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Hardware Classics: Nintendo Super Scope

Nintendo Super Scope

In your sights

Despite their ingenious nature and futuristic feel, light guns have been part of the video game landscape since the industry began - in fact, crude examples of the tech can be found as far back as the 1930s. In the 8-bit era both Nintendo and Sega produced their own pistol-like light guns in the form of the NES Zapper and Master...

Feature: Five Alternative Nintendo Reveals and Releases We're Interested in for 2016

Five Alternative Nintendo Reveals and Releases We're Interested in for 2016

Not just the obvious 'NX please" entries

One of our earliest articles of 2016 was focused on five key reveals and releases that will define Nintendo's 2016. That was focused very much on the tentpole announcements and releases that are confirmed or suspected, such as NX, My Nintendo accounts, major Anniversary franchise celebrations and more...

Talking Point: Considering amiibo Features and the Reality of 'Physical DLC'

Considering amiibo Features and the Reality of 'Physical DLC'

The evolution of amiibo, locked content and why some hate it

Courtesy of Famitsu screens and Amazon France continuing its impressive record of product page blunders, some details have dribbled out recently for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. Much of the information has been relatively minor, but one potential detail - let's consider it...

Video: Everything We Know About Nintendo NX, So Far

Everything We Know About Nintendo NX, So Far

The NX level?

Nintendo's new console - dubbed NX - will be revealed this year, and could even see release before 2017 rolls around, but the company has remained largely tight-lipped about the system. That has predictably led to a lot of uncertainty and questions, and while we can't entirely solve that, we're here to give you a wider picture of what...

Poll: Are You Optimistic About Nintendo's 2016?

Are You Optimistic About Nintendo's 2016?

It's a big year for the company

With 2016 now well underway many thoughts are on what will be a vital 12 months for Nintendo. In this year alone it'll reveal - and potentially release - its next generation of gaming hardware with the NX, it'll launch its first smart device apps and the My Nintendo / Nintendo Account services. Throw in the annual...

Talking Point: Let's Dare to Believe that Sonic the Hedgehog Can Have a Happy Anniversary

Let's Dare to Believe that Sonic the Hedgehog Can Have a Happy Anniversary

He just needs the right spin

There were a few notable anniversaries in 2015, yet this year looks set to be even more significant. Pokemon and The Legend of Zelda are among the major celebrations still to come, but it's also the 25th Anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog. Once the sworn enemy and rival to Mario, leading the SEGA charge in the 'Console...

Feature: A Pokémon Retrospective: Generation 5 - 2010 to 2013

A Pokémon Retrospective: Generation 5 - 2010 to 2013

A short gen

As we build up to the 20th anniversary of Pokémon in February 2016 and look hotly ahead towards brand new things, we're continuing our journey through each generation of Pokémon, this month we cover the generation that's the most recent to be fully completed. If you need to catch up before reading ahead, be sure to check out our...

Ninterview: Retro Video Gaming's Heidi stopXwhispering On Building The Ultimate Game Room

Retro Video Gaming's Heidi stopXwhispering On Building The Ultimate Game Room

"Retro games are filled with 'spelglädje' for me!"

Nintendo Life: Can you tell us a little about yourself? Heidi stopXwhispering: My name is Heidi, I was born in 1984 and I'm from Sweden. I grew up in Sweden, but lived abroad during my college years - in the UK, Germany and Japan. Now I'm back in Sweden. When did you get into gaming? I always...

Analysis: Assessing Why NX Needs to Take Over From Both the Wii U and 3DS

Assessing Why NX Needs to Take Over From Both the Wii U and 3DS

And why the recent share price drop is illogical

Stock markets and investing in shares can be a strange affair. Though business acumen and experience can go a long way, aspects of the process can resemble a casino; even just taking Nintendo as an example, the company's share prices soared in March 2015 when the partnership with DeNA and the...

Talking Point: Nintendo Can Exploit Its Rich History With More Remasters

Nintendo Can Exploit Its Rich History With More Remasters

Easy money

The current generation of home console hardware has had an interesting challenge in defining itself as 'next gen'. In the era of Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 Nintendo brought motion controls to the mainstream while its contemporaries placed their focus on HD graphics and a drastic progression in online multiplayer gaming. In this current...

Feature: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2016

The Biggest 3DS Games of 2016

Fire Emblem! Hyrule Warriors! Metroid Prime-ish! Old Pokémon! More!

