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Interview: Curve Studios' Jonathan "Bidds" Biddle

Curve Studios' Jonathan "Bidds" Biddle

We speak to the developer who’s making quite a splash

One development studio that has made a valiant contribution to Nintendo’s digital download services is undoubtedly Curve Studios. Having first released Hydroventure for WiiWare to much critical acclaim back in 2010, the development team has recently returned to its original idea and expanded...

Feature: A Tour of the Two Tribes HQ

A Tour of the Two Tribes HQ

Going behind the scenes

With its upcoming Wii U eShop release of Toki Tori 2, as well as plans to port a couple of existing titles to the console's download platform, developer Two Tribes has a lot of work on its plate. Despite that the team has been kind enough to produce the following exclusive tour of its HQ, giving an insight into the size of...

Developer Interview: Zen Studios On Portable Pinball Success And Wii U

Zen Studios On Portable Pinball Success And Wii U

The pinball wizards have more to come

Zen Studios is an experienced indie developer that, despite its varied projects, is possibly best known for its pinball games. It's a team that wasn't entirely unfamiliar with Nintendo hardware in past generations — it developed Ghostbusters: The Video Game for DS — and it's become best known to fans of the...

Feature: Pokémon X & Y - What We Know So Far

Pokémon X & Y - What We Know So Far

Let's summarise

Earlier this week, through an aptly titled Pokémon Direct, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata brought the news that Pokémon fans had been waiting for; a new generation main-series entry on the system. Pokémon X & Y will — like its predecessors — be released in two separate flavours, but with the developers choosing letters as...

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

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - New Year Edition

The world didn't end, so let's play more games

So, wait, the Mayans weren't wrong, it was just crazy conspiratorial types and a lazy media that talked about the end of the world? Well hot damn, let's play some video games! Yes, 2013 is here, the world is still spinning, and we're all going to celebrate by playing games — not that we don't do that...

Talking Point: The Emergence of Download-Only Retail Games

The Emergence of Download-Only Retail Games

A subtle but important evolution

The past couple of weeks have brought a notable landmark for the 3DS eShop, even if it hasn't necessarily caused internet-shaking headlines or attracted a great deal of attention. Unchained Blades, an RPG that would typically be found in specialist gaming stores or online retailers, if you're lucky, was released by...

Talking Point: Pokémon X & Y Provide a Timely Boost for 3DS in the West

Pokémon X & Y Provide a Timely Boost for 3DS in the West

The DS era is left behind

The biggest release on DS in 2012, and surely the runaway winner of practically every Game of the Year award specifically tailored for the older handheld, were the Pokémon Black & White 2 titles, tied together for the purposes of simplicity. Yet its announcement and release on the platform surprised a number of...

Hardware Classics: Game Boy Micro Famicom Edition

Game Boy Micro Famicom Edition

Micro Marvel

For more than a decade, the name "Game Boy" was as synonymous with handheld gaming as "iPod" is with portable music playback today. Following the launch of the original monochrome Game Boy console in the late '80s, Nintendo ruled the market with total dominance thanks to an incredibly popular line of million-selling systems. When the...

Feature: Nintendo in 2012 - Part Two

Nintendo in 2012 - Part Two

Lots of Mario and Wii U's arrival

In the first six months of 2012, which we looked at in the first part of our 2012 retrospective, Nintendo oversaw some major releases on 3DS and announced the XL model, the Wii had a few memorable arrivals and E3 came and went with its own brand of madness. There were also a number of quirky stories that passed by,...

Feature: Nintendo in 2012 - Part One

Nintendo in 2012 - Part One

3DS fought back, hype mode was engaged

Not so long ago it could be argued that Nintendo was having some relaxing times, with DS and Wii systems flying off shelves and console rivals rushing to the platform in order to hop on the motion-control train. Of course, technology and the gaming industry evolve, and in 2011 Nintendo found itself trying to...

Feature: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2013

The Biggest 3DS Games of 2013

Mostly on their way from Japan

With a New Year comes optimism for lots of fun, exciting gaming experiences. We've already outlined what we think are ten of the biggest Wii U games of 2013 — well, those that are confirmed — so now we'll do the same for 3DS. After a rocky début year, 2012 went some way to revive the fortunes of the handheld —...

Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2013

The Biggest Wii U Games of 2013

Well, those that we know about

2012 was a busy year for Nintendo — which our upcoming yearly review will hopefully demonstrate — but now it's all about moving forward with its current systems, with Wii U hogging plenty of headlines by virtue of the fact that it's less than two months old. We won't truly know how well worldwide launch and Holiday...

Talking Point: Nintendo's New Year Resolutions

Nintendo's New Year Resolutions

Mario should probably lose some weight

So it's the start of a New Year, and is the ideal time to reflect on hopes for future success and on what can be done better. Nintendo had an exceptionally busy 2012, working hard to expand the 3DS user-base and releasing the XL hardware iteration, while also bringing us its new home console, Wii U. We can...

Game of the Year: Nintendo Life's Community Awards 2012

Nintendo Life's Community Awards 2012

Your victors have been crowned

It's the last day of 2012 so it's time for you, the Nintendo Life community, to crown the winners of your Game of the Year awards. While the hotly debated Game of the Year Staff Awards were decided by 17 members of the Nintendo Life team, these awards have been determined by hundreds of votes. The categories and...

News: Best of 2012: Staff Awards

Best of 2012: Staff Awards

Behind the games

Yesterday we published our Nintendo Life Staff Game of the Year Awards, and it's safe to say that they — or to be precise the 3DS top three — caused plenty of debate. Today we take a slightly different approach, bringing you the results of a staff poll on various categories related to 2012 in more general terms. We've voted...

Game of the Year: Nintendo Life's Staff Awards 2012

Nintendo Life's Staff Awards 2012

There are a few surprises

As 2012 draws to a close it can only mean one thing: annual awards. We've been gathering your votes for the Nintendo Life Community Game of the Year awards, and we have an all new Nintendo Life Gaming Awards article on the way. We'll kick off the next few days of award giving with the Nintendo Life Staff Awards 2012,...

Hardware Classics: Tezuka Osamu World Shop Game Boy Light

Tezuka Osamu World Shop Game Boy Light

A gaming work of art

In the first of a new series of features, we'll be taking a look at some seriously beautiful and collectible gaming items - all of which are certain to get hardcore Nintendo fans seriously excited. First up is the Limited Edition Tezuka Osamu World Shop Game Boy Light, a super-rare Japanese exclusive which is emblazoned with...

Feature: 10 Essential Games For Your New 3DS

10 Essential Games For Your New 3DS

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

While plenty of lucky kids and big kids alike will have received a Wii U on Christmas Day we're aware, thanks to our lovely Twitter followers, that a number of people received a shiny new 3DS on the big day. Many were XL variations, though the original model has its own charms, so we...

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...