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News: Nintendo Confirms Retro Halloween Scares for the Virtual Console

Nintendo Confirms Retro Halloween Scares for the Virtual Console

Castlevania! Gargoyle's Quest! Erm, Kirby. More!

Today has brought us the usual North American Nintendo Download Update details, which delivered a fairly handsome line-up, and the big N has also outlined a range of Virtual Console titles that'll be haunting our systems up to Halloween — in most cases, anyway. Below are the four titles that are...

Nintendo Download: 16th October (North America)

16th October (North America)

Harmony of Dissonance, Lone Survivor, Ballpoint Universe and much more

It's that time again, North American gamers, for Nintendo Download Update details to brighten your day and lighten your wallet. This week sees a collection of promising new download games across Wii U and 3DS, along with high quality retro options on both systems. Throw in a...

News: Trailer Shows Off Today's First Batch of Hyrule Warriors DLC

Trailer Shows Off Today's First Batch of Hyrule Warriors DLC

"Master Quest Pack" gallops its way onto the eShop

The first batch of Hyrule Warriors DLC arrives today in Europe and the US, bringing a treasure chest full of exciting extras. The "Master Quest Pack" (the first of four announced DLC packages) will provide Hyrule Warriors owners with the following downloadable content: Three new playable...

News: Here's A Closer Look at Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire's PokéNav Plus

Here's A Closer Look at Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire's PokéNav Plus

More features than you can shake a Shiftry at

Ever since the second generation, every entry in the main Pokémon series has had some sort of little gadget that helps you navigate the world of tall grass and impossibly hardy shrubs. Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire are no exception to this rule, and bring back the classic PokéNav from the...

News: Transport Yourself To The Eighties With This Totally Dope Ultimate NES Remix Cap

Transport Yourself To The Eighties With This Totally Dope Ultimate NES Remix Cap

Ships with the game when you buy from the UK online store

Ultimate NES Remix is a collection of mini-games inspired by some of Nintendo's finest 8-bit escapades and — we we're sure you're aware — hits the 3DS next month. Just in case the game's considerable retro vibe isn't strong enough for you, you can now pre-order the title from the...

Feature: Brawl With The Nintendo Life Team in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Brawl With The Nintendo Life Team in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Fight club

Many 3DS owners will already be well into their time with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS by this point, customising their fighters and pinning down their 'main' for tough online battles. A fun feature of this game, of course, is its Mii integration: you can choose from three core Mii Fighter types — Brawler, Swordfighter and Gunner...

Nintendo 64x64: Pokmon Stadium

Pokmon Stadium

THE PRE-BATTLE HAS BEGUN!

Transferring data between games is a common feature nowadays, but in 1999 it was a huge deal for Pokémon fans who could finally see their favourite creatures battle it out in 3D. The pure focus on battling -- with various rule sets to choose from -- makes for a change of pace from the Game Boy original. The mini-games,...

News: Eiji Aonuma Wants Mario Kart 8's DLC Master Cycle In Future Zelda Games

Eiji Aonuma Wants Mario Kart 8's DLC Master Cycle In Future Zelda Games

Extra horsepower for the Zelda franchise

It's not long now until November, which means the first batch of DLC for Mario Kart 8 will arrive. As it's The Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 8 and will include Link as a playable character, there's understandable hype. The recent reveal of The Master Cycle naturally grabbed our attention, then, a rather slick...

News: Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Lead the Way in New Nintendo 3DS Kisekae Faceplates

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Lead the Way in New Nintendo 3DS Kisekae Faceplates

Animal Crossing! Plumber's moustaches! More!

The New Nintendo 3DS is now out in Japan and has enjoyed a strong start in the charts, shifting nearly 235,000 units in its launch weekend. The smaller model was actually outsold by the LL (XL), which surprises us for one reason — Kisekae faceplaces. We can't help but be charmed by these faceplates,...

