Official Nintendo Magazine Nintendo Providing the latest Nintendo news, previews, reviews, features, tips and cheats for UK gamers en-gn Copyright 2011 Future Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:14:36 +0000 Eden v2.0 Official Nintendo Magazine set to close with Issue 114 Nintendo UK and Future confirm the close of Official Nintendo Magazine in the UK.
7th October, 2014: Nintendo UK and Future have today confirmed the closure of Official Nintendo Magazine (ONM) in the UK.

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Splatoon preview The messiest shooter since Jackson Pollock auditioned for The Terminator.
Well, this came as a bit of a surprise, didn't it? During an E3 presentation where many expected Nintendo to play it safe with its usual Zeldas, Marios and (maybe) Metroids, it instead devoted a healthy chunk of time to a game about a bitter squid war. And from what we've played of it so far, they had every reason to.

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Interview: Nick Wozniak on the making of Shovel Knight As Shovel Knight drags us back to the 1980s, Yacht Club Games reveal the secrets of modern retro.
For its obvious debt to all things 8-bit and dusty (albeit without any of the cartridge-blowing - this is a digital download), Shovel Knight has several firsts to its name.

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Siesta Fiesta review Don't sleep on this smart reinvention of a classic arcade game.
If you're going to fashion a game after arcade classic Breakout, Siesta Fiesta is the way to do it. Mojo Bones' title isn't another tired clone; it's not some unofficial sequel or hybrid RPG - it's a game that takes the spirit of Breakout, and looking further back, the spirit of pinball, and reworks their core concepts into something new. Something inspired, even.

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Pokémon evolves into a fighting type with Pokkén We're not Tekken the Mick.
Ever dreamed of a mash-up between Pokémon and brawler Tekken? No, neither have we, but The Pokémon Company in Japan, in association with Bandai Namco, have only gone and released footage of just that, an arcade-only game under the portmanteau of Pokkén.

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Link on a bike, it's new Mario Kart 8 DLC! Zelda, F-Zero and Animal Crossing content coming soon.
Following on from today's Mercedes-Benz downloadables, Nintendo have unveiled a buffet of cool new features, this time with a bit less product placement.

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eShop games of the week: NES games, Chasing Aurora on sale It's all about the NES love this week.
Tomodachi Life gets a free demo for those of you sitting on the Mii fence, and a few more lovely NES games are coming to the Virtual Console.

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Smash Bros. Limited Edition 3DS pack announced 3DS release comes alongside huge sale on eShop.
Not only have Nintendo just announced a lovely looking Smash Bros. themed 3DS to coincide with the release of the game, but they've also arranged a huge sale on the eShop that covers the games from which the newest Smash Bros. characters originate. Wow!

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Meet more Megas of Pokémon OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire There's also a cotton candy cockatoo contest.
Just when Mega Metagross had convinced us that the world couldn't get any more beautiful, the Pokémon Company have only gone and released a slew of new information about the forthcoming OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire titles, including five new Mega Pokémon.

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Nintendo say "the time is now" for Wii U Splatoon, Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors all coming soon.
This video, just released on Nintendo's Wii U UK YouTube channel, highlights past, present and future games for the Wii U, saying there's never been a better time to own the console.

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eShop games of the week: MASSIVE UBISOFT SALE More Mega Man, Assassin's Creed for cheaps, NES Remix deal continues.
The game well has dried up a bit in the post-E3 summer games drought, but the lovely folks at Ubisoft have given us lots of delicious, thirst-quenching sales to keep us going until Christmas. In the NES Remix offers, there are some incredible deals - Metroid for under £2! Super Mario Bros. 3 for under £3! WHAT.

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Mario Kart 8 Mercedes-Benz DLC out August 27 Update also adds on-screen maps, stats and other improvements.
Nintendo have announced that an update for Mario Kart 8 will be released on 27 August, providing new improvements and coinciding with the release of the much-debated free Mercedes-Benz DLC.

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eShop games of the week: Scram Kitty on sale! We're like the cat who got the cream with all these sales on.
Here are your instructions for reading this post: First, put this song on in the background. Next, we need you to periodically stand up from your desk and shout "SALE" but really excitedly like you're happy about all these things on sale. Then, BUY SCRAM KITTY. Seriously. Buy it. After that, you can go back to doing whatever boring thing you were doing before. Or play Scram Kitty. You could do that.

