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Nintendo WFC

So long, Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection


Online service for DS and Wii games discontinued as of today
May 20
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo is no longer supporting its Wi-Fi Connection service as of today, marking the end of online functionality for Wii, DS, and DSi games -- but, notably, not the end of the Wii Shop Channel, DSi Shop, and video services....
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EA

These are the EA games going offline on June 30


*Shakes fist at GameSpy*
May 12
// Jordan Devore
Electronic Arts said last month that it was working to find a solution to the GameSpy Technology shutdown on May 31, 2014 that will mean the end of online functionality, including multiplayer, for a number of titles that rely...
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2K Games

2K moving Borderlands, Civilization games to Steamworks


And discontinuing online support for some titles post-GameSpy shutdown
Apr 22
// Jordan Devore
2K has announced plans to migrate some of its online-enabled games away from GameSpy Technology since the service is shutting down on May 31, 2014. Loads of titles will be impacted -- not just 2K's library -- so consider this...
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Wii/DSi shop, Internet channels, and the like will not be affected
[Update: Nintendo of America, as well as Australia, have also announced the end of the Wi-Fi Connection service. Looks like it's across the board.] Nintendo of Japan has announced that they're ending all DS and Wii online ser...

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DS games on Wii U

Wii U Virtual Console will be getting DS games soon


Finally
Jan 29
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata gave a presentation detailing what they're doing to turnaround the company's poor performance. On top of the stuff we detailed here, it was also revealed that the Wii U will be seeing Nintendo ...

Top Ten Legit Pokemon

Oct 13 // Jim Sterling
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Too legitty to quitty!
With Pokemon X and Y now out for public consumption, you're probably curious as to what the best Pokemon are for your silky pleasures. Fortunately, Jim Sterling is here to drop knowledge bombs in yo' face, and tell which Pokemon are the most legit.  I know lots of things about Pokemon. Let me talk to you about Pokemon.

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Doodle Jump

Doodle Jump is heading to 3DS and...DS?


The DS is like the PS2...it refuses to quit
Oct 09
// Chris Carter
Doodle Jump on smartphones is one of the best time wasters on the platform, but the Kinect version was a huge mess, mostly due to the forced motion controls. So it seems as if they're trying again with Doodle Jump for the 3DS...
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Stan Lee is a playable character in LEGO Marvel Heroes


Because of course he is
Sep 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
You knew Stan Lee was going to make an appearance in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. But did you know he was going to be a complete badass? Stan Lee can Hulk out, swing around like Spider-Man, use a laser blast like Cyclops -- He has ALL the powers. He's basically like Rogue, or I don't know, Amazo from the DC Universe if you want to cross comic streams.
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Level-5 game sales

Layton series has sold over 15 million units


Level-5 also reveals sales of Ni no Kuni, Inazuma Eleven, and the Guild games
Aug 28
// Tony Ponce
Level-5 has kicked the fans in the collective nuts with the complete tonal shift that is Layton 7. That must mean the games are on their last legs and can no longer make bank on Nintendo handhelds alone, right? Not likely if ...
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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes also coming to Xbox One and PS4


The villains finally get shown off
Aug 21
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Finally, after all this time, we get to see the villains of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. Magneto, Dr. Doom, Venom, Dr. Octopus, Loki, Green Goblin, and even Galactus himself will all be featured in the game. We get to see some ...
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Nintendo vs. flashcarts

Nintendo files suit against Florida flashcart distributor


Not in my house!
Aug 07
// Tony Ponce
Piracy on the DS was kind of a big deal, which is why Nintendo has been taking measures to ensure that the same filth doesn't infect the 3DS ecosystem. The 3D handheld has remained more or less untainted thus far, but the onl...
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This is the ultimate collection of Zelda strategy guides


And it all comes in a treasure chest!
Jul 17
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Well look at what just popped up over on Amazon! The Legend of Zelda Box Set is a collection of Prima strategy guides that includes six hardcover books for Ocarina of Time 3D, Spirit Tracks, Phantom Hourglass, The Wind Waker,...
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Renegade Kid and Moon

The rights to the Moon IP revert to Renegade Kid in 2014


If you wanted a Moon 2, it may happen
Jul 02
// Chris Carter
Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham has some good news for Moon fans -- they will regain the rights to the Moon IP in 2014. Apparently a deal was struck between Renegade Kid and the publisher (Mastiff) in 2009, with a five year agre...
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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is a ton of fun


HULK LEGO SMASH!
Jun 06
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
I am so jealous of kids growing up this day and age. They have the coolest videogame consoles, the Internet, iPads, and now LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. Combining Marvel, one of the hottest movie proprieties right now (and not t...

