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Talking Point: Nintendo's Major Wii U Retail Titles Can Benefit From More eShop Trials and Demos

Nintendo's Major Wii U Retail Titles Can Benefit From More eShop Trials and Demos

A taste before taking the plunge

Whether you want to call them free trials or demos, the ongoing absence — for the most part — of these offerings on the Nintendo eShop stores is noticeable. What's peculiar, at least from our perspective, is why that gap exists with some of Nintendo's finest first-party releases; in an increasingly competitive...

Ninterview: TriForce Johnson - A Journey From Game Master to First in Line

TriForce Johnson - A Journey From Game Master to First in Line

"Video games kept us off the streets"

In recent weeks we've spoken to a number of people with an exceptional passion for gaming, with that dedication centred on Nintendo. Isaiah TriForce Johnson's love of Nintendo is well known, as many will recognise him for the fact he's been first in line to multiple major launches in the U.S., all while...

Feature: VooFoo Studios and Ripstone on Pure Chess and Opening Up a New World of Cross-Platform Multiplayer

VooFoo Studios and Ripstone on Pure Chess and Opening Up a New World of Cross-Platform Multiplayer

Nintendo was "open minded, forward thinking" with networking challenges

While it may not have been making major headlines across the web, Nintendo's Wii U eShop has been pushing some landmarks in 2014. The first was with Blok Drop U, developer RCMADIAX seizing the crown of being the first developer to release a game through the Nintendo Web...

Talking Point: Super Metroid's 20th Anniversary Reminds Us Of What We Are Missing

Super Metroid's 20th Anniversary Reminds Us Of What We Are Missing

New Metroid games must be coming, right?

Today brought us a notable landmark, with the much-loved Super Metroid celebrating its 20th Anniversary. It's enough to make some of us feel old, but more importantly acts as a testament to the title's exceptional quality; you can play it now on your still shiny Wii U and it stands up to scrutiny. Visually...

Interview: Nocturnal on Flowerworks HD's Blossoming Development for Wii U

Nocturnal on Flowerworks HD's Blossoming Development for Wii U

"The eShop is much improved over the Wii Shop"

In February it emerged that Flowerworks HD: Follie's Adventure was coming to the Wii U eShop, an updated version of the thoroughly enjoyable Flowerworks on WiiWare. Developer Nocturnal Entertainment, which had been relatively quiet after the WiiWare release, joined the ever-growing list of small...

Feature: Looking Back on the Year of Luigi

Looking Back on the Year of Luigi

What a year...

It's had a good run, but the Year of Luigi ends today, 18th March. It's been a year of highs and flutter jump-enabled slightly better highs, with green taking over the Nintendo universe and the unappreciated Bro getting the recognition he deserves. Cruel meme generators may accuse Luigi of overseeing a bad year for Nintendo as a...

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

A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Twenty Nine

Lumiose City! Fat Mac! Din's Fire! More things!

It's Monday, which means it's time for our Super Smash Bros. summary from last week. There are some good'uns, too. Masahiro Sakurai produced one post that we though worthy of its own article due to the size of the reveal, and that was Lumiose City as a playable stage; that was particularly exciting...

Feature: Baby Mario's Global Adventure Through Twitter

Baby Mario's Global Adventure Through Twitter

More social networking hijinks from Nintendo

During February Cranky Kong took over Nintendo of America's Twitter account for a day in order to promote Wii U release Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Nintendo had made much of the character's inclusion in the game, even officially revealing him at the VGX Awards, and took the opportunity to have a...

Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women In Games Won't Make the Problem Go Away

Ignoring The Objectification Of Women In Games Won't Make the Problem Go Away

Should we boycott Senran Kagura Burst's balloon-breasted characters?

Long-time readers of Nintendo Life will be aware that we've given a fair amount of coverage to Senran Kagura Burst, a 3DS fighting game which recently launched in Europe amid a campaign which focused almost entirely on the title's bevy of busty female combatants. To be honest, I...

Month Of Yoshi: Your Travel Guide To Yoshi's Island

Your Travel Guide To Yoshi's Island

Going anywhere nice this year?

Though we've finally shaken off the last of Winter's dreary cold here at Nintendo Life HQ, it's always tempting to consider taking a quick break somewhere bathed in sun and kalimba music. In our search for the perfect spot, we've come across an old travel brochure that fits right in with the Month of Yoshi. What...

Month of Yoshi: Guide for Beginner Yoshi Owners

Guide for Beginner Yoshi Owners

Practical advice on brightly coloured, insatiable dinosaur maintenance

Congratulations on your first Yoshi! With the proper upkeep and care, your new addition will prove a faithful companion and friend. As the two of you build mutual trust, your Yoshi can even grow to serve as a chauffeur or care for your easily kidnapped children. Even without...

Talking Point: Important Steps to Bring the 3DS and Wii U Closer Together

Important Steps to Bring the 3DS and Wii U Closer Together

Do cross the streams

The Wii U is struggling. It’s a lovely looking console with some great games, but large developers whose names don’t start with “Nin” and end with “Tendo” are hardly queuing up to make software for the system, and there's little publicly visible to change that situation; the download-only scene is, thankfully, much...

Developer Interview: Causal Bit Games On Scratching That Hardcore Itch With Insanity's Blade

Causal Bit Games On Scratching That Hardcore Itch With Insanity's Blade

"This is how I want to feel while I split my enemies in half"

We recently reported on the confirmation that Causal Bit Games is bringing its retro-inspired action title Insanity's Blade to the Wii U eShop. Looking like the best 16-bit hack-and-slash game you never played, this digital download aims to capture the feel of genre classics like R

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

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

Grannies! Bumper! Little Mac punching! More!

It's Monday, which normally means Nintendo Download news for Europe and Super Smash Bros. screens at which to gawk. For the second week running we're denied the former as expected — we'll bring the full list when it's released — but we can still enjoy our normal weekly screen summary. Phew. Masahiro...

Soapbox: The Nintendo Wi-Fi Disconnection Reminds Us Why Local Multiplayer Still Matters

The Nintendo Wi-Fi Disconnection Reminds Us Why Local Multiplayer Still Matters

Tom Whitehead goes on about online multiplayer's pitfalls, like an old man

I was disappointed to learn about Nintendo switching off online play on the Wii and DS; at the time I was on a short break spending some time with my family and, funnily enough, getting ready for some memory-jogging multiplayer gaming with my older brother. Growing up...

Feature: Lifting the Curtain on Game Ratings and the Headache of Worldwide Releases

Lifting the Curtain on Game Ratings and the Headache of Worldwide Releases

Developers and publishers give us the details

In recent weeks some headlines have been made by the ratings agencies and processes for getting eShop games from development studios and onto our Nintendo consoles. An early shot was fired by Renegade Kid in an interview with us late last year, in which co-founder Jools Watsham explained why, to this...

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...