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  • Guide Advanced Tactics For Star Fox Guard

    Plus info on all of the unlockable extra missions

    So you've taken out a few bots and think you're a pro in Star Fox Guard? Perhaps you're ready for our advanced tips, which should hopefully give you the inside knowledge you need to take your game to the next level. We've also included info on the extra missions hidden away within the title. Enjoy!...

  • Guide Knowing Your Enemy In Star Fox Guard

    Fighting foes and besting bosses

    We don't know why or from where these bots are all coming from, but we will not let our guard down, no matter how many they send our way. This handy section of our Star Fox Guard guide will tell you how to handle each of the two types of bots. We've broken it down to their model name, HP rating, Speed rating,...

  • Guide Getting Started With Star Fox Guard

    Say hello to your weapons and bases

    You might have heard there's a system-wide war going on. You wisely chose to stay at home, juggling remote cameras on distant worlds protecting President Grippy Toad's precious mineral deposits from the onslaught of robotic invaders. But if you think this job is easier than what those fly-boys strapped on their...

  • Guide Tackling the Bosses in Star Fox Zero

    Open the wings!

    With Star Fox Zero now in stores, you all have the chance to enjoy it for yourselves - we think it's a gem, but ultimately the Wii U audience will decide. In order to help you with the game - should you want assistance - we've already shared a getting started guide and details on how to unlock all the stages. We're wrapping up our...

  • Guide Unlocking Every Stage in Star Fox Zero

    We're not leaving Peppy behind

    In many respects Star Fox Zero is a loving tribute and reimagination of Star Fox 64, yet it takes a different approach to unlocking stages. It starts off relatively linear, in a first run-through of the story, and then it's time to play through once again. As you unlock new transformations and vehicles new options...

  • Guide Getting Started With Star Fox Zero and Mastering the Controls

    We also look at the basics of amiibo and co-op

    Star Fox Zero is landing on the eShop and in stores, bringing us the first full entry in the series in a number of years. We were big fans in our review, yet the game has been divisive, in part because of its GamePad-centric controls - for our money we think the time required to master the game's...

  • Guide Nintendo Switch Release Date, Rumours, Tech Details, Games And More

    The console formerly known as NX

    Nintendo Switch has finally been revealed, but to get to this point we've had to endure over a year of constant speculation, rumours, leaks and a lot more besides. This guide was written prior to the Switch preview and we've decided to preserve it in order to show the crazy rollercoaster ride everyone has been...

March2016

  • Guide Getting Started With My Nintendo

    Making the most of early days with the Club Nintendo replacement

    It's been a busy day for Nintendo, as it rolled out both My Nintendo and Miitomo across various countries in the West. We sense that it's the former that excites people the most, as it replaces the much loved and long lost Club Nintendo loyalty programme. We've published quite a lot...

  • Guide Which Nintendo 3DS or 2DS System Should I Buy?

    There's life in the old dog yet

    Though we have a new generation of Nintendo hardware set to be revealed this year, there's life yet in the current generation. With the 3DS family of systems celebrating its fifth year anniversary in the West, it's worth taking the time to consider how much it still has to offer. With the range of portables...

  • Guide Here's How To Get Miitomo Early On iOS And Android

    Fun with the Japanese release

    Miitomo is out in Japan, and the surprising thing is that despite the regional exclusivity, it's possible to play the "game" entirely in English. Doing so requires a bit of additional legwork and (please read this disclaimer twice or maybe even three times) you won't be able to use your Nintendo Account unless you...

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  • Guide 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...

  • Feature A Nintendo Fan's Guide to E3 2015

    Plenty to see

    The madness is on the way, with Los Angeles all set to host hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees for E3 2015. While technically an expo like any other, it has become far more than that for game companies and their fans. It's a major centrepiece of any gaming year, and an opportunity for major publishers and developers to...

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  • Guide 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...

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  • Guide 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...

  • Video How To Become A Mario Kart 8 Master In Eight Easy Steps

    Our newcomer's guide to mastering the basics

    Mario Kart 8 launches at the end of this month, and if you've already read our glowing review, then you'll be well aware that this is a game you need to experience for yourself. The Mario Kart series has gradually evolved and developed over two decades, and there will be many people preparing to play...

  • Guide 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 Getting Into The Swing Of Mario Golf: World Tour

    An excellent approach

    Mario Golf: World Tour has arrived on 3DS, and if it's not on your current wishlist you should perhaps reconsider. It takes the basics of golf and smothers them in Super Mario charm, with a careful blend of solid mechanics and typical Mushroom Kingdom zaniness. Whether an inexperienced player or a skilled gamer, it...

April2014

  • Guide 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...

March2014

  • Guide 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...

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  • Guide 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...

October2013

  • Guide 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...

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  • Guide Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for Beginners

    Gear up and be ready

    This is the first entry in a new series of articles that you'll see on Nintendo Life in the coming weeks and months, as we aim to offer a beginner's introduction to a major franchise or release on a Nintendo system. We'll aim to provide a broad, high-level outline of what a particular series or game is all about, while providing...

November2012

  • Guide 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

    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

    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...

  • Feature Advanced Tactics In Spirit Hunters Inc.

    In this third and final developer guide, Nnooo's Nic Watt explains the finer details behind successful spirit hunting

    In the previous feature Nnooo's Nic Watt took us through some of the more complex aspects of the player abilities in Spirit Hunters Inc., including some of the abilities which are unique to each element. In this third and final...

  • Feature Behind The Elemental Abilities Of Spirit Hunters Inc.

    In our second exclusive developer guide, Nic Watt explains the ability system in this spook-catching DSiWare release

    In the previous feature Nnooo's Creative Director Nic Watt detailed some of the basics to Spirit Hunters Inc. In this second feature he will explain some of the more complex aspects of the player abilities, including some of the...

  • Feature Mastering The Basics Of Spirit Hunters Inc.

    A guide to catching spooks, straight from the developer

    In this, the first of three articles, Creative Director at Nnooo Nic Watt will detail some of the components of Spirit Hunters Inc. to illustrate all the different aspects of the game. Spirit Hunters Inc. launches globally on DSiWare next week, so make sure you brush up on these tips to get...