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News: Nintendo Picks Up Multiple Nominations in D.I.C.E. Awards

Nintendo Picks Up Multiple Nominations in D.I.C.E. Awards

Zelda and Mario lead the way

In early February Las Vegas will host the D.I.CE. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit, which is run by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS); it's a major annual meet-up of game designers and developers from around the world. The culmination of the summit is always the D.I.C.E. Awards, with...

News: Senran Kagura Is Bursting Onto European Store Shelves In February

Senran Kagura Is Bursting Onto European Store Shelves In February

Digital release coming a day earlier

If you're a fan of fighting games which feature buxom girls who lose their clothes during combat, then you'll want to sit up and take note of this news. MarvelousAQL has confirmed that Senran Kagura Burst will be coming to Europe this February in both physical and digital formats. A compilation of the first two...

News: Shin Megami Tensei IV Soundtrack Released Next Month

Shin Megami Tensei IV Soundtrack Released Next Month

Four discs crammed full of incredible music

Atlus has just announced that Shin Megami Tensei IV, which scored a fantastic 9/10 in our review, will finally see its wonderful soundtrack released in Japan on 26th February. Even better is that this isn't some half-hearted "best of" or "selection" CD, but all 112 tracks spread across four CDs and...

News: Bravely Default Producer - No Need for More Improvements

Bravely Default Producer - No Need for More Improvements

The improvements will not be improved upon

Not many games are given the chance to receive an improved update. Bravely Default was granted that opportunity after its initial Japanese release, and our review implies this reworking was of great benefit to the European and North American players who are receiving the updated version. After taking the...

News: Updated Zelda and Animal Crossing 3DS Card Cases Arrive on Club Nintendo

Updated Zelda and Animal Crossing 3DS Card Cases Arrive on Club Nintendo

Hey, listen!

Some Club Nintendo items, regardless of region, do sell out rather quickly. Examples can be stylish game card cases, invaluable as they can hold plenty of games in one handy set while making you look rather snazzy at that next StreetPass meet-up. There was one released in North America in December 2012, for example, and it sold out...

First Impressions: Kirby: Triple Deluxe Is Three Times More Fun Than Most Other 3DS Games

Kirby: Triple Deluxe Is Three Times More Fun Than Most Other 3DS Games

Definitely doesn’t suck

It’s obvious from the moment you start that Kirby Triple Deluxe is Nintendo and HAL Laboratory at the height of their collective powers — software and hardware coming together to create a game as games should be: good fun, embracing all of the the 3DS’s unique features without ever reducing them to mere gimmicks. We...

News: Kirby: Triple Deluxe Makes Japanese Chart Début at Number One

Kirby: Triple Deluxe Makes Japanese Chart Début at Number One

3DS remains on top as Wii U dips below Sony rivals

The Japanese charts seem to follow the patterns of many individuals from the Holiday season into a New Year. Festive excess and gorging makes way for a rapid retreat to the norm, with appetites slowed down to more reasonable levels. The latest Media Create charts show sales figures settling back to...

News: 3DS Region-Free Hack is Hacked by Hackers

3DS Region-Free Hack is Hacked by Hackers

Irony goes into overdrive

Not so long ago we reported on a hack that utilises a flashcard and edits to a launcher to enable a 3DS to play legitimate cartridges region-free. Intriguingly, the tweak made the launcher itself unable to play ROMS and illegal game copies, but did mean a 3DS could run games from anywhere in the world, though admittedly...

Weirdness: It's Finally Here, a Labrador Retriever-Themed 2DS Case

It's Finally Here, a Labrador Retriever-Themed 2DS Case

Paws for thought

When the 2DS launched Nintendo also weighed in with official colour-matching cases, a necessity due to the tablet form stripping away the screen protection of the original clamshell design. It's only natural that third-party companies join in with their own versions, and one that's been confirmed for the UK market is the pictured...