Review: Color Commando

May 10 // Chris Carter
Color Commando (DSiWare)Developer: Goodbye Galaxy GamesPublisher: CIRCLE EntertainmentReleased: April 25, 2013 (US) / May 9, 2013 (EU)MSRP: $2.00 (200 Points) Despite the latter half the moniker that may imply a heavy emphasis on action, Color Commando is actually a puzzle game. The only "action" you'll be participating in is falling, moving, climbing ladders, and touching the screen to paint. See, Color Commando plays out the same way in nearly every level -- there's three optional coins to grab, and a treasure chest goal somewhere on the map. It's your job to pick up different paint balls (pink, purple, or green) to gain the ability to "paint" the screen by tapping it, which nullifies enemies of the same color in a small square-shaped area. On paper, it makes for some pretty interesting puzzle possibilities, as you essentially have to choose which area to paint (even though there might be multiple enemies of the same color), since you only get one glob per color per map. At first, you start to see the potential in the game as you pick it up, but it quickly goes downhill from there. The main issue with the game is hit detection -- to be blunt, it's off. Many a time I've blotted out an area, making it a safe zone from the same color enemy only to find out that it wasn't, and one pixel wasn't covered, causing me to die and restart the entire level. Some of the puzzles are outright broken as well. For instance, there are a few areas where it's obvious that you're supposed to fall off a ledge into danger to grab a coin -- but in many cases, you can just teeter off the edge and grab the coin without falling. The design of a handful of levels feels unfinished, and unpolished, leading to some really easy 100% victories without much of a challenge. [embed]253377:48585:0[/embed] It's a shame, because the retro veneer is fairly charming, as is one level tune that sounds like it's straight out of the RPG Lunar. But in this case repetition is a curse -- you'll eventually get sick of hearing the same song over and over and seeing the same two enemy variations level after level. There's five worlds with five stages each (one in each set is a bonus level, unlocked by getting every coin in that set). If you're skilled at puzzle platformers, you'll finish it extremely quickly -- basically, for a few bucks, you'll be getting around an hour of entertainment. It took me about 45 minutes to nearly 100% the game. As an aside, it's actually on DSiWare, so you don't necessarily need a 3DS to play. Color Commando has initial shades of fun, but it's basically over before it starts. Despite the cheap-looking enemy designs, there is a decent amount of charm here -- the game just doesn't get an opportunity to develop it. If you're itching for a platform puzzle title and have exhausted all of your choices on both the DS and 3DS, Color Commando is a decent way to spend a couple of bucks, but otherwise, it's skippable beyond a shadow of a doubt.
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Strokes of gray
The combination of puzzle and platforming is one of my favorite hybrid genres of all time. There's something about having to figure out challenges on the fly while testing your twitch capabilities that makes for a unique expe...

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

Galactus is coming for you in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes


Also pre-order bonuses
May 01
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The next game to get the LEGO treatment is Marvel, and this new teaser trailer for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes shows off some of the 100 characters you'll be playing with. The teaser also ends with Galactus's giant shadowing ec...
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DS fights on!

Nintendo promises to continue selling the DS


The dual-screen handheld won't back down
Apr 24
// Tony Ponce
In its fiscal year report released earlier today, Nintendo withheld a forecast for DS unit sales through March 31, 2014. Considering that even the Wii received a new yearly target, the logical assumption would be that Nintend...

