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Nintendo Download: 30th October (North America)

30th October (North America)

Stealth Inc 2 and lots of spooktacular download goodies

It's Nintendo Download news time, North America, and this week has some seriously tempting options on both Wii U and 3DS to test your eShop funds to the limit. Let's find out more! Missed the European Nintendo Download update earlier in the week? You must be crazy! Still, don't worry, the full...

News: System Update 9.2.0-20 Now Available On 3DS

System Update 9.2.0-20 Now Available On 3DS

Improved stability, but not much else

Earlier this month, the hotly anticipated 3DS System Update introducing HOME Menu themes went live across Europe and North America. Additionally, this update activated the new Theme Shop, enabled screenshots of the 3DS HOME Menu to be taken, added a 3DS Image Share shortcut button, and also improved eShop...

News: Nintendo Reveals Plans for 'Pre-Download' Feature for Wii U and 3DS

Nintendo Reveals Plans for 'Pre-Download' Feature for Wii U and 3DS

Saving you time on the day

President of Nintendo Satoru Iwata has announced a new system to reduce the long download times for retail games. This 'pre-download' function will be coming to the Wii U with the release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and will become available in 2015 on the 3DS. The process involves downloading a bulk of the data of a...

Review: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

The ape escape

Rare managed to do something incredible with Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong-Quest; it took the well refined gameplay and style of the first Donkey Kong Country game and made it even better. This second entry in the series features gameplay almost identical to its predecessor’s, but this time everything’s been streamlined...

News: Curve Digital Talks Over Stealth Inc 2, Wii U Releases and Fluidity

Curve Digital Talks Over Stealth Inc 2, Wii U Releases and Fluidity

A Fluidity Wii U title was pitched, but never happened

Curve Digital — or Curve Studios in its development guise — is particularly busy with the Wii U at the moment. This week it releases Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones as an exclusive on the home console, while it's publishing a range of enticing ports on the system, with Lone Survivor: The...

News: Nexis Games Launches Kickstarter For Minecraft Clone, UCraft Today

Nexis Games Launches Kickstarter For Minecraft Clone, UCraft Today

Developer needs to dig a little deeper for funding

We like to keep an eye on Kickstarter here at Nintendo Life, as it's helped some pretty fantastic projects to get off the ground in the past. Today, news has emerged that the outspoken developer behind UCraft has taken to crowd-funding in order to see the title through to completion. Nexis games...

Tomorrow: Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS National Championship 2014 (UK)

Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS National Championship 2014 (UK)

We'll be there, why don't you join us?

Super Smash Bros. fans across the UK have been battling it out for a chance to be crowned National Champion 2014. The qualifying heats took place at selected GAME stores which determined 32 finalists — 4 from each of the 8 regional heats — who are now ready to battle it out one final time tomorrow, Friday...

Nintendo 64x64: Wetrix

Wetrix

Combining Tetris with terraforming isn’t your usual recipe for making a video game. Nevertheless, the Pickford Bros. managed to take these elements and merge them into the creative tour de force that was Wetrix. A thrilling 3D puzzler in which you attempt to create lakes to contain a never ending flood of water; it's remarkable just how tense the...

News: Nintendo Boasts New 3DS is its Best-Selling Remodelled Handheld System to Date

Nintendo Boasts New 3DS is its Best-Selling Remodelled Handheld System to Date

Grossly outselling its predecessors

Nintendo has announced that the New Nintendo 3DS and its bigger brother the New Nintendo 3DS LL have been privy to a success more uproarious than expected. In its latest financial report, Nintendo has claimed that over 400,000 New 3DS units have been sold in the mere three weeks that it has been available in...

News: "Pre-Download" Service to Kick Off With Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

"Pre-Download" Service to Kick Off With Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Download most of the game in advance

While the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores have taken great strides in bringing Nintendo towards current-day standards in digital retail, there are still various areas of improvement. Just recently Nintendo has begun to sell retail downloads online that can, by purchasing from the official website in North America...

News: Iwata Cites "Same-Generation Hypothesis" For Strong Smash Bros. And Pokémon Performance

Iwata Cites "Same-Generation Hypothesis" For Strong Smash Bros. And Pokémon Performance

You grow up, but the games stay with you

Nintendo's Financial Results Briefing is out, and in it company president Satoru Iwata outlines why its Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon franchises are enjoying such robust commercial success. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has performed better than expected on 3DS, and anticipation for the Wii U entry is...

News: Satoru Iwata Outlines Nintendo's First QOL Platform

Satoru Iwata Outlines Nintendo's First QOL Platform

Focused on improving sleep and reducing fatigue

Since its announcement in January this year, Nintendo intrigued and confused some observers when it outlined plans to produce a Quality of Life — or QOL — platform. It was explained that it would be an entirely separate product from game systems — with some potential for overlapping apps and...

News: Runbow Developers Picked Wii U for its Massive Local Multiplayer Capability

Runbow Developers Picked Wii U for its Massive Local Multiplayer Capability

Nine is enough

The Wii U's position as a party console seems to be cementing itself lately. It's now well known that the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. can support 8-player offline play, but Toronto-based indie studio 13AM has been working on Runbow, a game that can cram a full nine people around the TV (well, one can probably sit to the side...

News: Awesome Fan Album Metroid Cinematica Released Today

Awesome Fan Album Metroid Cinematica Released Today

Music to our ears

A young composer by the name of Sam Dillard has been hard at work composing and compiling his tribute to the spectacular music of the Metroid series, and has announced that the album is available to download right now. The 16 tracks on offer are all based heavily on tracks from the Metroid series as you might expect, but these are...

Video: Super Smash Bros. Announcer Xander Mobus Talks About His Role in the Franchise

Super Smash Bros. Announcer Xander Mobus Talks About His Role in the Franchise

The man behind the powerful voice...

YouTube channel Super Mario's Channel has posted a 25-minute interview with the announcer of the latest instalments in the Super Smash Bros. series, Xander Mobus; known for his work on Eve of October OVA1, some may be left scratching their heads once they discover the face behind the epic Smash 4 voice. He...

Weirdness: Mike Tyson Fights Himself in Punch-Out!!

Mike Tyson Fights Himself in Punch-Out!!

K-Oh

While the NES version of Punch-Out!! now has 'Featuring Mr. Dream' in the title, before licensing issues and imprisonment in the '90s it was branded with the Mike Tyson name, who was one of the most ferocious boxers in Heavyweight history at his peak. He's now a somewhat mellow middle-aged man, of course, releasing books and conducting speaking...

News: Tournament Players Pass Judgement On 8-Player Super Smash Bros.

Tournament Players Pass Judgement On 8-Player Super Smash Bros.

Could we see 8-player matches in professional events?

Nintendo recently confirmed that the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. will showcase 8-player battles, and the reaction from fans was predictably positive. However, it's worth considering how will this addition will impact professional Smash tournaments. Could we see chaotic 8-player matches...