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Feature: The Weird World of Video Games

The Weird World of Video Games

Weirdness makes the World go 'round

Sometimes it feels like this video gaming hobby of ours can be a dreadfully serious business. We worry about the direction of brands we love — in many of our cases, of course, Nintendo — or perhaps we get hot and bothered about what games are coming, those that aren't, or a myriad of other things. There are...

Reaction: Nintendo Reminds Us of the Wii's Glory Days With Wii Fit U and Wii Sports Club

Nintendo Reminds Us of the Wii's Glory Days With Wii Fit U and Wii Sports Club

Inexpensive upgrade options are vital for attracting the Wii generation

This week Nintendo didn't so much surprise us with a Nintendo Direct, but left it outside the door unannounced and ran away giggling. Again apparently relying on the rapid influence of word of mouth, or perhaps acknowledging that much of the target audience aren't Nintendo...

Interview: Junichi Masuda and Hironobu Yoshida Discuss Pokémon X and Y, Mega Evolutions and the 2DS

Junichi Masuda and Hironobu Yoshida Discuss Pokémon X and Y, Mega Evolutions and the 2DS

On the road to Luminose City

On 12th October budding Pokémon masters will be able to explore first-hand the beautiful polygonal 3D environments of the French-inspired region of Kalos, where trainers rush around on roller-skates and a giant Ryhorn snoozes outside your front door. We caught up with Pokémon X and Y's Director Junichi Masuda and...

Feature: Hiroshi Yamauchi - The Man Who Made Nintendo

Hiroshi Yamauchi - The Man Who Made Nintendo

We pay tribute to the former Nintendo president, who died today

Earlier today, we reported on the sad news that former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi had passed away at the age of 85. For many younger Nintendo fans, the name might not mean anything — Yamauchi's time in charge lasted from 1949 to 2002, and Nintendo's recent glory years have...

First Impressions: Pokémon X & Y

Pokémon X & Y

Katy and Martin go hands-on

We were recently lucky enough to get some hands-on time with Pokémon X & Y, and see in advance what sort of impact the new 3D engine and gameplay has had on the core Pokémon franchise. As two of us were able to attend the event and both experience the game individually on some shiny 2DS systems, our first...

Soapbox: Why Grand Theft Auto V Isn't For Me

Why Grand Theft Auto V Isn't For Me

Damien McFerran reminds us that other games are available

This week sees the release of Grand Theft Auto V on PS3 and 360 — but, alas, not the Wii U. But of course, you already knew that, because unless you've recently taken up residence beneath an exceptionally large rock, you'll have found it absolutely impossible to avoid hearing about...

Developer Interview: Black Forest Games on Bringing Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams to Wii U

Black Forest Games on Bringing Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams to Wii U

"We are planning to bring every game we develop to the Wii U as well"

The Wii U eShop may have endured a relatively dry spell immediately after launch, but in recent times it's played host to a number of highly rated titles, with plenty more on the way. One of these releases is Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, a new title in a franchise that dates...

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

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

Plane trouble, Kirby, the arrival of Peach and more

It's that time again, dear readers, when we bring together the lovely images shared by Masahiro Sakurai last week over on Miiverse. Even though Super Smash Bros. only has a vague 2014 release window, that doesn't mean we can't be hyped for it now, to the point we'll be positively combustible when...

Hands On: Assault Android Cactus

Assault Android Cactus

Crazy name, crazy game

Assault Android Cactus is a name that may initially baffle, but once the game begins makes perfect sense; that's the case with this title as a whole. Bullet-hell shooters like this can look like confusing, terrifying propositions to the wrong audience, but once into the action anyone with quick thumbs will have a lot of fun...

Talking Point: Marketing Wii U to the Masses

Marketing Wii U to the Masses

Time to spread the word

While we await a potential increase in hardware sales, even Nintendo would admit that the Wii U has underperformed in its debut year. With poor sales to date and a year’s head start over its next-gen competition arguably squandered, the Wii U is in the unenviable position of heading into its first anniversary with yearly...

Developer Interview: WayForward on Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, Going to HD and Expanding the Franchise

WayForward on Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, Going to HD and Expanding the Franchise

Moving onto bigger screens

WayForward is a company that seems to have two very different representations of itself. There's the contracting company that takes on projects for third-parties, some of which are excellent, crowd-pleasing projects and other movie spin-offs that perhaps aren't, and then there's WayForward the developer of its own...

