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Darren Kerwin

Darren is a 26-year old gamer from the United Kingdom, who has a strong interest in video games, writing, socialising and Parsnips. He runs a Metroid fan website called Shinesparkers, which he describes as being his main gaming obsession. He's also written and contributed to several websites and publications. You'll often find him on Twitter talking about random stuff - just smile, nod your head politely, then move on..

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Harvest Moon GBC

Follow in your grandfather’s muddy footsteps in Harvest Moon GBC and become a master farmer! This classic simulation lets you get hands-on with every aspect of farm life, from sowing crops to raising animals. The harder you work, the bigger and better your farm will become.You can also visit the town to buy supplies; from food and drink to keep up your strength, to labour-saving tools for ...

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Nano Assault EX

Stop the deadly Nanostray virus from spreading and contaminating civilization in Nano Assault EX, a fast-paced action shooter set within a visually stunning cellular system that leaps off the screen in full 3D. Control your microscopic Nanite ship inside the dangerous virus to fight off infections, navigate through alien cell clusters, battle bosses, and ultimately analyze and destroy the viru...

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Moving to a new town is only the beginning of your life in Animal Crossing: New Leaf – as soon as you arrive, you’re made mayor as well! How you use your mayoral powers, however, is entirely up to you. Spend all your days relaxing and watching the world go by, or put your authority to good use and create the perfect place to live. Build public works projects to make everyone’s lives better, enac...

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf Review

Animal Crossing: New Leaf has already caused a splash in Japan, and Nintendo will be surely be hoping to once again reel in a western audience to this social simulation extraordinaire of a franchise. As can be expected from that which came before it, you can buy, trade, chat, and help out your new anthropomorphic neighbours, dropping by their houses, or keeping their businesses afloat. Shops open ...

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Harvest Moon GBC Review

When I was offered the opportunity to review this game, I was thrilled! I wanted to experience the Harvest Moon franchise for a long time and I heard that this particular game was originally received quite well. Now with its debut on the 3DS Virtual Console, I have the opportunity to check it out myself. Harvest Moon starts with the option to choose your character’s gender, name and pet R...

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Nano Assault EX Review

Nano Assault EX is a fast-paced action shooter for 3DS, based upon the original retail game with new modes and features. You control a small microscopic “Nanite” ship across various cell clusters within a virus, to fight off an overwhelming onslaught of infections. Your objective is to progress through each cell structure and eliminate the Nanostray virus, which threatens civilisation. You guide y...

Nintendo 3DS: Two Years Later…

Last year, here on Nintendo Insider, I gave my thoughts on the Nintendo 3DS and looked at what it had achieved in its first year. Now, two years since its original European release, I felt it would be interesting to take another look at the handheld and its achievements during its second year. After a slow and disappointing start, the 3DS picked up pace substantially. There was a new addition to N...

Nyan Cat creator Chris Torres talks Nintendo

We are delighted to be interviewing a very special guest today on Nintendo Insider, Chris Torres, more famously known as the man behind the internet’s most famous cat, Nyan Cat! Nintendo Insider: First of all Chris, I’d like to welcome you to Nintendo Insider, it’s a pleasure to have you here! Why don’t you start us off by telling us your earliest memories and experiences of Nintendo? Chris Torres...

Characters that could benefit the next Super Smash Bros.

The next generation of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS have been in development for a while now, and I am sure Masahiro Sakurai and his team are considering many possible additions to the new games, leaving eager fans of the series such as myself to speculate just what those might be. Here are a few characters that I would like to see in the next Smash Bros games and feel could be beneficial f...

Why Miiverse appeals to gamers

Before purchasing my Wii U I was intrigued by Miiverse, which appeared to be Nintendo’s answer to social media for gamers. I questioned whether this concept could actually work in a world where we are inclined to turn to the internet for answers. An introduction At a glance, Miiverse can be best described as an alternative to social media platforms and discussion boards, allowing you to post short...

The Future of Wii U – A Nintendo Direct Review

I wanted to express some of my thoughts on the latest Nintendo Direct presentation with Satoru Iwata, showcasing upcoming software and features for the Wii U. In the past, I have been guilty of having high hopes for these presentations, only to be left feeling disappointed when my expectations were not met. However within recent months I have felt quite differently. This presentation focused on Wi...

Remembering Gamestation

Goodbye Remembering Gamestation Monday 26th March 2012 was the date that GAME group, the company that owns specialist games retailer Gamestation went into administration. Over 2000 jobs were lost across all companies within the GAME Group portfolio, a large majority of them from the Gamestation side of the business. In the weeks leading up to what I thought could have been their ultimate demise, I...

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