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Guide: Collecting All the Gems in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Episode 1

Collecting All the Gems in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Episode 1

Episode 1: A New Toad

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is now available in North America and Europe, adding another excellent title to the Wii U library. In this game the goal for Captain Toad and Toadette isn't simply nabbing the star at the end of each stage, but also picking up three gems hidden throughout each level. These become vital in...

Feature: A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - July to September

A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - July to September

Hysteria over the Smash Bros. demo and all-round hype

We move into the New Year at pace, and our retrospective of Nintendo in 2014 continues at its own - slightly slower - tempo. The April to June entry covered a number of big announcements and the E3 festivities, so as we shift into the third quarter of the year we can reflect on Nintendo picking...

First Impressions: The Next Penelope is Futuristic Retro Racing at its Best

The Next Penelope is Futuristic Retro Racing at its Best

A fast-paced odyssey

We've seen a number of HTML-based games come to the Wii U eShop, but few have succeeded in defying their humble code origins to stand alongside more complex offerings on the store - Construct 2 project The Next Penelope looks set to deliver new standards, however. The work of solo developer Aurelien Regard, we were naturally...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Wise to Embrace The Vital YouTube Audience

Nintendo's Wise to Embrace The Vital YouTube Audience

The bigger the better in 2015

An accusation occasionally hurled at Nintendo is that it's slow or behind the times in social media, and failing to do enough on platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. It would have been a valid point in past years, certainly, but it looks increasingly wrong with each passing year; 2014 brought some major improvements...

Feature: A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - April to June

A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - April to June

E3, a major Wii U arrival and more

As 2015 gears up we continue this look back to the major headlines of Nintendo's 2014, assessing the best and worst of the big N's year. The January to March entry covered the year's first Nintendo Direct and some serious issues for the company, with Satoru Iwata coming under pressure over poor business...

Feature: A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - January to March

A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - January to March

Kicking off a vital year

As is an early New Year tradition here at Nintendo Life, we're going to look back at Nintendo's last year to consider what went well, areas that were problematic and to remind ourselves of how the company shaped up. 2013 was a year of contrasting tales for Nintendo - the 3DS was a major success (the best-selling system in...

Feature: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2015

The Biggest 3DS Games of 2015

Majora's Mask 3D! Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate! Code Name: S.T.E.A.M! More!

We've now kicked off into a New Year, and to get us going we've already published our feature for ten of the biggest Wii U games of 2015; now it's the turn of the 3DS. While Nintendo has been going all out to emphasize a relatively busy 2015 line-up for Wii U, it's been a lot...

Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2015

The Biggest Wii U Games of 2015

The Legend of Zelda! Star Fox! Splatoon! More!

2015 is here, and for Wii U owners it could be the most exciting year of HD Nintendo gaming yet. The past couple of years have delivered some truly fantastic games, of course, with the just-departed 2014 bringing two of Nintendo's biggest franchises into the current generation. Excitingly, though, the...

Feature: ​Tales From The Frontline Of Game Boy Development

​Tales From The Frontline Of Game Boy Development

The Rise And Fall Of Crawfish Interactive

As the video game industry lurches from one generation to the next, the multitude of companies involved with producing software for the endless conveyor belt of platforms never remains static; just as studios are created to cater for the demands of new hardware, established firms are forced to close due to...

Interview: Nintendo Arcade Collector Shoots From the Hip With Rare Sheriff Cabinet

Nintendo Arcade Collector Shoots From the Hip With Rare Sheriff Cabinet

Now we're cooking with gas

Earlier this year we invited you to step into the Nintendo Arcade and meet London based Alex Crowley, who has amassed a legendary collection of classic Nintendo arcade cabinets. It's easy to forget that before it shot to prominence with the NES system, in particular, a core aspect of Nintendo's business was in arcade...

Poll: Which is the Best Pokémon Game?

Which is the Best Pokémon Game?

Choose the most Super Effective of the main series

With the festive reveal of our staff and reader awards results, we realised that the release line-up of 2014 had given us an opportunity to re-assess some of Nintendo's biggest franchises and determine current-day favourites. In our first poll Mario Kart 8 boosted away with over 50% of the v

Poll: Which is the Best Super Smash Bros. Game?

Which is the Best Super Smash Bros. Game?

Five choices, endless debates

Following the announcement of our staff and reader awards results, we decided that the release line-up of 2014 had given us an opportunity to re-assess some of Nintendo's biggest franchises and determine current-day favourites. In our first poll Mario Kart 8 boosted away with over 50% of the vote for that IP. Th

Poll: Which is the Best Mario Kart Game?

Which is the Best Mario Kart Game?

Will you go retro, HD or portable?

It's a time of year in which plenty of time is spent with friends, family and fellow web gamers debating all manner of topics. Is Kirby Nintendo's cutest mascot? Has Mario's moustache become bushier in the HD era? Will F-Zero ever return? It's a time of opinions, and having checked out the Game of the Year...

Game of the Year: Nintendo Life's Reader Awards 2014

Nintendo Life's Reader Awards 2014

Your favourites of the year

2014 is drawing to a close, and the festive spirit is no doubt getting plenty into the gaming mood. We've already revealed our Game of the Year Staff Awards, but now it's time to see which titles have most excited the Nintendo Life community over the past year. We opened voting for the Game of the Year Reader Awards on...

News: Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Martin Watts

Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Martin Watts

What does the festive season mean to Martin as a gamer?

Christmas was obviously always an exciting time for me as a child. Waking up to a bundle of presents, with a wish list to Father Christmas magically fulfilled was everything a kid could wish for. Well, that and copious amounts of chocolate to see me through the day. As a gamer, it was a crucial...

Game of the Year: Nintendo Life's Staff Awards 2014

Nintendo Life's Staff Awards 2014

2014 has served up some classics

It's hard to believe that another year of gaming has passed, yet here we are. 2014 was a busy year for Nintendo, and the company certainly delivered a lot of thoroughly enjoyable games on the Wii U and 3DS. We also saw both eShop platforms grow further, particularly on the Wii U, with high quality downloadable...

Feature: Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Lee Garbutt

Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Lee Garbutt

Sometimes, it's good to remember what's important

My parents had a very unusual sense of humour when it came to giving me Christmas presents. Rather than wrap up my presents in the usual wrapping paper, they would annually try and find the weirdest way to fool me into thinking they hadn't got me what I had wanted. There was the time when I was given...

Feature: Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Liam Doolan

Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Liam Doolan

Liam shares his love of festive gaming

In the third part of a small series with contributions from multiple staff members, Liam Doolan explains why festive themes in games are the reason he can enjoy the holidays. I am a bit of a Grinch this time of year. The commotion of the holiday season always gets the better of me. I know it is a period where...