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Interview: Lilian "Milktea" Chen Talks Smash Bros., Sexism and a Brighter Future

Lilian "Milktea" Chen Talks Smash Bros., Sexism and a Brighter Future

"Strides regarding social inclusion in Smash can be seen for themselves"

An inescapable reality within the eSports world, regardless of the game in question, is the stark contrast between male and female participants. Whatever the culprit, the stories of many female professionals are often squashed, missed or, even worse, stunted before they even...

Feature: Nintendo Franchises We Want to See at E3 - Pokémon

Nintendo Franchises We Want to See at E3 - Pokémon

We wanna spot 'em all!

In the lead up to E3 we're publishing a series of features covering game franchises that we want to make an appearance, and what we'd like to see out of a potential next entry in each series. In this entry, Nintendo Life news and reviews regular Conor McMahon considers the Pokémon franchise. Ever heard of these little...

Talking Point: Looking Ahead to the Nintendo World Championships 2015

Looking Ahead to the Nintendo World Championships 2015

Nintendo can start E3 with a bang

A week from today Nintendo will host a live event in Los Angeles that'll get the E3 party started for its fans. For the second year running the company's template for the expo is to combine a pre-prepared Digital Event with a live event and hour-upon-hour of Treehouse coverage, while some Best Buy customers will...

Poll: We Need to Talk About amiibo - Where Do You Stand?

We Need to Talk About amiibo - Where Do You Stand?

Awesome collectibles, source of frustration, a bit of both?

As we approach the 'expo we cannot name' - oh alright, E3 - we can't help but wonder how many times Nintendo will mention amiibo. Will we learn more about the amiibo cards that'll accompany Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer? Will there be more blasted Smash Bros. waves that we'll...

Editorial: Nintendo's Approach is Often Peculiar, Yet That's An Enduring Strength

Nintendo's Approach is Often Peculiar, Yet That's An Enduring Strength

Still treats video games as irreverent play-things

A thought has been rumbling around this writer's mind for the past few days - Nintendo is weird. It really is. Writing about the company on a daily basis brings on a permanent state of double taking, and it's when looking outside of the big N bubble it becomes clear how peculiar it is. It simply...

Talking Point: Prepare Yourselves - E3 Silly Season is Here

Prepare Yourselves - E3 Silly Season is Here

There's no escape

E3 is a peculiar beast, and comparisons to Christmas certainly work. In one sense it's "the most wonderful time of the year" - you can croon along to that line in your own head - but it's also a stressful nightmare. We may love the festive meals, jolly times and moments of relaxation at the end of the year, but they're bookended...

Guide: Use these Splatoon Tricks & Advanced Techniques to Improve your Inking

Use these Splatoon Tricks & Advanced Techniques to Improve your Inking

Think ink

Splatoon has been out for nearly a week and already people have been looking at the inner workings of the game's intricacies in order to give them an edge when it comes to the crunch. We're nothing if not diligent and have compiled a good number of tips that can help give you the upper hand online. This is by no means a complete guide,...

Feature: The Making Of Body Harvest

The Making Of Body Harvest

Former DMA Design staffer Steve Hammond spills the beans

"Development Hell" is a well-known term for the painful gestation of a Hollywood movie. Whether modern AAA games suffer the same problems from concept to release, I don't know personally but I am certain that they do. I am currently reading Tales From Development Hell, and whilst the movie...

Interview: Splatoon Producer Hisashi Nogami on Claiming New Territory for Wii U

Splatoon Producer Hisashi Nogami on Claiming New Territory for Wii U

Aimed to create "an entirely new form of gameplay"

Though the claims that Nintendo simply doesn't tackle new ideas aren't entirely fair, there's little denying that Splatoon has been a breath of fresh air on Wii U. As a new IP that utilises a genre so rarely entertained by Nintendo - a third-person shooter - it appears to have succeeded in...

