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Feature: A History of Full Fat Games - From Nintendo Portables to Smartphones and Back Again

A History of Full Fat Games - From Nintendo Portables to Smartphones and Back Again

"I'm just pleased to have a game on the 3DS"

In the past week we brought you the news that Flick Golf 3D is coming to the 3DS eShop, which will be an interesting test to see whether a hugely popular smartphone game can grab a sizeable audience on Nintendo's portable. To those unfamiliar with developer Full Fat Games there could be a perception...

Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Faceplate NA and the Bigger Picture

New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Faceplate NA and the Bigger Picture

The issue has resurfaced, so we consider each side's perspective

In mid-January Nintendo hosted its first 'Direct' broadcasts of the year, and what seemed like improbable retailer leaks turned out to be true. North America was confirmed to be receiving a unique red New Nintendo 3DS XL - which looks rather nice - along with the black equivalent,...

Reaction: Pokémon Shuffle Isn't Quite Microtransaction Hell, But It's Getting There

Pokémon Shuffle Isn't Quite Microtransaction Hell, But It's Getting There

Tom Whitehead scratches his head, waits 30 minutes, then scratches it again

Microtransactions. It's a grubby phrase in the eyes of many, mainly because it represents a concept that thrives on being small and inoffensive, yet has the capability to lead to extravagant costs or to simply wreck a game's momentum. It's worse than 'free-to-play', as a...

Interview: Nintendo's Damon Baker on the eShop Team, Reaching Out to Indies and Finding Games That Matter

Nintendo's Damon Baker on the eShop Team, Reaching Out to Indies and Finding Games That Matter

Talks self-publishing, New Nintendo 3DS XL and more at Indiecade East

Nintendo recently attended Indiecade East 2015 in New York, where Damon Baker - Senior Manager in Marketing and Licensing - met with fans and developers alike, and led a seminar called "Self-Publishing with Nintendo." Nintendo Life attended the informative seminar and then had a...

Guide: Getting Started and Collecting All Masks in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

Getting Started and Collecting All Masks in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

Win a collector's edition Prima guide (Europe only), too

Based on early sales indications there are a decent number of gamers that have taken the plunge on the long-anticipated 3DS remaster The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D. For those that didn't experience the title back in the days of the Nintendo 64, however, it can be a slightly baffling...

Soapbox: Portable Gaming Forges a Special Relationship With the Player, and Nintendo is the Master in the Field

Portable Gaming Forges a Special Relationship With the Player, and Nintendo is the Master in the Field

Tom Whitehead reflects on why dedicated gaming handhelds still matter

I'll kick off this article with an admission that will cause some to snort in derision and dismiss anything I ever say about Nintendo in the future; those that have seen my occasional forum posts or followed our Reddit AMA last year may already have an inkling into what's...

Guide: Getting The Most Out of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Getting The Most Out of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Hunter, gatherer, prancer

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is now in stores, bringing the latest entry in the ever-complicated and challenging series to the West. There's little denying that, despite some effort on Capcom's part, the franchise can be daunting and difficult to grasp; even those getting through the early quests may be missing out on some...

Feature: Video Game Characters Looking for Love - 2015

Video Game Characters Looking for Love - 2015

High scores guaranteed

It's Valentine's Day, and with the most commercially romantic day of the year come many traditions, such as exchanging flowers, sending cards, getting sick on chocolate, copying and pasting old feature intros and... combing online dating sites looking for profiles posted by our favourite video game characters! What, you...

Poll: Are You An Early Adopter With The New Nintendo 3DS?

Are You An Early Adopter With The New Nintendo 3DS?

Big games to choose from, too

There's always some buzz when new hardware arrives, and while the New Nintendo 3DS is a mid-generation iteration it does, nevertheless, bring new goodies to fans of portable gaming. Nintendo's lined up its ducks for the release, too, ensuring that multiple major retail titles have landed in stores with the systems to...

Guide: How to Watch 3D YouTube Videos on Your Shiny New Nintendo 3DS

How to Watch 3D YouTube Videos on Your Shiny New Nintendo 3DS

We've even made one for you...

Today is the day that Europe and North America finally get their hands on the New Nintendo 3DS, with many of you either pre-ordering or picking up your console in person. But now you have your system, what are you supposed to do with it? Well, you could play that new copy of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, for...

Interview: Nintendo UK's James Honeywell Discusses the New Nintendo 3DS Launch

Nintendo UK's James Honeywell Discusses the New Nintendo 3DS Launch

Reassures us of an "exciting schedule of new titles yet to be announced"

Today brings us the launch of the New Nintendo 3DS, the latest portable hardware iteration that will aim - like the DSi before it - to prolong and invigorate the current generation. The original 3DS models have accumulated over 50 million sales in under four years - an...

