with death

    Splatoon updates are coming in thick and fast, and the latest addition to the proceedings include the Octobrush and the N-ZAP '89. The Octobrush is essentially a heavier version of the Inkbrush, but is weightier so don't expect the Sonic-like speeds from before. The N-ZAP '89 boasts identical stats to the original - including...

  • News N-ZAP89 and Octobrush Weapons are Next Up in Splatoon Update

    Don't duck this hunt

    Splatoon's weekly dose of new goodies to try keeps on coming, and this time around we have two new weapons to consider. They're both variations of previous weapons, with neat designs and no doubt varied load-outs compared to their predecessors. As you can see below we have the N-ZAP89 and Octobrush on the way. At the time of...

  • News Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley Update Tackles the Important Stuff, Like Fido's "Naughty Habits"

    Out now in North America

    Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley was a divisive 3DS entry in the franchise, with some opinion that Natsume's attempts at modernising and evolving the series weren't a success; for our part we considered it to be below par. In any case, it'll have its fans, and around eight months after its release Natsume has issued an update...

  • News "Moray Towers" Stage Coming to Splatoon Today

    Towers above the rest

    Nintendo UK, Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe have all tweeted confirmation that we will be seeing the new stage, "Moray Towers" dropping as the latest DLC stage for Splatoon today and early tomorrow. As the name would suggest, Moray Towers is set upon a skyscraper-like structure, set looming above all other...

  • News Mario Kart Arcade GP DX Gets a Timely Boost with Major Update

    Metal Mario and Rosalina join the roster

    It's easy to forget that arcades exist in this day and age; if you've seen Wreck-It Ralph, that's how some of us still picture them in our mind. Unfortunately the majority of arcade machines nowadays are confined to bowling alleys alongside Whack-a-mole and Air Hockey tables. But we digress, Mario Kart Arcade...

  • News Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Updated to Version 1.0.9, Its Purpose is Unknown

    Speculation that it's preparation for Tourney's and YouTube uploads

    Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has been patched to version 1.0.9. Hooray! Does it fix the deadly Pac-Man glitch? No! So, what does it do? At the moment, no-one seems sure - the official changelog says the following:

  • Guide Master Splatoon's New Tower Control Mode with these Easy-to-Use Tricks & Tips

    We all want control

    Splatoon's new Tower Control game mode has been released to the public, and as with any new set of rules it can take a while to learn how best to approach the matter. That's why we've played and played since silly o' clock in the morning in order to better understand the ins and outs and more importantly deliver our findings and...

June2015

May2015

  • News Pokémon Shuffle Brings Major Changes in Version 1.2

    More hearts, 'Super Catch' mode and woe for cheats

    Pokémon Shuffle, the seemingly endless free-to-play match-three title on 3DS, has had plenty of updates, yet version 1.2 is now available and offers one of the most notable shake-ups to date. When trying to check-in you'll be told of a mandatory update, and in Europe the 686 block size suggests...

  • News The Latest Miiverse Update Has Users In An Uproar

    Change can be difficult to accept

    Since the launch of Miiverse on the Wii U in 2012, the social media platform has undergone a series of changes. Nintendo has provided its service with ongoing support in the form of regular updates. These updates have enhanced and refined the overall experience, and other fixes from time to time have focused on...

  • News Elliot Quest Patch Fixes Bugs and Graveyard Glitch

    Version 1.2.2, for the record

    Elliot Quest is an indie RPG on the Wii U that was heavily pushed by Nintendo ahead of release, which is hardly surprising due to its retro-style visuals and design. It's also a solid advertisement for the occasionally maligned Nintendo Web Framework, too. At launch it did have some shortcomings, though to the credit...

April2015

March2015

February2015

  • News Nintendo Confirms Another Miiverse Update

    See more information on those that follow you

    Nintendo is constantly trying to impress its fans with new updates, and has continued to put its efforts into making the Miiverse community as gratifying as possible. The company has recently announced the brand new update, allowing you to view details when someone is following another member of the...

  • Video ZaciSa's Last Stand Update Detailed and Shown Off in New Trailer

    A belated Valentine

    Not so long ago we revealed details of ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimension, an expanded version of ZaciSa's Last Stand that'll finally make its way to Europe. Developer ZenFa Productions did promise a free update with additional content for the North American version in that announcement, however, and has used the Valentine's...

  • News Retro City Rampage DX Update Arrives this Week in Europe

    Awaiting approval in North America

    A few weeks ago we reported on an upcoming update for Retro City Rampage DX on the Nintendo 3DS. The update will bring a stable 60 frames per second and will include c-stick support on the New 3DS. Additionally, for the New 3DS, the update will take advantage of its faster CPU to deliver smoother effects and...

  • News New Miiverse Update Adds Comment Previews and User Matching

    Finding new ways to connect gamers

    Miiverse is a constantly evolving social platform and, every once in a while, Nintendo will push out a new update to enhance the user experience. Everything from extending the number of characters allowed on a single post to easier ways of tracking and finding other users, the fun little diversion has come a long...

