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Talking Point: What If Nintendo Became a Third Party?

What If Nintendo Became a Third Party?

And would it prove a wise move to embrace the smartphone?

It's no secret that the 3DS sold far below expectations, even after Nintendo wowed us at E3 and promised to clean up its online act. Many are going as far as to suggest that the Ambassador programme and slashed pricing is as good as a death knell, while investors argue that Ninty should do...

Feature: 3DS Games Worth Buying Before Mario

3DS Games Worth Buying Before Mario

It's not all plumbing, you know

Nintendo's decision to drop the price of 3DS has reignited interest in the console, but many owners blame the machine's fortunes on a lack of quality software available. These gamers won't have been fully reassured by Nintendo's championing of Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7: while set to be among the best games on the machine, they're three and four months away..

Talking Point: The Future of Metroid

The Future of Metroid

Where next, Samus?

It’s a big anniversary for Metroid, joining Mario and Zelda in the 25 year club. It’s interesting to note that there hasn’t been much fanfare from Nintendo, with the upcoming 3DS ‘Ambassador’ release of GBA classic Metroid Fusion being the only sign of Samus this year. It seems that as a franchise, Metroid is very much...

Feature: The Future of Nintendo Gaming - 2D or Not 2D?

The Future of Nintendo Gaming - 2D or Not 2D?

That is the question

It’s been a busy year for Nintendo as it seeks to move onto a new generation of consoles. The 3DS is already here and, despite a sluggish start, has some big releases ahead. Then of course there is the Wii U, boasting a unique touch screen controller and the promise of much greater processing power than the Wii. Both devices are showing a lot of potential for new and..

Preview: Super Mario (3DS)

Super Mario (3DS)

Piping hot

Nintendo could have gone in any number of directions with its first Mario outing on 3DS: an enhanced remake of a previous game a la Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, an extension of the Super Mario Galaxy series or a sequel to the mega-selling New Super Mario Bros.. It's done none of these, or possibly all of them at once. For a start,...

Preview: Kid Icarus: Uprising

Kid Icarus: Uprising

Has Pit found his wings yet?

Masuhiro Sakurai's game of two halves continues to delight and frustrate in almost equal measures. When we played the game back in January we came away thoroughly impressed with the aerial sections but less enamoured with the ground fighting elements, and this hasn't changed based on our latest hands-on time with the...

First Impressions: Sonic Generations

Sonic Generations

Making us blue

June was Sonic's 20th anniversary, and later this year Sega celebrates with Sonic Generations, a project that aims to combine the hedgehog's best and, admittedly, worst moments. 3DS owners get a very different version to PS3 and 360 fans, both for better and worse. Sonic Generations on 3DS joins traditional 16-bit style platforming with more modern Sonic Colours gameplay, with a..

First Impressions: Heroes of Ruin

Heroes of Ruin

To arms!

There haven't been many new franchises so far in 3DS's short life so far, but RPG masters Square Enix and handheld specialists n-Space are busy preparing a very promising new IP for release in 2012: Heroes of Ruin. We recently went hands-on with the game, and from our early impressions it's one that should hit your radar. From the off it's...

First Impressions: Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D

Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D

Snake returns to Nintendo

It's odd that, despite Hideo Kojima requesting Solid Snake to be put in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, there haven't exactly been many games from the Metal Gear series on Nintendo systems, and none since that crossover happened. Thankfully, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D is due to change that later this year. An enhanced port of the third Metal Gear Solid title, viewed by many..

Hands On: Netflix for 3DS

Netflix for 3DS

We go one-on-one with popcorn in one hand and a stylus in the other

In many cities across North America you can still find them: all-but-deserted video rental stores trying every special deal and coupon in their cap to reclaim business from the rampantly successful postal-based Netflix service. But for many, getting movies in the mail isn't its best...

Talking Point: Wii U - Revolution or Evolution?

Wii U - Revolution or Evolution?

Is the Wii U innovative enough, or just a big DS?