Feature: Game Boy Collector Tracks Down Original Owner Using The Power Of Social Media

Game Boy Collector Tracks Down Original Owner Using The Power Of Social Media

A very modern mystery

The internet is a wonderful tool which allows us to do all kinds of things – shopping, keeping in touch with loved ones and (of course) reading amazing websites like Nintendo Life. It's also rather handy when you pick up a second-hand piece of vintage gaming technology and want to know who owned it a few decades ago – and...

Interview: Humble Co-Founder John Graham on the Creation and Potential Future of the Humble Nindie Bundle

Humble Co-Founder John Graham on the Creation and Potential Future of the Humble Nindie Bundle

"We put the power into the hands of the consumer"

The Humble Nindie Bundle is the first of its kind, bringing the pay what you want model applied so effectively to other games and media into the console market. It was a surprising coup for the Nintendo eShop when announced, and has raised over half a million dollars in its first week - there are...

Feature: Humble Nindie Bundle - The Developer's Perspective

Humble Nindie Bundle - The Developer's Perspective

"I won't pretend I saw it coming, but it does make sense"

Humble Bundle is long established as a service that groups together games, eBooks and music into affordable packages, for which you pay what you want and determine how much money goes to the creators, Humble itself and a chosen charity. It's in gaming circles that it's best known, is hugely...

Matters Of Import: Fire Emblem (Sort Of) Exists On The Sony PlayStation

Fire Emblem (Sort Of) Exists On The Sony PlayStation

A look at Shouzou Kaga's forgotten classic

For various reasons we now live in an era where developers breaking away from their parent companies to make similar-but-different pseudo-sequels to dormant, dead, or defiled game series is now a relatively commonplace occurrence, with Koji Igarashi's Castlevania successor Bloodstained being the latest to...

Hands On: Checking Out Splatoon's Freshly Unlocked Ranked Battle Mode

Checking Out Splatoon's Freshly Unlocked Ranked Battle Mode

Laying it all on the line

If you booted up Splatoon this morning you might have noticed that without even the need to download an update that you can now play on the new Port Mackerel map. You can also buy the N-ZAP '85, a new weapon which looks suspiciously familiar. Of course what will be most exciting for competitive gamers is the introduction of...

Book Review: 33 1/3 - Koji Kondo's Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack

33 1/3 - Koji Kondo's Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack

Going deep into the classics

The themes of Super Mario Bros. are such a prominent part of our culture that they're easily celebrated, but perhaps not so easy to truly appreciate. The tracks - especially the original Overworld/Ground Theme - pop up in so many places and are so readily playable in our heads that we can treat them as simpler and less...

News: Parent Trap: ​Splatoon Gets Family Tested, And Comes Through With Flying Colours

Parent Trap: ​Splatoon Gets Family Tested, And Comes Through With Flying Colours

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson investigates Nintendo's new smash-hit

With Splatoon out in the wild we can get a first proper impression of how the game is going down with families. With this in mind I checked in with the Huo family to see how they'd taken to the local and online components of Nintendo's new shooter. They took a while to get used to...

Guide: Tips On How To Become A Squid Hotshot In Splatoon

Tips On How To Become A Squid Hotshot In Splatoon

Get inked

Today marks the launch of Splatoon, Nintendo's infectious take on the traditional team-based online shooter. While this ink-splattered offering is far more friendly and accessible than your typical web-based blaster, there are still a few key points you might want to keep in mind before dashing - or should that be swimming? - headlong...

Interview: Nintendo of America's Damon Baker on the Brave New World of Humble Nindie Bundle

Nintendo of America's Damon Baker on the Brave New World of Humble Nindie Bundle

"It increases the exposure for all these great developers and games"

This week brought a major landmark for both Nintendo and Humble Bundle with the aptly named Humble Nindie Bundle. It's the first time that console downloads have featured in the pay-what-you-want platform, allowing gamers in the Americas to pick up eight separate games (some...