"Amazon are now making their presence felt in another market – gaming. Though still a work-in-progress, Amazon descended on this path a few years ago with the acquisition of Reflexive Entertainment back in 2008. Then three years ago, the e-commerce giant launched their ‘App Store’ as a marketplace for mobile games and applications. They have even integrated a digital store to purchase and download games into their existing CMS."

Amazon has made it official as they confirmed that they will be buying the video game livestreaming service Twitch for $970 million. The acquisition is expected to happen in the second half of this year.

"Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month — from The International, to breaking the world record for Mario, to gaming conferences like E3. And,...

"The hardcore gaming section of 4Chan, known as /v/, joined together and decided to do something to counteract all the negativity and vitriol being spewed at the gaming community over the “Five Guys Burgers & Fries” scandal by donating to a reputable IndieGoGo charity for aspiring female game developers known as The Fine Young Capitalists. The group put $5,000 into TFYC’s coffers to help them reach their $65,000 goal to host a game jam. The IndieGoGo campaign was hacked and shutdown."

Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, has recently responded to being called out on the challenge by Xbox president, Phil Spencer.

Reggie plans to 'one-up' Spencer's challenge. The Ice Bucket challenge has swept the nation via social media in support of ALS.

Ubisoft's CEO, Yves Guillemot, recently explained the reasoning behind Assassin Creed: Unity's exclusion of the Nintendo Wii U - and it is quite simple: the Wii U doesn't sell mature titles very well. Guillemot explained, "What we see is that Nintendo customers don’t buy Assassin’s Creed. Last year, we sold in very small numbers."

With that said, Ubisoft has focused on titles such as Just Dance in regards to the Nintendo Wii U and scraped their mature titles from its agenda. While Watchdo...

"I was tremendously impressed with Sony's Gamescom 2014 conference. The almost ironic thing about that is, if you were to ask which games blew me away, my response would be, "None." While I always prepare myself for that one game that sends my jaw to the floor, Sony instead delivered something I wasn't expecting in the least: a diverse showcase of upcoming releases for the PlayStation 4."

The Ice Bucket Challenge is the latest craze to sweep across the internet but it's good to see it being put to good use. To complete the challenge you must be able to withstand having a bucket of ice being tipped over your head. It doesn't look all that hard but it won't take long before the cold begins to spread to places.
Phil Spencer accepted the ALS #IceBucketChallenge to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig’s Disease. After completing the challenge he has nominated Nintendo's very own Reg...

"In the virtual reality (VR) community Kite & Lightning‘s reputation is second-to-none. The three demos that they have made publicly available – The Cave, The Station and Senza Peso – have all been met with both critical acclaim and a positive response from the development community also. But what does the future hold for a studio that has built itself on the ideal of making content available for free? Kite & Lightning’s Cory Strassberger took some time to speak with VRFocus about just that."

It's been recently translated over at neogaf that Nintendo is working on a remaster for 2015 to fill in the gaps between newer titles.

The source comes from the same person who correctly predicted Devil's Third on the Nintendo Wii U and the additions of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire to the Nintendo 3ds gaming library.

What title do you hope gets remastered? Let us know in the comments!

As we draw closer to the end of Summer - and with it, Nintendo's #MadeForPlay campaign, Nintendo looks to promote their Nintendo Wii U console with a new campaign: #TheTimeIsNow.

Nintendo's recently released a seven minute video highlighting Nintendo Wii U exclusive titles that are currently being sold or upcoming titles to keep an eye out for.

This seven minute video features gameplay from titles such as Super Mario World 3D, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Mario Kart 8 ...

Hundreds of Pokémon fans from around the world are travelling to compete in this year's Pokémon World Championship that is being held this weekend. Twitch will be hosting a stream live for the world to see.

Here's the stream schedule, for convenience:

Saturday, August 16
  • 9:00 a.m. EST – Opening Ceremony
  • 9:30 a.m. EST – 5:00 p.m. EST – Pokémon Video Game Streaming
  • 5:00 p.m. EST – 9:00 p.m. EST – Pokémon TCG Streaming

Sunday, August 17
  • 9:00 a.m. EST – TCG Masters top 4
  • 10:00 a....

"Japanese manufacturing firm Cyber Gadget has announced that it plans to sell a special arcade stick for the Nintendo 3DS XL in Japan. The accessory will go on sale sometime in late October and looks to be perfect for those considering getting Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 3DS XL. It will cost 3,000 Japanese yen, around $30."

