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1:30 PM on 02.19.2015

Splatoon's adorable squids originally looked like tofu

Can you imagine Splatoon's "Inklings" looking more like tofu than squids? Speaking with Famitsu, the shooter's designers (Hisashi Nogami, Yusuke Amano, and Tsubasa Sakaguchi) revealed the creatures actually started out that w...

Kyle MacGregor

11:00 AM on 02.19.2015

Nintendo Download: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

The Wii U has a bit of eShop life this week with Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, which looks all sorts of cute. It's also getting a Citizens of Earth demo and Axelay, one of my personal favorite SNES shoot-'em-ups. The 3DS ...

Chris Carter

9:00 PM on 02.18.2015

Flex those muscles, Machamp

This is vaguely the same footage of Pokkén Tournament we've seen over the past couple weeks, but it's a direct capture of the game, so what the hell. Good recap of the current roster, though do note that the voice over and text are in Japanese. Long way to go before this'll get localized. What's going on with Pikachu (starting at 1:25)? That expression is Kirby-in-the-USA angry.

Jordan Devore

2:51 PM on 02.18.2015

Internal GameStop memo notes massive delay for some pre-ordered amiibo, no duplicates even with reserves

The amiibo situation gets crazier with each passing wave. The running joke among the community is that every figure will be rare in Wave 4. You know what? That could happen. Based on an internal memo that just went out nation...

Chris Carter



Review: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse photo
Review: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
by Jonathan Holmes

Let's take a quick look at the history of videogames with clay-based graphics. Skullmonkeys is a one-off that most people don't even remember. The ClayFighter series has been dormant since the N64 days. Armikrog has been in development hell for years. That clay-based Loco Roco game for the PlayStation 3 never happened. Maybe worst of all, Dominique Pamplemouse is not yet a million seller. What the heck, guys!?

Looking at how few clay-focused games have made it to the market makes Kirby and the Rainbow Curse an even more interesting part of Nintendo's overall strategy. It's both safe and risky at the same time. This is not Kirby's first foray into the world of arts and crafts, and Nintendo has toyed with the idea of clay graphics before. The cover art for the first and last issues of Nintendo Power were made from clay, and a lot of the promotional material from EarthBound used clay models. It's clear that Nintendo has been toying with clay for a while, but Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is the first time it has finally gone all the way clay. 

I hope it's not the last. 

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9:00 AM on 02.18.2015

Sin and Punishment 2 and Pandora's Tower come out next month for Wii U in Japan

Sin and Punishment: Star Successor and Pandora's Tower are two of my favorite Wii games, and now they're coming to the Wii U eShop. As per Nintendo's YouTube channel they will both be arriving next month in Japan -- the former has a March 25 date, with the latter coming earlier on March 4. Both games support the Classic Controller, in case you were wondering.

Chris Carter





11:30 AM on 02.17.2015

Hyrule Warriors has another max level increase on the way, also its last announced DLC

Soon, Hyrule Warriors will get its 1.6.0 update, which brings in more free enhancements to the mix. The max level cap will be increased, new potions and medals will be added, challenge mode will be enhanced, and there wi...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 02.17.2015

Watch Villager pocket all of the moves in Super Smash Bros. Wii U

[Update: Master0fHyrule made an updated video featuring several moves that were left out of the original, including a really cool Zelda attack.] YouTuber Master0fHyrule compiled a video of almost every attack that the Villag...

Ben Davis

7:00 AM on 02.17.2015

This Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS tutorial video explains ledge grab punishing

The "My Smash Corner" YouTube channel is back with another Super Smash Bros. tutorial video, covering the new ledge grab mechanic. As you may know the new iteration has a completely reworked ledge concept that drops you...

Chris Carter

2:30 PM on 02.16.2015

What the hell?! Captain Toad has a spin attack!

Have you ever pushed through an annoying sequence without realizing that you were in fact "playing it wrong" and failing to grasp a concept or mechanic? I am guilty of this, but I'm struggling to think of an example newer tha...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 02.16.2015

Wii U 32GB Deluxe Bundle is $259 again for Presidents Day

It's back. The $259.99 Nintendo Wii U 32GB Deluxe Bundle deal appeared earlier this morning on Rakuten/Buy.com's eBay store. The sale ends later this week, but we're absolutely positive it'll run out of stock well before then...

Dealzon

5:00 PM on 02.15.2015

Nintendo reneges on plans to bring TVii to Europe

Nintendo has cancelled plans to launch its Wii U TVii service across Europe. "Due to the extremely complex nature of localising multiple television services across a diverse range of countries with varied licensing systems, r...

Kyle MacGregor

11:00 PM on 02.14.2015

Rumor: Rayman might be coming to Smash Bros.

[Update: It's fake, as shown in the video above. While it's nice to have a detailed explanation on how this fake was made, what I really want is a detailed explanation on why it was made, preferably with sideline psycho...

Jason Faulkner



I unlocked all 16 of the Majora's Mask DLC outfits in Hyrule Warriors photo
I unlocked all 16 of the Majora's Mask DLC outfits in Hyrule Warriors
by Jordan Devore

Happy Majora's Mask day!

Over the past week, I've spent I don't know how many hours trying to get through the new DLC in Hyrule Warriors. Even if I did know, I wouldn't say. A lot. Way too many.

To access certain levels, you'll need to use a Deku, Goron, or Zora mask on the Termina Adventure map. Sounds neat, except it's set up such that you have to beat one level to get a mask that can let you reach another mask to obtain the mask you really wanted all along (x10). Then and only then can you make real progress toward stopping that danged moon from crash landing.

The levels themselves are, at times, absurd in their difficulty. New mission types place you in a heated race against A.I. warriors to take keeps, or collect rupees, or rack up KOs. It's you and you alone against their posse which just so happens to include boss monsters because no one said this was going to be a fair fight. I hope most of your characters are sufficiently leveled.

Anyway, enough talk. I managed to nab the last of the Majora's Mask DLC outfits last night and some are downright hilarious. Others, horrific. What's best in life? Darunia wearing a Goron mask.

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10:17 AM on 02.13.2015

It looks like new amiibo models of Rosalina, Wario, and Donkey Kong are likely confirmed

Rejoice, amiibo fans who may have missed out on Rosalina! It looks like Nintendo's Japanese Mario Party 10 landing site may have just confirmed another run of the figure. Going on a tip from a reader, it appears as if th...

Chris Carter

6:30 PM on 02.12.2015

January NPD: PS4 back at number one

After being knocked off the top spot as the best-selling console for the past two months, Sony's PS4 regained the much-coveted sales marker for the month of January. Not only is it back at number one, but it also continues it...

Robert Summa