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Ganondorf, Zant and Ghirahim playable in Hyrule Warriors Nintendo Direct reveals lots of new information on the game.
Goodness me, the big baddie of Hyrule Warriors, Cia, must be really bad if she's managed to convince Ganondorf - he of the flaming hair and grumpy demeanour - to fight alongside long-time enemy, Link. Maybe he's just in it for Zelda. Who knows.

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Hyrule Warriors character trailers! Darunia, Link, Princess Ruto, Fi, Sheik and Zelda!.
There's been a steady drip-feed of character info coming out of Nintendo's YouTube channel for the imminent Hyrule Warriors release, where we get to see each character going mad with their unique weapons. Have a look for yourself:

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ONM Podcast 63: The one with Matthew's night visions We've got actual guests this month.
So, it's just me and Matthew on the ONM train these days, and we felt like a podcast with just us two chatting nonsense might be a bit boring, and would probably end up with us hurling all sorts of insults at each other. The usual. So we recruited a couple of old friends...

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eShop games of the week: Ice Cream Surfer, Quell Reflect Plus Swords & Soldiers and Trine 2 on sale!.
The NES Remix offer we saw last week is still on with a whole bunch of new (well, old) games on sale, and there's a veritable cornucopia of fab games milling about in the eShop waiting area. Have a look for yourself:

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ONM Issue 111: What a nice number Legs 111! That's right, isn't it?.
The sonorously palindromic issue 111 is out right this second, sitting in your local newsagents and waiting tentatively, longingly for the attention of a human reader who will take it home and read it cover-to-cover. Even the captions. Especially the captions. You could be that reader.

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eShop games of the week: Master Reboot, Siesta Fiesta One's about sleeping, the other will make you scream like a dying goat.
We've been playing Master Reboot and now we keep having nightmares about being trapped in planes with glowy blue robot-face girls :( We've also been playing Siesta Fiesta, which makes us have nightmares about people using our sleeping bodies as ammunition in a game of Breakout. We can't win!

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Pokémon Art Academy: before and after Marti Bennett revisits past art in a quest for picturesque Pokemon.
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.

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Licence to thrill: how Nintendo could go beyond the game Toons, bricks and rollercoasters: our dream licensed products.
A not so long time ago in a galaxy not so far away, a beloved videogame company known as Nintendo decided - in the wake of commercial unrest - it would expand its rich collection of character intellectual property licences beyond the realms of videogames to more merchandise, digital fields and other areas never licensed before. Many gamers across the land rejoiced at the news, for it promised an intriguing future for a company with strong traditional values and the opportunity to see our favourite characters in exciting new places.

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First trailer and screens for Wii U's Fatal Frame Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden hits Japan 27 September.
We love us some Fatal Frame (technically called Project Zero in Europe, but we prefer the US name). Tecmo's horror series plays like a photographic Luigi's Mansion, tasking a range of spooked teenage girls to creep around dusty mansions trapping hostile spirits in a magic camera. After two Wii iterations (IV and a remake of II), the game now heads to Wii U. Check out the first trailer...

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New Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire trailer! Pokemon contests, secret bases and Mega Metagross.
We recently showed a few screens of the revamped Secret Bases, and that got us so excited that we hollowed out a nearby tree and now we live there with our collection of Pokemon stuffed toys. This time, we've got a trailer showing not just one new feature, but... several!

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Fire Emblem characters confirmed for Smash Bros.! Lucina, Robin, Chrom and... Captain Falcon?!.
We've been on the edge of our seats all day, waiting for this new character announcement at 3pm. It's been incredibly uncomfortable and we've even fallen off a couple of times, all in the name of excitement over Smash Bros.

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eShop games of the week: Earthbound & Little Inferno on sale! It's a very good week for the eShop bargain bin.
Top-down shooters, Kirby's voracious and insatiable appetite for living creatures and a BUCKETLOAD of wicked sales all in this week's glut of eShop lovelies.

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Introducing Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire's Super Secret Bases All your secret bases are belong to us? Thanks to StreetPass: yes.
Following yesterday's Twitter-trending reveal of Mega Metagross (our favourite reply on the ONM Facebook was a wide-eyed Link with the caption 'heavy breathing'), other Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire news comes from Japan this week in the form of revamped Secret Bases. We're quite excited about this feature - in fact, along with Metagross, it was something we listed for in our so-far-prophetic hopes for the forthcoming remakes.

