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Feature: What We Want to See in the Splatoon Direct

What We Want to See in the Splatoon Direct

Inking in the details

It's now less than a day until our next Nintendo Direct or, to be more precise, a Splatoon Direct. Nintendo is mimicking its Direct scheduling approach from 2014, filling the spaces between its latest major broadcast and E3 with presentations focused on retail releases. Mario Kart 8 had its own - fairly lengthy - Direct not...

Gallery: Splatoon Development Updates Bring Fashion, amiibo, Game Modes and More Paper

Splatoon Development Updates Bring Fashion, amiibo, Game Modes and More Paper

Let's warm up for Splatoon Direct

It's been over a month since we collated updates from Splatoon Tumblr page, which brings translated snippets of information and colourful screens from the development team in Japan. They always bring us fashion, often include looks at modes and gameplay, while also providing lowdowns on various ink-splatting...

Video: Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush Launch Trailer Brings a Colourful Clay Overload

Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush Launch Trailer Brings a Colourful Clay Overload

Finally arrives in PAL territories this week

Gamers in North America have been able to tackle Kirby and the Rainbow Curse on the Wii U for some time, wearing out GamePad touch screens in the latest HAL title starring the pink puffball. Its journey to PAL regions - as Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush - has taken longer, but it's finally due this week...

News: Disney Infinity 3.0 is Announced With Star Wars, Marvel and Inside Out, Confirmed for Wii U

Disney Infinity 3.0 is Announced With Star Wars, Marvel and Inside Out, Confirmed for Wii U

We break down the major details

Disney Infinity 3.0 has been announced and features play-sets and characters from every Star Wars movie, alongside improved cross-franchise compatibility and play-sets for Inside Out and Marvel. With a strong announcement from Lego Dimensions and expected news on the next Skylanders game, this is an impressive...

Video: 'Smashified' Series Adds King K. Rool to the Collection of Super Smash Bros. Speed Paintings

'Smashified' Series Adds King K. Rool to the Collection of Super Smash Bros. Speed Paintings

In a while, crocodile?

YouTuber Artsy Omni has added a new video to the 'Smashified' series (a series that takes our favourite and most-wanted characters for Smash Bros. DLC and recreates them in the game's art style), and this time the focus is on King K. Rool - a logical choice considering that the antagonist of the Donkey Kong series is arguably...

News: Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends Is Brawling Its Way To Wii U And 3DS

Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends Is Brawling Its Way To Wii U And 3DS

Super Smash Bros has company?

Little Orbit has announced that it is publishing Vicious Cycle's Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends on Nintendo Wii U and 3DS later this year. Boasting 20 different characters as well as offline and online play, Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends contains plenty of modes, such as Tournament of...

Video: Digital Foundry Puts the Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 Performance to the Test

Digital Foundry Puts the Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 Performance to the Test

Spoiler - it's impressive

The Digital Foundry team makes its living by delving into the minutiae of detail over a game's performance, looking at visual effects, resolution and frame rate among other factors. It did just that for Mario Kart 8 last year when it launched, and was full of praise for Nintendo's racer. In addition to being an attractive...

News: Nintendo Confirmed as Exhibitors at Legends of Gaming YouTube Extravaganza in London

Nintendo Confirmed as Exhibitors at Legends of Gaming YouTube Extravaganza in London

Mario Kart 8 looks like a key event

It's not uncommon to attend an expo nowadays, see a particularly long queue and accurately assume that those fans are in line to see a YouTube star. Some online celebs have millions of subscribers and over a billion views to their name, making them a big draw for the crowds at events. Legends of Gaming is an expo...

Nintendo Direct: A Special Splatoon Direct is Inked In for 7th May

A Special Splatoon Direct is Inked In for 7th May

Expect a splattering of details

Nintendo is clearly keen to keep up its run of Nintendo Direct broadcasts for major releases, confirming a Splatoon Direct that'll be broadcast on 7th May - it's going down at 7am Pacific / 10am Eastern / 3pm UK / 4pm CET. This has been confirmed by both Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe, suggesting that...

News: Xenoblade Chronicles X Skell Models on the Way in Japan

Xenoblade Chronicles X Skell Models on the Way in Japan

The big marketing push continues

The RPG genre may not be quite as all-conquering as it once was, but Nintendo and developer Monolith Soft are clearly very determined to make a success out of Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U. We've seen a solid couple of months of build-up through 'special presentations' in flashy videos, while a handsome hardware...

News: Bravely Second: End Layer Passes 100,000 Sales in Its Launch Week in Japan

Bravely Second: End Layer Passes 100,000 Sales in Its Launch Week in Japan

Wii U has a small boost as 3DS remains static

There's some cheer for Square Enix and 3DS fans in the latest Media Create charts from Japan, with a fresh release sealing top-spot and six-figure sales. Despite that, there's still an overwhelming volume of new releases on Sony systems hogging the top 10. It's Bravely Second: End Layer that claims top...

Talking Point: Mario Maker Can Be A Game Changer For Nintendo And Its Relationship With Gamers

Mario Maker Can Be A Game Changer For Nintendo And Its Relationship With Gamers

A future with NES Maker and more could be extraordinary

Sometimes a game has the power to seize the imagination from the moment it's revealed, with a self-hyping capacity to get thousands of gamers excited from little more than a glimpse. Others can be a slow burner or need the right moment to set off alarms in an individual's head. This writer...

Gallery: Feast Your Eyeballs on These Xenoblade Chronicles X Wallpapers

Feast Your Eyeballs on These Xenoblade Chronicles X Wallpapers

Time to buy a Japanese Wii U?

We'll admit it, we like covering Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U, even if it means gazing longingly towards Japan and contemplating rapid-fire lessons in the Japanese language. Monolith Soft's RPG is rather impressive in its scope and ambition, and we can't help but admire it. With that in mind, and with the game...

News: Xenoblade Chronicles X Paid-DLC Details Emerge With Characters, Quests and Skell Unlocks

Xenoblade Chronicles X Paid-DLC Details Emerge With Characters, Quests and Skell Unlocks

All available in a bundle for 2000 Yen, about $17

Xenoblade Chronicles X is downloading onto some Japanese Wii U systems right now, and new details on paid-DLC options have accompanied the launch. On a whole the content on offer seems to be a decent value, though day one extras aren't always greeted with open arms. The four characters above each...

Poll: With Races Won and Cups Collected, How Do You Rate Mario Kart 8's DLC Pack 2?

With Races Won and Cups Collected, How Do You Rate Mario Kart 8's DLC Pack 2?

And 200cc, for that matter

It's clear that Nintendo's approach to DLC has moved on a great deal when extras begin to take on the status of a brand new release. With April being generally low on enticing new releases, the big N successfully got plenty of current Wii U and 3DS gamers excited with DLC for existing evergreen blockbusters. In the case of...