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Preview: Getting Inside The Curiously Undemanding World Of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

Getting Inside The Curiously Undemanding World Of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

"I love what you've done here!"

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is one of those titles which has been instrumental in selling the Nintendo 3DS to the wider gaming public. When it launched in the west back in 2013 it appeared to trigger a rush of interest in Nintendo's portable system, and everyone seemed to be talking about it - sharing their...

Interview: Candlelight Studios and Bold RPG Ambitions With Untold Story

Candlelight Studios and Bold RPG Ambitions With Untold Story

"Untold Story puts its focus on creating an incredible, dynamic story"

It's an exciting time to be a game developer, as modern technology and a more accessible industry allow people of all walks of life to try their hand at pursuing their passion. This is a win for gamers, too, as it allows us the opportunity to try all sorts of new experiences and...

Video: Nintendo Produces Some Chirpy Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer TV Commercials

Nintendo Produces Some Chirpy Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer TV Commercials

If you're not happy, it's not for you

When Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer was unveiled, reactions within Nintendo Life HQ ranged from confusion, to more confusion, then bafflement. We could sort of figure out what it was supposed to be, but couldn't figure out how Nintendo was going to sell it - would it be free-to-play and need amiibo...

Review: Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Who knew that Genghis Khan was so cool, calculating, and complex?

Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf was originally developed by Koei and released for the PC-8801, PC9801, and the MSX in 1992. The following year, Genghis Khan II saw releases for MS-DOS, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, PC Engine CD, NES, and SNES. Five more years later, and the game would...

News: Amazon Now Offering Nintendo Games For Direct Digital Download

Amazon Now Offering Nintendo Games For Direct Digital Download

"Seamless redemption experience" promised

Online retailer Amazon is now offering digital downloads of "over 50 Nintendo digital game titles" which can be downloaded directly to your 3DS or Wii U console using a "seamless redemption experience". It works like this. You purchase the game on Amazon as you would normally, and then link your Nintendo...

News: Kirby and Mega Man Nendoroids Are Tough to Resist, and Can Now be Pre-Ordered

Kirby and Mega Man Nendoroids Are Tough to Resist, and Can Now be Pre-Ordered

Not cute with your bank balance

It's hard not to love Nendoroids. They're the equivalent of a cuddly husky puppy, all fluffy fur and cheeky dog grins; cute little video game figurines with interchangeable items and outfits? Where do we sign up! The downside is that they can be relatively pricey. Earlier this Summer Mega Man and Kirby Nendoroids...

News: Ace Attorney 6 Confirmed to be Headed to 3DS

Ace Attorney 6 Confirmed to be Headed to 3DS

We're still hoping for The Great Ace Attorney to be localised

The Japanese market sure loves a marketing slow burn with drip-fed information, and Capcom has now kicked that off with another entry in one of its most beloved franchises. It's been confirmed in Famitsu Weekly that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 6 is in development for the 3DS and will...

Review: Sin and Punishment (Wii U eShop / N64)

Sin and Punishment (Wii U eShop / N64)

On the rails and off the hip

It's no secret that many Japanese titles never see the light of day overseas. Countless games have been unreleased for fear of lack of public interest and fear of bad. This was the initial reason Sin and Punishment, released in 2000, never surfaced on the Nintendo 64 outside of Japan. The hectic shoot'em up only made...

Review: Wario: Master of Disguise (Wii U eShop / DS)

Wario: Master of Disguise (Wii U eShop / DS)

Master of Mediocrity

After WarioWare took off, it seemed like that was all everybody's favourite antihero was up to, save for a Wii instalment of the Wario Land series. In truth, there was also an attempt at a Wario platformer on the DS, though it is quite easy to see why not many seem to remember this outing. Developed by Suzak, the company...

News: Devil's Third Fails to Hit UK Top 40 in Poor Week for Nintendo Titles

Devil's Third Fails to Hit UK Top 40 in Poor Week for Nintendo Titles

A low point

We suspect that most Nintendo fans in the UK would acknowledge that the company's having a tough time in the country. Splatoon has been an exception in holding its own this summer along with a couple of other evergreen games, and the 3DS remains popular, but in the overall picture the big N is struggling in this particular market. This...

News: Itagaki Accepts "Fair" Devil's Third Criticism But Feels Online Modes Haven't Been Reviewed Properly

Itagaki Accepts "Fair" Devil's Third Criticism But Feels Online Modes Haven't Been Reviewed Properly

"That’s extremely unfortunate for everyone involved"

Devil's Third is out now in Europe and the reviews haven't been glowing. Tomonobu Itagaki's Wii U exclusive has been given something of a drubbing by critics, with outlets such as IGN, Eurogamer and GameSpot handing it dire critical assessments. Itagaki has taken to

Video: PolyKid’s Wii U Adventure Platformer Poi Has A Charming New Trailer

PolyKid’s Wii U Adventure Platformer Poi Has A Charming New Trailer

Kickstarter ends at midnight on Wednesday

As previously reported, PolyKid’s 3D Adventure Platformer Poi is slated for release on Wii U, with a Kickstarter campaign being used to raise funds. The indie team behind the title are drawing inspiration from the classic platformers they grew up with including the likes of Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooi

News: See How Plague Knight's Moveset Was Concocted

See How Plague Knight's Moveset Was Concocted

Yacht Club Games gives a crash course in character mobility

When a character controls well, its motion might seem purely natural and intuitive. What we don't often see from the playing side of the experience, however, is all the work and tweaking developers likely did to make it feel that way. With the free Plague of Shadows campaign coming soon to...

News: The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming to North America

The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming to North America

Rejoice!

Nintendo of America has confirmed the news that some 3DS fans in the region have been waiting for - the smaller New Nintendo 3DS model is coming to North America. Initially it'll just be released as part of a special Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer bundle; this'll include a white system, the game, two cover plates and an amiibo card...

Interview: Engine Software and Orangepixel on Bringing Gunslugs 2's Chaos to 3DS

Engine Software and Orangepixel on Bringing Gunslugs 2's Chaos to 3DS

"There's a lot of room for these "oldschool" arcade games on the eShop"

It can seem like the Wii U eShop gets the most attention in the 'Nindie' stakes, which is certainly the case. Nevertheless, there are still some highly promising downloads on the way to the 3DS, with plenty of life in the portable yet. One such example is Gunslugs 2, originally...

Nintendo Download: 3rd September (Europe)

3rd September (Europe)

Runbow! Gunman Clive HD! StarTropics 1 & 2! Sin & Punishment! More!

Another week begins with Nintendo Download Update details for Europe; due to a public holiday in the UK this information came through later than normal (hat tip to Daan Koopman who forwarded the Dutch information to us). This week is particularly good on the Wii U, it must be said,...

Feature: Handheld LCD Gaming Past And Present

Handheld LCD Gaming Past And Present

For those times when an original Game Boy just isn’t retro-chic enough

Nintendo first hit the LCD game scene all the way back in 1980 with Ball, a simple but thoroughly playable affair at the time that may be familiar to fans of the Game Boy Camera or those brave souls who ventured onto the DSi shop. From these humble beginnings Nintendo's LCD...