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Feature: The Making Of Star Fox Adventures

The Making Of Star Fox Adventures

An exclusive behind the scenes look at one of Rare’s most maligned outings

Although it’s hard to believe now, when Star Fox Adventures launched in 2002 it gained largely positive reviews and shifted 200,000 copies in Japan, making it one of the system’s early smash hits in its native region. However, history hasn’t been kind to the game;...

Feature: 10 Essential Games For Your New Wii U

10 Essential Games For Your New Wii U

Got a new system this Christmas? Try these must-have titles

Assuming you've been very good this year, many of you will have been blessed with shiny new Wii U consoles today. There's only one thing better than finding a new gaming system under your Christmas tree, and that's actually playing on it - and we guessed you may be in need of some solid...

Round Table: Let's Talk About Festive Gaming

Let's Talk About Festive Gaming

It's all so jolly

Well, it's Christmas Eve, and as the famous song said we're "simmmmply haaaaving a wonderful Christmas time" here at Nintendo Life. With Santa currently loading up his sleigh with those rather weighty Wii U consoles for the good gamers of the World, a few members of the team decided to have a chat about festive memories and the...

Feature: Time to Vote For Your Game of the Year

Time to Vote For Your Game of the Year

It won't be easy

As the end of the year approaches it can only mean one thing — annual awards. The Nintendo Life staff have been putting their heads together in recent days to determine the official NL winners in various categories but, of course, we want you to have your say as well. It's really rather simple, choose your top three games in each...

Feature: The Mushroom Kingdom's Letters to Santa

The Mushroom Kingdom's Letters to Santa

Lost in the mail

Something very strange happened when we checked the mail here at Nintendo Life Towers this morning. We're used to seeing lots of strange letters and packages come through (typically beard maintenance items for Ron, or poorly-concealed letter bombs addressed to Chicken Brutus), but today we actually found a number of letters that...

Round Table: Let's Talk About The Wii U eShop

Let's Talk About The Wii U eShop

A new era of downloads

This week we've been publishing an extensive range of Developer Interviews with all of the indie studios that released download-only games at launch on the Wii U eShop. Naturally, there's been plenty to talk about, so some of the Nintendo Life team decided to weigh in with their thoughts. Joining features editor Tom...

Developer Interview: Tomorrow Corporation on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

Tomorrow Corporation on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

It's Little Inferno just for Wii (U, and PC)

So, Little Inferno, what can be said about it? Our own review stated that "it's as much a sandbox or digital toy as it is a game", with the simple fact that the experience can basically be summarised as burning stuff. There's money to earn and collect, as well as puzzle combos to figure out, but it's a...

Guide: Getting Your Nintendo 3DS Online

Getting Your Nintendo 3DS Online

Online tips for your shiny new handheld

For some gamers this year, a shiny new 3DS will be waiting for them as a Christmas treat. Nintendo's Wii U may be hogging plenty of attention, but the handheld deserves some limelight due to its ever-growing games catalogue and range of eShop offerings. Of course, getting the most out of your 3DS really...

Developer Interview: WayForward Technologies on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

WayForward Technologies on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

High and Mighty

Californian developer WayForward Technologies is a long-time supporter of Nintendo and its hardware. Often noted for its proficiency with 2D, the company has worked on all manner of titles on several Nintendo platforms, from licenced games to its own original properties such as Shantae and the Mighty series. For the launch of the...

Feature: The Confusing World of Mega Man Spin-Offs - Part 2

The Confusing World of Mega Man Spin-Offs - Part 2

Lots and lots of Mega Man

We've already brought you our first part of a feature looking at the confusing world of Mega Man spin-offs, and now we're diving into some lesser known adventures from the Blue Bomber's universe. If you've played all of these then we can say one thing with confidence — you're a big fan of the franchise. Without further...

Developer Interview: Broken Rules on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

Broken Rules on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

Taking flight

While the launch line-up of download-only games on the Wii U eShop features some multi-platform releases or exclusives from studios well-known to Nintendo enthusiasts, Chasing Aurora is potentially in a category of its own. Broken Rules had previously released its highly regarded PC title And Yet It Moves on WiiWare, but may not...

Feature: The Confusing World of Mega Man Spin-Offs - Part 1

The Confusing World of Mega Man Spin-Offs - Part 1

Stay with us

We've already talked about the ten numbered console games in the Classic Mega Man series, but as you are no doubt aware that barely scratches the surface when it comes to Capcom's classic franchise. We could spend several weeks spotlighting all of the titles released across all platforms — and, believe us, we'd love to — but we...

