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Talking Point: Five Key Challenges Nintendo Faces with the NX

Five Key Challenges Nintendo Faces with the NX

With talk of dev kits out in the wild the next generation is on the agenda

From now until the start of the new year we're going to be republishing some of what we feel are our best features of 2015. Hopefully this will offer the chance for newer readers to catch up on content they might have missed and allow long-time fans to reacquaint themselves...

Editorial: Satoru Iwata Embodied The Playful Brilliance of Nintendo, and His Legacy Will Endure

Satoru Iwata Embodied The Playful Brilliance of Nintendo, and His Legacy Will Endure

"In my heart, I am a gamer"

From now until the start of the new year we're going to be republishing some of what we feel are our best features of 2015. Hopefully this will offer the chance for newer readers to catch up on content they might have missed and allow long-time fans to reacquaint themselves with features they enjoyed the first time...

Feature: A Year in Development - Renegade Kid

A Year in Development - Renegade Kid

"The 3DS is my favourite system to date. Period."

In the third article of this 2015 'Year in Development' series Renegade Kid's co-founder, Jools Watsham, talks about a year that brought various multi-platform ports and two remasters on the 3DS eShop. To begin at the beginning, your year kicked off with Moon Chronicles 2-4 in North America. For...

Feature: Why We're Still Playing... Metroid Fusion

Why We're Still Playing... Metroid Fusion

Mitch Vogel on how this portable title improved upon its predecessor

This is a series of features focussed on games that we keep playing again and again, either over an unhealthy number of hours or those that keep getting return visits long after they first graced our systems. After the release of Super Metroid on the SNES, it seemed that the...

Interview: Warren Spector on the State of Nintendo, His Future, and How Epic Mickey Annoyed Core Gamers

Warren Spector on the State of Nintendo, His Future, and How Epic Mickey Annoyed Core Gamers

"I'm kind of a Nintendo geek"

From now until the start of the new year we're going to be republishing some of what we feel are our best features of 2015. Hopefully this will offer the chance for newer readers to catch up on content they might have missed and allow long-time fans to reacquaint themselves with features they enjoyed the first time...

Feature: Nintendo's Most Notable Moments of 2015

Nintendo's Most Notable Moments of 2015

Reflecting on the past 12 months

In the coming days we're going to be turning our attention to 2016, so this seems like a good time to reflect on the year that has just passed. In the first of our articles to do just that some of our writers have picked out their stand-out moments or thoughts on the year. Take a look below and then share your own...

Feature: The Full Story Behind Star Fox 2, Nintendo's Most Famous Cancellation

The Full Story Behind Star Fox 2, Nintendo's Most Famous Cancellation

"The series was never intended to be limited to linear 3D scrolling stages"

From now until the start of the new year we're going to be republishing some of what we feel are our best features of 2015. Hopefully this will offer the chance for newer readers to catch up on content they might have missed and allow long-time fans to reacquaint...

Feature: A Year in Development - Shin'en Multimedia

A Year in Development - Shin'en Multimedia

"All in all we did the best we can, and this has already made us happy"

In the first of this 2015 'Year in Development' series, Shin'en Multimedia's Manfred Linzner talks about a big year for the studio that culminated in the December release of FAST Racing NEO on the Wii U eShop. As a studio you were relatively quiet early in the year, though...

Feature: Nintendo Life's Festive Gaming Plans - Part Two

Nintendo Life's Festive Gaming Plans - Part Two

Gaming with a smile

The Holiday season has rushed upon us this year, with the time for relaxation and festive cheer right around the corner. We have a variety of the usual end-of-year fare for you, including Game of the Year awards, retrospectives and optimistic glances towards 2016. Naturally, of course, we're also plotting some quality gaming...

Interview: Image & Form CEO Talks Steamworld Heist amiibo, Multiplayer And The Kindness Of Nintendo Fans

Image & Form CEO Talks Steamworld Heist amiibo, Multiplayer And The Kindness Of Nintendo Fans

And how to get the perfect PEGI rating

Steamworld Heist may be one of the last games to release in 2015, but it's also one of the best. Riding high on Metacritic it looks set to be the highest-scoring 3DS game of the year, and is throwing a spanner in the works of many overeager publication's "game of the year" lists. We sat down with Brjann...

