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Rumour: LEGO The Hobbit Planned for 2014 Release

LEGO The Hobbit Planned for 2014 Release

Will likely cover lots of film sequences that weren't actually in the book

Is there any franchise that LEGO video games can't cover? It's a tricky one, and we'd have to start tagging 'Woody Allen' films as a series if we had to try really hard — TT Fusion has already covered Batman, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Marvel to name some, though hasn't...

News: Fresh Details Swing Into View for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Fresh Details Swing Into View for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Gold hearts, 'Kong Pow' and new footage shown

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze may be delayed to early 2014 — February in North America — but with that new release window it looks set to be the first major Wii U title of the new year. Appearing on the latest episode of GT.TV, Nintendo of America's Bill Trinen introduced some new footage...

News: Reggie Talks Up Wii U Blockbusters As Top 10 Sellers Across the Whole Generation

Reggie Talks Up Wii U Blockbusters As Top 10 Sellers Across the Whole Generation

Assures Wii U momentum, teases VGX appearance and tackles smartphones

With the competition hotting up in the most vital shopping season of the year, Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime, used an appearance on GT.TV's latest episode to outline his reasoning for Wii U optimism, while also outlining lessons learned from a tough 2014...

News: Nintendo's UK Store to Release A Wii U Mario Mega Bundle

Nintendo's UK Store to Release A Wii U Mario Mega Bundle

Three games, a Mario remote and, most importantly, a Mario hat

In early October Nintendo UK launched its own online store, which has since played host to some pre-order bonuses and a regional exclusive with this rather attractive Luigi-themed 3DS XL. It seems the website is keen to lead the line in terms of driving Wii U sales this Holiday season,...

Weirdness: The Fresh Prince Meets Super Mario In This Toe-Tapping Mash-Up

The Fresh Prince Meets Super Mario In This Toe-Tapping Mash-Up

I looked at my (Mushroom) kingdom, I was finally there

With the release of Super Mario 3D World almost upon us, what better way to celebrate than combine the lyrics of classic TV show Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air with the Wii U game's infectious soundtrack? That's exactly what one resourceful soul has done — you can witness the result below. If you're...

News: DFC Intelligence Lowers Wii U Lifetime Sales Forecast, But Supports Holiday Releases and Strategy

DFC Intelligence Lowers Wii U Lifetime Sales Forecast, But Supports Holiday Releases and Strategy

"Nintendo is carving out a different audience"

Friday 22nd November is a major release day on a number of fronts, including Super Mario 3D World on Wii U (in North America, 29th November in Europe), The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on 3DS, as well as new hardware from Microsoft with the Xbox One; special mentions should also go to Mario...

Video: Super Mario 3D World's Chainlink Charge Level Will Test Your Skills

Super Mario 3D World's Chainlink Charge Level Will Test Your Skills

Make sure you grab the cat suit

Super Mario 3D World is almost with us — it launches in North America tomorrow — and to mark the occasion we're running a different video every day until the European launch, which is next Friday. Today it's World 3-2, otherwise known as Chainlink Charge. Considering how early on in the game this level appears,...

News: Hyper Light Drifter May Include Mode 7 Mode, Creator Was Deadly Serious About SNES "Demake"

Hyper Light Drifter May Include Mode 7 Mode, Creator Was Deadly Serious About SNES "Demake"

It's about time remakes went the opposite direction

Anyone who has ever played the original Super Mario Kart or F-Zero on the SNES will recall the glorious Mode 7 graphical effect. Its ground-breaking rotating backgrounds had a way of inducing disorientation and ecstasy in players, like a 16-bit drug of the highest order. SNES lover Alex Preston,...

News: EA Germany Survey Fails To Acknowledge The Wii U

EA Germany Survey Fails To Acknowledge The Wii U

No mention of 3DS or Wii, either

If relationship troubles between Nintendo and EA weren’t already dire enough, the circus continues with a recent survey from EA Germany, failing to make mention of Nintendo’s latest home console, the Wii U. In the survey, the Wii U is not mentioned in any of the questions about current or next generation...

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...

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...