3DS Features

Feature: A Day in the Life of a Self-Confessed Super Smash Bros. Fanatic

A Day in the Life of a Self-Confessed Super Smash Bros. Fanatic

It's always a smashing day

Martin Watts regularly thrashes his Nintendo Life colleagues in online Smash Bros. matches, and now we know why. In this article he outlines a typical day now that two versions of the brawler are available. Nintendo’s decision to release not one, but two Super Smash Bros. games in a single year has always been...

Talking Point: Super Smash Bros. Can Finally Reach Its Money-Spinning Potential

Super Smash Bros. Can Finally Reach Its Money-Spinning Potential

All the pieces have come together

We often talk up Nintendo's alternative and unique approach in the current games market, primarily that of generally focusing on colourful, fun games that often run at a silky smooth 60 frames per second; when it comes to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, we're even looking at a native 1080p resolution to round off the...

Talking Point: Nintendo Offers the Best of Both Worlds with Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Nintendo Offers the Best of Both Worlds with Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Satoru Iwata's "Same-Generation Hypothesis" actually makes sense

It's almost taken for granted that Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will perform well on 3DS (and 2DS) over the Holiday season. It's the safest bet for Nintendo since Pokémon X & Y jumped into a bold new 3D engine and became the biggest-selling of all 3DS games;...

Feature: Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Week Ten: Mercenary

Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Week Ten: Mercenary

Paladins go to the palace balls, mercenaries go everywhere else

In the tenth part of a regular series, Karen takes on Fantasy Life in a variety of 'lives' and documents her adventures. Last week’s adventure in couch-building and furniture storage left me living large in my well-appointed new digs, the manor house in Castele’s market district...

Talking Point: The amiibo Range Grows, Yet Key Questions Remain

The amiibo Range Grows, Yet Key Questions Remain

Its ambition is both a strength and a curse

Back in August we outlined amiibo pros and cons, mainly within the context that Nintendo had revealed little about the figures over the course of the summer months. Many questions have since been answered in terms of how the figures will be used in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, in addition to their minor...

Feature: Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Week Nine: Carpenter

Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Week Nine: Carpenter

We do it awl

In the ninth part of a regular series, Karen takes on Fantasy Life in a variety of 'lives' and documents her adventures. Last week’s outdoors adventure in nature walks and axe-handling left me with a dilapidated house full of logs, broken furniture, and a missing cat. Rather than move into the inn permanently and replace said cat I...

Talking Point: The Majora's Mask 3D Reveal Showed Nintendo Can Still Surprise and Delight

The Majora's Mask 3D Reveal Showed Nintendo Can Still Surprise and Delight

It was a S.T.E.A.M.Y Direct

This week Nintendo produced a rather traditional Direct broadcast — there was no animation, relatively little flashy presentation beyond trailers, and a diverse range of announcements. It was back to type and rather like those that we'd seen throughout 2013; that's not a criticism, as Nintendo has diversified its...

Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 5th November

The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 5th November

There were fireworks

There haven't been many full-on "old-fashioned" Nintendo Direct broadcasts in 2014, as the company has focused on game-specific presentations and an alternative Digital Event approach at E3. While variety is welcome, there was something reassuring about a live video featuring Satoru Iwata in front of a white backdrop; the...

Video: How Much Faster Is The New Nintendo 3DS?

How Much Faster Is The New Nintendo 3DS?

Quite a bit, as it happens

The New Nintendo 3DS is available now in Japan, and we've been spending some quality time with the system — as you'll already know if you've checked out our review and hands-on video. One of the most common questions we've had since getting the console relates to overall speed — is it really that much faster than the...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Ability to Charm Young Gamers is Vital for its Success

Nintendo's Ability to Charm Young Gamers is Vital for its Success

Proper next-gen

There was a period, in the latter half of the last generation of systems, when it seemed as if Sony and Microsoft were making a major play for the young gamer's market — Microsoft pushed for advertising presence on major multi-platform franchises, in particular, while Sony tried new ideas with its range of Wonderbook releases...

Parent Trap: Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Demo Is Perfect For Pocket Monster Newcomers

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Demo Is Perfect For Pocket Monster Newcomers

Both young and old alike

Parents can lag behind their children in their video-game consumption. A combination of a sentimental connection to games of yore and a dwindling amount of free time for their hobby often results in the kids playing new games first. Even for a series as long standing as Pokémon, many parents simply don’t get what all the...

Feature: Brawl With The Nintendo Life Team in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Brawl With The Nintendo Life Team in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Fight club

Many 3DS owners will already be well into their time with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS by this point, customising their fighters and pinning down their 'main' for tough online battles. A fun feature of this game, of course, is its Mii integration: you can choose from three core Mii Fighter types — Brawler, Swordfighter and Gunner...

Video: New Nintendo 3DS Unboxing And Hands On

New Nintendo 3DS Unboxing And Hands On

Watch in awe as we remove and refit a face plate

We've got the New Nintendo 3DS in the office right now and in-between gazing at its rock-solid 3D screen and fondling its nipple-like C-Stick, we somehow found the time to record a special unboxing and hands-on video, which you can view below. The new console — currently only available in Japan —...

FAQ: Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS

Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS

Got a niggling question? We could have the answer

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is without a doubt one of the biggest releases of the year, and has already shifted almost 3 million copies worldwide. However, if you've not picked it up so far then you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Smash may be popular with seasoned Nintendo...

Guide: How to Unlock the Full Roster in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

How to Unlock the Full Roster in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Big decisions, spoilers included

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is now available around the World, and millions of 3DS gamers will be booting up the game and taking their first tentative steps into the first portable entry in the series. It's always exciting to move into a new generation of Smash Bros. and try out old favourites, or to jump...