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News: Scram Kitty And His Buddy On Rails Is Blasting To The Wii U This April

Scram Kitty And His Buddy On Rails Is Blasting To The Wii U This April

New gameplay trailer unleashed, too

Dakko Dakko has confirmed to us that Scram Kitty and hid Buddy On Rails will be hitting the Wii U eShop this April. The unique blaster — which promises to make convincing use of the GamePad controller — was announced some time ago, and hasn't had a solid release window — until now. The studio hasn't got a...

Matters of Import: Bahamut Lagoon Roars Onto The Japanese Wii U eShop

Bahamut Lagoon Roars Onto The Japanese Wii U eShop

Here be dragons

Due for re-release on the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console service today, Bahamut Lagoon is (another) one of Squaresoft’s lost RPG treasures, a game that eighteen years after its original release still doesn’t officially exist to those of us living outside Japan. The game most closely resembles a strategy RPG, similar to Shining...

News: Miiverse Gets a Minor Update for Wii U

Miiverse Gets a Minor Update for Wii U

Buttons now do different things!

Updates to the Wii U and 3DS are a far cry from the days of the Wii and DS, when system updates were comparatively rare and tweaks and improvements to individual apps clearly weren't high on Nintendo's list of priorities. Nowadays the 3DS has frequent system updates — many of which boost "system stability" to...

News: Nintendo Finally Appoints a New Distributor in Poland

Nintendo Finally Appoints a New Distributor in Poland

It only took six months...

Those of you that are eagle-eyed and have good memories may recall a couple of articles that we posted last year focused on the fortunes of Nintendo in Poland. We published a guest post by a teacher called Rob Burgess, a Nintendo fan living in the country that had a tough time finding a Wii U and up to date content from...

Soapbox: A Monster Hunter Obsession, and Why the Franchise Could Take Off in the West

A Monster Hunter Obsession, and Why the Franchise Could Take Off in the West

Tom Whitehead argues the case for the divisive, demanding series

I'll put it out there right from the off — I'm no Monster Hunter veteran. Not by a long way, and in fact my first experience with the series was Monster Hunter Tri on the Wii. I played the campaign to completion and enjoyed it a lot, but it wasn't until Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate...

News: Nintendo Completes Share Buyback, Including Some Holdings of Hiroshi Yamauchi's Family

Nintendo Completes Share Buyback, Including Some Holdings of Hiroshi Yamauchi's Family

$1.1 billion of shares purchased

Yesterday we reported that Hiroshi Yamauchi's heirs had expressed a desire to sell some Nintendo shares, with the inheritance from the former Nintendo President set to bring related taxes upon the family. This tied in with Nintendo's previous announcement that it was planning to acquire up to 10 million of its own...

News: Capcom Reportedly Planning Western Release of Monster Hunter Frontier G

Capcom Reportedly Planning Western Release of Monster Hunter Frontier G

It's massive, multiplayer, and online

Monster Hunter Frontier G is currently gracing the Wii U, and a host of other platforms, in Japan. While not exactly part of the main series and certainly not enjoying the same commercial success, it's intriguing as it applies the Monster Hunter setting to a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing...

Video: A Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze TV Commercial Swings Into North America

A Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze TV Commercial Swings Into North America

"Donkey Kong and friends got your back"

Nintendo of America, for a good while now, has opted to mix real-life actors with CG characters in its commercials, sometimes to excellent effect. A stand-out example was the North American advert for Pikmin 3, but now it's the turn of Donkey Kong and his companions to help out photogenic humans in need. The...

News: Nintendo Still Seeking a Product to Define the GamePad, With Hopes of Sales Driving Third-Party Support

Nintendo Still Seeking a Product to Define the GamePad, With Hopes of Sales Driving Third-Party Support

"We first need to create a strong foundation in areas Nintendo excels at"

With the Wii U currently enduring a tough run in the marketplace, finding answers to the conundrum of enticing consumers is becoming increasingly challenging. The system is struggling for third-party support, yet that becomes less likely with each poor set of sales results,...

News: Nintendo Is Here To Stay And Will Do Very Well This Year, States Amazon UK Games Boss

Nintendo Is Here To Stay And Will Do Very Well This Year, States Amazon UK Games Boss

"Everyone thinks it’s a dying format. It’s absolutely not"

Nintendo has been getting a lot of downbeat press recently thanks to the poor performance of the Wii U and dismal financial results, but Amazon.co.uk’s category leader of video games and software Ketu Patel feels that the Japanese giant is long way from throwing in the towel — and...

