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5:00 PM on 04.24.2015

Mario Kart 8's Cheese Land will crush your spirit on 200cc

Mario Kart 8 feels fresh again and not just because of the fabulous new tracks added in this week's Animal Crossing-themed DLC Pack 2. Nintendo also unleashed the humbling 200cc class in a free update for the game. We saw the...

Jordan Devore

1:35 PM on 04.24.2015

Whoa there Xenoblade Chronicles X alien, put on some pants!

There's a special Nintendo Direct going on right now for Xenoblade Chronicles X. As someone who has paid little attention thus far, I have no idea what's happening despite the Direct's best attempts at setting the stage and l...

Jordan Devore

12:55 PM on 04.24.2015

Watch today's Nintendo Direct here

Nintendo's hosting another Direct today, and this one's focusing entirely on Xenoblade Chronicles X. It starts real soon, so grab some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the show. In the event that you don't catch it, we'll post a...

Brett Makedonski

11:30 AM on 04.24.2015

Which console marketplace is your favorite?

I was flipping through the various storefronts of the PS4, Wii U, and Xbox One this week, encountering random issues throughout, and suddenly wondered if anyone actually liked them. We often take them for granted, but if ther...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 04.24.2015

Nintendo UK boss promises to restock amiibo...again

Stop me if you've heard this before -- Nintendo acknowledges that amiibo are "selling better than expected," and then vows for restocks. It advertised a restock of Marth in April, who has seemingly been shadow-delayed until M...

Chris Carter

9:00 PM on 04.23.2015

Review: Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2

Nintendo is back with more crossover content for Mario Kart 8 and even as an on-again, off-again fan of the series, today feels reminiscent of waking up on Christmas morning with confidence that the present you most wanted th...

Jordan Devore

3:45 PM on 04.23.2015

Laura Shigihara does a song for Animal Crossing's cafe pigeon Brewster

I always love a good Laura Shigihara piano/vocal piece. Though she is probably best known for the iconic credits song from Plants vs. Zombies, these days when her name comes up I mostly think about To the Moon's haunting "Ev...

Darren Nakamura

3:00 PM on 04.23.2015

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition is still looking rad

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition is still on the horizon, and it's looking better every time I see it. This newest video from Nintendo highlights some of the deeper aspects of the puzzler, including party memb...

Chris Carter

2:30 PM on 04.23.2015

Check out amiibo Tap: the Wii U app that uses figures as retro demos

Some time ago Nintendo unveiled amiibo Tap, a new app that would allow you to play demos from classic retro games by touching a figure to the Wii U GamePad. It doesn't seem like certain figures will line up with specific gam...

Chris Carter

2:00 PM on 04.23.2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire gets new patch, kicks you offline without it

Although Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire sold like gangbusters, as Pokemon games often do, I haven't seen a lot of buzz about it in my usual circle of Nintendo enthusiasts. Maybe it's because Generation 3 doesn't g...

Chris Carter

11:30 AM on 04.23.2015

Splatoon is a shooter, so of course it will be getting DLC

It was pretty obvious that Splatoon would be getting some form of post-launch DLC, but now Nintendo has confirmed it. Speaking to GamesRadar, producer Hisashi Nogami notes that "we do have some plans to follow ...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 04.23.2015

Nintendo Download: Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2

It's a Mario Kart kind of day, with DLC Pack 2 for Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart DS on Wii U. Also on Wii U is Suspension Railroad Simulator and the Mewtwo Smash DLC. I remember when there was a time where typing "DLC...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 04.23.2015

Mario Kart 8's Animal Crossing DLC is out today

Want more Mario Kart 8? Today is your lucky day! DLC Pack 2, otherwise known as the "Animal Crossing DLC" is out on Wii U. This follows-up the first pack from November 2014. 200cc races and eight new Mii costumes will be avai...

Chris Carter

8:43 AM on 04.23.2015

Nintendo is having a Xenoblade Chronicles X Direct tomorrow

Xenoblade Chronicles X is nearly out in Japan with just a week from launch, and Nintendo is using that opportunity to give us some more info on the game tomorrow. A Treehouse: Live presentation has been scheduled for 2PM EST ...

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 04.22.2015

Furries, mechs, and an octopus lady in Xenoblade Chronicles X

A fresh new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles X can be seen above that looks more like Gundam and Metal Gear Solid to me than a JRPG. I couldn't quite decipher what is going on in the above trailer, but I'm just happy th...

Jed Whitaker

10:30 PM on 04.21.2015

Duck Hunt turns 31 today and all it got was an Apple Watch clone

Duck Hunt was first released on April 21, 1984. That makes it 31 years old today, making it 9 years older than your average debuting porn star, and just 2 years older than McDonald's icon Mac Tonight. I really would hav...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 AM on 04.21.2015

Wizard World Comic Con will have a custom Mega Man amiibo as its prize

Heading to the Wizard World Comic Con on April 25 in Las Vegas? You'll be able to buy into a Super Smash Bros. tournament to compete for glory and the grand prize -- a custom Mega Man amiibo from famed artist Evilos. The...