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

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Seventeen

WGAYPTW (snappy, right?) gets closer to adulthood

It's been a long journey for the What Games Are You Playing This Weekend series of articles. What started with such excitable promise became an irregular, grumpy visitor to the Nintendo Life servers, before a stern telling to brought it around to its new regular fortnightly slot. After last time's...

Hands On: Toki Tori 2+

Toki Tori 2+

Potential fulfilled

Toki Tori 2 was a bold, ambitious game in its design, and delivered on many fronts. Its deliberately hands-off approach, combined with occasionally ambiguous objectives and awkward backtracking counted against it in the eyes of some — certainly not all — gamers. In our review we awarded 7/10, concluding that a high degree...

Feature: Great Nintendo 64 Multiplayer Games You May Not Have Played

Great Nintendo 64 Multiplayer Games You May Not Have Played

All you need is a bunch of friends

When it comes to local multiplayer, the Nintendo 64 is undoubtedly one of the best systems around. With four controller ports built into the console, as well as a solid line-up of classic multiplayer games, it isn't surprising that the system is still being enjoyed by many people around the world – it is, after...

Developer Interview: QubicGames Tells Us All About AiRace Speed, 3DS Development and Nintendo in Poland

QubicGames Tells Us All About AiRace Speed, 3DS Development and Nintendo in Poland

Release dates and an exclusive first-look at gameplay footage inside

AiRace Speed was announced just recently, the third in the series after two rather enjoyable DSiWare releases in that franchise. With a promising statistic of 18 tracks and a reasonable price point of $4.99 in North America and €4.99 / £4.49 in Europe, combined with its solid...

Developer Interview: Two Tribes Clarifies Toki Tori 2+ Details and Confirms Classics Coming to Wii U

Two Tribes Clarifies Toki Tori 2+ Details and Confirms Classics Coming to Wii U

A great idea fully hatched?

Toki Tori 2 was always high on a number of Wii U eShop wishlists when it was announced prior to the Wii U's launch. Toki Tori was an early standout on WiiWare, yet developer Two Tribes didn't simply repeat the formula with the sequel, instead opting for a bold approach where puzzles were simply part of a larger world,...

Talking Point: With Calls for Nintendo to Follow the Crowd, It Faces a Dilemma

With Calls for Nintendo to Follow the Crowd, It Faces a Dilemma

Sony's Vita TV joins the noise of huge releases and lots of consoles

It's been a busy week of opinions on Nintendo, the Wii U and the 3DS. Whether you agree with some, disagree or are simply baffled by it all, it seems that games industry figures are only too happy to queue up and say what Nintendo should be doing to remain a key player in the...

Talking Point: Nintendo's eShop Policies Deserve Both Praise and Attention

Nintendo's eShop Policies Deserve Both Praise and Attention

We break down the known details of eShop publishing

Just recently we reported on announcements made by Nintendo of Europe's Business Development Manager, Ed Valiente, who gave a presentation on eShop publishing at The Indie Games Collective event at the UKIE HQ in London. We picked up on a couple of notable revelations, relating to Miiverse coming...

Interview: Exploring The Centre for Computing History - Cambridge

Exploring The Centre for Computing History - Cambridge

Taking a trip down memory lane

One of Cambridge’s best kept secrets is The Centre for Computing History, a museum dedicated to preserving the history of home computers and video game consoles from all eras. Located on a quiet industrial estate only a few miles outside of the historic city centre in East Anglia, England, the museum is not one you...

Talking Point: The Wonderful 101 Provides Some Rare Family Friendly Thrills

The Wonderful 101 Provides Some Rare Family Friendly Thrills

Falls nicely into the PEGI 12 and ESRB Teen bracket

In this Talking Point, our colleague Andy Robertson — who runs FamilyGamerTV — explains why The Wonderful 101 is a game perfectly suited to families and, in particular, the young teen audience; it's an age group rarely catered to directly. Andy regularly works with families and appears on...

Developer Interview: keen games Talk About TNT Racers: Nitro Machines Edition And The eShop Difference

keen games Talk About TNT Racers: Nitro Machines Edition And The eShop Difference

Start your engines

TNT Racers: Nitro Machines Edition is a high octane battle racing game developed by German studio keen games. It draws on inspiration from classic titles like Micro Machines and features an isometric viewpoint with all drivers competing on the same screen. Previously released on WiiWare, this updated version on Wii U crams in...