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During E3, Nintendo gave Melanie and I the extremely rare privilege of meeting Risa Tabata, the producer of Paper Mario: Color Splash, who flew in all the way from Japan for E3. Apparently we were the only media in Canada to get this opportunity (wow!) and while we thought this was most likely a straight interview, it turned out to be much, much more. 

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Kirby came to Toronto to celebrate his new game, Kirby: Planet Robobot

by Blogger ‎06-08-2016 06:39 PM - edited ‎06-08-2016 06:48 PM

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To celebrate the upcoming launch of Kirby: Planet Robobot on Nintendo 3DS, the titular pink puff superstar made an in-person appearance this past weekend at the Ontario Science Centre, much to the delight of children and families in attendance. Hands-on game demos, Kirby body painting, free Kirby stickers and more awaited those who came out, come see all the fun that transpired!

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Review: Star Fox Zero offers tremendous fun for those willing to learn the controls

by Blogger ‎05-13-2016 06:01 PM - edited ‎05-13-2016 08:37 PM

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Join Fox McCloud and his crew of legendary Star Fox pilots on another daring adventure to save the Lylat System from the evil Andross' invading empire. Star Fox Zero lets your experience the rush of high-speed space battle from two different perspectives—a widescreen cinematic view on your TV, and an immersive cockpit view on your Wii U GamePad. This special 2-disc package also includes the tower defense game Star Fox Guard for double the shooting fun!

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Review: Pokkén Tournament is a worthy fighting game from the makers of Tekken

by Blogger ‎04-25-2016 08:09 PM - edited ‎04-26-2016 03:05 PM

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It’s Pokémon’s 20th anniversary, and to ring in this huge milestone the franchise is “mega evolving” into the exciting realm of real-time fighting. Pokkén Tournament on Wii U lets you directly control your favourite Pokémon, all represented in vivid HD, and challenge other Pokémon trainers to intense, visually-stunning 3D arena-style matches. It’s big, it’s bold, and it’s beautiful; Pokémon fans won’t want to miss this one!

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Nintendo - Best Games of 2016 you don’t want to miss

by Blogger ‎02-07-2016 03:32 PM - edited ‎02-08-2016 11:43 AM

Nintendo is once again set to release the latest instalments in many of their fan favourite franchise this year. Both the Nintendo Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS are set to get some heavy hitters. Ports to the Nintendo 3DS, long awaited sequels, indie games, fan funded games and crossovers are all coming this year.

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Review: Mario Tennis Ultra Smash is ideal for serious tennis fans

by Blogger ‎01-17-2016 08:23 PM - edited ‎01-17-2016 08:42 PM

Mario and pals are once again hitting the courts for some friendly competition in Mario Tennis Ultra Smash for Wii U. This time the series introduces Mega Mushrooms—a power-up that increases your character's size tenfold—resulting in truly "gigantic" tennis rallies!

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Review: Yoshi’s Woolly World is tailor-made for fun

by Blogger ‎01-05-2016 04:35 PM - edited ‎01-05-2016 04:44 PM

After 17 long years, Nintendo’s irresistibly cute dinosaur pal Yoshi is back for another full-fledged home console adventure—and this time he’s bringing along a Yoshi friend. Yoshi’s Woolly World for Wii U is the first-ever multiplayer entry in this popular platforming series, so gather your friends and start unravelling the fun in this unique handicraft-inspired game!

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Nintendo Holiday Game Guide: Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

by Blogger ‎12-21-2015 12:05 PM - edited ‎12-22-2015 06:24 PM

If you've got a Nintendo fan on your holiday shopping list and are still looking for that perfect game, I've prepared some recommendations to help you out. Come take a look at Nintendo gaming gift ideas sure to bring a smile to your loved one's face!

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Nintendo’s Media Showcase showed us what's hot for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS this fall

by Blogger ‎08-12-2015 08:39 PM - edited ‎08-12-2015 08:51 PM

It felt like E3 came to Toronto at Nintendo’s recent “Summer Celebration and Media Showcase.” Nintendo’s entire E3 show floor line-up was on display—and playable—for media, friends and family to try out. This was the perfect chance to get more hands on time with the incredible games Nintendo has planned for release this fall, and beyond!

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E3 2015: Nintendo's Digital Event & booth tour

by Blogger on ‎06-17-2015 08:20 AM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:22 PM by Editor in Chief

With the E3 2015 show floor now open, I made a bee line over to the Nintendo booth to gets some hands-on time with their hottest upcoming releases for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. I had a chance to check out many games shown on Nintendo's online streamed Digital Event, including Mario Maker, Yoshi's Woolly World, Star Fox Zero, and more. Let's take a look!

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Review: Splatoon is Nintendo's next big franchise

by Blogger on ‎05-27-2015 07:00 AM - last edited on ‎05-28-2015 03:04 PM by Editor in Chief

Splatoon, one of Nintendo's most anticipated titles of the year is here, and is available exclusively on the Wii U. Challenge friends and family in this "inkcredible" colourful third-person action shooter, where you play as Inklings, unique creatures who can transform between humanoid and squid form. Let’s dive in and take a look at this highly anticipated third-person action shooter, shall we?

