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Talking Point: Nintendo's Game Updates and DLC Are Fantastic, Albeit Starved of Attention

Nintendo's Game Updates and DLC Are Fantastic, Albeit Starved of Attention

Key Wii U titles have evolved a great deal

It's easy to be a little blasé and spoilt as gamers, but it's been striking once again that, with a combination of economic savvy and a clear love for its products, Nintendo is making the most of key releases on the Wii U. Three of the system's biggest games have transformed since launch with a mix of...

Movie Review: Pixels Proves Once Again That Video Games And Film Do Not Make Good Bedfellows

Pixels Proves Once Again That Video Games And Film Do Not Make Good Bedfellows

Game Over, man

Fun Fact: Pixels was a short, two minute film released in 2010 that briefly depicted a world overrun by an array of characters from old school arcade games. Not So Fun Fact: This short film would go on to be adapted into a feature length film of the same name five years later, starring none other than Adam Sandler. If that doesn't...

First Impressions: Learning to Fly With Rodea the Sky Soldier

Learning to Fly With Rodea the Sky Soldier

Winging It

Rodea the Sky Soldier has had quite a turbulent time in development. Originally announced in 2010 for the Wii, this character-driven flight action game from Sonic and NiGHTS into Dreams creator Yuji Naka looked set to soar, but ultimately never got off the runway. After years of radio silence, Rodea was cleared for takeoff as a rebuilt...

Feature: Hands On With The Spooktacular Luigi's Mansion Arcade

Hands On With The Spooktacular Luigi's Mansion Arcade

Don't cross the streams

Deep in the dimly lit bowels of Japanese arcades lurks a surprisingly wonderful new first person shooter (sucker?) with an unlikely arcade hero. It's not surprising that Luigi is running the show this time around. After all he's saved Mario from the notorious King Boo on two separate occasions at this point. The surprise...

Event: Movies, Mirth And Mario Kart Mastery At The First Nintendo Life Gaming Night

Movies, Mirth And Mario Kart Mastery At The First Nintendo Life Gaming Night

Hosted at the Centre for Computing History, Cambridge

As you'll no doubt be aware, here at Nintendo Life we've got a real soft spot for vintage gaming. Keeping this in mind, our recent event at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge, England was something of an eye-opener. Our relationship with the museum itself goes back some time - thanks...

Interview: Game Artist Orioto Discusses his Creative Process and Which Game Creator Wasn't So Hot on his Tribute

Game Artist Orioto Discusses his Creative Process and Which Game Creator Wasn't So Hot on his Tribute

"I want to get the tone, the mood, the mystical elements right"

Marked by dreamlike brushstrokes and an uncanny mind for fan service, Orioto's artwork is the type to stick with you after you've seen it. For years, this Paris-based digital artist has created moving portraits of a who's-who in the fictional gaming sphere: Link, Ryu, Sonic, and many...

Editorial: Super Smash Bros. Should be Integral to Nintendo's NX Future

Super Smash Bros. Should be Integral to Nintendo's NX Future

Tom Whitehead attended a fighting tournament and had his eyes opened

As I'm somewhat reliant on Nintendo success to put food on the table and amiibo on the shelf - the clue's in the site's name - I sometimes ponder and get genuinely concerned about the company. I think Nintendo will be 'fine', courtesy of its talented staff and billions of dollars...

Talking Point: Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated Poorly By The Third-Party Retail Scene, But The System Still Brings Joy

Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated Poorly By The Third-Party Retail Scene, But The System Still Brings Joy

Project Cars is one of the last to bite the dust

A few years from now the Wii U will have surely become 'last gen', following the Wii in having occasional Just Dance titles and being available at throwaway prices for those curious about the system. An excellent console it is too, with a retail library full of absolute gems and an eShop that's...

Hardware Review: Awesome Super Mario Inspired Watch - Sun and Moon Miyamoto

Awesome Super Mario Inspired Watch - Sun and Moon Miyamoto

Partner in time

A while ago we reported that Mr Jones Watches had produced a limited edition wristwatch inspired by the Super Mario series. The response to the design was so positive that the watch became a permanent fixture in their lineup after a small design change to differentiate itself from the limited edition variant. We were kindly given...

Talking Point: Assessing the Odds of Super Mario Maker Making a Commercial Splash This September

Assessing the Odds of Super Mario Maker Making a Commercial Splash This September

Anniversary-busting August may have been better

We're still waiting for a North American announcement - which we hope is just a matter of time - but we were rather pleased about confirmation today of a Super Mario Maker Wii U hardware bundle. It's coming to Europe on the same day as the game (a simple but important requirement) and certainly...

First Impressions: Heading Back to the Farm in Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale

Heading Back to the Farm in Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale

Of Cabbages and Kings

Nestled snugly between Senran Kagura's bountiful bosoms and the Cold Steel of the latest Legend of Heroes chapter, Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale occupied a relatively unassuming spot at XSEED's E3 booth last month, but it certainly left quite an impression. This upcoming 3DS title is a crossover that...

Talking Point: Competitive Gaming With Super Smash Bros. and More Can Be Vital for Nintendo

Competitive Gaming With Super Smash Bros. and More Can Be Vital for Nintendo

New audiences and more headlines

It's been Evo weekend in Las Vegas, arguably the most notable fighting game tournament in the world. Super Smash Bros. Melee and the Wii U entry are two of the biggest titles of the event, with recognisable competitors and a lot of press coverage revolving around the series. If Masahiro Sakurai takes personal...

Interview: Amy Andersson on Conducting the Symphony of the Goddesses

Amy Andersson on Conducting the Symphony of the Goddesses

"Audience reaction has been phenomenal"

Earlier this year, we had the opportunity to be part of the audience for the Seattle, WA performance of Symphony of the Goddesses: Master Quest. Since then, the concert has toured across parts of America, Europe, and Canada, now continuing its journey across the United States and back to Europe to finish out...

First Impressions: Getting Cosy With Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

Getting Cosy With Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

How to make a happy home

At Nintendo's E3 presentation two "spin-offs" based on the Animal Crossing series were shown: Animal Crossing amiibo Festival for Wii U, a Mario Party-style interactive board game, and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for 3DS - an interior design based title. To focus on Happy Home Designer, it left many questioning...

Parent Trap: Skylanders SuperChargers Dials Nintendo Love up to Eleven, Even on Wii

Skylanders SuperChargers Dials Nintendo Love up to Eleven, Even on Wii

FGTV learns more about cross-platform compatibility for Wii U, Wii and 3DS

The natural way of things in the video game world is be to moved on to the next generation of console pretty quickly. The Wii has changed all that, for better or worse. Millions of families who don't consider themselves avid gamers still have that little white box tucked...

Interview: Senran Kagura Producer Kenichirō Takaki Bares All

Senran Kagura Producer Kenichirō Takaki Bares All

“I love games, I love girls, and I love sexy stuff”

The Senran Kagura series famously - and perhaps apocryphally - began life when its creator, Kenichirō Takaki, decided that the Nintendo 3DS' stereoscopic display was destined to display one thing over all else: breasts. Setting to work to fulfill his dream, Takaki-san produced two tales of...