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Poll: Early Impressions on Splatoon and That All-Important Online Multiplayer

Early Impressions on Splatoon and That All-Important Online Multiplayer

Fitter, younger hamsters spinning the server wheels?

Nintendo's releasing a game that prioritises online play, so naturally plenty reach for popcorn. Splatoon is on store shelves and appears to have had solid numbers hopping online to splat each other with ink, while some may even be tackling the single player campaign - those rogues. The old...

Guide: Tips On How To Become A Squid Hotshot In Splatoon

Tips On How To Become A Squid Hotshot In Splatoon

Get inked

Today marks the launch of Splatoon, Nintendo's infectious take on the traditional team-based online shooter. While this ink-splattered offering is far more friendly and accessible than your typical web-based blaster, there are still a few key points you might want to keep in mind before dashing - or should that be swimming? - headlong...

Weirdness: The Second Player Can Have Motion Controls in Splatoon's Battle Dojo Mode

The Second Player Can Have Motion Controls in Splatoon's Battle Dojo Mode

Erm, OK

Splatoon may be gracing plenty of Wii U systems worldwide, but the official Tumblr account is still rolling on, and has shared a rather peculiar and fun trick. It seems that both players can use motion-based aiming controls in the local multiplayer Battle Dojo mode, with a bit of bizarre customisation. By quite literally strapping a Wii U...

Video: Retro Music is Hard-Wired Into Your Brain Because of Science, Not Just Because It's Awesome

Retro Music is Hard-Wired Into Your Brain Because of Science, Not Just Because It's Awesome

Jumping to the beat

When playing retro games it's common to admire the music, with a sense among some that chiptunes of the 8- and 16-bit era are a cut above modern soundtracks. There are still spectacular soundtracks in modern gaming, particularly those performed by live bands and orchestras, yet for some retro music can't be topped. There are...

Out Now: Splatoon Brings Some Colour to the Wii U

Splatoon Brings Some Colour to the Wii U

Like Platoon, but less grisly

It's been eagerly followed since its surprise reveal at E3 2014, and now Nintendo's colourful, creative and chaotic shooter - Splatoon - is in stores. There are already players running around at level 15+, courtesy of a) lots of free time, b) getting the game early through pre-order deliveries or c) a mix of both...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Splatoon, Project CARS, World's Largest Game Boy

Splatoon, Project CARS, World's Largest Game Boy

All the reviews, releases, and top news from the past week

It can be hard to keep up-to-date with everything that happens within the world of Nintendo, so we've once more condensed all the best bits from the past seven days into one easy-to-swallow video. This week we focus on Splatoon (surprise, surprise), the grim situation regarding Project...

News: ​Lego Jurassic World Pre-Order Freebies Coming To PlayStation and Xbox, But Not Wii U

​Lego Jurassic World Pre-Order Freebies Coming To PlayStation and Xbox, But Not Wii U

"You didn't say the magic word"

The latest Lego Jurassic World trailer shows more of the game and its customisable dinosaurs. It also comes with details of pre-order bonus for PlayStation and Xbox owners - but there's no news of anything similar on the Wii U. In the trailer we see the usual Lego hub world and platforming game-play along with the...

News: Konami Not Turning Its Back On Consoles After All, Says Sorry For Causing Such A Fuss

Konami Not Turning Its Back On Consoles After All, Says Sorry For Causing Such A Fuss

Japanese company admits "conjecture" has caused "anxiety"

We recently reported on an interview with Konami boss Hideki Hayakawa which stated that the company was putting all of its eggs in the basket marked "mobile". However, these comments were translated from what was little more than a summary of the interview and the full, official transcript -...

News: Curve Digital Reiterates Commitment to Wii U With Its Catalogue "Set to Double in the Next 8 Months"

Curve Digital Reiterates Commitment to Wii U With Its Catalogue "Set to Double in the Next 8 Months"

Pleased with Humble Nindie Bundle progress

Curve Digital was a relatively late bloomer on the Wii U eShop, making its break onto the store in Autumn / Fall 2014 - notably, though, it arrived with a rapid sequence of releases comprised of ports and the timed-exclusive Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones. While Curve is still a developer, much of its...

News: Official Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary Website Provides Plenty of History, Footage and Lovely Pixel Art

Official Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary Website Provides Plenty of History, Footage and Lovely Pixel Art

Localised versions now live in Europe and North America

As you've no doubt been well aware for some time, this year brings the 30th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros., which is a notable landmark for the mascot and Nintendo as a whole. Mario Maker on Wii U will be a big part of the celebrations, certainly, and we think it's a safe assumption that more...

News: Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 3 Won't Include Zelda Costumes In The West

Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 3 Won't Include Zelda Costumes In The West

Outfits designated as exclusive to Japan

Koei Tecmo has revealed that the Western release of the 3DS title Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 3 will not come with the unique Zelda-themed content that launched alongside the Japanese edition. When the game was released in Japan, Link and Zelda outfits - lifted from the Wii U brawler Hyrule Warriors - could...