DS - Timeline

Tuesday5th Feb 2013

  • News Legendary Pokémon Meloetta Distribution Date Announced

    This one's a real fighter

    Good news Pokémon fans! Starting 4th March, the mythical Pokémon Meloetta will be distributed by participating GameStop stores across North America for Pokémon Black & White and Pokémon Black & White 2, for a limited time only. Meloetta is the very first Pokémon able to change its Forme and type during a...

Monday4th Feb 2013

  • News Nintendo Hints At An Additional Platform In The Future

    Because Wii U and 3DS are not enough

    Nintendo recently confirmed that it would be merging its handheld and console divisions into one single entity this month. The two departments have always run separately in the past, but Nintendo now feels the time is right to bring them together under one roof. With the two departments merged, Nintendo's...

Monday28th Jan 2013

  • News XSEED Talks Wii Support And Why It Isn't Touching Retro Game Challenge 2

    "Our love for the game blinded our business reasoning"

    XSEED Games has a reputation for localising great Japanese-only titles for the west. The publisher has been very successful with its choices, with The Last Story becoming its most successful title of all time. Another highly-regarded title is Pandora's Tower, a game that has already made it to...

Tuesday22nd Jan 2013

Tuesday15th Jan 2013

Friday11th Jan 2013

  • News Nintendo Announces 890,000 Wii U Sales in U.S. Launch

    Higher revenues than Wii launch, 3DS has over 1.25 million sales in Holiday period

    Nintendo of America has issued a series of facts and figures for its Holiday period performance in the U.S., following publication of the latest NPD figures that cover 25th November to 29th December. There were some solid results and, perhaps most importantly, decent...

Thursday10th Jan 2013

  • News Footage of Renegade Kid's Crash Bandicoot DS Demo Emerges

    No kidding

    Crash Bandicoot, a series that originated as an exclusive on the Sony PlayStation but evolved to appear on multiple platforms, has been relatively quiet of late. In fact since Activision attained rights to the series in 2008, when it co-published Crash: Mind over Mutant, it's only appeared on mobile platforms. That's not the say that more...

Tuesday8th Jan 2013

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    Review Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!

    I'm ready for you now Brad

    Back in March 2012 fans of the cult TV series Adventure Time rejoiced around the world, as series creator Pendleton Ward announced via a doodle on his Twitter page that WayForward Technologies and D3 Publisher would be working on a video game adaptation for the DS and 3DS, the absurdly named Adventure Time: Hey Ice King!...

Sunday6th Jan 2013

  • Feature Nintendo in 2012 - Part Two

    Lots of Mario and Wii U's arrival

    In the first six months of 2012, which we looked at in the first part of our 2012 retrospective, Nintendo oversaw some major releases on 3DS and announced the XL model, the Wii had a few memorable arrivals and E3 came and went with its own brand of madness. There were also a number of quirky stories that passed by,...

Saturday5th Jan 2013

  • Feature Nintendo in 2012 - Part One

    3DS fought back, hype mode was engaged

    Not so long ago it could be argued that Nintendo was having some relaxing times, with DS and Wii systems flying off shelves and console rivals rushing to the platform in order to hop on the motion-control train. Of course, technology and the gaming industry evolve, and in 2011 Nintendo found itself trying to...

Thursday3rd Jan 2013

Wednesday2nd Jan 2013

  • News Goodbye Galaxy Games Responds To Renegade Kid's Piracy Claims

    Indie developer says plenty of other factors contribute to poor sales

    Over the weekend Jools Watsham, co-founder of Renegade Kid, wrote in a blog post that he felt hacking into the guts of the 3DS would result in an increase in piracy - something that could force developers to stop supporting the system. Watsham pointed to the DS which suffered...

Thursday20th Dec 2012

  • News Nintendo DS Inspired The Uniqueness Of Wii U

    Former president's philosophy still being put into practice

    Wii U is currently the system on everyone’s lips. It’s the first home console to add an extra screen to the television with the inclusion of the GamePad, but it’s not the first time Nintendo has added one to its hardware. In an interview on Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun, President of...

