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News: UK Government Effectively Decriminalises Download Piracy, Raising Importance of System Security

UK Government Effectively Decriminalises Download Piracy, Raising Importance of System Security

Nintendo is still battling hackers of the Wii U and 3DS

The Wii and DS were compromised for a significant period of their lifespan, with the latter being a victim of rampant game piracy with the sale and availability of R4 cards. Though there are always those that make the case for such devices as a means for obtaining backups of games already...

News: Mario Kart 8 Sales Increase By Nearly a Third in UK, Moves Back Up the Charts

Mario Kart 8 Sales Increase By Nearly a Third in UK, Moves Back Up the Charts

Pokémon Black and White make surprise return

With the Summer well underway — and with the UK currently enduring a heat wave — it's been a quieter week of game sales in the country, with a drop of 14% in revenue for game sales last week. Nintendo has bucked the trend however, with Mario Kart 8 and discounted DS games enjoying terrific weeks in...

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: Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old is Your Brain Now Free on European Wii U eShop

Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old is Your Brain Now Free on European Wii U eShop

Not yet in North America

Just recently Nintendo released its first DS title on the Wii U Virtual Console, offering Brain Training / Brain Age for free in Japan. Now, without any warning or announcement, it's released Brain Training: How Old is Your Brain onto the Wii U eShop for free in Europe. The banner for the title says that it's only available...

News: Nintendo Spain Secures Win Over R4 Card Retailer

Nintendo Spain Secures Win Over R4 Card Retailer

Better late than never

While Nintendo has, for the most part, successfully held off the mass proliferation of pirated software on 3DS and Wii U, it was a major issue for the DS, in particular. R4 cards, regardless of their potentially innocent use, were largely sold and utilised to download and play ROMS of DS games for free, and for a time they...

News: Brain Training / Brain Age Makes DS Début on Wii U Virtual Console in Japan

Brain Training / Brain Age Makes DS Début on Wii U Virtual Console in Japan

Suddenly released for free

Nintendo caused a minor stir earlier this year when it announced DS titles for the Wii U Virtual Console, with the accompanying concept image showing both screens side-by-side on the GamePad; it's an idea that may not suit all games released on the portable, at least not without some alternative formatting. In any case...

News: Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham Wants To Bring Retro Game Challenge 2 To The West

Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham Wants To Bring Retro Game Challenge 2 To The West

Could this fan-translated release find its way to the eShop?

Retro Game Challenge is one of our favourite Nintendo DS titles here at Nintendo Life, and the fact that the sequel remained exclusive to Japan is something that still bugs us to this day. Recently, fans of the game have translated it into English, an event which has resulted in Renegade...

Feature: Memories of the Wii and DS Wi-Fi Connection Era

Memories of the Wii and DS Wi-Fi Connection Era

When the Nintendo Network was but a twinkle in Iwata-san's eye

It's finally happened, the Wi-Fi connection on the Wii and DS is gone, disconnected on 20th May. The DSi and Wii Shop platforms are still running, but online multiplayer and content in games is now shut down, prompting the end of an era for the last-gen systems. Regardless of the...

Reminder: Nintendo's Wi-Fi Service on Wii and DS Closes on 20th May

Nintendo's Wi-Fi Service on Wii and DS Closes on 20th May

Get in those last online rounds

An era ends on 20th May. Not a glittering golden era that will live on through the ages, but nevertheless a period of time that brought plenty of good times for Nintendo gamers. Nintendo is shutting down its Wi-Fi connection service on Wii and DS, primarily as a result of the closure of the GameSpy infrastructure that...

Matters of Import: Tomodachi Collection

Tomodachi Collection

The best of friends?

Tomodachi Collection is more a toy than a game in that very special Nintendo way: your own mad little island full of Miis that you never knew you wanted but you suddenly find yourself unable to live without, and while it may be the five-year-old prequel to the upcoming English language Tomodachi Life, that doesn't mean the...

