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Feature: Looking Back at Nintendo in 2013 - Part Three

Looking Back at Nintendo in 2013 - Part Three

Pokémon goes Mega, 2DS, Wii U price cut and other shenanigans

We've so far covered the first six months of Nintendo in 2013, taking in various 3DS successes, ups and downs for the Wii U and some E3 madness. As is also the norm, there were weird moments, as well as the near-monthly delight of Nintendo Direct broadcasts. We now cover the latter...

Matters of Import: Drop Matching And Dragon Evolving In Puzzle & Dragons Z

Drop Matching And Dragon Evolving In Puzzle & Dragons Z

This 3DS smash proves there is life after microtransactions

Puzzle & Dragons is popular wherever it’s available, but perhaps in its native Japan most of all. GungHo’s cash cow not only has regular tie-ins with big franchises like Monster Hunter, Taiko no Tatsujin and Hunter X Hunter, but has also generated an extensive range of merchandise...

Feature: Looking Back at Nintendo in 2013 - Part Two

Looking Back at Nintendo in 2013 - Part Two

Some highs, lows, and E3 madness

Yesterday we brought you the first part of our 2013 summary, which contained the thrills and spills of three Nintendo Direct broadcasts and a handful of major game releases. We did miss out on the story of Ubisoft delaying Rayman Legends in order to facilitate a multi-platform release, as was correctly pointed out to...

Matters of Import: Welcome To The Terrifying Yet Accessible World Of Monster Hunter 4

Welcome To The Terrifying Yet Accessible World Of Monster Hunter 4

Something to get your teeth stuck into

Monster Hunter 4 is the latest and greatest in Capcom’s endlessly popular series of wildlife-bothering games, bringing even more areas to explore and new monsters to turn into breastplates and boots. Thankfully hunters come prepared for these new challenges with two new weapon types and the all-new ability...

Feature: Looking Back at Nintendo in 2013 - Part One

Looking Back at Nintendo in 2013 - Part One

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

We're already looking forward to the coming year here at Nintendo Life, picking some of our most anticipated Wii U and 3DS of 2014, while hoping for good times and another year of excellent gaming. Yet still, part of looking forward is understanding what's happened before, and as is our yearly...

Matters of Import: Dessert-Based Adventures With Kaeru No Tame Ni Kane Wa Naru

Dessert-Based Adventures With Kaeru No Tame Ni Kane Wa Naru

That Zelda-ish game with the frog guy

Twenty one years ago, Game Boy fans were graced with the wonderful Link’s Awakening, an action-adventure classic that has quite rightfully taken its place in gaming history as one of the greatest games in both the Game Boy’s library and The Legend of Zelda series. But a year before that, Japanese gamers...

Feature: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2014

The Biggest 3DS Games of 2014

2013 set a high standard

2013 was a terrific year for the 3DS, when the recovery of 2012 was consolidated into a year of substantial sales and critical acclaim from gamers. The line-up of games throughout the year probably wasn't as substantial as popular perception would suggest, but it was a case of a small quantity delivering excellent quality,...

Matters Of Import: Conflict Is Always On The Cards In Sega's Sangokushi Taisen Ten

Conflict Is Always On The Cards In Sega's Sangokushi Taisen Ten

Like Magic the Gathering and Dynasty Warriors after a stint in a blender

Sangokushi Taisen is a long-running and popular series in Japanese arcades, its initially strange mix of collectable trading cards and real-time strategy turning out to not only be incredibly good fun but also commercially successful; it has spawning multiple sequels,...

Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2014

The Biggest Wii U Games of 2014

Some good 'uns are on the way

A new year is here, and with it comes the opportunity for Nintendo and its partners to excite Wii U owners in the best possible way — with great games. We've decided to list some of the most anticipated and exciting games coming to the Wii U in 2014, all as a taste of what's to come. Our aim with this list is to...

Talking Point: New Year Resolutions for Nintendo

New Year Resolutions for Nintendo

We can all improve

With 2014 now here, it provides an opportunity to take stock and consider ambitions for the year, as well as identify areas of improvement. We can all do better things and improve ourselves, but what of major corporations? The same rule applies to them, so below are some suggestions for Nintendo, which brought us so much to enjoy...

Site News: How was 2013 for Nintendo Life?

How was 2013 for Nintendo Life?

Killed it

Whilst 2013 might not go down in history as a vintage year for Nintendo, it draws to a close with Wii U sales seemingly on the increase and 3DS still holding its firm dominance of the handheld market. For us, here at Nintendo Life, 2013 has been a fantastic year - our best yet. If I had to choose a single highlight of running a gaming...

