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Guide: The Building Blocks Of Success In Pokémon X & Y

The Building Blocks Of Success In Pokémon X & Y

Serebii's Joe Merrick is back with another essential guide

Continuing our in-depth look at everything Pokémon X & Y and following on from the Breeding Guide, we're now looking into the in-depth building blocks of Pokémon, with a focus on the most recent entry in the series. Stats: Let's start off with a bit of basic Pokémon knowledge...

Video: The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part Two

The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part Two

How many have you played?

So, with part one of our exciting rundown of the best Wii U retail titles available right now under our belts, there's only one thing left for us to do — run part two. Our video expert Rory Cocker is once again in the director's chair, so if you have any issues whatsoever with the running order, please send your hate...

Interview: BNC Design Studios on Gemology, the Wii U eShop and Utilising the System's Capabilities

BNC Design Studios on Gemology, the Wii U eShop and Utilising the System's Capabilities

"There is no other platform that could support our games"

Just this week we revealed that Gemology is on the way to the Wii U eShop, another title from a new developer. In this case that company is BNC Design Studios, and those of you with good memories may recall that we spoke to its founder Jake Taylor about his desire to explore licensing...

Talking Point: Steel Diver: Sub Wars Proves That Nintendo Can Make Free-To-Play Work

Steel Diver: Sub Wars Proves That Nintendo Can Make Free-To-Play Work

Nintendo's first freemium game scores a direct hit

Let's all be brutally honest here — when Nintendo announced that its first foray into the wild and wacky world of free-to-play gaming was going to be an update of 3DS launch title Steel Diver, it was hardly the most heart-stopping news ever. Steel Diver was — and still is — a nice enough...

Feature: Games That Almost Were - A Look At Cancelled N64 Titles

Games That Almost Were - A Look At Cancelled N64 Titles

Everything not saved will be lost

The end of the millennium was a turbulent time for Nintendo – the N64 hadn’t quite turned out to be the SNES Mk.II success it’d hoped the hardware would be, the 64DD add-on got off to a cautious launch in Japan and in 2001 both the N64 and the Game Boy Color would be completely replaced with younger and more...

Interview: Takashi Tezuka on Bringing Yoshi's New Island to the 3DS

Takashi Tezuka on Bringing Yoshi's New Island to the 3DS

"We used the original as a base on which to add new elements"

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island is often regarded as one of the finest platformers on Super NES, and potentially a stand-out across generations. After Yoshi's hugely popular appearance in its predecessor, it was a natural progression and one that certainly paid off for Nintendo...

Matters Of Import: Wonder Project J2 Brings Masterful 2D To The N64

Wonder Project J2 Brings Masterful 2D To The N64

Making cute robots girls cry

The N64 never did get much 2D love when it was around, but games like Wonder Project J2 — as well as Treasure’s Bangai-O — show that other developers were missing a trick by ignoring the untapped potential of this side of Nintendo’s hardware. First published by Enix in 1996, Josette’s adventures on Blueland...

Month Of Kong: Tropical Freeze Composer David Wise On Working With The Ape Again

Tropical Freeze Composer David Wise On Working With The Ape Again

A Rare breed of composer

As we all know, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze launched this month on the Wii U, and comes with a glorious soundtrack composed by former Rare staffer and original Donkey Kong Country music-maker David Wise. We got chance to sit down and chat with Wise recently, and he shared a few thoughts on what it was like...

Video: The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part One

The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part One

Just got a Wii U? These are the titles you should consider

The Wii U has now been with us for over a year, and in that time we've perhaps not seen quite as many titles as we'd like. Still, that's not to say that the machine is lacking in quality retail releases — far from it. In fact, it could be argued that Nintendo's console is home to some of...

Talking Point: NFC And The GamePad Can Succeed If Nintendo Gives Players Control

NFC And The GamePad Can Succeed If Nintendo Gives Players Control

Lessons to be learned from successes such as Minecraft and Disney Infinity

This year is vitally important for Nintendo, just like 2013 and 2012, admittedly. 2013 was a strange year in that notable successes and triumphs were overshadowed by missed targets and Nintendo's own disappointment. It was a year of contradictions — 3DS was the...

Interview: HullBreach Studios Outlines Its Ambitions for a Wii U Space Epic

HullBreach Studios Outlines Its Ambitions for a Wii U Space Epic

Wants to "give reason to go back to the console day after day"

Earlier this year HullBreach Studios announced HullBreach Uncloaked, a Wii U follow-up and modernisation of a Wii browser-based MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) called HullBreach Online. It's quite possible that many won't have heard of the Wii title due to its...

Soapbox: Nintendo Soundtracks - Where Are They?

Nintendo Soundtracks - Where Are They?

Kerry wonders why Nintendo's not wired for sound

I’ve recently (finally) got around to playing Fire Emblem: Awakening, and like all other beings with functioning ears after the first few battles I decided the soundtrack was incredible; so I took off into the wilds of the internet to try and buy a copy for myself. The joy of hearing such...

Feature: When Cranky Kong Took On Twitter

When Cranky Kong Took On Twitter

Madness? Brilliance? Both?

With Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze now on sale in Europe and North America, Nintendo of America celebrated the big launch by having 'Cranky Kong' takeover its official Twitter account. The elderly ape — the original Donkey Kong from the arcade according to lore — has been promoted for his entertaining character,...

Remake Request: Virtua Fighter 2

Virtua Fighter 2

A 3D 3D fighter, if you see what we mean

It may be celebrating its twentieth anniversary in November this year, but Sega’s classic 3D fighter is a game that’s arguably showing little sign of age. A technical marvel in the '90s both in arcades and at home on the Saturn, the passage of time has done nothing to this game other than prove that it...

Talking Point: The Nintendo Web Framework and the Return of 'Old-School' Indies

The Nintendo Web Framework and the Return of 'Old-School' Indies

The Wii U eShop could have quite a mix of games

Considering the fact that Nintendo Life began in part — through the pre-merger WiiWare World — as a resource dedicated almost exclusively to covering download games, we've seen hundreds come and go in the continually evolving online stores. WiiWare was a big deal when it launched, as for the...

Interview: Ripstone and Zoink on Prioritising Fun in Stick It To The Man

Ripstone and Zoink on Prioritising Fun in Stick It To The Man

"I just did something I thought looked cool"

Stick It To The Man by Zoink! promises to be an intriguing release when it arrives on the Wii U eShop in Spring. After previously arriving on PS3, PS Vita and PC, its arrival on the Wii U will make use of the GamePad to enhance the mind-reading mechanic, with Zoink! founder Klaus Lyngeled referring to...

Video: These Are The Ten DS Games We Want To See On The Wii U Virtual Console

These Are The Ten DS Games We Want To See On The Wii U Virtual Console

Which one did you vote for?

The news that Nintendo is bringing DS games to the Wii U had us dreaming of all the amazing titles we wanted to see arrive on the eShop. Like some kind of benevolent moving-image god, our resident video guru Rory has transcoded these desires into magical lights and sound, and has lovingly deposited the results onto the...