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2015 Game of the Year #6: Splatoon (Tie)

By Shack Staff, Dec 29, 2015 2:00pm PST

This week Shacknews is counting down its top ten 2015 Games of the Year, as tabulated by both staff votes and input from our own Chatty community. At a tie with Pillars of Eternity for the #6 spot is Splatoon, the Wii U shooter with a unique Nintendo twist.


"Oh, and the single player was Portal 2 x Super Mario Galaxy. Hopefully there's a longer campaign ..."

- Serpico74 see all 11 comments

Minecraft: Wii U Edition coming next week with GamePad support

By Daniel Perez, Dec 07, 2015 6:17am PST

Minecraft on the Wii U? We can't imagine a more perfect holiday gift for younger players.


"I'm interested in this if they have inventory/crafting on the gamepad. Plus split screen."

- Begawkiness see all 11 comments

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash Review: Just a Slice

By Steve Watts, Nov 18, 2015 7:00am PST

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash is the Wii U's newest Mario sports outing, so why does it have fewer modes and characters than a three year old 3DS game? Our review.


"Lazy and rushed cash grab for the holidays. Should be ashamed of themselves selling this for ..."

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Super Mario Maker course portal coming next month

By Steve Watts, Nov 12, 2015 2:15pm PST

A new Web site portal is coming in December that should make it easier for Super Mario Maker players to find courses.


Super Mario Maker receives mid-level checkpoints and more next week

By Daniel Perez, Oct 27, 2015 7:22am PDT

Nintendo has announced a free software update for Super Mario Maker that will offer mid-level checkpoints and sections to help discover even more noteworthy levels.


"This update is really exciting. If they are going to iterate and update the game often, post ..."

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Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash offers amiibo support, multiple game modes, and more

By Daniel Perez, Oct 22, 2015 7:00am PDT

Nintendo has served up some new details regarding Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash today that includes amiibo support for the game, new game modes, and more.


Super Mario Maker sells over 1M units worldwide with over 2.2M course created

By Daniel Perez, Sep 30, 2015 6:48am PDT

Nintendo has announced Super Mario Maker has sold over one million units worldwide and revealed over 2.2 million stages have been created and other impressive statistics.


"1 is less than half 2.2 million and doesn't seem very significant, just sayin'"

- fragasm see all 7 comments

Skylanders: Superchargers Review: Stretch of Road

By Steve Watts, Sep 29, 2015 2:30pm PDT

The addition of vehicles in Skylanders: Superchargers isn't the most creative new gimmick in the franchise's history, but it's well-implemented enough to make this a solid series entry. Our review.


Guitar Hero Live: Putting On a Rock Show

By Steve Watts, Sep 29, 2015 8:30am PDT

Between its Guitar Hero mechanics, first-person perspective, and FMV graphical style, Guitar Hero Live is a strange chimera of a video game. During a recent visit to FreeStyle Games, Shacknews got an inside look at how it all came together.


5 Ways Super Mario Maker Should Expand with DLC

By Steve Watts, Sep 11, 2015 6:00am PDT

Super Mario Maker's robust tool set is bound to create countless hours of enjoyment, but it will need an injection of freshness eventually. Here are five ways Nintendo could use downloadable content to keep Super Mario Maker fresh for a long time to come.


"Use Map ID 2309-0000-0014-7FF9 to find my profile. You will find plenty of levels in many ..."

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Five Tips to Make your Super Mario Maker Stage Stand Out

By Shack Staff, Sep 11, 2015 12:01am PDT

Super Mario Maker launches today, and eager creators are already busy constructing the stages of their dreams. With such a massive influx of stages incoming, how will you make yours stand out from the crowd? With patience, a careful eye, and some helpful tips, you can make a...


Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows Release Date Announced

By Steven Wong, Sep 09, 2015 1:00pm PDT

Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows, a free update to Shovel Knight, releases in just one week!


Super Mario Maker amiibo costumes revealed in new video

By Daniel Perez, Sep 09, 2015 7:08am PDT

A new video shows all of the different amiibo costumes Mario can wear in Super Mario Maker.


"Nope, you can unlock them by playing the 100 mario mode. Not sure if you can get 100% of them, ..."

- JohnnyRey see all 5 comments

New Wii U bundle includes Mario Kart 8 and DLC packs starting today

By Daniel Perez, Sep 08, 2015 7:00am PDT

Nintendo has announced a new Wii U bundle that includes Mario Kart 8 and two DLC packs starting today. Long-time fans of the series would be crazy to pass up this deal.


Super Mario Maker Review: It's-a We, Mario

By Steve Watts, Sep 02, 2015 7:00am PDT

Super Mario Maker is a developer toolset, a crowd-sourced game jam, and classic homage all rolled into one--all while retaining Nintendo's innate sense of artful craftsmanship. Our review.


"Honestly I didn't even see the score til you mentioned the two places it was in. "

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