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Video: Mercedes Releases Two New Real-Life Mario Kart 8 Commercials

Mercedes Releases Two New Real-Life Mario Kart 8 Commercials

We’ll also file this one under the ‘weirdness’ tag

Whether you like it or not, the free Mercedes DLC for Mario Kart 8 is here to stay. Whilst the initial announcement raised much discussion – and concern – about licensed content within Nintendo’s video game franchises, Mercedes-Benz has since cunningly naturalised the concept with the...

News: Mario Kart 8 Software Update and DLC Available Now

Mario Kart 8 Software Update and DLC Available Now

Rev up the Master Cycle

While there are some blockbuster titles arriving in stores this week, we suspect we're not alone in looking forward to one thing above all else — Mario Kart 8 DLC. The Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 8 includes eight tracks, three characters and four vehicles, and we think it's an absolute treat. The good news is that it's...

News: Splatoon's Japanese Twitter Account Inks Out a Few Details

Splatoon's Japanese Twitter Account Inks Out a Few Details

Grab your Hero Suit and Charge Gun

While the world waits for what is guaranteed to be the greatest shooter featuring squidomorphic creatures to date, the official Japanese Twitter account for Splatoon has been happily dispensing screenshots and information from the upcoming title. Someone has been gracious enough to translate many of these tweets,...

News: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Pre-Purchase and Pre-Load Now Available on the eShop

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Pre-Purchase and Pre-Load Now Available on the eShop

17.2GB in space required, will allow immediate launch day play

Not long ago Nintendo announced that it was introducing a pre-download service to the Wii U eShop that'll kick off with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U; it'll eventually be utilised more and on 3DS in 2015. The exciting news is that details have been confirmed, meaning that fans of...

Video: Nintendo's Wii U Holiday Commercial Keeps It In The Family

Nintendo's Wii U Holiday Commercial Keeps It In The Family

Racing off with Mario Kart 8

In 2013 Nintendo of America's main Wii U Holiday commercials revolved around 'The Pitch', as kids tried to convince their parents that a Wii U was the way forward for family entertainment. The first 2014 Wii U Holiday commercial in the region also, unsurprisingly, opts for families as its pitch, albeit with a different...

News: Free Sonic Boom 3DS Theme Now Available For Download In North America

Free Sonic Boom 3DS Theme Now Available For Download In North America

Speed demon

There's still no sign of our review copies of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, but we can at least take some solace in the fact that there's a free 3DS theme available for download right now. We've confirmed that the theme is on offer in North America and Canada, but it's not currently available on either the...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Continues to Dominate in Japan as New Nintendo 3DS Leads Hardware Sales

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Continues to Dominate in Japan as New Nintendo 3DS Leads Hardware Sales

Wii U awaits new releases, still

It's Media Create charts time for Japan, once again, and this week brings more steady reassurance for Nintendo in the portable space, if not necessarily for Wii U. This is also a relatively quiet spell ahead of the Holiday season in Japan, so familiar names continue to make their presence felt. At the top, still, is...

News: Reggie Fils-Aime Says Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Pre-Orders Are At Record Levels

Reggie Fils-Aime Says Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Pre-Orders Are At Record Levels

Talks up Holiday prospects and tackles smartphone questions

We're now very close to the peak shopping season for 2014, and Nintendo will be throwing out major releases in a bid to secure major sales success for both Wii U and 3DS. For the Wii U much rides on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and the amiibo range, while on 3DS the main focus will be...

News: Table Top Racing: World Tour Dev Isn't Sure About Bringing The Game To Wii U Because Of Mario Kart 8

Table Top Racing: World Tour Dev Isn't Sure About Bringing The Game To Wii U Because Of Mario Kart 8

Micro Machines-style racer is hitting consoles first this time around

Former Psygnosis staffer and Wipeout developer Nick Burcombe plies his trade at Playrise Digital these days, and has overseen the release of the successful Table Top Racing on smartphones and tablets. He and his studio are now hard at work on the sequel — Table Top Racing: World...

News: Rodea the Sky Soldier Now Flying Into a Spring 2015 Release in Japan, for Wii U and 3DS

Rodea the Sky Soldier Now Flying Into a Spring 2015 Release in Japan, for Wii U and 3DS

Wii version dropped, unsurprisingly

Rodea the Sky Soldier has had a troubled history. When originally announced for Wii and 3DS this flying action title certainly caught the eye, with the development team at Prope being led by the highly regarded Yuji Naka, one of the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog. It then seemed to enter the publishing void,...

News: Shulk amiibo Listed as GameStop Exclusive in the US

Shulk amiibo Listed as GameStop Exclusive in the US

Hopefully won't sell for $90 used

Nintendo today revealed 11 new amiibo figures heading to stores in early 2015; in Europe six are listed for 23rd January and another five for 20th February, while in North America they've simply been given a 'February' window so far. In the latter region it's been suggested that some of these newer figures would...

Talking Point: The amiibo Range Grows, Yet Key Questions Remain

The amiibo Range Grows, Yet Key Questions Remain

Its ambition is both a strength and a curse

Back in August we outlined amiibo pros and cons, mainly within the context that Nintendo had revealed little about the figures over the course of the summer months. Many questions have since been answered in terms of how the figures will be used in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, in addition to their minor...

News: Target and Best Buy Weigh in With Nintendo Black Friday Deals, Including Super Smash Bros. Promotions

Target and Best Buy Weigh in With Nintendo Black Friday Deals, Including Super Smash Bros. Promotions

A Wii U + 4 first-party games for $359.97, 15% off eShop cards

With each passing year the build up and buzz around Black Friday — the crazy shopping day to trump all others — increases; as a result stores are more keen than ever to outline and preview what they'll have on offer. Even though the official day is 28th November, we're already...

News: Nintendo Outlines Confusing amiibo Save Data Limitations

Nintendo Outlines Confusing amiibo Save Data Limitations

Not as simple as with Skylanders

It seems to be amiibo day, with a Wii U system update adding a settings menu for the figures and a range of 11 more toys confirmed for 2015; those are positives, though details on how to use the figures on the official website in Japan indicate some limitations to the figures. Though it's been comm

News: Wii U System Update 5.3.0 Adds amiibo Settings

Wii U System Update 5.3.0 Adds amiibo Settings

Register figures and manage their data

The Wii U has had its fair share of updates recently, and another has been rolled out to add support for the upcoming range of amiibo figures. System version 5.3.0 (add a U or E depending on your region) has added new menus for managing amiibo data while also, no doubt, done plenty of firmware work behind the...

News: Target and Best Buy Nintendo Deals Live Now, Kohl's Black Friday 3DS XL Bundle at $149.99

Target and Best Buy Nintendo Deals Live Now, Kohl's Black Friday 3DS XL Bundle at $149.99

Buy two with a third game free, or 3DS titles at half price

Last week we shared some Black Friday deals on 2DS and 3DS hardware, the first of what'll be many discounts and deals on offer when the year's biggest shopping day arrives on 28th November in North America — and elsewhere in the world, we suspect. That's still to come, though some...