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Nintendo Download: 3rd September (North America)

3rd September (North America)

Gunman Clive! Excitebike! Mario Golf!More!

It's that time again, North American gamers, for the Nintendo Download Update details. This week brings an excellent download option on the Wii U from Hörberg Productions, along with a much-loved Mario sporting spin-off and another retro début in the West. Pickings are slimmer on the 3DS, though there are...

Review: Super Mario Maker (Wii U)

Super Mario Maker (Wii U)

Pixel perfect

In the year of Super Mario's 25th Anniversary Nintendo released Super Mario Galaxy 2, a terrific sequel, and the rather uninspired Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition. Not bad, but a continuation of the norm - an accomplished (almost perfect) slice of platforming heaven and another release designed for little more than...

News: Wii U Offers "The Best Realisation Of The Second Screen Experience", Says Watchup CEO

Wii U Offers "The Best Realisation Of The Second Screen Experience", Says Watchup CEO

Unique newscasting app now available on Wii U eShop

Earlier this week, news app Watchup appeared on the Wii U eShop without warning or fanfare, and has strangely been missed off this week's download update. Even so, Watchup CEO and Founder Adriano Farano is keen to make some noise about the Nintendo version of the download, which - in its Android...

News: Freedom Planet Wii U Fix Making Progress, GalaxyTrail Aiming to Reveal Release Date Soon

Freedom Planet Wii U Fix Making Progress, GalaxyTrail Aiming to Reveal Release Date Soon

"We believe we’ve found the source of the problem"

Freedom Planet, which has achieved some success on PC, has been on a number of Wii U eShop gamer's wishlists. It started out as a Sonic fan-game, before GalaxyTrail evolved the idea into its own IP; it incorporates some aspect of classic Sonic titles but nevertheless has plenty of different ideas...

Weirdness: Bask in the Madness of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes in This Japanese Marketing

Bask in the Madness of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes in This Japanese Marketing

Even Ganondorf would love this

Sometimes Nintendo's weirdness can brighten any sky and make the sun shine that bit brighter. OK, we're exaggerating a little, but it can make us smile - the concept of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes fits into this. Any plot that puts fashion at its core in Hyrule is always going to be a bit bonkers, and its...

Interview: Here's Your Chance To Ask The Voice Of Mario Anything You Wish

Here's Your Chance To Ask The Voice Of Mario Anything You Wish

What burning questions do you have for Charles Martinet?

Next week Nintendo Life will be meeting up with the one and only Charles Martinet - otherwise known as the voice of Super Mario and many other characters from the Mushroom Kingdom - and we're giving you, our dear readers, the chance to pop a question to one of the most famous vocal talents on...

News: ThinkGeek to Open Its First US Store in Florida

ThinkGeek to Open Its First US Store in Florida

Nintendo merchandise likely to have notable role

ThinkGeek is one of the better known online retailers that specialises in collectibles and geek-gear, which often has plenty of Nintendo and retro-themed goodies up for sale. It's not exactly unique in the market, of course, but it did take a major step ahead of rivals when it was acquired by GameStop...

News: Assault Android Cactus Still Coming To Wii U, Definitely Maybe

Assault Android Cactus Still Coming To Wii U, Definitely Maybe

Q1 2016 for real this time

We first got our grubby mitts on Assault Android Cactus at EGX in September 2013 and liked what we played of this high octane arcade-style twin stick shooter. In fact, we found ourselves eagerly awaiting its arrival which was said to be Q1 2014 at the time. Australian indie developer Witch Beam may have bitten off a bit...

Weirdness: That Slowpoke Reggae Video is Now in English

That Slowpoke Reggae Video is Now in English

Took them long enough...

More than a year ago, the Japanese Pokémon YouTube channel uploaded a video so bizarre that you have to wonder if it's a preliminary experiment in mind control. It had Slowpoke and reggae in it, though, so we happily shared it. Surprisingly, the video has suddenly reappeared with an English dub. According to the...

News: Nintendo Recruits YouTube Celebrities for Its Super Mario Maker 'Super Creator Challenge'

Nintendo Recruits YouTube Celebrities for Its Super Mario Maker 'Super Creator Challenge'

Five in total want your Likes

With Super Mario Maker's release a little over a week away Nintendo is trying various marketing tricks and strategies to get people interested, and now NoA has now posted videos of five YouTube celebrities taking on its 'Super Creator Challenge'. Whichever level's video gets the most Likes by 9th September wins, and our...

News: These Disturbing Year Walk Bedtime Stories for Awful Children May Haunt Your Dreams

These Disturbing Year Walk Bedtime Stories for Awful Children May Haunt Your Dreams

"The boy screamed, but before anyone could hear his cries for help..."

Year Walk is now just a couple of weeks away from release on the Wii U eShop, with developer Simogo teaming up with Dakko Dakko to produce a definitive version of the game. As was explained to us in an interview with both studios recently, the "GamePad becomes the link between...

Video: Fan Recreates Stunning Build Of Ocarina Of Time’s Zora’s Domain In Unreal Engine 4

Fan Recreates Stunning Build Of Ocarina Of Time’s Zora’s Domain In Unreal Engine 4

Water that makes your mouth water

Over the past few months, fans of Nintendo have done amazing jobs of creating HD builds of beloved Nintendo IP in stunning atmospheres within Unity 3D and Unreal Engine 4. We're often treated to seeing re-textured models of the likes of Mario and Link, prancing around in realistic HD environments that aren't so...

Review: Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut (Wii U eShop)

Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut (Wii U eShop)

Meet your new companion Q.U.B.E

A gigantic alien cube is hurtling through space on a collision course with Earth - and you've just woken up within it. As your body shakes off the fatigue, distant memories fail to solidify, leaving you in a state of total confusion and amnesia. Alone, save for a crackling voice over the radio, you're tasked with...

Download: 'Photos with Animal Crossing' for Nintendo 3DS (UK Only)

'Photos with Animal Crossing' for Nintendo 3DS (UK Only)

We've got 5,000 download codes to give away...

With Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer being one of the major 3DS retail releases of the year, Nintendo has been keen to get the franchise back onto the agenda. In the UK the company has been heavily promoting free 3DS app Photos with Animal Crossing, distributing it at Hyper Japan in London, on its...

News: Ace Attorney 6 Definitely Heading to the West, With 'Courtroom Revolution' as a Theme

Ace Attorney 6 Definitely Heading to the West, With 'Courtroom Revolution' as a Theme

The Great Ace Attorney looks unlikely, though

This week Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 6 was confirmed for the 3DS, along with the news that it'll be playable at the Tokyo Game Show. That news alone was exciting for fans of the series, though some extra snippets of information have since emerged. For starters, this one is coming to the West, which is...

News: Dragon Quest VIII Storms to Number One in Japan and Boosts New 3DS Sales

Dragon Quest VIII Storms to Number One in Japan and Boosts New 3DS Sales

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer creeps towards 1 million sales

Wednesday is Media Create results day in Japan, in which we see whether Nintendo and its system's games can maintain strong form in the company's homeland. On that score this week brings more positive news. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, the 3DS port of the PS2...

News: Nintendo UK and Playtonic Games to Host a Special Super Mario Maker Live Broadcast

Nintendo UK and Playtonic Games to Host a Special Super Mario Maker Live Broadcast

Yooka-Laylee studio to show off its creations

With Super Mario Maker approaching we can expect a variety of promotional activities from the big N, and Nintendo UK has an upcoming live stream that could be one to watch for retro and eShop fans. It's announced on Instagram that it'll be hosting a live broadcast with Playtonic Games, the team of...