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Feature: In Defence of Super Mario Sunshine

In Defence of Super Mario Sunshine

Do or don't look back into the sun

Ten years ago today, on 26th August 2002, GameCube title Super Mario Sunshine was released in North America to an abundance of critical acclaim, with relatively muted murmuring that it was an unworthy follow-up to Super Mario 64. Gradually over the past decade opinions have grown more divided and gamers have...

Feature: Classic Gaming Typos, Errors and Translations

Classic Gaming Typos, Errors and Translations

Conglaturations for reading this

Earlier this week there was a great deal of chortling at a minor grammatical error in New Super Mario Bros. 2, with the initial Coin Rush notification being the offending screen; many of us actually missed it in our eagerness to play the mode itself. There's also a bit of a grammatical slip-up in the North American...

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

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Six

It's all golden

Despite initially calling this issue number five in this series, when it's clearly number six, we return with another update to share our weekend gaming plans with you. In the past we've quipped about topical sporting events, but there's nothing interesting enough this time around. That's just as well, as rather than sit in our...

Nintendo Download: 23rd August 2012 (North America)

23rd August 2012 (North America)

Racing, metal slugging and the abyss

We've seen some pretty busy line-ups for the Nintendo Download update in recent times, but it's rather quiet this time around: will it be quality over quantity? Each platform gets one game, and the heady days of discounted downloads are forgotten. Still, let's get to it. eShop: VectorRacing (Arc System Works,...

Talking Point: The Long Suffering Luigi

The Long Suffering Luigi

Green with envy

This week brought some disappointing news for fans of the other mascot brother, the one who wears green and can often be found sitting in the corner, twiddling his thumbs and waiting to get involved. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon was spooked into 2013 in North America, while European release news is still up in the air. Also in the...

Interview: Two Tribes - Toki Tori 2

Two Tribes - Toki Tori 2

No more flapping around

A little over a week ago Two Tribes released its first trailer for Toki Tori 2, showing off footage of the diminutive feathered hero solving puzzles and using various creatures in the environment to help him on his way. It showed off some nifty gameplay mechanics, while the developer revealed details via its blog of the...

Feature: DS Games We Want on Wii U

DS Games We Want on Wii U

Two screens, only much bigger

Seven years and over 150 million sales have passed since Nintendo surprised the world by releasing its dual screen handheld back in 2004, introducing true touch screen gaming to the masses for the first time. The concept proved such a success that Nintendo has now implemented it in its next home console, Wii U, via a...

Feature: Let's Celebrate Kirby's Spin-Offs

Let's Celebrate Kirby's Spin-Offs

Kirby's had a busy 20 years

Earlier this month, at his apocryphal 20th birthday celebration, we're sure Kirby was able to blow out his candles with trademark gale-force and reflect on what has been, even for a Nintendo character, an astoundingly diverse career. While keeping his day job of walking from left to right and inhaling enemies,...

Preview: Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

Cleaner and better

We recently had the chance to sit down with a more recent demo of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. With three stages to sweep clean rather than the single one on offer when we played it last year, we got to see just how much work Next Level Games has put into the game since then. The three mansions that we were able to pick this...

Round Table: Let's Talk About Super Mario

Let's Talk About Super Mario

Get a comfortable seat

We've already unveiled our favourite Super Mario games, but it's a series with plenty of talking points. We're in the middle of the busiest spell of new Super Mario games in the history of the franchise, with two 'New Super Mario Bros.' titles arriving this year, which will mean that three new entries will have arrived...

Feature: Our Favourite Super Mario Games

Our Favourite Super Mario Games

The impossible list

With New Super Mario Bros. 2 about to hit stores, it's prompted a lot of debate about the Super Mario series as a whole. We decided that we'd take on the list that cannot win, and declare Nintendo Life's favourite Super Mario games. In total, 16 members of staff rated their top 10 Super Mario titles from a list of 14. Only games...

Introducing: Damien McFerran

Damien McFerran

Welcome back to the stage of history

Any avid reader of Nintendo Life will know that for the past couple of years we had James Newton installed as editor, which came to an end earlier this month as he swanned off to Nintendo. Starting today we have a new man who will be taking on the role full-time; the undisputed, heavy-weight, retro gamer of the...

Feature: Crazy Nintendo Crossovers We'd Like to See

Crazy Nintendo Crossovers We'd Like to See

Insanity X Nintendo

As strange crossovers go, Pokémon and Nobunaga's Ambition is right up there. Reactions at Pokémon Conquest's announcement ranged from confused mutterings to gasps of wonder at the possibilities. Yet for all the weirdness, it actually turned out brilliantly – whoever came up with the idea of mixing up an old school strategy...

Talking Point: Another Look at the News - 3rd August

Another Look at the News - 3rd August

We're on our soapbox

It's been a relatively busy week of Nintendo news, culminating in the EA Summer Showcase that was more of a polite presentation, in terms of Wii U at least. Once again we take a look at some of the news of the past week and give a personal spin, ranging from optimism to shouting from on top of our soapbox, depending on the...

Interview: Smileboom - Petit Computer

Smileboom - Petit Computer

Doing a lot with BASIC

Petit Computer arrived on North American DSiWare in mid-July, and since that time a number of enthusiastic programmers have no doubt been getting accustomed to the BASIC coding language. The app has already had a positive impact in Japan, with an enthusiastic community that has been producing and sharing innovative games on...

Nintendo Download: 2nd August 2012 (North America)

2nd August 2012 (North America)

A lost town, solitaire and reduced Mario

This week's North American update has relatively slim pickings, with Wii missing out entirely. There's one title each for eShop and DSiWare, a reduced Mario classic and a couple of videos, so let's look at what we have. eShop: 3D Solitaire (Zen Studios, $2.99) — The title tells you almost everything you...

Reaction: Age Ratings and Video Games

Age Ratings and Video Games

PEGI takes over and makes under-age selling illegal

It may come as a surprise to those who assumed it was the case, but until 30th July there was no unified, legally binding age rating system for video games in the UK. Unlike so many other products available to buy, the guidelines and ratings in place did not automatically lead to prosecution for...

Talking Point: What Do You Think of 3DS XL?

What Do You Think of 3DS XL?

Is bigger better?

3DS XL landed on European and Japanese shelves over the weekend. It seems to have had a good start; in the UK it outsold the original 3DS model at a rate of around 2:1 and bumped up the software sales of Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games — thoug

Feature: Olympics Fever on Nintendo Systems

Olympics Fever on Nintendo Systems

Button mashing for gold

If you’ve been living in a cave and isolated from the world for the past couple of weeks, then you may not have been bombarded with coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games. It’s now well under way, and thousands of athletes are running, cycling, swimming and more in the name of winning a shiny gold medal. None of the...

Feature: Nintendo Life Presents... Our Freakyforms

Nintendo Life Presents... Our Freakyforms

Freak'n you

Most people have imagined up a character at some point, right? Whether it's your own fantasy Pokémon, an odd person or a bizarre monster, grabbing a pen and paper and drawing whatever comes into your mind is a lot of fun. Thankfully we're not the only ones who think so, as evidenced by games such as Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive!,...