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News: Nintendo Picks Up Multiple Nominations in D.I.C.E. Awards

Nintendo Picks Up Multiple Nominations in D.I.C.E. Awards

Zelda and Mario lead the way

In early February Las Vegas will host the D.I.CE. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit, which is run by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS); it's a major annual meet-up of game designers and developers from around the world. The culmination of the summit is always the D.I.C.E. Awards, with...

Matters Of Import: A Peek Into The Tragically Unobtainable World Of Dragon Quest X

A Peek Into The Tragically Unobtainable World Of Dragon Quest X

Taking the quest online

In an utterly baffling move, Dragon Quest X — the most recent game in the iconic RPG series — is not only import-only but also IP blocked, meaning the game will refuse to work for all legitimate users trying to play from outside Japan. Luckily, there are ways to get your foreign internet connection to disguise itself...

News: Kirby: Triple Deluxe Makes Japanese Chart Début at Number One

Kirby: Triple Deluxe Makes Japanese Chart Début at Number One

3DS remains on top as Wii U dips below Sony rivals

The Japanese charts seem to follow the patterns of many individuals from the Holiday season into a New Year. Festive excess and gorging makes way for a rapid retreat to the norm, with appetites slowed down to more reasonable levels. The latest Media Create charts show sales figures settling back to...

News: A World Of Keflings Now Expected In "The Latter Half" Of Q1 2014

A World Of Keflings Now Expected In "The Latter Half" Of Q1 2014

Will the wait be worth it?

A World of Keflings was supposed to hit the Wii U eShop last year, but the game sadly missed its scheduled launch date. Thankfully, developer NinjaBee Games has addressed the slippage and insists that the title will see the light of day this year: A kingdom-building adventure of epic proportions, A World of Keflings has...

News: BLOK DROP U Developer Shares Perspective on HTML5 Web Framework Development for Wii U

BLOK DROP U Developer Shares Perspective on HTML5 Web Framework Development for Wii U

Also outlines level release plans

BLOK DROP U is approaching release on the Wii U eShop, and is an early representation of a range of games we may see on the platform courtesy of the Nintendo Web Framework. It's a setup that Nintendo began to promote with greater visibility throughout 2013, as it enables game makers utilising code such as HTML5 (as...

Talking Point: Claims of Wii U Third-Party Development Troubles Shouldn't Be Dismissed Lightly

Claims of Wii U Third-Party Development Troubles Shouldn't Be Dismissed Lightly

Problems may have been resolved since, but are nevertheless still relevant

Over the weekend there was an interesting article published by Eurogamer's Digital Foundry, in which a "secret developer" shared their Wii U development experience. It made tough reading for anyone loyal and committed to the Nintendo and Wii U cause, but did provide some...

News: Monster Savings To Be Had On Nintendo UK's Online Store, But You'll Want To Be Quick

Monster Savings To Be Had On Nintendo UK's Online Store, But You'll Want To Be Quick

Update: Prices are now back to normal

UPDATE: And that's that. In a matter of minutes, Nintendo UK appear to have fixed many of the prices. If you got in before that happened, let us know if your download code has been honoured. Original story: Nintendo's online store has gone discount-crazy, with many leading 3DS and Wii U games being sold for...

News: Nintendo Is Sorry That The Wii U's TVii Service Hasn't Launched In The UK Yet

Nintendo Is Sorry That The Wii U's TVii Service Hasn't Launched In The UK Yet

Please understand

While Wii U owners in North America and Japan have been enjoying Nintendo TVii for the best part of a year, it still hasn't launched anywhere else in the world as yet. The internet television and on-demand entertainment service was due to launch in Europe in 2013, but that obviously didn't happen — and Nintendo UK has publicly...

News: No Game Content "Hostile to China" Will Make It Through As Ban Lifts

No Game Content "Hostile to China" Will Make It Through As Ban Lifts

The size of the market means most will likely play along

Last year the Chinese government confirmed that it'd lift its video game console ban, with news that last week's implementation of that promise contributed to a boost in Nintendo share value; this prompted speculation of the Kyoto company diving into the region. We shouldn't expect Wii U and...

News: Nintendo Software Continues to Lose Momentum in UK Charts

Nintendo Software Continues to Lose Momentum in UK Charts

Titles such as Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze can't come soon enough

In recent weeks there hasn't been much to tell about the UK game charts from a Nintendo perspective, with the usual suspects maintaining familiar positions, from 3DS games such as Animal Crossing: New Leaf hanging around near the top 20 to Super Mario 3D World residing in the...

