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News: Listings and Rumours Point to a Silver Mario amiibo Release on 29th May

Listings and Rumours Point to a Silver Mario amiibo Release on 29th May

In North America once again

It's pretty clear that the limited silver edition Super Mario amiibo is very real, with a sample bought from a Chinese auction site having been demonstrated in Mario Party 10. Its original leak was alongside the golden Mario that caused amiibo collectors to sweat over their complete collections, and this silver variation...

News: Bravely Second: End Layer Passes 100,000 Sales in Its Launch Week in Japan

Bravely Second: End Layer Passes 100,000 Sales in Its Launch Week in Japan

Wii U has a small boost as 3DS remains static

There's some cheer for Square Enix and 3DS fans in the latest Media Create charts from Japan, with a fresh release sealing top-spot and six-figure sales. Despite that, there's still an overwhelming volume of new releases on Sony systems hogging the top 10. It's Bravely Second: End Layer that claims top...

Talking Point: Mario Maker Can Be A Game Changer For Nintendo And Its Relationship With Gamers

Mario Maker Can Be A Game Changer For Nintendo And Its Relationship With Gamers

A future with NES Maker and more could be extraordinary

Sometimes a game has the power to seize the imagination from the moment it's revealed, with a self-hyping capacity to get thousands of gamers excited from little more than a glimpse. Others can be a slow burner or need the right moment to set off alarms in an individual's head. This writer...

News: Science Museum in Tokyo Aiming for Super Effective Education With The Pokémon Lab

Science Museum in Tokyo Aiming for Super Effective Education With The Pokémon Lab

Disclaimer may clarify that no real Pokémon are featured

Here's another event to file under the "wish I was in Japan" category, as Pokémon fans within travelling distance of Tokyo could potentially learn a little about science and also have fun with one of their favourite franchises. From 8th May onwards, The Pokémon Lab exhibit at the Miraikan...

Weirdness: You Can Now Browse Zelda: Link To The Past's Map Using Your Web Browser

You Can Now Browse Zelda: Link To The Past's Map Using Your Web Browser

Turn-by-turn Navi-gation not included

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past features one of the most vibrant game worlds ever created for any video game, and now you can gaze longingly at it using your humble HTML5 web browser. The peeps at Jadsdsengine have created a living, breathing replication of the game's overworld which can be viewed via...

News: Just When You Thought the Humble Wii Was Dead, Here Comes PSA World Tour Squash

Just When You Thought the Humble Wii Was Dead, Here Comes PSA World Tour Squash

Late to the Wii party?

Given that the Wii U first went on sale in November 2012, you might have assumed by now that publishers would have all stopped developing Wii games and moved on to take advantage of the power of the newer system. Alternative Software doesn't seem to have got the memo and is releasing PSA World Tour Squash on the Wii on the...

Review: LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin (3DS)

LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin (3DS)

Left in the dark

At this point, "Oh, look! Another LEGO game!" is a phrase that can only be said with genuine excitement or seething, bitter sarcasm. Regular releases in the LEGO series of video games have become such a constant in the industry that these action-adventure titles are on the verge of becoming a genre of their own. Not to leave the...

News: VIZ Media Teaming Up With Symphony of the Goddesses Tour for Shotaro Ishinomori's Link to the Past Graphic Novel

VIZ Media Teaming Up With Symphony of the Goddesses Tour for Shotaro Ishinomori's Link to the Past Graphic Novel

And more besides...

The current Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses - Master Quest tour is well underway, and those attending concerts in North America will soon have the opportunity to pick up some classic Zelda manga and graphic novels while enjoying the music. VIZ Media is kicking off a partnership with the tour to sell its range of...

News: WayForward is Flipping the Tables With a Mighty Switch Force! 3DS HOME Theme

WayForward is Flipping the Tables With a Mighty Switch Force! 3DS HOME Theme

This week in North America, soon in Europe

WayForward has stepped into the 3DS HOME Theme business of late, releasing Premium themes for Shantae and the Pirate's Curse. They were charming, and the developer / publisher is now bringing another of its popular titles to our 3DS UI screens with an upcoming arrival for Mighty Switch Force!. As you can...

