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Talking Point: Super Smash Bros. and amiibo Have Enjoyed Success, But Nintendo Could Have Done More

Super Smash Bros. and amiibo Have Enjoyed Success, But Nintendo Could Have Done More

Communication, stock and implementation could have been better

For Nintendo fans and Wii U owners, we feel that the last few months have been a terrific period — there's been excitement and buzz around 2015 games and, more importantly, a selection of high quality and hugely enjoyable games that are in stores now. There's been a perceivable shift...

News: Black Forest Games Confirms New Giana Sisters Title

Black Forest Games Confirms New Giana Sisters Title

"Expect a new Giana early 2016"

Adrian Goersch of Black Forest Games revealed in an interview with Red Bull that a new game in the Giana Sisters series should be expected in early 2016. With an HD Director's Cut of Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams arriving on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One – but sadly not Wii U – in the near future, Goersch explains...

Review: LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Wii U)

LEGO  Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Wii U)

Bricks, Bats and Beyond

With a steady schedule of semi-annual releases, dependably decent (and sometimes downright excellent) gameplay, and an ever-expanding stable of licenses, LEGO games are fast becoming the comfort food of family-friendly gaming. The Wii U alone has seen a half a dozen of the titles in the two years since its launch, and the...

Feature: 12 Days of Nintendo Christmas - Day Six

12 Days of Nintendo Christmas - Day Six

On the sixth day...

In this completely silly run of bite-sized features, we're going to write a new version of '12 Days of Christmas' with a Nintendo twist that will, hopefully, be good enough to sing. Six Yoshis Laying: With the original line being 'six Geese-a-Laying', we thought that Mario's favourite side-kick — apart from Luigi — was the...

News: Activision Expands Skylanders Line-Up With New Elements

Activision Expands Skylanders Line-Up With New Elements

Can the original "toys to life" fight off the challenge of amiibo?

With amiibo figurines and Disney Infinity hot on its tail, Activison broke with tradition today and announced new Elements for Skylanders — the first since the original eight the game launched with in 2011. The new Light and Dark element groupings bring with them new characters,...

News: Please Sega, All We Want For Christmas Are These Amazing New 3DS Themes In The West

Please Sega, All We Want For Christmas Are These Amazing New 3DS Themes In The West

Variants on a theme

Ever since Nintendo introduced 3DS themes with a recent system update, we've seen a steady stream of cool backgrounds on our beloved handhelds. However, as if often the case, our Japanese friends are getting a superior offerings. There are already plenty of amazing themes available in that part of the world, and Sega has just...

News: Yo-Kai Watch: Shin'uchi Storms to Japanese Chart Summit as 3DS and Wii U Sales Increase

Yo-Kai Watch: Shin'uchi Storms to Japanese Chart Summit as 3DS and Wii U Sales Increase

Reports of Level-5 executives rolling in bundles of cash are unconfirmed

Yo-Kai Watch is a phenomenon in Japan — we're still waiting for it to come to the West — and has once again achieved truly impressive sales at launch, while Nintendo can enjoy some strong hardware sales in this week's Media Create Charts. Kicking off with the software top...

News: Koji Kondo Discusses Music Creation for Iconic Mario and Legend of Zelda Games

Koji Kondo Discusses Music Creation for Iconic Mario and Legend of Zelda Games

The man behind your musical childhood speaks

For those of you who don't know, Koji Kondo is the man behind some of the most iconic tracks in the Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda series soundtracks. The catchy and beautiful music he produced in these games during the late '80s and all throughout the '90s has remained with many throughout their...

Weirdness: Nintendo Wins More Great Publicity With Tabloid Emphasizing the Deadly Dangers of Its Systems

Nintendo Wins More Great Publicity With Tabloid Emphasizing the Deadly Dangers of Its Systems

"Overall, a Nintendo is a relatively safe Christmas present"

It may seem cute to us, but there's still a world where Nintendo's consoles are just "a Nintendo" and the Wii is a hot Christmas gift that will bring danger and injuries to festive living rooms. Yes, it's that time again, British tabloids are asking "is a Nintendo a safe Christmas...

News: Contra Advance Is Locked And Loaded For A Wii U Virtual Console Sortie

Contra Advance Is Locked And Loaded For A Wii U Virtual Console Sortie

Handheld Hard Corps

Konami's Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX has been rated by the Australian Classification Board and should arrive on the Wii U in the near future as a Virtual Console download. This is a loose port of the SNES classic Contra III: The Alien Wars and originally hit the Game Boy Advance in 2002. In Japan, it was known as Contra:...

News: Donkey Kong Land Rated And Ready For North American 3DS Virtual Console Release

Donkey Kong Land Rated And Ready For North American 3DS Virtual Console Release

Monkey business

After a successful 3DS Virtual Console début in both Japan and Europe earlier this year, the 1995 Game Boy title Donkey Kong Land is finally on its way to North America. Evidence of the anticipated re-release has appeared via the ESRB. Released a year after the success of the Super Nintendo original, Donkey Kong Land has the Kongs...

News: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Set Sales Record as Biggest Ever Nintendo Game Launch in Australia and New Zealand

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Set Sales Record as Biggest Ever Nintendo Game Launch in Australia and New Zealand

X & Y also become the highest selling Pokémon games locally

The impressive sales figures for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire continue, with Nintendo Australia today announcing the latest entries in the long-running franchise experienced the biggest ever launch for a Nintendo title within Australia and New Zealand. With combined sales...

News: Shantae And The Pirate's Curse All Set For Festive Wii U Release in North America

Shantae And The Pirate's Curse All Set For Festive Wii U Release in North America

A virtual stocking filler

Shantae And The Pirate's Curse arrived on 3DS in North America in late October, though it's been delayed into 2015 in Europe. That delay announcement also indicated that the Wii U version will hit the EU alongside the portable original, but gamers in North America will have that HD option a little sooner.

Video: Learn How to Make Mario Kart 8 Koopa Shell Cake Pops, and See Shigeru Miyamoto Make Someone's Day

Learn How to Make Mario Kart 8 Koopa Shell Cake Pops, and See Shigeru Miyamoto Make Someone's Day

YouTube celeb Rosanna Pansino is understandably starstruck

If you're a YouTube fan that enjoys rather friendly and accessible baking videos, there's a pretty good chance that you know about Rosanna Pansino — she has nearly three million subscribers and we previously covered a Cooking Mama 5 video of hers. Pansino has now posted a Nintendo-themed...

Feature: Time to Vote For Your Game of the Year Awards 2014

Time to Vote For Your Game of the Year Awards 2014

Plenty of categories for the Reader Awards

As 2014 comes to its end there's the inevitable tradition to enjoy — annual awards. As is becoming our norm we'll have staff awards, votes of which will be counted shortly, while also giving you the chance to contribute to the Reader Awards. If you gaze upon the eventual staff awards results and believe...

News: One Of The Most Successful Nintendo Games Of 2014 Isn't What You'd Expect

One Of The Most Successful Nintendo Games Of 2014 Isn't What You'd Expect

It's on the Nintendo DS, for a start

Disney's Frozen is officially the most commercially successful animated movie of all time and has spawned a merchandising juggernaut which shows absolutely no signs of slowing, even a year after its initial cinema release. The DVD and soundtrack are best-sellers, with the signature tune — Let It Go — clogging...