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Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transforming Franchises Clashes With Fan Expectations

Nintendo's Approach to Transforming Franchises Clashes With Fan Expectations

New ideas that haven't necessarily been welcomed

It's safe to say that Nintendo's E3 efforts have been received with mixed responses from fans. Especially given that Microsoft and Sony arguably brought the thunder this year, many expected that Nintendo would have some similarly headline grabbing announcements to match. What we received instead was...

First Impressions: Getting Into The Spirit With Yo-Kai Watch

Getting Into The Spirit With Yo-Kai Watch

An Inspiriting Invasion

Yo-Kai Watch's Western début has been a long time coming - two 3DS games, several anime and manga series, and a mountain of merchandise have already conquered the imagination of young Japanese players, and now the first portable RPG in the series is making its way to the rest of the world courtesy of Nintendo and Level 5...

Interview: Knitting Together the Pattern of Yoshi's Woolly World and Cuddly amiibo

Knitting Together the Pattern of Yoshi's Woolly World and Cuddly amiibo

"We still have lots more ideas to explore"

Yoshi's Woolly World is out now in Europe - it heads to North America on 16th October - and is the latest major retail arrival on the Wii U. First teased back in 2013, its visual style and design brings a natural evolution to the yarn aesthetic seen in the excellent Kirby's Epic Yarn on Wii. Utilising the...

Movie Review: Behind Nintendo Quest's Game Collecting, There's A Surprisingly Human Story

Behind Nintendo Quest's Game Collecting, There's A Surprisingly Human Story

For the love of the find

Kickstarter-funded movie Nintendo Quest isn't exactly a documentary about NES games. They're definitely in the film; don't worry about that. You'll see so many shelves and boxes and displays chock full of gray cartridges that they'll dance behind your eyelids whenever you close them. But those who expect huge reels of play...

Talking Point: E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Development Shift Towards NX, and Away from Wii U

E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Development Shift Towards NX, and Away from Wii U

3DS also delves into spin-offs and sequels to pass time

It's been a little over a week since E3 2015, the shared temperature of frustrated Nintendo fans has simmered down a little, and we can reflect on both what the big N showed and kept behind the scenes. Both tell us much, and also indicate that the Wii U seems to be heading for a short...

Parent Trap: Woolly Yoshi amiibo Finally Turn Toys To Life Figures Into Actual Toys

Woolly Yoshi amiibo Finally Turn Toys To Life Figures Into Actual Toys

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson has a yarn Yoshi, don't hate him

It may seem that the knitted amiibo for Yoshi's Woolly World are simply a gimmick. However, for children the difference here is more than aesthetic. They mark a new toys to life trend of offering playable toys rather than collectable figurines for the shelf. Of course, historically toys...

Feature: The Biggest Wii U Retail Games of 2015 - Summer Edition

The Biggest Wii U Retail Games of 2015 - Summer Edition

E3 has added some new hits

It's the Summer Solstice here at Nintendo Life HQ in the UK, the longest day of the year. That comes at the end of the longest week of the year following E3, at which Nintendo had a mixed showing. What the event did deliver, in addition to some controversy and a clutch of wonderful moments, was a clearer look at the...

First Impressions: Celebrating a Gaming Icon With Super Mario Maker

Celebrating a Gaming Icon With Super Mario Maker

Let's Super Mario!

Super Mario Maker, recently powered-up from its initial moniker of 'Mario Maker', was a huge part of Nintendo's E3 presence both this year and last. Just a few months ahead of its September release it still had plenty of new surprises in store for this year's show, and still managed to captivate attendees' imaginations. The...

Feature: Five Key Moments from Nintendo's E3

Five Key Moments from Nintendo's E3

Highs and lows

It's the end of the week that was, and what an E3 we had. Your humble writer, in his relatively short history of actually covering the event, has never had to tackle a Nintendo showing quite like it. Some are comparing the big N's E3 2015 unfavourably with other notably bad years, and after the general positivity of 2014 this year has...

First Impressions: Getting Into the Fold With Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

Getting Into the Fold With Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

A crossover aiming for the funny bone

The world has seen its fair share of monumental crossovers: DC vs. Marvel, Jetsons meets the Flintstones. And now, Mario meets Mario in a game of the same genre but technically in another universe because one is made of paper and, uh… The specifics of how this all happens in the story likely doesn't...

Interview: Image & Form Discusses SteamWorld Heist And Why It'll Be on 3DS First

Image & Form Discusses SteamWorld Heist And Why It'll Be on 3DS First

"I'm proud to say it's a matter of loyalty"

Image & Form is an established, experience game development studio and publisher, yet it was SteamWorld Dig on the 3DS that gave the company a notable break and turnaround in fortunes. After causing a stir on 3DS it was eventually ported to Wii U and most platforms, so the announcement of follow-up -...

Editorial: Cheer Up, There Are Some Exciting Games on the Way

Cheer Up, There Are Some Exciting Games on the Way

Tom Whitehead looks on the bright side of life

It seems that the clouds are starting to clear after an E3 day one that was largely full of rancour, disappointment and online fury. By day two the feelings lingered but started to ease off, and my hope is that as E3 heads towards its conclusion - and we all return to something resembling normality -...

First Impressions: Linking Up in The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

Linking Up in The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

Wisdom, Power, Cosplay

While saving Hyrule has traditionally been a one hero job, multiplayer adventures have become a fan-favourite subset of the Legend of Zelda series since Four Swords made its début in 2002, and we were ecstatic to see The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes - an all-new co-op title for three players - revealed in Nintendo's...

First Impressions: Holding Court with Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Holding Court with Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Racquet Riot

A surprise service sent over the net in Nintendo's Digital Event at this year's E3, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash for Wii U marks the first home console appearance of this particular Mario Sport in over 10 years. If early impressions are anything to go by, it's one to watch for - the demo we played on the show floor was very simple,...

Poll: How Excited Are You About Nintendo's E3 Games?

How Excited Are You About Nintendo's E3 Games?

Tell us which are must haves, maybes or misses

Now that we've all had a little time to chill out and think about the games we've seen so far at E3, we can think about which Wii U and 3DS games can claim places on our wishlists. There is, once you list the upcoming releases, quite a lot on the way in 2015 and beyond into next year - enough to keep us...

First Impressions: Our Maiden Flight In Star Fox Zero Prompts Mixed Emotions

Our Maiden Flight In Star Fox Zero Prompts Mixed Emotions

You okay over there, Fox?

One of our men on the E3 floor, Alan Lopez, had a first run on Star Fox Zero in a short session. We'll aim to have a longer playthrough - to tackle the GamePad control scheme, in particular - in a separate media session later this week. When I got to the Star Fox Zero kiosk inside the Nintendo media room, the Nintendo...