News: Junichi Masuda Talks Pokémon Snap and Listening to Fans

Junichi Masuda Talks Pokémon Snap and Listening to Fans

Get your Game Freak on

In a recent interview about Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, director of the Pokémon games Junichi Masuda talked about the fans' desire to see a new Pokémon Snap game. Masuda-san was clear to point out that the N64 cult classic "wasn't originally developed by Game Freak", although it does seem that he has a certain...

News: Curve Studios Outlines Release Details of Four Wii U Titles

Curve Studios Outlines Release Details of Four Wii U Titles

All before December

Curve Studios has a strong history of working on Nintendo hardware, perhaps most notably with Nintendo-published titles Hydroventure / Fluidity on WiiWare and Hydroventure / Fluidity: Spin Cycle on the 3DS eShop. The development studio's work goes way beyond those two games, of course, and it's been responsible for a range of...

Video: Your Heart Will Melt At This Sega Genesis Promo Created By A Son and His Gaming Mad Father

Your Heart Will Melt At This Sega Genesis Promo Created By A Son and His Gaming Mad Father

1991 home movie intended to convince family members to dump the NES

As you'll know if you've read the recent Console Wars, back in the early '90s Nintendo was still very much the king of the hill when it came to video games. Sega's time in the sun was yet to come, but the 16-bit Genesis (Mega Drive if you're outside of the US) was already making...

News: Pokémon Global Link To Undergo Maintenance

Pokémon Global Link To Undergo Maintenance

Power Plant shuts up shop temporarily

The Pokémon Company International has confirmed that the Pokémon Global Link (an online multiplayer feature that is used to provide players with services including battling and trading) will be undergoing maintenance next month. Now hold your Ponyta, this will only take place from November 13th to the 21st in...

News: Super Smash Bros. Website Introduces amiibo Details

Super Smash Bros. Website Introduces amiibo Details

Each amiibo is "uniquely your own"

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be the first title to support amiibo toys, with the initial range designed for the brawler — they will eventually be supported in a host of other games, too. Though we have an idea of how the figures will be integrated into the game, the official website has begun to lay out the...

Feature: Bayonetta - Creating Gaming's Combative Heroine

Bayonetta - Creating Gaming's Combative Heroine

A unique part of the gaming scene

While it's a release that'll perhaps be battling the odds to make a major commercial impact, Bayonetta 2 will arrive as a Wii U exclusive on 24th October in the West, joined by an enhanced port of its predecessor. The new entry arrives as a relatively unique arrival, one of few dedicated action games of its type...

Review: Painting Workshop (3DS eShop)

Painting Workshop (3DS eShop)

Digital canvas

The 3DS has continued to thrive as a result of its varied and expansive software catalogue, providing a one-stop-shop for RPG, platforming, and even action fans to find some really solid titles. It's not only that though, as the eShop has opened the door for smaller developers to release more subdued or technical affairs, be it music...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Takes Smash Bros.' Crown in Japanese Charts, New Nintendo 3DS Sales Explode

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Takes Smash Bros.' Crown in Japanese Charts, New Nintendo 3DS Sales Explode

A very healthy week for the 3DS

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate — known as Monster Hunter 4G in Japan — has utterly decimated the competition in its launch week, selling nearly 1,500,000 physical copies, but Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS still stands up as a strong contender in second place. Yokai Watch 2 also makes its way back up the charts as the...

News: I Had No Idea If I Was Fighting Demons, Dragons Or Flying Giraffes, Admits The Voice Of Bayonetta

I Had No Idea If I Was Fighting Demons, Dragons Or Flying Giraffes, Admits The Voice Of Bayonetta

Meet Hellena Taylor, the talent behind Bayonetta's sassy dialogue

Bayonetta 2 is a bit special, as you'll be aware if you've already read our review. The sequel to the 2010 cult classic (also now available on Wii U), this title is Platinum Games at its finest — over the top action, incredible visuals and a spunky female lead with spider-like limbs...