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Feature: What We Expect from Nintendo Direct - 12th November

What We Expect from Nintendo Direct - 12th November

The hype is building

After a long wait it's finally time to think about Nintendo Direct once again. With simultaneous broadcasts in North America and Europe we can expect a show packed with information on Holiday releases, perhaps some titles due in early 2016 and - hopefully - some surprises. We've already written about the need for deep breaths...

Nintendo Download: 12th November (North America)

12th November (North America)

Stella Glow! Nintendo Badge Arcade! Contra! Girls Like Robots?! More!

It may be 'Nintendo Direct Day', but we still have a Nintendo Download Update to look forward to, even if there are rumours of blocky surprises still to come. This week's line-up in North America has some varied and quirky offerings across both Wii U and 3DS, including a...

News: Minecraft Wii U Edition Has Been Rated By PEGI

Minecraft Wii U Edition Has Been Rated By PEGI

A dream come true

Minecraft is arguably the most influential video game of all-time. While the masterpiece where players create their own adventure and the world around them has graced multiple platforms over the past number of years since its initial release on PC, Mojang has unfortunately skipped Nintendo systems time and time again. When...

Parent Trap: Oft-Forgotten Wii U Features That Matter To Families

Oft-Forgotten Wii U Features That Matter To Families

Family Gamer TV looks at the eShop, backward compatibility and more

Weighing up which console to invest in for a family is a matter of identifying which features are most important to you. I've had a repeated conversation over the last few months where I introduce friends and parents to some of the lesser known features of the Wii U. Some of these...

News: Disney Magical World 2's Whimsy is Outsold By Call of Duty's Futuristic Warfare in Japan

Disney Magical World 2's Whimsy is Outsold By Call of Duty's Futuristic Warfare in Japan

Also can't match the launch sales of its predecessor

The latest Media Create Japanese chart results are in, and this week reflect one notable sales trend from the West with a big-name shooty-shooty-bang-bang game making a strong debut and boosting Sony's hardware, while there's also a major release on 3DS. Yes, Call of Duty: Black Ops III takes top...

Music: Have a Listen to the Rodea the Sky Soldier Soundtrack

Have a Listen to the Rodea the Sky Soldier Soundtrack

Soaring high

Rodea the Sky Soldier is out now in North America and is imminent in Europe, and is a title that's been years in the making. It had a sticky route to release, yet for some eager followers that'll matter little - especially as it's a Nintendo exclusive and the original work of Yuki Naka. Although it has shortcomings we gave it a...

News: Keiji Inafune is Interested in Implementing amiibo in His Games

Keiji Inafune is Interested in Implementing amiibo in His Games

Just don't delay Mighty No. 9 again, Inafune

Up until recently, amiibo had been exclusively first party affairs. There are already dozens of the evasive figures available for a wide array of Nintendo franchises, but the question always remained: will amiibo ever be utilized by third parties? This was answered by a rather surprising reveal by Yacht...

Video: Take a Look at the New Cat Costumes Now Available In Super Mario Maker

Take a Look at the New Cat Costumes Now Available In Super Mario Maker

Play custom courses as a feisty feline

If Super Mario Maker on the Wii U wasn’t already addictive enough with its extensive list of course-making tools and user-made levels, the costume collection aspect of the game is yet another reason to hang around. With the number of costumes in the game steadily on the rise, Nintendo has just added two more...

News: The Next Nintendo Direct is on 12th November

The Next Nintendo Direct is on 12th November

The wait is over!

It's been a long wait since the last Nintendo Direct broadcast, which was before E3, but we finally have a date and time for the next information bonanza. It's happening on 12th November at 2pm Pacific / 5pm Eastern / 10pm UK / 11pm CET. The wait for another Nintendo Direct has been a long one for fans, though company President...

News: Japan Is Getting This Charming Animal Crossing amiibo Diorama

Japan Is Getting This Charming Animal Crossing amiibo Diorama

Perfect for displaying those figures

Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival is with us soon, and while it might not be generating the same interest as a "proper" Animal Crossing outing, the introduction of several new amiibo figures is helping to build the hype - and over in Japan, they're whipping fans into a frenzy with free tat. Japanese consumers...

Review: Rodea the Sky Soldier (Wii U)

Rodea the Sky Soldier (Wii U)

Turbulence ahead

Yuji Naka is a legend in the world of game design. He has worked on notable series such as Sonic the Hedgehog, NiGHTS into Dreams and Phantasy Online for nearly 30 years. His newest creation, Rodea the Sky Soldier, has been stuck in development limbo for over five years, but the time has finally come for it to see the light of day...

News: Splatoon's Content Update is a Little Early This Week With the Neo Sploosh-o-matic

Splatoon's Content Update is a Little Early This Week With the Neo Sploosh-o-matic

Soak it up

We're used to new content arriving in Splatoon every Friday / Saturday, depending on time zones, serving as a nice start to our weekends. Nintendo has different plans this week, however. Nintendo of Europe has tweeted confirmation that we'll receive a new weapon early this week, arriving Wednesday morning (11th November). Assuming it's...

News: Valhalla Game Studios is Being Sued Over a Trademark Dispute

Valhalla Game Studios is Being Sued Over a Trademark Dispute

Valhalla Motion Pictures would like a word

It seems that people and companies in the modern age will find just about anything to get upset over enough to sue each other. It can be quite entertaining to see the things that get brought to court, such as the infamous case where Red Bull had to pay $10 to anybody that's ever bought the energy drink...

Video: Learn All About Skells in This Xenoblade Chronicles X Survival Guide

Learn All About Skells in This Xenoblade Chronicles X Survival Guide

Transforming our expectations

We're now just a small number of weeks away from Xenoblade Chronicles X, the enormous Monolith Soft RPG that'll likely keep plenty of Wii U owners busy into 2016. Excitement is sure to build as a result, and Nintendo is keen for players to go in with a decent amount of knowledge to tackle the complex and varied game...

Review: Just Dance 2016 (Wii U)

Just Dance 2016 (Wii U)

Keeeeeeeeep dancing!

Every year as the leaves begin to fall from the trees, as we start to moan about the weather even more than usual and as we start to hopelessly search the entire house for our gloves which we've lost for the fifth year running, you can be certain of one thing… Another entry to Ubisoft's Just Dance series will be fox-trotting...

News: Nintendo of America Confirms Holiday Season Mall Tour

Nintendo of America Confirms Holiday Season Mall Tour

Showing off the best of Wii U and 3DS

With the Holiday season rapidly approaching the battle for shoppers' hearts and minds will be well and truly underway. As a result Nintendo of America has now confirmed that it'll be targeting shoppers directly in an upcoming mall tour to show off major Wii U and 3DS releases. Perhaps a little disappointing is...