Chris Carter

7:04 AM on 04.21.2015

Nintendo confirms Best Buy exclusive Wii U Splatoon bundle

Nintendo is starting to get more aggressive with its marketing for Splatoon -- it has just announced a Best Buy-specific bundle for the US for $299.99. It'll arrive on May 29 when the game ships, and will include a Wii U...

Chris Carter

6:30 PM on 04.20.2015

Fire Emblem If special edition sold out in Japan, second shipment coming

The sequel to the 3DS's Fire Emblem: Awakening, Fire Emblem If, comes out June 25 in Japan (next year for us). As we've noted, it comes in two different versions with alternate storylines each the size of Awakening, while a t...

Steven Hansen

11:00 AM on 04.20.2015

Looks like Mewtwo had custom movesets after all in the new Super Smash Bros, but will they ever arrive?

Mewtwo's new incarnation in Super Smash Bros. might be on the juice, but he severely lacks one major feature -- custom moves. For whatever reason they are not included at the launch of the character, and Nintendo has be...

Chris Carter

9:30 PM on 04.19.2015

Battleground Z could be a standalone beat-'em-up

StreetPass is a strange obsession. Ever since the days of having only Puzzle Swap and Find Mii, I have been fascinated with the functionality. I carry my 3DS around with me everywhere, and when I pull it out of...

Darren Nakamura

9:00 PM on 04.19.2015

Ultimate Angler is the new relaxed StreetPass game

StreetPass is a strange obsession. Ever since the days of having only Puzzle Swap and Find Mii, I have been fascinated with the functionality. I carry my 3DS around with me everywhere, and when I pull it out of my pocket at t...

Darren Nakamura



How to make Ryu an interesting character in Super Smash Bros. photo
How to make Ryu an interesting character in Super Smash Bros.
by Patrick Hancock

Street Fighter's Ryu is currently rumored to be coming to Nintendo's newest entry into the Super Smash Bros. series, thanks to some hidden files in the most recent update to the game. It makes a lot of sense; Capcom already has a representative in the game, a new Street Fighter is coming out, and EVO and E3 are right around the corner.

However, if Nintendo just plops Ryu into the game and gives him the moves everyone expects him to have, it will be extremely underwhelming. Ryu would essentially be a clone of Mario, and that's not an appropriate fate for one of the most recognizable fighters of all time. Mr. Sakurai has said before that he wants to "[provide] accurate portrayals of characters," which is the reason why Ridley isn't in the game. It's also incredibly obvious to anyone who has played Mega Man in the newest Super Smash Bros.

There's plenty Nintendo and Capcom could do to make Ryu an interesting character that players will want to play as and -- this is important, Nintendo -- purchase as DLC.

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Captain of my own destiny: Micro-goals and player liberty photo
Captain of my own destiny: Micro-goals and player liberty
by Anna Anthropy

A friend of mine got a good deal on a Wii U recently. That meant that I finally got a chance to play Captain Toad. It's really humbling to know that people at Nintendo have also played Monument Valley. I played through a bunch of the game, and aside from parts where I had to keep looking between the touch-screen and the big screen (though I suppose I could have gotten around this by just playing on the touch-screen) and the parts where I had to fight bosses (though I suppose I could have gotten around this by just replaying Monument Valley), I really enjoyed the game up to a point.

That point was the point at which the game starts demanding you've collected some number of in-game "challenge" coins before it allows you to move on to the next level. Suddenly Captain Toad becomes Captain Tollbooth.

You see, not unlike many contemporary games, each level of Captain Toad features several different goals, each intended for a different style of play.

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12:30 PM on 04.19.2015

Guy claims he StreetPassed someone playing Twilight Princess on 3DS

[Update: More shots of this screen are coming in from other attendees of the concert.] [Update #2: It's fake. While TaDavidID, the guy who generated the image above, has gone on to add video and more images to suppo...

Jonathan Holmes

1:30 PM on 04.17.2015

New StreetPass game Ultimate Angler gets dark for a brief moment

The two new 3DS StreetPass games came out yesterday. I downloaded them last night but didn't get a chance to play either until this morning. Wanting to start out with the lighthearted fishing game Ultimate Angler before taki...

Darren Nakamura

2:00 AM on 04.17.2015

Nintendo's NPD sales report has lots of numbers

It doesn’t seem too long ago that Nintendo were struggling. With the slow sales of the Wii U that hit profits back in 2013 and the dwinding 3DS user base in 2014, It looked like the little (pfffft) company that could un...

