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Reaction: Our Thoughts on Nintendo Direct - 17th May

Our Thoughts on Nintendo Direct - 17th May

A starter ahead of the main course

This week's Nintendo Direct has now digested, and if you still need to catch up you can check out our big summary of the news for the full lowdown. After the last broadcast went big with some significant reveals, it was a more measured approach this time around, with the running time fleshed out with plenty of...

Feature: Nintendo Direct on 17th May - The Big Summary

Nintendo Direct on 17th May - The Big Summary

Not as big as other Direct summaries, perhaps

Nintendo hit us with a fresh Nintendo Direct on 17th May, with the usual 24-hour notice period to leave Nintendo gamers scrambling to check their diaries. With a focus on Wii U releases in Spring and Summer, we should have known that, ultimately, this would be a little lower key than recent bombastic...

Feature: 3DS - A Report Card Ahead of Its Biggest Year

3DS - A Report Card Ahead of Its Biggest Year

You're doing well, young one

Earlier this week British tabloid The Sun somewhat defied its own 3DS-bashing tradition, when one of its writers rather boldly proclaimed that Nintendo's portable is "the best console ever". While we're not sure about that just yet, we do think the handheld has come a long way since its early days of non-existent sales...

Developer Interview: System 3 On Bringing Putty Squad To Wii U And 3DS

System 3 On Bringing Putty Squad To Wii U And 3DS

Veteran UK developer talks about Putty's return and future projects

Today saw the confirmation that System 3's Putty Squad is coming to the Wii U and 3DS. We got in touch with the UK-based studio to talk about the game, how it differs from the Amiga version and what the company's plans are for the future. We spoke to studio founder Mark Cale, who...

Developer Interview: Goodbye Galaxy Games on Developing for Nintendo's Portable Systems

Goodbye Galaxy Games on Developing for Nintendo's Portable Systems

Hugo Smits gives insight into a developer's life

While we'd suggest that he doesn't necessarily get the attention he deserves, Hugo Smit — through his studio Goodbye Galaxy Games — delivered four notable DSiWare experiences. These have all been published by third-parties, but have each had merits and plenty of areas worthy of praise. Of...

Profile: Kazumi Totaka - The Man Behind Animal Crossing's K.K. Slider

Kazumi Totaka - The Man Behind Animal Crossing's K.K. Slider

Jazz Hounds

It's barely more than a month before Animal Crossing: New Leaf finally hits western shores, and whilst we impatiently wait to get our paws on it we thought we'd take a look at the history behind one of the village's favourite regulars: K.K. Slider. With his country guitar and unique vocal style (who could forget such hit lyrics as...

Talking Point: The Wii U Virtual Console Has Started, But Not With a Bang

The Wii U Virtual Console Has Started, But Not With a Bang

Oh for the days of that Revolution reveal

The Wii U Virtual Console is well and truly up and running, which its greatest supporters will say is a more-than-welcome boost of old-school goodies to fill out the Wii U lineup, and the greatest cynics may say it's another example of Nintendo mastering the art of selling very old rope. Based on the...

Feature: Animal Crossing: New Leaf Has Atrocious Fish Puns

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Has Atrocious Fish Puns

Nibbling away at good taste

This is the first part of our man Jon's personal Animal Crossing: New Leaf diary, which is part of a Nintendo-organised "Mayor Program". You can read all about how we came to be involved in this article, where we also explain our reasoning for participating. With that out of the way, we hope you enjoy this first despatch...

Talking Point: Why Nintendo Life is a Part of the Animal Crossing: New Leaf Mayor Program

Why Nintendo Life is a Part of the Animal Crossing: New Leaf Mayor Program

Jon gets recruited as an early Mayor, sadness ensues

If you follow us on twitter you may have noticed that our Editor-At-Large, Jon Wahlgren, has in his enviable, clammy hands an English-language digital copy of Nintendo’s newest quaint life sim, Animal Crossing: New Leaf. In fact, a few dozen people have received early copies — not only the...

Feature: Celebrating Ten Years of The Wind Waker

Celebrating Ten Years of The Wind Waker

A decade under the ocean

This week marked the 10th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker’s European release, a title that’s equally one of the most beloved and controversial titles in the entire Zelda franchise. Launched on the GameCube between 2002 and 2003 worldwide, The Wind Waker had a troubled launch, due largely to a...

Developer Interview: Rex Rocket Creator On Bringing Pixel-Heavy Action To The 3DS And Wii U

Rex Rocket Creator On Bringing Pixel-Heavy Action To The 3DS And Wii U

"3DS and the Wii U are two of the best platforms we could hope to get on"

We recently reported on the Kickstarter campaign for Rex Rocket and the chances of the game making its way to the 3DS and Wii U eShops. Creator Rob Maher got in touch with us to talk a little more about the project, as well as future ideas for Nintendo systems. Nintendo...

Talking Point: Censoring Boingy Bits, Bums and Gore

Censoring Boingy Bits, Bums and Gore

Won't somebody think of the children?

The past week has brought us a couple of stories around the localisation of Fire Emblem: Awakening that, depending on your viewpoint, may be considered either funny, quirky or a disheartening example of censorship. We had the Nintendo of Europe translation of one conversation remove a rather juvenile reference...

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

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Twelve

It's what we do

The weekend is upon us, dear readers, and rather than relax our weary minds with some rest we plan to exercise our thumbs and senses with some gaming shenanigans. And why not? A sharp mind is always important, whether it's planning strategies for turn-based battles or assessing an environment before charging in with guns blazing,...

Feature: Nintendo Battle - Game Watch: Super Mario Bros. 3 vs. Star Fox

Nintendo Battle - Game Watch: Super Mario Bros. 3 vs. Star Fox

The power's on the wrist

These days we take gaming portability for granted. We may kill time playing a bit of Angry Birds on our smartphones while waiting for the next bus to arrive or waiting for our dental appointment. Back in the early ’90s you could carry around a Game Boy or Atari Lynx, but neither was particularly pocket friendly. The...

Developer Interview: Image & Form on SteamWorld Dig, 3DS Development and Working With Nintendo

Image & Form on SteamWorld Dig, 3DS Development and Working With Nintendo

"3DS gamers are generally more experienced than mobile gamers"

SteamWorld: Tower Defense arrived on DSiWare back in the summer of 2010, and represented the Nintendo debut of Swedish developer Image & Form. Its stylish approach was well received critically, and despite its brevity represented a solid offering worth consideration on the last-gen...