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Hyrule Warriors screens show Fi, Ghirahim and The Imprisoned Link's got a big smashy ball and Zelda's got a nice smile.
Skyward Sword! It's a brilliant game (we gave it 98%, which is the highest number we can count to) and now it's appearing in another brilliant game: Hyrule Warriors!

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Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire: Mega Metagross revealed! He's big and rocky and he's got lovely manicured nails.
In a scoop from Japanese magazine CoroCoro, a new Mega Evolution for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire has been revealed: Mega Metagross.

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Get to GAME for a free Mega Charizard for Pokemon X & Y! We're having a FIRE... sale.
From July 11th to August 10th, GAME are running a promotion that will get you a free Charizard holding a Mega Stone, which will enable it to mega evolve into Mega Charizard!

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Hyrule Warriors: New character, new weapon, new outfits Skyward Sword's Fi flaps into the ring.
We've seen loads of Twilight Princess influences on Hyrule Warriors: Agitha and Midna's appearance as playable characters, Link and Zelda's alternate TP outfits, and baddie Zant available as an in-game enemy. Now it's Skyward Sword's turn!

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Fancy Pattern Vivillion released globally Special edition Pokémon marks 100 million trades on X & Y.
Back in May, The Pokémon Company announced that they'd be releasing a Fancy Pattern Vivillion once the 100 millionth trade was completed on Pokemon X & Y's Global Trade System. Great, we thought. That'll happen within the fortnight, we thought. We rubbed our hands together in glee and started building ourselves a little butterfly house in preparation for the new arrival.

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eShop game of the week: Pokemon Trading Card Game Have you ever had a papercut off a Pikachu?.
We think the overlords that run the eShop might have gone on holiday this week - it's very quiet down here. Two VC games, one karaoke pass, a game about jetpacks and a NES Remix deal are what we've got in this week's eShop update.

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Hatsune Miku gets Western release on 3DS The futuristic rhythm game is the first in the series to leave Japan.
The popularity of the virtual pop starlet Hatsune Miku games has taken Japan by storm, becoming a culture in itself. Using fancy voice synthesizer software, the Japanese media company Crypton Future Media created an entirely computer-generated songstress who became so well-loved that she supported Lady Gaga on her recent Artpop tour.

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Check out the new Hyrule Warriors character: Lana Swords are so last year - it's all about squashing enemies with a giant cube.
Hyrule Warriors is getting more and more female characters by the second, the latest of which is blue-haired mage Lana. If Zelda's Light attacks and Agitha's bug attacks don't excite you, maybe Lana's will - she can summon ethereal shapes to aid her in her quest to do away with swarms of enemies.

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eShop games of the week: Pokemon Art Academy, Guacamelee Let's punch some Mexican skeletons and also draw some nice pictures.
A relatively quiet week on the eShop front, but we've still got Pokémon Art Academy and Chibi-Robo to keep us going through this difficult time, not to mention the incredible Guacamelee that you should all be buying right now instead of reading this.

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We're all going on a (Nintendo) summer holiday Take a virtual holiday courtesy of Nintendo...
Summer's finally here and we're already daydreaming about booking tickets to far-off, exotic destinations. We can't actually afford to, though (that's what happens when you accept Wispa Golds as payment), so here's our brochure for the best locations to visit in the world of Nintendo...

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See Nintendo's amazing E3 games in Tomodachi form! Bobble-headed developers sing about their latest creations.
Not content with hosting the weirdest E3 conference of any publisher (we still can't get that Reggie/Iwata fight out of our heads), Nintendo has issued a bizarro follow-up through the magic of Tomodachi Life.

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Hyrule Warriors screens show Twilight Princess influence Two new characters revealed, hookshot weapon confirmed.
A new batch of Hyrule Warriors screenshots have been released, showing us a lot more of the game's Twilight Princess features, as well as Agitha and Lana, two new playable characters.

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Cooking Mama 5 coming out this September for 3DS The heat is on in the latest chef-sim game.
Mama's back in the kitchen, doing the cooking for which she was named. This time, there's new outfits, new food and even a Download Play option that lets you cook along with three friends, sharing one card.

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More E3 Pullblox World puzzles to download! Oh, we do spoil you, don't we?.
Some of you may have noticed that the QR codes on the back page of issue 110 don't work. Oops. We were so excited for you all to play those levels, and we obviously didn't plan for the codes to get all smooshed up in printing. So we're going to put them all up right here to make up for it!

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