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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...

Guide: Getting Started in Mario Kart 8

Getting Started in Mario Kart 8

Don't drive into the deep end

As some of the Nintendo Life team still like discs that come in boxes, our original plan was to release a getting started guide on 30th May; then we remembered some of you trendy types may download the title as soon as it pops up on the Wii U eShop, which may or may not be at midnight. You just can't wait, right? So...

Interview: Goodbye Galaxy Games on Tappingo 2 Improvements, With Hints at What's Next

Goodbye Galaxy Games on Tappingo 2 Improvements, With Hints at What's Next

Working on an "FPS with guns and blood"

Just recently we published an interview with Hugo Smits of Goodbye Galaxy Games, discussing the studio's move into self-publishing on the 3DS and exploring the details of the bold 'Gomba' development tool that's in progress. Beyond that, of course, it's a company known for clever, innovative download games on...

Mario Kart Month: A Brief History Of Mario Kart Item Evolution: Mighty Mushroom

A Brief History Of Mario Kart Item Evolution: Mighty Mushroom

There’s a shroom for every occasion

You wouldn’t normally associate a mushroom with speed, but just look at Toad with his white and red polka dot head – he’s always zipping about. Clearly he’s got a need for speed after excessive use of the mighty mushroom out on the track. Actually, it’s hard to imagine what’s even under that...

Poll: A Tale of Two Blockbusters as Mario Kart 8 and Watch Dogs Arrive This Week

A Tale of Two Blockbusters as Mario Kart 8 and Watch Dogs Arrive This Week

How will you spend your cash?

A gaming year is often summed up by crowded, high-profile release windows, typically in November as Holiday shopping and Black Friday insanity sweep stores in multiple territories. While this week isn't quite on that scale, it does see the rather brilliant Mario Kart 8 on Wii U go up against Watch Dogs on, well,...

Interview: Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuki, On Key Features of the Wii U's Blockbuster Release

Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuki, On Key Features of the Wii U's Blockbuster Release

"Not ruling out the possibility" of a Smash Bros. roster approach in future

For Wii U owners this week is about one game, Mario Kart 8. A new arrival in the franchise is always an exciting occasion, and in some respects this entry takes the series forward in more ways than its predecessors — it brings HD visuals to the franchise for the first...

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

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

Assist Trophy Capsule! Mirrored characters! Ike! More!

E3 creeps ever closer, which should mean more information on Super Smash Bros. isn't far away. The past week was actually fairly eventful for the titles, however, with loose comments from Nintendo's French division suggesting that the Wii U version will utilise the NFC Figurine Platform, with...

Mario Kart Month: Mario Kart's Best Weapon Isn't What You Think

Mario Kart's Best Weapon Isn't What You Think

Green Shells For Pride and Honour

Games in the Mario Kart series — including the forthcoming Mario Kart 8 — are usually referred to as racing games, but we all know that's only half the story — the other half is gladiatorial combat on wheels, battles fought between competitors using whatever Super Mario-themed objects of destruction they can...

Interview: Goodbye Galaxy Games on Entering the World of Publishing and Opening Up 3DS Development With Gomba

Goodbye Galaxy Games on Entering the World of Publishing and Opening Up 3DS Development With Gomba

Outlines Gomba details and release plans

When it comes to Nintendo's portable download platforms, we think it's fair to say that they've been the home of a number of intriguing, unique titles from a broad spectrum of developers. Unlike the emergence of the Wii U store's expanding library courtesy of its support for off-the-shelf dev tools like...

Talking Point: It's Not Too Late for Nintendo to Join the Minecraft Party

It's Not Too Late for Nintendo to Join the Minecraft Party

The blocky horse hasn't bolted, yet

If Minecraft was a conventional video game, its time in the sun would have passed by now, or we'd currently be playing Minecraft 4 and questioning whether Mojang was going 'a bit EA' with its annual releases. That's far from the reality, however, as this is a game that has ignored convention to establish itself...

Video: Feast Your Eyes On Episode One Of Days Of Our Tomodachi Lives

Feast Your Eyes On Episode One Of Days Of Our Tomodachi Lives

And take part in the caption competition to win a role in episode two

Last week, we told you about an amazing new event in web-based televisual programming: Days of Our Tomodachi Lives. A soap opera created entirely with Tomodachi Life, it is surely set to become one of the most significant contributions to popular culture yet seen, and the most...

Site News: Check Out Nintendo Life's eShop Picks On Your Wii U And 3DS

Check Out Nintendo Life's eShop Picks On Your Wii U And 3DS

Recommended viewing

Those of you with especially good memories will recall that Nintendo Life has been featured on the eShop twice in the past few years — back in 2011, we were asked by Nintendo of Europe to contribute a list of our favourite eShop titles, and a year later we supplied our red-hot summer picks for the North American eShop. We're...

Feature: Memories of the Wii and DS Wi-Fi Connection Era

Memories of the Wii and DS Wi-Fi Connection Era

When the Nintendo Network was but a twinkle in Iwata-san's eye

It's finally happened, the Wi-Fi connection on the Wii and DS is gone, disconnected on 20th May. The DSi and Wii Shop platforms are still running, but online multiplayer and content in games is now shut down, prompting the end of an era for the last-gen systems. Regardless of the...

Feature: Tomodachi Life Is The Game Your Mii Has Been Waiting For Since 2006

Tomodachi Life Is The Game Your Mii Has Been Waiting For Since 2006

Bringing digital denizens to life

When Nintendo introduced the Mii concept along with its Wii console back in 2006, it was something of a revelation — so much so that former bedfellow Rare was inspired to imitate the character creation system on Microsoft's Xbox 360 console with its similarly cute Avatars. A digital representation of the player...