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Nintendo preparing new Wii U Deluxe bundle for the release of Splatoon

by Blogger on ‎04-29-2015 06:40 PM - last edited on ‎04-30-2015 10:53 AM by Editor in Chief

Nintendo is celebrating the launch of their "inkcredible" new third-person action shooter game, Splatoon, with a special Wii U Splatoon Deluxe console that includes the game—and other surprises! Come check out the details of this exciting new Wii U bundle, and find out why Splatoon is going to be so much fun to play!

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Splatoon - Making a mess has never been this much fun

by Blogger ‎04-15-2015 07:59 PM - edited ‎05-25-2015 07:14 AM

Splatoon is a colourful third-person action shooter game that fans have been waiting for since it was first revealed during Nintendo’s E3 2014 Digital Event. The game is like nothing you have ever seen before from Nintendo. In Splatoon, you play as “Inklings”, characters who can transform between human and squid form in a blink of the eye. Using your special ink gun, you can spray surfaces and walls with goopy ink. 

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Review: Mario Party 10 brings new twists and turns to an old favourite

by Blogger ‎04-07-2015 09:10 PM - edited ‎04-08-2015 10:53 PM

If you've followed Mario Party since the first one some-16 years ago, you know just how much has changed. You're no longer competing head to head on the game boards. You're not collecting coins, and you're not racing each other to buy stars anymore. Still, Mario Party 10 shows us that growth isn't necessarily a bad thing, and changing our traditions, while subtle, can still make a fun game.  Let's take a look.

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Getting my Party on with Mario and Friends in Vancouver

by Blogger on ‎03-20-2015 10:04 PM - last edited on ‎03-24-2015 12:47 PM by Editor in Chief

The latest Mario Party for the Nintendo Wii U has just hit shelves, and to celebrate, Nintendo has had a few nationwide demo events for Mario Party 10!  I had the chance to attend one of the West Coast events, and check out my initial thoughts of the game, along with a look at the new amiibo!

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Review: Embrace the unusual with Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

by Blogger on ‎03-12-2015 09:00 AM - last edited on ‎03-12-2015 10:39 AM by Editor in Chief

Once in a while, Nintendo does some weird and experimental things with the Kirby Franchise.  Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is a kickback of sorts to 2005's Canvas Curse for the Nintendo DS.  With no controlling mechanics outside of momentum, drawing lines and a few taps, you're definitely in for a challenge with this game.  Let's take a look!

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Editor's Choice: Matt's Top 10 Video Games of 2014

by Blogger on ‎12-23-2014 11:09 PM - last edited on ‎12-24-2014 10:01 AM by Editor in Chief

As a gaming reviewer, I get to play a lot of different types of games. Sports, Puzzle, Adventure, you name it.  This year was viewed as a fairly weak one amongst a lot of my peers, but I didn't see it that way.  Despite the fact that, yes, there was a lot of disappointment, there were still a few diamonds in the rough, and some absolute gems too.  Here's my personal top 10 for the year 2014, starting with Bravely Default (Pictured) and going from there.

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Review: Nintendo takes a trip down memory lane with the NES Remix games

by Blogger ‎12-12-2014 10:00 AM - edited ‎12-18-2014 11:11 AM

With every passing Nintendo gaming generation, it's not unusual to see original NES titles up for sale in the respective console's eShop. Usually, however, all you get is the old game itself with no bells and whistles.  The recently released NES Remix disc version (the WiiU games were originally available in the eShop) change things up a bit. You get bits and pieces of these NES games put into objective/challenge form, and a few new twists and turns too. 

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Why are the "Toys to Life" video games so popular?

by Blogger ‎12-07-2014 04:23 PM - edited ‎12-07-2014 10:32 PM

You might never have heard the term "Toys to Life" but it's the sub-category of the games your kids are asking you for: The Skylanders, the amiibo and the Disney Infinitys of the world. These games have taken flight over the last 3 years and have turned into a multi-billion dollar industry. In fact, the Skylanders franchise has moved so many games and figures over that period that it's now one of the most profitable video gaming franchises in history.  What's behind the appeal of these for not just kids, but adults too? Let's take a look at some of the possibilities.

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Review: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker pays respect to a forgotten genre

by Blogger ‎12-03-2014 11:01 PM - edited ‎02-02-2015 02:53 PM

I'm a puzzle game nerd from a young age. I used to rent all the puzzle games I could get my hands on as a kid, and would spend hours in the summer borrowing my neighbour's Game Boy puzzle carts. In the last decade or so, there haven't been a lot of games out there that have interested in me, but Braid gave me hope that there was still good left in the puzzle-adventure genre. Nintendo's Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is another title hoping to do that too.  Let's take a look.

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LEGO Batman 2 was an interesting game to me.  It wasn't the most polished title, but featured some of my favorite things in the series yet.  The first LEGO Batman was the first of the line of games I 100%'d, and I definitely remember the summer I spent (having recently been laid off from my job) disposing of baddies in between my job search.  The third game is here now, and I was hoping for a lot of the same.  Does it deliver?  Let's take a look.