Events: Gotta Bach 'Em All: A Night Out At Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions

Gotta Bach 'Em All: A Night Out At Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions

(Disclaimer: No Bach was actually played on the night)

As with many of Nintendo's largest franchises, the music from the Pokémon games has captured its fans' hearts, being just as much a part of growing up as the monster-catching action itself. From the gentle beginnings in Pallet Town, right through to the epic Champion Battle themes, these...

Reaction: The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think a Unified Platform is the Future

The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think a Unified Platform is the Future

Better, together

From now until the start of the new year we're going to be republishing some of what we feel are our best features of 2015. Hopefully this will offer the chance for newer readers to catch up on content they might have missed and allow long-time fans to reacquaint themselves with features they enjoyed the first time around. Today...

News: ​505 Games On Bringing Terraria To Nintendo Consoles And Facing Off Against Minecraft

​505 Games On Bringing Terraria To Nintendo Consoles And Facing Off Against Minecraft

"There's a bit of rivalry between the Minecraft and Terraria communities"

With Terraria on the 3DS, Minecraft on Wii U and Terraria coming to Wii U soon, there's arguably never been a better time to be a Nintendo block-builder. Looking at the first direct capture from the Wii U game alongside some 3DS footage, Dean Scott - Producer on Terraria at...

Talking Point: Each Super Mario Maker Update Promises Much for the Future of the Franchise

Each Super Mario Maker Update Promises Much for the Future of the Franchise

Flying levels, helmets being vital to gameplay - the game has changed

The latest major Super Mario Maker update is live, being the second of its kind (outside of minor Mystery Costume additions) at the time of writing. The first notable update was, in some ways, focused on fixing perceived shortcomings of the launch code - it included stacked...

Feature: A Celebration of HAL Laboratory - Forever Focused on Fun

A Celebration of HAL Laboratory - Forever Focused on Fun

Kirby, Pokemon, Smash Bros., and Box Boy...

From now until the start of the new year we're going to be republishing some of what we feel are our best features of 2015. Hopefully this will offer the chance for newer readers to catch up on content they might have missed and allow long-time fans to reacquaint themselves with features they enjoyed the...

Feature: Nintendo Life's Festive Gaming Plans - Part One

Nintendo Life's Festive Gaming Plans - Part One

Our team share their Holiday gaming routines

The Holiday season has rushed upon us this year, with the time for relaxation and festive cheer right around the corner. We have a variety of the usual end-of-year fare for you, including Game of the Year awards, retrospectives and optimistic glances towards 2016. Naturally, of course, we're also...

Editorial: Gamers Remember and Celebrate Satoru Iwata in Their Own Special Way

Gamers Remember and Celebrate Satoru Iwata in Their Own Special Way

​His legacy remains

We're going to kick off our run of year-end features with this touching piece by long-time reviewer and news writer Tim Latshaw. He reflects on the way gamers commemorated and remembered Satoru Iwata following his passing, and how his legacy lives on. An interesting form of tribute to Satoru Iwata was observed in the weeks...

Editorial: Xenoblade Chronicles X Has Tiny Text - Time for an Update?

Xenoblade Chronicles X Has Tiny Text - Time for an Update?

Tom Whitehead's not really seeing it, are you?

This week we received an interesting email from one of our readers, Victor, which made a very good point. The text in Xenoblade Chronicles X is too small, and it should be improved; it was a lightbulb moment when we realised we should have brought it up far sooner - I certainly should have. In my...

Talking Point: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS Set a Standard That'll Be Tough to Follow

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS Set a Standard That'll Be Tough to Follow

What can Sakurai-san do next?

Though some DLC and amiibo are still to arrive, leaving the development team with some work to finish off, it's certainly the end of an era for this generation of Super Smash Bros. The very nature of the Final Video Presentation was always going to be a tad divisive - the Fighter Ballot, in particular, had been a red...