Game of the Year: Nintendo Life Readers' Awards 2013

Nintendo Life Readers' Awards 2013

You have spoken

On Christmas Day we asked you to choose your Game of the Year winners, and we've been delighted by your enthusiasm to do just that. We received thousands of votes across all categories as you had your say on the best gaming that was on offer with Nintendo's systems. The categories were the same as for our Staff choices, yet you...

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

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

Rainbow Road 3DS stage! Yellow things! Zelda! More!

We're a day late with this article, so our apologies. As is always the case Masahiro Sakurai took to the Super Smash Bros. Director's Room on Miiverse to share screens of Super Smash Bros., even doing so during the main Holiday week. He has confirmed that the pic of the day feature is taking a...

Round Table: Let's Talk About Nintendo in 2013 - Wii U and Favourites of the Year

Let's Talk About Nintendo in 2013 - Wii U and Favourites of the Year

There were some awesome Wii U games this year, you know...

In the second part of our round table, covering 2013 — part one's discussion of the 3DS is right here — we talk over the Wii U and its biggest games. We also look ahead to what's coming, list some random favourite games and, somehow, return the subject to Altered Beast, as is now...

Matters Of Import: Welcome To The Bizarre World Of Namco's Numan Athletics

Welcome To The Bizarre World Of Namco's Numan Athletics

'80s popstar Gary Numan sadly not involved

Nintendo’s Virtual Console service has been a constant treasure trove of classic gaming for many years now, covering hundreds of titles across some of the greatest systems to ever exist. It’s thrown up more than a few unexpected surprises along the way too – including this Japan-only port of the...

Round Table: Let's Talk About Nintendo in 2013 - 3DS

Let's Talk About Nintendo in 2013 - 3DS

Some serious and not-so-serious discussion, with a little madness

A little before Christmas a number of Nintendo Life staffers got together in a large, comfortable virtual room and had a chat about Nintendo throughout 2013. There were some well-judged and considered opinions on the prospective years of the 3DS and Wii U, some moments of silliness...

Feature: Our Nintendo Moments of 2013 - Part Two

Our Nintendo Moments of 2013 - Part Two

Tom, Dave and Lewis share their favourite 2013 memories

In the slightly delayed second part of this series, three more members of the Nintendo Life team share their favourite moments and memories from 2013. This time around we have features editor Tom Whitehead, US reviewer Dave Letcavage and news hound Lewis Childs. Tom Whitehead: 2013 has...

Feature: Time to Vote For Your Game of the Year 2013

Time to Vote For Your Game of the Year 2013

You thought we'd forgotten...

2013 is drawing to a close, so you know what that means — annual awards. As is becoming our norm we'll have staff awards, votes of which will be counted shortly, while also giving you the chance to contribute to the Reader Awards. There can be no injustice in the ultimate online democracy, we hope... In past years...

Feature: Our Nintendo Moments of 2013 - Part One

Our Nintendo Moments of 2013 - Part One

Ron, Morgan and Lee share Nintendo memories

In the first of a festive two-part series, some of your humble Nintendo Life writers share their favourite Nintendo gaming memories of 2013. In this first part we have three of our U.S. reviewers and news hounds, Ron DelVillano, Morgan Sleeper and Lee Meyer. Ron DelVillano: One of the strangest...

Guide: Understanding The Basics Of Japanese For Import Gaming Goodness

Understanding The Basics Of Japanese For Import Gaming Goodness

Prospective import players: We've got you covered

Buying and playing Japanese imports is one of gaming's little adventures. It can be exciting and rewarding, but it's not without its pitfalls — the most obvious of which is the language barrier. While many import games will feature a small amount of English text, most will be impenetrable to those...

Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - Super Mario 3D World Captures Hearts

12 Days of Christmas - Super Mario 3D World Captures Hearts

A perfect Christmas Day game

Over the past two weeks we've covered eleven games, trends or events from the year that we feel represent some of the best of Nintendo in 2013; we'll have a lot more 2013 reminiscences and Game of The Year awards in the coming week, too. Yet it seemed appropriate to end this series on potentially the biggest high for...

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

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

Rosalina and Luma! Wily Stage! Cool Nintendo Direct video! Other stuff!

It's the last entry of this series of features before Christmas, and we think last week's screens will certainly help us get into the seasonal spirit. As always Masahiro Sakurai took to the Super Smash Bros. Director's Room on Miiverse to share screens of Super Smash Bros.,...

Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - Pokémon X & Y and the 2DS, Perfect Together

12 Days of Christmas - Pokémon X & Y and the 2DS, Perfect Together

Rapidashing through the snow with a Horsea on our sleigh

The Pokémon series has certainly evolved (some might even say mega-evolved) since the days of Pocket Monsters Akai and Pocket Monsters Midori in 1995. While franchise creator Satoshi Tajiri still has a hand in the development of main series Pokémon games, things have certainly moved on...