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News: Ex-Rare Developers Join Forces To Create A Spiritual Successor To Banjo-Tooie

Ex-Rare Developers Join Forces To Create A Spiritual Successor To Banjo-Tooie

All hope is not lost

Nothing puts a frown on a Nintendo fan's face like mentioning Rare. The company that once brought Perfect Dark, Donkey Kong 64, Banjo Kazooie and GoldenEye 007 are currently working on the Kinect Sports series for Microsoft. While most gamers have given up on seeing a new "proper" Banjo Kazooie sequel from Rare, a new glimmer of...

News: Platinum Love The 3DS, But Are Too Busy To Work On It Right Now

Platinum Love The 3DS, But Are Too Busy To Work On It Right Now

A case of "what if"

Platinum Games executive director Atsushi Inaba has expressed his admiration for Nintendo's 3DS console in a recent interview with The Verge, but has also added that the company has too many ongoing projects to fund development for a 3DS game at present. He said: We are very interested in the Nintendo 3DS as a platform. I view...

News: Toys R Us Taking Wii U Pre-Orders Again

Toys R Us Taking Wii U Pre-Orders Again

Wii U Basic Bundle and two games available for $419

While stores left, right and centre are running out of pre-orders for the Wii U, it's since turned out that Toys R Us is now accepting them again. There's a caveat, of course - they're fresh out of Wii U Premium Models, and are bundling the Basic 8 GB model with copies of Scribblenauts: Unlimited...

News: GameStop Closes Wii U Pre-Orders in the U.S.

GameStop Closes Wii U Pre-Orders in the U.S.

Waiting lists opened

While pre-orders are still very much available, at the time of writing, around Europe and elsewhere, it seems that demand for Wii U in the U.S. is hitting some impressive heights. We previously reported that Wii U pre-orders were selling out in the U.S., in terms of online purchases, but it's now being reported by softpedia.com...

Interview: Unity - Licensing Deal Means A New Era For Indies On Nintendo Systems

Unity - Licensing Deal Means A New Era For Indies On Nintendo Systems

We speak exclusively to Unity's Tracy Erickson about the new agreement with Nintendo

Nintendo recently signed a worldwide license agreement with Unity Technologies to bring its multi-platform engine and development tools to the Wii U. To get a better idea of what benefits this deal will bring, we spoke exclusively to Unity's Tracy Erickson, who is...

News: Rodea the Sky Soldier Still Has No Release Plans

Rodea the Sky Soldier Still Has No Release Plans

Former Sonic man is keen to work on Wii U

Do you remember Rodea the Sky Soldier from Yuji Naka's PROPE studio, the man who many credit with creating Sonic the Hedgehog? It's supposed to be released on Wii and 3DS, with the handheld version being handled by another developer, Kadokawa Games, the same organisation in charge of publishing the Wii...

News: Wii U Pre-Orders Selling Out in the U.S.

Wii U Pre-Orders Selling Out in the U.S.

If you haven't ordered one, cross those fingers

Last week we produced a Wii U pre-order guide, as a starting point for those interested in securing the new system before launch. Unfortunately, if you've been hesitating for too long it looks like you may miss out, with online orders at least. The story that GameStop was sold out of Deluxe bundles...

News: Eurogamer Expo 2012 To Host Exclusive Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Dev Session

Eurogamer Expo 2012 To Host Exclusive Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Dev Session

Treyarch designer due to talk about forthcoming FPS epic

Just in case you weren't excited enough about the impending release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on the Wii U, UK site Eurogamer has confirmed that Treyarch game design director David Vonderhaar will be holding a developer session at this year's Eurogamer Expo. The session will take place at...

News: Reggie: $299 Is Strong Value, And Is Going To Be For a Long Time

Reggie: $299 Is Strong Value, And Is Going To Be For a Long Time

Nintendo of America's president talks Wii U pricing and the impact of the 3DS cut

Unless you're living under a rock, you'll know that yesterday Nintendo confirmed the global pricing for its new Wii U console. In North America, the Basic set will retail for $299.99 and the Deluxe for $349.99. Speaking to GI.biz, Reggie Fils-Aime outlined his...

News: Rodney Greenblat: Nintendo Works on Creativity and Originality in Games "24/7"

Rodney Greenblat: Nintendo Works on Creativity and Originality in Games "24/7"

"Playstation and XBox have little incentive to do that"

Rodney Greenblat is a name likely to be familiar to Sony gaming enthusiasts, as he was the designer and artistic creator for PaRappa the Rapper on PS1, as well as the sequel on PS2. Even those who've staunchly stuck with Nintendo all of these years have probably encountered these rhythm games...

News: Resident Evil Director Wants To Make a Monster Hunter Flick

Resident Evil Director Wants To Make a Monster Hunter Flick

Run to the hills

Despite the sheer volume of duds and the critical mauling they invariably receive, Hollywood still seems obsessed with tapping into video game culture and creating movies based on well-known gaming franchises. The failures of Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter, Dead or Alive and Alone in the Dark have done nothing is dampen the...

News: Staff Reshuffle At Nintendo Of Europe

Staff Reshuffle At Nintendo Of Europe

Digby out, Mathers in

Nintendo of Europe has announced two big staff changes, with Nintendo UK's Lewis Digby leaving to join French mobile game company Gameloft and ex-journalist Martin Mathers hopping on as Online Editor. Digby joined Nintendo as a PR manager four and a half years ago. He had this to say about the move: I’ve had the most...

Interview: Endgame Studios and the Long Road to Fractured Soul

Endgame Studios and the Long Road to Fractured Soul

An eight year journey ends on eShop

Recently, Australian developer Endgame Studios announced that it was self publishing Fractured Soul on the 3DS eShop, a title that has been eight years in the making. The action takes place over two screens at the same time with platforming, run and gun and shmup sections featuring throughout; it'll be released...

News: August NPD Results Are Good Reading for Nintendo

August NPD Results Are Good Reading for Nintendo

Mario and 3DS XL boost figures

As part of a monthly routine that is so vitally important for developers, publishers and the big three console manufactures, U.S. market research firm NPD has released its latest software sales figures for the region, covering 29th July to 25th August. While the news for the industry as a whole is grim reading, a...

News: 20 Extra Mutant Mudds Levels on The Way to eShop For Free

20 Extra Mutant Mudds Levels on The Way to eShop For Free

Oh, and Renegade Kid is now an approved Wii U developer

Mutant Mudds, a stylish retro platformer from Renegade Kid, is one of the top titles on the 3DS eShop. It's got plenty of content for those with the skills and patience, but some of you may know that the PC version has an extra 20 'Grannie' levels, which are particularly challenging stages that...