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Hands On: Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter

Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter

Party like it’s 2001

The GameCube controller has become the community gold-standard for playing Super Smash Bros. So much so that Nintendo has wheeled out an adapter to make the controller released in 2001 compatible with its home console released in 2012. All for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The adapter is about as thick as two retail game cases...

Talking Point: The amiibo Range Grows, Yet Key Questions Remain

The amiibo Range Grows, Yet Key Questions Remain

Its ambition is both a strength and a curse

Back in August we outlined amiibo pros and cons, mainly within the context that Nintendo had revealed little about the figures over the course of the summer months. Many questions have since been answered in terms of how the figures will be used in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, in addition to their minor...

Feature: A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issues Sixty & Sixty One

A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issues Sixty & Sixty One

Two for the price of none, as they're free anyway...

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is around the corner, and so we're bringing you a double issue of our regular summary of Masahiro Sakurai's Director's Room Miiverse community posts. Naturally some of you may wonder what the heck happened last week — previews of the actual game and your humble scribe...

Preview: Power Sliding Around The Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 8 DLC

Power Sliding Around The Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 8 DLC

The great just got even greater!

Recently we were invited to Nintendo's UK headquarters to have a go at The Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 8 DLC that's arriving on 13th November, and naturally we just had to tell you what we thought of it. This is the first time a Mario Kart game has had DLC, so Nintendo has to make an impact to convince buyers to...

Feature: Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Week Nine: Carpenter

Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Week Nine: Carpenter

We do it awl

In the ninth part of a regular series, Karen takes on Fantasy Life in a variety of 'lives' and documents her adventures. Last week’s outdoors adventure in nature walks and axe-handling left me with a dilapidated house full of logs, broken furniture, and a missing cat. Rather than move into the inn permanently and replace said cat I...

Talking Point: The Majora's Mask 3D Reveal Showed Nintendo Can Still Surprise and Delight

The Majora's Mask 3D Reveal Showed Nintendo Can Still Surprise and Delight

It was a S.T.E.A.M.Y Direct

This week Nintendo produced a rather traditional Direct broadcast — there was no animation, relatively little flashy presentation beyond trailers, and a diverse range of announcements. It was back to type and rather like those that we'd seen throughout 2013; that's not a criticism, as Nintendo has diversified its...

Feature: A Look at the Many Bat Suits in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

A Look at the Many Bat Suits in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

Holy hole in a doughnut Batman!

We love a good LEGO game here at Nintendo Life, and when that game also features the Dark Knight we're pretty optimistic that it will be a winner. LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be taking a trip down memory lane and will celebrate Batman's 75th Anniversary — Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is bringing back...

Book Review: Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works

Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works

To be this good takes AGES

Back in the early '90s Sega and Nintendo were hostile enemies, and this rivalry trickled down to the people who played their products. Anyone old enough to have experienced this period will no doubt recall the heated playground debates about which console was best, and the splintered friendships caused by something as...

Parent Trap: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Is Shaping Up To Be Another Family-Friendly Classic

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Is Shaping Up To Be Another Family-Friendly Classic

Family Gamer TV checks out Toad's latest adventure

If you’ve played through Super Mario 3D World you’ll already know the intricate puzzle treat of the Captain Toad levels. Looking initially simple, these fixed isometric worlds presented a substantial and layered challenge to those wanting to find every last coin. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker...

Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 5th November

The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 5th November

There were fireworks

There haven't been many full-on "old-fashioned" Nintendo Direct broadcasts in 2014, as the company has focused on game-specific presentations and an alternative Digital Event approach at E3. While variety is welcome, there was something reassuring about a live video featuring Satoru Iwata in front of a white backdrop; the...

Hardware Classics: The Sega Genesis Nomad

The Sega Genesis Nomad

The less-travelled roadie

During the early '90s Sega's hardware department effectively went crazy. Flushed with the success of the Genesis / Mega Drive in North America and Europe, the company produced a series of commercial duds in an attempt to buttress its 16-bit business in the face of stiff competition from rival Nintendo. The first endeavour...

Feature: Does Super Smash Bros. Wii U's Smash Tour Live Up To Expectations?

Does Super Smash Bros. Wii U's Smash Tour Live Up To Expectations?

Mario & chums party hard

Whilst at Nintendo UK’s headquarters, we were lucky enough to get a go on the brand new mode exclusive to the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros.: Smash Tour. Going in we didn't really know too much about the mode beyond that it was a Mario Party-esque affair with a Smash Bros. flavour. After a short debriefing we managed...

News: The UK's Best Super Smash Bros. Player Is Crowned In A Thrilling Grand Final

The UK's Best Super Smash Bros. Player Is Crowned In A Thrilling Grand Final

Watch our video highlights from the big event

Last Friday saw the culmination of Nintendo's effort to find the best Super Smash Bros. player in the whole of the UK, with the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Grand Finals taking place at the historic York Hall in London. 32 finalists — picked during national heats which took place all over the...

Preview: Using amiibo with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Using amiibo with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

We’ve got amiibo all figured out

This holiday period is arguably Nintendo’s most crucial since the Wii U launched back in late 2012. The company's banking on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U not only attracting a lot of sales but, more specifically, system sales from those yet to pick up the console. Moreover, Nintendo’s new range of NFC (near...

Interview: Rocky Morton On The Chaos Of Directing The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Rocky Morton On The Chaos Of Directing The Super Mario Bros. Movie

"It’s not the movie we wanted to make"

Get ready to laugh in celebration or groan in pain: the Super Mario Bros. movie is on Blu-ray today in the UK. The 1993 film left a sour taste in many viewers' mouths due to a bizarrely altered story and some truly goofy action scenes, but has since become a cult favorite among Nintendo fans and bad movie...

Preview: Having a Brawl With Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Having a Brawl With Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Extended time with Nintendo's biggest game this holiday season

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the most anticipated Nintendo title this holiday season, and with good reason. Whether it's the intricate and deep gameplay mechanics, the sheer amount of content reported to be on offer or the crossover Nintendo theme and the fan service that comes with...

Interview: Still Games Discusses Kickstarting a Legendary Tale With Animal Gods

Still Games Discusses Kickstarting a Legendary Tale With Animal Gods

"You are called upon to save the Gods"

Over recent weeks our Kickstarter summaries (which will resume this weekend) have featured Animal Gods, an intriguing project from US developer Still Games. Though listed for PC, Mac and Linux, as is the norm on the crowdfunding platform, the developer has also included the Wii U in its core goal, placing...

Feature: Nintendo Life's Horrifying Halloween Gaming

Nintendo Life's Horrifying Halloween Gaming

Petrifying plans

It's the scariest night of the year, mainly due to strange children knocking on the door and demanding sweets in exchange for showing you their creepy outfits; if you don't have candy to give, the consequences can be dire. Of course, that's not really scary, but it's the time of year when ghosts, ghouls, zombies and reality TV...