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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...

Feature: Games That Almost Were - A Look At Cancelled N64 Titles

Games That Almost Were - A Look At Cancelled N64 Titles

Everything not saved will be lost

The end of the millennium was a turbulent time for Nintendo – the N64 hadn’t quite turned out to be the SNES Mk.II success it’d hoped the hardware would be, the 64DD add-on got off to a cautious launch in Japan and in 2001 both the N64 and the Game Boy Color would be completely replaced with younger and more...

Interview: Takashi Tezuka on Bringing Yoshi's New Island to the 3DS

Takashi Tezuka on Bringing Yoshi's New Island to the 3DS

"We used the original as a base on which to add new elements"

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island is often regarded as one of the finest platformers on Super NES, and potentially a stand-out across generations. After Yoshi's hugely popular appearance in its predecessor, it was a natural progression and one that certainly paid off for Nintendo...

Matters Of Import: Wonder Project J2 Brings Masterful 2D To The N64

Wonder Project J2 Brings Masterful 2D To The N64

Making cute robots girls cry

The N64 never did get much 2D love when it was around, but games like Wonder Project J2 — as well as Treasure’s Bangai-O — show that other developers were missing a trick by ignoring the untapped potential of this side of Nintendo’s hardware. First published by Enix in 1996, Josette’s adventures on Blueland...

Month Of Kong: Tropical Freeze Composer David Wise On Working With The Ape Again

Tropical Freeze Composer David Wise On Working With The Ape Again

A Rare breed of composer

As we all know, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze launched this month on the Wii U, and comes with a glorious soundtrack composed by former Rare staffer and original Donkey Kong Country music-maker David Wise. We got chance to sit down and chat with Wise recently, and he shared a few thoughts on what it was like...

Video: The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part One

The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part One

Just got a Wii U? These are the titles you should consider

The Wii U has now been with us for over a year, and in that time we've perhaps not seen quite as many titles as we'd like. Still, that's not to say that the machine is lacking in quality retail releases — far from it. In fact, it could be argued that Nintendo's console is home to some of...