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  • Pokémon Art Academy: before and after 3DS

    Posted by Marti Bennett on Sunday 20th Jul 2014 at 01:54

    Pokémon Art Academy: before and after

    At a young age my obsession with Pokémon went far beyond the videogames. When Pokémon was the biggest craze at school, I would put them in my work at every given opportunity. Making up stories in English I would put Pokémon in it, even drawing Pikachu and Voltorb all over my electricity science project. I was only ten years old. When my Game Boy Pocket's batteries had died, I would be drawing Pokémon to pass the time. I was inspired by Ken Sugimori's Pokémon artwork in the Pokémon Red and Blue instruction manual. The Pokémon anime was on the television frequently which sparked my love for drawing in anime/manga style. 16 comments

  • Nintendos E3 reminds us why we love games Multi

    Posted by Kate Gray on Wednesday 11th Jun 2014 at 10:57

    Nintendo's E3 reminds us why we love games

    We've been clutching our one-way tickets for the hype train for months, standing on the platform and wildly speculating about who, what, where and when things will happen. Will Mario get a new type of hat? Could Link be ginger? When are they going to release Pokemon Snap 2, dammit?! 14 comments

  • Disney Infinity 2.0 - why Im excited twice over WiiU

    Posted by Colette Barr on Friday 16th May 2014 at 14:51

    Disney Infinity 2.0 - why I'm excited twice over

    The next chapter of the Disney Infinity fairytale has been revealed, Disney Infinity: Marvel Superheroes, which comes as part of a new 2.0 version of the title. I've been enjoying Disney Infinity since its release last year and I'm absolutely thrilled to see it advancing and growing so quickly. 5 comments

  • Nintendos greatest Easter eggs Multi

    Posted by Andy McDonald on Saturday 10th May 2014 at 10:01

    Nintendo's greatest Easter eggs

    Easter eggs are a long-running tradition of game developers placing hidden secrets and sly references within their works. We aren't talking cheat codes or unlockables meant to reward players, nor glitches that were never intended for public manipulation. The eggs in question are little touches that are put there on purpose but have no bearing on gameplay or progression, intended simply as something to bring a grin (or contorted expression of confusion) to a gamer's face. 4 comments

  • Here We Go A Yen Multi

    Posted by Alex Jones on Thursday 8th May 2014 at 17:22

    Here We Go A Yen

    Nintendo's recent announcement of a 23.2 billion yen annual net loss for the year ending March 2013 has brought about the usual tedious chatter from fans and naysayers alike. There's the usual talk of Nintendo dropping out of making consoles - which is about as likely as Matthew dropping out of eating Wispa Golds, if you ask me - as well as endless number crunching, forecast analysis and financial predictions. It all seems a little odd to me that, well, anyone cares. 22 comments

  • Hands-on with the 3DS Louvre Guide 3DS

    Posted by Marc Zablotny on Wednesday 7th May 2014 at 13:23

    Hands-on with the 3DS Louvre Guide

    As a twenty-something student who still can't use an iron properly and knows far too much about Pokémon, it's safe to say my level of knowledge regarding fine art is somewhat lacking. However, seeing as I'm currently studying abroad in France, I simply couldn't pass up the opportunity to visit Paris and the world-famous Musée du Louvre. This huge masterpiece of a building houses thousands upon thousands of portraits and sculptures, including the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. To see everything the museum has to offer in full, you'd need to dedicate nearly 3 months of your life to the place! 4 comments

  • Pokemon Battle Tournament 2014 3DS

    Posted by Kate Gray on Monday 28th Apr 2014 at 09:01

    Pokemon Battle Tournament 2014

    Last weekend, the Pokemon Battle Tournament took place in our fair capital city, drawing Pokefans from across the globe together to virtually slug it out for prizes. 17 comments

  • Mario Kart and me WiiU

    Posted by Colette Barr on Sunday 27th Apr 2014 at 08:00

    Mario Kart and me

    Lately, I've not been able to stop thinking about Mario Kart 8. I never fail to get super excited when a new Mario Kart is announced - it's a game series I've grown up with and it still plays a huge part in my life. It is a game I've always been able to enjoy by myself, completing all the cups, beating time trails and then also be able to have the best time playing against my friends for hours and hours... days in fact. For me, MK is definitely one of the most engaging and enjoyable racing games ever. 9 comments

  • The Legend of Zelda - A link to the past, present and future WiiU

    Posted by Alex Jones on Sunday 13th Apr 2014 at 08:00

    The Legend of Zelda - A link to the past, present and future

    The Legend of Zelda is, amongst many other superlative things, perhaps the most appropriately named gaming franchise of all. You know the tale, a young boy with equal measures of naivety and bravery, dons a green tunic and sets out on a quest to save a princess and her kingdom from impending doom. With E3 2014 on the horizon, coming as it does with the promise of a new entry, it seems an appropriate time to take a tour through the chapters which make up one of gaming's most consistently exceptional franchises, as well as taking time to think about what might come next. 15 comments