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Review: The Stonecutter (Wii U eShop)

The Stonecutter (Wii U eShop)

Cut the crap

Visual novels haven't historically made much of a splash outside of Japan. It's only been in relatively recent times that titles like Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward have shown Western gamers that reading can be fun - especially when mixed together with simple game elements like puzzles and branching...

News: Nintendo Cancels Camp Miiverse in Honour of Satoru Iwata

Nintendo Cancels Camp Miiverse in Honour of Satoru Iwata

Had been due to run until 20th July

A week ago Nintendo of America launched its second annual Camp Miiverse event, which set new challenges in 3DS and Wii U games each day for fans to take on. However, after suspending activities on 13th July as a result of the announcement of Satoru Iwata passing away, it's been confirmed that the events -...

Review: Star Fox Command (Wii U eShop / DS)

Star Fox Command (Wii U eShop / DS)

Command and conquer

Fox McCloud and friends are coming back in a big way this Holiday season with Star Fox Zero for the Wii U, and while the jury's still out on whether the title will live up to expectations, Nintendo has given fans a refresher course in barrel rolls by releasing Star Fox Command on the system's Virtual Console in North America...

Feature: Our Tributes and Memories of Satoru Iwata

Our Tributes and Memories of Satoru Iwata

A Direct farewell

With the passing of Satoru Iwata in recent days, announced on 13th July, it's been a difficult period for fans of Nintendo and Iwata-san in particular. We dedicated a day to the former Nintendo President, though we're sure he'd want the company and its fans to now look ahead to the future and all it can bring. We've already...

News: MEGABytes to Blend a Cafe and Arcade Together in Glasgow

MEGABytes to Blend a Cafe and Arcade Together in Glasgow

Cake and NES, together at last

Retro gaming culture remains strong, with the collector's scene, events and expos remaining hugely popular around the world. Arcades are less common, though some entrepreneurs in Glasgow have decided that rather than simply open a cafe, it'd provide a blend of old and new. MEGABytes is opening in Glasgow (Scotland)...

Video: Check Out an Extensive History of Super Mario Bros. 2

Check Out an Extensive History of Super Mario Bros. 2

The real original and the Doki Doki Panic re-skin

Many Nintendo fans know the basic story around Super Mario Bros. 2 as known in the West, and the original sequel which would be called Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels outside of Japan. It's a familiar tale, but one nevertheless with some detail that's reserved for those keen to delve into the...

Review: Quadcopter Pilot Challenge (Wii U eShop)

Quadcopter Pilot Challenge (Wii U eShop)

Controls failin', players wailin', quadcopter

A common complaint among Wii U critics is that the platform's primary controller, the GamePad, doesn't get utilized enough to justify its existence. Whether or not you agree with this assessment, one indie developer that's making an effort to assuage these concerns is TACS Games, whose Quadcopter Pilot...

News: Wreck-It Ralph 2 Confirmed to be Smashing Its Way to Theatres

Wreck-It Ralph 2 Confirmed to be Smashing Its Way to Theatres

Might a certain Nintendo character have a cameo this time?

Wreck-It Ralph was one of the animated movie highlights of 2012. It's the story of a video game villain (not unlike Donkey Kong) who just wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfil his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the arcade where he lives. On paper the movie sounds like it would be a...

News: EarthBound Director Shigesato Itoi Pays Tribute to His Friend Satoru Iwata

EarthBound Director Shigesato Itoi Pays Tribute to His Friend Satoru Iwata

SNES classic was among Iwata-san's programming credits

To many Satoru Iwata is the former Nintendo President, an executive that was innovative and had an extraordinary relationship with the company's fans. Before that role, however - and occasionally during his time in management - Iwata-san was a highly skilled programmer, contributing heavily to...

Editorial: Satoru Iwata Embodied The Playful Brilliance of Nintendo, and His Legacy Will Endure

Satoru Iwata Embodied The Playful Brilliance of Nintendo, and His Legacy Will Endure

"In my heart, I am a gamer"

It's been a difficult day for plenty of Nintendo fans, gamers, developers, publishers and anyone who knew of Satoru Iwata's work or were lucky enough to know him personally. The announcement of his passing over the weekend came as a shock, especially as the last 12 months had been among his most vibrant and...

Obituary: Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata

A visionary that shaped a gaming generation

Satoru Iwata passed away on 11th July 2015, at 55 years of age. He was Nintendo's 4th company President, and oversaw a period of extraordinary success and then evolution, while becoming hugely popular with fans for his personality and humour. Born in Sapporo, Japan, Iwata-san's interest in electronics...