Joe Parlock

8:00 PM on 04.16.2015

Yes, Nintendo, this Kong IS one hell of a guy

And let's keep it that way. None of that "heck" monkey business. Or Donkey Kong Frappuccinos.

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 04.16.2015

March NPD: PS4 still the one true king; Battlefield tops software charts

It's that time of the month again. The time console warriors are able to pull out actual facts to back up their extreme fanboyism in the most heated of forum discussions. Taking the top spot again for hardware was the PlaySta...

Robert Summa

2:00 PM on 04.16.2015

Nintendo Download: Donkey Kong 64

This week, the Nintendo 64 rides again with Donkey Kong 64 on the Wii U eShop. It's an incredibly bizarre, flawed, and all-around awesome experience that must be seen to be believed. Oh, and Tilelicious: Delicious Tiles ...

Chris Carter





10:15 AM on 04.16.2015

Could Street Fighter's Ryu be coming to Smash?

As many of you will be aware, Super Smash Bros. received a patch yesterday on both Wii U and 3DS adding Mewtwo to the game's already large roster and applying a number of smaller balance changes to the game. Far tech savvier ...

Laura Kate Dale



Mewtwo in Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS is on the juice photo
Mewtwo in Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS is on the juice
by Jonathan Holmes

A new era of Smash Bros. has arrived. Speculation about who's going to be next icon to join the all-star roster can become a daily part of our lives again. Starting today with the original uber-Pokémon Mewtwo, the age of Smash Bros. DLC roster updates has officially begun.

Dramatic! Amazing! Or at least, that's how it felt.

The reality of playing Mewtwo in Smash Bros. for the Wii U and the 3DS will probably feel a lot less climactic to a lot of you, at least at first. The announcement of his inclusion in the games was incredibly exciting, as it brought with it the promise of prolonged hope for fan-favorite characters to appear in future DLC updates. The actual arrival of Mewtwo in the games is a different story. Hype has not been kind to the genetic Pokémon. Unless you're already a huge fan of the character, or not already familiar with him from Melee, you may be initially underwhelmed by his grand return. 

Still, anyone who sticks with him will find that he's an interesting and fulfilling addition to roster. He's different enough from how he played in Melee to inspire exploration, while familiar enough to please most loyalists. 

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5:30 PM on 04.15.2015

Mario, Sonic, and other gaming icons have put on some weight

Outside of occasional gags like Doughnut Drake in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, I tend to forget how generally fit most mainstream videogame characters are. Leave it to artist Alex Solis to remind me of that fact with his upcom...

Jordan Devore

8:00 AM on 04.15.2015

Mario Kart 8 gets 8 new tracks: Baby Park, Animal Crossing, and more

Nintendo detailed its DLC Pack 2 for Mario Kart 8 during a recent Nintendo Direct. The 200cc races are coming free for all, but you gotta pay if you want to play (the 8 new tracks). The Animal Crossing: New Leaf track is lov...

Steven Hansen

5:00 AM on 04.15.2015

New Fire Emblem 3DS has Marth and Lucina as DLC characters

Fire Emblem: Awakening's success saved it from being the last in the series and Nintendo seems to be trying real hard to capitalize on it. The upcoming 3DS turn-based strategy -- Fire Emblem If in Japan, where it releases in ...

Steven Hansen

7:30 PM on 04.14.2015

Silver Mario amiibo is real, and there's one in the wild

The initial rumors of Nintendo's foray into amiibo variants detailed both a gold and silver Mario figurine. MAurio came about first and was an exclusive to Wal-Mart. That just leaves MAgrio waiting for a release (and a catch...

Brett Makedonski

6:30 PM on 04.14.2015

Nintendo felt the need to share ten facts about squid

Did you know Splatoon is going to release kind of soon? Nintendo's fully aware, and it wants to make sure you know too. But, it doesn't have any game-related information to share on April 14, 2015, so it sent along ten f...

Brett Makedonski

12:30 PM on 04.14.2015

Mewtwo DLC codes are being sent into battle

It's finally time. Grab your Master Balls and Full Restores, codes are finally being emailed out to add Mewtwo to Super Smash Bros.  Players who purchased and registered copies of Smash Bros. on both Wii U and 3DS in Jap...

Laura Kate Dale

10:00 AM on 04.14.2015

Nintendo reveals Hoopa Unbound, still isn't telling us how to get Hoopa

Pokémon's newest creature, Hoopa, will debut in the newest film, set for a western release later this year on Cartoon Network. Hoopa Unbound, revealed just today, will be featured as its more imposing form. It's ...

Chris Carter

9:00 PM on 04.13.2015

What if the New 3DS is Nintendo's last 3D handheld?

I was there when Nintendo first announced the 3DS. It was back when the company did actual press conferences at E3. As its presentation wrapped up, Nintendo sent droves of models into the audience, each with a 3DS tethered to...

Jonathan Holmes