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News: Splatoon Release Date, Modes and amiibo Information Splat Into View

Splatoon Release Date, Modes and amiibo Information Splat Into View

Ranked online matches and three special amiibo toys

We've known for a long time that Splatoon would arrive in May, and it seems that previous - and hastily removed - official web pages were correct; the new third-person shooting IP for Wii U arrives on 29th May. During today's Nintendo Direct broadcasts we were given more information, too. To start...

News: Yoshi's Woolly World Knits Up Some Release Details And An Adorable Range Of amiibo

Yoshi's Woolly World Knits Up Some Release Details And An Adorable Range Of amiibo

Will release on June 26th in Europe, and 'Fall' in North America

Today's Nintendo Direct brought further info on Yoshi's Woolly World, the latest platforming title to feature our egg-tossing hero, and went into some detail on two different difficulty modes to suit players of all skill levels. 'Classic' mode will have a similar feel to traditional...

News: Mario Kart 8 Animal Crossing DLC Pack Brought Forward to April, More amiibo Outfits on the Way

Mario Kart 8 Animal Crossing DLC Pack Brought Forward to April, More amiibo Outfits on the Way

Track changes with the real-world seasons

Mario Kart 8 was saved for the finale of today's Nintendo Direct broadcasts, and with good reason. Satoru Iwata unveiled a free update that'll introduce a 200cc mode, but we also got more details on the upcoming Mario Kart 8 X Animal Crossing DLC pack and additional amiibo support. To start with the DLC...

News: Nintendo Announces Next amiibo Waves And Asks Players To Vote For New Characters In The Super Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot

Nintendo Announces Next amiibo Waves And Asks Players To Vote For New Characters In The Super Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot

Nominate your dream fighter

Nintendo continued its strong support of amiibo and future content for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS with a number of related announcements during today's Direct. Firstly, Nintendo has revealed the next three waves of Super Smash Bros. amiibo are due out in May, June and July. They include the likes of...

News: Get Ready To Build With Mario Maker On Wii U This September

Get Ready To Build With Mario Maker On Wii U This September

Celebrating Mario's 30th anniversary

Mario fans were given a special mention during today's Nintendo Direct, as the portly plumber will be celebrating his 30th anniversary this year. To help mark the occasion, it was announced that Mario Maker will be coming to Wii U in September, so fans can create their own version of the Mushroom Kingdom as they...

News: Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem Wii U Crossover is Finally Shown

Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem Wii U Crossover is Finally Shown

Not coming until 2016

It was a long time ago that Nintendo announced a crossover for Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem, a collaboration between the big N and Atlus. The absence of updates led to speculation that the project was in trouble, with some doubting it would ever arrive. It did make an appearance in today's Nintendo Direct broadcast,...

News: Mario Kart 8 Is Getting A Blisteringly Fast 200cc Mode For Free

Mario Kart 8 Is Getting A Blisteringly Fast 200cc Mode For Free

Feel the need for speed on April 23rd

150cc has always been the sternest test in the Mario Kart series. Right from the launch of Super Mario Kart, this expert racing class represented the very best the franchise could offer: incredible speed and tough, skilled rivals. However, during today's Nintendo Direct a bombshell was dropped - 150cc is no...

News: Wii U Horror Title Fatal Frame Confirmed For Western Release Later This Year

Wii U Horror Title Fatal Frame Confirmed For Western Release Later This Year

Lights, camera, elation

Nintendo has confirmed that the latest Fatal Frame title will indeed be its way out of Japan later this year. Released last year in Japan under the title Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden, this latest entry in the popular horror series uses the Wii U GamePad as a camera. Developed by Koei Tecmo, the game looked...

News: Nintendo DS And Nintendo 64 Games Finally Coming To The Wii U Virtual Console

Nintendo DS And Nintendo 64 Games Finally Coming To The Wii U Virtual Console

Update: Four games available in Europe right now

If you feel that the Virtual Console on Wii U has been a neglected of late then today's Nintendo Direct should have put a big smile on your face. Nintendo not only reconfirmed its commitment to bringing Nintendo DS titles to the service, but also revealed that N64 games are on the way, too. DS...

Talking Point: What We Expect from Nintendo Direct - 1st April

What We Expect from Nintendo Direct - 1st April

Release dates, teases, DLC and eShop goodies

It's that time again, and before we start referring to this as the April Fools' Day Direct, let's remember that it's airing on 2nd April in regions and countries like Japan, Australia and CET parts of Europe. Nintendo will most assuredly be announcing plenty of real details, which is certainly worth...

News: Nintendo Reveals the Final Club Nintendo Elite Rewards

Nintendo Reveals the Final Club Nintendo Elite Rewards

Lots of games on offer, retail and download-only

The time has come for Club Nintendo members in North America - the last set of Elite Status rewards. It's the end of an era, and a final hurrah for everyone with a Gold or Platinum status that can be redeemed for an extra treat. As per last year the selection consists entirely of downloads. There...

News: Theatrhythm Dragon Quest Battles Bravely Against Wave of Sony System Releases in Japan

Theatrhythm Dragon Quest Battles Bravely Against Wave of Sony System Releases in Japan

3DS 'family' still performing reasonably well

In recent weeks Nintendo has seen the long-established dominance for the 3DS and its games strongly tested in Japan. There's been an influx of popular new releases on PS4, Vita and PS3, helping the first two systems in particular achieve improved hardware sales. No doubt it's a trend Nintendo hopes to...

News: Nintendo Bringing Some Big Hits and amiibo Competitions to WonderCon This Weekend

Nintendo Bringing Some Big Hits and amiibo Competitions to WonderCon This Weekend

Win a Gold Mario amiibo

This weekend - from 3rd to 5th April - the Anaheim Convention Center in California will be taken over by WonderCon, an expo that celebrates films, TV, comics and video games. It's an extravaganza of noise, excitement and cosplay, and Nintendo of America has announced its plans for its own booth and events at the expo...

Video: New Nintendo TV Commercial Focuses on amiibo and Support for Multiple Games

New Nintendo TV Commercial Focuses on amiibo and Support for Multiple Games

Mention of Yoshi's Woolly World makes us hope for a release soon

We're finally getting to the stage that, beyond the inevitable 'rare' figures, amiibo toys are readily available in various stores. They may not often be the figures that die-hard collectors want the most, but there's decent stock of standard characters to catch the eyes of shoppers...

Parent Trap: What My Kids Want From Lego's Toys To Life Concept, Lego Dimensions

What My Kids Want From Lego's Toys To Life Concept, Lego Dimensions

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson on the future of Lego video games

Recent rumours of a new Toys to Life product from Lego has the internet buzzing and has made my kids put on their inventor hats. If you missed it, this is the news that Warner will team up with Lego for a new title called Lego Dimensions to compete with Skylanders, Disney Infinity and...

News: Curve Digital Hints At A Possible Appearance In The Upcoming Nintendo Direct

Curve Digital Hints At A Possible Appearance In The Upcoming Nintendo Direct

Let the speculation begin

Curve Digital, responsible for the recently released Wii U and 3DS eShop cross-buy title, OlliOlli, has hinted it will make an appearance at some point during the upcoming Nintendo Direct. Given the success of OlliOlli, and the studio’s previous experience with Nintendo’s digital platforms releasing titles such as