Pokémon will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with any number of commemorative events throughout 2016, starting with a big-budget commercial during February 7’s Super Bowl 50. Continue reading You can watch the amazing Pokemon 20th Anniversary Super Bowl commercial right now if you want
March is looking like its going to be a big month for anyone who’s into The Legend of Zelda. Nintendo are promising “a trio of releases” for the series starting on March 5 with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for Wii U. Continue reading Nintendo kicks 2016 off with Zelda, lots of Zelda
Bravely Second: End Layer, sequel to the epic JRPG Bravely Default will arrive on the 3DS in Australia on February 27. The sequel will offer both newcomers and returning fans a vast role-playing adventure, filled with deep strategic combat, unforgettable characters and much more.... Continue Reading
Nintendo have announced that fans of Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will be able to add the mythical pokémon Hoopa to their collections simply by stopping by specific retailers. Find out which ones after the jump. Continue reading Pokéfans, you can pick up mythical Pokémon Hoopa from certain Australian retailers starting next week
AlphaDream’s Mario & Luigi series has consistently been one of the best and brightest franchises on the Nintendo 3DS, pulling on the rich universe that the Mario brand has created for itself for an expansive, and inventive mix of nostalgia and progression. Nostalgia because most of the humour relies on our attachment to these characters – which is undoubtedly there since Mario has been one of the most endearing game creations of all time – and progression because the games continually find ways to experiment with the tried and tested RPG formula, trading out a more traditional turn-based fighting approach for a blend of timed-action, in-battle mini games, and impressive animation. That’s only the battles as well, games like Mario & Luigi: Bowsers Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Dream Time Bros. each had engaging, memorable story lines that built on unique mechanics as you’d progress. This new one, Paper Jam Bros., continues that penchant for a humourous, innovative push forward for the Mario universe, but it lacks the charm and inspiration of it’s predecessors. This isn’t to say that Paper Jam Bros. is a bad game, at all; it’s just simply not as good as Bowsers Inside Story or Dream Time Bros. ... Continue Reading
There’s a name many parents might be hearing a lot right now. Yo-Kai Watch. It’s a game, it’s a TV show, it’s getting a lot of ad play, and your kids want it for Christmas. The thing is, you’ve also heard that it’s a massive cultural phenomenon with millions of fans … so why are you only hearing about it now? Relax, The Iris has you covered. Here’s a quick primer on the world of Yo-Kai Watch. Continue reading So what exactly is Yo-Kai Watch anyway?
Level-5 have been sitting on a western release for their Yo-Kai Watch franchise for some time. There were a lot of reasons for this, chief among them being just how steeped in Japanese culture the series is – indeed, Yo-Kai Watch has achieved the same kind of towering popularity in its homeland that the now-waning Pokemon did on release. Nintendo got on board with Level-5 to localise the first game in the franchise, no small task. The result is something that, while still very Japanese, is actual pretty special. Continue reading Video Games Review: Yo-Kai Watch (3DS, 2015)
The final Nintendo Direct episode for 2015, focused solely on Super Smash Bros, just wrapped up. The presentation made a number of character and amiibo announcements, including the winner of this year’s Character Ballot. You can watch the full 30-minute video after the jump. Continue reading Bayonetta is coming to Smash Bros in February, new amiibo inbound
Nintendo took a break from their regular Nintendo Direct announcement livestreams following the death of company president Satoru Iwata earlier this year. The broadcasts have returned with Nintendo of America President/loveable dork Reggie Fils-Aime at the helm, and man did they have some cool stuff to talk about. Continue reading Nintendo Direct returns! Cloud Strife comes to Smash Bros, Female Link and Zelda U news!
This week back in 1985, Nintendo took their first steps into the world North American and European world of home computer games with the release of the NES, the Nintendo Entertainment System.... Continue Reading