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News: Minecraft: Story Mode is Heading to Wii U

Minecraft: Story Mode is Heading to Wii U

At last... sort of

Minecraft has become a cultural phenomenon, starting on PC before going on to achieve incredible sales success on consoles; long after release console versions remain as ever-presents in the charts. The disappointment for Nintendo fans is that they've missed out; that's now about to change... sort of. Minecraft: Story Mode is an...

Review: G.G Series ENERGY CHAIN (DSiWare)

G.G Series ENERGY CHAIN (DSiWare)

Off the chain

The next title in the G.G series takes us back to the puzzler genre with yet another take on the tried and true block puzzler. Amazingly enough, this is pulled off with a surprising amount of success and is as enjoyable as it is original. If there's any complaint to be levelled against G.G Series ENERGY CHAIN, it's that the overall...

Review: Mortar Melon (Wii U eShop)

Mortar Melon (Wii U eShop)

Smashing melons isn't nearly as fun as Smashing Pumpkins

The first time a watermelon smashed into a log-cutting industrial saw's menacing jagged edges, there were melon bits everywhere. For the next two hours or so, that carnage only got worse. Red melon juices like blood stuck to its blades, with wasted delicious looking melon slices flying in all...

News: Nintendo UK Sends Out Free Photos With Animal Crossing Download Codes

Nintendo UK Sends Out Free Photos With Animal Crossing Download Codes

You have mail

Nintendo UK is in the middle of a national tour around shopping malls, promoting current and upcoming releases on Wii U and 3DS. One promotion it's been running at events has been to give out free codes for Photos with Animal Crossing, an AR app for the 3DS that allows you to snap pics with some of your favourite animals. It's the...

Review: Runbow (Wii U eShop)

Runbow (Wii U eShop)

Colourtastic! Colourrific! Colourawesome!

In the words of the late Satoru Iwata - "Above all, video games are meant to just be one thing: Fun for everyone". Runbow embraces this philosophy and runs away with it. The result is a game that is simple in concept and execution, yet it radiates personality from every shade of its palette. In short, Runbow...

Review: Devil's Third (Wii U)

Devil's Third (Wii U)

What devilry is this?

Devil's Third has had a protracted and curious road to the Wii U, with notable gaps between regional releases and the peculiarity of an upcoming free-to-play online version for PC. With its arrival in Japan and Europe we get to see whether it's seductive and alluring or, alternatively, a devilish disappointment. With much...

Rumour: Fresh Sources Suggest Shovel Knight Is Indeed Digging His Way To Super Smash Bros.

Fresh Sources Suggest Shovel Knight Is Indeed Digging His Way To Super Smash Bros.

With an amiibo figure in tow, naturally

Rumours regarding Shovel Knight's inclusion in the Super Smash Bros. roster have been doing the rounds for quite some time, but we've managed to unearth some fresh evidence which suggests that Yacht Club Games' famous character is indeed about to take a bow in Nintendo's famous fighter. We've been in touch...

Video: Japanese TV Commercials For Super Mario Maker Take The Reserved Approach

Japanese TV Commercials For Super Mario Maker Take The Reserved Approach

Low on CGI, high on charm

The launch of Super Mario Maker is just around the corner, and Nintendo is giving the game one final push in Japan with a raft of new TV commercials. Compared to the CGI-heavy nature of the US ads, these are a little more reserved and showcase one man and his quest to create the most entertaining Super Mario level...

News: Flowers Will Apparently Factor In The Future Of The Pokémon Series 

Flowers Will Apparently Factor In The Future Of The Pokémon Series 

Cryptic conundrums

Flowers are great. Not only do they make our gardens look presentable, they're perfect for smoothing over stormy relationships with loved ones. In fact, they're so versatile they may be integral to the future of the Pokémon series, according to The Pokémon Company International's Director of Consumer Marketing J.C. Smith...

News: Super-Hard Platformer Volgarr The Viking Set To Pillage Wii U And 3DS eShops

Super-Hard Platformer Volgarr The Viking Set To Pillage Wii U And 3DS eShops

Faux-retro classic blazing a trail to Nintendo consoles

Indie hit Volgarr the Viking is coming to the Wii U and 3DS, it has been confirmed. A love letter to the tough-as-old-boots 2D action platformers of the '80s and '90s, Volgarr takes a large helping of inspiration from the likes of Rastan and Ghouls 'n Ghosts. Initially arriving on PC, it hit...

News: FAST Racing NEO Developer Shin’en Multimedia Would Love To Stick With Nintendo Hardware In The Future

FAST Racing NEO Developer Shin’en Multimedia Would Love To Stick With Nintendo Hardware In The Future

Provided the title is a success

After a strong showing at Nintendo’s Treehouse E3 event this year, Shin'en Multimedia's FAST Racing NEO is now one of the most highly anticipated upcoming releases for the Wii U eShop. With the development cycle of the futuristic racer under control, Shin’en’s Martin Sauter recently discussed the company’s...

Video: Check Out These Delightful Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Japanese Trailers

Check Out These Delightful Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Japanese Trailers

Dungeon crawl with your pocket monsters

The upcoming release of Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon promises to take the now long-running series to new heights with a more extensive game experience than ever before – with enhancements such as randomly generated dungeons that change each time a player enters, and the chance to battle alongside both...

Mario History: Mario Party - 1998

Mario Party - 1998

Let's get it started

In this series of articles we'll write about one Mario game every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. We'll admit it, we're cheating a little with this entry. All entries in this series of articles have - until now - taken their release dates from the...

News: Splatoon Original Soundtrack Bringing 2 CDs of Noise to Your Pointy Squid Ears

Splatoon Original Soundtrack Bringing 2 CDs of Noise to Your Pointy Squid Ears

Can you handle these spicy wasabi beats?

One of the pleasantly surprising aspects of Splatoon has been its approach to music. Not only do songs in the game possess a funky blend of styles with dashes of Japanese influence, but in-world groups have been introduced with unique sounds and different K.K. Slider-like vocalists to give a feeling that the...

News: MOTHER 2 Vinyl Soundtrack Heading West

MOTHER 2 Vinyl Soundtrack Heading West

North America bound

Back in March we reported on a Kickstarter campaign aimed at bringing the original arranged Mother soundtrack to vinyl for the first time in North America. The campaign smashed its target funding goal and the project is now well on its way to completion. In a surprise announcement made earlier today, it was revealed that Ship to...

News: Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows Development Complete, Release Date Coming "Very, Very Soon"

Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows Development Complete, Release Date Coming "Very, Very Soon"

Challenge Mode will be on show at the Nindies PAX event

Shovel Knight was a gem of a download release in 2014 (2015 in Europe), marking an impressive début for Yacht Club Games. It scooped various Game of the Year awards courtesy of its blend of pixel-based visuals and outstanding gameplay. Of course, it originated on Kickstarter, with the...

Talking Point: The Argument For And Against amiibo-Cloning Tool Amiiqo

The Argument For And Against amiibo-Cloning Tool Amiiqo

A necessary evil or bare-face piracy?

Nintendo's range of amiibo toys has been a commercial success, shipping over 10 million units (at the last count) and giving the company a much-needed additional revenue stream during a time of considerable turmoil and upheaval. However, the amiibo story hasn't been entirely positive, with some figures proving...