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Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Twenty Three

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Twenty Three

Hooray for holiday weekends

It's a holiday weekend in various parts of the world; whether you're observing Easter or just enjoying some time off work / school / other stuff, it's a chance to chill out and play some video games. Or go outside. Or, in a perfect world, both. It's also time for another edition of WGAYPTW, an acronym that'll one day be...

Month Of Kirby: Kirby's Lost Levels

Kirby's Lost Levels

Kirby's Cancelled Curse?

In the first of a series of features that'll form a mini Month of Kirby — ahead of the release of Kirby: Triple Deluxe in May — we look at a few games starring the pink mascot that never saw the light of day. Kirby has had a storied run as one of Nintendo’s most recognizable characters, having appeared in traditional...

Talking Point: Amazon Fire TV is an Early Warning for Console Heavyweights

Amazon Fire TV is an Early Warning for Console Heavyweights

Unlikely to kill consoles, but its successors may try

When the Ouya was successfully crowdfunded, its executives talked it up as a revolution in living room gaming, promising a wonderland of fun experiences available for free or costing less than a cup of coffee; the world would move on from pricier game consoles flogging retail priced games. Like...

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

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

Metroid! Samus! Smash Run! Direct!

It's Mond... TUESDAY, which means its time to look at what happened in the world of Super Smash Bros. on Miiverse last week. We're a day late due to some different scheduling this week but we hadn't forgotten — we never forget this feature. Last week was a big one for these two games, with an almighty Super...

First Impressions: Tomodachi Life

Tomodachi Life

Life is what you make it

Since the surprise announcement that Tomodachi Life is coming to the West on 6th June, gamers have been trying to figure out exactly the game is all about. Given that it's a Nintendo project, comparisons to Animal Crossing have been bandied about, while others have confidently placed the game in the same basket as EA's...

Interview: Tom Create on Past Projects, Smash Cat Heroes and the Download Transition

Tom Create on Past Projects, Smash Cat Heroes and the Download Transition

"The eShop is somewhere where we definitely want to be involved"

The increasing importance and role of the download game market is often attributed to development studios based outside of Japan, with a perception that the home of Nintendo and many other prominent industry names is playing catch-up in embracing that segment of the market. There is...

Feature: Time For a Super Smash Bros. New Challenger Screenshot Blowout

Time For a Super Smash Bros. New Challenger Screenshot Blowout

Pick a favourite between Zero Suit Samus, Sheik, Yoshi, Charizard, Greninja

It's been a crazy week for Nintendo fans, with an impressive Super Smash Bros. Direct revealing plenty of details on the upcoming 3DS and Wii U releases being followed by an unexpected and utterly bonkers Tomodachi Life Nintendo Direct. They were particularly exciting...

Interview: 4 Corner Games Tells Us Why It's Got to Run to the Wii U eShop

4 Corner Games Tells Us Why It's Got to Run to the Wii U eShop

"I applied to Nintendo because I love playing games on Nintendo platforms"

Not too long ago 4 Corner Games announced that it'd be making its début with the Wii U-exclusive I've Got to Run, a runner title that'll include multiple modes and will run at a silky smooth 60 frames per second. In a wave of multi-platform download-only releases, this joins...

Ninterview: Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman on Mastering Super Smash Bros.

Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman on Mastering Super Smash Bros.

The King of Smash

Not long ago we conducted a Ninterview with TriForce Johnson, who told us about his journey from being a passionate gamer in the Bronx, New York, to a gaming celebrity famous for being first-in-line for a record number of Nintendo launches. He's far more than a keen video game shopper, however, with multiple world record scores...

Feature: How A Team Of Dedicated Fans Is Fixing Super Smash Bros. Brawl

How A Team Of Dedicated Fans Is Fixing Super Smash Bros. Brawl

The inside story on Project M

Super Smash Bros. Melee was a love letter from Nintendo to the company’s legion of fans — a fighting game packed to the brim with songs, stages, characters and art from the storied history of the Japanese game company. It’s an accomplishment quite unlike and unmatched by any other. Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the...

Feature: What We Want to See in Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Direct

What We Want to See in Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Direct

Time to break out the big reveals

After a wait of nearly two months since the previous Nintendo Direct, the big N caught us off guard with its announcement of the next broadcast — for one it gave a lead-in time of four days, well beyond the standard 24 hour notice. Not only that, but after the wait for the follow-up to the presentation on 13th...

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

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

Luigi! Gust Bellows! Pikachu's Thunder! More!

It's time once again for our Super Smash Bros. summary from last week, though this week perhaps feels a little different — we have a Super Smash Bros. Direct to look forward to, after all. Masahiro Sakurai has been playing it cool, however, with the Super Smash Bros. Director's Room not referencing...

Ninterview: Joe Heaton on The Joy of Game Boy Mods and Chiptune Music

Joe Heaton on The Joy of Game Boy Mods and Chiptune Music

"Over time it’s achieved an iconic status "

Nintendo's unrivalled history and cultural impact in gaming is manifested in various ways, and brings together fans and enthusiasts of many kinds. A number of us enthusiastically jump into the company's latest systems and games, while others find the most joy in collecting retro equivalents. There are...

Talking Point: The Timing of Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Direct Raises Expectations

The Timing of Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Direct Raises Expectations

A release date must be on the agenda

During 2013 Nintendo delivered 16 Nintendo Direct broadcasts — that's the count from the official Nintendo of America website, which includes some game-specific "mini" videos and does not include some Japan-specific examples. By this stage of 2013 there had been four Directs, and there was typically a...

Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Twenty Two

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Twenty Two

It's back again, again (again)

Once upon a time we posted regular articles in which the Nintendo Life team shared its weekend gaming plans and the community would do the same; it was rather pleasant. Then the poorly organised features editor responsible for the series lost track, once forgot to publish the article when submissions had actually...

Hardware Classics: Sega Saturn

Sega Saturn

Out of this world

Following their epic tussle for supremacy during the early part of the decade, the remainder of the '90s were difficult times for rivals Sega and Nintendo. The arrival of hardware newcomer Sony — and its phenomenally successful 32-bit PlayStation system — totally changed the landscape of the video games industry. Sega and...

Preview: Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8

The green light is nearly on

When it comes down to major, triple-A retail releases on the way that will — Nintendo hopes — lift the Wii U's sales and boost the public's perception of the system, there's currently only one show in town. While there are a number of exciting titles on the way from Nintendo and its partners, Mario Kart 8 has a...

Interview: Renegade Kid Discusses Its Cult County Kickstarter Adventure, With Wii U Included

Renegade Kid Discusses Its Cult County Kickstarter Adventure, With Wii U Included

We’re told why the 3DS version has been replaced

After Renegade Kid’s announcement last week that it would be launching a Kickstarter campaign for a home console project, it’s now lifted the lid on what that will be. It’s not an all-new previously unannounced title, nor is it the much anticipated Mutant Mudds 2, but actually Cult County...

Features: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2014 - Spring Edition

The Biggest 3DS Games of 2014 - Spring Edition

Quality over quantity?

Just recently we published a list of ten titles that we've described as the biggest Wii U games of 2014, a relatively challenging task when considering the extensive upcoming eShop line-up, in particular. That's part of a quarterly tradition here at Nintendo Life, and we brought the 3DS to the party at the start of this year...