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May2017

March2017

  • News Atlus Launches a Teaser Site Hinting at a New Radiant Historia

    Yes, please

    Relatively late in the life of the Nintendo DS, Atlus released a fascinating RPG called Radiant Historia which was quite well received. Borrowing heavily from Chrono Trigger, Radiant Historia similarly revolved around time travel, with the main draw being that you could travel along the timeline and cause different effects which resulted...

December2016

  • Retro Check Out These Early Prototype Pictures of the Nintendo DS

    The start of a new era

    The Nintendo DS represented a bold new direction for Nintendo, kicking off an extremely lucrative period for the company's handheld line; this "third pillar" to Nintendo's strategy wasn't originally supposed to replace the Game Boy line, but it ended up doing so anyway. The original "Phat" model was rather hideous in...

September2016

  • Feature Ten of Our Favourite DSiWare Games

    Remembering some of the best from Nintendo's first portable eShop

    The DSi was a console that had some important 'firsts' for Nintendo's portable efforts, chief among them was a digital storefront. Though the DSiWare shop may seem rather primitive compared to the eShop nowadays, there were still plenty of quality titles to be found on the service...

  • News EA Had Plans To Create Its Own Pokémon Competitor

    PokEAmon?

    Even long before Pokémon GO, rival games companies looked on enviously at the Pokémon franchise and wanted to get a slice of the action for themselves. Who can forget Invizimals on the Sony PSP? OK, bad example! Australian indie developer Nic Watt, from Nnooo which has published multiple Nintendo eShop titles, recently revealed on the...

August2016

July2016

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    Review Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs

    New features and more circle-capture adventures

    The Oblivia region has tidy beaches, clear seas and lots of sunshine; it's a pleasant place to be whether a human or one of the many free-roaming Pokémon. Things have changed recently, however, with many Pokémon abducted by a villainous gang known as the Pokémon Pinchers (no, really) and it's up to...

June2016

May2016

  • News The CEO of Level-5 Had a Hand in Dragon Quest IX Appearing on the DS

    Who would've thought?

    The Professor Layton series made its grand entrance on the Nintendo DS and quickly made a name for itself as one of the great franchises on the portable. Of course, the widespread sales success of the DS likely had a hand in propelling the series to popularity, so there was something of a mutually beneficial relationship...

  • Anniversary New Super Mario Bros. is Now a Decade Old

    Forever 'New' thanks to clever (or not) branding

    When you put 'New' in the name of something, it's inevitable that around a decade later someone will smarmily say "it's not new any more", and you just have to accept that putting an adjective like that in a name isn't a long term solution. Yet, when New Super Mario Bros. was released on DS it was...

April2016

March2016

  • News The Nintendo DSi Shop Shuts Down Next Year

    The end of an era

    When Nintendo released the Nintendo DSi, it featured numerous simple, yet effective, new features to the original DS that gave it more multimedia functions. One of these introductions was the Nintendo DSi Shop, Nintendo's first foray into implementing a digital storefront on a portable console. While the quality of the games...

  • News Natsume May Bring Some of its DS Games to Virtual Console Soon

    Keep your eyes peeled

    Though it maybe doesn't get updated nearly as often as many would like, the DS library on the Virtual Console continues to grow at a fairly steady pace. Naturally, there are plenty of holes in the lineup thus far, but the process for making games available on the service is supposedly much more difficult than it seems on the...

  • News Akira Tago Passes Away at Age 90

    The Professor Layton series' "Puzzle Master"

    The Professor Layton games form a popular portable series that's spanned across the DS and 3DS, famous for their puzzle-based gameplay. Though fans still await the coming of the mysterious 'Layton 7', the series recently lost a great contributor on its development side. It was recently reported that...

February2016

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    Review Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team

    Pokécrawler: Blue

    Many Pokémon are finding themselves in trouble and it's up to you and your rescue team to go and save them in this dungeon crawling spin-off from Chunsoft. Released for the DS in 2006, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team sees you fighting ill-tempered Pokémon as you search a randomly generated floor for the staircase that...

  • News Why We're Still Playing… Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

    The winners of your community vote on favourite Pokémon games

    This is a series of features that focuses on games that we keep playing again and again, either over an unhealthy number of hours or those that keep getting return visits long after they first graced our systems. In this entry Mitch talks about his favourite Pokémon games, which also...

