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News: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Pre-Purchase and Pre-Load Now Available on the eShop

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Pre-Purchase and Pre-Load Now Available on the eShop

17.2GB in space required, will allow immediate launch day play

Not long ago Nintendo announced that it was introducing a pre-download service to the Wii U eShop that'll kick off with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U; it'll eventually be utilised more and on 3DS in 2015. The exciting news is that details have been confirmed, meaning that fans of...

Video: Nintendo's Wii U Holiday Commercial Keeps It In The Family

Nintendo's Wii U Holiday Commercial Keeps It In The Family

Racing off with Mario Kart 8

In 2013 Nintendo of America's main Wii U Holiday commercials revolved around 'The Pitch', as kids tried to convince their parents that a Wii U was the way forward for family entertainment. The first 2014 Wii U Holiday commercial in the region also, unsurprisingly, opts for families as its pitch, albeit with a different...

News: Free Sonic Boom 3DS Theme Now Available For Download In North America

Free Sonic Boom 3DS Theme Now Available For Download In North America

Speed demon

There's still no sign of our review copies of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, but we can at least take some solace in the fact that there's a free 3DS theme available for download right now. We've confirmed that the theme is on offer in North America and Canada, but it's not currently available on either the...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Continues to Dominate in Japan as New Nintendo 3DS Leads Hardware Sales

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Continues to Dominate in Japan as New Nintendo 3DS Leads Hardware Sales

Wii U awaits new releases, still

It's Media Create charts time for Japan, once again, and this week brings more steady reassurance for Nintendo in the portable space, if not necessarily for Wii U. This is also a relatively quiet spell ahead of the Holiday season in Japan, so familiar names continue to make their presence felt. At the top, still, is...

News: 3DS Version Of Petit Computer Hits Japan November 19th, Global Programming Contest Announced

3DS Version Of Petit Computer Hits Japan November 19th, Global Programming Contest Announced

No date for the western release as yet

Programming tool Petit Computer — known in Japan as SmileBASIC — is getting a new 3DS version in Japan this month. Developer SmileBoom Co.Ltd confirmed the release today, and also announced that the third programming contest will be held in conjunction with the Japanese launch. Although this contest will...

News: Travel Companion App ''Talking Phrasebook'' Making The Trip To 3DS

Travel Companion App ''Talking Phrasebook'' Making The Trip To 3DS

7 languages at your fingertips

Travelling can be a stressful business, and even more so when you've no idea how to speak the native language. Bumbling through a few variations of "omelette du fromage" just won't cut it any more, so the upcoming arrival of travel app Talking Phrasebook - 7 Languages gives hope to Nintendo fans from all over Europe...

News: Reggie Fils-Aime Says Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Pre-Orders Are At Record Levels

Reggie Fils-Aime Says Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Pre-Orders Are At Record Levels

Talks up Holiday prospects and tackles smartphone questions

We're now very close to the peak shopping season for 2014, and Nintendo will be throwing out major releases in a bid to secure major sales success for both Wii U and 3DS. For the Wii U much rides on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and the amiibo range, while on 3DS the main focus will be...

News: Table Top Racing: World Tour Dev Isn't Sure About Bringing The Game To Wii U Because Of Mario Kart 8

Table Top Racing: World Tour Dev Isn't Sure About Bringing The Game To Wii U Because Of Mario Kart 8

Micro Machines-style racer is hitting consoles first this time around

Former Psygnosis staffer and Wipeout developer Nick Burcombe plies his trade at Playrise Digital these days, and has overseen the release of the successful Table Top Racing on smartphones and tablets. He and his studio are now hard at work on the sequel — Table Top Racing: World...

News: Konami Demands That Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Castlevania Book Be Removed From Sale

Konami Demands That Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Castlevania Book Be Removed From Sale

"Their qualm is that it's unlicensed, but it doesn't need to be"

At the request of Konami, the review-packed book Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Castlevania by Kurt Kalata has been removed from sale. The full colour book was only released two months ago on September 13th, and not only includes overviews of nearly every Castlevania title, but also...

Review: Magical Diary: Secrets Sharing (3DS eShop)

Magical Diary: Secrets Sharing (3DS eShop)

The secret's out: this diary is meh-gical

A few decades back, when kids wanted to document their daily accounts or their innermost thoughts, they had to put a pen to paper or tap away on their Talkback Dear Diary. Yet in these modern times, where it’s common for most people to carry numerous electronic devices, there’s less and less of a reason...

News: Rodea the Sky Soldier Now Flying Into a Spring 2015 Release in Japan, for Wii U and 3DS

Rodea the Sky Soldier Now Flying Into a Spring 2015 Release in Japan, for Wii U and 3DS

Wii version dropped, unsurprisingly

Rodea the Sky Soldier has had a troubled history. When originally announced for Wii and 3DS this flying action title certainly caught the eye, with the development team at Prope being led by the highly regarded Yuji Naka, one of the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog. It then seemed to enter the publishing void,...

News: Upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Patch To Address Balance Issues

Upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Patch To Address Balance Issues

You can smell the stability from a mile away

With Super Smash Bros. for Wii U just around the corner, we reckon now's your chance to get in some practice with the terrific Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS before taking your brawling skills to the big screen. Today, Nintendo has announced the latest patch for the 3DS version, aiming to solve...

News: Shulk amiibo Listed as GameStop Exclusive in the US

Shulk amiibo Listed as GameStop Exclusive in the US

Hopefully won't sell for $90 used

Nintendo today revealed 11 new amiibo figures heading to stores in early 2015; in Europe six are listed for 23rd January and another five for 20th February, while in North America they've simply been given a 'February' window so far. In the latter region it's been suggested that some of these newer figures would...

Review: The Swapper (Wii U eShop)

The Swapper (Wii U eShop)

A clone in the dark?

With the Wii U eShop’s recent flurry of sci-fi titles such as Master Reboot and The Fall finding a home on the digital service, what does it take for yet another game set in space to stand out from the crowd? Puzzles. Yep, but not just any old puzzles — spatial physics-based conundrums that’ll give your brain a thorough...

Review: SDK Paint (Wii U eShop)

SDK Paint (Wii U eShop)

Just OK Paint

SDK Paint has an interesting history. Its developer, Hullbreach Studios, began making JavaScript applications for Wii, Nintendo DSi, and Nintendo 3DS using their respective Internet browsers. These include both the initial versions of SDK Paint — DSi Paint and 3DS Paint — as well as a full-fledged browser-based MMORPG called...

News: Battleminer is Bringing Its Crafty Presence to 3DS in North America on 20th November

Battleminer is Bringing Its Crafty Presence to 3DS in North America on 20th November

Bring a machine gun to an ant fight

Back in late September we directed your attention to Battleminer, a 3DS eShop release from Wobbly Tooth Games with "that Minecraft aesthetic". The developer made some bold promises, such as 60fps performance in a procedurally generated world, a survivor mode in which you mine, craft and fight enormous ants, in...

Talking Point: The amiibo Range Grows, Yet Key Questions Remain

The amiibo Range Grows, Yet Key Questions Remain

Its ambition is both a strength and a curse

Back in August we outlined amiibo pros and cons, mainly within the context that Nintendo had revealed little about the figures over the course of the summer months. Many questions have since been answered in terms of how the figures will be used in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, in addition to their minor...