How Satoru Iwata Helped Bring Pokemon to America

You might not have known it, but the late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata played a major role in bringing the now-popular Pokemon video game series to America. The Pokemon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara shared a great story on the subject in a new interview with 4Gamer, as translated by Siliconera. Ishihara said when the team at Game Freak made Pokemon …

Save $25 on New 3DS XL Hardware at GameStop This Week

Have some Christmas cash and looking for a New Nintendo 3DS XL? GameStop has a new offer you may want to consider. The retailer is now selling New 3DS XL systems, including the special edition Zelda Hyrule model, for $175. That’s a $25 discount compared to the normal $200 price. Alongside this deal, GameStop is also offering a buy one, …

Smash Bros. Director Talks Fan Criticism Using George Lucas as Example

“It’s like building a house, but people focus on a single painting that’s hung up on a wall in one room, and fixate on it, and keep listing off their complaints of that painting.” That’s a quote from Super Smash Bros. series director Masahiro Sakurai, who talked more about fan feedback in his latest Famitsu column. In the piece, translated …

Nintendo NX, Amiibo, Mobile Games, Theme Park Plans Covered in New President’s Address

Nintendo’s corporate website was updated yesterday, Christmas Day, with a message from new Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima. His message, addressed to shareholders and investors, provides a high-level overview of Nintendo’s business strategy and plans for the future. Kimishima took over as Nintendo president for Satoru Iwata, who passed away in July. Part of Kimishima’s plans is to expose Nintendo’s characters …

Pokemon 2DS Systems Coming to Japan

New 2DS systems themed around Pokemon are coming to Japan, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have announced. The four retro-looking systems will come in yellow, red, green, and blue when they arrive on February 27, 2016. That’s not a random date–it’s the 20th anniversary of the Pokemon series (via IGN). The 2DS systems also come with pre-installed copies of the …

Super Mario Galaxy Comes to Wii U Tomorrow, Nintendo Website Says

One of the Nintendo Wii’s best games ever, Super Mario Galaxy, will launch for Wii U tomorrow, December 24. That’s according the game’s product page on Nintendo.com (via Polygon), which says it’ll cost $20 when it launches as an early Christmas present tomorrow through the Virtual Console eShop. Nintendo has yet to officially announce Super Mario Galaxy or confirm its …

Check Out This “Super Nintendo Chalmers” Custom SNES

Ralph Wiggum’s “Hi, Super Nintendo Chalmers” line from the 1998 “Lisa Gets an A” episode of The Simpsons has been brought to life. Reddit user rori3 (via Destructoid) created a custom SNES console featuring the likeness of Springfield school district Superintendent Gary Chalmers. It looks really great. The custom SNES was made as a White Elephant gift that some lucky …

A New Cartridge-Based Console Is Coming Out Next Year

Classic gaming company Coleco is making a comeback, albeit in name only. The company that now owns the rights to the classic company’s name has announced a partnership with Retro Video Game Systems for a cartridge-based console it’s calling Coleco Chameleon. It’s described as a “versatile new video game system that serves as a modern day take on the classic …

Game of the Year 2015 Countdown: #10 – #6

After hours of debates and much gnashing of teeth, our global team of GameSpot editors has finally come up with this: the best video games of 2015, in ranked order. Our list of the best 25 games of the year has been informed by the wide array of tastes, experiences, and preferences of dozens of GameSpot editors around the world. …

Wii U-Exclusive Devil’s Third Still Selling for Over $100 on Ebay

Devil’s Third may have reviewed poorly, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t willing to pay a high price to own it. Several Ebay users are buying the game for upwards of $100. Earlier in the week, Game Informer reported that a buyer had purchased the Wii U-exclusive for $180, despite it being available digitally on the Wii U eShop for …

Pokemon Fighting Game is Getting Special Wii U Controller

Pokken Tournament is already playable in Japanese arcades and when the Pokemon fighting game comes to the Wii U, it’ll be joined by a unique controller. Unfortunately, it’s only set for a Japan release at this time. The fightpad features a D-Pad and four face buttons. However, it doesn’t come with analog sticks or triggers. The ZL and ZR buttons …

All the News From the Final Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct

The final Nintendo Direct briefing dedicated to Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS was held today, and the 35-minute broadcast featured quite a few notable announcements. In case you missed the presentation or need a refresher, we’ve now collected those announcements and more into this post. New Smash Bros Character Confirmed From Fire Emblem: Corrin joins the fight, playable as male …

Turok Remastered Releases on PC This Week

Players hoping to shoot some dinosaurs this week are going to get what they want. The remastered Turok by Night Dive Studios will be hitting the PC this Thursday. Night Dive founder Steven Kick clarified to Eurogamer that the remaster is based on the PC version and not the Nintendo 64 port. Kick also confirmed that the following improvements will …

Get a Wii U for $250 and Save on Amiibo Figures for the Holidays

It’s not too late to get your holiday shopping done, and if you have someone on your list looking for Nintendo hardware, games, or accessories, there are deals to be had. Nintendo today published a roundup of deals available this week, which is the final full week before Christmas. Offers include $250 Wii U hardware bundles, New 3DS XL systems …

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Will “Go Beyond Scale, Gameplay, Story” of Original

Yoshinori Kitase, director and producer of various Final Fantasy titles throughout the series’ history, has further explained Square Enix’s decision to deliver its Final Fantasy 7 Remake as an episodic, multi-part series. In a statement posted on the Square Enix blog Kitase, who directed the original 1999 PlayStation release, said the development team had the opportunity to “go beyond the …

Star Wars Standalone Movies Will Tackle Variety of Genres

When Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 and subsequently announced that it would resume the production of Star Wars movies, the big news was that it wouldn’t just involve the continuing Saga series. There would now be a new Star Wars film every year, with standalone one-off stories interspersing the ongoing episodes. The first of these–Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One–is now only …

Watch Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime Dance to Sell You This Game

Nintendo today released the latest in a series of videos promoting Yo-Kai Watch that offer an inside look at meetings with the company’s executives, and this one is undoubtedly the best. Whereas the first two saw Nintendo of America executives like Reggie Fils-Aime or Bill Trinen bickering or shoving their faces full of donuts, this one sees Fils-Aime–NoA’s president and …

Super Mario Maker Adds Mercedes-Benz Level and Costume as Free DLC

Wii U game Super Mario Maker is getting a new level, but you’ll probably be surprised to learn who it’s coming from. Nintendo announced today that luxury car company Mercedes-Benz has built an original event course that launches today, December 9, for free. The course is called Mercedes-Benz Jump’n’Drive, and as you can see in the image above, it features …

Final Fantasy 7 Director Explains Why It’s Episodic

Square Enix has explained why its Final Fantasy 7 remake is being released as an episodic multi-part series instead of a single narrative delivered in one instalment. Speaking in an interview with Famitsu, the translation of which has been provided by Square Enix, producer Yoshinori Kitase said the episodic strategy made the undertaking more manageable and allowed for an experience …