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

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

Wedding bells (?) in the air, Toon Link's arrival and more

It's Monday, which means Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS screenshot goodness from the Miiverse Director's Room community; Masahiro Sakurai, by simply posting five screenshots a week, is certainly bringing a little extra joy to our lives. Last week we had the reveal of Toon Link, while the...

Interview: Ubisoft on Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag's Place in the Franchise, and Returning to Wii U

Ubisoft on Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag's Place in the Franchise, and Returning to Wii U

Wii U release dates also confirmed

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag is, perhaps depending on your perspective, a highly tempting multi-platform blockbuster coming to the Wii U or, alternatively, a title below first-party releases and exclusives in the pecking order this Holiday season. It's a release, notably alongside another Ubisoft title in...

Hardware Review: Nintendo 2DS

Nintendo 2DS

We spend some time with the newest member of the 3DS family

When the 3DS first launched and showed the world exactly how incredible glasses-free 3D gaming could be, it was quickly dismissed by many as a gimmick and a dying fad. Now, almost three years and 30 million shipped units later, the 3DS is one of the strongest consoles on the market, and...

Talking Point: The Steam Gaming Machines Are An Unconventional Challenge to the Wii U

The Steam Gaming Machines Are An Unconventional Challenge to the Wii U

Sony and Microsoft aren't the only competitors

When considering the challenges and competitors that the Wii U faces in the months and years to come, it's becoming an increasingly cluttered and tricky space to manoeuvre. Much the same was said during the early days of the 3DS, as its struggles saw it stacked up against smartphones and tablets; at...

Developer Interview: Xander Davis on Astrogun, Indie Potential and the Wii U

Xander Davis on Astrogun, Indie Potential and the Wii U

"Gamers are dreamers, I think we all care deeply about realizing the dream"

Earlier this summer a story that caught the imagination of the Nintendo Life community revolved around Xander Davis, an independent developer that declared himself to be a Wii U believer — he'd previously dismissed the system prior to its launch. It was a case of going...

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

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

Olimar on 3DS, all the Single Ladies, a stage tunnel (?!) and more

It's time once again to build our hype for Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS ahead of its 2014 (hopefully) release. Masahiro Sakurai, as normal, used the Smash Bros. Director's Room on Miiverse to share five new images last week; all to tantalise us further. It was a week without...

Feature: The Weird World of Video Games

The Weird World of Video Games

Weirdness makes the World go 'round

Sometimes it feels like this video gaming hobby of ours can be a dreadfully serious business. We worry about the direction of brands we love — in many of our cases, of course, Nintendo — or perhaps we get hot and bothered about what games are coming, those that aren't, or a myriad of other things. There are...

Reaction: Nintendo Reminds Us of the Wii's Glory Days With Wii Fit U and Wii Sports Club

Nintendo Reminds Us of the Wii's Glory Days With Wii Fit U and Wii Sports Club

Inexpensive upgrade options are vital for attracting the Wii generation

This week Nintendo didn't so much surprise us with a Nintendo Direct, but left it outside the door unannounced and ran away giggling. Again apparently relying on the rapid influence of word of mouth, or perhaps acknowledging that much of the target audience aren't Nintendo...

Interview: Junichi Masuda and Hironobu Yoshida Discuss Pokémon X and Y, Mega Evolutions and the 2DS

Junichi Masuda and Hironobu Yoshida Discuss Pokémon X and Y, Mega Evolutions and the 2DS

On the road to Luminose City

On 12th October budding Pokémon masters will be able to explore first-hand the beautiful polygonal 3D environments of the French-inspired region of Kalos, where trainers rush around on roller-skates and a giant Ryhorn snoozes outside your front door. We caught up with Pokémon X and Y's Director Junichi Masuda and...

Feature: Hiroshi Yamauchi - The Man Who Made Nintendo

Hiroshi Yamauchi - The Man Who Made Nintendo

We pay tribute to the former Nintendo president, who died today

Earlier today, we reported on the sad news that former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi had passed away at the age of 85. For many younger Nintendo fans, the name might not mean anything — Yamauchi's time in charge lasted from 1949 to 2002, and Nintendo's recent glory years have...

