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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...

Developer Interview: PhobosLab on XType Plus, Impact and Why the Nintendo Web Framework Matters

PhobosLab on XType Plus, Impact and Why the Nintendo Web Framework Matters

The HTML5 revolution begins

While there are aspects of the Wii U that can questioned and put under scrutiny, its role in engaging and encouraging download-only developers should be emphasized as a major positive. The support for the widely used Unity engine — with free licensing and tools — has opened the platform up to a number of developers,...

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

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

Cute Nintendog! Little Mac! Home-Run Bat! More!

Super Smash Bros. made another Nintendo Direct appearance last week, with 2014 again emphasized as the release window, to remind us that the iconic series isn't far away from a Wii U and 3DS return. We're a little later than normal with the summary this time, but Masahiro Sakurai continues to use the...

Matters of Import: Dragon Quest Monsters 2 Shows Us How Remakes Should Be Done

Dragon Quest Monsters 2 Shows Us How Remakes Should Be Done

A monster masterpiece

Iru and Luca’s (or Tara and Cobi’s, if you prefer) adventure first graced the world with its presence thirteen years ago on the Game Boy Color, had a very brief fling with the PlayStation (Japan only, of course) in 2002, and then lay dormant for over a decade before Square Enix dusted it off and gave it an excellent...

Feature: What We Want to See in SNES Remix

What We Want to See in SNES Remix

Because it must be on the cards...

Following on from this week's Nintendo Direct where NES Remix 2 was revealed, our hopes were raised for a SNES Remix to be announced in the near future. It's got to only be a matter of time, right? With this in mind we devised a likely list of candidates for a 16-bit remix mash-up. These are all Nintendo-published...

Feature: Video Game Characters Looking for Love - 2014

Video Game Characters Looking for Love - 2014

Dating Game Over

It's Valentine's Day, and with the most commercially romantic day of the year come many traditions, such as exchanging flowers, sending cards, getting sick on chocolate, and combing online dating sites looking for profiles posted by our favourite video game characters! What, you don't do that last thing? That's okay, because we...

Talking Point: What We Expect In Nintendo Direct - 13th February

What We Expect In Nintendo Direct - 13th February

Though we hope for so much more

Throughout 2013 Nintendo Direct broadcasts were a monthly affair, with some being small broadcasts focused on specific titles. After the pre-Christmas broadcast that surprised us with games such as NES Remix and more so with Hyrule Warriors, January passed without a further update. That was hardly a surprise due to...

Feature: Meet The Gamate, The Handheld Which Tried To Take On The Game Boy And Failed

Meet The Gamate, The Handheld Which Tried To Take On The Game Boy And Failed

We look at the history behind one of gaming's more obscure portables

When Nintendo launched the original Game Boy to a rapturous critical and commercial reception in 1989 it was almost a forgone conclusion that other companies would follow suit and concoct their own portable systems. Arch-rival Sega quickly pushed the Game Gear onto store shelves...

Feature: The Weird and Wonderful World of Nintendo Patents

The Weird and Wonderful World of Nintendo Patents

Because gaming needs more wackiness

Nintendo is well known for pushing new ideas, often utilising established technology to broaden our horizons and shake up gaming experiences. The Wii Remote may have used well-worn technology in innovative ways to prompt a motion-control craze, yet it wasn't received with universal rapture before the Wii launched...

Parent Trap: Wii Fit U Accepts Our Varied Bodies

Wii Fit U Accepts Our Varied Bodies

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson has another look at Nintendo's fitness title

Video games reflect wider society’s desire for the perfect body. Having children only presses this issue home and means I’m pickier about the shape of our video-game protagonists. However, I have been happily surprised then to see how Wii Fit U handles this. Rather than...

Remake Request: ActRaiser

ActRaiser

Playing God

Back when the Super Nintendo launched in Japan — where it was of course known as the Super Famicom — it was accompanied by some truly remarkable titles. As a young (and loyal) Sega Mega Drive owner at the time, for me personally it was torture to see the likes of Pilotwings, F-Zero and

Talking Point: The Watch_Dogs Wii U Delay Demonstrates That Major Third-Parties Are Walking Away

The Watch_Dogs Wii U Delay Demonstrates That Major Third-Parties Are Walking Away

How important that is for the system is up for debate

Before the Wii U was launched Nintendo made the right noises about third-party support — here was a powerful system with backing from major players like EA, Activision and Ubisoft, we were told, and the innovative new controller would encourage unique, multi-screen experiences. Of course,...

Interview: We Chat to BNC Design Studios, A New Wii U Developer With An Eye on Licensed Products

We Chat to BNC Design Studios, A New Wii U Developer With An Eye on Licensed Products

"Mario is still the greatest name in entertainment"

While the third-party retail game scene may be increasingly desolate on Wii U, it seems the download-only market is very much alive and kicking. There are a broad range of multi-platform and exclusive games on the way, from established and experienced Nintendo download developers to newcomers...

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

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

Lucario again! Palkia! Mother Brain! More!

Super Smash Bros. keeps creeping closer — thanks to the inevitable passing of time — and we can anticipate the anarchic fun that awaits at home on Wii U and, pleasingly, on our travels with those funky 3DS visuals. Masahiro Sakurai continues to tease us along, via the Super Smash Bros. Director's Room,...

Feature: Monster Hunting with Kerry: Kechawacha – That's A Name, Not A Sneeze

Monster Hunting with Kerry: Kechawacha – That's A Name, Not A Sneeze

Drinking potions like they're going out of style

With the recent announcement of both Monster Hunter 4G and a confirmed Western release in 2015, the self-titled "Greatest Editors In The World" have stuffed me back in my cupboard, denying me anything not directly related to creating Monster Hunter articles for you lovely people. I've been promised...

Interview: Renegade Kid on Moon Chronicles and New Horizons on the 3DS eShop

Renegade Kid on Moon Chronicles and New Horizons on the 3DS eShop

"I definitely feel the loyalty and expectation of the players"

Early this year Renegade Kid began to build hype for an FPS release on the 3DS eShop, and after some teasing revealed Moon Chronicles. It's an intriguing prospect for the portable, as it'll be the first notable FPS and, more notably, the first episodic release on the platform. An idea...

Feature: Your Guide Through Dragon Quest Monsters 2

Your Guide Through Dragon Quest Monsters 2

The adventure starts here!

We know there are a lot of Nintendo Life readers who’d love to get their hands on Dragon Quest Monsters 2 but can’t, either because of Nintendo's ongoing region-locking policy or simply due to the language barrier. So we’re hoping to give you the next best thing – a front-row seat on Kerry’s run through the...

Interview: Shin'en Multimedia on the Wii U Difference for Art of Balance

Shin'en Multimedia on the Wii U Difference for Art of Balance

We break down what's new, including numerous multiplayer modes

Earlier today we revealed that Shin'en Multimedia is bringing Art of Balance to the Wii U eShop, with a target release window of Q2 — before the end of June. It's a title that first appeared on WiiWare, before there was an updated version on the 3DS titled Art of Balance: TOUCH. Th

Month Of Kong: Meet Donkey Kong's Extended Family

Meet Donkey Kong's Extended Family

The gang is all here

As you're probably aware by now, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze hits the Wii U on February 21st. To mark this momentous occasion, we're running a month of Kong-related content on Nintendo Life — the first of which is this intriguing look at the famous simian's extended family. Grab some bananas, set your phone to "do...