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Minecraft: Wii U Edition is Getting an Update, But It's Still Lacking

The Wii U version of Minecraft can be so much more.

In 2016, Nintendo Wants to Remind Us Why Zelda Matters

With the Wii U installment nowhere to be seen, two revamped rereleases will hopefully make The Legend of Zelda part of the conversation again.

Undertale Might Come to the Wii U -- But How Would That Work?

We'd love to see Undertale get ported to consoles, but we have some questions about the process.

A Pair of Old-School Portable JRPGs Are Making Their Way to PSN and Wii U

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is returning for the first time since 2003. Meanwhile, Breath of Fire 3 PSP is making its way to North America for the first time.

Xenoblade Chronicles X's Strange Misstep

Monolith Soft's massive new RPG might be incredibly forward-thinking, but it forgets to modernize one important element.

Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD May Have an Amiibo-Unlockable Dungeon

If the "Twilight Cave" is only accessible via a specific Amiibo, it's a good way for Nintendo to use its toys -- though the idea might backfire.

12 Characters That Should Be in Super Smash Bros

If Cloud is coming, then all bets are off. Who should Nintendo add to this Super Smash Bros or the next?

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3 is Coming to Virtual Console with its e-Reader Content Intact

Super Mario 64 DS is also on Virtual Console, giving Mario fans an opportunity to catch up on easily-missed Mario content.

Splatoon's Free DLC is Coming to an End in January

What does the end of Splatoon's DLC mean for the future of Nintendo's popular shooter franchise?

Super Mario Maker Update Adds Fire Koopa Clown Car, P Warp Door, Bookmarks, and More

The latest update for Super Mario Maker lets you build a Mario experience that's a bit outside the box -- and that's awesome.

Bayonetta and Fire Emblem Fates' Kamui Confirmed for Super Smash Bros

The final Direct for Super Smash Bros has aired. Maybe people will finally let Sakurai sleep.

Rock Band 4 vs. Guitar Hero Live

2015 IN REVIEW: The battle of the plastic guitar games recommenced this year. How do they both compare?

Finally, Nintendo Has Kid Appeal: Minecraft Coming to Wii U

Just imagine how difficult the inevitable Steve amiibo will be to find at retail.

Why I Want a Wii U For Christmas

With the new Nintendo NX on the horizon, is it still worth buying a Wii U? Here are twelve reasons why we think so.

When it Comes to Multiplayer, Keep it Simple, Stupid

Splatoon and Rocket League prove that in the world of online competition, simplicity is king.

Does It Hold Up?: Bayonetta 2

We examine last year's triple-A games to see where they stand after twelve months.

LEGO Dimensions Wii U Review: Everything is Awesome (Except the Actual Game)

A towering achievement in fanservice, wrapped around something that barely qualifies as a video game.

Nintendo Direct Returns this Thursday at 2:00pm PT

The publisher's quirky promotional series comes back, though its new host is still unknown.

Fatal Frame Wii U Costume Changes Prompt Calls of "Censorship"

Nintendo makes some changes to the Western releases of Fatal Frame: Maiden of the Black Water and some fans aren't happy.

Still More Evidence for a 2016 Release for Nintendo's NX Console

The platform rumored to be a handheld/console hybrid is reportedly in the hands of developers.

Skylanders Superchargers Wii U Review: It's About Ethics in Toy-Based Games

Activision's latest toys-to-life creation goes heavy on quality, light on opportunism.

Yoshi's Woolly World Wii U Review: Pull the String

Good-Feel's take on Nintendo's dinosaur pal might be cut from a familiar cloth, but its abundance of charm makes up for a lack of new ideas.

5 Ways Nintendo Could Improve Super Mario Maker

Nintendo's Mario creation kit is already pretty user-friendly—with just a few tweaks, it could be user-friendlier.

Super Mario Maker's "Demakes" Are the Coolest

Later additions reimagined via the lens of earlier games provides some of Mario Maker's greatest moments.

Star Fox Zero Does a Barrel Roll into 2016

As another Nintendo series ditches its 2015 release date, this season is looking weak for the Wii U.

The Road to Super Mario Maker

Retrace Nintendo's attempts to turn players into designers over the past 30 years.

