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News: Wii U Stretch Goal Seemingly Teased for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Wii U Stretch Goal Seemingly Teased for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

If you squint you can see it

When Koji Igarashi - the producer on classic Castlevania titles - teased a Kickstarter campaign, there was an unsurprising meltdown online. The eventual Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Kickstarter campaign delivered what many hoped for - an action platformer that brings to mind the heritage of Igarashi-san's best...

News: Nintendo is Discontinuing the Basic 8GB Wii U in Japan, Standalone White 32GB Unit Taking Its Place

Nintendo is Discontinuing the Basic 8GB Wii U in Japan, Standalone White 32GB Unit Taking Its Place

Could the white Premium / Deluxe system finally make it to the West?

The poor old white 8GB Wii U, shunned by the majority of those buying Nintendo's system and victim to fire sales and obscurity. The issue wasn't, we suspect, the colour, but more the fact that it was a HD console with just 8GB of internal storage memory; 32GB doesn't actually get...

News: Art Academy: Atelier Sketched In For 26th June Release in Europe, Includes YouTube Upload Feature

Art Academy: Atelier Sketched In For 26th June Release in Europe, Includes YouTube Upload Feature

The full Wii U version is finally coming

While completing work on the full version for Wii U, Nintendo released Art Academy: SketchPad in August 2013 to tide over creative gamers for a short spell. The full Art Academy then missed its 2014 release target, prompting some concerns it had been sidelined; those worries can now be laid to rest with the...

News: Icy Wind Games Set To Release Action-Adventure Title "Heroes, Help!" On Wii U In Q1 2016

Icy Wind Games Set To Release Action-Adventure Title "Heroes, Help!" On Wii U In Q1 2016

Brought to you by an indie studio based in Sweden

The new two-man Stockholm-based indie studio, Icy Wind Games, is set to release its upcoming action-adventure Wii U title – Heroes, Help! – in Q1 2016. The top down title featuring 4-player local co-op involves travelling through a wide range of environments and fighting large amounts of enemies...

News: The Latest Miiverse Update Has Users In An Uproar

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...

Review: New Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / DS)

New Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / DS)

LittleBigKingdom

When New Super Mario Bros. released for the Nintendo DS back in 2006, it had been roughly 15 years since the portly plumber starred in a proper 2D platformer. Not only that, but side-scrollers in general had been largely ignored since 1996, when the Nintendo 64 hit the market and assured us that 3D gaming was the way of the future...

Video: Christopher Lloyd Revives Doc Brown Role in New LEGO Dimensions Trailer

Christopher Lloyd Revives Doc Brown Role in New LEGO Dimensions Trailer

Back to the Future, or the Past, the Future Past?

So, LEGO Dimensions, this is a game that know what it's got and isn't afraid to flaunt it. Aiming to sell LEGO toys and a new game to adults with disposable income? Simple, get Christopher Lloyd to revive his legendary Doc Brown role - and we mean legendary - for a commercial. Check and mate. The...

News: NPD Survey Outlines Bright Future For amiibo And Other Toys-To-Life Franchises

NPD Survey Outlines Bright Future For amiibo And Other Toys-To-Life Franchises

These toys mean business

Despite plenty of ongoing issues with stock shortages and sudden cancellations, we think it's fair to say that the amiibo range has been a fairly lucrative venture for Nintendo. Pre-orders for the latest wave sold out within an hour on the official UK store, and recent NPD Group findings show that this frantic interest among...

Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the Fault of Many, But Damages Creativity and Risk Taking

The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the Fault of Many, But Damages Creativity and Risk Taking

More for less isn't sensible or fair

There's a worrying trend at present, in which ambitious and creative independent developers announce a sizeable Wii U exclusive, and then have to defend their pricing. That's happened twice in recent times with Affordable Space Adventures and - this week - Swords & Soldiers II. We've also had a reliable...

Video: This Player Has A Great Chance If They Enter the Nintendo World Championships 2015

This Player Has A Great Chance If They Enter the Nintendo World Championships 2015

Just what Dr. Mario ordered

While the qualification rounds for Nintendo World Championships 2015 aren't quite the exciting event we hoped, it's good news for those that have mastered the relevant mode in NES Remix 2 or Ultimate NES Remix, the latter of which will be the version utilised in qualification. It mimics the original unique cartridge from...

News: Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Fails to Chart in Week of Poor Sales in Japan

Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Fails to Chart in Week of Poor Sales in Japan

Xenoblade Chronicles X clears 100,000 sales

In recent weeks there have been some decent game and hardware sales in Japan, so a tumble was always on the agenda. Even with that in mind, it's nevertheless been a rather lousy week of sales for Japanese retailers according to the latest Media Create results. Kicking off with the software charts, Final...

News: Unofficial Metroid Prequel Uses The Original NES Hardware To Impressive Effect

Unofficial Metroid Prequel Uses The Original NES Hardware To Impressive Effect

Metroid: Rogue Dawn is coming later this year

Will we see a new Metroid game at this year's E3? Fans will certainly hope so, but in the meantime we can all get excited about a fan-made prequel which uses the original NES hardware for that extra degree of authenticity. Metroid: Rogue Dawn takes the original title and hacks it apart, building an...

Review: Ultratron (Wii U eShop)

Ultratron (Wii U eShop)

Ultratraumatic

Ultratron thinks it's Dark Souls. 'Prepare to Die', it warns the player's battledroid before it takes to the battlefield in an almost impossible attempt to survive against a constant barrage of evil killer robots. Ultratron also loves Pac-Man. As well as having to collect 'pellets' as a form of currency in order to purchase weapons...

News: Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX Pushed Back To September, Special Edition Should Soften The Blow

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX Pushed Back To September, Special Edition Should Soften The Blow

AR cards and wallet chain, anyone?

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX was supposed to be launching in the US and Europe this month, but Sega has just confirmed today that the title has been pushed back to September. To help alleviate some of the disappointment, the publisher has confirmed that a special edition version of the game will be making its...