Friday23rd Feb 2018
No Danny DeVito in sight
Detective Pikachu is one of the stranger spin-off games to arise from the Pokémon franchise, mixing a talking Pikachu with a Professor Layton-like mystery game style. It’s getting its own movie in the near future, and though the game may be old news in Japan, the impending launch in the West is a major game release for...
Thursday22nd Feb 2018
Mythical pair up for download
Nintendo and the Pokémon Company have revealed that Legendary 'mon Heatran and Regigigas are coming to the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon and Pokémon Sun and Moon games via Wi-Fi distribution this March. You'll be able to download the pair via the Nintendo Network on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems...
Saturday17th Feb 2018
These are our picks, but what are yours?
It's that time of the week yet again. The working week is finally at an end (well, for some of us, we feel your pain if you have to go to work this weekend), so we're ready to share with you the games playing on our Nintendo Switches and 3DS in the next couple of days. It's a diverse buffet on offer, ranging...
Monday5th Feb 2018
You can go home again
The 3DS may be getting on these days, but it’s certainly got plenty to show for its half-dozen years on the scene, including an astoundingly impressive collection of RPGs. ATLUS has been a prolific contributor to this corner of its library, and alongside original titles such as Shin Megami Tensei IV, Persona Q, and Stella...
Thursday1st Feb 2018
It’s not going anywhere
The release of the Nintendo Switch was an unprecedented moment for Nintendo, as it represented the merging of its previously separate home and handheld divisions. It was clear from the get-go that Switch would be replacing the ailing Wii U, but the fate of the 3DS has been left up in the air. With no replacement on the...
Wednesday31st Jan 2018
Sleep tight on Nintendo 3DS
Kirby Battle Royale has finally arrived in North America - check out our review from last year if you haven't already - so now that we're all able to lay the smack down with a variety of pink balls of doom. Best of all, we're getting another new ability as well. The power, Sleep Copy, was voted for by fans following...
Biggest third quarter operating profit for eight years
Nintendo has released its Third Quarter Results for this financial year, and the big headline is that in less that a year on sale the Switch has managed to surpass the lifetime sales of its forerunner, the Wii U. The figures show a company in rude health, with net sales up 175.5 percent...
Monday29th Jan 2018
3DS helped make the series what it is today
Soapbox features enable our individual writers to voice their own opinions on hot topics, opinions that may not necessarily be the voice of the site. In today's article, editor Dom argues that Monster Hunter World needed to leave Nintendo behind to make a different success of itself, but that the wider...
Monday22nd Jan 2018
Mario Golf! Chibi-Robo! Wonderful 101!
A host of new discounts have gone live on the My Nintendo site in Europe. As usual, we're looking at 3DS and Wii U content here. All of these discounts are active until April 1st. No fooling. 3DS Discounts 20% Discount on Mario Golf: World Tour (Nintendo eShop): 250 Platinum Points 30% Discount on...
Thursday18th Jan 2018
Nintendo hardware is flying off North American shelves
According to data collected by NPD Group, a firm that tracks video game sales in the United States, Nintendo Switch sold more units than any other console during the month of December. The five weeks in question saw Switch shift a tidy 1.5 million consoles in one of the busiest months in...
Tuesday16th Jan 2018
After some speculation a few weeks ago, it has now been confirmed that Nintendo Of America will be bringing three stone cold 3D classics to the budget Nintendo Selects range. These games are none other than Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Ultimate NES Remix. They
Friday12th Jan 2018
Talk tough and solve mysteries
We have to say we're really looking forward to getting our hands on Detective Pikachu when it lands on the 3DS on 23rd March, 2018. In the game you will take on the role of young Tim Goodman and explore with his talkative partner Pikachu. Yes it is weird that Pikachu now talks - and who expected that accent,...
Less than a year into its life cycle and it's safe to say Nintendo's hybrid console is going from strength to strength. Its library of games is expanding and with a new online infrastructure set to arrive sometime in 2018, the handheld/tabletop wonder is set to mega evolve yet again. There is, however, one glaring omission in Nintendo's...
What a doozy
With today’s Nintendo Direct going a long way toward filling out the Switch’s lineup for 2018, it’s easy to forget about the 3DS, a console which is slowly but surely fading into the background. Still, the handheld has amassed quite an impressive library of titles over its long run, with a pedigree that will probably still take...
Friday5th Jan 2018
More likely just a budget Selects release, we say
It feels like an age since the wonderful The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds landed on the 3DS. Back in 2013 the 3DS was really on a roll and we were spoilt for choice, but this sequel to the classic SNES The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past really hit the mark and we promptly awarded...
Tuesday2nd Jan 2018
There's even a Wii U game in there!
