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Poll: Which is the Best Mario Kart Game?

Which is the Best Mario Kart Game?

Will you go retro, HD or portable?

It's a time of year in which plenty of time is spent with friends, family and fellow web gamers debating all manner of topics. Is Kirby Nintendo's cutest mascot? Has Mario's moustache become bushier in the HD era? Will F-Zero ever return? It's a time of opinions, and having checked out the Game of the Year...

Game of the Year: Nintendo Life's Reader Awards 2014

Nintendo Life's Reader Awards 2014

Your favourites of the year

2014 is drawing to a close, and the festive spirit is no doubt getting plenty into the gaming mood. We've already revealed our Game of the Year Staff Awards, but now it's time to see which titles have most excited the Nintendo Life community over the past year. We opened voting for the Game of the Year Reader Awards on...

News: Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Martin Watts

Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Martin Watts

What does the festive season mean to Martin as a gamer?

Christmas was obviously always an exciting time for me as a child. Waking up to a bundle of presents, with a wish list to Father Christmas magically fulfilled was everything a kid could wish for. Well, that and copious amounts of chocolate to see me through the day. As a gamer, it was a crucial...

Game of the Year: Nintendo Life's Staff Awards 2014

Nintendo Life's Staff Awards 2014

2014 has served up some classics

It's hard to believe that another year of gaming has passed, yet here we are. 2014 was a busy year for Nintendo, and the company certainly delivered a lot of thoroughly enjoyable games on the Wii U and 3DS. We also saw both eShop platforms grow further, particularly on the Wii U, with high quality downloadable...

Feature: Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Lee Garbutt

Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Lee Garbutt

Sometimes, it's good to remember what's important

My parents had a very unusual sense of humour when it came to giving me Christmas presents. Rather than wrap up my presents in the usual wrapping paper, they would annually try and find the weirdest way to fool me into thinking they hadn't got me what I had wanted. There was the time when I was given...

Feature: Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Liam Doolan

Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Liam Doolan

Liam shares his love of festive gaming

In the third part of a small series with contributions from multiple staff members, Liam Doolan explains why festive themes in games are the reason he can enjoy the holidays. I am a bit of a Grinch this time of year. The commotion of the holiday season always gets the better of me. I know it is a period where...

Feature: Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Tom Whitehead

Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Tom Whitehead

Tom Whitehead talks about the importance of gaming in his Holiday break

In the first part of a small series with contributions from multiple staff members, Tom Whitehead explains why Nintendo — and gaming as a whole — are such a big part of his Holidays. Given the choice, I typically opt for single player games. While I enjoy a variety of...

Matters Of Import: Collectible Badge Centre Brings A Personal Touch To 3DS Customisation

Collectible Badge Centre Brings A Personal Touch To 3DS Customisation

Gotta catch 'em all, quite literally

Nintendo is in something of a quandary at the moment. Their handheld business is obviously doing very well, but at the same time the company can’t help but glance over at the millions made from cheap smartphone apps and their "free" alternatives and long for a slice of that lucrative revenue stream. So, with...

Parent Trap: The Eyes Have It, Why amiibo Detail Matters

The Eyes Have It, Why amiibo Detail Matters

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson on why amiibo is such a hit in his house

Spending an afternoon unboxing Wave 2 amiibo figures got my boys more than a little excited, but along with the frenzied Christmas joy they quickly latched on to just how detailed these toys are. We first caught up with Wave 1 amiibos Yoshi, Donkey Kong and Peach before getting...

Talking Point: Super Smash Bros. and amiibo Have Enjoyed Success, But Nintendo Could Have Done More

Super Smash Bros. and amiibo Have Enjoyed Success, But Nintendo Could Have Done More

Communication, stock and implementation could have been better

For Nintendo fans and Wii U owners, we feel that the last few months have been a terrific period — there's been excitement and buzz around 2015 games and, more importantly, a selection of high quality and hugely enjoyable games that are in stores now. There's been a perceivable shift...

Feature: Time to Vote For Your Game of the Year Awards 2014

Time to Vote For Your Game of the Year Awards 2014

Plenty of categories for the Reader Awards

As 2014 comes to its end there's the inevitable tradition to enjoy — annual awards. As is becoming our norm we'll have staff awards, votes of which will be counted shortly, while also giving you the chance to contribute to the Reader Awards. If you gaze upon the eventual staff awards results and believe...

Poll: Have You Been Able to Buy the Super Smash Bros. Controller, GameCube Adapter and amiibo You Want?

Have You Been Able to Buy the Super Smash Bros. Controller, GameCube Adapter and amiibo You Want?

Stock issues have been ongoing since launch

Since late November there have been a few key products that Nintendo has used to drive sales of the Wii U, all related to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The main product has been the amiibo range, now into its second wave, while alongside that there's been the GameCube Controller Adapter and a related...

Developer Interview: Aurelien Regard Talks About Mixing F-Zero, Star Fox And Micro Machines In The Next Penelope

Aurelien Regard Talks About Mixing F-Zero, Star Fox And Micro Machines In The Next Penelope

Re-telling Greek legends on the Wii U eShop

Aurelien Regard isn't perhaps a name which will be instantly familiar with gamers. While fellow countrymen like Éric Chahi and Michel Ancel attract plenty of attention thanks to their famous titles, Regard has been dutifully plugging away in the shadows. Formerly of the now-defunct French studio Arkedo...

Video: The Top Ten Worst Designed Pokémon Ever

The Top Ten Worst Designed Pokémon Ever

Gotta retch 'em all!

Not all Pokémon are created equal. Some of them are powerful, some of them are weak. Some of them are awesome to look at, and others are comparable to a pile of mouse droppings, and the latter are what we have for your viewing pleasure today. It should be noted that we aren't suggesting that any of the monsters listed in the...

First Impressions: Bravely Second's Demo Comes Out Fighting

Bravely Second's Demo Comes Out Fighting

Watch the first 30 minutes right here

About a year ago we gave the original Bravely Default a whopping 9/10 in our review, so it was with some excitement that we battled through numerous eShop error messages for hours on end, desperate to get our grubby mitts on the Japanese Bravely Second demo that released recently. So how does Bravely Second...

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...