News: Here's a Handy Guide to Pokémon Services That'll Stop With Nintendo's Wi-Fi Shutdown

Here's a Handy Guide to Pokémon Services That'll Stop With Nintendo's Wi-Fi Shutdown

Sad times

As switched on DS and Wii owners likely already know, a number of Wi-Fi services will be shut down on 20th May, with high profile examples being the loss of online play in Mario Kart entries on both systems and other examples such as Super Smash Bros. Brawl. For Pokémon fans, meanwhile, the impact on those last-gen games could be...

News: Here's an Updated Summary of Nintendo's Software Bestsellers

Here's an Updated Summary of Nintendo's Software Bestsellers

Pokémon and Mario lead the way

When Nintendo releases its updated financial reports, it also publishes fresh figures for hardware and software — we've covered the former in our main summary of the year-end results. The software highlights tell their own tale, however, and perhaps help to explain why Nintendo opts for particular franchises and...

News: Animal Crossing and Metroidvania GDC Talks Now Available For Your Viewing Pleasure

Animal Crossing and Metroidvania GDC Talks Now Available For Your Viewing Pleasure

New Leaf and Castlevania devs discuss the intricacies of game development

Many of the presentations at last month's Game Developers Conference are now available to view for free on the GDC Vault website, including Animal Crossing: New Leaf producer Katsuya Eguchi and co-director Aya Kyogoku's "How to Turn a New Leaf at the Animal Crossing" and...

News: Pokémon Black and White Soundtrack Now Available on iTunes

Pokémon Black and White Soundtrack Now Available on iTunes

Remastered music collection joins iTunes' growing Pokémon library

A few short weeks after the release of the Pokémon Diamond & Pokémon Pearl: Super Music Collection on iTunes, today we get the Pokémon Black & Pokémon White: Super Music Collection, which you can preview and purchase here for $9.99 / £7.99 / €8.99. This digitally...

News: GameSpy Shutting Down All Online Servers on 31st May, Following Wii and DS Wi-Fi Disconnection

GameSpy Shutting Down All Online Servers on 31st May, Following Wii and DS Wi-Fi Disconnection

End of an era

In late February we had the disappointing news that online multiplayer, online-based communication apps and even some DLC will become unavailable on Wii and DS, due to Nintendo switching off the Wi-Fi connection. This happens on 20th May — though the Wii Shop and DSi Shop will remain open for business — and prompted some to...

News: Pokémon Diamond & Pokémon Pearl: Super Music Collection Available Now on iTunes

Pokémon Diamond & Pokémon Pearl: Super Music Collection Available Now on iTunes

Prince will not be happy

In recent weeks and months Game Freak has been releasing rather impressive soundtrack albums on iTunes for various titles in the Pokémon franchise. Pokémon Diamond & Pearl, the DS titles, have now been covered with the arrival of Pokémon Diamond & Pokémon Pearl: Super Music Collection on the download store. For...

News: Level-5's President Discusses Professor Layton's Origins and Plans for More "Unique" Games in the Series

Level-5's President Discusses Professor Layton's Origins and Plans for More "Unique" Games in the Series

"We wanted to offer two intelligent characters"

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy has now arrived in stores around the world, bringing a close to the prequel trilogy and, it seems, the adventures of the iconic Professor Hershel Layton. It was a fantastic finale that was also tinged with sadness, as it closed the door on the top hat wearing...

News: Club Nintendo in North America to Remove Post-Play Survey Coins for Wii and DS Games

Club Nintendo in North America to Remove Post-Play Survey Coins for Wii and DS Games

Sad face

Times keep on changing, and Nintendo is reminding gamers still rocking the Wii and DS that they should really consider an upgrade. There's the sledgehammer approach of disconnecting the Wi-Fi online multiplayer service on the systems, which is as loud a prompt as possible, but there are more subtle ways the message is being made. For those...

News: Aksys Games Confirms 999: The Novel For iOS

Aksys Games Confirms 999: The Novel For iOS

The official website does plug the full games, at least

During February Zero Escape series creator Kotaro Uchikoshi emphasized the challenges he was facing to make a third game in the franchise, with publishers apparently not deeming another entry financially viable. Uchikoshi-san was touched by fan support, however, and is contemplating alternative...