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  • Here are 10 things you should know about the new Zelda

    It feels like ages ago since we first saw that Legend of Zelda teaser, showing a glimpse of an open-world adventure. Now, E3 2016 has delivered a massive information blowout of Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild, set for release in 2017 on Wii U and NX. What are some of the interesting things you should know about the latest entry in the all-conquering franchise? The open world is inspired by the original We knew that this Zelda title would be an open-world video game, and some also pointed out that it was a throwback to the original games. In last night's stream,...

  • Nintendo’s new Zelda game is called ‘Breath of the Wild’ [first look]

    Kicking off an E3 conference with the biggest game on the roster isn't something we see too often from companies, but that's Nintendo for you. Today, at its live E3 Treehouse event, the company showcased the latest Legend Of Zelda adventure entitled Breath of the Wild. Eiji Aonuma, the game's chief designer, explained that Nintendo wanted to do something markedly different this time around with Zelda, "breaking the conventions," which includes a totally different animation style and gameplay. Like its seriously apt name, the game is dense with a focus on landscape, natural beauty and of course, puzzles. It does seem to...

  • Nintendo 3DS receives stability firmware update 11.0.0-33

    It's time for another Nintendo 3DS firmware update, bringing the operating system up to version 11.0.0-33. Don't get too excited as it only brings along some stability fixes. According to Nintendo's patch notes, this update contains: "Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience." It might come with new features or a massive overhaul to somehow integrate My Nintendo, but at least the company cares enough to make sure its devices work well. Read more: Nintendo 2DS and New Nintendo 3DS: the cheapest consoles in SA right now You won't be able to access...

  • Miitomo app, My Nintendo launched – but what about SA?

    Nintendo's first smartphone app was launched in Japan last month, but it's now available outside Nintendo's home country too. Before you get your hopes up though, you need to know that the Android and iOS app isn't officially available in South Africa. Supported countries are: the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Australia and New Zealand. What's it all about? Miitomo is a rather offbeat social app that sees you dressing your Mii avatar in a variety of unlockable items, for starters. Users are able to purchase items for their Mii (hello, real-world cash) or earn items by...

  • Nintendo 3DS receives incremental firmware update 10.6.0-31

    Japanese video game company Nintendo has released another firmware update for its line of 2DS/3DS handheld consoles. Named 10.6.0-31, it doesn't seem to bring much to the table. According to the Nintendo's vague changelog entry for the revision, it adds stability and adjustments to the system. "Further improvements to overall system stability, system security and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user's experience." After applying the update, there doesn't appear to be any noticeable changes to the system, though improved stability behind the scenes is always welcome. There is speculation that all of the incremental updates are slowly laying the...

  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam review: once upon another mushroom

    The pitch at Nintendo HQ for this title probably went a little something like this: "Goodness, we barely have any Mario titles anymore, apart from the fifty currently available to play. We definitely need another, and perhaps cross over another series too while we at it." Okay, fine. I'm being harsh. In fact, a little hypocritical too, because I generally love seeing that dungaree-clad Italian-accented plumber on my screen. And sooner or later, this was bound to happen, because Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario were two of Nintendo's most entertaining franchises on two vastly different platforms. Although I'm not the...

  • Nintendo’s Miitomo will launch in March alongside My Nintendo

    Nintendo has outlined the granular details for its fans interested in its first mobile game, Miitomo. The company announced that the game will arrive on Android and iOS devices in March, but it will not be open to absolutely everyone. Instead, signing up for a new Nintendo Account service will automatically put you in line to pre-order the game. Users can sign up to the service using "their existing email, social media accounts or current Nintendo Network IDs", the company explains. "People who pre-register will be among the first to be notified about the availability of Miitomo when it launches in March....

  • Nintendo NX games should put story, gameplay before graphics

    A few years ago, a game debuted on the PlayStation 4, a then new and exciting concept that was to take gaming to an entirely new level, into the eighth console generation. This game was The Order: 1886, and based on that name, you can easily imagine a game filled with lore, exciting quests through the 17th century and lots of metal-on-metal combat. But beyond this, you'd expect a good story. Expect is really the key word here. Although the game looked great -- honestly, it's still one of the best looking games on the PS4 -- absolutely nothing else about...

  • Super Mario Maker hits 1-million sales in US

    December 2015 was a good month for Nintendo. Its Wii U console welcomed its fifth game to sell over a million copies in the United States -- Super Mario Maker. Thanks to data released by the NPD Group -- a company that enjoys tracking these sorts of numbers -- suggests that the game-design-slash-nostalgia-fueled-platformer was one of the company's most popular Wii U titles to date. While it might seem like a repackaged rehash of older Mario titles, Super Mario Maker does introduce gamers to game design mechanics previously unappreciated by said gamers. It allows them to design levels that adhere to...

  • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash review: smash spread thin

    Where do I start with this one? It's not that I don't like spin-offs, but I do wonder how many times a cow can be milked before it's turned into a new couch. If Nintendo was a farmer, Mario would've been a three-seater ages ago, but thankfully, the Japanese gaming company still knows how to make the most of its aging IP. And yes, once again this year that little Italian plumber returns and brings his entire ensemble along for the ride in Nintendo's portrayal of the Wimbledon Championships. Gone are the dumb white shorts and preppy little tennis shoes, and...