Guide: How to Complete a System Transfer from a 3DS to a New Nintendo 3DS / XL

How to Complete a System Transfer from a 3DS to a New Nintendo 3DS / XL

Out with the old, in with the New... slowly

Earlier this week Nintendo published a handy video guide to a New Nintendo 3DS system transfer, but as promised we're providing a written equivalent that somewhat matches the pace of the process. Trust us, this'll take you longer than three and a half minutes, and we'll also aim to cover off any gaps in...

Exclusive: Full Fat Is Bringing The Insanely Popular Flick Golf To The Nintendo 3DS

Full Fat Is Bringing The Insanely Popular Flick Golf To The Nintendo 3DS

Meet the studio behind a finger-based phenomenon

Full Fat Games is a serious player in the smartphone arena, having clocked an amazing 55 million downloads across its range of casual yet compelling iOS and Android releases. If you own a smartphone then chances are you've probably played one of the studio's games - be it Flick Golf, Flick Soccer,...

Reaction: Super Smash Bros. amiibo Support Shows That NFC For The New Nintendo 3DS Is No Gimmick

Super Smash Bros. amiibo Support Shows That NFC For The New Nintendo 3DS Is No Gimmick

Part of a long term plan?

Today Nintendo provided a pretty meaty update for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, which adds some rather neat data sharing options that'll no doubt see thousands of Mii characters and funny images ping around the internet for our viewing pleasure. Beyond those additions of data swapping and Miiverse posts there was...

Poll: Do Video Game Reviews Need To Have A Score?

Do Video Game Reviews Need To Have A Score?

How important is a number at the bottom of the page?

Today, our partner site Eurogamer made the momentous announcement that it would be dropping scores from its reviews. In a special post by editor Oli Welsh it was revealed that from this point onwards the site would be moving towards an alternative rating system - based on simpler terms such as...

Talking Point: The New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Network and Wii U Could Point the Way for Future Hardware

The New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Network and Wii U Could Point the Way for Future Hardware

The portable and home console gap slowly closes

The New Nintendo 3DS arrives this week, which is exciting news for eager portable games for a number of reasons. It's very much 3DS version 1.5, so the upgrade is down to the accumulation of a variety of relatively small improvements as opposed to a generational leap. It's standard Nintendo practice...

Talking Point: Limitations on Stock and Advertising Are a Price to Pay for Nintendo's Return to Profits

Limitations on Stock and Advertising Are a Price to Pay for Nintendo's Return to Profits

Less sales yet increased profits highlight extensive streamlining

Nintendo's got a lot of tough balancing to do right now with its finances - not only does it have its annual research and development costs, but it's also moving into the health field with Quality of Life and is about to complete the worldwide roll-out of new hardware with the New...

Poll: Which Nintendo Franchises Should be Produced as TV Shows?

Which Nintendo Franchises Should be Produced as TV Shows?

Some silly suggestions may be included

Our first reaction when we heard that Nintendo and Netflix are apparently exploring a live-action TV series for The Legend of Zelda was "yeah, sure they are, what a crazy rumour!". Yet then we saw that it was an article on the respectable Wall Street Journal which, frankly, has little reason or likelihood to...

Feature: A Summary of the Xenoblade Chronicles X Presentation and What We Learned About Its World

A Summary of the Xenoblade Chronicles X Presentation and What We Learned About Its World

Details on planet Mira, New LA, GamePad usage, plus the full video

To date details around Xenoblade Chronicles X have arrived in snippets, mainly through tweets and interview quotes; up until today Nintendo and developer Monolith Soft have adopted a rather coy approach when releasing information about the game. The last couple of weeks have...

Editorial: Nintendo's YouTube Creators Program 'Beta' Provides Vital Feedback - It Won't Work

Nintendo's YouTube Creators Program 'Beta' Provides Vital Feedback - It Won't Work

Copyright is one thing, but YouTube power resides with the creators

Last week Nintendo launched its YouTube Creators Program, which had been long promised as a compromise between simply preventing monetisation of videos featuring its content and the alternative of leaving video creators with free rein. What's happened since is a typical clash of...

Talking Point: Star Fox for Wii U is an Ongoing and Surprising Mystery

Star Fox for Wii U is an Ongoing and Surprising Mystery

When will Nintendo show off Shigeru Miyamoto's project?

Nintendo had an impressive E3 in 2014, winning plaudits not just for its reveals but also its approach to the show, with the Super Smash Bros. Invitational and Treehouse live streams keeping fans entertained. There were a number of notable reveals, too, yet it was Star Fox for Wii U that...

Impressions: Nintendo Made The Right Call With Its Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Demo

Nintendo Made The Right Call With Its Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Demo

We share some thoughts on what's offered

Nintendo produced an eShop surprise this week with the sudden arrival of a demo for Code Name S.T.E.A.M, the next release from the strategy masters at Intelligent Systems. Revealed at E3 2014, this title arrives in North America on 13th March and Europe two months later on 15th May; as a result this free...