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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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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...

September2012

  • News A Beginner's Guide to The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave

    Five tips to keep your Men alive!

    Ready to plunge into The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave? Well, don't be fooled by its cuddly exterior,as this game offers some absolutely devious challenge! Of course you could learn the ins and outs of the quest through trial and error, but that's liable to leave your conscience strewn with avoidable — and adorable...

  • News The Definitive Guide To Wii U

    Everything you need to know

    Want to know everything there is to know about Nintendo's new home console, Wii U? What it can do and which games you'll be able to play on it when it launches later this year? We've got you covered with all the information there is right here in this handy guide. As news regarding any new hardware launch is changing all...

July2012

  • News How to Transfer Your Data from 3DS to 3DS XL

    Easy as 1, 2, 3

    Nintendo UK's put together a very useful video explaining how to transfer everything from your 3DS to a 3DS XL console. Remember that you'll need both your 3DS and 3DS XL consoles and an internet connection in order to make the transfer, so if you're planning on trading in to upgrade consider these things first. Still not sold on...

April2012

  • Guide Nintendo 3DS System Update v. 4.0.0-7

    What's new?

    As you probably already know, the latest 3DS system update is available, bringing your machine up to version 4.0.0-7. We've put together a list of what's new in this update. If you find anything we haven't covered, post it in the comments below and we'll update this guide. Ability to add folders Probably the biggest new feature, this...

January2012

  • Guide Nintendo 3DS eShop Demos

    Get your information here!

    Today sees the much-anticipated downloadable demos hit the 3DS eShop, so we've put together a very handy guide to help you get the most from your free demo experience. What Demos Are Available?: New demos will be announced throughout the year but here are the ones we know about so far: 19th January 2012 Resident Evil...

December2011

  • Guide Nintendo 3DS System Update

    All the information you need

    So you've got the 3DS system update and want to know exactly what's new? We've got you covered. Here you'll find a regularly updated account of how to get the most from your system's new features. If you have any questions, use the Contact form and we'll do our best to address them. Page 1: 3D Video RecordingPage 2:

  • Guide Mario Kart 7 Top Tips

    Be magnificent in MK7

    By now you'll probably have pumped a stack of hours into Mario Kart 7, but if you're still finding yourself more loser than leader we've got Mario Kart medallist James Newton to put together a few short tips to help you shave seconds off your performances. If you want to put your new skills to the test, check out our Mario...

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  • Guides 3DS eShop Update FAQ

    Everything you need to know about the 3DS eShop, internet browser and DSi transfer functionality

    For those who bought their 3DS on launch day there was some disappointment. The eShop, internet browser and the ability to transfer DSiWare games and data were unavailable, promised in a ‘late May’ update. The update slid to early June, but it's...

April2011

  • Feature The SLG3000 and the Glorious Return of Scanlines

    How to get that authentic retro look from your modern flatscreen TV

    Sometimes, outdated technology has a quality which seemingly defies description. For example, those of you that are old enough may harbour a strange nostalgic affection for the monochrome Game Boy’s blurry LCD screen, even to the point of spurning the updated Game Boy Color...

  • Guides Using QR Codes on Your Nintendo 3DS

    Sharing Miis is fun and easy

    Easily one of the more popular features of the Wii console was the ability to create personalised avatars called Mii characters. Nintendo has brought this unique feature over to the 3DS, with a host of new features that make creating and sharing them not only much easier, but more fun as well. We know that many of you...

  • Features Nintendo 3DS Launch Game Buyer's Guide

    Every game reviewed, rated and ranked

    So you've got yourself a spanking new 3DS console, but which of the currently available games is worth your money and which should you avoid? If you're lost in a sea of three-dimensional decisions, fear not: our 3DS reviews are here to help you make the right choice. We have in-depth reviews of ALL 18 3DS games...