Nintendo missed fiscal year targets for 3DS, Wii U

Apr 24 // Tony Ponce
Numbers for DS and Wii were also given. The Wii struggled to hit 3.98 million sales this year, while the DS performed even worse with 2.35 million. Not surprising considering that their successors are already out in the market, but clearly those old owners are not upgrading. Getting those folks to step up will be Nintendo's prime directive for the new year. Despite the rather miserable results, Nintendo is comfortable in predicting 9 million Wii U sales and 18 million 3DS sales by next year. The company even believes it can squeeze out another 2 million Wii sales! Unfortunately, no forecast for the DS was given, lending to the notion that its official retirement is just around the corner. Let's see what Satoru Iwata, SUPER CEO, can do! Nintendo misses its fiscal forecasts as the Wii U struggles to sell [Gamasutra]Nintendo FY13: $70M Net Income; WiiU 3.45M, NDS retires, 3DS/WiiU miss expectations [NeoGAF]
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Still made a $71.4 million net profit due to depreciation of the yen
Nintendo's fiscal year 2013 report was just released today, and the details are... well... umm... they're certainly something alright. Neither hot nor cold. Just... there. For the year ending on March 31, 2013, Nintendo poste...

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Pachter: Nintendo should leave the console business


Analyst in "pisses off Nintendo fans again" SHOCKAH!
Apr 09
// Jim Sterling
In the latest episode of Michael "Frisky Buns" Pachter Says Things About Nintendo And Everybody Gets Angry, the industry analyst was asked if he hated Nintendo. The slick-tongued gentleman said he didn't actively dislike the ...

Preview: First look at LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

Apr 04 // Abel Girmay
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii U, 3DS, PlayStation Vita, DS)Developer: TT GamesPublisher: Warner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentRelease: Fall 2013 The story of LEGO Marvel straddles a similar line to LEGO Batman 2; a comic book-style story with a liberal helping LEGO silliness. Like the recent LEGO City: Undercover, the story here is fully voiced. Speaking with TT Games producer Phil Ring, he said the team "wanted everything to feel alive, and more than what we had in LEGO Batman 2 where characters only spoke in cutscenes. We wanted bosses shouting at you and characters talking with each other, so we're recording a lot more audio for this game." Having a fully-voiced story also affords more opportunities for humor, outside of the physical comedy gags that are common to the series. It works to good effect, too -- the banter between the less than sharp Hulk and the always-on sarcasm of Iron Man played like a Saturday morning cartoon. Less-referenced Marvel entities will be making appearances as well. At the end of the demo, when Iron Man and Hulk help Nick Fury (modeled after the recent Ultimate/Sam Jackson version) take Sandman into custody, you could spot three day workers with Damage Control marked across their uniforms. Ring continued: "If you're a Marvel fan, there's plenty of small references like this you'll get, and if not, then what the hell, it's just three clean up guys in uniform." The script itself will see stewardship by Marvel writer Matt Hoffmeier, so there should be no shortage of Marvel cameos, references, and the like. The moment-to-moment gameplay of LEGO Marvel looks very much like a traditional game from TT. You'll run around the environment, smashing pieces and reconstructing them into new objects to move forward. That said, you do get a host of heroes and abilities to play around with. Full disclosure, our presentation was hands off, so I can't say how well the powers feel, but the combat didn't look particularly amazing. Really, it's those classic problem-solving moments that make better use of the hero license. Going up against Sandman, Iron Man and Hulk need to come up with a way to get past his giant sand wall. Hulk's brute strength won't work and neither will blasters. With a little searching, we get Iron Man to blast a nearby fire hydrant and generator, then have Hulk revert to Bruce Banner to reconstruct the pieces into a giant water cannon to solidify the sand so Hulk can break through it. It's the way each of the characters, and their abilities, play off each other in these puzzle-esque scenarios that gave the LEGO games their charm, and that much looks well intact here. Though TT is staying hush hush on some details, there will be side activities to partake in outside of missions, such as explorable miniature hub area of New York. "There is a hub world...you can go into new areas and explore including some places significant to the Marvel Universe and other like the Statue of Liberty, but it's all miniaturized of course...it's very much a LEGO world," said Ring. Basically, if you've enjoyed LEGO titles in the past, you should be right at home here. There doesn't look to be crazy breaks in series tradition -- just refinements and augments. And if you're a Marvel fan, then I suppose that only sweetens the package.
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A more traditional LEGO experience
Just when you thought they were out of good licenses to adapt for LEGO videogames, they pull one back in. Among others, we've explored the adventures of Indiana Jones, the far away galaxy of Star Wars, and the hallowed halls ...