When looked at logically, perhaps there is a valid point to be made about the Wii U. Admittedly, launch is a while away, and further details on the console and its capabilities will no doubt flow in the coming months, but the focus of this article is simple: will Wii U ‘disrupt’ the industry and...

Talking Point: The Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D Save File Debate

The Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D Save File Debate

Is a single, permanent save file ever enough?

Capcom's decision to limited Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D to a single immortal save file has drawn plenty of discussion recently. It's a big issue, and one that deserves another look. At face value, only having one save file for life is baffling, and there's no precedent we can think of: certainly past Resident Evil games needed multiple save files..

Features: A View from Hyrule Field

A View from Hyrule Field

We remember why Ocarina of Time is more than just a game

As we move through life, we will at times look back fondly at memories that we hold dear. And, as gamers, many of us merge recollections of the virtual world with those of reality. Some titles simply bring the right elements together in the perfect way, making this feel natural, normal, important. One game pulled this off better than most..

Guides: 3DS eShop Update FAQ

3DS eShop Update FAQ

Everything you need to know about the 3DS eShop, internet browser and DSi transfer functionality

For those who bought their 3DS on launch day there was some disappointment. The eShop, internet browser and the ability to transfer DSiWare games and data were unavailable, promised in a ‘late May’ update. The update slid to early June, but it's...

Talking Point: Should Nintendo Have Made the 3DS Download-only?

Should Nintendo Have Made the 3DS Download-only?

By sticking with physical media as the primary form of software delivery, Nintendo may have handicapped its new handheld challenger

Earlier this year, Sony finally closed the book on the PSPgo, the company's ill-fated attempt at releasing a console based entirely on the concept of digital media. Although Sony's failure was the subject of much mirth...

Talking Point: How 3DS Can Thrive at E3

How 3DS Can Thrive at E3

What the Big N should do at this year's expo

A little less than one year ago, as E3 2010 approached, one question was on everyone's mind: would the 3DS work? Surely our bodies were not ready for the futuristic glasses-free technology Nintendo promised. As we all know, it wasn't long before Reggie put our fears to rest: yes, it works, and it works well. Before we could even articulate our next..

Hands On: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

Link's past and future in one evening

Last year's E3 conference was full of 3DS announcements, but one moment that still sticks in the memory after a year is the revelation of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for the console. With less than a month until the game hits shelves worldwide, Nintendo UK invited Nintendo Life to a special preview event to take Link's remastered adventure for a spin..

Interviews: High Voltage Software - Conduit 2

High Voltage Software - Conduit 2

We go deep inside the Wii's newest FPS

A little under a week ago saw the release of the first person shooter Conduit 2, the highly anticipated sequel from High Voltage Software. To take a closer look at the development of the game (as well as a possible hint at future 3DS outings), we went behind the scenes with Kevin Sheller, a senior producer at...

Talking Point: StreetPass - Is Silent Communication the Future?

StreetPass - Is Silent Communication the Future?

We dive into the 3DS's automatic multiplayer

The 3DS is loaded with software right out of the box, from Face Raiders to Augmented Reality games, but it's the console's StreetPass functionality that Nintendo is banking on turning the console into a part of daily life for its owners. If you haven't been using StreetPass, you're missing out on some of...

Guides: Using QR Codes on Your Nintendo 3DS

Using QR Codes on Your Nintendo 3DS

Sharing Miis is fun and easy

Easily one of the more popular features of the Wii console was the ability to create personalised avatars called Mii characters. Nintendo has brought this unique feature over to the 3DS, with a host of new features that make creating and sharing them not only much easier, but more fun as well. We know that many of you...

Features: Nintendo 3DS Launch Game Buyer's Guide

Nintendo 3DS Launch Game Buyer's Guide

Every game reviewed, rated and ranked

So you've got yourself a spanking new 3DS console, but which of the currently available games is worth your money and which should you avoid? If you're lost in a sea of three-dimensional decisions, fear not: our 3DS reviews are here to help you make the right choice. We have in-depth reviews of ALL 18 3DS games currently available in Europe and North America,..