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Feature: The Key Details on Splatoon, Nintendo's Shot at a New Wii U Hit

The Key Details on Splatoon, Nintendo's Shot at a New Wii U Hit

Modes, guns, 8-bit games and amiibo

This week brought us Splatoon Direct, Nintendo's quirky pitch for its upcoming ink-based arena shooter. It's a game that's justifiably been talked up a fair deal, with a blend of intuitive and clever GamePad controls, bright visuals and a whole lot of gameplay potential. While large sections reiterated information...

Reaction: The Splatoon Global Testfire Demo Is a Clever Nintendo Direct Highlight

The Splatoon Global Testfire Demo Is a Clever Nintendo Direct Highlight

Stress tests servers, creates and 'event' and builds hype all at once

Nintendo isn't quite as old-fashioned as some like to pretend; it is, after all, a multi-billion dollar entertainment company that manufactures and sells consoles. In recent times it's signalled a serious intent to tackle the smart device market, shake up its customer loyalty...

Feature: Here Are Our Fondest Kirby Memories

Here Are Our Fondest Kirby Memories

Rainbow Paintbrush finally launches in Europe this week, so we talk Kirby

This week sees the release of Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush (Rainbow Curse to you North Americans) in Europe, and we thought it would be the ideal time to share some of our most treasured Kirby-related memories with you, our dear readers. Since he bounded into our lives in...

Feature: A Fit-To-Burst History Of Kirby Games

A Fit-To-Burst History Of Kirby Games

In 22 easily swallowable installments

Kirby has always existed to present an appealing leaping-in point for beginner players, a job he has performed well for nearly two dozen years now. And yet, many of the players who helped cut their gaming teeth on a Kirby title still stick with the series after all this time. As more games are added to the Kirby...

Talking Point: Is Konami About To Exit The Console Game Business?

Is Konami About To Exit The Console Game Business?

Nintendo's old ally could be leaving the industry it helped to grow

Konami has been in the headlines a lot lately. First up were those troublesome rumours regarding the impending departure of Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear series and arguably the Japanese company's most valuable and famous employee. It would appear that Kojima is set to...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Legacy Makes The Virtual Console Essential, But It Must Modernise

Nintendo's Legacy Makes The Virtual Console Essential, But It Must Modernise

Idealism should make way for realism

Technologically, the world is busier and noisier than it's ever been before. So many gadgets and screens demand our time and loyalty, from smart TVs with hundreds of channels and streaming apps, to smartphones and tablets and, of course, game systems. Those with a decent amount of spare cash that are anxious to...

Poll: Is It Time For a Fresh Alternative to the Virtual Console?

Is It Time For a Fresh Alternative to the Virtual Console?

Bundles, remixes, subscription services - what's next?

When the Wii launched it had plenty of exciting ideas that contributed to its extraordinary success. One service that appealed to older gamers and / or dedicated fans was the Virtual Console - while relatively niche services had offered older games for download in the past, this was a game...

Nintendo Life Weekly: 1st May 2015

1st May 2015

Your weekly gullet-full

We all have busy lives, and often it can be very difficult to keep up with everything that's happened in the world of Nintendo without totally sacrificing our social lives. Introducing Nintendo Life Weekly, a new series of videos that aim to condense all the news, releases, and reviews of the previous week. The video has...

First Impressions: Hands On With Playtonic's Yooka-Laylee

Hands On With Playtonic's Yooka-Laylee

Damien and Thomas share their initial impressions

The cat - or should that be chameleon - is out of the bag. Fledgling UK studio Playtonic Games has lifted the lid on the stars of its début title - Yooka and Laylee - and has sent Rare-loving Nintendo fans into a frenzy of anticipation by confirming that the game will be coming to the Wii U eShop...

First Impressions: Tapping In With amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits

Tapping In With amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits

amii-boo

There's a decent indication that amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits (known as amiibo Touch & Play: Nintendo Classics Highlights in Europe) is considered a fairly valuable release - internally - by Nintendo. When highlighting the role of amiibo in an investor's briefing at the start of the year Satoru Iwata referenced the project by...

