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New releases: Force adorable Pikmin to kill, you monster photo
New releases: Force adorable Pikmin to kill, you monster
by Fraser Brown

We're bidding farewell to an extremely hot July with a bang: Pikmin 3 is here, or it will be come Sunday. Of course, if you have the good fortune to be living in the UK or other, less important parts of Europe, then this is old news and you're probably already enslaving plant-folk and slaying beasties. 

As if a good game on the Wii U wasn't cause enough for celebration, Rise of the Triad is also dropping this week. I'm in the process of downloading it now, and as soon as I'm done informing you lovely people about this week's offerings, I'll be running around like a headless chicken, blowing shit up.

What's making you quiver with anticipation this week?

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8:00 AM on 07.25.2013

Nintendo PR actively promoting playable female characters

Nintendo is generally thought to exist in its own fancy little bubble, protected from the outside world and faintly out of touch with the rest of us. However, Nintendo of America's marketing department may be a bit more savvy...

Jim Sterling

7:00 AM on 07.22.2013

Nintendo Download Europe: Pikmin 3!

After years of waiting for a sequel, Pikmin 3 is almost here for you Europeans -- specifically, on July 26th in both physical and digital form. Remember, if you're buying it in the EU eShop you'll earn a 30% discount on the d...

Chris Carter

12:00 PM on 07.17.2013

Pikmin 3 and New Super Luigi U spur Wii U sales in Japan

The sun came up this morning, birds chirped, the tides continued their eternal ebb and flow, and a Nintendo product topped Japanese software charts. Some things never change. Pikmin 3 launched last week in Japan, reigning sup...

Kyle MacGregor

11:30 PM on 07.12.2013

Play Pikmin 3 at GameStop July 20-21, get it a day early

How long has it been since the last time we've been able to control inch-high spacefarer Captain Olimar and his army of sentient plants? Almost ten years? It's almost surreal that the third game in the Pikmin series is final...

Darren Nakamura

2:30 PM on 07.11.2013

Pikmin 3 is so adorably gruesome

I don't know about you folks, but I don't think I could possibly be more excited for Pikmin 3 right now. Yesterday I had a chance to get a full hands-on with the game at the Nintendo of America offices for an hour-and-half pl...

Casey Baker





3:00 PM on 07.03.2013

Select Wii U eShop games to launch at a discount in Japan

No matter how much the press and fans clamor for a reduced digital pricing scheme, publishers ignore it as much as possible. Although PlayStation Plus helps alleviate the burn a bit with $5 discounts here and there, the indus...

Chris Carter

3:00 AM on 06.27.2013

Did Peach just orgasm?

Oh my God... what is happening in those first 10 seconds!? Nintendo suddenly realized that it forgot to advertise the Wii U and has scrambled to put together a set of TV commercials. But the one for New Super Luigi U is just...

Tony Ponce

8:00 AM on 06.26.2013

Watch the entire Nintendo Direct Pikmin presentation here

This morning, Nintendo put on a special Japan-only Nintendo Direct specifically for Pikmin 3. It's basically a "Let's Play" for the game starring Miyamoto, as he leads someone through a demonstration of a typical level. For ...

Chris Carter

8:25 PM on 06.20.2013

Video: Check out Pikmin 3's bingo battle mode

A Nintendo representative walks us through the two-player versus mode "Bingo Battle" in Pikmin 3, where you must command your troops to mine resources to match pieces on a bingo board. Resources are limited, so you can block...

Niero Gonzalez

8:00 PM on 06.14.2013

Miyamoto explains Pikmin 3's Bingo Battle mode

After some confusion about whether or not Pikmin 3 was going to be a Wii U launch title, it feels like we've been waiting forever to play the game. But finally, we're down to the last few months, and Shigeru Miyamoto is here...

Chris Carter

11:16 AM on 06.12.2013

Miyamoto talks about attacking eyeballs in Pikmin 3

Nintendo continues to show that they don't give a rat's ass about following trends, and I think it's fantastic. While Capcom is working to make the next Dead Rising appeal to the Call of Duty fanbase and Namco Bandai wants t...

Jonathan Holmes

3:31 PM on 06.11.2013

Ogle some Nintendo's finest E3 titles, and cat people!

Nintendo sure has been sharing a lot on the great titles they have on the table for this year! From the return of Super Smash Bros. to the nostalgic feeling The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Nintendo is really hitti...

Jason Cabral

12:49 PM on 06.11.2013

Pikmin 3 is content complete

There is yet another E3 Nintendo event going behind closed doors as we speak, with more exclusive news that wasn't mentioned in Nintendo's all too brief E3 Direct. Straight from the twitter of our own Hamza Aziz comes the new...

Jonathan Holmes

9:46 AM on 05.17.2013

Pikmin 3 to feature Alph, Brittany, and Captain Charlie

Nintendo let loose a ton of new info on Pikmin 3 today, like the fact that the new cast consists of characters named Alph, Brittany, and Captain Charlie. These adorable creatures have crash landed on a planet while in search ...

Chris Carter



Rumor: Nintendo delaying Wii U titles due to summer patch photo
Rumor: Nintendo delaying Wii U titles due to summer patch
by Allistair Pinsof

A source told CVG that Wii U releases are slim this spring due to an initiative at Nintendo to stop most first-party releases until the summer patch is out, which will further improve the system. This follows April's patch which sped up load times by 15 seconds, in some instances.

Once the patch is out, Mario Wii U (not official title) will come out by October. Mario Kart and Super Smash. entries for the Wii U, all of which are to be shown at E3 next month, may follow. One source told CVG that Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101 and Wii Fit U were all delayed for the patch, ostensibly so the games received less criticism for load times. Another source, however, denied Nintendo intentionally delaying game releases.

"From July onwards we will launch a succession of Wii U titles and we will promote these extensively until the end of the year," Shelly Pearce, the PR director at Nintendo UK, told CVG.

This is all just speculation from sources that come from unknown places, but the noticable lack of Wii U releases since launch can be explained by this strategy. After all, why risk mediocre reviews tied to long load times when a patch that will fix them (along with other issues) is just around the corner?

If the rumors are true, we'll have a smooth console experience with all the Nintendo staples this fall. The year that came before will soon be forgotten.

Nintendo plots Wii U resurgence with 3D Mario by October [CVG]

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