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Feature: A Night at the Symphony of the Goddesses: Master Quest

A Night at the Symphony of the Goddesses: Master Quest

We take on the latest tour

Since the introduction of the iconic theme song on the NES in 1986, the body of music that has grown out of the Legend of Zelda series has been nothing short of legendary. Beginning with modest 8-bit sounds and eventually evolving into the sweeping sonatas in modern games, the songs have grown into something much more than...

Japan Weekly: Famitsu Gives More Details on Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition and Xenoblade Chronicles X

Famitsu Gives More Details on Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition and Xenoblade Chronicles X

Along with a quick look at Stella Glow, the upcoming 3DS RPG

Unlike last week's Famitsu magazine, this week's magazine featured much less information on upcoming Nintendo games. One Famitsu magazine each month serves as a recap magazine for the gaming news of the past month, with some new information peppered throughout. Unfortunately, this means...

Interview: Yacht Club Games Talk Drawing in 8-bit and Aspirations for Shovel Knight 64

Yacht Club Games Talk Drawing in 8-bit and Aspirations for Shovel Knight 64

Game's "success is due to the brilliant designs of the 8-bit generation"

In this short interview Nintendo Life features contributor Alan Lopez caught up with David D'Angelo of Yacht Club Games, who spoke on behalf of the entire Shovel Knight creative team. Shovel Knight is a download-only 8-bit platformer. Alone, these qualifiers hardly separate...

Hardware Review: 8Bitdo FC30 Pro Controller

8Bitdo FC30 Pro Controller

We are Family (Computer)

Remember the 8Bitdo NES30 pad we reviewed a while back? It was a likeable take on the whole Bluetooth gaming pad concept which looked and felt like a genuine NES pad from back in the day. The makers of that particular controller are back with a revised unit, and this time it's focused on the NES' Japanese counterpart - the...

News: Feature: Why We're Still Playing... Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate After Dozens of Hours

Feature: Why We're Still Playing... Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate After Dozens of Hours

Tom Whitehead on why he can't let go...

This is a series of features that'll focus on games that we keep playing again and again, either over an unhealthy number of hours or those that keep getting return visits long after they first graced our systems. It's not uncommon, if you're fortunate enough to review a major retail game, to be 'done' with...

Feature: A Summary of the Xenoblade Chronicles X Battle Presentation

A Summary of the Xenoblade Chronicles X Battle Presentation

Full video and details on combat skills, customization and party members

Nintendo and Developer Monolift Soft have made it their goal to show Japanese gamers just about everything Xenoblade Chronicles X has to offer through 30 minute online presentations; it's an admirable endeavour, even if there are no English subtitles. The last video took a...

Japan Weekly: Famitsu Outlines More Details on Splatoon's 'Hero' Mode and More

Famitsu Outlines More Details on Splatoon's 'Hero' Mode and More

Etrian Mystery Dungeon details, quirky Japanese games, reviews and more

Can't wait to hear more about games like Splatoon and Etrian Mystery Dungeon? As Japan's primary gaming magazine, Famitsu receives exclusive previews and reviews of Nintendo games well before the same coverage sees the light of the day elsewhere in the world. The 4th March...

News: Punching Robots (In 3D!) With The Virtual Boy's Teleroboxer

Punching Robots (In 3D!) With The Virtual Boy's Teleroboxer

Even Rocky couldn't handle these metallic brutes

Once more, we dip into the red and black-hued land of the Virtual Boy, with yet another 3D video for your enjoyment! Do you like Punch-Out!!? Silly question, of course you do. Well, what if it was in 3D and had robots? Teleroboxer makes this dream a reality. Watch as we duck, dip, dive duck and...

Feature: Ten Upcoming Nindie eShop Games to Watch on Wii U and 3DS

Ten Upcoming Nindie eShop Games to Watch on Wii U and 3DS

And more besides...

The Wii U and 3DS eShop stores have become notable improvements on their Wii and DSi predecessors, and a range of familiar and new download developers have pitched up with their wares in recent times. The last couple of years in particular have brought some fantastic games, and as Nintendo's GDC announcement made clear there's...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Right to Take Its Time With 'Digitalization' in Gaming, But Should Revolutionise the eShop Now

Nintendo's Right to Take Its Time With 'Digitalization' in Gaming, But Should Revolutionise the eShop Now

Create a platform exciting enough to match its Indie games

In recent weeks Satoru Iwata addressed shareholders in an Investor Briefing Q & A, tackling a range of issues around Nintendo's business. An issue that came up was the "digitalization" that we're seeing, with more and more gamers opting to download their games, and also seeking new...

