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Video: Go Beyond The Beards With This Behind The Scenes Look At Guitar Hero Live

Go Beyond The Beards With This Behind The Scenes Look At Guitar Hero Live

FreeStyleGames opens its doors

Activision is relaunching its famous Guitar Hero brand as Guitar Hero Live, a game which not only offers a new-look controller but also focuses on using live-action footage to deliver a more immersive experience. It's coming to the Wii U - as well as other formats - this year. FreeStyleGames is the studio in charge,...

News: Zelda-Style Adventure Midora Runs Out Of Kickstarter Cash, Future Of Wii U And 3DS Versions Uncertain

Zelda-Style Adventure Midora Runs Out Of Kickstarter Cash, Future Of Wii U And 3DS Versions Uncertain

De-Minishing Returns

Remember Midora? It's a Zelda-inspired action-adventure which was successfully funded via Kickstarter to the tune of $73,470, and while it didn't meet its Wii U and 3DS stretch goals, developer Epic Minds insisted that it would still come to those machines - it would just take a little longer. However, there are doubts the

News: RCMADIAX Takes to Twitter to Outline New Strategy, Release Changes and Move Away from Wii U

RCMADIAX Takes to Twitter to Outline New Strategy, Release Changes and Move Away from Wii U

"There is a stigma attached to my name on the Wii U eShop"

Earlier this year RCMADIAX, who published the Wii U eShop's first Nintendo Web Framework game, announced that he was planning to step away from the Wii U. The developer has now taken to Twitter to provide a series of updates that indicate a quicker than expected move away from Nintendo's...

News: Game Jam Tasks Developers With Creating A Zelda Title Starring A Female Link

Game Jam Tasks Developers With Creating A Zelda Title Starring A Female Link

Gender bending in the name of gaming

Remember when Nintendo revealed the Wii U Zelda title at last year's E3, and many people jumped to the conclusion that Link was - y'know - a chick? Despite Nintendo's denials that Hyrule's famous warrior was switching genders for the next big adventure, many fans rightly asked why Link shouldn't be female for at...

News: Mobile Developers Extremely Positive About Nintendo's Move Into The Smart Device Space

Mobile Developers Extremely Positive About Nintendo's Move Into The Smart Device Space

"Nintendo will be another titan in the mobile game industry"

While industry analysts might be conflicted about Nintendo's partnership with Japanese mobile firm DeNA - a deal which will see Nintendo's IP finally arrive on smartphones and tablets - the mobile development community has reacted in an extremely positive fashion, seeing the Japanese...

News: Nintendo to Lead Design and Development of Smart Device Games, But Shigeru Miyamoto's Priority Remains the Wii U

Nintendo to Lead Design and Development of Smart Device Games, But Shigeru Miyamoto's Priority Remains the Wii U

"We are forming a joint development structure with DeNA"

Following this week's dramatic announcement of Nintendo's partnership with DeNA to greatly expand its move into smart device gaming and services, utilising core IP in the process, there have been plenty of questions around how the partnership will work and how, in practical terms, it'll affect...

News: First Screens From Banjo-Kazooie Spiritual Successor Are Revealed, Kickstarter Coming In May

First Screens From Banjo-Kazooie Spiritual Successor Are Revealed, Kickstarter Coming In May

Former Rare developers considering amiibo-style NFC figures

Last month we reported on the news that a group of former Rare developers had formed their own company - Playtonic - and were looking to create a "spiritual successor" to the Banjo-Kazooie series. During this week's EGX Rezzed, Playtonic showed off the first screens from the new game -...

News: Two Tribes Co-Founder Doesn't Think He Would Have Bought His Own Game

Two Tribes Co-Founder Doesn't Think He Would Have Bought His Own Game

"I think we were trying to please everybody"

Toki Tori 2 was one of the Wii U eShop's first big exclusives, a puzzle platformer which built on the previous two games - one on Game Boy Color and the other on WiiWare - to offer one of the console's first big download releases. However, Two Tribes Collin van Ginkel has revealed that sales have been...