2016 has arrived, and with it comes optimism and potential for an exciting gaming year ahead. Though plenty of eyes are turning to the next generation of Nintendo hardware, of course, we nevertheless have a fairly busy line-up on the way for 3DS, the portable that continues to...

Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2016

The Biggest Wii U Games of 2016

The Legend of Zelda x2! Star Fox! Pokkén Tournament! More!

2016 has arrived, and with it comes optimism and potential for an exciting gaming year ahead. Though plenty of eyes are turning to the next generation of Nintendo hardware, of course, there's still plenty of interest for current Wii U gamers. The number of confirmed games may be low, but...

Feature: Our Staff's Hopes and Dreams for Nintendo's 2016

Our Staff's Hopes and Dreams for Nintendo's 2016

NX, Legend of Zelda, Mother 3 and more besides

It's now 2016, and hopefully the beginning of an exciting year for Nintendo and its fans. With various big games, products and reveals either dropping out of 2015 or always being planned for this year, we're set for what could be a bumper 12 months. Your humble writer will be looking ahead at what...

Poll: What Did You Think of Nintendo's 2015?

What Did You Think of Nintendo's 2015?

Final reflections

As we write this some parts of the world have already welcomed in the New Year, while some of us are getting ready to celebrate the occasion; this writer is preparing to sign-off for Hogmanay, which is the Scottish term for the occasion. Perhaps it's time, then, for a final reflection; it seems apt that the final word therefore...

Feature: A Year in Development - Yacht Club Games on the Shovel Knight amiibo, a 'Real World' Year and Future Plans

A Year in Development - Yacht Club Games on the Shovel Knight amiibo, a 'Real World' Year and Future Plans

"It's crazy to think it all just started with a little Kickstarter"

Shovel Knight was one of the biggest success stories of 2014, yet it remained a significant part of the download scene in 2015. In the fifth article of this 2015 'Year in Development' series we chat again to Ian Flood and David D'Angelo of Yacht Club Games, talking in detail about...

Editorial: Linkle May be a Clunky Introduction For a 'Female Link', But Opens Up Interesting Possibilities

Linkle May be a Clunky Introduction For a 'Female Link', But Opens Up Interesting Possibilities

Tom Whitehead ponders a more open world for The Legend of Zelda

From now until the start of the new year we're going to be republishing some of what we feel are our best features of 2015. Hopefully this will offer the chance for newer readers to catch up on content they might have missed and allow long-time fans to reacquaint themselves with...

Feature: A Year in Development - Yacht Club Games Reflects on the First Half of 2015

A Year in Development - Yacht Club Games Reflects on the First Half of 2015

"Not for a moment were we just resting"

Shovel Knight was one of the biggest success stories of 2014, yet it remained a significant part of the download scene in 2015. In the fourth article of this 2015 'Year in Development' series we chat to Ian Flood and David D'Angelo of Yacht Club Games, talking in detail about the studio's year. In this first...

Talking Point: 2015 - A Peculiar Year of New, Old and Surprising Nintendo Games

2015 - A Peculiar Year of New, Old and Surprising Nintendo Games

Not quite the expected

Reflecting on Nintendo's 2015 isn't a simple task. There has been great sadness and disruption due to the passing of Satoru Iwata, and the company has been in a general holding pattern for large parts of the year. Let's consider the key releases or updates that have fallen back to 2016, in no particular order. Most...

Feature: How Mario Kart Brought Two Soul Mates Together

How Mario Kart Brought Two Soul Mates Together

The road to true love is littered with red shells

From now until the start of the new year we're going to be republishing some of what we feel are our best features of 2015. Hopefully this will offer the chance for newer readers to catch up on content they might have missed and allow long-time fans to reacquaint themselves with features they enjoyed...

Talking Point: The Easily Forgotten Hardware Release of 2015 - New Nintendo 3DS

The Easily Forgotten Hardware Release of 2015 - New Nintendo 3DS

Reflecting on the lovely but underutilised system

Nintendo released new hardware in 2015. Yes, it really did. It can seem so long ago now, but the New Nintendo 3DS arrived in the West in February, having made its début in Japan and Australia in late 2014. We were rather excited about it here at Nintendo Life, too, landing as it did with both The...

Talking Point: Five Key Challenges Nintendo Faces with the NX

Five Key Challenges Nintendo Faces with the NX

With talk of dev kits out in the wild the next generation is on the agenda

From now until the start of the new year we're going to be republishing some of what we feel are our best features of 2015. Hopefully this will offer the chance for newer readers to catch up on content they might have missed and allow long-time fans to reacquaint themselves...