Hardware Classics: Sega Mega CD

Sega Mega CD

Mega Seedy

The rise and fall of Sega Enterprises is a classic tale of hard-won success being scuppered by a bewildering lack of focus and an incredible degree of overconfidence. The company scored an almost impossible victory by bloodying the nose of the all-powerful Nintendo in the early '90s and was arguably the first console maker to bring an...

First Impressions: Contemplating the Long Con in The Swindle

Contemplating the Long Con in The Swindle

Steampunk hijinks

The Swindle is primarily the work of Dan Marshall and some close colleagues through Size Five Games, but due to the efforts of UK publisher Curve Digital has rapidly changed up from being another intriguing PC release to plotting a multi-platform arrival. The inclusion of the Wii U eShop is promising, as this is shaping up to be...

Accessory Review: Mugen Power's New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL Extended Batteries

Mugen Power's New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL Extended Batteries

Power up

The New Nintendo 3DS and XL are here, and it's pretty amazing. Boasting a massively improved 3D screen, extra buttons and a faster processor - not to mention those cover plates on the standard model if you're lucky enough to be in the right region - the system improves on its forerunners in pretty much every way imaginable - but battery...

Talking Point: The Limited Edition Battle With eBay Scalpers Can be Tackled More Efficiently by Nintendo

The Limited Edition Battle With eBay Scalpers Can be Tackled More Efficiently by Nintendo

Yep, Super Mario amiibo - Gold Edition pre-orders are flooding eBay

Today brought a familiar turn of events in the realm of amiibo and anything that's 'limited edition' of late from Nintendo. The best-known toy secret was announced with confirmation of Walmart exclusivity for the Super Mario amiibo - Gold Edition, and then they were gone before...

Preview: Puzzling Our Way through Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

Puzzling Our Way through Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

Tips go in the jar, mate

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars is just a few days away for North American fans, and those in Europe will only have to wait a little bit longer to get their hands on it. With the release date rapidly approaching, we've put together a short video to show you what you can expect to see in the game when it hits the 3DS and...

Feature: Say Hello To The CPS Changer, Capcom's First And Only Attempt At A Home Console

Say Hello To The CPS Changer, Capcom's First And Only Attempt At A Home Console

One of the most obscure systems ever made

Although today's gaming landscape is dominated by Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, there have been plenty of other companies which have tried - or at least considered - producing their own gaming hardware in the past few decades. Nintendo's former rival Sega and industry trailblazer Atari are perhaps the most...

Reaction: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is an Impressive Feat and Shows Off the New Nintendo 3DS

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is an Impressive Feat and Shows Off the New Nintendo 3DS

Shut up, Reyn

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will, in all likelihood, be the biggest game to grace the New Nintendo 3DS. We're not just talking about its demands on a micro-SDHC card's space, but a very literal assessment of its world. It's daunting in its scope, meaning we assess the promise of Wii U title Xenoblade Chronicles X having a world five...

Interview: IRONFALL Invasion's Developers on Bringing Third-Person Shooting to the 3DS Masses

IRONFALL Invasion's Developers on Bringing Third-Person Shooting to the 3DS Masses

"We love doing games for Nintendo's handheld consoles"

IRONFALL Invasion was a notable arrival in Europe on 13th February, heavily promoted as the eShop accompaniment for the region's #Nintendo3DSDay social media campaign. Though pitched as a game to show off the New Nintendo 3DS, it supports all versions of Nintendo's portable hardware and breaks...

Feature: A Celebration of HAL Laboratory - Forever Focused on Fun

A Celebration of HAL Laboratory - Forever Focused on Fun

Kirby, Pokemon, Smash Bros., and Box Boy...

Over the past weekend, on 21st February, HAL Laboratory turned 35 years old. Its rather cute / peculiar logo should be familiar to plenty of Nintendo fans, though due to Nintendo branding being predominant it's easy to overlook just how important the developer has been in not only establishing some of...

Feature: Tales From the Front Line of amiibo Collecting

Tales From the Front Line of amiibo Collecting

The good, the bad and the ugly

Nintendo's amiibo have been a hit at retail, with around 5.7 million sold through January, and counting. Yet that sales success doesn't mean that supply is plentiful, and for the most eager of fans collecting some of the toys - particularly those that are a little most niche - have been a tale of endurance. This...