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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...

First Impressions: Nano Assault Neo

Nano Assault Neo

Big things from a small world

Nano Assault on 3DS probably qualifies as an under-appreciated gem, a title that was awarded an impressive 8/10 in our review but unfortunately never arrived in Europe. It's a pity that it hasn't been enjoyed outside of North America and Japan, though thankfully developer Shin'en Multimedia has confirmed that a 3DS...

Interview: Unity - Licensing Deal Means A New Era For Indies On Nintendo Systems

Unity - Licensing Deal Means A New Era For Indies On Nintendo Systems

We speak exclusively to Unity's Tracy Erickson about the new agreement with Nintendo

Nintendo recently signed a worldwide license agreement with Unity Technologies to bring its multi-platform engine and development tools to the Wii U. To get a better idea of what benefits this deal will bring, we spoke exclusively to Unity's Tracy Erickson, who is...

First Impressions: Toki Tori 2

Toki Tori 2

The bird's still got it

Toki Tori 2 was one of the first eShop titles confirmed for Wii U, showing that developer Two Tribes is more than happy to take another early plunge on Nintendo's download platform. It seems only right, too, as the developer's first ever release was Toki Tori on Game Boy Color, before a new version of that game had a start...

Hands On: Nintendo Land

Nintendo Land

Playing together and going solo

Nintendo Land is going to be played by a lot of Wii U owners, which we know thanks to pre-orders for the system's Premium Set being practically sold out in the U.S., for example. We were able to try a number of its titles in a post-E3 London event, where we gave you first impressions of Nintendo Land's multiplayer...

First Impressions: Assassin's Creed III

Assassin's Creed III

Battles on the high seas

Assassin’s Creed III is one of Wii U’s highest-profile launch titles, with the November date coming just a few weeks after its appearance on the other HD systems. It’s also one of Ubisoft’s most ambitious development projects in its long history, with a number of studios and hundreds of staff working on what it...

Feature: Diamonds in the Rough - Dementium: The Ward

Diamonds in the Rough - Dementium: The Ward

Worth a scare

Whenever we look back at a console’s lifespan, the first thing we nearly always do is remember the good stuff. We remember the Marios, the Zeldas, the hordes of Pokémon, and maybe even the odd Kirby game depending on your level of pink puff-ball persuasion. But we’re often so caught up in remembering what’s great that we very...

Feature: WiiWare Games That Bit the Dust

WiiWare Games That Bit the Dust

And one we may still see

Today La Mulana finally arrives on WiiWare in Europe and North America, bringing an end to a particularly long development saga. Nigoro had already released the title in Japan, but problems apparently related to DLC content led to a number of delays, with original publisher Nicalis eventually pulling the plug on the...

Feature: Nintendo's Celebrity Commercials - The Good, Bad and Cringeworthy

Nintendo's Celebrity Commercials - The Good, Bad and Cringeworthy

So many to choose from

When it comes to marketing Wii, DS and most recently 3DS, Nintendo has rarely been shy about calling in some star power; celebrities have often been given a juicy cheque to pose with a handheld or waggle a Wii Remote like there's no tomorrow. The latest campaign to be announced, this time by Nintendo of America, is “Play As...

Talking Point: Five Reasons to Buy a Wii U

Five Reasons to Buy a Wii U

If you need them

We don't always say why we write certain features, or what prompts them, but in this case we'll make an exception. As anyone based in the UK is likely to already know, tabloid newspaper The Sun published a list of five reasons not to buy a Wii U. Of course it's perfectly reasonable to go that way when weighing up the pros and cons...

Reaction: Wii U Preview Events

Wii U Preview Events

Not a bad effort, Nintendo

On Thursday the Nintendo Life team watched the various broadcasts and events held by Nintendo to unveil Wii U launch details. After soaking in all that was said and the news that's come out since, a couple of our editors decided to provide some brief thoughts of their own on what Nintendo did right, as well as areas that...

News: The Definitive Guide To Wii U

The Definitive Guide To Wii U

Everything you need to know

Want to know everything there is to know about Nintendo's new home console, Wii U? What it can do and which games you'll be able to play on it when it launches later this year? We've got you covered with all the information there is right here in this handy guide. As news regarding any new hardware launch is changing all...