News: Capcom Claims Its New Panta Rhei Game Engine Can Be Adapted To Any System

Capcom Claims Its New Panta Rhei Game Engine Can Be Adapted To Any System

And that means Wii U and 3DS

Capcom's MT Framework game engine was pretty adaptable — it powered Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D on the 3DS as well as providing the horsepower for the company's home console titles — and the Japanese studio has gone on record to confirm that its successor will be just as versatile. Panta Rhei is Capcom's...

News: A Third-Party "Secret Developer" Gives an Inside Story of Working on Wii U

A Third-Party "Secret Developer" Gives an Inside Story of Working on Wii U

"We would be lucky to make back all the money that we had invested"

One regular topic that can worry or frustrate Wii U owners is the issue of third-party support, particularly with retail content. While the Wii struggled to maintain third-party parity with its rivals — albeit with some excellent exclusives over its years — there was some hope...

Feature: Nintendo Games We'd Love to See in 2014

Nintendo Games We'd Love to See in 2014

Newcomers and some triumphant returns

If you cast your minds back to this time in 2013, it would have been tempting to wonder what games were coming for the rest of that year and into 2014. Long-term line-ups were a mystery, though educated guesses could be made, and then Nintendo blew away some of the obscuring smoke in a January Nintendo Direct...

News: King Dedede to Wield the Mallet as the Latest Challenger in New Super Smash Bros.

King Dedede to Wield the Mallet as the Latest Challenger in New Super Smash Bros.

Plenty of screens to enjoy

King Dedede has been confirmed as a challenger in the new Super Smash Bros. titles on the Wii U and 3DS, the latest in a number of recent additions as the roster fills out. His appearance was always on the cards after his role in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, with his weight and ready-to-use weapon making him a useful...

News: Nintendo Titles Secure Multiple GDC Awards Nominations

Nintendo Titles Secure Multiple GDC Awards Nominations

The results have to wait until 19th March

The Game Developers Conference will take place in San Francisco from 17th-21st March, with the "expo" part of the week running from 19th-21st March. It's always an interesting event to learn more about projects underway and wider issues within the development community, while also being notable for the Game...

Feature: Looking Back at Nintendo in 2013 - Part Four

Looking Back at Nintendo in 2013 - Part Four

Games, system updates, more games...

We've looked back at the first nine months of Nintendo's 2013 to date, an eventful period full of reveals, positives, negatives and outright weirdness. The final leg is typically one of the busiest for game companies, as the scramble for momentum into the busiest shopping season of the year becomes a messy blur...

News: Monolith Soft Lists "Urgent" Job Postings, Including Requirements in Network Implementation

Monolith Soft Lists "Urgent" Job Postings, Including Requirements in Network Implementation

Online play in 'X', please

As a subsidiary of Nintendo, Monolith Soft has been involved in a number of supporting roles — including some work on A Link Between Worlds — but is best known in recent years for its outstanding Wii title Xenoblade Chronicles. It's understandable, then, that there's some hype about its Wii U project, codenamed X and...

Feature: Looking Back at Nintendo in 2013 - Part Three

Looking Back at Nintendo in 2013 - Part Three

Pokémon goes Mega, 2DS, Wii U price cut and other shenanigans

We've so far covered the first six months of Nintendo in 2013, taking in various 3DS successes, ups and downs for the Wii U and some E3 madness. As is also the norm, there were weird moments, as well as the near-monthly delight of Nintendo Direct broadcasts. We now cover the latter...

News: Pokémon X & Y Return to Top of Japanese Charts as 3DS Leads in Hardware

Pokémon X & Y Return to Top of Japanese Charts as 3DS Leads in Hardware

Wii U sales drop to 60,548

Update: Our original Japanese Charts post cited Media Create results from 4Gamer, but these appear to be incorrect. Our apologies for the error, and as an alternative below are the latest results from Famitsu. Earlier this week we found out how Nintendo had performed over the festive period in Japan, with 3DS and Wii U...

News: Kensuke Tanabe Highlights Potential Return of 3D Donkey Kong Games

Kensuke Tanabe Highlights Potential Return of 3D Donkey Kong Games

Retro Studios used the Metroid Prime engine for Returns on Wii

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze arrives on 21st February, and combines the established skills of Retro Studios with many of the outstanding foundations laid down in Donkey Kong Country Returns on Wii. It may not be the game or franchise that some of the most vocal of Nintendo fans...