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Feature: A Day With The Biggest StreetPass Group in the US

A Day With The Biggest StreetPass Group in the US

Hits, games and cake in San Diego

In this special feature Nintendo Life contributor Alan Lopez shares his experience of a day with the San Diego StreetPass group. What do you get when you Google "StreetPass groups"? If you're searching in the land of Nintendo of America, Facebook pages for "StreetPass Chicago", "StreetPass NYC" and other cities...

Nintendo Download: 30th April (Europe)

30th April (Europe)

Smash Bros. DLC, Sin & Punishment 2, amiibo freebies and much more

It's the start of another week, and as always we have the European Nintendo Download Update to warm us up to the goodies on the way. This time around we have a popular Smash Bros. fighter available to buy, a free app of amiibo-powered retro demos, along with an excellent new Wii...

Preview: Unraveling the Truth in Yoshi's Woolly World

Unraveling the Truth in Yoshi's Woolly World

Baby Mario cheerfully absent

For many years now fans of games in the Yoshi series have been clamouring for a successor to Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, yet the games Nintendo has presented us with so far haven't quite hit the mark. Yoshi's Story ditched the somewhat irritating Baby Mario mechanic much to the delight of many, but overhauled...

News: ​Mario Kart 8's 200cc Mode Has Apparently Negated Firehopping

​Mario Kart 8's 200cc Mode Has Apparently Negated Firehopping

"It's a legitimate strategy!"

Look at any popular, competitive video game and it's practically guaranteed that there will be a particular exploit that advanced players use to gain the edge over their opponents. Whether these exploits are "cheating" or not is very much debatable; it can certainly be argued that a glitch already in the game could just...

Weirdness: Care for Your Own Virtual King Dedede

Care for Your Own Virtual King Dedede

And pick up his royal poops

Remember Tamagotchi, the virtual pet on a keychain you could take care of until it died either through neglect or being sent through the wash? Artist Paperbeatsscissors has brought back all the fun in browser-based form, and with everybody's favourite stretchy, penguinny dictator! It's enough to fill that King Dedede...

Weirdness: Shigeru Miyamoto Takes on a Shinya Arino Level in Mario Maker, and It's Awesome

Shigeru Miyamoto Takes on a Shinya Arino Level in Mario Maker, and It's Awesome

We'd give this level a Yeah

Game Center CX is rather iconic - popular in Japan and with a small legion of fans in the West, its host Shinya Arino is also particularly well known. Naturally Nintendo features regularly, and Arino-san recently took part in a special NicoNico fan event in which Shigeru Miyamoto appeared to show off September's Wii U...

Video: Gawk at Streets of Rage 2 in 3D on Your New Nintendo 3DS

Gawk at Streets of Rage 2 in 3D on Your New Nintendo 3DS

Grand Upper!

We may be waiting until the Summer for the next batch of 3D Classics from Sega in the West, but Japanese gamers can look forward to 3D Streets of Rage 2 this week, on 28th April; yes, we're jealous. The good news is that Sega's official YouTube channel has served up a taster of how the brilliant fighting game will look on Nintendo's...

Review: My Style Studio: Notebook (Wii U eShop)

My Style Studio: Notebook (Wii U eShop)

Out of style

Theoretically, the Wii U is a great platform for art applications and software. Art Academy: Sketchpad and its dedicated Miiverse community have created some wonderful works of art using the GamePad, with many wondering where the heavily delayed full Art Academy application is. Cypronia's My Style Studio: Notebook might be a tempting...

Video: The Nintendo 64 Kid Is Taking Unboxing To The Next Level For Taco Bell

The Nintendo 64 Kid Is Taking Unboxing To The Next Level For Taco Bell

"Nintendo Sixty-Foooooooooour!"

Remember Brandon Kuzma, AKA The Nintendo 64 kid? He got rather excited about his shiny new Nintendo 64 console back in 1998, and when YouTube arrived a few years later, became something of a celebrity. He's now harnessing that power by starring in a commercial for Taco Bell's Steak DoubleDilla. His sister Rachel is...