  • News Square Enix Store for the Americas Offers Plenty of Discounts in Anniversary Celebrations

    Deus Ex! Final Fantasy! Kingdom Hearts! More!

    Apparently the official Square Enix store for the Americas is one year old, and as a result there are a whole load of discounts being offered. We previously shared the store's Black Friday discounts last year, and though this promotion is smaller it still offers a chance to pick up some excellent...

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    Review Super Mario 64 DS

    D-Pad D-Bate

    Super Mario 64 is undeniably one of the most influential games in the industry's history, so it's only natural that Nintendo would attempt to capitalise on its success with a re-release. What nobody expected at the time was for it to not only arrive on a portable console, but also feature Yoshi as the initial protagonist. Super Mario 64...

January2016

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    Review The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

    Choo-choo-choose the original format

    No doubt partly driven by necessity as much as strategy, Nintendo's Virtual Console efforts on Wii U have been notable for including not only Game Boy Advance titles, but also various releases from the DS library. With the latter only possible courtesy of the Wii U GamePad questions of practicality are fairly...

  • News ​'Brain Training' Games Aren't All They're Cracked Up to be

    Brain training website pays $2 million to FTC for false advertising

    No doubt many of you remember Nintendo's popular Brain Age series on the Nintendo DS, technically the first in its 'Touch! Generations' line of games. The title sold itself on the concept of doing simple cognitive tasks and games in order to slow mental decline and keep cognitive...

December2015

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    Review Animal Crossing: Wild World

    Why this world?

    The very idea of a portable version of Animal Crossing filled this reviewer with glee when he first read about it back in the days of magazines and routers without wi-fi as standard. Animal Crossing: Wild World has always been a very special game to fans as it expanded upon the original GameCube title (for this region at least) but...

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    Review Kirby: Power Paintbrush

    Time has passed

    Kirby: Power Paintbrush – also known as Canvas Curse in North America – was originally released on the Nintendo DS in 2005. Following the trend of many other franchises during this new generation of handheld gaming, the HAL Laboratory-developed title moved away from traditional platform game conventions by utilising the defining...

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    Review The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

    An epic sail

    When thinking about the best games from the Legend of Zelda series, many automatically jump straight in at the deep end with the big, home console releases; games such as Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker always seem to make it to the top of peoples' lists. Games often overlooked are those that have appeared on Nintendo's portable...

November2015

October2015

  • Video Remember the Good Old Days With These Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Animations

    The nostalgia may overpower you

    Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon is coming to the 3DS in North America pretty soon - early 2016 in Europe - and The Pokémon Company wants to build a little hype for the latest entry in the spin-off series. To do that it has revisited past entries of the series, or their accompanying animations, in any case. The...

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    Review Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis

    A toy story

    Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis is the Nintendo DS sequel to the original GBA classic and a new recruit to the ever-growing Wii U Virtual Console library. Rather than being more of the same platforming puzzle action, Nintendo chose to focus this entire game around what is but a small percentage of the previous game - the...

September2015

  • News Metroid Prime: Hunters Arrives on Wii U Virtual Console in Japan

    Yes please, NoA and NoE

    When Nintendo announced DS games for the Wii U Virtual Console quite some time ago, many reacted with variations of "huh", "erm" and "that's weird". Yet it has worked reasonably well in many cases, with the GamePad screen and TV having various configurations to get the most out of these previously portable titles. It also...

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    Review Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

    Emerging from the shadows

    Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is a Nintendo DS remake of the first Fire Emblem game (originally released in 1990 for Famicom in Japan) that's now available to download in Virtual Console form for Wii U. The series staple of strategic turn-based gameplay along with the perma-death possibility for characters would form the...

  • Video Allow This Gentle Electroplankton Opus To Soothe Your Ears

    Symphony of the plankton

    We must admit we'd forgotten all about Electroplankton for the Nintendo DS, that was until Nintendo Life reader Marco Menzler from Germany dropped us a line to bring back those musical memories. Marco shared with us a 3 part symphony which he created using 5 Nintendo DS systems playing Electroplankton. In op.2, Marco uses...

  • Mario History New Super Mario Bros. - 2006

    The 'New' new

    In this series of articles we'll write about one or more Mario games per day, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. Assessing 2D Mario games in the 'New' series in 2015 naturally features arguments of repetition, frequency of releases and some calls for fresh ideas. Those...