Amazon has released its 2017 video game best sellers list and the top three titles are all on Switch, amazingly. Super Mario Odyssey is number one, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Zelda: Breath of the Wild following up in second and third position respectively. Elsewhere, Splatoon 2 is number 7 while
Monday1st Jan 2018
New year, new expectations
Even by a company of Nintendo's enviable standards, 2017 has been an incredible year. The Switch has captured the hearts and minds of millions of gamers in a way its forerunner, the Wii U, failed to do, and as a result the hybrid system is selling almost as fast as Nintendo can manufacture it. Buoyed by an...
Sunday31st Dec 2017
You know the top two already, right?
Well, 2017 has been an incredible year for Nintendo, and in years to come will likely be remembered as a vital comeback for the company. The 3DS kept ticking over, there were a couple of key Mobile releases, but most importantly the Switch arrived and proved to be a success. Demand outstripped supply for much of...
Friday29th Dec 2017
In this series of features Nintendo Life contributors will share thoughts on their most memorable games of 2017. This entry by Tony Stephenson - who runs our Facebook page - focuses on the underappreciated 3DS title Ever Oasis. It's been an epic year to be a Nintendo gamer. The launch of the Switch and the subsequent release of...
Thursday21st Dec 2017
The big choice
Earlier this week we closed voting on four major categories in the Nintendo Life community Game of the Year awards. Thousands of you took part in the polls and via email submissions, but there is one prize left - that of overall Game of the Year. As promised, then, we've taken the top five from each of the four categories - Switch...
Wednesday20th Dec 2017
21 is so last week
The 3DS has been a stalwart system, holding on beyond the bitter end even with the monolith that is the Nintendo Switch looming over it. It's had at least seven different hardware iterations, and that's without going into the limited editions, and countless fantastic games. So to celebrate our underpowered workhorse, we...
The spirit of Christmas
Losing something precious is never a pleasant thing, but losing it at Christmas is especially heartbreaking, and that's what happened to Antioch High School student Shawn Hawkins. His beloved 3DS XL was stolen, and he wrote messages on the school's notice board begging for it to be returned. Trouble by his obvious...
Tuesday19th Dec 2017
Get a mug with the system, too
Long live the 3DS / 2DS, as the portable family keeps ticking along with a helping hand from the Pokémon franchise. One of the first notable releases of 2018 will be the Virtual Console arrival of Pokémon Crystal on the 3DS eShop, due for release on 26th January. Different regions are celebrating in various ways,...
Tennis! Parties! Zeldas! Golden Suns!
A host of seasonable rewards have just gone live on the European My Nintendo site, with a focus on Wii U and 3DS titles. On Wii U, we've got the following offers: Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash - 20 percent off (£31.99 / €39.99) Mario Sports Mix - 30 percent off (£12.59 / €13.99) Wii Party U - 30...
With some new puzzles in time for the holidays
Nintendo has revealed that the latest entry in Picross' 'e' series, Picross e8, will be released on Nintendo 3DS in the US on 21st December. Just like previous titles in the series, this eighth entry will pit players against grid-like puzzles where numbers help to determine which squares should be...
Thursday14th Dec 2017
Complete with Pokémon Bank and wireless support
Game Boy Color classic Pokémon Crystal is coming to the 3DS eShop, it has been confirmed. Originally released in 2000, Crystal will launch on 3DS on January 26th. In other good news, it has also been confirmed that the game will be compatible with Pokémon Bank, a paid service that allows players to...
Wednesday13th Dec 2017
Good luck choosing from all these great games!
As a fantastic 2017 draws to a close it's that time once again - Game of the Year Awards. We're continuing with tradition in having both Staff and Community awards; the latter are entirely in your hands. As in previous years you can vote through a series of polls. In each category we've created...
Monday11th Dec 2017
Come get some!
Following on from last year’s River City: Tokyo Rumble, Natsume is taking the rough ‘n’ tumble Kunio-Kun out for another spin in a follow up action game. River City: Rival Showdown largely follows the same beats as its predecessor, but refines many of its ideas down into a tighter and more enjoyable experience. Though it still...
Think Funko Pop Vinyls only with huge jawlines
Funko isn't the only company turning your most beloved characters into oversized caricatures. Over in Japan, gachapon maker Panda no Ana has been making a name for itself with Shakurel Planet - a range of toy-capsules that contain miniature animals with oversized jaws - and it's now turned its attention...
Coming in time for the movie hype?
3DS eShop title Detective Pikachu has been rated by the PEGI for a Europe release, it has been revealed. The Pokémon spin-off - which is getting a Hollywood movie with Ryan Reynolds in the lead role - launched in Japan way back in February 2016. It plays like a classic point-an