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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...

News: Mighty No. 9 Confirmed for September Release, Along With Physical Retail Version

Mighty No. 9 Confirmed for September Release, Along With Physical Retail Version

Deep Silver publishing, 3DS release due "at a later point"

Mighty No. 9, the upcoming title from Keiji Inafune's Comcept studio that has Mega Man fans rather excited, finally has release dates. As many have guessed it won't arrive this Spring, but is hitting the Wii U in North America on 15th September and other territories on 18th September. In...

News: Image & Form Answers Questions on SteamWorld Heist Platform Features, Multiplayer and amiibo

Image & Form Answers Questions on SteamWorld Heist Platform Features, Multiplayer and amiibo

Announces the first 'Ambassador' contest winner, too

SteamWorld Heist is certainly one of the highest-profile download-only releases heading to the Wii U and 3DS this year, and ahead of a Fall release window Image & Form is keeping fans informed with weekly updates and contests. Last week the studio launched its first SteamWorld Ambassador...

News: amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits Bringing Retro Freebie Fun to North America on 30th April

amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits Bringing Retro Freebie Fun to North America on 30th April

Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition demo on the same day

For those in North America with a Wii U and 3DS that fancy some free gaming, the upcoming Nintendo Download update - on 30th April - will certainly deliver. First up will be amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits, the quirky Wii U app that serves up 30 demos of retro Virtual Console...

News: Natsume Suggests That Nintendo's Moving Away From SNES on Wii U Virtual Console

Natsume Suggests That Nintendo's Moving Away From SNES on Wii U Virtual Console

Explains how games are selected for the Virtual Console

Natsume is a publisher and developer that pops up relatively regularly on the current day Virtual Console, certainly more so than some other names that were common on the Wii but have appeared less on the Wii U and 3DS. As such it's a company with some useful insight into how the platform...

Nintendo Download: 23rd April (North America)

23rd April (North America)

Mario Kart 8 DLC, DS karting, Mewtwo, 3D cube creation and more

Happy Mario Kart Day, Nintendo gamers! The usual download update details are out a little later than normal for North America and, unsurprisingly, the Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 has a prominent place in the listing. It's not the only fresh arrival, though, we also have more Mario Kart of...

News: amiibo Tap Gets A New Title In Europe, Available For Free At The End Of The Month

amiibo Tap Gets A New Title In Europe, Available For Free At The End Of The Month

Say hello to amiibo Touch & Play: Nintendo Classics Highlights

Nintendo's next free-to-play download is launching on the Wii U eShop at the end of this month in Europe, it has been revealed today. amiibo Touch & Play: Nintendo Classics Highlights - known in North America as amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits - is an app which works in...

Video: Nintendo Shows Off amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits as it Launches in Japan

Nintendo Shows Off amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits as it Launches in Japan

30 demos to get stuck into

One of the quirkiest uses of amiibo to date is amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits, a free download on the Wii U eShop that'll allow you to play quick-fire demos of Virtual Console games by tapping one of the figures on the GamePad. It's out today in Japan and Nintendo has released a new video that shows it off. As you...

News: Avengers: Age of Ultron DLC Rolling Out to Zen Pinball 2 Soon

Avengers: Age of Ultron DLC Rolling Out to Zen Pinball 2 Soon

We're going to show you something... beautiful

Excited cinema goers will be rushing in droves to see the latest instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Avengers: Age of Ultron hits the silver screen in Europe later this week. (Sorry North America, you'll have to wait until 1st May). Of course, every cinematic blockbuster such as this has a...

News: Challenge Mode to Accompany Shovel Knight's Plague of Shadows Update

Challenge Mode to Accompany Shovel Knight's Plague of Shadows Update

Japanese localization also on the way!

As exceedingly rad as Shovel Knight is, the radness velocity only climbs upon the realization that Yacht Club Games is still digging up free add-ons, updates and treats that will keep the game fresh for quite some time. We previously learned that the Plague of Shadows expansion is on its way, but Yacht Club has...

News: Image & Form Announces 'SteamWorld Ambassador' Challenges

Image & Form Announces 'SteamWorld Ambassador' Challenges

Play SteamWorld Heist before anyone else

SteamWorld Heist is due to start arriving in Fall this year, with the 3DS and Wii U eShop stores on the list of supported platforms. A spin-off from SteamWorld Dig, its blend of a steampunk aesthetic with 2D turn-based strategy is certainly full of potential. Developer Image & Form is now launching a set...