  • Mario History Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Arcade GP - 2005

    When snaking shook the world

    In this series of articles we'll write about one or more Mario game per day, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. 2005 was a busy year in terms of Mario releases, with a whole host of options across portable and home console systems, all in the form of spin-offs...

  • Mario History Super Mario 64 DS - 2004

    3D Mario on the go

    In this series of articles we'll write about one or more Mario game per day, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. If you'd have said that one day it would be possible to play Super Mario 64 on a handheld console back in 1996, you'd likely have been laughed out of the room...

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    Review Wario: Master of Disguise

    Master of Mediocrity

    After WarioWare took off, it seemed like that was all everybody's favourite antihero was up to, save for a Wii instalment of the Wario Land series. In truth, there was also an attempt at a Wario platformer on the DS, though it is quite easy to see why not many seem to remember this outing. Developed by Suzak, the company...

August2015

  • News Sonic Classic Collection On Nintendo DS Cut Content Including A Crazy Taxi 4 Pitch

    Plans for extra games

    Remember the Sonic Classic Collection released on the DS in 2010? As neat as it was, it was also slightly underwhelming when there were far more extensive Sonic-themed collections already available on other platforms for much cheaper prices. Fansite The Sonic Stadium has now uncovered new information regarding this...

  • News Nintendo Wraps Up Another Patent Win in Defence of the DS and 3DS

    Secure Axcess loses out this time

    Nintendo doesn't have a 100% record of winning patent cases, but it does win the majority. It often comfortably sees off particularly frivolous claims on broad technology patents, too - notable defeats have generally come against companies with which Nintendo has previously worked or liaised, not businesses that...

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    Review DK: Jungle Climber

    Aping the King of Swing

    What do you get when you throw away an established series' playbook and try for something new? You get DK: Jungle Climber. Unlike previous entries in the venerable Donkey Kong franchise, DK: Jungle Climber takes a fresh look at the series by focusing on swinging and timing more than precise platforming. The problem? It gets...

July2015

June2015

  • News There Are Now Over 600 DSiWare Games And Apps

    Not dead yet

    The 3DS may be entering its twilight years but that doesn't mean that DSiWare - the downloadable software service which launched with the 3DS console's forerunner, the DSi - is completely dead. In fact, thanks to the large helping of DSiWare games in this week's Download Update, there are now 604 games and apps available for DSiWare...

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    Review Big Brain Academy

    So keep on playing those mind games

    The advent of the Nintendo DS into the handheld arena back in 2004 ushered in a fresh experience for many gamers, made possible by the system's many new features and abilities. This brand of entertainment was often referred to as "Touch! Generations" by Nintendo, and ran throughout the Nintendo DS and Wii era...

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December2014

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September2014

  • Video Here Are Some Cool Facts Around the DS

    Thank goodness it wasn't called City Boy

    The DS family of systems is a fundamental part of Nintendo's history for multiple — and obvious — reasons: it is the company's most successful hardware and the second highest-selling in the industry's history, it introduced a new brand that lives on with the 3DS family, and it sidelined the iconic Game...

August2014

  • Art Controller Evolution Photo Series Hammers Home The Nintendo Factor

    A visual record of how Nintendo has pushed the industry forward

    Nintendo has been responsible for some major innovations when it comes to controllers — the NES D-pad, the N64 analogue stick, the Wii Remote — and Spanish artist Javier Laspiur has put together a photographic whistle-stop tour of the evolution of the game pad which shows just how...

July2014

June2014

  • News 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...

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    Review Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old is Your Brain?

    Brain food

    It seems like only yesterday that we got Game Boy Advance games on the Wii U Virtual Console, but now DS games have also joined the party. Curiously enough, Nintendo has chosen not to start off with one of their classic franchises, like Mario or Zelda, but has instead opted to go with one of their best-selling titles, the original Brain...

  • News 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

    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...

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  • Mario Kart Month A History of the Mario Kart Series - Part Two

    Turbo boosting to record sales

    As June begins and our Mario Kart Month celebrations throughout May draw to a close, the build-up and expectation surrounding Mario Kart 8 has transitioned into mass play sessions and hands-on racing time. This is the moment on which memories are built, as competitiveness and hilarity ensues from worldwide showdowns,...