News: The Man Behind Fluidity And Stealth Inc Discusses Leaving Curve Digital And Future Plans

The Man Behind Fluidity And Stealth Inc Discusses Leaving Curve Digital And Future Plans

"I want my future titles to be on everything, and that includes Wii U"

Jonathan "Bidds" Biddle is leaving Curve Digital to head up his own indie studio, called onebitbeyond. Biddle was employed as Curve's Design Director and is the brains behind series such as Fluidity (also known as Hydroventure) And Stealth Inc. This isn't the end of Biddle's...

News: Capcom Had Two Game Boy Color Versions Of Dino Crisis In Development, But Cancelled Both 

Capcom Had Two Game Boy Color Versions Of Dino Crisis In Development, But Cancelled Both 

Everybody walk the dinosaur

Back in the 32-bit era, the world's biggest handheld was unquestionably the Game Boy, and its updated variant, the Game Boy Color. Any title which was big on domestic systems invariably received a scaled-down port on Nintendo's all-conquering mobile console, with varying degrees of success. Capcom was no stranger to this...

News: Next Level Games Employee Suggests He's Working on a Wii U Title, Then Stealth Edits the Post

Next Level Games Employee Suggests He's Working on a Wii U Title, Then Stealth Edits the Post

You cannot hide on the internet

It's no secret that Next Level Games, though it's an independent company, is currently committed exclusively to Nintendo projects - that was stated in early 2014, and nothing since has suggested any change. We'd like to think it's an ambitious project, too, as little has been heard from the company since Luigi's...

News: Saints Row Design Director Was Working On An Open-World Wii U Game

Saints Row Design Director Was Working On An Open-World Wii U Game

Nintendo apparently pulled the plug one day before production

Unseen64's Liam Robertson - an expert at digging up cancelled gaming projects - has uncovered another interesting piece of into regarding an open-world adventure title that was in development for the Wii U. Chris Stockman - who served as Design Director on the original Saints Row - was...

News: Yes, People Are Still Making NES Games In 2015

Yes, People Are Still Making NES Games In 2015

Just because they can

The NES is one of the most iconic gaming systems of all time, but it hasn't been on Nintendo's radar - at least from a hardware perspective - for quite some time. That hasn't stopped homebrew developers from continuing to support the vintage console, and as a result 2015 will see the release of The Mad Wizard: A Candelabra...

News: Meet Playtonic, A Studio Of Ex-Rare Staff That Wants To Work With Nintendo

Meet Playtonic, A Studio Of Ex-Rare Staff That Wants To Work With Nintendo

"Spiritual successor" to Banjo-Kazooie on the way

A group of former Rare employees has banded together to establish a new studio which is now working on a spiritual successor to the Banjo-Kazooie series. Speaking to EDGE magazine, the core members of Playtonic - Gavin Price, Chris Sutherland and Steve Mayles - have explained how they recently...

News: Conker Creator Chris Seavor Reveals More Details On The Origins Of Rusty Pup

Conker Creator Chris Seavor Reveals More Details On The Origins Of Rusty Pup

Latest game from former Rare duo is shaping up nicely

It's been a while since we reported on The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup, a new title for the Wii U and 3DS eShops from former Rare staffers Chris Seavor and Shawn Pile. Since bringing you the exclusive news that the title was headed to Nintendo formats, things have been a little on the quiet side...

News: Satoru Iwata Reiterates Plans for Quality of Life Platform, and Suggests Potential Moves Into Education

Satoru Iwata Reiterates Plans for Quality of Life Platform, and Suggests Potential Moves Into Education

Extra pillars of Nintendo's business, not replacing video games

Just recently Nintendo delayed its financial results presentation and investor's Q & A until 17th February, an uncommon move for the company. Its latest financial results had brought a mixed outcome, with smart business streamlining and a weak yen increasing net profit...

News: Dead Or Alive Producer Feels That A Cultural Divide Exists Between Japan And The West

Dead Or Alive Producer Feels That A Cultural Divide Exists Between Japan And The West

Team Ninja's Yosuke Hayashi on his "strong, sexy and confident" cast

Team Ninja's Dead or Alive series has been running since the days of the Saturn and PlayStation, and has built up a large following thanks to its excellent gameplay and depth. However, it's perhaps just as famous for its female characters, who boast somewhat exaggerated vital...