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First Impressions: Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8

Turning things upside down

Imagine the Mario Kart series as an enormous living being made out of adorable cars, happy drivers, delightful loops passing through volcanoes and haunted houses and vicious blue shells. Envision this being, this body of Kartdom, and now answer this simple question: where is its heart? What is the thumping engine within...

Features: The Joys of Following Nintendo at E3

The Joys of Following Nintendo at E3

A rollercoaster ride

E3 2013 is entering the final stretch, with one final day of the show floor being open for thousands of keen gamers to rush to their favourite booths. The PR campaigning will start to fade, too, as executives and developers pack up and try to remember where they put their passports. Rather like last year, this E3 has arguably...

Poll: Which Wii U E3 Game Has Impressed You the Most?

Which Wii U E3 Game Has Impressed You the Most?

There are plenty to choose from

This E3 has seen Nintendo show off a lot of Wii U software, even if we already knew about all but one of them before the expo launched. Rather than potential based on name alone, however, we've now seen these titles in action, with some certainly catching the eye. With the expo now having been open to the public,...

Feature: The Big E3 Nintendo Direct Round-up

The Big E3 Nintendo Direct Round-up

The most important E3 coverage in one place

Nintendo may not have hosted a live press conference this year, but through Nintendo Direct and a number of subsequent developer videos it still bombarded us with information of games coming this year and beyond. Although most of the big reveals were already known ahead of time, we had some important...

Feature: What We Expect From Nintendo's E3 Direct

What We Expect From Nintendo's E3 Direct

Quite a lot, actually

So after plenty of build up and waiting for all the other presentations to finish, the E3 Nintendo Direct is now a matter of hours away. It's a diversion away from the live presentations of past years, but as a pre-recorded and scripted video it has the potential to be a well-paced extravaganza; we hope it'll seize the day...

Talking Point: Looking Ahead to Nintendo's E3

Looking Ahead to Nintendo's E3

Can you feel that tingle of excitement?

E3 2013 is now tantalisingly close, and 48 hours from the time of writing Nintendo will broadcast its pre-expo Nintendo Direct presentation, which will be focused on Wii U releases for Fall, Winter and beyond. It's a break from the usual live presentation, but nevertheless we can expect three days of...

Feature: Our Top 10 Third-Party 3DS Games - Summer 2013

Our Top 10 Third-Party 3DS Games - Summer 2013

Going beyond Nintendo

Last week the Nintendo Life staff voted for their favourite 3DS games at the moment, with retail and download-only titles eligible. Getting in before the swathe of hot releases coming in the next few months — kicking off with Animal Crossing: New Leaf this week — it reflected just how far the system's library had come, with...

Feature: The Humble Origins of Animal Crossing

The Humble Origins of Animal Crossing

How an obscure little N64 title grew into a hit franchise for Nintendo

The hype and excitement for Animal Crossing: New Leaf across the web is reaching a critical level. Hitting North America on 9th June and Europe on 14th June, it begs the question whether some people might literally explode as a result of not being able to contain their...

Developer Interview: WayForward Talks Mighty Switch Force! 2

WayForward Talks Mighty Switch Force! 2

This girl is on fire

WayForward is one of the best known developers on Nintendo's download stores, making its name most prominently on portable platforms. It's a studio with many strings to its bow, including numerous retail releases on various platforms for other publishers, but it's arguably the company's own self-published IPs that have...

Talking Point: Nintendo Should Aim to Produce Mature, Genre-Defining Storytelling Experiences

Nintendo Should Aim to Produce Mature, Genre-Defining Storytelling Experiences

The Last of Us sets a standard

Nintendo, when on peak form and producing its landmark titles, is capable of producing some of the greatest video games in the industry. It's the master of universal genres such as 3D and 2D platformers, adventure exploration games, and can make kart racing look easy — as mediocre copycats often demonstrate. What...

