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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...

Guide: Forming Your Own StreetPass Meet-Up Group

Forming Your Own StreetPass Meet-Up Group

Make the most of your 3DS

Just recently we brought you an interview with StreetPass Liverpool's Anthony Boyd, to learn a little more about how these events and groups come together to share a passion for 3DS. Now we have a guide from James Parker, who created and runs the StreetPass Metro Detroit group along with other keen gamers. Shortly after...

Guide: The Biggest Wii U and 3DS eShop Games Coming In 2014

The Biggest Wii U and 3DS eShop Games Coming In 2014

With apologies, this time, to your digital wallet

The second half of 2014 is almost upon us, and we have a clearer idea of what games will arrive before those New Year bells take us into 2015. We already brought you a guide to the biggest Wii U and 3DS retail games coming in 2014, so naturally we'll now do the same for eShop games. Our goal with...

Guide: Getting Started in Mario Kart 8

Getting Started in Mario Kart 8

Don't drive into the deep end

As some of the Nintendo Life team still like discs that come in boxes, our original plan was to release a getting started guide on 30th May; then we remembered some of you trendy types may download the title as soon as it pops up on the Wii U eShop, which may or may not be at midnight. You just can't wait, right? So...

Guide: How to Become a Pokémon Battle Tournament Master

How to Become a Pokémon Battle Tournament Master

With tips from the champs

Last weekend we were lucky enough to spend the day watching nail-biting Pokémon battles and chowing down on innumerable amounts of pizza with comedian Johnny Vegas at the UK Pokémon X & Y Battle Tournament 2014 Grand Final. At the end of a long day of battling the winners of the four categories were decided, with...

Guide: Building the Perfect Team in Pokémon X & Y

Building the Perfect Team in Pokémon X & Y

Serebii's Joe Merrick helps you get prepared for tournaments

"Strong Pokémon. Weak Pokémon. That is only the selfish perception of people. Truly skilled trainers should try to win with their favourites." In the past few months, we have dealt with the core mechanics of Pokémon, from EV training to IV breeding, and now comes the most unique part...

Guide: The Building Blocks Of Success In Pokémon X & Y

The Building Blocks Of Success In Pokémon X & Y

Serebii's Joe Merrick is back with another essential guide

Continuing our in-depth look at everything Pokémon X & Y and following on from the Breeding Guide, we're now looking into the in-depth building blocks of Pokémon, with a focus on the most recent entry in the series. Stats: Let's start off with a bit of basic Pokémon knowledge...

Guide: Understanding The Basics Of Japanese For Import Gaming Goodness

Understanding The Basics Of Japanese For Import Gaming Goodness

Prospective import players: We've got you covered

Buying and playing Japanese imports is one of gaming's little adventures. It can be exciting and rewarding, but it's not without its pitfalls — the most obvious of which is the language barrier. While many import games will feature a small amount of English text, most will be impenetrable to those...

Guide: Using Nintendo Network ID On Your 3DS

Using Nintendo Network ID On Your 3DS

What to expect when the service hits the 3DS soon

It was recently revealed that the Nintendo Network ID system is coming to the 3DS — and not before time. As well as opening up the likes of Miiverse to portable players, the new system will finally allow you to share your eShop credit balance between your Wii U and 3DS. If you own a Wii U then...

Guide: How To Capture Video And Screenshots From Your 3DS

How To Capture Video And Screenshots From Your 3DS

Turn your handheld into a multimedia star

As the next generation of home consoles looms over us, the topic of video sharing is becoming ever more important. Both the PS4 and Xbox One will offer the ability to record and upload your gaming performances so others can appraise them online, which will surely lead to an explosion of self-made clips on...

News: Prima Games Releasing Collector's Edition Guide For The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Prima Games Releasing Collector's Edition Guide For The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

'Hoy collectors!

Last month Prima Games announced it would be releasing The Legend of Zelda Box Set in November, which contains official guides for several titles in the popular series. The books will naturally be enclosed in a treasure chest - though you'll need to perform the accompanying music yourself as you open it - and features a metallic...

News: Prima Games Offering Collector's Treasure Chest of Zelda Game Guides and Goodies

Prima Games Offering Collector's Treasure Chest of Zelda Game Guides and Goodies

We've struck gold

Are you a fan of collecting strategy guides? If you are, then you best start collecting those rupees now, as Prima Games has unleashed The Legend of Zelda Box Set, which includes Official Guides for previous titles in the series. Enclosed in a treasure chest similar to those that we've all encountered on countless occasions in our...

Guide: Getting Started With Your Wii U

Getting Started With Your Wii U

Nintendo provides some how-to guides for your new console

Unlike most readers at Nintendo Life, not everyone who buys a Wii U will know everything about it before they've even opened the box. Hardware launches such as this are a great time for companies to attract new users, with that in mind Nintendo has released a series of handy videos to get...

Guide: Transferring your Mii to the Wii U

Transferring your Mii to the Wii U

From Mii to U

When the Wii first arrived in 2006, the ability to put yourself in the game with Miis was a novel addition that caught on quickly. These days most of us have grown quite attached to our own Miis, as evidenced by the number of them gracing the Nintendo Life forums and comment sections as user avatars. Thankfully, a new console doesn't...

Guide: Using USB Storage with the Wii U

Using USB Storage with the Wii U

Commit these instructions to memory

The Wii U's eShop represents a big step forward in digital distribution for Nintendo, with eShop-only indie titles sharing shelf space with downloadable versions of major retail releases from day one. These larger titles can easily occupy over 10GB of space, with Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition confirmed...