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TodayFri, 28th Apr 2017

  • News Nintendo To Publish "Two To Three" Smartphone Titles Per Year

    Aiming to "maximize the number of people who have access to Nintendo IP"

    During the Financial Results Briefing, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima shared a few details on Nintendo's smart-device business model moving forward. One of the topics discussed include the plans to release two to three mobile titles each year, although no titles were...

    • Mobile
    • Smart-Devices
    • Smartphones
    • Nintendo Mobile
  • News Nintendo Reveals A New ARMS Character, And It's An Odd One

    "He can shrink and stretch at will with his elastic body!"

    Another addition to the ARMS roster has been revealed. We present to you Helix, who can be be described as a shiny green amorphous blob, but Nintendo has opted to give him a better description, saying "he can shrink and stretch at will with his elastic body!" In his brief reveal trailer -...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS
    • Video
  • News Surprise, Nintendo Isn't Hosting An E3 Press Conference This Year

    More information coming soon

    Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima has announced during the Financial Results Briefing that Nintendo will not be hosting an E3 Press Conference during the event this year. This continues Nintendo's trend of opting for a digital presentation instead, while still maintaining a showfloor presence at the event. From the...

    • E3 2017
    • E3
    • Nintendo Switch
    • 3DS
  • Gallery Here's What The New Nintendo 2DS XL Looks Like From Almost Every Angle

    Plus: Bonus lifestyle photography with child actors!

    Nintendo surprised everyone this morning with the announcement that it is about to release a new model of the popular 2DS system. Dubbed the New Nintendo 2DS XL, the console features a classic clamshell design, amiibo support and a MicroSD card slot, and is sure to keep the 3DS line alive...

    • Gallery
    • New Nintendo 2DS XL
    • Hardware
    • 2DS
    • 3DS
  • News New Nintendo 2DS XL Announced, Releases 28th July

    Surprise!

    Nintendo today announced a new version of the 2DS, the 2DS XL, taking the kid-centric handheld from its wedge form factor to the more familiar clamshell-style design of the 3DS line. The surprise new console releases on 28th July in the US for $149. A release date for Europe is yet to be announced, but we expect it to launch simultaneously...

    • New Nintendo 3DS
    • 3DS
    • 2DS
    • New Nintendo 2DS

YesterdayThu, 27th Apr 2017

  • Nintendo Download 27th April (North America)

    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe! Puyo Puyo Tetris! Kamiko! Tumbleseed! More!

    It's that time again, dear readers, for details of the goodies coming in the North American Nintendo Download Update. The headline is clearly the latest first-party blockbuster on Switch, but we also have a keenly priced puzzle gem and a few download-only options on the system. The Wii...

    • Nintendo Download
    • North America
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • 3DS eShop
  • News Nintendo Switch Smashes Target With 2.74 Million Hardware Sales in March

    Nintendo projects 10 million system sales in this financial year

    As expected Nintendo has published its annual financial reports, and the initial documentation gives some sense of how strong the Nintendo launch has been. The sales in March have surpassed expectations, though the projected sales for this current financial year are perhaps best...

    • Nintendo
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Sales
  • News Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is Still Due to Arrive in 2017, Which is Nice

    Now it's Switch time!

    Within Nintendo's Earnings Release for the Fiscal Year Ended March 2017, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 by Monolith Soft has been given reconfirmation of its 2017 release in Japan and the West. While no additional launch information, such as a quarter for release, is mentioned, it is good to see a popular open-world series not yet...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Nintendo Download 27th April (Europe)

    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe! Puyo Puyo Tetris! Kamiko! More!

    The European Nintendo Download Update is live, and this week includes two Switch retail titles and the same number of download-only releases; tempting options all-round. The New 3DS gets a port of a previous Wii U title, while multiplayer shenanigans come to the now last-gen home console. On top...

    • Nintendo Download
    • Europe
    • Switch eShop
    • 3DS eShop
    • Wii U eShop
  • Talking Point As Nintendo Switch Looks to Rapidly Overtake Wii U Sales, 3DS Lives On

    Nintendo backs both systems, but needs improvement in mobile and amiibo

    As we await full publication of Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima's annual financial results presentation, early snippets from journalists on the ground in Japan suggest it won't pull up any trees. There's confirmation of unannounced games still to be revealed for Switch this...

    • Features
    • Talking Point
    • Nintendo Switch
    • 3DS
    • Sales
  • News Zelda: Breath of the Wild Pushes Switch and Wii U Sales, 3DS Has Multiple Million-Sellers

    A breath of life

    The hit game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has sold around 3.84 million copies between the Nintendo Switch and Wii U versions, a notable cross-platform success considering the circumstances of a new system launch and its ailing predecessor. Specifically, Breath of Wild sold 2.76 million units on the Switch and 1.08...

