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Nintendo Download: 23rd October (North America)

23rd October (North America)

Double Bayonetta, Aria of Sorrow, Fantasy Life, Pokémon, Shantae and more

It's Nintendo Download news time, North America, and this week has some seriously tempting options on both Wii U and 3DS to test your eShop funds to the limit. There's intense action on Wii U, retro Castlevania goodness, along with retail and download goodness on the 3DS...

Feature: Five 'New Things' We Want in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Five 'New Things' We Want in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Time to take the franchise to another level

With Super Smash Bros. for Wii U increasingly close to release, Nintendo's gearing up to answer the call for full details of its features with an upcoming live Nintendo Direct that'll introduce 50 'new things'; that's a bold and exciting promise. Though, as an important note, some of Nintendo's messaging...

News: More PDP GameCube-Style Wired Fight Pads Pay Homage to Donkey Kong, Link, Samus and Wario

More PDP GameCube-Style Wired Fight Pads Pay Homage to Donkey Kong, Link, Samus and Wario

Will work as Wii Classic Controller, and with Smash Bros. Wii U

Last year and just before E3, as the hype for a certain Wii U brawler intensified, accessory company PDP announced its GameCube-styled Fight Pad controllers, with the revealed designs being based on Mario, Peach and Yoshi. Though Nintendo has its own GameCube Smash Bros. controller and...

News: Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind Looks Set for a Western Release

Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind Looks Set for a Western Release

Good old Atlus saving the day

Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind is a promising 3DS action game based on Wit Studio and Production I.G's anime series — which itself is based on Hajime Isayama's original manga. Having performed well commercially in Japan, Spike Chunsoft recently announced an updated "CHAIN" version for Japan this December,...

News: Nintendo of Europe Distributes Free Halloween 3DS HOME Theme to Club Nintendo Members

Nintendo of Europe Distributes Free Halloween 3DS HOME Theme to Club Nintendo Members

Check your email, if you dare

It's nice to receive free things, as loyal customers, so Club Nintendo members in Europe should be pleased to know that the big N is distributing download codes for a Halloween 3DS HOME theme — check those emails if you're a member that receives the regular newsletters. The theme itself has a typically light-hearted...

News: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword 3DS HOME Theme Lands in Japan

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword 3DS HOME Theme Lands in Japan

Joined by seven Tales themes we'll likely never get

3DS HOME Themes are now becoming a rather common update for owners of the portable, with Nintendo adding a notification dot on the relevant menu to alert us to new options as they appear. There's already a decent variety, though a recent arrival in Japan has us rather jealous already. Pictured...

News: Football Up Online to Kick Off in Europe Soon

Football Up Online to Kick Off in Europe Soon

Discounted price for those that own its predecessor

EnjoyUp Games is a prolific download game developer on Nintendo hardware, and is revisiting one of its releases for an online update on 3DS — Football Up Online will arrive as a successor to Soccer Up 3D / Football Up 3D on the eShop. In terms of features, much seems to remain unchanged from...

News: The Writer Who Penned Chronicle Also Wrote A Super Mario World Screenplay, And It Sucks

The Writer Who Penned Chronicle Also Wrote A Super Mario World Screenplay, And It Sucks

"This is not a movie," Max Landis admits

1993's Super Mario Bros. movie is generally regarded as a failure — both commercially and critically — but it has nevertheless gone on to become something of a cult classic. However, we're not sure the same would ever have been said about Max Landis' proposed movie adaptation of Super Mario World, which...

Nintendo 64x64: Super Smash Bros

Super Smash Bros

It may feature a limited number of characters and stages compared to later instalments, but Super Smash Bros. packed one hell of a punch when it landed in 1999. It feels a tad sluggish today, but the brawl 'em up's arena style gameplay system stills offers an addictive and frantic multiplayer experience. The merging of different Nintendo universes...

Review: Turtle Tale (Wii U eShop)

Turtle Tale (Wii U eShop)

Half-shelled

Retro-styled platformers have become very common in the current generation of games, thanks to download platforms and readily available, inexpensive development tools. Some titles, such as the insanely difficult, finely crafted 1001 Spikes, show an immediate artistry and sense of game design. Others, unfortunately, are bare experiences...

