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Feature: Our Top 10 Wii U eShop Games - Summer 2014

Our Top 10 Wii U eShop Games - Summer 2014

Download delights

The Wii U eShop has come a long way since launch, though the day one line-up did also have some rather enjoyable options on offer. The library was particularly slow to grow in its first year, but an influx of excellent titles has since flowed. The platform's support for Unity and various tools in the Nintendo Web Framework have...

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

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

New stages! Brewster! Boomerang!

A little earlier than normal — thanks a bunch E3! — we're having a look at the latest tasty screens for Super Smash Bros.. It's a strong line-up too, albeit one largely focused on the Wii U version once again. Masahiro Sakurai's updates on the Director's Room Miiverse community throw up some interesting details,...

Feature: Our Top 10 Wii U Retail Games - Summer 2014

Our Top 10 Wii U Retail Games - Summer 2014

Our favourites so far

With E3 2014 right around the corner, Nintendo seems set to prioritise the Wii U in its Digital Event, subsequent coverage and, of course, the Super Smash Bros. Invitational. The 3DS will have a role to play, of course, but many eyes are on Nintendo's home console to see how it'll capitalise on the recent success of Mario Kart...

Ninterview: Taylor Davis Shares Her Musical Journey and Love for Gaming

Taylor Davis Shares Her Musical Journey and Love for Gaming

"Just focus on what you love about yourself and what makes you happy"

Videogame music is, as we and many others have argued, absolutely vital to what makes particular experiences memorable and special. It's no surprise, either, that there are a lot of musicians in the world that readily cite gaming as a core passion in their lives — whether in...

Video: We're Feline Groovy In The Latest Episode Of Days Of Our Tomodachi Lives

We're Feline Groovy In The Latest Episode Of Days Of Our Tomodachi Lives

Cat people

This week on Days of Our Tomodachi Lives, we welcome Alex Olney into the fold. A long time reader of the site, Alex cuts a fine figure of a man — so we were quite surprised when we discovered that his Mii wanted to dress up as a pussy cat and retire to a dank, smelly cave for the duration of his time on Nlife Island. It truly takes...

Feature: Psycholodachi - What Makes Life Sim Games Addictive?

Psycholodachi - What Makes Life Sim Games Addictive?

The emotional connection to your Mii you never knew you had

The Western release of Tomodachi Life has been met with a surprisingly large amount of publicity. Granted, at least some of that was due to unexpected controversy, but as that discussion died down, popular interest remained. The rise of the life simulation genre is one of gaming's most...

Play: Mario Kart 8 With Nintendo Life in a 10 Hour Community Tournament

Mario Kart 8 With Nintendo Life in a 10 Hour Community Tournament

Bring it on

As you may have seen recently, we've opened the round-the-clock Nintendo Life GP in Wii U racer Mario Kart 8, and since its launch two days ago hundreds of players have jumped in for some races. That's a rolling tournament with no real rules or winners, it's just for fun. We've decided that an old-fashioned Community session is needed,...

Talking Point: Just How Similar Are Tomodachi Life And Animal Crossing?

Just How Similar Are Tomodachi Life And Animal Crossing?

Comparisons can both hinder and help, so allow us to educate

Since its announcement for release in the West, many commentators within the video games industry have drawn comparisons between the quirky upcoming Tomodachi Life and the beloved Animal Crossing series. In many ways it's an obvious link to make, as both titles put you in charge of a...

Talking Point: Nintendo's System Updates Bring The Wii U to Another Level

Nintendo's System Updates Bring The Wii U to Another Level

A major leap from day one

For those that owned the Wii U since day one, cast your mind back to its UI (user interface) and OS (operating system) when you fired up the system for the first time. It was, to be rather blunt, a mediocre experience, mainly due to its excessively slow performance. Don't forget that a popular video of a Japanese fan...

Feature: Nintendo Moments You Never Saw Coming

Nintendo Moments You Never Saw Coming

Expect the unexpected at E3

With Nintendo, some things are always certain. Mario and friends will get together for a platforming or sporting excursion, the number of Pocket Monsters will gradually increase, Princess Zelda will find herself kidnapped, Samus will inexplicably lose all of her abilities at the start of another adventure and the F-Zero...

Mario Kart Month: Clones And Alternatives to Nintendo's Classic Series

Clones And Alternatives to Nintendo's Classic Series

Lagging behind?

Every time a Nintendo device is released, it’s a pretty safe bet that Mario Kart isn’t far around the corner. Each new addition to the series further solidifies its well-earned reputation as the party game of choice, bringing together both the masters and the first-timers to join in on the madness and enjoy it regardless of their...

Interview: Console Wars Author Blake J. Harris Discusses Film Adaptations and the Struggles of Sega

Console Wars Author Blake J. Harris Discusses Film Adaptations and the Struggles of Sega

Sega of America does what Sega of Japandon't.

Blake J. Harris presents the two contenders A couple weeks ago we reviewed Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation by New York City-based author Blake J. Harris, about the bitter rivalry between Sega and Nintendo in the early 1990s through the eyes of Sega of America head...

Mario Kart Month: Nintendo Life's Team Shares Its Early Thoughts on Mario Kart 8

Nintendo Life's Team Shares Its Early Thoughts on Mario Kart 8

Share your impressions, too

Mario Kart 8 is now well and truly settled in on plenty of Wii U systems around the world. It seems that Friend Lists have never been busier, too, as a quick glance at almost any time of the day shows most are actively blasting around tracks. If you're a Wii U owner, there are decent odds this applies to you. That's...

Mario Kart Month: What Mario Kart Means To Me

What Mario Kart Means To Me

Dave Letcavage shares his experiences with the series

In this personal reminiscence, Nintendo Life contributor Dave Letcavage explains how important the Mario Kart franchise — and gaming in a broader sense — are to him, recounting events of his life in which they've been invaluable sources of entertainment, fun and escape. You don’t need...

Talking Point: The GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U Should Open Some Doors

The GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U Should Open Some Doors

Such a simple idea, but perfect for pleasing dedicated fans

Let's kick this off with a remark that may, when read with fire in the belly, be interpreted as a tad controversial. The GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U, unveiled by Nintendo in a video advertising its upcoming Super Smash Bros. E3 Invitational event, is unlikely to excite or even...

Video: Days Of Our Tomodachi Lives Goes Down Under And All Over

Days Of Our Tomodachi Lives Goes Down Under And All Over

Don't forget to take part in the caption competition

This week's Days of Our Tomodachi Lives episode is a little bit later than usual, but we can assure you that it is well worth the wait. Once again, we use the medium of Tomodachi Life to create a weird and wonderful soap opera which is uncanny in its reflection of what it's actually like to work...

Mario Kart Month: The Developers Who Tried To Beat Nintendo At Its Own Game

The Developers Who Tried To Beat Nintendo At Its Own Game

Improving On Perfection

Veterans of the 16-bit era will vividly recall the first time they played Super Mario Kart. Nintendo's seminal racer was a genuine revolution; it took what had previously been quite a staid and serious genre and turned it into something light-hearted, yet immensely challenging and addictive. While Super Mario Kart had an...