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  • So alone - wheres Smash Bros single player? Multi

    Posted by Chris Rooke on Friday 11th Apr 2014 at 09:02

    So alone - where's Smash Bros' single player?

    Beneath Sakurai's boyish charm and good looks, the plethora of new characters, and the many battles, there was one thing conspicuously missing from this week's Smash Bros. Direct: a single-player mode in either of the new games. 14 comments

  • Competing in a Pokemon Battle Tournament 3DS

    Posted by Marti Bennett on Thursday 10th Apr 2014 at 15:51

    Competing in a Pokemon Battle Tournament

    It's fair to say that, recently, I've not had the best of luck with team building in Pokémon. I've been breeding and training loads of Pokémon for a new team for some time but, last week I ended up playing so badly on Battle Spot (Pokémon X & Y's random online battle system) that my ratings have dropped into the 1200s. For those that don't play rated battles, you start at 1500 and gain points for winning - but if you lose those points drop away. As I'm usually in the 1600/1700 area, I wasn't very happy with my latest performance. And then I qualified for a Pokémon Battle Tournament. 8 comments

  • Kate Gray, ONMs new Staff Writer Multi

    Posted by Kate Gray on Monday 24th Mar 2014 at 15:29

    Kate Gray, ONM's new Staff Writer

    A huge and incredibly excitable hello to all you ONM readers! I'm Kate, and I'm going to be the new Staff Writer for Official Nintendo Magazine starting RIGHT THIS VERY MOMENT. 46 comments

  • Read-only access: the (surprisingly) exciting world of the graphic adventure Multi

    Posted by Chris Rooke on Sunday 23rd Mar 2014 at 09:00

    Read-only access: the (surprisingly) exciting world of the graphic adventure

    Whenever I'm asked what my favourite new IP of the last generation was, there's only one answer that pops into my head. It's an unusual one, and a game that largely hasn't been discussed since its release. And yet, very few games are as charming from the start as Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure: as soon as the game is switched on, the catchy sea-shanty jingles and cutesy graphics are enough to warm even the coldest of hearts. 8 comments

  • 20 Years of Super Metroid VC

    Posted by Darren Kerwin on Wednesday 19th Mar 2014 at 09:30

    20 Years of Super Metroid

    Twenty years ago today, a brand new instalment of Metroid was released on the Super Famicom system in Japan titled "Super Metroid". The game is widely regarded as one of the best Metroid games, and rates highly as one of the greatest Nintendo games of all time. 8 comments

  • 8 Mario Kart tracks we want brought back WiiU

    Posted by Alex Jones on Monday 17th Mar 2014 at 12:58

    8 Mario Kart tracks we want brought back

    With the release date for Mario Kart 8 drawing ever closer, like a red shell of karting goodness hurtling through the racetrack of time (er, or something), it seems the perfect opportunity to take a glance in our rear-view mirrors at the 8 retro courses we'd like to see make a return. 22 comments

  • 5 Pokemon spin-offs you havent played Multi

    Posted by Marti Bennett on Sunday 16th Mar 2014 at 09:00

    5 Pokemon spin-offs you haven't played

    It's great to see Pokémon Link return on the 3DS - considering it was never the most popular spin-off from the series, I'm glad they showed it some faith. Since it came out, I've been looking at some of the lesser-known Pokémon games. Here are my top 5 Pokémon spin-off you may not have played, or even heard of. 24 comments

  • DLC and F2P - where does Nintendo stand? Multi

    Posted by Marc Zablotny on Wednesday 5th Mar 2014 at 16:11

    DLC and F2P - where does Nintendo stand?

    When it comes to news articles regarding the latest paid DLC (downloadable content) or F2P (free-to-play) announcement/update/scandal (delete as appropriate), you'll usually see a comment along the lines of "This is poppycock! I remember when you could unlock everything in-game!" [Editor's note: from experience, when it comes to internet comments, the "poppy" bit is usually omitted]. Yes, those days did exist and they were great, but the fact of the matter is that gaming has come a long way since then - DLC, F2P and microtransactions are here to stay for the foreseeable future. 6 comments

  • Everything you need to know about Pokemon Link: Battle! 3DS

    Posted by Marti Bennett on Sunday 16th Feb 2014 at 09:00

    Everything you need to know about Pokemon Link: Battle!

    It was last October that we found out that a Pokémon Link (or Pokémon Trozei as it is known in Japan and America) sequel was being worked on. It was revealed on a Japanese show called The Professionals focusing on the day to day life of The Pokémon Company president Tsunekaz Ishihara. It was said the develoepr was having issues with the game as the 3DS screens are different sizes. 7 comments

  • Nintendos most unconventional romances Multi

    Posted by Andy McDonald on Friday 14th Feb 2014 at 13:30

    Nintendo's most unconventional romances

    Valentine's Day is a special time of year to share with the one you love. Since, to any self-respecting reader, that will be your favourite console, ONM is here to celebrate the occasion with a list of Nintendo's own unconventional romances. 2 comments