  • News The Stability of 3DS System Update 9.5.0-22 May Rock Your World

    Or not...

    Hold onto your hats, your 3DS and your collected StreetPass Mii hats, there's a system update - version 9.5.0-22. It brings a level of stability previously unseen on the portable, ensuring that you'll have never played such a stable system in your whole lifetime. Don't believe us? The Nintendo official details drop the mic below...

January2015

December2014

  • News Latest Steel Diver: Sub Wars Update Takes Community Feedback Onboard

    Fixes based on player advice

    Following the release of version 4.0 earlier this month, Nintendo has updated its unconventional but addictive multiplayer shooter, Steel Diver: Sub Wars, to version 4.1. The latest update reverts changes made to submarine diving and surfacing angles to an earlier state, after feedback from the community’s player...

  • News Wii U YouTube Application Receives An Update, But Try Not To Get Too Carried Away

    A few minuscule changes

    An update for the Wii U’s nifty YouTube application has been issued. While the interface remains the same, a scrolling sound effect has now been added to enhance the browsing experience. The colour of the application's launch icon has also been changed to red. To receive the update, simply open the app from the Wii U HOME...

  • News Steel Diver: Sub Wars Version 4.0 Is Now Available

    Dive in and check it out

    Less than six months after the release of version 3.0, Nintendo has updated its unconventional but addictive first-person shooter, Steel Diver: Sub Wars, to version 4.0. The full details about version 4.0 have been revealed on Miiverse by the 3DS eShop title's director, Takaya Imamura: In Version 4.0, we've added the

November2014

October2014

September2014

  • News Miiverse Update Moves Search Boxes and Improves Web Version

    Break out the bunting

    Miiverse, the ever evolving and quirky bespoke social network, has had a couple of minor tweaks to the web version. Despite some occasional shenanigans such as those in the Mario & Luigi community recently, the service continues to provide a haven for fans to discuss games, share screenshots and art as well as — it must...

  • News Armillo Update Arrives in Europe

    Roll up, roll up

    Armillo is a rather enjoyable title on the Wii U eShop, exclusive to the platform at present, and certainly has some keen fans throughout the Nintendo community. The launch day version wasn't without problems, however, and developer Fuzzy Wuzzy Games recently released a patch in North America to resolve issues with the framerate,...

  • News Release Day Patch Being Deployed in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

    Masahiro Sakurai also explains connectivity and spectator mode

    Update: This update also includes a mode that will only be activated from 15th September in Japan — Conquest Mode. As reported by Siliconera this will be activated at random points in a "With Anyone" online battle — three players fight it out and the winner's character earns points...

  • News Miiverse Update Improves Filtering, Saved Posts and the Web Version's User Profile

    Favourite posts also larger, because why not?

    Miiverse continues its quest for social networking perfection today, as Nintendo has applied updates to the service on Wii U, 3DS and web browsers. As is always the case the changes are immediate, so you don't have a pesky update download and installation waiting for you on your gaming hardware of...

  • News Armillo Patch Rolls Onto Wii U to Fix Framerate and Completion Issues

    Out now in North America, Europe needs to wait

    Armillo is a solid 'rolling platformer' on the Wii U eShop that's earned some loyal fans, though developer Fuzzy Wuzzy Games was quick to acknowledge that the release wasn't quite at its best on day one. Work has been ongoing on an update, as a result, to improve the framerate and to resolve some issues...

August2014

  • News Mario Kart 8 Update, Mercedes Karts and DLC Pre-Orders Now Live

    Vroom vroom

    Just recently we've had the exciting news that extensive DLC is coming to Mario Kart 8, the details ultimately accompanying the imminent arrival of the game's update and free Mercedes DLC. Nintendo's now unleashed plenty of details with the scheduled update and Mercedes content. It's worth noting that, at the time of writing, the game...

  • News Armillo Update Rolling Through Nintendo Approval Process

    Shouldn't be too long now

    Armillo has been another solid addition to the Wii U eShop library in recent times, earning a positive 8/10 in our review. Developer Fuzzy Wuzzy Games has acknowledged that some aspects of the experience could be better, however, and has been diligently working on an update. A Miiverse update has confirmed that this v1.1...

  • News Dakko Dakko Confirms Development of Update for Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails

    Purrfect

    Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails is a colourful and rather challenging Wii U exclusive from Dakko Dakko, and has already gathered a band of devoted fans. The literal approach to on-rails shooting is certainly fun, albeit a number of gamers may find the level of challenge a bit too much to handle. As a positive for those unsure of whether...

  • News Steel Diver: Sub Wars Gets an Upgrade to Version 3.0

    More than 3.0 reasons to download

    Nintendo has updated its unconventional shooter Steel Diver: Sub Wars to version 3.0, as promised last month. This isn't just a stability update either – prepare for some serious tweaks to the formula. The update is global, so no matter where you are you'll be privy to the spicy new additions. To save rifling...

