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Soapbox: The 8-Bit Era Laid the Groundwork, but Modern Day Progress Shouldn't be Discounted

The 8-Bit Era Laid the Groundwork, but Modern Day Progress Shouldn't be Discounted

Tom feels that enjoying both retro and modern games is vital

This week we've published a few features to celebrate the Famicom's 30th Anniversary. It's an extraordinary landmark, particularly because so many games from the 8-bit machine are still treasured to this day, many of which are deserving because they're enormous fun. I think there's...

Developer Interview: G.rev CEO Hiroyuki Maruyama Talks Kokuga And The State Of The Shooter Market

G.rev CEO Hiroyuki Maruyama Talks Kokuga And The State Of The Shooter Market

Tanks for the memories

Much to our delight, G.rev's unique 3DS shooter Kokuga recently launched on the 3DS eShop in both North America and Europe. In between blasting enemy tanks and cursing our own lack of skill, we got the chance to chat with the G.rev CEO Hiroyuki Maruyama about the game's development, the future of the mobile gaming industry...

Interview: WayForward on Shantae's Past, Present and Future

WayForward on Shantae's Past, Present and Future

Some "pretty big surprises" in store for Pirate's Curse this Fall

With the release of Shantae (originally a Game Boy Color title) this week we touched base with WayForward's Creative Director and founding member, Matt Bozon, and he kindly agreed to a quick-fire interview before he jetted off to Comic-Con. This is a series that, despite being just...

Talking Point: Pikmin 3 Shows the First Shoots of the Wii U's Planned Recovery

Pikmin 3 Shows the First Shoots of the Wii U's Planned Recovery

It's a marathon, not a sprint

For a number of months now we've reported on sales success stories for the 3DS and often had an accompanying Wii U line saying something like "X had a quiet debut week, hardware sales still struggling". Another common refrain, this time instigated by Nintendo itself, has been "the games are coming, the fightback will...

Feature: The History Of The Famicom

The History Of The Famicom

As Nintendo's iconic console turns 30, we chart the rise of a legend

Nintendo may be a company with a history that stretches back over a hundred years, but it has only enjoyed its current level of fame for the past thirty or so — and that’s largely thanks to a remarkable 8-bit console which launched in its native Japan three decades ago this...

Talking Point: The Famicom Was the Beginning of the Modern Gaming Era

The Famicom Was the Beginning of the Modern Gaming Era

Solid building blocks

We recently shared the landmark news that the Famicom has celebrated its 30th Anniversary, having launched in Japan on 15th July 1983, over two years before the NES made its way West. The latter version is that best known and most commonly cited, yet it was the original model's release — Nintendo's first dalliance with a...

Feature: The Making Of Pilotwings 64

The Making Of Pilotwings 64

The N64 launch title which soared to new heights

In recent years Nintendo has made a habit of aligning itself with external studios in order to complete notable projects. We've seen fruitful unions with the likes of Sega (F-Zero GX), Capcom (The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap) and more recently Team Ninja (Metroid: Other M), Next Level Games (

Feature: When it Comes to Games, What's in a Name?

When it Comes to Games, What's in a Name?

Quite a lot, if you're fussy like us

The latest major 3DS release to hit Europe is Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros., except in our review we took to calling it by its North American name, just plain-old Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. It arrives Stateside around a month after Europe, but the shorter title seems like a better fit; that "Bros."...

Feature: Taking A Look Back At The Nintendo 64 Rumble Pak

Taking A Look Back At The Nintendo 64 Rumble Pak

The little peripheral that shook things up in a big way

Nintendo has always been a video game manufacturer renowned for innovation. From revitalising the video game console industry with the NES back in 1985 right through to opening it up to the mainstream with its Wii and DS systems in the mid-2000s, the Japanese company has continued to have a...

Feature: A Virtual Tour of Pilotwings 64

A Virtual Tour of Pilotwings 64

Come fly with me

When it was released in 1996, Pilotwings 64 was praised for its incredible visuals and vast, open landscapes. Even now, the attention to detail is astonishing — as we pointed out in our recent Pilotwings 64 review so much so that we felt compelled to explore it. To save you the effort of having to dust off that old N64 and unlock...

Talking Point: The Wii U Has Plenty of Opportunities for "Brand-New Types of Games"

The Wii U Has Plenty of Opportunities for "Brand-New Types of Games"

That "strong impact in the market" could be crucial

At the end of last week Nintendo released the official translations of Satoru Iwata's most recent investor Q & A, giving us an insight into Nintendo's current standing with that audience and providing some useful teases of information on what's to come. These meetings are intriguing as, in a...

Your View: The Issues of Collecting and Owning Download-Only Games

The Issues of Collecting and Owning Download-Only Games

Downloads aren't forever

At the start of this week we posted a talking point on the questionable collectibility of download-only game libraries, an issue that's yet to come to a head on Nintendo systems. So far its debut download-only platforms, the Wii Shop and DSiWare, have been available in the company's current systems. The approaches have...

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

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Fifteen

It's not all New Leaf, really!

It's time for our semi-regular whenever-we-get-around-to-it feature where a number of Nintendo Life writers share their weekend gaming plans. We may be getting further into the Summer months, but we still intend to spend a decent amount of time inside, curtains drawn, playing games. Unless we're on the road, which is...

Poll: How Important is Dual / Second Screen Gaming?

How Important is Dual / Second Screen Gaming?

A major part of Nintendo's strategy

Yesterday brought us some interesting comments from Ubisoft Managing Director Nicolas Rioux, who spoke about the potential prominence of "second screen" gaming, even going so far as to praise the Wii U as an innovative first step. As we observed in that article, it'd be a nasty piece of irony if technical...

Talking Point: The Uncertain Collectible Future of Download-Only Game Libraries

The Uncertain Collectible Future of Download-Only Game Libraries

Servers will surely shut down, but what about the games?

Just before the weekend, a number of Wii Channels were shut down. On 28th June most of the online enabled channels and services — such as Weather, News, Everyone Votes and Wii Connect 24 — went off air; low participation rates more than likely caused Nintendo to deem them an expense not...