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Cat Girl Without Salad

Cat Girl Without Salad is the new best thing ever


It's a videogame for all whom are living
Mar 31
// Jonathan Holmes
The announcement of DuckTales Remastered caused a lot of people to freak the hell out, but that wasn't the only trick WayForward had up their sleeves. They've got a new IP coming "exclusively" to Nintendo 3DS, DS, Wii, W...
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Rune Factory

GDC: Rune Factory development resisted by Marvelous, fans


A franchise that almost never happened
Mar 27
// Jayson Napolitano
Apparently development staff and even Harvest Moon fans didn't see the need to add combat to the farming formula. Marvelous AQ Executive Officer/CCO Yoshifumi Hashimoto shared at a panel this morning that he didn't have many ...
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DS and 3DS are BS?

FEZ creator thinks DS and 3DS are bullsh*t


Indie dev Twitter rage! Fun, fun, fun!
Mar 23
// Tony Ponce
Indie game developers are certainly an outspoken lot, aren't they? Phil Fish, creator of the dimension-flipping XBLA platformer FEZ, finally decided to hop on the Monster Hunter train starting with Ultimate for 3DS. He thinks...
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Pokemon event

More details on upcoming event Pokémon Meloetta


A better look ahead of next week's distribution event
Feb 25
// Jordan Devore
Beginning March 4 in North America, there will be a limited-time Pokémon distribution event for Meloetta at GameStop. After that date, you'll have three weeks to make a trip over to secure this Normal- and Psychic-typ...
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Pach-Man

Pachter talks more about Nintendo's Wii U 'mistake'


Clarifies the company's not in danger, but its glory days may be over
Feb 19
// Jim Sterling
Following yesterday's angry protests from Nintendo fans, industry analyst Michael "Fishy Sunday" Pachter took to NeoGAF to clarify his statements.There was uproar when Pachter said the Wii U was a mistake Nintendo may never r...
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Portal on DS

Do want! Homebrew Portal gameplay on the DS


What's not to like?
Feb 11
// Chris Carter
There are many things that make me proud to be a gamer, and one of them is the homebrew/fangame community. To me, there's almost nothing better than a group of passionate fans getting together and creating something ...
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Pokémon

Pokémon Black and White 2 getting hilarious event Pokémon


Splash!
Feb 09
// Kyle MacGregor
Every once in a while Nintendo emerges from its ivory tower to participate in special charity events where it provides free Pokémon for the unwashed washes to enjoy. Sometimes they're cool, other times you ge...