News: Satoru Iwata Outlines Belief that Continuing with Hardware and Software Will "Amplify" Nintendo's Strengths

Satoru Iwata Outlines Belief that Continuing with Hardware and Software Will "Amplify" Nintendo's Strengths

The element of surprise is key

Last week Satoru Iwata delivered his Investor Briefing, a tough task in which he outlined some key strategies for Nintendo that will begin to emerge this year. Elements of the presentation focused on the longer term, however, and the overall direction of the company was a recurring theme in the investor Q & A that...

News: Nintendo's Slump "Could Be Detrimental" To The Entire Gaming Market, Says Sony UK Boss

Nintendo's Slump "Could Be Detrimental" To The Entire Gaming Market, Says Sony UK Boss

Fergal Gara speaks out

Not everything is as peachy as it could be in the world of Nintendo right now; the company has posted a quarterly loss and has reduced its sales projections for both the Wii U and 3DS consoles. The firm's massive war chest of cash — around $8.6 billion — means that it's not exactly on the ropes just yet, but things could...

Rumour: 2015 Sonic Title To Hit Wii U Alongside PS4 and Xbox One

2015 Sonic Title To Hit Wii U Alongside PS4 and Xbox One

Is Sega keeping the faith?

While the list of big-name third-party developers and publishers backing the Wii U into this year and beyond seems rather small, they do still exist. We can just about include Ubisoft, while others actively involved in Wii U retail games are Bandai Namco, Tecmo Koie, Atlus and, of course, Sega. Nintendo seems to have a...

Poll: Have Your Say on Satoru Iwata's Nintendo Strategies

Have Your Say on Satoru Iwata's Nintendo Strategies

Plans to bring prosperity?

After a couple of weeks of rampant speculation and opinionated musings around the web, Satoru Iwata stepped out following Nintendo's financial results reveal and put forward some plans, ideological shifts and teases to indicate, loosely in various cases, what the company would do to revive the Wii U and return to...

News: Wind Waker HD Wii U Bundle With Two Extra Games On Sale for $269.99

Wind Waker HD Wii U Bundle With Two Extra Games On Sale for $269.99

Be quick

We've seen some attractive Wii U deals since the Holiday season, in various territories, and the latest to emerge is from the eBay outlet of Newegg. It's offering the only limited edition Wii U hardware design available to date, along with two games, for just $269.99USD. The bundle on offer includes the following: The Legend of Zelda:...

News: Satoru Iwata States That Nintendo Should "Abandon Old Assumptions" About Its Businesses

Satoru Iwata States That Nintendo Should "Abandon Old Assumptions" About Its Businesses

Hiroshi Yamauchi "would tell me to carry an air of confidence"

As anticipated, this week's Q3 financial results Investor Briefing from Satoru Iwata attracted plenty of attention. The moment that Nintendo drastically revised its sales and projections down in January was also the point when plenty of speculation and ideas on the company's future were...

Video: Japanese Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Trailer Swings Into View

Japanese Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Trailer Swings Into View

The Kongs go bananas when they get the cold shoulder

A new Japanese video showcasing footage from the upcoming Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has appeared, and it's chock-full of gameplay bits that may help tide fans over until the game's February launch. The video — which may contain spoilers for players who are trying to avoid seeing too...

News: Nintendo of America Issues Refunds After Warner Bros. Cancels Batman: Arkham Origins Wii U DLC

Nintendo of America Issues Refunds After Warner Bros. Cancels Batman: Arkham Origins Wii U DLC

Decision "based on demand"

Wii U owners who had purchased the season pass for Batman: Arkham Origins will be disappointed to discover that Warner Bros. has decided to not bring the new story campaign to the console. Accordingly, Nintendo has begun refunding customers who have purchased the season pass for $19.99 (plus tax) by crediting their eShop...

News: Lucario The Aura Warrior Returns To Battle In Super Smash Bros. 3DS & Wii U

Lucario The Aura Warrior Returns To Battle In Super Smash Bros. 3DS & Wii U

The heroic aura Pokémon returns!

Today, Masahiro Sakurai has revealed another returning veteran character for Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U. Lucario — the Fighting/Steel type Pokémon who made its debut as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Brawl — will return for the upcoming Nintendo mascot-packed brawler. Many who feared that Lucario may face...