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Poll: Nintendo's Year of Adventure on Wii U and 3DS Promises Hundreds of Immersive Gaming Hours

Nintendo's Year of Adventure on Wii U and 3DS Promises Hundreds of Immersive Gaming Hours

Xenoblade or Legend of Zelda, which is top of your list?

There are plenty of games already confirmed by Nintendo for 2015, covering the Wii U, 3DS and - in one case - the New Nintendo 3DS. We have diverse experiences, from shooting to platforming, level creation to strategy, yet it's in the RPG and Adventure genres that the most hours may be lost...

Talking Point: The New Nintendo 3DS Could Be a Huge Success, But Its Route to Release Has Been Rocky

The New Nintendo 3DS Could Be a Huge Success, But Its Route to Release Has Been Rocky

A delayed Western arrival and XL-only in the Americas detracts from buzz

The New Nintendo 3DS now has a release date for both North America and Europe, with 13th February no doubt circled on a number of calendars. It continues Nintendo's trend of sprucing up and revitalising a portable generation with a refreshed system, and there's certainly...

Interview: Exploring Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate With Mr. Ryozo Tsujimoto and Mr. Kaname Fujioka

Exploring Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate With Mr. Ryozo Tsujimoto and Mr. Kaname Fujioka

The West "will be the first" to see various costume collaborations

With Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate arriving in just under a month on 13th February, alongside the New Nintendo 3DS XL and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, these are exciting times for portable gamers. Whether upgrading to the new hardware or not, Capcom's latest hunting...

Preview: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Takes the Series to New Heights

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Takes the Series to New Heights

It's got teeth

At times the localisation of the Monster Hunter franchise can be frustrating for dedicated fans in the West; it's a sales phenomenon in Japan and, as a result, there are more frequent releases in the country. Despite this Capcom is to be commended for its increasing commitment to making it a success outside of its homeland - Monster...

Video: See How The New Nintendo 3DS Compares To The Rest Of The 3DS Family

See How The New Nintendo 3DS Compares To The Rest Of The 3DS Family

Going hands on with the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL

With the western launch of the New Nintendo 3DS looming on the horizon like a massive, cuddly monster with its beady eyes on your long-suffering wallet, we thought you might like to see how Nintendo's latest hardware shapes up against older 3DS systems. We've got the New Nintendo 3DS...

First Impressions: Taking To The Skies In Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+

Taking To The Skies In Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+

Danger zone

Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy was an enjoyable romp trough the skies in the early days of the 3DS, and its chunky dogfighting proved to be a delightful fit for auto-stereoscopic 3D. What better way to immerse yourself in a virtual world than to feel as if you're soaring over it, right? Bandai Namco is now offering the chance to do...

Hands On: We Check Out The New Nintendo 3DS XL 

We Check Out The New Nintendo 3DS XL 

North America's only New Nintendo 3DS, lest we forget

The New Nintendo 3DS XL is a sleek piece of kit that streamlines many of its predecessor's quirks. Be it changed button placement or new features altogether, it's evident that Nintendo has put a lot of thought into alleviating pain points both obvious and subtle. While we aren't fans of every...

First Impressions: We're Really Feeling It With Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

We're Really Feeling It With Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

It's Reyn time!

Xenoblade Chronicles was something of a white whale that appeared late in the Wii's lifespan. A Western release was not assured despite critical success in its native Japan, sending fervent American fans into an Operation Rainfall-shaped tizzy to show Nintendo that hey, maybe they should release some games from time to time. Then,...

Reaction: Nintendo Direct Went Crazy With Reveals, and Was Delightful and Confusing in Equal Measure

Nintendo Direct Went Crazy With Reveals, and Was Delightful and Confusing in Equal Measure

Tom Whitehead tries to make sense of 2015's first Nintendo Direct vids

Aside from a few small details that will be saved for a wrap-up article in the very near future, I reckon we've covered most of the important news and reveals from the recent Nintendo Direct broadcasts. It was an absolute bombardment of details, and after quite a few hours and...

Feature: Five Key Reveals We Want in 2015's First Nintendo Direct

Five Key Reveals We Want in 2015's First Nintendo Direct

New 3DS! Wii U release dates! Reward Scheme!

While January 2014 became entwined in fluctuating share prices and worrying financial results, Nintendo has shown its intent to kick off 2015 in a far more positive light. The year's first Nintendo Direct will be broadcast on 14th January at 6am Pacific / 9am Eastern / 2pm UK / 3pm CET, confirming a focus...