    • Legend of Zelda
    • Pokemon
    • Nintendo Switch
    • 3DS
    • Wii U
  • News Nintendo Beats Profit Projections as Switch and Pokémon Sales Lift Company

    Offers a bright outlook for current year

    As expected Nintendo has begun the roll-out of its financial reports, so far in the form of the formal documentation outlining sales and profit margins. In the coming days we should see manuscripts of President Tatsumi Kimishima's presentation and an investor Q & A. For now, however, we have a set of...

    • Nintendo
    • Sales
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • 3DS
  • News ARMS Secures Cover on Edge Magazine in the UK

    Can do any 'arm

    In recent months Nintendo has secured some solid print publicity for its major releases, including a substantial cover and set of features for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild through Game Informer in the US. Now the well-respected and popular Edge magazine - in the UK - has given prominence to ARMS in its current issue, a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS
  • News Super Mario Run Close To 150 Million Downloads, But Has Earned Less Than Fire Emblem: Heroes

    Despite fewer downloads, Fire Emblem: Heroes has higher revenue

    During the annual financial results briefing Q&A, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima has pointed out a few details concerning Nintendo's hit free-to-start and free-to-play mobile games, Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem: Heroes. While pointing to Super Mario Run's success, he noted...

    • Mobile
    • Super Mario Run
    • Fire Emblem Heroes
  • News Nintendo Remains Tight-Lipped On SNES Classic Mini Rumours

    No news is good news?

    2016's NES Classic Mini was a shock success for Nintendo, and almost from the moment it was announced many speculated that the company would, in the fullness of time, follow up with a SNES version. The NES Classic Mini is now officially discontinued, apparently because a SNES edi

    • SNES Classic Mini
    • SNES Mini
    • SNES
    • Retro
  • News Nintendo Veteran Genyo Takeda Is Retiring As A Company Director

    Ko Shiota gets a promotion

    Nintendo has released a notice regarding the impending retirement of 68-year-old Genyo Takeda, Representative Director and "Technology Fellow" of Nintendo. Takeda is one of Nintendo's longest-serving staffers, having joined the company in 1971. He and his team at R&D3 came up with many technical innovations during the...

    • Genyo Takeda
    • Business
  • News Pokémon Drives 3DS Sales Increase, With Another Six Million Systems Expected to Ship This Year

    3DS software sales totals expected to beat those of the Switch

    The 3DS isn't finished yet, based upon its recent performance and Nintendo's estimates for the current financial year. The system may be slowly winding down, but the extraordinary sales of Pokémon Sun and Moon, in particular, helped drive the portable's sales trends upwards and...

    • 3DS
    • New 3DS
    • 2DS
    • Sales
  • News My Nintendo Adds an Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers 'Calendar'

    It's actually just a wallpaper with dates on

    Buried within Nintendo of America's download update press release today was the following nugget on a new My Nintendo reward available in the region - a calendar designed with Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers in mind. My Nintendo in North America is offering a May calendar featuring the...

    • My Nintendo
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Street Fighter
  • Video The Top Ten Best Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tracks

    According to Alex and Arekkz Gaming, anyway

    Well, if you want to know what this video is about, the headline sure clears that up. Our video man Alex has teamed up with his chum Arekkz Gaming to put together a top 10 list of race tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which is sure to fire everyone up (and hopefully in a good way). This writer would...

    • Video
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Mario Kart
    • MK8 Deluxe
  • Gallery Kirby's 25th Birthday Is Celebrated With Special Events In Tokyo

    For he's a jolly pink fellow

    As we all know, Kirby turns 25 this year. To mark this momentous milestone, Nintendo has arranged various events in Tokyo which will run through the rest of the month and into early May. Two of them started today. One can be found in Ueno's Yamashiroya toy store and comes complete with cake and message board. As you...

    • Gallery
    • Kirby
    • Japan
    • Events
  • News Nnooo Considering Switch Ports Of Mallow Drops And Armed With Wings: Rearmed

    Currently being "assessed for suitability"

    Australian firm Nnooo is bringing Mallow Drops and Armed With Wings: Rearmed to consoles, and has stated that Switch versions are currently being "assessed for suitability". You can see the two titles in action below. Nnooo is famous for developing titles such as Pop Plus: Solo, escapeVektor: Chapter...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Nnooo
  • Video Rapper Mega Ran Enters A Spooky Game Boy World In His Latest Track

    Take me to church

    Mega Ran - friend of Nintendo Life and nerdcore rapper extraordinaire - is back with a new video for his song "Church" which we thought we'd share as it's been done with a 1989 Nintendo Game Boy style which even people who aren't fans of this genre of music should enjoy. You might also recognise the sample from Super Mario World in...

    • Game Boy
    • Mega Ran
    • Music

Wednesday26th Apr 2017

  • Feature The Growing Pains of Curation on the Nintendo Switch eShop

    "Nintendo’s solution to shovelware is broken"

    After stepping into the new world of download gaming back on the Wii with its 'WiiWare' service, Nintendo was well on the way to embracing the medium. In some aspects it was a trailblazer with that first service, though tough entry requirements - combining policy and system limitations with rules such...

