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Talking Point: What's Next For amiibo?

What's Next For amiibo?

Nintendo's range is off to a blistering start, but what could 2015 hold?

Amid the confusion regarding amiibo figures apparently being discontinued (and then not) and the scarcely credible defected models we've been seeing, it's easy to miss the fact that Nintendo's new "toys to life" range has been a storming success — so much so that the...

Feature: Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS 'Pic of the Day' Screens - Greatest Hits

Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS 'Pic of the Day' Screens - Greatest Hits

The end! Finished! Terminado! Fini! 完成した!

Since summer 2013 Masahiro Sakurai — lead designer and overall head honcho of the Super Smash Bros. games — has been dutifully posting new screens for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles every working day. His Miiverse Pic of the Day posts were essential viewing for those hyped about the games, as...

Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64

Nintendo 64

Will you still love me when I'm 64?

The Nintendo 64 is a console which divides opinions, even today. For some, it was an unforgivable fall from grace after the dizzying heights of the SNES; a system which failed in the face of stiff competition from newcomer Sony and its dominant PlayStation console. For others, it's home to some of Nintendo's...

Interview: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's Developers Talk Over Origins and the Contents of Toad's Backpack

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's Developers Talk Over Origins and the Contents of Toad's Backpack

"I’m curious about this too so let’s have a look"

The release of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker in North America — it hits Europe on 2nd January — is sure to tempt a few into adding the retail release as a stocking filler. Bursting with charm and providing a substantial spin-off from the popular bonus stages in Super Mario 3D World, it...

Guide: Everything You Need To Know About Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire's Secret Bases

Everything You Need To Know About Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire's Secret Bases

Bomb the base

Secret Bases are a feature from the original games that make a triumphant return in Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, but contrary to what many people believe, they're actually one of the most useful features in the game. Making A Base: Dotted around Hoenn there are 82 locations where you can create a Secret Base. This is...

Talking Point: The Legend of Zelda on Wii U Steals The Show and Raises Expectations

The Legend of Zelda on Wii U Steals The Show and Raises Expectations

With Star Fox apparently progressing well, 2015 could be thrilling

During E3 this year Eiji Aonuma introduced The Legend of Zelda on Wii U, the long awaited main-series entry on Nintendo's latest home console. We were shown an art style that shared some similarities with Skyward Sword, but with a slightly more nuanced, cel-shaded and detailed...

Live: Watch The Game Awards 2014 From Las Vegas

Watch The Game Awards 2014 From Las Vegas

Nintendo games and exclusives vying for 11 awards

The time has arrived, when we find out whether the glitzy Game Awards 2014 will successfully lay the ghost of VGX 2013 to rest, or simply bring the horror back once again. We hope for the former, and Nintendo's an active partner also up for plenty of awards; join us live for the show#TheGameAwards

Feature: Five Reasons To Choose Nintendo 3DS This Holiday Season

Five Reasons To Choose Nintendo 3DS This Holiday Season

Gaming on the go

Not too long ago we published five reasons to choose Wii U this Holiday season, so it now seems only fair to do the same for the 3DS. With so many systems and games competing for our time the little portable has plenty of rivals, but it's also a terrific option in a time of the year typically full of travelling and relaxation away...

Interview: Shin'en Multimedia on FAST Racing NEO and its Development Approach

Shin'en Multimedia on FAST Racing NEO and its Development Approach

"We hope we can deliver the best eShop title"

Shin'en Multimedia is a name that'll be familiar to keen Nintendo download gamers, releasing a series of highly regarded titles across WiiWare, the 3DS eShop and the Wii U eShop. The studio is typically praised for extracting impressive performance from Nintendo's hardware, producing some of the...

Guide: The Best Cyber Monday Nintendo Deals in the US

The Best Cyber Monday Nintendo Deals in the US

Because Black Friday isn't enough

Last week's Black Friday shenanigans weren't enough for retailers, it seems, as the efforts to separate us from our cash continue on 'Cyber Monday'. The name suggests online deals, naturally, though there are still promotions running within stores too, with GameStop and Target already stating that their deals will...

Feature: Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Week Twelve: Cook

Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Week Twelve: Cook

Bread to rights

In the final part of a regular series, Karen takes on Fantasy Life in a variety of 'lives' and documents her adventures. Today is the day I complete my Life journey in Reveria. All of the Lives I have spent time as, all of the monster parts and mushrooms I have gathered, my fears of a secret organisation creating a new world order...

Feature: The Long Evolution of the Pokémon Trading Card Game

The Long Evolution of the Pokémon Trading Card Game

Capers in card

Alex attended an event that celebrated the new XY Phantom Forces sets in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. He got a chance to play the game for the first time in over ten years, and this is what he had to say about it. Despite being an enormous fan of the Pokémon series, the Trading Card Game has been a bit of a blind spot for me...

Feature: Five Nintendo Games Perfect For Multiplayer Fun and Thanksgiving

Five Nintendo Games Perfect For Multiplayer Fun and Thanksgiving

Gather around, dear friends

It's Thanksgiving in the US, a major celebration in which families and friends gather to spend quality time together; naturally entertainment will be high on the agenda. For those that enjoy gaming, meanwhile, it's a chance to break out all those excess controllers and get into the spirit of the occasion with party and...

Ninterview: Tom Bramwell On Nintendo and 15 Years at Eurogamer

Tom Bramwell On Nintendo and 15 Years at Eurogamer

Eurogamer.net's departing Editor-in-Chief

It came as a surprise to many, not least the Nintendo Life team, when earlier this year Tom Bramwell announced that he would be leaving Eurogamer.net at the end of November, after 15 years with the company. If you are a reader of Eurogamer (we know 1 in 5 of you are) then Bramwell needs no introduction,...

Feature: Five Reasons To Choose Wii U This Holiday Season

Five Reasons To Choose Wii U This Holiday Season

To borrow Nintendo's slogan, The Time Is Now

We're approaching a time of year defined by many things. Great times with friends and family, lots of food and plenty of fun. Of course, before the big Holiday itself we have lots of shopping and — with that — plenty of choices to make. For gamers there are a number of treats on offer, with...

Soapbox: Sonic, It's Time to Talk

Sonic, It's Time to Talk

Tom Whitehead bemoans the blue blur's struggles

A grim reality struck me this week. A new Sonic game was out and I couldn't, personally, care less. If brief demo time and video footage wasn't evidence enough, the word of those in the team that own Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric was enough to convince me that it wasn't worth my time or money. When both...

Guide: Everything You Need To Know About Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire's New DexNav

Everything You Need To Know About Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire's New DexNav

We dish out the details on this amazing new feature

Since Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire came out in North America, one of the most talked about features is the DexNav, and it's easy to see why. It is one of the most addictive features that has ever been in a Pokémon game. What Is It?: Essentially, the DexNav is part of the PokéNav...