How Nintendo breaks hearts with the D.E.N.N.I.S. System

Feb 06 // Jim Sterling
[embed]244154:46787:0[/embed] While the system is designed for Dennis to trick women into having sex with him before abandoning them, its applications in business are frightening, and Nintendo's mastery of it is absolute. Like Dennis, Nintendo is able to seduce and conquer its fans by demonstrating value, engaging physically, nurturing dependence, neglecting emotionally, inspiring hope, and then separating entirely. Do you remain skeptical? Read on and understand.  Demonstrate Value This one's easy, because we already know, by Nintendo's own admission, that it secures customer loyalty by demonstrating the value of its product. Through marketing promotions, competitive pricing, and pledging to offer the widest variety of games to the widest variety of consumers, Nintendo attempts to demonstrate its value to the user. More often than not, it succeeds. In fairness, all videogame companies utilize the first step of the system. Duping the consumer into believing a product is worth the entry fee is what the game industry is all about. Nintendo's as committed as any when it comes to demonstrating its value.  Engage Physically No other company works harder to engage its customers physically than Nintendo. With the Wii, the DS, the 3DS, and the Wii U, Nintendo has been doing more to encourage physical interaction with users than any other company in the games market. Whether you're waggling a remote, tapping a touchscreen, or tilting screens left and right, when you're on a Nintendo system, you're 100% physically engaged.  Even those shy to embrace Nintendo's whimsical world of bodily nonsense are eventually suckered in. Games like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword test the resolve of even the most adamant anti-waggle gamer, and the excellent Nintendo DS library has us all dragging styli around like they're little Weekend at Bernie's corpses! If you're a Nintendo customer, consider yourself physically engaged.  Nurturing Dependence  Nintendo has the key to the cage of some of gaming's most beloved and cherished franchises. Your inner child is Reggie Fils-Aime's bitch. Miyamoto is the way and the truth and the life, and no one comes to the Mario except through him. To get your hands on Zelda, Metroid, Kirby, and so many more, you depend entirely on so-called Big N.  Nintendo knows it, too. It knows what you like, and it knows you have nobody else to turn to. Games like Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. feed your nostalgia, remind you of happier times before you became an evil-hearted adult, and convince you to stay with Nintendo if you want to keep getting that sweet, sweet hit. One look at the dogged loyalty of Nintendo's most ardent fans will tell you this has already been achieved. They remain hopelessly in the thrall of their master, suckling at its red, cracked teats with all the gratitude of a freshly-fed dog.  We're halfway through the system, and Nintendo's three for three! Neglect Emotionally Nintendo's demonstrated its value to you. It's engaged you physically with its cool new toy. It's nurtured your dependence with the allure of childhood memories and honest-to-goodness gaming. What happens next? Wii Music happens next.  Yes folks, you've just been neglected emotionally! Satoru Iwata's band of merry men are wizards when it comes to this step, leading fans on for so long before totally cutting them off. After stringing gamers along, Nintendo does an about-face, making its press conferences and announcements all about family-friendly crap that nobody cares for. We get some maniac woman on a stage, grinning like a bargain basement Joker as she tells you she's going to put a smile on your face. We get promises of Pikmin 3, but no actual news, while other favorite franchises are completely ignored. Reggie tells us Animal Crossing is a hardcore game and can't understand why anybody's feeling shortchanged. "Nintendo has abandoned the hardcore gamer," the cry rings out, over valley and hill. My Lord, why hast thou forsaken me? The answer is clear -- Nintendo's neglecting you emotionally. Inspire Hope Wait, they just announced Pikmin 3? Holy shit, was that a new Kid Icarus? New Donkey Kong? And what's with this Wii U eShop? It's, like, actually good. Nintendo's got a new online strategy, Nintendo's promising more core games. Nintendo's back, everybody! Nintendo finally gets it.  "Nintendo finally gets it." I've honestly lost count of how many times I've read that phrase over the years. After neglecting us emotionally, Nintendo makes some announcement or presents a fresh feature that has everybody (myself included) pull a U-turn and declare that, this time, Nintendo finally understands what we want, and at last knows how to give it to us. We are relieved. We are appreciative. And then ... we bang. Separate Entirely Weeks without games. A sudden 3DS discount that pisses off everybody who supported the system early. The eShop turns out to be bereft of content and shit as always. A reality that fails utterly to live up to the promises we breathed in like sweet oxygen. And all the while, Nintendo sits there, deaf to our pleas, blind to our entreaties. It's working on something else now, and has cut its consumers loose. It's okay, though. You need not be alarmed. Nintendo will be back, next time it needs to demonstrate its value to you. And the D.E.N.N.I.S. System rises again.
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It's Always Sunny at Nintendo
Earlier this week, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto claimed his company had failed to "communicate the value" of the Wii U to consumers, a turn of phrase that struck me as quite amusing. As a fan of It's Always Sunny in Phila...

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Pokemon event

Here's how to get Meloetta in Pokemon Black and White


North American distribution event next month
Feb 04
// Jordan Devore
March? I don't even want to start thinking about March yet. That said, it's nice to get the heads-up on the planned distribution event for the Mythical Pokémon Meloetta in North America. You'll want to take a trip...
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3DS Pokedex Decal

Here's how to turn your 3DS into a Pokedex


All you need is $15 and master sticker placing skills
Feb 02
// Brett Zeidler
Who out there is unlike me and doesn't still have their original Pokedex from back in the day? Well, if you have a 3DS and/or 3DS XL you can turn that boring device into a freaking Pokedex! Etsy shop GameThemedThings&nbs...

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