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Talking Point: The Super Smash Bros. 3DS Demo Has Been an Easy Triumph for Nintendo

The Super Smash Bros. 3DS Demo Has Been an Easy Triumph for Nintendo

The 3DS brawler is given a chance to shine

With around 24 hours passed since its announcement, we can't help but be slightly amused by the understated nature of Nintendo of America's announcement of a Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS demo. Two of the Nintendo Treehouse staff stood outside their venerated department and, with a mixture of...

Preview: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Goes Big on the Portable

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Goes Big on the Portable

Will Nintendo's portable brawler smash it out of the park?

It may be less than a month to go until Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is finally released in North America and Europe, but that doesn’t change the fact that the wait over the next few weeks is going to be unbearable for its most ardent fans. The game — which at the time of writing...

Video: We Battle Through Our First Twenty-Five Minutes Of Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS

We Battle Through Our First Twenty-Five Minutes Of Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS

Smash hit, or a (Ninten)dog?

In our first video with the retail version from Japan, Kerry jumps straight into Classic Mode, completing a run and tackling a recently leaked new character. Don't watch if you want to avoid spoilers. The latest version of Nintendo's epic brawler finally hits 3DS — in Japan. Luckily Nintendo Life is on the case and...

Feature: Meet The Unsung Pioneer Behind The Most Reviled Zelda Games Of All Time

Meet The Unsung Pioneer Behind The Most Reviled Zelda Games Of All Time

Charting the life of Dale DeSharone

The Legend of Zelda series is home to some of the most critically-acclaimed video games ever made, and the franchise is without a doubt one of the most important in Nintendo's illustrious catalogue. However, there a few titles within the lineage which stick out like a sore thumb — the trio of Zelda games...

Feature: Meet The Playable Cast Of Hyrule Warriors

Meet The Playable Cast Of Hyrule Warriors

Which one will you choose?

Hyrule Warriors isn't your typical Zelda title — the name should be a dead give-away — and nowhere is this more obvious than in the massive roster of playable characters. There are plenty of fan-favourites, not-so-fan-favourites and totally new characters to master here, with each one boasting their own play style...

Talking Point: The Growing Role of The Treehouse Gives Nintendo More Personality

The Growing Role of The Treehouse Gives Nintendo More Personality

A human touch

It's not so long ago that The Treehouse at Nintendo of America's HQ was a mystery, a department with a rather charming door behind which delights could be found. It was tempting to think of it as a smaller game-related version of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, with Oompa Loompas in Mario hats singing songs and playing games. Of...

Feature: A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Fifty Four

A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Fifty Four

All-Star Mode! Outfit Colours! Smash Run running! More!

Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo 3DS is now just days away in Japan, so it's a short matter of time before full — official — details around the roster, stages and modes are available. Masahiro Sakurai is likely to remain the source of some final reveals, with the Director's Room Miiverse...

Feature: The Nintendo 64 Controller and the Rise of 3D Gaming

The Nintendo 64 Controller and the Rise of 3D Gaming

The three-handled situation

The Nintendo 64 controller is one that has fallen out of favour with some gamers – its outdated control stick and limited number of buttons leaves it and its parent system in a state of being old but without necessarily being seen by the general public as 'retro'. You could easily say the same for Sony's original...

Interview: Eiji Aonuma and Yosuke Hayashi on Hyrule Warriors and Shigeru Miyamoto's Definitive Role

Eiji Aonuma and Yosuke Hayashi on Hyrule Warriors and Shigeru Miyamoto's Definitive Role

We talk melding franchises and defining Zelda with those that know best

As the Wii U moves into a hugely significant period of releases over the remainder of 2014, it'll be Hyrule Warriors that will, appropriately considering its genre, lead the charge of major retail releases. Already released in Japan and arriving soon in North America and...

Interview: Six Miles Under Developer Discusses Bringing Post-Apocalytic Brawling to Wii U

Six Miles Under Developer Discusses Bringing Post-Apocalytic Brawling to Wii U

"We believe there is great potential for Nintendo's Wii U"

Kickstarter remains a source of multiple titles — current and on the way — for Nintendo's eShop platforms. Another that's potentially coming to the system, having just launched its own crowdfunding campaign, is Six Miles Under, which is shaping up to be a rather moody action brawler...

Feature: Introducing The New Challengers in Super Smash Bros.

Introducing The New Challengers in Super Smash Bros.

Adding diversity and a little weirdness to the franchise

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will be the biggest entries in the franchise in a number of ways, with a daunting range of stages, trophies and extras promised. One area that looks all set to be more sizeable than ever before is the roster, with recent leaks suggesting that the...

Poll: Tell Us What You Think of the New Nintendo 3DS

Tell Us What You Think of the New Nintendo 3DS

The new 'New'

The dust is now starting to settle on Nintendo's surprise reveal of the New Nintendo 3DS in a Japanese Nintendo Direct. Due in Nintendo's homeland this October and other regions in 2015, it adds a healthy dose of new features and improvements to — potentially — invigorate the 3DS family of systems in the coming years. Its...

Guide: New Nintendo 3DS - Everything We Know So Far

New Nintendo 3DS - Everything We Know So Far

The nitty-gritty around Nintendo's new hardware

Unless you spent the latter part of the week completely isolated from the world, you'll be aware that Nintendo unveiled new 3DS hardware, which will be rather simply called the New Nintendo 3DS and the New Nintendo 3DS LL, the latter of which is the XL in the West. We've endeavoured to provide plenty...

Feature: The History of Super Smash Bros.

The History of Super Smash Bros.

How Nintendo's crossover fighting series smashed its way to fame and glory

Despite its immense popularity — not to mention the frenzied hype and anticipation that comes during the lead-up to each new instalment — the origins of the Super Smash Bros. series are in fact remarkably humble. When its creator, Masahiro Sakurai, initially came up...

Talking Point: Mario Kart 8's Diverse DLC Sets Up Endless Potential for the Franchise

Mario Kart 8's Diverse DLC Sets Up Endless Potential for the Franchise

A vehicle that could be vital in future

It's safe to say that Nintendo caught us off guard with its recent DLC announcement for Mario Kart 8, with these extras bringing new franchises into the MK world and, just as importantly, serving up a significant dose of content. Once both packs arrive the number of courses will have doubled, which is...

Talking Point: The Argument For And Against Retro Flash Carts

The Argument For And Against Retro Flash Carts

Preserving the past, or exploiting it?

As technology has advanced over the years, we've seen massive strides being taken in the realm of retro gaming, and one of the most important events to occur recently is the emergence of flash carts that allow gamers to potentially store every single game ever made for a single platform on an SD card and run...

Feature: A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Fifty Two

A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Fifty Two

Nightmare Wizard! Skimpy Samus?! Lord Ghirahim! More!

The hype keeps rolling on for Super Smash Bros., with official — and less official — updates showing us what we can expect when it arrives on the 3DS in early October. There's a sense that Masahiro Sakurai is getting to the nitty-gritty details. Sakurai-san's posts in the Director's Room...