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Talking Point: Nintendo's Legacy Makes The Virtual Console Essential, But It Must Modernise

Nintendo's Legacy Makes The Virtual Console Essential, But It Must Modernise

Idealism should make way for realism

Technologically, the world is busier and noisier than it's ever been before. So many gadgets and screens demand our time and loyalty, from smart TVs with hundreds of channels and streaming apps, to smartphones and tablets and, of course, game systems. Those with a decent amount of spare cash that are anxious to...

Poll: Is It Time For a Fresh Alternative to the Virtual Console?

Is It Time For a Fresh Alternative to the Virtual Console?

Bundles, remixes, subscription services - what's next?

When the Wii launched it had plenty of exciting ideas that contributed to its extraordinary success. One service that appealed to older gamers and / or dedicated fans was the Virtual Console - while relatively niche services had offered older games for download in the past, this was a game...

News: Yooka-Laylee Double-Jumps Through Final Kickstarter Stretch Goal In Less Than 24 Hours

Yooka-Laylee Double-Jumps Through Final Kickstarter Stretch Goal In Less Than 24 Hours

£1 million in the bag, day one Wii U release assured

Update: Playtonic Games has now announced two new stretch goals on its campaign page. £1.1 million will bring an N64 'shader mode' plus a DK rap + video in the credits, while £1.2 million will add a developer walkthrough and commentary video. At current momentum these will likely be passed in...

News: Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter Campaign Smashes Its Funding Goal In Less Than An Hour

Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter Campaign Smashes Its Funding Goal In Less Than An Hour

Thousands of backers jump in for spiritual Banjo-Kazooie Successor

Playtonic Games, a new studio comprised of ex-Rare developers, has been generating a lot of hype for its first project. We know from speaking to the studio, however, that it'll be absolutely stunned by the reaction to the Kickstarter campaign for its first game - Yooka-Laylee. After...

News: Classic Arcade Shooter Ultratron Is Inserting Credits On May 14th

Classic Arcade Shooter Ultratron Is Inserting Credits On May 14th

Twin-stick Robotron homage launching on the Wii U eShop soon

Curve Digital has confirmed that Puppygames's Ultratron is launching on the Wii U eShop on May 14th. A loving tribute to arcade shooters like Robotron and Smash TV, Ultratron is a twin-stick blaster with a retro-futuristic soundtrack and "slick, stylised graphics." It even has a filter...

First Impressions: Hands On With Playtonic's Yooka-Laylee

Hands On With Playtonic's Yooka-Laylee

Damien and Thomas share their initial impressions

The cat - or should that be chameleon - is out of the bag. Fledgling UK studio Playtonic Games has lifted the lid on the stars of its début title - Yooka and Laylee - and has sent Rare-loving Nintendo fans into a frenzy of anticipation by confirming that the game will be coming to the Wii U eShop...

News: Elliot Quest Patch Fixes Bugs and Graveyard Glitch

Elliot Quest Patch Fixes Bugs and Graveyard Glitch

Version 1.2.2, for the record

Elliot Quest is an indie RPG on the Wii U that was heavily pushed by Nintendo ahead of release, which is hardly surprising due to its retro-style visuals and design. It's also a solid advertisement for the occasionally maligned Nintendo Web Framework, too. At launch it did have some shortcomings, though to the credit...

News: Less Than A Day Old And Yooka-Laylee Already Has Lots of Awesome Fan-Art

Less Than A Day Old And Yooka-Laylee Already Has Lots of Awesome Fan-Art

Now that's a Rare sight

It's been less than a day now since Playtonic Games lifted the lid on its upcoming game, Yooka-Laylee, and already the Internet has gone fan-art crazy. This is all before the Kickstarter campaign has even gone live, too, emphasizing the hype around this project. We've picked out some early winners in the fan-art stakes for...

First Impressions: Tapping In With amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits

Tapping In With amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits

amii-boo

There's a decent indication that amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits (known as amiibo Touch & Play: Nintendo Classics Highlights in Europe) is considered a fairly valuable release - internally - by Nintendo. When highlighting the role of amiibo in an investor's briefing at the start of the year Satoru Iwata referenced the project by...

News: Rynn’s Adventure: Trouble in the Enchanted Forest Arrives On The Wii U And 3DS eShops This Fall

Rynn’s Adventure: Trouble in the Enchanted Forest Arrives On The Wii U And 3DS eShops This Fall

Defeat an army of reptiles as a fearless fox

Yet another indie title will arrive on the Wii U and 3DS eShops soon, with developer Arcane Four Studios announcing their side-scrolling 2D platform game, Rynn’s Adventure: Trouble in the Enchanted Forest, will be released this fall. Players take control of a fox named Rynn as they attempt to take back...

News: The Legend of Zelda’s Tingle Would Be An Amazing Boss In Shovel Knight According To Yacht Club Games Programmer

The Legend of Zelda’s Tingle Would Be An Amazing Boss In Shovel Knight According To Yacht Club Games Programmer

Would also love to see Shovel Knight added to the Super Smash Bros. roster

Yacht Club Games’ side-scrolling platform title, Shovel Knight, was a huge success on launch, receiving critical praise and scooping up several game awards soon after. Since its initial release on the Wii U, 3DS and PC in June last year, the independent developer has been...

News: Ubisoft Releases "Child of Light: Reginald the Great" Art eBook for Free

Ubisoft Releases "Child of Light: Reginald the Great" Art eBook for Free

Another charming piece of lore

There are some that take enjoyment from being rather anti-Ubisoft, but the publishing and development giant undoubtedly produces some exceptional work. Child of Light, released last year on the Wii U eShop and a host of platforms, was one such example. Utilising the gorgeous UbiArt engine it brought us a charming new...

News: Playtonic's Project Ukulele Becomes Yooka-Laylee, Wii U Release Confirmed

Playtonic's Project Ukulele Becomes Yooka-Laylee, Wii U Release Confirmed

Meet the stars of the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie

Playtonic Games has finally lifted the lid on its new game, revealing its final title: Yooka-Laylee. Previously referred to as Project Ukulele, the game is being pitched as the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie and even shares the same dual-character set-up. Yooka is a chameleon who can...

Nintendo Download: 30th April (North America)

30th April (North America)

Paper Mario, amiibo tapping, mech blasting, pinball DLC and more

It's that time again, North American gamers, for details on the fresh download treats making their way to the eShop. This week brings an amiibo freebie, a Nintendo 64 classic, DLC, demos, discounts and more besides. It's certainly a diverse and quirky line-up this time around, so let's...

Video: Sin & Punishment: Successor of the Skies Shines On Wii U

Sin & Punishment: Successor of the Skies Shines On Wii U

A pleasurable experience

For the latest Wii release to get another chance on the Wii U eShop, Nintendo has given us something a little different in Treasure's Sin & Punishment: Successor of the Skies, or Star Successor as it's known in North America. A sequel to an N64 game that never even made it out of Japan (until a Virtual Console release on...