The Daily Mario, Epilogue: Once More, With Feeling

As the Super Mario Maker review servers go offline, Jeremy says farewell to many hours of work with a final tribute to the Mario game Nintendo forgot to include.

Super Mario Maker Wii U Review: Infinite Fundiscovery

There's never been a more "Nintendo" creation than this 2D Mario construction kit.

The Daily Mario, Day 9: Crowdsourcing Toward Excellence

Your feedback turns an interesting but unrealized level concept into a near-finished work of art.

The Daily (?) Mario, Day 8: A Work-in-Progress

One does not simply throw together complex levels.

The Daily Mario, Day 7: "And on the Seventh Day..."

As all good creators should, Jeremy ends a week of Super Mario Maker by resting and reappraising his work so far. But did he see that it was good...?

The Daily Mario, Day 6: Back to Basics

Jeremy takes on the greatest challenge Super Mario Maker has to offer: Creating a level suitable to be a game's World 1-1.

The Daily Mario, Day 5: Dammed Souls

Take a break from thoughtful original levels for this hateful remake of one of the hardest stages ever to appear on NES.

The Daily Mario, Day 4: The Castle Indoctrination

Bowser makes his debut as Jeremy experiments with Super Mario Maker's castle toolset.

The Daily Mario, Day 3: Sea-nanigans

Can an amateur designer achieve the impossible: Create a fun underwater level design?

The Daily Mario, Day 2: Salvation Through Iteration

Design; test; fail; revise; test; fail; revise some more.

The Daily Mario, Day 1: He's So Basic

Jeremy begins his daily chronicle of learning to design great (even competent would be OK) levels in Super Mario Maker with the most fundamental of building blocks.

Super Mario Maker's Content Rollout is Nintendo's Design Discipline In Action

You won't be able to access every tool in Mario Maker's toolbox at launch... and that's a good thing.

Virtual Spotlight: Kirby's Return to Dream Land is a Welcome Treat in 2015

Divorced from the dying days of the Wii, this cute, colorful platformer makes for perfect Nintendo comfort food.

Project CARS is "Simply Too Much for the Wii U"

The Wii U gets left out again, by the one title fans have been expecting for years.

Tuesday Stream: We #RaceForIwata in Mario Kart 8

We'll be paying tribute to the memory of Satoru Iwata with our streams this week. First up: Mario Kart 8.

It's Mother's Day for Retronauts Micro

Wondering what's the deal with this primitive version of the classic Super Nintendo RPG you know and (presumably) love? Listen in as shocking Mother secrets are revealed!

Super Mario Bros. 2 Creator Kensuke Tanabe on Super Mario Maker's Missing Piece

Does the director of the oddball NES classic feel snubbed over his game's absence in Nintendo's upcoming game design tool?

Give Us a Super Mario Bros. Design Works Already, Nintendo

E3 2015's Nintendo event revealed some amazing, behind-the-scenes documents from their first console hit. But these priceless sheets of paper don't belong in any museum.

Hell Freezes Over as EarthBound Beginnings Hits the Wii U Virtual Console

In an unexpected move, Nintendo finally releases the first game in the Mother series, one they originally localized 25 years ago. Here's why you should care—and come prepared.

Three Questions for E3: The Wii U's Last Hurrah, Sony's Exclusives, and the HoloLens

Kat explores one question facing Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft heading into E3 2015.

Virtual Spotlight: Harvest Moon Hits a High Point with Friends of Mineral Town

This 2003 Game Boy Advance release feels like a fitting end to Harvest Moon's first act—one that's still intensely playable today.

How Splatoon's Effortless Multiplayer Action Soars Over Evolve's

The least likely developer arrived decades late to the multiplayer FPS party, and ended up blowing its competition out of the water. Take a look at how this strange situation came to be.

How to Unlock all 29 Weapons in Splatoon

Learn how to unlock every single weapon in Splatoon.

Splatoon Wii U Review: New Squids On The Block

Nintendo focuses on online play with its reinvention of the arena shooter.

Virtual Spotlight: In Mario Kart DS, a Diminished Classic

While it gives the Wii U a near-complete Mario Kart collection, the once-great MKDS feels like half a game.

