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Interview: Yacht Club Games Talk Drawing in 8-bit and Aspirations for Shovel Knight 64

Yacht Club Games Talk Drawing in 8-bit and Aspirations for Shovel Knight 64

Game's "success is due to the brilliant designs of the 8-bit generation"

In this short interview Nintendo Life features contributor Alan Lopez caught up with David D'Angelo of Yacht Club Games, who spoke on behalf of the entire Shovel Knight creative team. Shovel Knight is a download-only 8-bit platformer. Alone, these qualifiers hardly separate...

News: Shapes of Gray Set for Spring Release, With Wii U Enhancements on the Way

Shapes of Gray Set for Spring Release, With Wii U Enhancements on the Way

Arcade Mode, visual improvements and more for the console version

Shapes of Gray arrived on PC last year in its first form, prompting a mix of positive reactions and some criticism. An aesthetically simple game, it places you in 10-second battles within small areas - the developer describes it as "Hotline Miami meets WarioWare". The aim is to give...

Video: Nintendo Promotes Mario Party 10 in New Adverts Focused on amiibo and Bowser

Nintendo Promotes Mario Party 10 in New Adverts Focused on amiibo and Bowser

Doesn't mention the 'find amiibo stock' meta-game

Mario Party 10 is the next big-name retail arrival on Wii U, landing in North America and Europe on 20th March. That 10 in the title should tip you off that this franchise has been consistently popular, and Nintendo's marketing has been actively pitching this - unsurprisingly - to families. Could it...

News: Iron Combat: War in the Air Bringing Mech Battle Mayhem to the 3DS eShop

Iron Combat: War in the Air Bringing Mech Battle Mayhem to the 3DS eShop

From Japanese developer Amzy

Teyon is one of the most prolific publishers and developers on the 3DS eShop, and is returning to the store next week in North America with a title from Japan - it's publishing Iron Combat: War in the Air by Amzy, which arrives in North America on 19th March for $6.99. We've reached out to Teyon regarding a European...

Nintendo Download: 12th March (North America)

12th March (North America)

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., Trine, 3D Out Run, retro F-Zero, discounts and more

It's that time, North American gamers, for the weekly news on the download goodies coming to Wii U and 3DS. This week brings the latest retail offering from Intelligent Systems, retro F-Zero, a much-anticipated Wii U eShop adventure platformer and a stone-cold classic in the...

News: The Man Behind Fluidity And Stealth Inc Discusses Leaving Curve Digital And Future Plans

The Man Behind Fluidity And Stealth Inc Discusses Leaving Curve Digital And Future Plans

"I want my future titles to be on everything, and that includes Wii U"

Jonathan "Bidds" Biddle is leaving Curve Digital to head up his own indie studio, called onebitbeyond. Biddle was employed as Curve's Design Director and is the brains behind series such as Fluidity (also known as Hydroventure) And Stealth Inc. This isn't the end of Biddle's...

News: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Speedrun World Record Holder Improves His Time

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Speedrun World Record Holder Improves His Time

18 minutes and 5 seconds

Speedrunning remains a particularly fascinating part of gaming culture, with players mastering skills and finding glitches that defy the odds. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of our favourites when it comes to speedrunning, as improbable times are continually set courtesy of a skipping glitch early in the game...

News: Swedish Newspaper Questions The European Release Of Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson

Swedish Newspaper Questions The European Release Of Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson

"Nintendo has a responsibility to stop products of this kind"

Following the announcement that Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is coming to the west, a columnist in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet has attacked the game for its objectification of women. Journalist Kersin Alex - who reviews games for the newspaper - has stated that she has issues with...

News: Flashcard Company Announces Initial Support for New Nintendo 3DS

Flashcard Company Announces Initial Support for New Nintendo 3DS

Only supports firmware 9.2 and needs Ocarina of Time 3D retail copy

While flashcards ran rampant in the DS era, the 3DS generation has been protected far more vigorously by Nintendo through firmware updates. There have been numerous exploits and hacks, but users of them have often been driven offline by system updates, reducing their practicality...

News: F-Zero: GP Legend Rated For North America Wii U Virtual Console, Arrives This Week

F-Zero: GP Legend Rated For North America Wii U Virtual Console, Arrives This Week

You got boost power!

The Wii U Virtual Console iteration of the GBA title, F-Zero: GP Legend, was already released in Europe earlier this year, and now it's speeding its way towards North America this week, after an official ESRB rating was locked in. The original title released in the west in 2004 took F-Zero on Nintendo's portable device of the...

News: Game Freak’s Director Explains Why TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT Isn’t Coming to Nintendo's Digital Platforms

Game Freak’s Director Explains Why TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT Isn’t Coming to Nintendo's Digital Platforms

At least for now

It's fair to say, the recent announcement of TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT for every digital platform but the eShop has outraged Nintendo fans. When the SEGA and Game Freak collaboration was teased last week, we even alluded to the idea that Nintendo systems were in with a chance of receiving this latest title given the close...

News: Here’s Why Axiom Verge is Not Initially Coming to Wii U

Here’s Why Axiom Verge is Not Initially Coming to Wii U

Foiled again!

For those of you out of the loop, Axiom Verge is a highly anticipated, upcoming indie title that takes heavy inspiration from Metroid as well as other side-scrolling shooters of the NES era. Axiom Verge is especially notable for being the product of merely one man, an engineer named Tom Happ, who has some light experience in the game...

Review: 3D Out Run (3DS eShop)

3D Out Run (3DS eShop)

The beautiful journey

Nostalgia is a wonderful thing. For people of a certain age Out Run represents days long past, a wonderful era when arcades reigned supreme and home systems paled in comparison. During this time, many valiant attempts were made to produce a home version of Yu Suzuki's 1986 driving masterpiece. However, the 'Super Scaler'...

Review: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (3DS)

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (3DS)

Join the steam team

Nintendo is known for its extensive library of beloved characters, most of which appear in multiple titles on a regular basis; so when an internally developed new intellectual property comes along, there's reason to be excited. Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., a third-person shooter/turn-based strategy title by Intelligent Systems - best...

News: TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT, The Game Freak and Sega Collaboration, is Sadly Skipping Wii U

TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT, The Game Freak and Sega Collaboration, is Sadly Skipping Wii U

Coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC

Last week we shared a tease that was sent out of a Sega and Game Freak collaboration, rather mischievously suggesting it could well be a smart device game, but expressing hope that the connections between the companies with Nintendo would give us decent odds of 3DS or Wii U support. That game has now been revealed as...

News: Etrian Mystery Dungeon Just Misses Top Spot in Japanese Charts as New 3DS LL Climbs to Second

Etrian Mystery Dungeon Just Misses Top Spot in Japanese Charts as New 3DS LL Climbs to Second

Wii U sales improve a little

After a dominant début for Dragon Quest Heroes in its first week on PS3 and PS4 in Japan, the latest Media Create results bring a new 3DS release into the reckoning, even if it can't seize top-spot; hardware, meanwhile, remains steady for another week. New in the software charts is Etrian Mystery Dungeon, the crossover...

Review: Proun+ (3DS eShop)

Proun+ (3DS eShop)

You spin me right Pround, baby

A Russian artist named El Lissitzky coined the term "Proun" for use as a title to describe his series of abstract paintings, which challenged traditional views on geometry and perspective. Though the exact meaning of the word was never fully explained, his Proun works evolved to fit new mediums, and spanned over half a...