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Soapbox: Super Mario 3D World's Playful Whimsy is Refreshing, But Faces a Vital Commercial Test

Super Mario 3D World's Playful Whimsy is Refreshing, But Faces a Vital Commercial Test

Will an overwhelmingly positive critical response and buzz deliver success?

Something slightly surprising, to me at least, happened yesterday. Super Mario 3D World had a wonderful series of reviews that went live, on any major outlet you'd care to name, bang on the embargo. I'm not talking about the scores — which were excellent — but the...

News: Super Mario 3D World Reaches Top Spot On Amazon's North American Best Sellers Chart

Super Mario 3D World Reaches Top Spot On Amazon's North American Best Sellers Chart

The buzz and hype clearly help

Yesterday saw an influx of very positive assessments of Super Mario 3D World, including our very own 10/10 review. These reviews seem to of had an impact on the game’s sales on Amazon, where the title is the number one best seller in the video game category in North America, at the time of writing. Considering the...

News: Fire Emblem: Awakening and ZombiU Developers Outline the Challenges of Permadeath

Fire Emblem: Awakening and ZombiU Developers Outline the Challenges of Permadeath

"[Writing ZombiU] was the toughest challenge...in over 10 years of writing"

In an era of gamers regularly debating the level of challenge offered in modern titles, an argument that can be tough to resolve, the concept of permadeath is a relatively rare feature that caters to those seeking a lack of compromise in their experiences. Taking away...

Video: There Are Four New Super Mario 3D World Commercials to Show Off Its Awesomeness

There Are Four New Super Mario 3D World Commercials to Show Off Its Awesomeness

See, it's fun

We can finally say it, unequivocally, without the big embargo anvil over our heads — Super Mario 3D World is a wonderful game. It's magnificent, actually, which is why we gave it 10/10 in our review; it's a must own for Wii U owners and those planning to pick up a system. Nintendo UK is keen to get the message out, of course, and...

Review: Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

A purrfect blend

Super Mario 3D World is a brave release as it strives, without any hint of apology, to hit on a formula to satisfy the majority of 2D platforming fans and the smaller — but still sizeable — legion of 3D Mario devotees. Many enjoy both, of course, yet they’ve always been distinct experiences that often lead to a clear...

Parent Trap: Super Mario 3D World Is Another Family Classic From Nintendo

Super Mario 3D World Is Another Family Classic From Nintendo

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson is feline groovy

It’s been a while since I first stepped into the world of 3D with Mario. Super Mario 64 seems like an age ago, and my whole family of five has been created in the meantime. However, like any worthwhile creation, a multiplayer version of this three dimensional play-space was important to get right...

Weirdness: You'll Still Be Able To (Sort Of) Play Watch Dogs This Christmas

You'll Still Be Able To (Sort Of) Play Watch Dogs This Christmas

Perhaps not in the way you'd expect, though

Ubisoft's Watch_Dogs was one of 2013's most anticipated titles, until it got pushed into 2014, that is. While nothing can really remedy the disappointment of missing out on one of the most exciting new games in recent memory, you can still Watch Dogs — quite literally — thanks to the well-intentioned...

News: Nintendo Addresses Confusion Surrounding Wii U's Name In Latest TV Commercial

Nintendo Addresses Confusion Surrounding Wii U's Name In Latest TV Commercial

"We already have a Wii, sweety-kins!"

Nintendo seems to be getting serious with its latest Wii U advertising campaign. The company's latest television spot continues its series of humorous "Pitch" commercials that playfully feature children using diagrams and formal presentations to communicate to their parents that purchasing a Wii U just makes...

News: Wii U System Update 4.0.2 Goes Live

Wii U System Update 4.0.2 Goes Live

Spot the differences

It's system update time once again on the Wii U, though before you get out the party hats you should know that 4.0.2 U (North America) and 4.0.2 E (Europe) are only small files focused on "minor adjustments". As expected, the Nintendo changelog says the following. Further improvements to overall system stability and other...

News: Happy Birthday, Wii U - You're One Today

Happy Birthday, Wii U - You're One Today

Twelve months have passed since the North American launch

It's been a year since the Wii U hit store shelves in North America, and it's fair to say that the first twelve months of the console's life have been somewhat mixed. We've had some amazing games, like Pikmin 3, New Super Mario Bros. U and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, and there are...

News: Performance of Batman: Arkham Origins Wii U Version Compares Unfavourably to 360 and PS3

Performance of Batman: Arkham Origins Wii U Version Compares Unfavourably to 360 and PS3

"It's hard to recommend the Wii U game at all"

Just recently we published our Batman: Arkham Origins review, and for multiple reasons we felt that it fell below the standards of its predecessors. We also suggested the visuals were "shaky", though tech-heads now have a full Digital Foundry face-off to consider for the Caped Crusader's latest...

News: These Three New Kickstarter Projects Are Trying To Fund Their Way Onto Wii U

These Three New Kickstarter Projects Are Trying To Fund Their Way Onto Wii U

Crowdfunding just got a whole lot Wii U-er

Kickstarter is once again the name with the games, as three unique new projects are all trying to crowdfund their way to Wii U stretch goals. The first of the Wii U hopefuls is Tadpole Treble, an aquatic adventure in which an adorable tadpole wiggles across levels that are set up as musical notation. As...

Review: Call of Duty: Ghosts (Wii U)

Call of Duty: Ghosts (Wii U)

Grabbed by the ghoulies

With all of the noise made in the wake of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare's success — everything from sky-high sales figures to unfortunate ad campaigns, or the rise, fall and subsequent embalming of developer Infinity Ward — it's easy to lose sight of just how phenomenal and innovative that game really was. Genres evolve...

Poll: As the PS4 Arrives, What Do You Think of the 'New Gen' Environment for Wii U?

As the PS4 Arrives, What Do You Think of the 'New Gen' Environment for Wii U?

It ain't about 'next-gen' any more

So can everyone stop talking about 'next gen" now, or do we have to wait for the One to complete the Triforce of systems? No doubt there'll still be talk of "next gen" experiences and bickering over resolutions and framerates, all while Mario casually says hi with 3D World. There's arguably a sense that the more...

Review: Batman: Arkham Origins (Wii U)

Batman: Arkham Origins (Wii U)

Same hero, less refined

Whenever a video game franchise moves from one developer to another during its lifetime, there tends to be a few raised eyebrows. There are definite examples of licenses that have significantly improved following the move from one studio to another, such as the console games in the Skylanders series jumping from Toys for Bob...

News: Suda51: "Nintendo Are Always Very Important To Us"

Suda51: "Nintendo Are Always Very Important To Us"

Sees the rise of indie games as the highlight of the current generation

Suda51 (or Goichi Suda as he’s known to his mum), the mastermind behind titles such as No More Heroes, Killer7 and Lollipop Chainsaw, hasn’t released a game on a Nintendo home console since No More Heroes 2 for the Wii in 2010. However, Grasshopper Manufacture’s CEO hasn't...