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5:00 PM on 03.19.2014

Let's celebrate 20 years of Super Metroid with fan art

If you're counting the game's original Japanese release, it's Super Metroid's 20th birthday today! As much as I'd be content to mope around given that Nintendo isn't doing much to please series fans right now, we should inste...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 03.19.2014

Animal Crossing is so successful because of its diverse team

Almost half of the people that worked on Animal Crossing: New Leaf are women. When its director Aya Kyogoku started with Nintendo in 2003, she was the only female game designer there. A decade later and that's no longer the c...

Steven Hansen



Hyper Light Drifter is gorgeous and punishing photo
Hyper Light Drifter is gorgeous and punishing
by Alessandro Fillari

In recent times it seems as though games in 'retro-style' are on the rise. Perhaps this is nostalgia at work for a bygone era of gaming, or maybe there's an endearing spirit and honesty from gaming's past that people still resonates with people. One such title that believes in the later is Hyper Light Drifter. After an enormously successful Kickstarter campaign, the developers have been keeping things pretty close to the vest since it was funded.

During GDC, IGN hosted their Media Indie Exchange event to show off new and upcoming titles from independent developers and on-hand were the developers of Hyper Light Drifter with a new build. After getting some much appreciated hands-on time, we spoke with Heart Machine's Alex Preston, got to learn how the development of Hyper Light Drifter has been going, and how you can incorporate retro games into modern game design.

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1:30 PM on 03.18.2014

Fan compiles all three Mother games for Wii

EarthBound (Mother 2 in Japan) holds a special place in the hearts of many, but despite the clamor for it, Nintendo has never officially released Mother or Mother 3 outside of Japan. Mother went through official localiz...

Darren Nakamura

5:30 PM on 03.17.2014

How much does Japan love Pikachu? It is their World Cup mascot

Japan has teamed up with Adidas and The Pokemon Company for a promotional campaign leading up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. That Mary Sue pocket monster is taking advantage of the weight its shed over the years to lead Jap...

Steven Hansen

1:30 PM on 03.14.2014

Play Wii Sports Club for free next weekend

Nintendo is taking another stab at getting players on board with Wii Sports Club with a free-to-play weekend, starting on March 21st and running through the 23rd. Those with a Wii U will have unfettered access to the thr...

Conrad Zimmerman

9:30 AM on 03.14.2014

Solid Snake probably won't appear in the next Super Smash Bros.

Solid Snake, one of two third-party characters from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, isn't likely to make an encore in the upcoming Wii U and 3DS Smash Bros. At least, that's according to his creator. As reported by Go...

Brett Makedonski





6:15 PM on 03.13.2014

Bravely Default outpacing Fire Emblem, says Nintendo

Aw! Don't fight! Two of my favorite 3DS games ever are neck in neck in a sort of early year RPG sales race. Fire Emblem Awakening was a surprise hit last year. This year's Bravely Default follows the same pattern, though Nint...

Dale North

1:00 PM on 03.13.2014

Nintendo Download: Yoshi's New Island

In Wii U news, Castlestorm has new DLC available and Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels has been added to the Virtual Console. That's it for Wii U news (sadface). Yoshi's New Island is the heavy hitter for the 3DS th...

Chris Carter

12:00 PM on 03.13.2014

It's been too long since I've played Mario Golf, it's underwater now

It feels like it's been forescore since I've played Mario Golf. Maybe the 3DS' upcoming World Tour is a good place to rectify that. Or maybe I'll finally take a swing at Hot Shots. Then again, The Golf Club has the best name...

Steven Hansen

11:45 AM on 03.13.2014

Analogue Nt is a NES made of aircraft-grade aluminum

I see those plastic-y all-in-one game consoles all the time. I feel drawn to them, but always pass on them in the end. I still have all my old systems, after all, and they all still work. But the Analogue Nt has already won m...

Dale North



Review: Yoshi's New Island photo
Review: Yoshi's New Island
by Chris Carter

The original Yoshi's Island is one of my favorite Mario games of all time. I don't know if it's the numerous and remarkably unique boss battles or the whimsical charm of throwing strategically bounced eggs, but it really resonated with me. I've gone back to it time and time again, and the DS remake was great for when I was on the go in its own way.

Yoshi's New Island for the 3DS seeks to bring back those good times, and the good news is Yoshi fans will mostly enjoy it. The bad news is it's not all that special.

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1:30 PM on 03.12.2014

Super Smash Bros. Melee returns for EVO 2014

Super Smash Bros. Melee's inclusion in EVO 2014 was far from a sure thing given Nintendo's questionable history with the fighting game tournament, but the organizers' discussions with the company have been fruitful: the fan-f...

Jordan Devore

7:00 AM on 03.11.2014

This live action Yoshi commercial is bonkers

Have you ever wanted to see a giant Yoshi egg wreck someone's backyard? Well now you can. Nintendo has been loving these live action commercials for a while, and now there's a new one for Yoshi's New Island. Despite the ridiculousness of the concept, the video actually does a decent job of showing you some of the new features for the upcoming 3DS game. Our review drops on Thursday, by the way.

Chris Carter

8:00 PM on 03.10.2014

Relive the N64 days with Did You Know Gaming

This episode of Did You Know Gaming covering various facts about the Nintendo 64 sure brings me back. Those terrible, amazing commercials are too much. From the failed Nintendo 64DD peripheral and its magneto-optical discs t...

Jordan Devore



Review: Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy photo
Review: Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
by Darren Nakamura

With five previous games and one movie under his belt, Professor Layton's reputation precedes him. Since 2007's Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Level-5 has been giving players control of the eminent gentleman Layton and his spry apprentice Luke on an almost yearly basis, with 2012's Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask making the jump from the DS to the 3DS.

Azran Legacy picks up after the events in Miracle Mask, completing the prequel trilogy that began with Professor Layton and the Last Specter. Though it changes up the format slightly, anybody who has played any entry in the series knows what to expect: hunting for hint coins and engaging in unconventional mind puzzles.

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