What? Nintendo is Evolving! The Company Finds Profit Again

Nintendo finally finds profitability again. What is the company becoming in order to make that happen?

Mario Kart 8's Second Shot of DLC Hints at the Series' Possible Future

Instead of a once-per-generation event, could Nintendo's long-running racer be a platform itself?

Mario Party 10 Wii U Review: An Expert Opinion

The latest Mario Party doesn't change up the series' formula, but does it still manage to entertain? We rope in three expert reviewers to weigh in.

Virtual Spotlight: Life Force, NES's High-Quality Lo-Fi Shooter

Konami's Gradius spinoff may not have enjoyed all the elaborate effects of other NES shooters, but it remains a treat to play even now.

Runbow's Madcap Multiplayer Action Taps Into the Wii U's Original Promise

13AM Games' competitive runner brings some much-needed Wii Sports'-style whimsy to Nintendo's console.

Virtual Spotlight: Klonoa 2, the Swan Song for a Beautiful Dream

Namco's Klonoa series was too good for this grim world, but at least it went out in style.

Playboy's Splatoon Video Is Coverage, Not Marketing (and a Few Real Marketing Missteps)

It's not some marketing gimmick, but here's some real marketing gimmicks that went horribly wrong.

Virtual Spotlight: Mega Man Battle Network 2, a Crowning Achievement for the Post-Pokémon World

While initially propelled to success by its cartoon tie-in, this GBA trading RPG offered its own distinct merits as well.

Virtual Spotlight: Shadow of the Ninja, a Reminder That 8-Bit Games Hated You

Natsume's ninja action game isn't just a tribute to Ninja Gaiden, it's a deliberate blow to the self-esteem, too.

Virtual Spotlight: Axelay, The Ultimate Konami Shooter

Age has dulled the shine of this wild shooter's graphical prowess, but not the underlying excellence of its gameplay.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Wii U Review: Roller Games

Succinct, beautiful, and relentlessly inventive, this stylus-driven gem proves no one knows pure fun better than Nintendo.

Everything about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild -- Wii U vs Switch, Special Editions, and Analyses

We have a handy summation of everything you need to know about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U.

Op-Ed: Can Console Gaming Save Itself?

There's plenty of talk these days about another video games crash. But what does that mean, exactly? And would it be a bad thing?

2015 in Preview: Will Nintendo's Wii U Ever Be Part of the Conversation?

The Wii U is home to the best console exclusives of this generation, but that hasn't helped it gain an edge over the competition. Can 2015 be the year Nintendo gains more traction?

2014 Recap: The Year the Wii U Redeemed Itself

The Wii U still isn't a runaway success, nor will it ever be, but that hasn't stopped Nintendo from busting out some cool stuff through 2014.

Nintendo's Amiibo Problem: Low-Stock, Scalpers, and Poor Communication

Nintendo's Amiibo launch has been good for the company, but bad for the average consumer.

Super Smash Bros' Pic of the Day Dies, but the Community Provides

Take a look at the best Smash Bros artwork you'll find on the Miiverse community.

2014 Recap: Shovel Knight's Surprisingly Affecting Storytelling

How Yacht Club Games turned a retro tribute something more with their own brand of visual storytelling.

2014 Recap: Captain Toad and the Triumph of the Finite

Toad may be a tiny hero in a tiny game, but that's what makes Treasure Tracker great.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Wii U Review: A Visitor from a Brighter Reality

More than a puzzle game, Treasure Tracker offers a glimpse of a world where simple, good-natured games get big budgets, too, and it's wonderful.

Thursday Stream: Super Smash Bros. Wii U at 3pm PT/6pm ET

Kat is joined by GameXplain's Andre Segers for a tour of Nintendo's upcoming smash-em-up.

Super Smash Bros. Wii U Review: Now Witness Its True Form

The Smash Bros. sequel we've been waiting for all along.

Nintendo Direct Recap: Majora's Mask 3D, Amiibo, and an E3 Refresh

Today's Nintendo direct had big announcements and a few reminders that Nintendo's still around.

Mario Kart 8 DLC Opens the Door for Super Smash Kart

Nintendo is bringing The Legend of Zelda, F-Zero, and Animal Crossing to Mario Kart 8.