Developer Interview: Renegade Kid on Mutant Mudds Deluxe and Looking Forward with Wii U

Renegade Kid on Mutant Mudds Deluxe and Looking Forward with Wii U

"It is all about the games"

Mutant Mudds Deluxe will not only bring the return of the highly-rated 3DS eShop title on a HD platform, it'll also be Renegade Kid's home console debut. Since the studio was founded in 2007 it's focused, primarily, on Nintendo's DS, DSi and 3DS systems, with recent diversions to PC and iOS in the form of Mutant Mudds...

Feature: The Making Of Street Fighter Alpha 3: Upper

The Making Of Street Fighter Alpha 3: Upper

How the GBA’s best fighter doomed the company that made it

We’d be willing to bet that if you quizzed any games developer, they’d admit that pushing a system to its absolute limit is one of the most satisfying parts of the job. Taking a piece of hardware and making it do things it really shouldn't be capable of shows incredible talent and...

Talking Point: E3 2013 Is All About The Games

E3 2013 Is All About The Games

Wii U games, specifically

For many, the start of a new generation heralds the beginning of a golden age for gaming, promising new IPs, a fresh approach, or simply an established franchise seen through new technology. It is a time when the sky is the limit, and gamers everywhere can come together to celebrate change. But this time, that hasn’t...

Developer Interview: Next Level Games And Nintendo Talk Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

Next Level Games And Nintendo Talk Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

We speak exclusively to the team behind the 3DS adventure

The 3DS is enjoying a bumper 2013 when it comes to must-have releases, and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (or Luigi's Mansion 2 if you're outside of North America) has been one of the best titles to hit the handheld this year. The game has received overwhelmingly positive reviews and has set...

Feature: Our Top 10 3DS Games - Summer 2013

Our Top 10 3DS Games - Summer 2013

The favourites so far

With E3 2013 now a little over a week away, we expect a lot of talk to focus on the Wii U and its competitors, as the home consoles prepare for a battle at the retailers this Holiday season. And yet, we feel we should take another opportunity at this juncture to show some love for the 3DS, the handheld that overcame a rocky...

Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2013 - Summer Edition

The Biggest Wii U Games of 2013 - Summer Edition

Now this list is getting juicy

With summertime almost officially upon us, and with E3 looming on the horizon, we've decided to take stock and provide our updated list of the biggest Wii U games of 2013. There are some changes since our Spring Edition, most notably the removal of two Wii U eShop titles. With the Wii U retail lineup getting more...

Talking Point: Wii U vs Xbox One - Online Requirements and On-Disc DRM

Wii U vs Xbox One - Online Requirements and On-Disc DRM

A big deal, or a mountain out of a mole-hill?

Last week Microsoft unveiled its Xbox One, or the non-gaming aspects for the most part, and seemingly managed to confuse as many viewers as it hyped up. Those that opt for schadenfreude should tread carefully, however, as Nintendo's Wii U reveal at E3 2011 similarly baffled many in terms of what the...

Feature: A Brief History of Pokémon - Part One

A Brief History of Pokémon - Part One

Contracting Pokémania

In the mid-nineties, an epidemic spread across the world. First discovered in Japan, it soon spread across the pacific, consuming vast areas of America. We were powerless to stop it. No cure was to be found. Before long, it broke America's shores and hit Europe with similarly devastating effect. The worst affected were...

Round Table: Let's Talk About the 3DS

Let's Talk About the 3DS

You've come a long way, little one

So, the 3DS approaches its third E3 in good shape, having passed its second Birthday while enjoying a run of strong sales worldwide. It also has a games library, both current and coming in the next six months, in exceptionally rude health; the upcoming lineup in 2013 is packed with potential blockbuster hits, so...

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

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Thirteen

Here comes the Sun (doo-doo-doo-doo)

As we glance out of Nintendo Life Towers we see something a little unfamiliar — there's an enormous ball of fire in the sky, and it's bathing us in warmth. We would go and bask in its magnificence, but we've got some video games to play. Of course, as our team is scattered around the world — like...