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Review: Why Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Wii U is the best one yet

by Blogger on ‎11-23-2014 09:00 PM - last edited on ‎10-23-2015 10:36 AM by Community Manager

Every Nintendo generation since the Nintendo 64 has had a Smash Bros game, and they've all been fan favourites so far. I didn't play the Wii version, but really enjoyed the N64 and Gamecube games, and of course, the Nintendo 3DS one when it came out last month.  But, through all those, the Nintendo Wii U is the best one yet, and has to be right there for Wii U Game of the Year consideration.  Check it out.

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Bringing Nintendo gaming alive like never before with amiibo

by Blogger on ‎11-22-2014 06:26 PM - last edited on ‎11-27-2014 10:12 AM by Editor in Chief

It was one of Nintendo's most well received ideas of E3 2014 - The amiibo, a series of bite sized figurines for use with your Nintendo systems, and specifically for Super Smash Bros. They're finally here, and they're pretty neat to get into, so let's take a look!

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November 21st signals the arrival of Super Smash Bros for Nintendo WiiU as well as Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, reboots of the popular Game Boy Advance games. On November 20th, Toronto residents have the chance to get in on a day (and night) of fun downtown, and the next day, the rest of the nation will get to help celebrate Nintendo Day.  Come check out, and look back on Nintendo's 2014 offerings.

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A Guide to Gaming Console Backwards compatibility

by Blogger on ‎11-09-2014 04:13 PM - last edited on ‎11-10-2014 09:49 AM by Editor in Chief

I'll never forget that time in Grade 4 when my friend asked his grandparents for a specific game for his Super Nintendo, and his grandma bought him the Nintendo version of the game instead. He was then told that he had to keep it so not to hurt his grandma's feelings. The story sticks with me because I'll often get asked questions from parents or grandparents about whether they can buy, say, NHL (current year) for PlayStation when the gamer has an Xbox. Or even whether that year's NHL for the Xbox 360 would just play on the Xbox One since it's cheaper to buy that one.  This is a pretty quick and easy guide to understanding backwards (and even cross-platform) compatibility between gaming consoles to hopefully help you decide which versions are the right ones, and which ones should be avoided when you're out buying for your gamer.

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Nintendo's Super Smash Club unites gamers for a battle of the best!

by Blogger ‎11-01-2014 11:39 PM - edited ‎11-01-2014 11:39 PM

It's been one of the most anticipated Nintendo titles this year, and we're halfway to having the Super Smash Bros games in our hands!  The incredibly massive Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS launched last month, and we're just a few weeks away from seeing it for the WiiU as well.  In celebration. Nintendo has been holding Super Smash Club events nationwide, and I had the opportunity to attend one of the stops.  Come check out all of the happenings, and what Super Smash Club is all about.

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Use enemy superpowers against themselves in Skylanders: Trap Team!

by Blogger ‎10-14-2014 09:26 PM - edited ‎10-15-2014 10:05 PM

The Skylanders return for a huge adventure this year in Skylanders: Trap Team now available for all major consoles. This year's game sees a new portal, new variations of old Skylanders, and a new dynamic to the battlefield featuring Crystal technology. This one promises to be the most unique Skylanders game for you and your family yet! Come check it all out.

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Disney Infinity was a runaway success last year, so how do you capitalize while trying to make things even bigger and better for the next gens? How about inviting the Marvel Superheroes along for the party?  This year, Disney Interactive brings characters like Spider-Man, Thor and the Incredible Hulk into the fray, while introducing more of their own characters and playsets. Disney Infinity 2.0 might be one of the first games you consider grabbing the kids for the Holidays, and lucky for you, it's available on pretty well every console.  Come take a look.

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Review: Hyrule Warriors steps on new ground but respects tradition

by Blogger on ‎09-28-2014 09:03 PM - last edited on ‎09-29-2014 02:11 PM by Editor in Chief

Hyrule Warriors is a joint collaboration between the folks at Nintendo and KOEI Tecmo.  Meant to envision the Legend of Zelda's characters mashed into the Dynasty Warriors style of gameplay, Hyrule Warriors takes your favourite characters into uncharactered territory, but does a good job doing it.  Come check out the latest in the Legend of Zelda universe.

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Introducing 'amiibo' - Nintendo's answer to Infinity and Skylanders

by kdiston on ‎09-16-2014 09:31 PM - last edited on ‎09-17-2014 10:21 AM by Editor in Chief

I think I smell this holiday season's 'big deal'.  New in a market that hasn't even had a chance to grow old, Nintendo is stepping into the 'toys as video games' realm, alongside current residents Infinity and Skylanders. Did you're mind just ponder the possibilities?  Perhaps you've got the perfect place just asking to be filled with delightful Nintendo characters that will also enter video games and do your bidding? Me too. It's amiibo, it's Nintendo, it's figurines that play in the game, and it's probably going to have your children pestering you incessantly as we march steadily on toward December.

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