July2014

June2014

May2014

  • News Pikmin 3 Update Adds New Stylus Control Style

    Fling away, Merrill

    An update to Pikmin 3 has arrived just in time for its inclusion in the Mario Kart 8 free game promotion, introducing a new way to send your minions hither and yon. In addition to the original GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, and Wii Remote/Nunchuk options, planetary explorers can now use the stylus and GamePad's touch screen to...

  • News Steel Diver Version 2.0 Delayed, Now Targeting Early June

    Slow-paced update for the slow-paced FPS

    3DS eShop free-to-play title Steel Diver: Sub Wars has a major update on the way, which was originally planned for release in May. To be called version 2.0, it'll include the following new features and adjustments. Bonuses for consecutive victories online More subs available to unlock for Premium...

  • News Miiverse Update Changes Profiles in New User Page, Adds a Couple of Extra Features

    Set favourite posts and 'Yeah' comments

    Miiverse, Nintendo's continually evolving bespoke social network, has had another update applied today. This time around there are improvements — at least we think they are — to all three versions across Wii U, 3DS and web browsers. To start with, there's now a revamped User Page, with the User Menu of...

  • News 2DS CPU Update Looks Set to Adjust System Security

    FCC filings spotted

    Following its launch in Western territories on 12th October 2013 — alongside Pokémon X & Y — the 2DS has sold (as of 31st March 2014) 2.2 million units. That's not too bad for a hardware iteration targeted at a rather specific demographic and not given the most high profile of launch campaigns. As a budget tablet-like...

April2014

  • News Miiverse Update Imposes Restrictions on Posting Comments

    Mario says it's not a chat room, right?

    Nintendo has today announced a fresh update for Miiverse across the web and Wii U / 3DS versions. The positive change is that the web version will now have the same community search functionality as the console equivalent, as well as a "Posts from Verified Users" tab that acts as a shortcut to authorised...

  • News Disney Magical World Arrives With a Day One Patch on 3DS

    The most magical update on Earth?

    3DS title Disney Magical World arrives in North America today, and like many retail releases landed on the eShop at midnight to accommodate eager day-one buyers. One of those keen gamers is @kitroplious, who downloaded the title and stumbled across a day one update. As you can see in the image this is designed to...

  • News Retro City Rampage: DX Update Available Worldwide Today

    Launch sales in North America exceed equivalent Xbox 360 global results

    Retro City Rampage DX has been causing mayhem on 3DS systems in North America and Europe for a number of weeks now, and it'll also bring its brand of chaos to Australia and New Zealand today. Vblank Entertainment has been working on a free update, too, to resolve a bug in the...

  • News Patch Fixes Bug in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

    Thaws out a progress-stopping problem

    Nintendo has made a software update available for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze today that fixes a game-halting glitch in World 3. According to update notes, the patch will solve an issue some players have faced when completing level 3-3, Frantic Fields and finding no path has opened to the next level,...

  • News Miiverse Browser Version Has a Minor Update

    Those without a Nintendo Network ID can now see more

    Nintendo is continually tweaking and improving its Miiverse social network, with changes varying between the Wii U, 3DS and web browser versions. Sometimes the enhancements are major, though as it's a web-based platform Nintendo also applies minor adjustments, as they don't require any download...

March2014

  • News Unepic Gets a Fresh Update for Wii U

    Includes a new "stick and poo" wand

    Unepic's arrival early this year gave a solid start to the Wii U's year; we were certainly fans, awarding 8/10 in our Unepic review. A platforming RPG with doses of humour, it certainly provides an experience a little different from its contemporaries on the download store. In good news for fans, developer...

  • News Miiverse Gets a Fresh Update for Wii U and 3DS

    Search options! Verified User stalking! Activity Feed screenshots!

    Miiverse, the Nintendo social network where we can post doodles, screens and general thoughts on all things Nintendo, has today been updated for both Wii U and 3DS. As Nintendo had the foresight to make it a web-based platform rather than an app, in the typical sense, it means the...

  • News Wii Sports Club: Golf Adds Resort Course as a Free Extra

    Additional free trial on the way

    Nintendo's certainly been busy with its updates this week, conducting eShop maintenance and updating both Steel Diver: Sub Wars and Wii Fit U. We can now add Wii Sports Club to the mix, though the update is to give us additional content rather than fix or improve minor bugs. This new and free content is for

  • News Steel Diver: Sub Wars Update Applies Fixes and Tweaks to Online Play

    Less waiting around in the lobby

    As the first full free-to-play experiment from Nintendo, Steel Diver: Sub Wars can be considered a reasonable success. We certainly feel that it shows that Nintendo can make free-to-play work, and it provides some competitive online play at a fairly relaxed pace, emphasizing strategy over an itchy trigger finger...

February2014

  • News Upcoming Retro City Rampage: DX Update Will Add Music Jukebox

    Almost 3 hours of music to go with your mayhem

    Retro City Rampage: DX on 3DS has worked hard to earn its deluxe subtitle with a slew of additional features not seen in other versions of the top-down action game. Even further bonuses and tweaks are set to come in future updates, and as the title is one big love-letter to the '80s and '90s, it's only...

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