Developer Interview: Shin'en Multimedia on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

Shin'en Multimedia on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

Neo beginnings

Shin'en Multimedia is a developer likely to be well-known to Nintendo download enthusiasts, with the company having made multiple appearances on Wii and 3DS, in particular. Some of its releases, such as Jett Rocket and Art of Balance TOUCH!, have been among the best titles on WiiWare and the 3DS eShop, respectively, while the small...

Feature: Mega Man Retrospective - Part Two

Mega Man Retrospective - Part Two

Back to the future

Yesterday we brought you part one of our Mega Man retrospective, where we looked at the first five main entries in the iconic series. It's all in honour of the Blue Bomber's 25th Anniversary, with this segment spanning the NES to Wii eras of Nintendo systems, with some non-Nintendo systems making a brief appearance. Mega Man 6...

Developer Interview: Neko Entertainment on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

Neko Entertainment on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

The cat meows

Neko Entertainment has been ever-present on Nintendo consoles since it was formed in 1999. Based near Paris, France, the developer has created both retail and digital download games for most major systems of the last decade, from Nintendo 64 right through to Wii U. In something of a coup for the outfit, Neko secured a place in Wii U...

Feature: Mega Man Retrospective - Part One

Mega Man Retrospective - Part One

25 years young

Twenty-five years ago today, the world was introduced to a super fighting robot — the Blue Bomber himself — Mega Man. Known as Rock Man in his native Japan, Mega Man earned global fame and popularity, introducing gamers to a unique and challenging franchise that, unsurprisingly, became a piece of classic gaming history. Looking...

Developer Interview: Frozenbyte on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

Frozenbyte on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

A not-so frosty reception

Over the last few months, Nintendo has displayed a significant shift in its attitude towards digital distribution and online in general. On 3DS we've seen the addition of downloadable retail games, a more regular stream of demos and downloadable content for first party titles. Wii U looks set to extend this approach...

Feature: Memorable Nintendo Direct Moments

Memorable Nintendo Direct Moments

Bringing ten memories direct, to you

Over the years, Nintendo’s press conferences have produced some truly memorable moments, showcasing the fun that is at the heart of the company’s development philosophy. E3 showcases for games such as Wii Sports and Wii Fit became show highlights for many attendees, which not only served to promote and...

Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Festive Edition

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Festive Edition

Ho-Ho-Holy moly that's a lot of games

Ah, the Holidays. A time of year when we all run out of money, fight tooth and nail through packed shopping malls and put on lots of weight. Festive greetings indeed, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, bah humbug and all that. Of course, we're only calling this the festive edition of WGAYPTW — let's see if that...

Developer Interview: ZombiU Producer Talks About Beginnings, Reactions and Survival Horror

ZombiU Producer Talks About Beginnings, Reactions and Survival Horror

"Some players are not into survival, and that’s totally fine"

In terms of high-profile third-party exclusives on Wii U launch day, ZombiU was comfortably the biggest show in town. While a number of multi-platform titles brought their HD shine to a Nintendo platform for the first time, those looking for a new experience that was hardcore in...

Talking Point: The Wii U eShop Needs Patience

The Wii U eShop Needs Patience

As did the 3DS eShop

In our most recent Talking Point that reflected on a potential shift in Nintendo Direct expectations, we described the attitude among many gamers — including us here at Nintendo Life — that demands new content as quickly as possible, a relentless ongoing compulsion for more news and games than we can handle. It's human...

Feature: Our Staff's Thoughts on Wii U - Part Two

Our Staff's Thoughts on Wii U - Part Two

Because U are worth it

Yesterday we brought you the first part of our staff thoughts on Wii U, so now we bring you the not-creatively-titled part two. More Nintendo Life staffers weigh in with their impressions, good and bad, of their new Nintendo home consoles. We recommend you get a comfy seat and a snack, as this entry is a little longer than...

Feature: Our Staff's Thoughts on Wii U - Part One

Our Staff's Thoughts on Wii U - Part One

The beginning of a new era

Now that Wii U has arrived in both Europe and North America, a number of the Nintendo Life team have got their hands on the system and have been happily playing various launch titles. We've already produced a number of Wii U reviews — with more on the way — and provided a formal hardware review, but decided that it'd...