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Matters Of Import: A Peek Into The Tragically Unobtainable World Of Dragon Quest X

A Peek Into The Tragically Unobtainable World Of Dragon Quest X

Taking the quest online

In an utterly baffling move, Dragon Quest X — the most recent game in the iconic RPG series — is not only import-only but also IP blocked, meaning the game will refuse to work for all legitimate users trying to play from outside Japan. Luckily, there are ways to get your foreign internet connection to disguise itself...

Review: Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (Wii U)

Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (Wii U)

Well-written heroes

There’s an oddly profound moment at the beginning of Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure in which Batman tells Maxwell, the series protagonist, that “no one respects a hero who takes the easy way out.” That one line, though innocuous as it may be, actually sets the tone for the rest of the game. It’s a reminder...

News: Kirby: Triple Deluxe Makes Japanese Chart Début at Number One

Kirby: Triple Deluxe Makes Japanese Chart Début at Number One

3DS remains on top as Wii U dips below Sony rivals

The Japanese charts seem to follow the patterns of many individuals from the Holiday season into a New Year. Festive excess and gorging makes way for a rapid retreat to the norm, with appetites slowed down to more reasonable levels. The latest Media Create charts show sales figures settling back to...

News: A World Of Keflings Now Expected In "The Latter Half" Of Q1 2014

A World Of Keflings Now Expected In "The Latter Half" Of Q1 2014

Will the wait be worth it?

A World of Keflings was supposed to hit the Wii U eShop last year, but the game sadly missed its scheduled launch date. Thankfully, developer NinjaBee Games has addressed the slippage and insists that the title will see the light of day this year: A kingdom-building adventure of epic proportions, A World of Keflings has...

News: BLOK DROP U Developer Shares Perspective on HTML5 Web Framework Development for Wii U

BLOK DROP U Developer Shares Perspective on HTML5 Web Framework Development for Wii U

Also outlines level release plans

BLOK DROP U is approaching release on the Wii U eShop, and is an early representation of a range of games we may see on the platform courtesy of the Nintendo Web Framework. It's a setup that Nintendo began to promote with greater visibility throughout 2013, as it enables game makers utilising code such as HTML5 (as...

Talking Point: Claims of Wii U Third-Party Development Troubles Shouldn't Be Dismissed Lightly

Claims of Wii U Third-Party Development Troubles Shouldn't Be Dismissed Lightly

Problems may have been resolved since, but are nevertheless still relevant

Over the weekend there was an interesting article published by Eurogamer's Digital Foundry, in which a "secret developer" shared their Wii U development experience. It made tough reading for anyone loyal and committed to the Nintendo and Wii U cause, but did provide some...

News: Monster Savings To Be Had On Nintendo UK's Online Store, But You'll Want To Be Quick

Monster Savings To Be Had On Nintendo UK's Online Store, But You'll Want To Be Quick

Update: Prices are now back to normal

UPDATE: And that's that. In a matter of minutes, Nintendo UK appear to have fixed many of the prices. If you got in before that happened, let us know if your download code has been honoured. Original story: Nintendo's online store has gone discount-crazy, with many leading 3DS and Wii U games being sold for...

News: Nintendo Is Sorry That The Wii U's TVii Service Hasn't Launched In The UK Yet

Nintendo Is Sorry That The Wii U's TVii Service Hasn't Launched In The UK Yet

Please understand

While Wii U owners in North America and Japan have been enjoying Nintendo TVii for the best part of a year, it still hasn't launched anywhere else in the world as yet. The internet television and on-demand entertainment service was due to launch in Europe in 2013, but that obviously didn't happen — and Nintendo UK has publicly...

News: No Game Content "Hostile to China" Will Make It Through As Ban Lifts

No Game Content "Hostile to China" Will Make It Through As Ban Lifts

The size of the market means most will likely play along

Last year the Chinese government confirmed that it'd lift its video game console ban, with news that last week's implementation of that promise contributed to a boost in Nintendo share value; this prompted speculation of the Kyoto company diving into the region. We shouldn't expect Wii U and...

News: Nintendo Software Continues to Lose Momentum in UK Charts

Nintendo Software Continues to Lose Momentum in UK Charts

Titles such as Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze can't come soon enough

In recent weeks there hasn't been much to tell about the UK game charts from a Nintendo perspective, with the usual suspects maintaining familiar positions, from 3DS games such as Animal Crossing: New Leaf hanging around near the top 20 to Super Mario 3D World residing in the...

News: Capcom Claims Its New Panta Rhei Game Engine Can Be Adapted To Any System

Capcom Claims Its New Panta Rhei Game Engine Can Be Adapted To Any System

And that means Wii U and 3DS

Capcom's MT Framework game engine was pretty adaptable — it powered Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D on the 3DS as well as providing the horsepower for the company's home console titles — and the Japanese studio has gone on record to confirm that its successor will be just as versatile. Panta Rhei is Capcom's...

Review: Zumba Fitness: World Party (Wii U)

Zumba Fitness: World Party (Wii U)

Around the world in 80 calories

A modern take on Sweatin' to the Oldies with party-people style, the dance-fitness sensation known as Zumba has become incredibly popular over the last decade, and been perfectly positioned to take advantage of the video-game fitness craze started with Wii Fit. Now, after three successful outings on the Wii, Majesco's...

News: A Third-Party "Secret Developer" Gives an Inside Story of Working on Wii U

A Third-Party "Secret Developer" Gives an Inside Story of Working on Wii U

"We would be lucky to make back all the money that we had invested"

One regular topic that can worry or frustrate Wii U owners is the issue of third-party support, particularly with retail content. While the Wii struggled to maintain third-party parity with its rivals — albeit with some excellent exclusives over its years — there was some hope...

Feature: Nintendo Games We'd Love to See in 2014

Nintendo Games We'd Love to See in 2014

Newcomers and some triumphant returns

If you cast your minds back to this time in 2013, it would have been tempting to wonder what games were coming for the rest of that year and into 2014. Long-term line-ups were a mystery, though educated guesses could be made, and then Nintendo blew away some of the obscuring smoke in a January Nintendo Direct...

Review: Monster High: 13 Wishes (Wii U)

Monster High: 13 Wishes (Wii U)

Make it stop

Monster High: 13 Wishes is garbage. There's no getting around it. Don't play it, don't buy it. Just don't. Spend your cash on something more worthwhile. Buy a Monster High DVD if you must. Invest heavily in dogecoin if you're determined to do something crazy with your money. Just, not this. Anything but this. In a nutshell, Monster...

News: King Dedede to Wield the Mallet as the Latest Challenger in New Super Smash Bros.

King Dedede to Wield the Mallet as the Latest Challenger in New Super Smash Bros.

Plenty of screens to enjoy

King Dedede has been confirmed as a challenger in the new Super Smash Bros. titles on the Wii U and 3DS, the latest in a number of recent additions as the roster fills out. His appearance was always on the cards after his role in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, with his weight and ready-to-use weapon making him a useful...