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Video: Atlus Serves Up an Early Look at Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth's Battle System

Atlus Serves Up an Early Look at Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth's Battle System

Looks pleasingly complicated

There are undoubtedly long term franchise fans and RPG enthusiasts eagerly awaiting Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth on 3DS. It'll be the first Persona game on Nintendo hardware, has a new art style for the occasion and will blend in gameplay elements from the popular Etrian series. It seems like a smart move from...

Ninterview: Joe Heaton on The Joy of Game Boy Mods and Chiptune Music

Joe Heaton on The Joy of Game Boy Mods and Chiptune Music

"Over time it’s achieved an iconic status "

Nintendo's unrivalled history and cultural impact in gaming is manifested in various ways, and brings together fans and enthusiasts of many kinds. A number of us enthusiastically jump into the company's latest systems and games, while others find the most joy in collecting retro equivalents. There are...

Talking Point: The Timing of Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Direct Raises Expectations

The Timing of Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Direct Raises Expectations

A release date must be on the agenda

During 2013 Nintendo delivered 16 Nintendo Direct broadcasts — that's the count from the official Nintendo of America website, which includes some game-specific "mini" videos and does not include some Japan-specific examples. By this stage of 2013 there had been four Directs, and there was typically a...

News: Bit Boy!! Arcade Expected to Launch on North American 3DS eShop on 17th April

Bit Boy!! Arcade Expected to Launch on North American 3DS eShop on 17th April

European release to follow

Kubi and friends will soon be making a return in their upcoming 3DS eShop title, Bit Boy!! Arcade. According to a software listing on Nintendo’s website, the eShop action game will be available from 17th April onwards in North America, with a European release expected shortly after. The game tracks the adventures of...

Review: Super Dodge Ball (Wii U eShop / NES)

Super Dodge Ball (Wii U eShop / NES)

Utterly ridiculous and sublime

When firing up an NES game in the modern day, no less a silly spin-off sports title from the era, a certain mindset is required. If you're intolerant of sticky animation, that flickering effect that NES games have when there's too much on screen and wonky frame performance, there are plenty of games that are immediate...

News: Sin & Punishment Developer Treasure Working With Capcom On Sequel To Gaist Crusher

Sin & Punishment Developer Treasure Working With Capcom On Sequel To Gaist Crusher

Still no sign of a Western release

Japanese video game developer Treasure, best known for critically acclaimed titles such as Sin and Punishment and the Sega Mega Drive classic Gunstar Heroes, is working with Capcom on a sequel to the 3DS action game – based on the manga, animation and toy series of the same name – Gaist Crusher. Gaist Crusher...

Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Twenty Two

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Twenty Two

It's back again, again (again)

Once upon a time we posted regular articles in which the Nintendo Life team shared its weekend gaming plans and the community would do the same; it was rather pleasant. Then the poorly organised features editor responsible for the series lost track, once forgot to publish the article when submissions had actually...

News: This Metroid Game Boy Advance Design is a Treat

This Metroid Game Boy Advance Design is a Treat

Perfect for celebrating Metroid Fusion's arrival on Wii U

Metroid Fusion is now available on the Wii U Virtual Console, which is good news as it's rather brilliant. The arrival of Game Boy Advance titles on the Wii U also gives portable gamers with longer memories or retro leanings an excuse to look back wistfully on the original platform, the...

Video: Check Out The Mario Kart 8 Visual Upgrade in This Retro Track Comparison

Check Out The Mario Kart 8 Visual Upgrade in This Retro Track Comparison

It's never looked this good

This week has brought us a flurry of activity relating to Mario Kart 8, with information emerging and a host of previews arriving online, including our own. One area that's been agreed upon across most outlets is that Nintendo's upcoming racer is a visual treat, utilising the hardware and terrific art design to great...

News: GameSpy Shutting Down All Online Servers on 31st May, Following Wii and DS Wi-Fi Disconnection

GameSpy Shutting Down All Online Servers on 31st May, Following Wii and DS Wi-Fi Disconnection

End of an era

In late February we had the disappointing news that online multiplayer, online-based communication apps and even some DLC will become unavailable on Wii and DS, due to Nintendo switching off the Wi-Fi connection. This happens on 20th May — though the Wii Shop and DSi Shop will remain open for business — and prompted some to...

News: Fire Pro Wrestling Creator Masato Masuda Passes Away Aged 48

Fire Pro Wrestling Creator Masato Masuda Passes Away Aged 48

Goichi "Suda51" Suda leads the tributes

If you're a seasoned fan of wrestling games then the name Fire Pro Wrestling will mean an awful lot to you. Viewed by many gamers as the first serious video game representation of wrestling, the franchise has enjoyed instalments on a wide range of systems, including the SNES, PC Engine, Dreamcast and Game Boy...

News: Hex Heroes Lead Wants "To Develop a New Experience on the Wii U"

Hex Heroes Lead Wants "To Develop a New Experience on the Wii U"

"There's so much that can be done on the GamePad"

Back in March we told you about an upcoming project called Hex Heroes, the development team for which includes artist and co-developer of popular PC title The Bridge, Mario Castañeda, and music from Grant Kirkhope, a name familiar to fans of Rare's golden era. A "party RTS" (real time strategy)...