First Impressions: Pokémon X & Y

Pokémon X & Y

Katy and Martin go hands-on

We were recently lucky enough to get some hands-on time with Pokémon X & Y, and see in advance what sort of impact the new 3D engine and gameplay has had on the core Pokémon franchise. As two of us were able to attend the event and both experience the game individually on some shiny 2DS systems, our first...

Soapbox: Why Grand Theft Auto V Isn't For Me

Why Grand Theft Auto V Isn't For Me

Damien McFerran reminds us that other games are available

This week sees the release of Grand Theft Auto V on PS3 and 360 — but, alas, not the Wii U. But of course, you already knew that, because unless you've recently taken up residence beneath an exceptionally large rock, you'll have found it absolutely impossible to avoid hearing about...

Developer Interview: Black Forest Games on Bringing Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams to Wii U

Black Forest Games on Bringing Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams to Wii U

"We are planning to bring every game we develop to the Wii U as well"

The Wii U eShop may have endured a relatively dry spell immediately after launch, but in recent times it's played host to a number of highly rated titles, with plenty more on the way. One of these releases is Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, a new title in a franchise that dates...

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

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

Plane trouble, Kirby, the arrival of Peach and more

It's that time again, dear readers, when we bring together the lovely images shared by Masahiro Sakurai last week over on Miiverse. Even though Super Smash Bros. only has a vague 2014 release window, that doesn't mean we can't be hyped for it now, to the point we'll be positively combustible when...

Hands On: Assault Android Cactus

Assault Android Cactus

Crazy name, crazy game

Assault Android Cactus is a name that may initially baffle, but once the game begins makes perfect sense; that's the case with this title as a whole. Bullet-hell shooters like this can look like confusing, terrifying propositions to the wrong audience, but once into the action anyone with quick thumbs will have a lot of fun...

Talking Point: Marketing Wii U to the Masses

Marketing Wii U to the Masses

Time to spread the word

While we await a potential increase in hardware sales, even Nintendo would admit that the Wii U has underperformed in its debut year. With poor sales to date and a year’s head start over its next-gen competition arguably squandered, the Wii U is in the unenviable position of heading into its first anniversary with yearly...

Developer Interview: WayForward on Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, Going to HD and Expanding the Franchise

WayForward on Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, Going to HD and Expanding the Franchise

Moving onto bigger screens

WayForward is a company that seems to have two very different representations of itself. There's the contracting company that takes on projects for third-parties, some of which are excellent, crowd-pleasing projects and other movie spin-offs that perhaps aren't, and then there's WayForward the developer of its own...

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

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Seventeen

WGAYPTW (snappy, right?) gets closer to adulthood

It's been a long journey for the What Games Are You Playing This Weekend series of articles. What started with such excitable promise became an irregular, grumpy visitor to the Nintendo Life servers, before a stern telling to brought it around to its new regular fortnightly slot. After last time's...

Hands On: Toki Tori 2+

Toki Tori 2+

Potential fulfilled

Toki Tori 2 was a bold, ambitious game in its design, and delivered on many fronts. Its deliberately hands-off approach, combined with occasionally ambiguous objectives and awkward backtracking counted against it in the eyes of some — certainly not all — gamers. In our review we awarded 7/10, concluding that a high degree...

Feature: Great Nintendo 64 Multiplayer Games You May Not Have Played

Great Nintendo 64 Multiplayer Games You May Not Have Played

All you need is a bunch of friends

When it comes to local multiplayer, the Nintendo 64 is undoubtedly one of the best systems around. With four controller ports built into the console, as well as a solid line-up of classic multiplayer games, it isn't surprising that the system is still being enjoyed by many people around the world – it is, after...

Developer Interview: QubicGames Tells Us All About AiRace Speed, 3DS Development and Nintendo in Poland

QubicGames Tells Us All About AiRace Speed, 3DS Development and Nintendo in Poland

Release dates and an exclusive first-look at gameplay footage inside

AiRace Speed was announced just recently, the third in the series after two rather enjoyable DSiWare releases in that franchise. With a promising statistic of 18 tracks and a reasonable price point of $4.99 in North America and €4.99 / £4.49 in Europe, combined with its solid...