Video: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Has Neat Glitches, Including Tricks to Clear it in 10 Minutes

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Has Neat Glitches, Including Tricks to Clear it in 10 Minutes

Too many energy drinks for you, Link

When developing a sizeable adventure for hardware as humble as the Game Boy, coding trickery and compromises are inevitable. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX on the Game Boy Color - and the non-DX original - naturally falls into that category; it's a lovely game, and also has some rather entertaining...

News: Here's The First Round Of Songs Confirmed For Guitar Hero Live

Here's The First Round Of Songs Confirmed For Guitar Hero Live

The perfect note?

Since the announcement of Guitar Hero Live, Activision has been trying hard to get its fans pumped for this new release - which is coming to the Wii U as well as other systems. Despite this, one piece of information has divided them more than others. Catching the most heat is the announcement that old controllers and DLC will be...

News: Karous -The Beast of Re:Eden- is a 3D Vertically Scrolling Shoot 'em Up Blasting the 3DS This Week in North America

Karous -The Beast of Re:Eden- is a 3D Vertically Scrolling Shoot 'em Up Blasting the 3DS This Week in North America

Over 100 missions and customisable ships

CIRCLE Entertainment remains one of the most active publishers on the 3DS eShop, often localising some promising games from Japan for Western audiences; it appears to be doing that once again with the conceptually enticing Karous -The Beast of Re:Eden-. Originally developed by Sakura Flamingo Laboratory,...

News: Pokémon Shuffle Celebrates 3.5 Million Downloads With Special Celebi Challenge

Pokémon Shuffle Celebrates 3.5 Million Downloads With Special Celebi Challenge

Runs until May 18th

Nintendo's free-to-play puzzle title Pokémon Shuffle has now been downloaded over 3.5 million times. To mark this occasion, Nintendo has opened a special Celebi challenge, which runs from today until May 18th. Successfully completing the challenge earns you 1000 coins, and as you might expect, you'll need to be running the...

News: Treyarch Isn't Working on Call of Duty: Black Ops III For Wii U, Though Activision is Noncommittal

Treyarch Isn't Working on Call of Duty: Black Ops III For Wii U, Though Activision is Noncommittal

Assume nothing, hope for a belated Fall release

Call of Duty: Black Ops III has had its big reveal, and confirmed platforms for the usual triumvirate - PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Treyarch, the lead developer and source of some hope for a Wii U version courtesy of the studio's considerable experience with the Nintendo system, has also confirmed that as...

Review: TABLETOP GALLERY (Wii U eShop)

TABLETOP GALLERY (Wii U eShop)

No Dice

TABLETOP GALLERY serves as a compilation as of three eShop titles previously only released in the US - TOSS N GO, SHUT THE BOX and POKER DICE SOLITAIRE FUTURE. Each of these dice-rolling titles never made their way to European shores, prompting developer/publisher RCMADIAX to eventually re

Review: Heart Beaten (3DS eShop)

Heart Beaten (3DS eShop)

Be still my beating heart

Originally created and developed during the Global Game Jam of 2013 in a little over 24 hours, Heart Beaten has been available on Android and iOS platforms for a couple of years. The newly released Nintendo 3DS version expands on the mobile version with structural changes, brand new mini-game types and a new soundtrack...

News: Digital Foundry Assesses The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and More GameCube HD Remake Possibilities

Digital Foundry Assesses The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and More GameCube HD Remake Possibilities

Praises Nintendo's work, talks up Hexadrive for more remakes

With the Wii U now roughly 2.5 years old, and Nintendo busy - along with a select few partners - keeping its retail library ticking over, it's entirely possible that low-maintenance options will have already been considered for 'easy wins' on the system. The 3DS has had its share of...

News: amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits Bringing Retro Freebie Fun to North America on 30th April

amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits Bringing Retro Freebie Fun to North America on 30th April

Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition demo on the same day

For those in North America with a Wii U and 3DS that fancy some free gaming, the upcoming Nintendo Download update - on 30th April - will certainly deliver. First up will be amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits, the quirky Wii U app that serves up 30 demos of retro Virtual Console...