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Talking Point: New Ideas, Not New IPs, Are The Key for Nintendo

New Ideas, Not New IPs, Are The Key for Nintendo

Splatoon and Code Name S.T.E.A.M are joined by Captain Toad, after all

Earlier today we reported on an interview given by two of the developers behind upcoming Wii U third-person shooter Splatoon, in which they outlined the creative process that brought us human / squid hybrids rather than macho men with guns, with existing brands such as Mario...

News: Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit Cooking Up a Treat for 3DS in September

Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit Cooking Up a Treat for 3DS in September

Step into the Cooking Dojo

In exciting news for those that are fans of cooking with a stylus — which doesn't work very well in real life — Majesco Entertainment has confirmed that Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit will be arriving in the West this September. This is a title we've covered in the past as it was on its way to the Japanese market, though...

News: Nintendo Confirms Appearance, With Wii U and 3DS Titles, at HYPER JAPAN 2014 in London

Nintendo Confirms Appearance, With Wii U and 3DS Titles, at HYPER JAPAN 2014 in London

Will take part in "a number of showcases on the main stage"

HYPER JAPAN is a yearly event in London that, if you hadn't already guessed from the title, celebrates Japanese culture. It incorporates interests such as music, fashion, food & drink, sports demonstrations, technology and, of course, video games. Nintendo's been a consistent supporter...

News: GAME Offers Buy One Get One Half Price Tomodachi Life Deal

GAME Offers Buy One Get One Half Price Tomodachi Life Deal

For physical or download copies via online store

We're fans of the slightly bizarre Mii-sim Tomodachi Life here at Nintendo Life, and it's been enjoying a solid — if unspectacular — run in the UK charts, as one example. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has also been making positive noises about sales in the region, though we'll see...

First Impressions: Taking Sonic Boom for a Spin on Wii U and 3DS

Taking Sonic Boom for a Spin on Wii U and 3DS

Lightning Strikes (Not Once But Twice)

Back in May 2013 Nintendo announced that it had entered into a partnership with Sega to bring a series of three Sonic games exclusively to its systems. Sonic Lost World and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games were the first products of that arrangement, and the upcoming Sonic Boom games...

News: Animal Crossing 'Clone', Castaway Paradise, Could Even Come to Wii U

Animal Crossing 'Clone', Castaway Paradise, Could Even Come to Wii U

"Everything is fine" with Nintendo, apparently

Last week we pointed your attention to iPad title Castaway Paradise, which has striking similarities to Animal Crossing and some aspects that would be familiar to Harvest Moon fans; all with a dash of micro-transactions, of course. Footage of the title, already out in countries such as Canada and New...

News: Guild Quests Could Change the Way We Enjoy Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Guild Quests Could Change the Way We Enjoy Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Randomised maps and drops aim to add replay value

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is still tormenting us with an early 2015 here in the West, though we can expect plenty of enticing details to emerge ahead of its arrival. This version will have a lot of additional content over the original that was Japan-only, though there are aspects of that first...

Video: Watch Our Handy Highlight Video To See How Nintendo Silenced Its Critics At E3 2014

Watch Our Handy Highlight Video To See How Nintendo Silenced Its Critics At E3 2014

Zelda! Amiibo! Splatoon!

It's fair to say that many people in the industry who are deemed to be "experts" didn't give Nintendo much of a chance at this year's E3. The company's decision to not hold a traditional press conference for the second year running — coupled with the well-publicised struggles of the Wii U — resulted in many dire...

Talking Point: Nintendo Should Beware the Slippery Slope of Sponsored DLC

Nintendo Should Beware the Slippery Slope of Sponsored DLC

A harmless way to make money, or guaranteed alienation of fans?

This week Nintendo confirmed the inevitable, and that was Mercedes DLC coming to Mario Kart 8 in the West, after it had previously been announced for the Japanese market. It'll be free in Nintendo's homeland and, we expect, everywhere else in the world, though Nintendo's refusal to use...

News: Nintendo Open To Minecraft on Wii U and 3DS, and Expanding Its Popularity in Japan

Nintendo Open To Minecraft on Wii U and 3DS, and Expanding Its Popularity in Japan

Shigeru Miyamoto teases, "maybe we're meeting with them!"

Minecraft is everywhere, and it's a phenomenon. It's on a significant number of platforms, with releases confirmed to be on the way for PS4 and Xbox One, while its PS3 and Xbox 360 versions continually rest in the top 10 of sales charts in major territories such as the US. A social, creative...

News: iPad Title Castaway Paradise Does A Pretty Convincing Impression Of Animal Crossing

iPad Title Castaway Paradise Does A Pretty Convincing Impression Of Animal Crossing

Tom Nook won't be pleased

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so Nintendo must be feeling pretty flattered right now because we've just spotted an iPad game which looks an awful lot like Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Castaway Paradise is currently available on the Canadian, New Zealand and Vietnamese iPad App Stores, and it's fairly...

Weirdness: So, Someone Made A Valve E3 Press Conference Using Tomodachi Life

So, Someone Made A Valve E3 Press Conference Using Tomodachi Life

Nintendo's life sim used to poke fun at long-suffering Half Life fans

Valve released Half Life 2 a decade ago, and since then fans have been waiting for news relating to the third instalment in the critically-acclaimed series. Every year, these very same fans search through the internet trying to find hints or references to the release of the game,...

News: This Is Where Unwanted 3DS And DS Games Go To Die

This Is Where Unwanted 3DS And DS Games Go To Die

Spare a thought for these abandoned titles

Ever wondered what happens to all the 3DS and DS games that never find a loving home, either brand new or on the preowned market? They get recycled, as the materials they are made from still have some value — even if the code contained on the card doesn't. Reddit user HxCut works at a recycling plant and...

News: Capcom and Treasure Team Up Again for Gaist Crusher Sequel

Capcom and Treasure Team Up Again for Gaist Crusher Sequel

Don't hold your breath for a Western release

Back in January, we took a look at Capcom's Gaist Crusher. Developed by renowned Japanese game studio Treasure, the title — perhaps most accurately described as Diet Monster Hunter — is part of a multimedia franchise spanning manga, anime, and a line of collectible toys. Gaist Crusher met with a...

News: Mario Kart 8 Claims Top Spot in Japanese Charts, Wii U Remains as Number One Home Console

Mario Kart 8 Claims Top Spot in Japanese Charts, Wii U Remains as Number One Home Console

3DS top overall, Yo-kai Watch keeps on going

Nintendo's enjoying a run of pleasing sales-related headlines right now, with the recent NPD results for May showing strong performance for Mario Kart 8 and a related bump in Wii U sales, in particular. The latest weekly Media Create charts for Japan are out, and they continue the positive trend, albeit...