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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...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Changing the Media Game at E3

Nintendo's Changing the Media Game at E3

Abandoning the big presentation

So here's how the E3 game is supposed to be played by the three major game manufacturers. They appear at E3, talk up how exciting it's going to be, and then hold a high-profile press conference that's viewed by thousands of gamers before being mercilessly dissected. At that point senior figures conduct interviews to...

Feature: Nintendo's Financial Revelations and Hardware Strategies

Nintendo's Financial Revelations and Hardware Strategies

3DS leads as Wii U goes slow and steady

Around this time every year Nintendo reports its financial results for the previous 12 months, and in by-gone days they could be summarised very easily — "we're rolling in cash like money hogs, victory lattes for everyone". Recently it's not been quite that simple, with the decline starting with the...

Event: Nintendo UK 3DS Showcase

Nintendo UK 3DS Showcase

We sample the best 2013 has to offer

Last week we were invited to a Nintendo 3DS showcase to get first-hand impressions of some of the upcoming releases in the next few months for Nintendo’s handheld, as well as a demo of the recently announced 3DS Zelda game. We've already previewed a number of these titles in detail from a similar event in San...

Talking Point: The Wii U's Identity Crisis

The Wii U's Identity Crisis

Muddled messages aren't helping matters

Let's start this with some clear points, to head-off accusations before they're made. No, we don't think Nintendo is doomed and no, we don't think the Wii U is doomed. While critical of some aspects of the Wii U since release, in general we've maintained a line that the system cannot be judged yet, and that...

Feature: Nintendo Life's Staff Favourites - Super NES

Nintendo Life's Staff Favourites - Super NES

Doubling the bits for Super power

We think it's safe to say that the past two generations of Nintendo home consoles — Wii and Wii U — haven't overly concerned themselves with raw graphical power; now its all about concepts and experiences. It wasn't always so, with Nintendo responding the the SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis — which enjoyed a spell...

Talking Point: The Arrival of eShop Download Codes in Stores is a Smart Move

The Arrival of eShop Download Codes in Stores is a Smart Move

Another step forward

This week it was announced that Nintendo of Europe had established an agreement with retailer GAME, for it to exclusively sell select download codes from the high street and its website; it's the first serious move to match up to similar download cards already available in Japan. The GAME retail group has stores across Europe...

First Impressions: Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Jon and Damien go hands-on

You guys are so lucky. What you're getting here is two previews for the price of one; our dashing US Editor-at-Large Jon Wahlgren was lucky enough to attend a 3DS showcase in North America this week, and got to spend a short amount of time with Animal Crossing: New Leaf. His thoughts are below, while UK-based editor Damien...

Feature: The Big Nintendo 3DS Direct Summary

The Big Nintendo 3DS Direct Summary

There's a lot to take in

Before the latest Nintendo Direct broadcast, we're sure that many were unsure of what to expect. We've watched enough of them to know that sometimes they can be rather light on revelations, simply stringing us along with a few release dates, and on other occasions they can be blockbuster events that get the Nintendo Life...