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Nintendo’s Miitomo app signs up over 10 million unique users

Nintendo’s first dedicated mobile release, the odd “social experience” app Miitomo, was a surprise hit, and has crossed the 10 million unique users mark worldwide. Nintendo also has, to date, sparked more than 300 million conversations and more than 20 million Miifotos have been created. From April 29 to May 8, a special promotion “Celebrating […]

PlatinumGames president Tatsuya Minami steps down ahead of Star Fox Zero launch

Tatsuya Minami, president of the Star Fox Zero‘s co-developer PlatinumGames, has reportedly stepped down from his role late last month. According to a report today from GamesBusiness.jp, Minami will be replaced by Kenichi Sato, who was the company’s executive director. Talk about bad timing, though. PlatinumGames is celebrating its 10th anniversary and the global launch […]

Punch! Kick! Barf! River City Ransom sequel coming to 3DS in the summer

Retro fans get ready: a River City Ransom sequel is coming to the 3DS. River City: Tokyo Rumble, first released in Japan in 2013, is being localized for the west. River City Ransom is a classic 1989 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) beat-em-up which didn’t sell well during its initial run, but has become a cult […]

This week on the Nintendo eShop: April 21, 2016

This week’s Nintendo downloads includes the following featured content (all in U.S. dollars unless noted): Nintendo eShop on Wii U Star Fox Zero – An evil empire has risen and the Lylat system is in danger. As legendary space pilot Fox McCloud, blast through an onslaught of enemy forces to bring peace to the galaxy. […]

Metroid Prime: Federation Force Aug. 19 release date confirmed

Nintendo has announced that Metroid Prime: Federation Force will launch for 3DS in North America on August 19 (September 2 in Europe). Nintendo of Japan has delayed the game from June 25 to August 25, citing necessary balance adjustments. The sci-fi shooter, which finds a squad of up to four players working together to combat […]

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE bundle details released

Upcoming Wii U RPG Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is getting a special edition bundle, including a 5×8 colour artbook, six-song CD soundtrack with song cards, DLC codes and a sticker sheet. Co-developed by Nintendo and Atlus, #FE combines elements of both the Shin Megami Tensei RPG series and the Fire Emblem tactics series with a […]

Nintendo previews third-party Summer 2016 games line-up, including eShop indies

Nintendo of America’s Damon Baker previews upcoming summer titles for the Wii U and 3DS in a new video. Here is the list of games featured: Tumblestone Axiom Verge Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Super Meat Boy LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Noitu Love: Devolution Jotun: Valhalla Edition Zarvot Ectoplaza Corpse Party The Battle Cats Pop! […]

Picross e7 available April 27 in Japan

Game developer Jupiter has just announced a new installment of their Picross e series, Picross e7. E7 will feature more than 150 puzzles, along with Megapicross and Micross modes. Special stages can be unlocked if save data from Picross e, e2 and e3 is present on the system. Picross e7 is scheduled for release in […]

Mario teams up with Sonic (not the hedgehog)

If you’re a Nintendo fan driving through the States, you might want to stop by Sonic Drive-In for their new Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam toys. Starting tomorrow and running until June 30, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam toys are available when you order a “Wacky Pack” kids meal. Of the five toys available, one […]

Mario teams up with Sonic, but not the hedgehog this time

If you’re driving through the States, you might want to stop by Sonic Drive-In for their new Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam toys. Starting tomorrow and running until June 30, Nintendo toys are available when you order a “Wacky Pack” kids meal. Of the five toys available, one toy is shaped like Mario, who races […]

Shigeru Miyamoto celebrates Pokémon’s 20th anniversary in new video

Iconic game creator Shigeru Miyamoto appeared in a new video over the weekend, congratulating Pokémon on its 20th anniversary. In the video, he describes his role as a producer on the first games. Here’s the transcript of his video message: Pokémon, congratulations on your 20th anniversary. At the same time, as one of the producers […]

Gamestop exec hints that new Nintendo console launch could be ‘imminent’

Fans and investors are chomping at the bit for any news about Nintendo’s upcoming console, codenamed the “NX.” Many are expecting a big reveal — or at least some news — during the E3 expo in June. The latest glimmer of NX news is from an exec at U.S. retailer Gamestop — EB Games in […]

Speedrunner sets new world record for Super Mario Bros.

Virginia-based speedrunner “Darbian” has beat the world record for Super Mario Bros., completing the NES game in four minutes, 57 seconds and 260 milliseconds on April 13. Darbian beat his own record by 387 milliseconds, which was set last October. His speedrun is defined as “Any %”, which allows for warping to complete the game. […]