Wednesday19th Dec 2012

Wednesday12th Dec 2012

  • News Level-5 Responds To SEGA's Legal Threats Regarding Inazuma Eleven

    "We've concluded that there is no patent violation"

    Japanese developer Level-5 has responded to SEGA's recent legal campaign to have the company remove its Inzauma Eleven series from sale due to an alleged patent infringement. SEGA is claiming that Level-5's soccer RPG features a touch-driven interface which violates two of its patents. The...

Tuesday11th Dec 2012

Saturday8th Dec 2012

  • News Etrian Odyssey DS Trilogy Set For Reprint

    Canadian retailer is first out of the gate

    The Etrian Odyssey trilogy of games on DS can probably be regarded as cult classics for the handheld, an RPG series famed for relentless difficulty and harsh punishment of failure. Of course, when you combine that genre with a sufficient level of challenge, there'll be a group of gamers more than willing to...

Sunday2nd Dec 2012

  • Feature Your Guide to a Nintendo Holiday

    Christmas time, Mario and Trine...

    It's Christmas time, and we all know what that means — rapidly depleting bank accounts, lots of food and merriment, and plenty of video gaming. The Holiday season actually means different things depending on your own perspective, of course, but to many it's a great opportunity to spend time with family and...

Monday26th Nov 2012

  • News Wii U Shifts 400K Units in Début Week

    It's "essentially sold out of retail"

    Nintendo's revealed its sales results to incorporate the Wii U launch and the Black Friday festivities, with NoA COO Reggie Fils-Aime weighing in with the company's perspective in an interview with CNET. Nintendo's total hardware sales — according to internal data — hit around 1.2 million units in the U.S.,...

Friday23rd Nov 2012

  • News Japanese Import Ban on R4 Cartridges Becomes Law

    Only years too late

    So, R4 cartridges. These are the devices that allow gamers to circumvent the security measure on a DS to run custom code — often referred to as homebrew — and illegally download copies of games. While the former reason often provides the grounds for defence of these cards, there are also a lot of people who used them to...

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Friday9th Nov 2012

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    Review Thundercats

    Thundercats, noooo!

    Perhaps we were foolish to get our hopes up about Thundercats. It is a licensed game, after all, and while that's not a universally bad thing, it should by this point at least make us think twice. Then again, it's Thundercats! The original cartoon is an enduring classic, the recent reboot was surprisingly good, and the...

Tuesday6th Nov 2012

  • News CyberConnect2 Confirm Interest In Solatorobo Sequel

    The quest for a new adventure has begun

    CyberConnect2 boss Hiroshi Matsuyama has revealed at a Namco Bandai event in Barcelona that his company would love to do a sequel to Solatorobo: Red the Hunter. Matsuyama was questioned about the possibility of a sequel, in which he expressed his desire for a new title and confirmed that they are already...

Wednesday31st Oct 2012

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 23: Revenge of the Halloween Hootenanny

    Best served as cold as a corpse

    Grab your bluntest instruments and aim for the head because NLFM has risen from its grave for the third annual Halloween Hootenanny! More spooky, more sinister and more deathly, this episode is best listened to in a dark castle dungeon while eating raw pumpkins. Failing that, anywhere else will do. 1. Masanao...

Friday26th Oct 2012

  • News Pokémon Comic Gives You Even More Black & White 2

    Patience with those page turns, young Trainer

    Pokémon Black and White 2 has now been in Western stores for a couple of weeks, and we have little doubt that quite a few of you are still building super effective teams at this very moment. Many of you are undoubtedly veterans of the Pokémon scene and know the intricacies and tricks of the game, but...

Wednesday17th Oct 2012

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    Review Jewel Master: Cradle of Egypt 2

    Is history repeating itself?

    In these risk-averse times, publishers are increasingly relying on sequels to existing IPs to ensure that they turn over a profit. The problem doesn’t stem so much from a dearth of creativity in the industry, but rather as consumers we have a horrible habit of sticking with what we know. Much like the video game...

Tuesday16th Oct 2012

Monday15th Oct 2012

  • News Pokémon Black and White 2 Catches a Strong UK Chart Début

    Both versions in the top five

    Pokémon Black and White 2 may be getting played on a lot of 3DS systems at the moment, but we shouldn't forget that it probably represents the last big hurrah for the humble DS. It's a big release for fans of the series that Nintendo no doubt hopes will perform well, and early indications in the UK charts are certainly...

Friday12th Oct 2012