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Gallery: A Closer Look At 13 amiibo Toys

A Closer Look At 13 amiibo Toys

Prepare your wallets

Nintendo's lining up multiple blockbuster releases for the Holiday season, but the most important will likely be its range of NFC toys — amiibo. Marketing these figures, successfully implementing them in games and securing plenty of shelf space with the biggest retailers represent three major challenges for Nintendo, though...

Feature: A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Forty Eight

A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Forty Eight

Star Fox! Robin! 3DS menu! More!

After causing quite a stir two weeks ago, the Super Smash Bros. hype was relatively reserved last week, though the 3DS version was particularly prominent in Nintendo's Gaming Lounge broadcast from Comic-Con. On the screenshot front, Masahiro Sakurai continued his fine form on the Director's Room Miiverse community

Feature: Ten Wii U and 3DS eShop Games That Are Perfect For Summer

Ten Wii U and 3DS eShop Games That Are Perfect For Summer

Summer gaming for a little less

Earlier this week we brought you a list of ten Wii U and 3DS games that are perfect for summer, as a starting point to also get community feedback on other favourites for the season. As promised, though, here's a follow-up that's all about eShop titles. These eShop games are all download-only titles, and no Virtual...

Talking Point: The Wii U eShop is Raising Tough Questions on Quality Control

The Wii U eShop is Raising Tough Questions on Quality Control

Accessibility is generally considered wonderful, but has its downsides

In the coming weeks we're going to tackle a tricky issue here at Nintendo Life, in which we look at the direction of the Wii U eShop and ask whether a change in structure is required. In general the store shows excellent support for all download games, providing each and every...

Hardware Classics: Sega Master System

Sega Master System

Everyone's favourite underdog

If you're reading this outside of Europe, then there's a very good chance that your perception of the Sega Master System is one of complete and utter failure. The 8-bit system wasn't even close to contesting the might of the NES in North America or the Famicom in Japan; although Sega at that point was a well-known...

Feature: Ronimo Games Walks Us Through Swords & Soldiers II

Ronimo Games Walks Us Through Swords & Soldiers II

Sheep transformations, hurling meat to heal and more

Swords & Soldiers on WiiWare, and subsequently on the 3DS and Wii U eShop stores, earned fans through its combination of solid real time strategy and bright, colourful humour. Taking a 2D perspective and tasking you with simply researching and deploying units as the battle unfolds, it's an...

First Impressions: Exploring the Depths of Affordable Space Adventures

Exploring the Depths of Affordable Space Adventures

A unique challenge

After a first year of struggling momentum, the Wii U eShop library has steadily developed and now has a solid line-up of high-quality games. Some are multiplatform titles, a common reality in this era of game engines such as Unity being widely adopted, and there's also a small batch of experiences unique to the system. A...

Talking Point: Should Nintendo Be Promoting The Wii U GamePad As A Tablet Killer?

Should Nintendo Be Promoting The Wii U GamePad As A Tablet Killer?

Kids love tablets, so why isn't Nintendo shouting about the GamePad?

When Nintendo first lifted the lid on the Wii U and its unique GamePad controller, many within the industry murmured their cautious approval. It all seemed to make so much sense — Apple's iPad had already kickstarted a tablet revolution and second-screen gaming promised big...

Interview: Nifflas Takes Us On An Affordable Space Adventure

Nifflas Takes Us On An Affordable Space Adventure

Learn more about the collaboration with KnapNok Games and progress so far

The Wii U eShop is gradually expanding its horizons and bringing us more innovative projects. Two developers that typify a creative, in some cases artful approach, are KnapNok Games and Nicklas Nygren, the latter better-known as Nifflas. The former brought us the innovative,...

Poll: Which Is The Best Legend Of Zelda Game?

Which Is The Best Legend Of Zelda Game?

Hookshot your vote in

The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo's most beloved franchises, and has arguably been responsible for some of the best video games ever created. Since the launch of the original game back in 1986, we've seen the series move from 2D to 3D with assured competence, and this year we'll see a crossover release — in the shape of...

Play: It's The Second Nintendo Life Community GP in Mario Kart 8 - Live!

It's The Second Nintendo Life Community GP in Mario Kart 8 - Live!

Hit A on the 2...

Just recently we announced the second Nintendo Life Community GP competition, and it's now open. Mario Kart 8 has been with us for over a month now and players are getting rather good at it, so this is a chance to show just how good you are. This one is a code-based tournament, to give it that community feel, so below are...

First Impressions: Throwing Down in Shigeru Miyamoto's Mech Maker, Project Giant Robot

Throwing Down in Shigeru Miyamoto's Mech Maker, Project Giant Robot

A robot riot

At the very end of Nintendo’s Digital Event at this year’s E3, Shigeru Miyamoto made a brief appearance to announce that he’s been hard at work creating new games that use the Wii U’s dual-screen setup in innovative ways. One of these works-in-progress was Project Giant Robot, an experimental venture that lets players build...

Interview: Meet Naked War, The Wii Advance Wars Beater That Never Was

Meet Naked War, The Wii Advance Wars Beater That Never Was

"This was the game that was going to make the blue light really matter!"

Ste and John Pickford have been making video games for decades, starting with humble home micros like the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 before graduating to the NES and SNES as the '90s dawned. Such was the prestigious talent of these skillful siblings that their company Zippo...