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Events: Play Expo - A Day of Bitmaps, Digital Sumos, Wii U and Pac-Man Vs. Ghosts

Play Expo - A Day of Bitmaps, Digital Sumos, Wii U and Pac-Man Vs. Ghosts

When gamers come together

It was upon arriving at Eccles train station, ready for Play Expo and briskly navigating a muggy mist lurking over the Manchester Ship Canal, when we contemplated if the UK’s weather had decided to skip autumn altogether and engulf us in this mid-October Sunday with a winter chill. However, within the space of an hour...

Developer Interview: Nnooo Talks About Working With Nintendo and Moving to the 3DS eShop

Nnooo Talks About Working With Nintendo and Moving to the 3DS eShop

Stepping into a new generation

As the 3DS eShop continues to evolve and expand its library, Nintendo is currently preparing to introduce the Wii U eShop — it's assumed that'll be its name — and continue to expand its download gaming options. It's been a rocky road, of course, with the DSi and Wii online stores both being flawed in terms of...

Feature: Reinventing Nintendo's Major Franchises on Wii U

Reinventing Nintendo's Major Franchises on Wii U

Time for some comebacks

Thanks to its fresh approach to gaming, the Wii has been a breeding ground for reinvention throughout its six year life cycle, offering us established franchises with a twist due in part to motion controls. The Legend of Zelda has been perhaps the biggest beneficiary of this in the form of Skyward Sword, with Wii MotionPlus...

Feature: The New Dimensions of Pokémon

The New Dimensions of Pokémon

Snap and Dream Radar change the perspective

Trading cards and anime episodes aside, the Pokémon series is known for a long-lasting line of handheld RPGs. You've almost certainly played one or two of them — and we suspect that quite a few of you are already getting into Pokémon Black & White 2 — most likely followed by an obsessed state of...

Talking Point: Games That Need Wii U - Resident Evil 6

Games That Need Wii U - Resident Evil 6

A much needed second chance

As great as Nintendo’s first-party efforts are, Wii U is going to have a reliance on its third-party support. Nintendo certainly recognises that and has already drawn franchises like FIFA, Call of Duty, Mass Effect and Assassin’s Creed to its cause. However, as encouraging as that is, it’s still not enough. The...

Talking Point: Nintendo Takes One Step Forward, One Back With Retail Downloads

Nintendo Takes One Step Forward, One Back With Retail Downloads

It's not quite right, yet

During last week's Nintendo Direct broadcast in Europe, one eShop announcement that received relatively little fanfare was confirmation that a number of additional first-party titles were being made available on the platform. These titles stretch back to the earliest months of the system: now available on the European...

Interview: Broken Rules Talks About Chasing Aurora and Being Early on Wii U

Broken Rules Talks About Chasing Aurora and Being Early on Wii U

Taking flight on Nintendo's new system

Chasing Aurora is an eye-catching Wii U eShop title that's scheduled to arrive in November. While its art style immediately grabs attention, we wanted to know more about it, especially as it's only a matter of weeks away. We got in touch with developer Broken Rules and spoke to its man Martin Pichlmair about...

Feature: EB Expo 2012 Nintendo Booth Impressions

EB Expo 2012 Nintendo Booth Impressions

Get N or Get Out

As you may have noticed over the past few days, we have been posting our impressions of games that were available to play at the recent EB Expo. We've also got some impressions for you of Nintendo's impressive booth itself. Throughout the weekend, the line to get into the Nintendo booth was one of the longest. The line moved at a...

Developer Interview: Frozenbyte Talks Trine 2, Wii U eShop and Working with Nintendo

Frozenbyte Talks Trine 2, Wii U eShop and Working with Nintendo

An ice chat

The excitement for Wii U isn't limited to the second screen, the possibility of five player games or the chance that Nintendo is getting its groove back with third party publishers: there's also the small matter of its approach to digital distribution. WiiWare started well before floundering and DSiWare hosted a few gems among its...