Guide: Collecting All the Gems in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Episode 3

Collecting All the Gems in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Episode 3

Episode 3: Return of the Toad

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is now available in North America and Europe, adding another excellent title to the Wii U library. In this game the goal for Captain Toad and Toadette isn't simply nabbing the star at the end of each stage, but also picking up three gems hidden throughout each level. These become vital in...

Interview: Grendel Games Discusses Underground's Blend of Entertainment and Medical Training

Grendel Games Discusses Underground's Blend of Entertainment and Medical Training

No need to provide surgery afterwards

Grendel Games is responsible for one of the most intriguing titles to arrive on Wii U in the early weeks of 2015; it's available in Europe and arrived in North American soon. Underground was originally conceived as an entertaining tool to assist surgeons with their laparoscopic surgery motor skills - or key-hole...

Guide: Collecting All the Gems in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Episode 2

Collecting All the Gems in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Episode 2

Episode 2: Wingo Strikes Back

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is now available in North America and Europe, adding another excellent title to the Wii U library. In this game the goal for Captain Toad and Toadette isn't simply nabbing the star at the end of each stage, but also picking up three gems hidden throughout each level. These become vital in...

Guide: Collecting All the Gems in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Episode 1

Collecting All the Gems in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Episode 1

Episode 1: A New Toad

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is now available in North America and Europe, adding another excellent title to the Wii U library. In this game the goal for Captain Toad and Toadette isn't simply nabbing the star at the end of each stage, but also picking up three gems hidden throughout each level. These become vital in...

Feature: A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - July to September

A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - July to September

Hysteria over the Smash Bros. demo and all-round hype

We move into the New Year at pace, and our retrospective of Nintendo in 2014 continues at its own - slightly slower - tempo. The April to June entry covered a number of big announcements and the E3 festivities, so as we shift into the third quarter of the year we can reflect on Nintendo picking...

First Impressions: The Next Penelope is Futuristic Retro Racing at its Best

The Next Penelope is Futuristic Retro Racing at its Best

A fast-paced odyssey

We've seen a number of HTML-based games come to the Wii U eShop, but few have succeeded in defying their humble code origins to stand alongside more complex offerings on the store - Construct 2 project The Next Penelope looks set to deliver new standards, however. The work of solo developer Aurelien Regard, we were naturally...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Wise to Embrace The Vital YouTube Audience

Nintendo's Wise to Embrace The Vital YouTube Audience

The bigger the better in 2015

An accusation occasionally hurled at Nintendo is that it's slow or behind the times in social media, and failing to do enough on platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. It would have been a valid point in past years, certainly, but it looks increasingly wrong with each passing year; 2014 brought some major improvements...

Feature: A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - April to June

A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - April to June

E3, a major Wii U arrival and more

As 2015 gears up we continue this look back to the major headlines of Nintendo's 2014, assessing the best and worst of the big N's year. The January to March entry covered the year's first Nintendo Direct and some serious issues for the company, with Satoru Iwata coming under pressure over poor business...

Feature: A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - January to March

A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - January to March

Kicking off a vital year

As is an early New Year tradition here at Nintendo Life, we're going to look back at Nintendo's last year to consider what went well, areas that were problematic and to remind ourselves of how the company shaped up. 2013 was a year of contrasting tales for Nintendo - the 3DS was a major success (the best-selling system in...

Feature: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2015

The Biggest 3DS Games of 2015

Majora's Mask 3D! Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate! Code Name: S.T.E.A.M! More!

We've now kicked off into a New Year, and to get us going we've already published our feature for ten of the biggest Wii U games of 2015; now it's the turn of the 3DS. While Nintendo has been going all out to emphasize a relatively busy 2015 line-up for Wii U, it's been a lot...

Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2015

The Biggest Wii U Games of 2015

The Legend of Zelda! Star Fox! Splatoon! More!

2015 is here, and for Wii U owners it could be the most exciting year of HD Nintendo gaming yet. The past couple of years have delivered some truly fantastic games, of course, with the just-departed 2014 bringing two of Nintendo's biggest franchises into the current generation. Excitingly, though, the...

Feature: ​Tales From The Frontline Of Game Boy Development

​Tales From The Frontline Of Game Boy Development

The Rise And Fall Of Crawfish Interactive

As the video game industry lurches from one generation to the next, the multitude of companies involved with producing software for the endless conveyor belt of platforms never remains static; just as studios are created to cater for the demands of new hardware, established firms are forced to close due to...