Video: Let's Play Bayonetta 2 With Lydia

Let's Play Bayonetta 2 With Lydia

It's the witching hour

Hello everyone! Fresh from my on-track success in Mario Kart 8, I thought I'd turn my hand to witchcraft in Platinum Games' superb Bayonetta 2. In the first of a series of action-packed videos, I run through some of the game's many amazing levels battling demonic beasts so filthy and foul that I had to have a good lie down...

News: Five Additional Cover Plates Announced For New 3DS Australian Release

Five Additional Cover Plates Announced For New 3DS Australian Release

Will retail for $17.95 each

While Japan’s onslaught of cover plate announcements for the New 3DS continue, the rest of the world is left pondering if a considerable amount of them will ever see the light of day outside of the region. Adding a ray of hope to the situation, Nintendo of Australia has today announced via Twitter & Facebook th

News: A World of Keflings Unleashes On The North American Wii U eShop November 13th

A World of Keflings Unleashes On The North American Wii U eShop November 13th

European release underway

The last time we received an update on the status of A World of Keflings, was when NinjaBee Games reassured Wii U owners in August, that the long-awaited title was still on its way to Nintendo’s latest home console. Now, after much anticipation, NinjaBee has finally confirmed the game will be released on the Wii U eShop...

News: Former Sega of America Marketing Director Divulges Struggle to Name Tails "Tails"

Former Sega of America Marketing Director Divulges Struggle to Name Tails "Tails"

Also introducing "Sonic's orthodontist"

Sonic's faithful, tech-savvy buddy is best known as "Tails," a name that one typically wouldn't expect to have any reasoning behind it aside from acknowledging a plurality of appendages. However, in the corporate world, things often aren't so simple--especially if you had "Sega of America" on your office door...

Video: Terrifying Giant Mii Heads Promote Halloween National StreetPass Weekend

Terrifying Giant Mii Heads Promote Halloween National StreetPass Weekend

Nightmare fuel

We sometimes describe Mii characters as our happy, aspirational and trouble-free selves here at Nintendo Life, the embodiment of our personalities in a world where every day is a trip to the Mushroom Kingdom to share some cake with the Mario Bros. and Princess Peach. When Nintendo of America decides to represent Miis to the world,...

Review: Ninja Battle Heroes (3DS eShop)

Ninja Battle Heroes (3DS eShop)

Kawaii katana

Tom Create, known for its contributions to the DSiWare GO Series, as well as games dating back to the Super Famicom era, has created a little gem in Ninja Battle Heroes, an action brawler bursting with adorable personality and surprisingly deep gameplay. Despite a generic title that describes little about the experience other than that...

Talking Point: Platinum Games Has Secured a Golden Wii U Legacy

Platinum Games Has Secured a Golden Wii U Legacy

Bayonetta 2 joins the brilliant Wonderful 101

We argued, right at the start of our Bayonetta 2 review, that the "Wii U library is small, but also diverse and exciting". The reason we opened with that point is that, despite lazy comments often shared online — increasingly irrelevant with each passing month — stating that the Wii U has 'no...

News: Minor Miiverse Update Allows You to Focus on Friends

Minor Miiverse Update Allows You to Focus on Friends

Except on 3DS, as its friend system is a bit pants

Miiverse is often evolving, rather like your hardy Pokémon or the swag on Reggie Fils-Aime's desk, and its web-based setup means that Nintendo can make small changes without any effort required from us, the gamers. The social platform has had another minor tweak, with Nintendo of Europe's Marty...

Review: 99Seconds (Wii U eShop)

99Seconds (Wii U eShop)

A twitch in time saves 99

Time is a very valuable commodity. At least that’s what people say, but there always seems to be time for sneaking a quick little game of something between tasks. 99Seconds seeks to fill those blips in your life, and perhaps a few more, with a classic dodge ‘em style of gameplay. The Wii U version of 99seconds is...