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Mario History: Super Mario 64 DS - 2004

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...

Interview: Candlelight Studios and Bold RPG Ambitions With Untold Story

Candlelight Studios and Bold RPG Ambitions With Untold Story

"Untold Story puts its focus on creating an incredible, dynamic story"

It's an exciting time to be a game developer, as modern technology and a more accessible industry allow people of all walks of life to try their hand at pursuing their passion. This is a win for gamers, too, as it allows us the opportunity to try all sorts of new experiences and...

Preview: Getting Inside The Curiously Undemanding World Of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

Getting Inside The Curiously Undemanding World Of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

"I love what you've done here!"

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is one of those titles which has been instrumental in selling the Nintendo 3DS to the wider gaming public. When it launched in the west back in 2013 it appeared to trigger a rush of interest in Nintendo's portable system, and everyone seemed to be talking about it - sharing their...

Interview: Engine Software and Orangepixel on Bringing Gunslugs 2's Chaos to 3DS

Engine Software and Orangepixel on Bringing Gunslugs 2's Chaos to 3DS

"There's a lot of room for these "oldschool" arcade games on the eShop"

It can seem like the Wii U eShop gets the most attention in the 'Nindie' stakes, which is certainly the case. Nevertheless, there are still some highly promising downloads on the way to the 3DS, with plenty of life in the portable yet. One such example is Gunslugs 2, originally...

Feature: Handheld LCD Gaming Past And Present

Handheld LCD Gaming Past And Present

For those times when an original Game Boy just isn’t retro-chic enough

Nintendo first hit the LCD game scene all the way back in 1980 with Ball, a simple but thoroughly playable affair at the time that may be familiar to fans of the Game Boy Camera or those brave souls who ventured onto the DSi shop. From these humble beginnings Nintendo's LCD...

Talking Point: Nintendo Continues to Shift Its Third-Party Focus to Nindies

Nintendo Continues to Shift Its Third-Party Focus to Nindies

Necessity, forward thinking or both?

The Wii U and 3DS have been part of a truly first-party generation for Nintendo. As the leading dedicated gaming handheld - by a mile - the 3DS has had some decent support and occasional major third-party exclusives, yet for the Wii U it's been a different affair. Its sales struggles have seen most publishers...

Poll: The Battle of the Nindies and Questions on amiibo

The Battle of the Nindies and Questions on amiibo

Are Nindie amiibo on your wishlist?

PAX Prime is now right in its peak, with the Seattle event attracting thousands of attendees eager to soak in all there is to offer. Nintendo's been particularly active, too, not only running a booth with plenty of contests and retail games, but also a neat Nindies Lounge with a range of exciting download games...

Mario Memories: Basking in the Glow of Super Mario Sunshine

Basking in the Glow of Super Mario Sunshine

"It introduced me to a passion I still hold to this very day"

In this series articles celebrating the upcoming 30th Anniversary of Super Mario, various members of the Nintendo Life extended family will share their memories and thoughts on the iconic franchise. This time we have Pokémon expert Andrew Karklins. When I was younger, my first home...

Mario History: Mario Tennis - 2000

Mario Tennis - 2000

Two match points

In this series of articles we'll write about one or more Mario game every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. Our original plan for our 2000 entry in this series was to write about Paper Mario, yet just recently we shared an editorial to celebrate its 15th...

Feature: A Pokémon Retrospective: Generation 1 - 1996 to 1999

A Pokémon Retrospective: Generation 1 - 1996 to 1999

The start of something beautiful

As we build up to the 20th anniversary of Pokémon in February 2016 and look hotly ahead towards brand new things such as the green blob Pokémon, we're going to take you back on a monthly journey through each of the generations of Pokémon, starting with the first Generation. The build-up to launch: It all began...

Mario History: Super Smash Bros. - 1999

Super Smash Bros. - 1999

The start of a long fight

In this series of articles we'll write about one Mario game every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. In our final entry for Mario in the 20th Century we reach the beginnings of one of Nintendo's most vital franchises. While not strictly a 'Mario'...

Mario History: Mario Party - 1998

Mario Party - 1998

Let's get it started

In this series of articles we'll write about one Mario game every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. We'll admit it, we're cheating a little with this entry. All entries in this series of articles have - until now - taken their release dates from the...

Talking Point: The Argument For And Against amiibo-Cloning Tool Amiiqo

The Argument For And Against amiibo-Cloning Tool Amiiqo

A necessary evil or bare-face piracy?

Nintendo's range of amiibo toys has been a commercial success, shipping over 10 million units (at the last count) and giving the company a much-needed additional revenue stream during a time of considerable turmoil and upheaval. However, the amiibo story hasn't been entirely positive, with some figures proving...

Interview: Brainseed Factory Discusses Typoman's Origins, Wordy Development and Making Use of the GamePad

Brainseed Factory Discusses Typoman's Origins, Wordy Development and Making Use of the GamePad

"We're very fortunate that Typoman's concept has been well received so far"

There are a number of promising games on the way to the Wii U eShop, though not many are exclusives. Typoman is an exception, then, and has a promising concept. Included in the Nindies@Home demo range earlier in the summer, we all had a chance to see how platforming and...

Mario History: Mario Kart 64 - 1997

Mario Kart 64 - 1997

A new kind of racing

In this series of articles we'll write about one Mario game every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. In our last entry for this series we covered Super Mario 64, a title that utilised the capabilities of the Nintendo 64 to revolutionise Mario...

Mario History: Super Mario 64 - 1996

Super Mario 64 - 1996

A gaming revolution

In this series of articles we'll write about one Mario game every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. The Nintendo 64 was a revolutionary system in multiple respects. Its unique controller introduced an analogue stick to Nintendo gamers, for one thing,...

Talking Point: Pokkén Tournament May Not Be a Wii U Saviour, But It Can Provide a Welcome Boost

Pokkén Tournament May Not Be a Wii U Saviour, But It Can Provide a Welcome Boost

Giving early 2016 a focal point

Ever since its announcement for the Japanese arcade scene Pokkén Tournament has been closely followed by Pokémon and fighting game fans. Unofficial efforts have often pitched 'mon against each other in crude efforts, but the flashy Bandai Namco-developed release caused quite an online buzz. Of course, its status...

Mario History: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Mario's Tennis - 1995

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Mario's Tennis - 1995

A new look and new beginnings

In this series of articles we'll write about one Mario game every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. It's easy to forget, in this period of fresh Mario 'main' series platformers every 12 to 24 months, that the mid-'90s brought a notable gap...

Poll: Is Pokkén Tournament The Wii U Release You've Been Waiting For?

Is Pokkén Tournament The Wii U Release You've Been Waiting For?

Wish fulfilment

Just this week came an announcement that fulfilled a much cited demand from some Wii U owners - Pokkén Tournament is coming to Wii U. Its early 2016 arrival is both expected and a surprise, with plenty of logic in porting a major Japanese arcade release to a global console audience, but likewise there'd been a fear that Nintendo and...

Mario History: Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 and Hotel Mario - 1994

Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 and Hotel Mario - 1994

Wait, this isn't Mario...

In this series of articles we'll write about one Mario game every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. In this daily series most entries have been 'main' Mario titles across portables and home consoles, with just a couple of spin-offs and cameos...

Mario Memories: Conquering the First Level in Super Mario Bros.

Conquering the First Level in Super Mario Bros.

"I had a sense of fear about progressing further into the first level"

In this series of 30 daily articles celebrating the upcoming 30th Anniversary of Super Mario, various members of the Nintendo Life extended family will share their memories and thoughts on the iconic franchise. This time we have news writer, reviewer and Australian Correspondent...