    • Features
    • Nintendo Switch
    • eShop
    • Nindies
  • Video Here's What's Inside Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's "Impossible" Treasure Chest

    The one you were never meant to open

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is packed with secrets to find, many of which are hidden away off the beaten track, encouraging players to explore in order to locate them. However, one treasure chest has remained off-limits for even the most dedicated Zelda player. Located in the middle of a little inlet...

    • Legend of Zelda
    • Breath of the Wild
    • Zelda
    • Wii U
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Super Mario Happy Meal Toys Now Available at McDonald's in the US

    Boost your tat and salt intake - Bowser approves

    Earlier this month it emerged that a new batch of Super Mario Happy Meal toys were coming to the US, and now the range is live. From now until 22nd May in the country Nintendo fans can get one of eight toys along with an inexpensive bit of grub at McDonald's. Each of the toys has a 'special...

    • Super Mario
    • Bowser
    • McDonald's
  • Poll Do You Think Call Of Duty: WWII Will Come To Switch, And Would You Want It If It Did?

    War is hell

    Today Activision is hosting a livestream event to officially lift the lid on this year's Call of Duty entry. After the last few instalments pushed the action further and further into the future, the company has decided to turn back the clock and return to World War II, the conflict in which the very first Call of Duty game was based.

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Polls
    • Call of Duty
  • Feature What We Expect From Nintendo's Annual Financial Reports

    E3 teases, sales, an insight into the big N's confidence in Switch and more

    On 27th April Nintendo will publish its 'Fiscal Year Earnings Release' - understandably that phrase may not fill you with giddy excitement, but it's more interesting than it sounds. Typically these year-end results and reports, due to their importance and timing, reveal some...

    • Features
    • Nintendo
    • Financial Results
  • News GameStop Confirms Nintendo Switch Stock Now In US Stores With Trade-In Credit Deal

    "Perfect timing" ahead of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launch

    As you've probably noticed, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is out this week - the re-release / expansion has been critically acclaimed; as we argued in our own review it takes a brilliant Wii U game and makes it even better. It should in theory help boost Nintendo Switch hardware sales, but the system's...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
    • GameStop
  • News LAN Play in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is Only Truly Suitable for Competitions and Events

    Everyone bring their adapter!

    Back when we published our Mario Kart 8 Deluxe preview, focused on the Battle Mode, we mentioned the presence of a LAN multiplayer option. It was notable because, while standard local wireless play supports eight players, LAN allows the full complement of 12 players that you normally get in online matches. We quipped...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Mario Kart
    • MK8 Deluxe
  • News Fire Emblem Echoes and Nintendo Switch Lead the Way in Japanese Charts

    Switch sales increase once again

    You know it's the middle of the week when the Media Create chart results emerge in Japan, and in recent times they've brought happy news for Nintendo fans. That trend continues this week, with a major release on 3DS and hardware positives to consider. Starting with software we have Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of...

    • Japan
    • Charts
    • Media Create
    • Nintendo Switch
    • 3DS
  • Weirdness 35-Year-Old Review Of Game & Watch Title Octopus Surfaces Online

    Back in time

    If like this humble scribe you grew up with gaming magazines, you'll probably remember when the Internet really became easy to access and you found yourself straying away from these paper-based curiosities to online news and reviews. Considering that many of the web's biggest gaming sites were founded in the '90s or the "Naughties",...

    • Retro
    • Weirdness
    • Game and Watch
  • News Ratalaika Games Bringing 0000 And League Of Evil To Nintendo Switch

    Two more promising eShop titles on the way

    Ratalaika Games has revealed that it is bringing two new titles to the Switch eShop: 0000 and League of Evil. 0000 has already been confirmed for release on the 3DS but the Switch version is going to be a bit more special. The gameplay is based around jumping to the music and Ratalaika has stated that it's...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • Rumour Vivendi To "Accelerate Expansion" In Video Games, Ubisoft The Main Target

    French giant looking to turn around recent poor results

    French media company Vivendi is looking to make some key acquisitions this year to combat investor concerns regarding its recent mixed results, poor share performance and general lack of long-term strategy, according to sources which have spoken to news site Reuters. These sources claim that...

    • Rumour
    • Ubisoft
    • Vivendi
    • Business
  • Video Bask in the Giddy Drama of the Disgaea 5 Complete Opening Movie

    That music...

    We know that Disgaea 5 Complete will be a colourful, fantastical arrival on Nintendo Switch in late May, but for those new to the series we suspect there'll be some eye-opening moments. Take the opening movie, for example, which is about as bombastic as gaming intros get. Just check it out below, and enjoy that music. Nintendo UK...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Disgaea 5 Complete

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