Talking Point: Mario Maker Can Be A Game Changer For Nintendo And Its Relationship With Gamers

Mario Maker Can Be A Game Changer For Nintendo And Its Relationship With Gamers

A future with NES Maker and more could be extraordinary

Sometimes a game has the power to seize the imagination from the moment it's revealed, with a self-hyping capacity to get thousands of gamers excited from little more than a glimpse. Others can be a slow burner or need the right moment to set off alarms in an individual's head. This writer...

Matters Of Import: Cleaning Up The City In 3D Streets Of Rage 2

Cleaning Up The City In 3D Streets Of Rage 2

Bare those knuckles

Streets of Rage 2 - or Bare Knuckle 2 as it is known in Japan - is widely regarded as one of the best side-scrolling fighters ever created, so the fact that its announcement as part of Sega's burgeoning 3D Classics range caused such excitement should come as no great shock. This is one of the defining games of the 16-bit era,...

Poll: With Races Won and Cups Collected, How Do You Rate Mario Kart 8's DLC Pack 2?

With Races Won and Cups Collected, How Do You Rate Mario Kart 8's DLC Pack 2?

And 200cc, for that matter

It's clear that Nintendo's approach to DLC has moved on a great deal when extras begin to take on the status of a brand new release. With April being generally low on enticing new releases, the big N successfully got plenty of current Wii U and 3DS gamers excited with DLC for existing evergreen blockbusters. In the case of...

Feature: A Day With The Biggest StreetPass Group in the US

A Day With The Biggest StreetPass Group in the US

Hits, games and cake in San Diego

In this special feature Nintendo Life contributor Alan Lopez shares his experience of a day with the San Diego StreetPass group. What do you get when you Google "StreetPass groups"? If you're searching in the land of Nintendo of America, Facebook pages for "StreetPass Chicago", "StreetPass NYC" and other cities...

Ninterview: Jeremy Parish On Cataloguing The History Of The Game Boy, One Game At A Time

Jeremy Parish On Cataloguing The History Of The Game Boy, One Game At A Time

"I've made peace with the fact that I'll die before completing this"

The original monochrome Game Boy is the elder statesman of Nintendo's handheld family, having arrived on the market back in 1989. The console became a commercial and cultural phenomenon, effortlessly casting aside its more technically-competent rivals and establishing a brand...

Talking Point: Mario Kart 8 DLC is a Winning Formula for Nintendo, But It Can Go Further

Mario Kart 8 DLC is a Winning Formula for Nintendo, But It Can Go Further

A real Battle Mode, Challenges and more

We suspect that the online multiplayer servers for Mario Kart 8 saw a handsome spike this week, with the launch of DLC Pack 2 and an update that includes the 200cc race class. It's a title that just keeps growing, and as we argued recently the arrival of non-Mario franchises points to a potential future for...

Editorial: Nintendo's Problems With Trends and Modern Media Continue to Damage Its Image

Nintendo's Problems With Trends and Modern Media Continue to Damage Its Image

Its need for control costs it vital audiences

We've argued the case before that Nintendo needs to modernise and drastically improve its attitudes to modern media, in terms of YouTube and social media platforms. It's easy to be defensive of its efforts, too, but we feel some recent statistics truly highlight the folly of Nintendo's current approach...

Interview: AVGN Adventures Developer on Influences, Spinning 'Bad' to Good and Miiverse Screenshots

AVGN Adventures Developer on Influences, Spinning 'Bad' to Good and Miiverse Screenshots

"I'm surprised Miiverse pages don't have an age gate"

It's becoming a trend for YouTube and web celebrities to release their own games, though in a number of cases these games come to smart devices. That was never likely to be the sole focus with Angry Video Gamer Nerd Adventures, however, as it celebrates the expletive-riddled retro 'reviewer' with...