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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...

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...

News: Club Nintendo Goodbye Coin Now Available in Europe and Australia

Club Nintendo Goodbye Coin Now Available in Europe and Australia

The long farewell

Nintendo of Europe is somewhat dragging out the Club Nintendo farewell in Europe and Australia, in the process forcing many to go through many, many surveys to try and get the final goodies. A Nintendo Sound Selection Double CD was pitched as the final physical reward in the territories ahead of the service closing on 30th...

Mario History: Super Mario 64 DS - 2004

Super Mario 64 DS - 2004

3D Mario on the go

In this series of articles we'll write about one or more Mario game per day, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. If you'd have said that one day it would be possible to play Super Mario 64 on a handheld console back in 1996, you'd likely have been laughed out of the room...

News: Production Of Shovel Knight amiibo Is Being Handled Entirely By Yacht Club Games

Production Of Shovel Knight amiibo Is Being Handled Entirely By Yacht Club Games

"We're basically licensing the amiibo technology from Nintendo"

After last week's revolutionary news of a third-party franchise breaking its way into the world of amiibo, some more details on the Shovel Knight figure have surfaced via Yacht Club Games. In an interview with Destructoid at PAX Prime 2015, studio head Sean Velasco stated that Yacht...

Review: Gunman Clive HD Collection (Wii U eShop)

Gunman Clive HD Collection (Wii U eShop)

​An excellent tribute to retro gaming

Early in 2013, the world was graced with Gunman Clive, a short and sweet action platformer that was praised for its simplistic art style and solid mechanics. Almost exactly two years later we received Gunman Clive 2, a sequel that built upon and expanded the original in nearly every way possible. Now, both...

News: Space Hulk Finally Docking With The Wii U eShop This Christmas

Space Hulk Finally Docking With The Wii U eShop This Christmas

In space, no one can hear you lament slipped release dates

Last we heard, the Wii U version of Space Hulk was due to arrive in May, but that proved to be a false dawn as all of the console editions were pushed back slightly. If you own a Sony machine then the wait is now over, as the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita versions are out this week. Sadly,...

Interview: Candlelight Studios and Bold RPG Ambitions With Untold Story

Candlelight Studios and Bold RPG Ambitions With Untold Story

"Untold Story puts its focus on creating an incredible, dynamic story"

It's an exciting time to be a game developer, as modern technology and a more accessible industry allow people of all walks of life to try their hand at pursuing their passion. This is a win for gamers, too, as it allows us the opportunity to try all sorts of new experiences and...

Video: Nintendo Produces Some Chirpy Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer TV Commercials

Nintendo Produces Some Chirpy Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer TV Commercials

If you're not happy, it's not for you

When Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer was unveiled, reactions within Nintendo Life HQ ranged from confusion, to more confusion, then bafflement. We could sort of figure out what it was supposed to be, but couldn't figure out how Nintendo was going to sell it - would it be free-to-play and need amiibo...

Review: Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Who knew that Genghis Khan was so cool, calculating, and complex?

Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf was originally developed by Koei and released for the PC-8801, PC9801, and the MSX in 1992. The following year, Genghis Khan II saw releases for MS-DOS, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, PC Engine CD, NES, and SNES. Five more years later, and the game would...