Hands On: Is New Super Mario Bros 2 DLC Worth Your Golden Coins?

Is New Super Mario Bros 2 DLC Worth Your Golden Coins?

Should you download those Coin Rush levels? Read on to find out

Nintendo may have produced paid DLC before, particularly on 3DS, but it’s now taken its first steps into worldwide DLC on a big-name title. We are of course talking about the DLC for New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the 3DS, which comes in the form of three new content packs for the...

Feature: The Bizarre History of Pokémon Technology

The Bizarre History of Pokémon Technology

Go Go Gadget Pokémon

Ever since the Game Boy link cable connected rival trainers together in Pokémon Red and Blue, the famed monster-catching franchise has been fascinated with novel technology. Pick an eccentric doodad at random from Nintendo's library of experiments and you're certain to find a guinea Tepig tagging along to make sure it's safe...

Ninterview: Charles Martinet, The Voice of Mario

Charles Martinet, The Voice of Mario

We caught up with the man himself at the recent EB Expo in Australia

He voices one of the most iconic characters in global culture yet he could probably walk down the street and not receive a second glance from passers-by. He is Charles Martinet, the man behind the voice of Nintendo's Mario, and has lent his vocal chords to the world-famous plumber...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Focus on the 3DS eShop

Nintendo's Focus on the 3DS eShop

Gaming on a budget

This week’s European Nintendo Direct prompted the usual range of predictions before the event, ranging from optimistic but unlikely hopes to pessimism and predictability. What Nintendo of Europe boss Satoru Shibata gave us, surprisingly, was a broadcast heavy with eShop exclusives, some new and surprising and others with...

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

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Seven

It's back

Earlier this week, in a peculiar moment of a united group consciousness, the Nintendo Life team exclaimed as one: "hey, what happened to the weekend gaming features?" What did happen? Nintendo and video games happened, with enough Wii U madness — including a little bit of 3DS — and expos to distract us from our fortnightly duties of...

Ninterview: Howard "Gamemaster" Phillips

Howard "Gamemaster" Phillips

We speak to one of Nintendo of America's first employees

Howard Phillips joined Nintendo in the early '80s with the intention of helping transport a few new-fangled arcade cabinets, but he ended up becoming the spokesperson for one of the fastest-growing entertainment companies in the US. He recently began a Kickstarter campaign for his first...

First Impressions: Wii U Pro Controller

Wii U Pro Controller

We go hands on with one of the most important Wii U accessories

With games like Bayonetta 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 blazing a trail to the Wii U very soon, the need for a decent 'traditional' joypad is obvious. Nintendo is making sure 'core' games will play as well as possible by producing the Wii U Pro Controller, a device which boasts an...

News: A Beginner's Guide to The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave

A Beginner's Guide to The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave

Five tips to keep your Men alive!

Ready to plunge into The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave? Well, don't be fooled by its cuddly exterior,as this game offers some absolutely devious challenge! Of course you could learn the ins and outs of the quest through trial and error, but that's liable to leave your conscience strewn with avoidable — and adorable...

Hands on: Wii U Third-Party Round-Up

Wii U Third-Party Round-Up

Trine 2, Skylanders Giants, Ninja Gaiden 3, Tekken 2, NBA 2K13 and Sonic Racing

During this week we've been giving first impressions and hands on accounts of a number of Wii U launch window titles, both retail and downloadable. Nintendo of Europe provided access to a wide range of games we haven't yet covered, however, including some additional...

Hands On: Ubisoft's Wii U Launch Hits

Ubisoft's Wii U Launch Hits

Taking Rayman Legends and ZombiU for another spin

When it comes to third-party launch support for Wii U, Ubisoft is the stand-out with its sheer volume of titles on the way. As always, the publisher is wading in with a substantial variety of games to cater to gamers of almost all levels and persuasions, but we recently had a chance to have another...