Casey Hudson announced today that he will be taking a "much needed break" and will be moving on from BioWare after a near 16-year stint with the studio.

BioWare Studio General Manager Aaryn Flynn released a blog post to thank Hudson for his time with them and remember his many contributions including being project director of 2003's game of the year Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and leading the development of the award winning Mass Effect trilogy.

Possibly the most iconic gam...

Nintendo of America announced today via Twitter that August is national Princess Peach month, in honor of the Mushroom Kingdom's beloved ruler.

Either Nintendo's simply giving Peach her deserving credit as a Mario series star, or they're teasing us before a big reveal. Whichever the case, feel free to exhibit all your Princess Peach love by wearing pink and carrying around parasols - just like Peach would do herself.

Nintendo has recently released this week's eShop titles set for download, as well as a few current sales you can find. Leading the pack is Super Mario Kart and Megaman 5 for the Wii U virtual console.

Wii Virtual Console lineup:
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Megaman 5
  • Cybernator

Nintendo 3DS eShop Titles:
  • The Mysterious Murasame Castle

Nintendo's former indie boss, Dan Adelman has recently expressed his belief that the name Nintendo Wii U is "abysmal." He goes as far as (jokingly) blaming Nintendo's recent failure on the name alone.

Adelman left Nintendo due to internal disputes with the way things were being ran, but looks to continue working with indie publishers.

Do you agree with Adelman's thoughts? Is the console's name abysmal?

Twitch users are gonna have to be a bit more careful with what music they use while making their gameplay videos. As of today, Twitch will be scanning videos for any unauthorized third-party audio and muting that content automatically.

Twitch announced today that they had partnered with Audio Magic, who works close to the music industry to scan past and future VODs for music owned or controlled by its clients. If it detects anything, then the affected VOD will be muted for a 30 minute bloc...

Yesterday there was a Nintendo Direct broadcast with a massive amount of new information for the upcoming Wii U title, Hyrule Warriors. There's no doubt that we enjoyed it and Hyrule Warriors is shaping up to be a fantastic title.

However as nice as these special 'Directs' are, do they take away the surprise factor from new titles and does it ruin any potential surprises for fans? This is the point that this Gamesreviews blog debates. Smash Bros 4 is used as a prime example and with us still...

Dan Adelman has announced that he will be leaving his role as Nintendo's Head of Digital Content after 9 years at the company. Adelman broke the news yesterday on Twitter. This is the man responsible for bringing several indie games over to Nintendo including World of Goo, Cave Story and Bit.Trip.

He will now be working with independent developers on their marketing and business development and will no doubt be an important asset with experience at both Nintendo and Microsoft, where he was...

This is episode 442 of Gamertag radio's podcast series and they have plenty to discuss this week. Some of the subjects that they touch on in this podcast are EA Access, Playstation Now and the recent San Diego Comic Con.

GG3 writes: "A file was claimed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington regarding the popular Angry Birds franchise. Plaintiff Juli Adams, a Seattle artist, states in the lawsuit that her intellectual property was sold off to publisher Rovio by pet product store franchise Hartz Mountain Corporation without her express knowledge or agreement."

"GameStop has used some pretty fancy wording here to make it sound like trade-ins are going to net gamers a lot more cash than ever before, and to some extent that is technically true. Take a look at the bigger picture though… With a bullet point reading off “Our average trade ranges from $7.20 to $14.00 with a base of $9.00."

Producer of Dragon Quest Monsters 2 remake, as well as others, has just announced that development for a brand new Dragon Quest Monsters game is underway. Details were all but left out of the vague announcement, so we can only hope for more news in the near future.

Which console(s) do you think this new game will be on, and what new things would you like to see implemented in the world of Dragon Quest Monsters?

Another fantastic deal hits the internet today - this time exclusively for European fans of the Nintendo Wii U.

Amazon has just put up an incredible offer of a Nintendo Wii U 8gb console packaged with Wii Party U and Nintendo Land for just €190.

This package is ideal for family oriented players, and the deal is nearly second to none.

The recent news regarding Nintendo's possible scheming against Iwata was recently debunked. The rumor claimed that, from an inside source, Nintendo was seeking to rid Iwata for not agreeing with their ideas.

Needless to say, next time let's think before hopping on board with false claims. Iwata isn't going anywhere.