Video: Even The Credits Sequence For 3D Streets Of Rage 2 Is Awesome

Even The Credits Sequence For 3D Streets Of Rage 2 Is Awesome

M2 magic

Yesterday we gave you some initial impressions of 3D Streets of Rage 2, the latest entry in Sega's 3D Classics series, which has just been released in Japan. Everything about the game drips class; it's already a wonderful brawler, but developer M2 has added in even more goodness, such as a special "Quartet" mode, various screen filters and...

News: The Legend of Zeldo: Lonk's Awakening is an iOS Flappy Bird Clone, and an Abomination

The Legend of Zeldo: Lonk's Awakening is an iOS Flappy Bird Clone, and an Abomination

Takedown from Nintendo in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...

This year Nintendo - in its partnership with DeNA - will be endeavouring to make its brands a major success on iOS and Android with its own official games and apps. It'll discover, if it hasn't done so already, that the platforms are already flooded with its IP - or lousy versions of them, in any case. An...

Gallery: Feast Your Eyeballs on These Xenoblade Chronicles X Wallpapers

Feast Your Eyeballs on These Xenoblade Chronicles X Wallpapers

Time to buy a Japanese Wii U?

We'll admit it, we like covering Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U, even if it means gazing longingly towards Japan and contemplating rapid-fire lessons in the Japanese language. Monolith Soft's RPG is rather impressive in its scope and ambition, and we can't help but admire it. With that in mind, and with the game...

Matters Of Import: Cleaning Up The City In 3D Streets Of Rage 2

Cleaning Up The City In 3D Streets Of Rage 2

Bare those knuckles

Streets of Rage 2 - or Bare Knuckle 2 as it is known in Japan - is widely regarded as one of the best side-scrolling fighters ever created, so the fact that its announcement as part of Sega's burgeoning 3D Classics range caused such excitement should come as no great shock. This is one of the defining games of the 16-bit era,...

News: Mighty No. 9 Confirmed for September Release, Along With Physical Retail Version

Mighty No. 9 Confirmed for September Release, Along With Physical Retail Version

Deep Silver publishing, 3DS release due "at a later point"

Mighty No. 9, the upcoming title from Keiji Inafune's Comcept studio that has Mega Man fans rather excited, finally has release dates. As many have guessed it won't arrive this Spring, but is hitting the Wii U in North America on 15th September and other territories on 18th September. In...

News: Xenoblade Chronicles X Paid-DLC Details Emerge With Characters, Quests and Skell Unlocks

Xenoblade Chronicles X Paid-DLC Details Emerge With Characters, Quests and Skell Unlocks

All available in a bundle for 2000 Yen, about $17

Xenoblade Chronicles X is downloading onto some Japanese Wii U systems right now, and new details on paid-DLC options have accompanied the launch. On a whole the content on offer seems to be a decent value, though day one extras aren't always greeted with open arms. The four characters above each...

News: Image & Form Answers Questions on SteamWorld Heist Platform Features, Multiplayer and amiibo

Image & Form Answers Questions on SteamWorld Heist Platform Features, Multiplayer and amiibo

Announces the first 'Ambassador' contest winner, too

SteamWorld Heist is certainly one of the highest-profile download-only releases heading to the Wii U and 3DS this year, and ahead of a Fall release window Image & Form is keeping fans informed with weekly updates and contests. Last week the studio launched its first SteamWorld Ambassador...

Poll: With Races Won and Cups Collected, How Do You Rate Mario Kart 8's DLC Pack 2?

With Races Won and Cups Collected, How Do You Rate Mario Kart 8's DLC Pack 2?

And 200cc, for that matter

It's clear that Nintendo's approach to DLC has moved on a great deal when extras begin to take on the status of a brand new release. With April being generally low on enticing new releases, the big N successfully got plenty of current Wii U and 3DS gamers excited with DLC for existing evergreen blockbusters. In the case of...