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Feature: Reimagining The Wind Waker on Wii U

Reimagining The Wind Waker on Wii U

The possibilities are exciting

Leaving Nintendo’s Space World presentation in 2001, few would have imagined that of all the games shown, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker would become a watershed moment for the company. Panned by some fans and critics alike for its cel-shaded look, the game has since arguably become a symbol of how to create a...

Developer Interview: Bertil Hörberg On Being a One Man eShop Developer

Bertil Hörberg On Being a One Man eShop Developer

"I've always had a thing for Nintendo's portables"

The 3DS eShop — along with its online store predecessors on Wii and DSi — has attracted a number of small developers that would have likely remained anonymous in previous generations. The evolution of download gaming has transformed our consoles to include smaller, more diverse experiences at...

Remake Request: Princess Crown

Princess Crown

We explain why this 2D classic needs another shot at glory

In the first of a new series of features, we take a look at a game that is badly in need of a remake on a Nintendo system. Princess Crown might sound like the kind of game you’d expect your little sister to play, but it’s actually the first release from the team that would eventually...

Hardware Classics: Game & Watch JR-55 - Donkey Kong II

Game & Watch JR-55 - Donkey Kong II

A multi-screen masterpiece

Before the Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance and even the Game Boy, portable gaming was all about Nintendo's Game & Watch series. The brainchild of Nintendo engineer Gunpei Yokoi - who apparently came up with the idea after seeing a Japanese businessman playing around with his pocket calculator during his journey to work...

Feature: The Big Wii U Direct Summary

The Big Wii U Direct Summary

All of the details in one place

Wii U Direct may have only been 35 minutes long, but it sure packed a lot into a short space of time, with a few extra details following in the press releases that followed. We certainly did our level best to cover everything revealed by Iwata-san in the broadcast, as well as information from Nintendo's regional...

Feature: Nintendo Life's View - Wii U Direct

Nintendo Life's View - Wii U Direct

Our team rather liked it

When Nintendo announced Wii U Direct earlier this week, there was a mixture of fevered optimism and slight negativity, with some predicting big reveals and others expecting little more than a few release dates and trailers. Even wording promising new Wii U games was met with caution by some, but there can be little doubt...

Talking Point: The Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign's Advertising Role

 The Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign's Advertising Role

Simple but effective

Among the many announcements in yesterday's Wii U Direct, only one had an immediate impact on console owners, with the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign launching right after the broadcast. Balloon Fight is now available to download with some Wii U-exclusive features — which we'll get to later — and the release schedule...

Talking Point: Wii U Direct - Tell Us What You Thought

Wii U Direct - Tell Us What You Thought

Or just watch it again

So, Wii U Direct was quite a show from Iwata-san, wasn't it? While there's a tendency for gamers of all types to always want more, we feel confident in saying that Nintendo delivered plenty of announcements and news to intrigue and excite the majority. There were some genuine surprises in there, as well as big announcements...

Reaction: Gunman Clive Provides a Positive Example of eShop Success

Gunman Clive Provides a Positive Example of eShop Success

A boost for controlled licensing

The video game industry is in the middle of, arguably, its most unstable period — the landscape is evolving almost too quickly to track. Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft are currently sticking to the course as constants, in general maintaining well-worn business practices while attempting to adjust to new challenges...

Feature: What You Told Us About Wii U

What You Told Us About Wii U

Quite a lot, actually

Not long ago we published The Big Wii U Survey, as we asked you whether you owned a Wii U and, if you do, what you think about it. The response was terrific, with over 4,300 fully completed submissions being returned to us. As promised, below is a summary of what you told us, with some surprising statistics thrown in...

Feature: Nintendo and Bond Through the Ages

Nintendo and Bond Through the Ages

A license to thrill

While film tie-ins are expected these days, few games can attest to having their origins found in novels, and fewer still can claim to have outgrown those origins and become a success in their own right. But that is exactly what the James Bond franchise has done. What initially began as a series of novels by Sir Ian Fleming,...

Interview: Curve Studios' Jonathan "Bidds" Biddle

Curve Studios' Jonathan "Bidds" Biddle

We speak to the developer who’s making quite a splash

One development studio that has made a valiant contribution to Nintendo’s digital download services is undoubtedly Curve Studios. Having first released Hydroventure for WiiWare to much critical acclaim back in 2010, the development team has recently returned to its original idea and expanded...

Feature: A Tour of the Two Tribes HQ

A Tour of the Two Tribes HQ

Going behind the scenes

With its upcoming Wii U eShop release of Toki Tori 2, as well as plans to port a couple of existing titles to the console's download platform, developer Two Tribes has a lot of work on its plate. Despite that the team has been kind enough to produce the following exclusive tour of its HQ, giving an insight into the size of...

Developer Interview: Zen Studios On Portable Pinball Success And Wii U

Zen Studios On Portable Pinball Success And Wii U

The pinball wizards have more to come

Zen Studios is an experienced indie developer that, despite its varied projects, is possibly best known for its pinball games. It's a team that wasn't entirely unfamiliar with Nintendo hardware in past generations — it developed Ghostbusters: The Video Game for DS — and it's become best known to fans of the...

Feature: Pokémon X & Y - What We Know So Far

Pokémon X & Y - What We Know So Far

Let's summarise

Earlier this week, through an aptly titled Pokémon Direct, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata brought the news that Pokémon fans had been waiting for; a new generation main-series entry on the system. Pokémon X & Y will — like its predecessors — be released in two separate flavours, but with the developers choosing letters as...

Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - New Year Edition

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - New Year Edition

The world didn't end, so let's play more games

So, wait, the Mayans weren't wrong, it was just crazy conspiratorial types and a lazy media that talked about the end of the world? Well hot damn, let's play some video games! Yes, 2013 is here, the world is still spinning, and we're all going to celebrate by playing games — not that we don't do that...

Talking Point: The Emergence of Download-Only Retail Games

The Emergence of Download-Only Retail Games

A subtle but important evolution

The past couple of weeks have brought a notable landmark for the 3DS eShop, even if it hasn't necessarily caused internet-shaking headlines or attracted a great deal of attention. Unchained Blades, an RPG that would typically be found in specialist gaming stores or online retailers, if you're lucky, was released by...

Talking Point: Pokémon X & Y Provide a Timely Boost for 3DS in the West

Pokémon X & Y Provide a Timely Boost for 3DS in the West

The DS era is left behind

The biggest release on DS in 2012, and surely the runaway winner of practically every Game of the Year award specifically tailored for the older handheld, were the Pokémon Black & White 2 titles, tied together for the purposes of simplicity. Yet its announcement and release on the platform surprised a number of...