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Talking Point: Nintendo Continues to Shift Its Third-Party Focus to Nindies

Nintendo Continues to Shift Its Third-Party Focus to Nindies

Necessity, forward thinking or both?

The Wii U and 3DS have been part of a truly first-party generation for Nintendo. As the leading dedicated gaming handheld - by a mile - the 3DS has had some decent support and occasional major third-party exclusives, yet for the Wii U it's been a different affair. Its sales struggles have seen most publishers...

News: Pokémon Shuffle Rolls Out on iOS in North America and Europe

Pokémon Shuffle Rolls Out on iOS in North America and Europe

And so it's come to pass

The Pokémon Company has a steady history of iOS and Android releases, but it's not common for titles to be published by Nintendo on the 3DS eShop and to then rock up on smart devices. Pokémon Shuffle has always had the potential to change that, arriving on the 3DS eShop as a free-to-play title with plenty of optional...

News: Sin & Punishment Confirmed to be Blasting it Up on Wii U This Week in Europe

Sin & Punishment Confirmed to be Blasting it Up on Wii U This Week in Europe

An absolute Treasure

Around about this time on a Monday we'd normally be posting the European Nintendo Download Update, but unfortunately for us it's a public Holiday that the big N seems to be observing. It's a bitter pill to swallow, we know, but we'll all just need to wait an extra 24 hours. We do know two games that are coming to Wii U in...

News: Runbow Dashes Across To Europe Later This Week

Runbow Dashes Across To Europe Later This Week

Get ready!

Following the North American release of Runbow last week, 13AM Games has announced the Wii U eShop title will arrive in Europe on 3rd September. The news, as promised, was delivered via the Toronto-based studio’s Twitter page: Users who participated in the Nindies@Home promotion will also receive a 15 percent disco

News: VS. Excitebike Launches Into Some Races Very Soon In North America

VS. Excitebike Launches Into Some Races Very Soon In North America

A Monday treat

At the start of last week Nintendo of America announced that VS. Excitebike was on the way to the Virtual Console. It was clarified that this would be the Famicom Disk version that was previously only released in Japan - in addition to extra tracks and music it has a track editor feature. The release date wasn't announced, as NoA...

Video: Catch Up With Nintendo's PAX Xenoblade Chronicles X Panel and Nindies Presentation

Catch Up With Nintendo's PAX Xenoblade Chronicles X Panel and Nindies Presentation

An extra look

PAX Prime is now in its last day, with announcements out of the way and booths setting up for the final group of attendees. Nintendo's been particularly active this year, using the US event to make some notable announcements and to show off attractive releases. It's now released video of its main events for everyone to enjoy. First up...

Review: The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (New 3DS)

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (New 3DS)

Born again

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is humorously disturbing, potentially offensive and unapologetically gross. This is a game about a boy named Isaac who's scrambling through the depths of his basement to avoid his pursuing mother. But instead of delivering a spanking or a timeout like most mothers do, Isaac's mom is intent to sacrifice her...

News: Gorgeous Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition Confirmed for North America

Gorgeous Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition Confirmed for North America

Will cost $89.99

There's plenty of excitement around the 4th December arrival of Xenoblade Chronicles X, though fans in North America have been wondering if they'd get the same treatment as European gamers. EU Wii U owners, for example, have a handsome special edition on the way, and the onus has been on Nintendo of America to offer something...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo, Star Fox Zero Release Date

Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo, Star Fox Zero Release Date

A basket of roses

Have you caught up on the sheer volume of news that's happened over the past week? We know it can be tough to keep track so we've compiled all the reviews, releases, and biggest news of the past seven days for you in video format! This week we focus on the incredible Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo, Star Fox Zero's release date, and much...

Poll: The Battle of the Nindies and Questions on amiibo

The Battle of the Nindies and Questions on amiibo

Are Nindie amiibo on your wishlist?

PAX Prime is now right in its peak, with the Seattle event attracting thousands of attendees eager to soak in all there is to offer. Nintendo's been particularly active, too, not only running a booth with plenty of contests and retail games, but also a neat Nindies Lounge with a range of exciting download games...

Review: Brave Tank Hero (3DS eShop)

Brave Tank Hero (3DS eShop)

As Salvatore from Wind Waker would say… "Splish!"

In Conker's Bad Fur Day, there is a chapter towards the end of the game called War. In that chapter there is one small section in which the protagonist squirrel has to get inside a tank and storm the Tediz's base. Brave Tank Hero is somewhat similar to that section of Conker's BFD, in the sense...

Mario Memories: Basking in the Glow of Super Mario Sunshine

Basking in the Glow of Super Mario Sunshine

"It introduced me to a passion I still hold to this very day"

In this series articles celebrating the upcoming 30th Anniversary of Super Mario, various members of the Nintendo Life extended family will share their memories and thoughts on the iconic franchise. This time we have Pokémon expert Andrew Karklins. When I was younger, my first home...

Video: Ink Yourself Over Splatoon's Two New Weapons, the Bamboozler 14 Mk I & L-3 Nozzlenose D

Ink Yourself Over Splatoon's Two New Weapons, the Bamboozler 14 Mk I & L-3 Nozzlenose D

Nozzle up your nose

Splatoon's ever expanding list of weaponry has just grown even bigger with the addition of two brand new weapons: The Bamboozler 14 Mk I and the modified L-3 Nozzlenose D. The new Bamboozler 14 Mk I comes equipped with a Splash Wall and a Killer Wail/Megaphone Laser, and whilst it's quick to charge and has decent range the...

News: The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth New 3DS Patch is Now Live

The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth New 3DS Patch is Now Live

Finally made it out of the basement

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is the first 3DS eShop title exclusive to the New model, utilising its extra oomph to deliver a portable version of the title that's graced a host of platforms, including the Wii U. A remastering handled by Nicalis, it had a long route to Nintendo hardware. This portable iteration...

News: Netflix Update Goes Live on Wii U

Netflix Update Goes Live on Wii U

Now you can hide your streaming shame in profiles

The Wii U doesn't have the same range of apps as its competitors, but it has been able to boast of Netflix since day one. The app itself did its best to put the GamePad to use, but was never as slick or feature-rich as it could have been. A fresh update has now gone live to improve matters, with a...

News: Gunman Clive HD Collection Will Shoot Its Way to North America, Europe and Australia Next Week

Gunman Clive HD Collection Will Shoot Its Way to North America, Europe and Australia Next Week

We're all winners

Due to the vagaries of localisation it's not always possible for download games to be released simultaneously, though that's something that Bertil Hörberg's successfully done with his next release. Gunman Clive HD Collection combines both of the excellent 3DS games in one Wii U package, and it's landing in North America, Europe...