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5:15 PM on 03.27.2015

Darn! Sounds like Zelda Wii U won't be out this year

Arguably the biggest Wii U game of the year, Zelda, won't release in 2015 after all. Or, at least, Nintendo is "no longer making a 2015 release [its] number one priority," to put it another way. In a video update, producer E...

Jordan Devore

11:00 PM on 03.26.2015

New Splatoon screenshots reveal clothing, weapons, stages, and characters

Nintendo released over 100 screenshots for Splatoon today, my favorite of which are in the gallery below, that reveal new characters, enemies, modes, weapons, maps, and clothing for customizing characters. Looks like there ar...

Jed Whitaker

5:08 PM on 03.26.2015

Super Mario series Mario amiibo releasing stand-alone April 3

The second Mario amiibo (after the original Smash Bros. line) is no longer available only through its Mario Party 10 bundle. Nintendo of America confirmed that you can buy the doll on its own on April 3. Nintendo of Canada confirmed the date as well.

Steven Hansen

11:30 AM on 03.26.2015

Nintendo Download: Dot Arcade

There isn't a whole lot coming to Nintendo systems today, but Dot Arcade definitely highlights the week with its interesting minimalist style. You'll also find Namco Museum on the Virtual Console in addition to a de...

Chris Carter


10:00 PM on 03.25.2015

Do you consider Playboy to be a 'legitimate gaming news outlet?'

As I was editing a video recap of Steven's news post about fake VR boob goggles, it struck me how deeply breasts have ingrained themselves into the world of videogames. How many arguments about sexual objectification vs. sex...

Jonathan Holmes



Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a bare-bones port of a fantastic game photo
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a bare-bones port of a fantastic game
by Chris Carter

Xenoblade Chronicles pretty much blew me away back in 2012. Fans had been clamoring for a localization for over two years, and due to an add partnership between Nintendo and GameStop, we got one. It was a rather limited release however and GameStop constantly jacked up the price over time, leading to a large number of fans who never got to experience it.

Hell, even today the Wii version goes from anywhere to $60 used to $100 new. That all changes in April with Xenoblade Chronicles 3DS, a $40 portable edition that will completely do away with the rarity of the experience.

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10:00 PM on 03.24.2015

Daisy swings a mean bat in this fan game mock-up

People want more Daisy. The Iconoclasts' Joakim Sandberg already showed us his plans for an adventure starring Sarasaland's finest. One particularly passionate fan even wrote a lengthy article in first person about why Daisy...

Jonathan Holmes



Review: Fossil Fighters: Frontier photo
Review: Fossil Fighters: Frontier
by Jed Whitaker

I used to love dinosaurs. Growing up I watched The Land Before Time nearly daily, and I really wanted to be a paleontologist just like Alan Grant. If there was a video game with dinosaurs in it, I experienced it it, from Turok, to Dinosaurs for Hire to Dino Crisis, just for the sake of seeing dinosaurs in action.

Naturally, I played the original Fossil Fighters on the Nintendo DS. It wasn't remarkable, but it was at least an original take on the collect them all and battle formula. Digging up fossils to revive dinosaurs sounded great on paper but the digging mechanics wasn't the strongest, tedious even. So I skipped the sequel but decided to give the third game in the series another chance for review. Perhaps Fossil Fighters: Frontier would renew my love of the creatures.

I fucking hate dinosaurs now.

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9:00 AM on 03.24.2015

Newest 3DS update allows for changes to the home menu

I hesitated to type "New 3DS update" in the headline, because of Nintendo's confusing new hardware iteration. This update is for everyone! Compliments of version 9.6.0-24, Nintendo has added a new home menu customization sett...

Chris Carter



I see a lot of classic Mario platforming design in Splatoon's campaign photo
I see a lot of classic Mario platforming design in Splatoon's campaign
by Chris Carter

While Splatoon's multiplayer was on display for all to see at E3 2014, the single-player campaign was fairly under wraps. We now know that it will be a completely separate affair from online play, complete with a full narrative and a colorful cast of characters to help you along your journey.

I had a chance to play through a handful of story levels at a recent event, and I'm happy to report that although it's a bit simplistic, I'm seeing flashes of tried and true Mario design peppered in.

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1:30 PM on 03.23.2015

Report of Netflix's Game of Thrones-style Zelda series 'not based on correct information'

I was so excited for the reported "Game of Thrones for a family audience" Legend of Zelda series that Netflix was producing that I went ahead and wrote up my "dream cast" (SEGA joke) for the series. Looks like my ace tel...

Steven Hansen





12:00 PM on 03.23.2015

Gunman Clive may come to the Wii U, don't expect a new game anytime soon

The first two Gunman Clive games were pretty fantastic little platformers, and the low pricepoint made the deal even sweeter. It's hard to believe that the series was born from the mind of one developer, Bertil Horberg, and a...

Chris Carter

10:01 AM on 03.23.2015

Nintendo: 'Splatoon is aiming to do for action shooters what Mario Kart did to racing'

At a recent event at Nintendo of America's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, I was able to play Splatoon for the first time since E3 2014. It's come a long way since then, and Nintendo is particularly proud of what it...

Chris Carter



Splatoon's multiplayer feels promising for casual and hardcore shooter fans, but will people buy it? photo
Splatoon's multiplayer feels promising for casual and hardcore shooter fans, but will people buy it?
by Chris Carter

Nintendo isn't exactly known for its online experiences. With the exception of a few recent titles like Mario Kart 8, the public is typically clamoring for some form of online support. Games like Mario Party 10 would probably be more enjoyable with the feature, and games like Splatoon, coming in May, are predicated on a strong online infrastructure.

While the core of Splatoon's multiplayer is very fun, I do have a few concerns specifically stemming from Nintendo's inexperience in the market.

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9:00 AM on 03.23.2015

Game News Haikus: Battlefield Hardline, Banjo-Kazooie, Final Fantasy XV, and more

Last week we took a break from the usual poetic news recaps to highlight our favorite games from PAX East, but now we are back in the swing of things. You can check out all of the past episodes on the Game News Haikus YouTub...

Darren Nakamura



Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's amiibo functionality adds a small incentive to replay every level photo
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's amiibo functionality adds a small incentive to replay every level
by Chris Carter

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker launched its amiibo compatibility this week, and I've found a new reason to revisit the game. It's as simple as adding in a "Hide-and-Seek" mode, enabled by tapping the newly minted Toad amiibo to the GamePad as you're selecting each stage.

After a quick tap the minigame will start, tasking you to find a "Pixel Toad" while playing the level as normal. All you have to do is locate it and tap it on the GamePad to complete the extra mission. Hide-and-Seek will work with all three core episodes, but it is not compatible with the bonus stages. After finding the Pixel Toad, you'll earn a new stamp in your notebook for that page. 

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