News: Yasumi Matsuno On Board For "Unsung Story" Kickstarter Campaign

Yasumi Matsuno On Board For "Unsung Story" Kickstarter Campaign

A high price to see it on 3DS anytime soon

Kickstarter projects are quick to mention any star members of the production team, and when you've got one as big as the acclaimed Yasumi Matsuno on-board, it's pretty understandable. Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians will be the most ambitious title to date from developer Playdek, which is previously...

News: Monster Savings To Be Had On Nintendo UK's Online Store, But You'll Want To Be Quick

Monster Savings To Be Had On Nintendo UK's Online Store, But You'll Want To Be Quick

Update: Prices are now back to normal

UPDATE: And that's that. In a matter of minutes, Nintendo UK appear to have fixed many of the prices. If you got in before that happened, let us know if your download code has been honoured. Original story: Nintendo's online store has gone discount-crazy, with many leading 3DS and Wii U games being sold for...

First Impressions: Shouting Shounen in Capcom’s Gaist Crusher

Shouting Shounen in Capcom’s Gaist Crusher

We go hands-on with this hyperactive Treasure-developed 3DS title

Gaist Crusher is one of those multimedia extravaganzas where right from the start there’s a TV series, manga and other merchandise all lined up and ready to drain the wallets of anyone unable to withstand the assault. This 3DS offering — developed by none other than the...

Weirdness: Puzzle & Dragons Z Yogurt Will Unlock A Scrumptious Special Dungeon

Puzzle & Dragons Z Yogurt Will Unlock A Scrumptious Special Dungeon

Part of a balanced breakfast

You may have seen our recent coverage on the 3DS sensation Puzzle & Dragons Z here at Nintendo Life, a game which hopefully see the light of day in the West at some point this year. What you haven't seen is a delicious new way to unlock some bonus content for the game — and we do mean delicious. After crossovers...

First Impressions: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

We will never spell “Theatrhythm” right first time

A demo for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call recently went live on the Japanese 3DS eShop, and will hold few surprises with hardcore fans of the series. There’s really very little here that will not be immediately familiar to anyone with even the most casual experience of the original...

News: No Game Content "Hostile to China" Will Make It Through As Ban Lifts

No Game Content "Hostile to China" Will Make It Through As Ban Lifts

The size of the market means most will likely play along

Last year the Chinese government confirmed that it'd lift its video game console ban, with news that last week's implementation of that promise contributed to a boost in Nintendo share value; this prompted speculation of the Kyoto company diving into the region. We shouldn't expect Wii U and...

News: Nintendo Software Continues to Lose Momentum in UK Charts

Nintendo Software Continues to Lose Momentum in UK Charts

Titles such as Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze can't come soon enough

In recent weeks there hasn't been much to tell about the UK game charts from a Nintendo perspective, with the usual suspects maintaining familiar positions, from 3DS games such as Animal Crossing: New Leaf hanging around near the top 20 to Super Mario 3D World residing in the...

News: Kirby: Triple Deluxe Sound CD Now Available at Club Nintendo in Japan

Kirby: Triple Deluxe Sound CD Now Available at Club Nintendo in Japan

We'll have this in the West too, please

Kirby: Triple Deluxe is out now in Japan, which is sure to make fans of the pink one jealous in the West; our import expert's currently preparing some early footage and impressions for you. We know that it'll make it to PAL and North American regions this year, but Nintendo is yet to pin down a more precise...

News: Capcom Claims Its New Panta Rhei Game Engine Can Be Adapted To Any System

Capcom Claims Its New Panta Rhei Game Engine Can Be Adapted To Any System

And that means Wii U and 3DS

Capcom's MT Framework game engine was pretty adaptable — it powered Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D on the 3DS as well as providing the horsepower for the company's home console titles — and the Japanese studio has gone on record to confirm that its successor will be just as versatile. Panta Rhei is Capcom's...

Feature: Nintendo Games We'd Love to See in 2014

Nintendo Games We'd Love to See in 2014

Newcomers and some triumphant returns

If you cast your minds back to this time in 2013, it would have been tempting to wonder what games were coming for the rest of that year and into 2014. Long-term line-ups were a mystery, though educated guesses could be made, and then Nintendo blew away some of the obscuring smoke in a January Nintendo Direct...