I Played Eight-Player Super Smash Bros. on Wii U (And Won!)

Yes, it's as insane as you think.

Super Smash Bros for Wii U: Nintendo Wants You to Forget the 3DS Version

Nintendo does its best to upsell the upcoming Wii U version of Super Smash Bros.

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse 3DS Review: Low on Bilge, High on Booty

WayForward's third Shantae finally feels like the game they've been trying to make from the start.

Bayonetta 2 Wii U Review: Beyoncé Can't Kill Angels and Demons

The bullet-toting Umbra Witch is back and this time she's Wii U exclusive.

What are the Best External Hard Drives for Your Wii U?

If you're buying digital games on the Wii U, you're going to run out of space soon. Here are some options.

Archived Stream: Hyrule Warriors/Virtual Console Doubleheader

Kat plays Hyrule Warriors, then jumps into Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and Ninja Gaiden.

Watch Dogs is Ubisoft's Last Mature Game on Wii U

Ubisoft has decided that the Wii U will only be home to its family-friendly fare.

Wii Sports Club Wii U Review: Party Like it's 2006

This HD remaster holds up better than you might think, but there's no hiding the fact that it's basically an eight-year-old tech demo.

How Nintendo is Offering New Perspective on a Legacy Through Mario Maker

We talk to producer Takashi Tezuka about creativity, sharing, and the prospect of a portable version.

Watch Dogs Guide and Complete Walkthrough

If you're working through Watch_Dogs' Campaign mode and need help, this full and comprehensive guide contains everything you need to know to help Aiden succeed.

10 Essential Wii U Virtual Console Games [Updated]

Not sure what to do with your Wii U until Smash Bros. and all those hot 2015 releases arrive? Consider exploring the treasures of the past.

Should I Buy a Wii U?

After an inauspicious 2013, E3 2014 saw Nintendo's embattled Wii U invigorated by a smorgasbord of exciting new releases, With that in mind, Team USG poses the question - should you buy one?

The Best Games of June 2014: Playing with Power

This month's games all have one thing in common: you can find them on Nintendo platforms (and maybe on Steam, too).

1001 Spikes 3DS Review: A Murder Sim in Reverse

People complain that video games require too much violence on the player's behalf, but in this trap-happy test of platforming skill it's the game doing the killing.

E3 Postscript: So is the New Generation Really Upon Us?

A slew of great games are on the way, but Kat is still wondering what's next for the medium she loves.

The E3 Booth Report: Nintendo

Team USG gets together for a round-table discussion of what they all saw at Nintendo's E3 booth. Reggie Fils-A-Mech was, sadly, nowhere to be seen.

E3 2014: Platinum's Bayonetta Port is Shockingly Comprehensive for a Freebie

Platinum's pack-in is a welcome anomaly in the Age of the Remaster.

E3 2014: A Reminder of the True Value of Smash Bros.

Having played the latest versions for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, we're reminded of what makes Nintendo's brawler so interesting.

E3 2014: The Next Legend of Zelda Could be Revolutionary… If Nintendo Keeps Their Promises

This morning saw Eiji Aonuma boast about the scope of his latest creation. If he has the courage of his convictions, this new Zelda could be just what the series needs.

E3 2014: Nintendo Needs to Avoid Crossing the Line with Amiibo

In going "full Skylanders," Nintendo needs to be keenly aware of the line between enhancement and requirement.

E3 2014: The Best and Worst Case Scenarios for Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony

Each of the major platform holders have dreams for E3 2014... and nightmares too. We take a look at both.

Pushmo World Wii U Review: Puzzles for the Spatially-Challenged

You don't have to be a master of geometry to get the most out of Intelligent Systems' latest block-pushing puzzler — but it may end up turning you into one.

Hey Nintendo, Make Sure These Games Show up on DS Virtual Console

USgamer picks the best Nintendo DS games that need to show up on Wii U.

The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Local Multiplayer

For a while, it looked like online gaming had completely killed off the joy of having people over for a friendly game or two. But, it seems, couch gaming is back in a big way.

E3 Precap: Nintendo's Sisyphean Task

It's been a rough couple of years for Nintendo. We look at the root of their troubles (spoilers: It's Wii U) and contemplate how they can turn things around next week at E3.

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