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Feature: Ari Pulkkinen's Quest to Turn the Volume Up on Game Music

Ari Pulkkinen's Quest to Turn the Volume Up on Game Music

Music is "the biggest emotional aspect in any game"

There's surely little debating that music is absolutely integral to a video game experience. Nintendo has successfully riffed on iconic themes for decades, while still producing terrific new soundtracks in its current-day efforts that can only add to the excitement of the gameplay. This is...

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: 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...

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...

News: UCraft Developer Promises Extensive Features and Releases New Trailer

UCraft Developer Promises Extensive Features and Releases New Trailer

Online modes included

The recent announcement of UCraft for the Wii U eShop made it one of a small band of titles on the way to Nintendo hardware that cite Minecraft as a source of inspiration. This effort from Nexis Games is targeting a Holiday 2014 release window, and the developer has now released more details and an extended video of footage...

News: Shovel Knight For Wii U & 3DS Launches In Europe And Australia This November

Shovel Knight For Wii U & 3DS Launches In Europe And Australia This November

Finally!

Whilst North American Nintendo fans have been enjoying Shovel Knight for what feels like an eternity now, Wii U and 3DS owners in other parts of the world are still yet to experience the joys of this medieval side-scroller. Thankfully, the wait is nearly finally over for these remaining locations, with developer Yacht Club Games today...

News: The Club Nintendo Rewards for October Have Been Confirmed

The Club Nintendo Rewards for October Have Been Confirmed

Kersploosh! 3D Classics: Kid Icarus! StarTropics II! More!

It's that time again, North American Club Nintendo fans, for the monthly rewards update that will try to separate you from your hard-earned virtual coins. This batch shakes things up a little from the last two months, with two 3DS eShop releases included in the portable offerings along with...

Nintendo Download: 16th October (Europe)

16th October (Europe)

DK delights and discounts, Lone Survivor, themes, PAC-MAN and more

The start of a fresh week can be a happy occasion for European Nintendo gamers, as it means Nintendo Download Update news. While it doesn't always provide thrills and spills, this week's selection certainly has some tempting options, including a new title on Wii U, some retro...

Review: Mon Premier Karaoké (Wii U eShop)

Mon Premier Karaoké (Wii U eShop)

Should you take a chanson this?

Rarely is it possible to describe a game in a single word, yet after mere minutes of playing Mon Premier Karaoké you can aptly sum it up as “niche”. After all, this is a game that’s aimed squarely at young, French-speaking children, and so to be able to use a word of French origin to describe it is...

News: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow to Complete GBA Trilogy on Wii U Virtual Console

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow to Complete GBA Trilogy on Wii U Virtual Console

Scarily good

The Game Boy Advance enjoyed a terrific trilogy of 2D Castlevania titles — as did its successor, the DS — which set impressive standards for portable entries in the franchise. With GBA games on the Wii U, the prospect of playing them on the GamePad — or the TV if you like enormous pixels — must have come to the minds of Konami...

Review: Red Riding Hood (Wii U eShop)

Red Riding Hood (Wii U eShop)

All the better to bore you with, my dear

Clearly aimed at children, Brave Rock Games' Red Riding Hood is a vaguely interactive storybook that, while certainly not a scam at the inexpensive asking price of $1 USD, will take users no more than 15 minutes to play through. With bare-bones presentation, narration that moves at a snail's pace and nearly...