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Talking Point: Platinum Games Has Secured a Golden Wii U Legacy

Platinum Games Has Secured a Golden Wii U Legacy

Bayonetta 2 joins the brilliant Wonderful 101

We argued, right at the start of our Bayonetta 2 review, that the "Wii U library is small, but also diverse and exciting". The reason we opened with that point is that, despite lazy comments often shared online — increasingly irrelevant with each passing month — stating that the Wii U has 'no...

Review: Shantae And The Pirate's Curse (3DS eShop)

Shantae And The Pirate's Curse (3DS eShop)

A pirate’s life for me

It’s interesting to track the progression that WayForward's Shantae series has undergone over the past decade. Beginning in 2002, the original title was released on the Game Boy Color, an unfortunately timed release that was mostly overshadowed by the recent introduction of the Game Boy Advance. Despite an attempted sequel...

News: Former Sega of America Marketing Director Divulges Struggle to Name Tails "Tails"

Former Sega of America Marketing Director Divulges Struggle to Name Tails "Tails"

Also introducing "Sonic's orthodontist"

Sonic's faithful, tech-savvy buddy is best known as "Tails," a name that one typically wouldn't expect to have any reasoning behind it aside from acknowledging a plurality of appendages. However, in the corporate world, things often aren't so simple--especially if you had "Sega of America" on your office door...

Video: Terrifying Giant Mii Heads Promote Halloween National StreetPass Weekend

Terrifying Giant Mii Heads Promote Halloween National StreetPass Weekend

Nightmare fuel

We sometimes describe Mii characters as our happy, aspirational and trouble-free selves here at Nintendo Life, the embodiment of our personalities in a world where every day is a trip to the Mushroom Kingdom to share some cake with the Mario Bros. and Princess Peach. When Nintendo of America decides to represent Miis to the world,...

Review: Ninja Battle Heroes (3DS eShop)

Ninja Battle Heroes (3DS eShop)

Kawaii katana

Tom Create, known for its contributions to the DSiWare GO Series, as well as games dating back to the Super Famicom era, has created a little gem in Ninja Battle Heroes, an action brawler bursting with adorable personality and surprisingly deep gameplay. Despite a generic title that describes little about the experience other than that...

News: Minor Miiverse Update Allows You to Focus on Friends

Minor Miiverse Update Allows You to Focus on Friends

Except on 3DS, as its friend system is a bit pants

Miiverse is often evolving, rather like your hardy Pokémon or the swag on Reggie Fils-Aime's desk, and its web-based setup means that Nintendo can make small changes without any effort required from us, the gamers. The social platform has had another minor tweak, with Nintendo of Europe's Marty...

Review: 99Seconds (Wii U eShop)

99Seconds (Wii U eShop)

A twitch in time saves 99

Time is a very valuable commodity. At least that’s what people say, but there always seems to be time for sneaking a quick little game of something between tasks. 99Seconds seeks to fill those blips in your life, and perhaps a few more, with a classic dodge ‘em style of gameplay. The Wii U version of 99seconds is...

Video: How Much Faster Is The New Nintendo 3DS?

How Much Faster Is The New Nintendo 3DS?

Quite a bit, as it happens

The New Nintendo 3DS is available now in Japan, and we've been spending some quality time with the system — as you'll already know if you've checked out our review and hands-on video. One of the most common questions we've had since getting the console relates to overall speed — is it really that much faster than the...

News: Resident Evil Creator Shinji Mikami Is A Fan Of Strong Female Characters

Resident Evil Creator Shinji Mikami Is A Fan Of Strong Female Characters

"I don’t like female characters who are submissive to male characters"

Shinji Mikami is the man behind The Evil Within, a new survival horror epic which has recently launched on PS4 and Xbox One. However, his most famous creation has to be Resident Evil, a game which has sold millions and spawned numerous sequels, many of which have made their way...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Continues to Thrash its Competition in Japan, Wii U Sales Drop Further

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Continues to Thrash its Competition in Japan, Wii U Sales Drop Further

Huntin' and relaxin'

It seems Capcom's latest entry in the Monster Hunter series has proved its worth even further in Japan by outselling Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS not only this week, but in lifetime physical sales. Smash Bros. has still done well, placing it behind Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but in front of everything else. Unfortunately...

News: UK Event: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS National Championship Grand Final - Tickets Up For Grabs

UK Event: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS National Championship Grand Final - Tickets Up For Grabs

We have 30 pairs of tickets for Nintendo Life readers

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 on Friday...

News: ShopTo.net's £180 Wii U Bundle with Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 is Too Cheap to Pass Up

ShopTo.net's £180 Wii U Bundle with Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 is Too Cheap to Pass Up

Tremendous wares

ShopTo.net has begun taking orders for a very reasonable Wii U bundle that may be enough to tempt those currently on the fence; if you're looking to buy a Wii U this is quite likely the best deal you'll find for a long time. We've also included a couple of other deals in case Bayonetta 2 isn't your thing. If you're not sure, you can...

Nintendo 64x64: Shadows of the Empire

Shadows of the Empire

At the time, a decent addition to the Star Wars franchise despite its failings being magnified up against Mario 64. Level locations, atmosphere, music capture the Star Wars universe well. Personally, too many third-person platform levels: the game needed more variety. These levels are clunky and some overly long. Bosses can also be unnecessarily...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Gives a Glimpse of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Fighter Reveal

Masahiro Sakurai Gives a Glimpse of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Fighter Reveal

There's a NES zapper involved...

There's not long now until a Live Nintendo Direct focused on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, which is promising "50 new things" — that alone is leading to all sorts of speculation. When Masahiro Sakurai teases, however, we know that there's reason to take notice. His latest Miiverse Pic of the Day builds us up with...

Video: Atlus Releases a Preview of the Persona Q Art Book and New Character Trailers

Atlus Releases a Preview of the Persona Q Art Book and New Character Trailers

Not quite the Grand Grimoire but still pretty nice

This week's Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth pre-release content, courtesy of Atlus, includes a preview of the Persona Q: The Wild Cards Premium Edition art book, along with two new character trailers of the lady in charge and one of the strangest characters yet seen in the Persona series. The...

News: Yoshi Circuit From Double Dash!! Makes A Comeback In November's Mario Kart 8 Zelda-Themed DLC Pack

Yoshi Circuit From Double Dash!! Makes A Comeback In November's Mario Kart 8 Zelda-Themed DLC Pack

Tanooki Buggy also revealed!

If you haven’t already pre-purchased the upcoming Mario Kart 8 downloadable content, due out this November and May 2015, then this latest reveal might just be enough reason to take the plunge. Nintendo has released a new trailer revealing Yoshi Circuit from the 2003 GameCube series entry, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!,...

News: Tetrobot and Co. Puzzles Its Way Onto Wii U Next Week

Tetrobot and Co. Puzzles Its Way Onto Wii U Next Week

Neko Entertainment returns to publish another eShop game

Neko Entertainment has announced its PC-hit, Tetrobot and Co.’s, arrival onto mobile and tablet devices. It’s not surprising, for this popular puzzle game has become quite a hit on Steam, providing PC gamers with hours of mind-boggling fun — the big news however, is that it will also...

News: Young'uns Invited to Camp Pokémon on Apple Devices

Young'uns Invited to Camp Pokémon on Apple Devices

Parents will never get their iPhones back again

The Pokémon Company continues to explore the tall grasses outside Nintendo. Following the release of a Pokémon Trading Card Game app on iOS, a free, kid-centered app called Camp Pokémon is now available. Camp Pokémon campers can explore a collection of mini-games on a colourful island filled with...