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Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Devours Time and Pushes Boundaries

12 Days of Christmas - Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Devours Time and Pushes Boundaries

Wii U and 3DS cross-play brings Hunters together

Monster Hunter Tri on the Wii was a standout not just for its epic scale and unique style, but for its ability to bring owners of the system together in a solid, cohesive online component; that was a rarity. With honourable exceptions such as Mario Kart Wii, many titles on Nintendo's last-gen system...

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

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

Steel Diver, Nintendogs, The Yellow Devil and more

The start of another week means more Super Smash Bros. screens for us to enjoy; Masahiro Sakurai treated us to some particularly charming examples last week in the Super Smash Bros. Director's Room Miiverse community board, making some minor reveals in the process. The reveals are mostly centred on...

Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - Pikmin 3 Finally Ended the Long Wait

12 Days of Christmas - Pikmin 3 Finally Ended the Long Wait

A more than welcome return

When considering Nintendo's most treasured franchises it can be humbling to consider how many began in the 8-bit NES era or even, in more primitive forms, in Arcade cabinets before then. It can be argued as a wonderful strength or as an area of concern, depending on an individual's opinion or whichever way Nintendo's...

Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - The Legend of Zelda's Legacy Continues

12 Days of Christmas - The Legend of Zelda's Legacy Continues

Plenty to enjoy for 3DS and Wii U owners

The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo's most powerful and iconic brands, a franchise capable of exciting a legion of fans with little more than a subtle hint of a teaser. In pure sales numbers it doesn't always match up to the mighty Mario, but its impact has arguably been as great as the plumber's in...

Matters Of Import: Shining Force Feather

Shining Force Feather

We take a look at Sega's Japan-only DS strategy RPG

Sega's Shining Force series is still well thought of, even if the PS2 instalments arguably got off on the wrong foot by drastically rewriting series canon and deviating from the strategic gameplay found in older titles. Evidently someone was buying these games anyway, as after four entries on the...

Talking Point: Miiverse Can Promote System Unity And Serve As A Powerful Wii U Advertisement

Miiverse Can Promote System Unity And Serve As A Powerful Wii U Advertisement

Tens of millions of Nintendo fans can now interact

This week Nintendo finally delivered Miiverse, along with the Nintendo Network ID and shared eShop fund support, to the 3DS. While it has its flaws — which we'll cover to some degree this weekend — that's to be expected with any launch, especially one such as this that fundamentally shakes up...

Feature: Why I Love Import Gaming

Why I Love Import Gaming

Import gaming addict Kerry Brunskill explains the appeal of overseas gaming

I’ve been fascinated by Japanese games for as long as I can remember, going right the way back to faux-Japanese Amiga games like Leander and Apidya II. There's something appealing about Japanese game design and art which can't quite be matched by western titles, and...

Soapbox: Nintendo's Appearance at VGX Underwhelmed, But the Show Itself Was Far Worse

Nintendo's Appearance at VGX Underwhelmed, But the Show Itself Was Far Worse

Tom Whitehead cringed for three painful hours

I'll start this with a confession — I'd never bothered watching the VGA awards until this year's rebranded VGX event. I'd pre-judged it based on its own marketing message and what others had said, which isn't actually the best way to approach it; nevertheless life is short and, frankly, I was always...

Soapbox: Even With The Arrival Of PS4 And Xbox One, I'd Still Pick The Wii U

Even With The Arrival Of PS4 And Xbox One, I'd Still Pick The Wii U

Damien McFerran experiences buyer's remorse thanks to a recent purchase

Before we stumble headlong into what will surely be a touchy subject to some, allow me to clarify something. As many of you will be aware, Nintendo Life is but one third of a network of gaming-focused sites. Nestled in the bosom of a growing media empire, this site is flanked...

Talking Point: Moving To Smartphones Is Not The Answer For Nintendo

Moving To Smartphones Is Not The Answer For Nintendo

The numbers don't add up

It seems that a month can't pass by — in the past couple of years — when investment analysts, games industry figures and Nintendo's own investors aren't saying that Nintendo needs to expand and release games on alternative platforms. It's creeping into discourse around the Wii U due to the hardware's struggles to date,...

Hands On: Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre

Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre

A touch of class

When Nintendo announced, in Spring 2012, that it was taking on the role of providing the interactive museum guides at the Louvre in Paris, it seemed slightly odd. The prospect of visitors wandering around the famous site with a 3DS around their necks seemed peculiar, but there it was in undeniable reality. We learned that it had...

Poll: Nintendo and the Wii U Fight For Your Attention in This Busiest of Gaming Months

Nintendo and the Wii U Fight For Your Attention in This Busiest of Gaming Months

Will Nintendo's platform and games succeed this December?

We're now approaching — or in some places have reached — the end of the madness of the Black Friday shopping weekend, an annual fixture in North America and to a lesser extent elsewhere. Of course, the Holiday shopping gig isn't up, and as we enter December we kick off a vital few weeks...

Interview: Child of Light Team Tells Us About Storytelling, UbiArt And Stepping Back From Blockbusters

Child of Light Team Tells Us About Storytelling, UbiArt And Stepping Back From Blockbusters

"Child of Light has many unique and distinctive features"

Upcoming Wii U eShop releases that catch the eye are often from small, independent developers, with a sense that it's these small teams that have freedom to express new ideas or conventionally niche approaches. For multi-national, multi-million dollar publishers the focus can be different,...

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

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Twenty

So long teens, hello more awesome games

It's finally happened, the WGAYPTW series has left its teens, and the emotional crisis it prompted led to it missing its normal schedule — that's right, it was nothing to do with the features editor forgetting to organise it, no way. But it's fine, this little series of game-related tittle-tattle is ready...

Feature: A Guide to the Best Nintendo Gifts For the Holiday Season

A Guide to the Best Nintendo Gifts For the Holiday Season

Consoles, games, and random stuff that must be owned

Farewell, stable bank balances. Prepare yourselves, credit cards. The Holiday season is upon us, with Black Friday — which is really Black Friday Week now — already kicking into gear in the U.S. and plenty of other places besides. It's the season to be jolly and generous to others, while...

Feature: More Miiverse Favourites From Art Academy: SketchPad

More Miiverse Favourites From Art Academy: SketchPad

Mario, Link, Pikmin and lots of lovely art

Back in August Nintendo released Art Academy: SketchPad on the Wii U eShop, a budget-priced drawing tool that utilises the GamePad touch screen and allows full colour image posts to Miiverse. For artistically minded Wii U owners it's certainly a terrific option that can deliver impressive results; not long...

Developer Session: Nifflas and Ripstone Talk Over Design Principles, Age Ratings and What's Next

Nifflas and Ripstone Talk Over Design Principles, Age Ratings and What's Next

"It’s a hobby that just kind of escalated"

Just last week we published the first part of our chat with Nifflas, in which the game designer — full name Nicklas Nygren — outlined many of the ideas that form upcoming Wii U eShop title Knytt Underground. We learnt a great deal about the complexity and depth that the title is striving for, in the...

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

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

Mario in space, a sleepy Marth, celebrating 3D World and more

It's another Monday, the nights are drawing in and the festive season — with its associated shopping madness — approaches. Yet some things remain constant and reliable, such as new screens for Super Smash Bros. being posted by Masahiro Sakurai on the Super Smash Bros. Director's Room...