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News: Nintendo's Unity Presentation Confirms Critically Acclaimed Gone Home for Wii U eShop

Nintendo's Unity Presentation Confirms Critically Acclaimed Gone Home for Wii U eShop

Interesting details on the Wii U's demographics, connectivity and more

Last weekend a sizeable number of developers and industry professionals descended upon Seattle for Unite 2014, a major gathering focused on the widely used Unity development engine. Nintendo's Unity support on Wii U — in which developers on the system receive a free license for...

Review: Life Force (Wii U eShop / NES)

Life Force (Wii U eShop / NES)

Forcefully fun

Konami's 1985 hit Gradius is one of the most influential scrolling shooters of all time, so it was pretty tough to follow up. Rather than make Gradius II right away, the company decided to create a spin-off; Life Force — originally known in Japan as Salamander — hit arcades in 1986 and the NES two years later. Space shooters were...

News: Poptropica: Forgotten Islands is One for the 3DS Kids This October

Poptropica: Forgotten Islands is One for the 3DS Kids This October

Ubisoft pushes the boat out

We know that Ubisoft is happy to support Nintendo with anything but "mature" games, and it's fulfilling that brief with the announcement that it's publishing a learning game for 3DS - Poptropica: Forgotten Islands. Poptropica is an online 'virtual world' for children that includes games to improve literacy and provide...

News: Wii U Shooter Splatoon Almost Starred Mario As The Main Character

Wii U Shooter Splatoon Almost Starred Mario As The Main Character

"There were heated debates over who the main player character should be"

Splatoon was one of the big surprises of Nintendo's E3 showing this year, and looks set to offer an exciting new take on the tried-and-tested squad-based shooter template. It's also refreshing in that it's an entirely new IP — although according to Shigeru Miyamoto, it very...

Feature: The History of Super Smash Bros.

The History of Super Smash Bros.

How Nintendo's crossover fighting series smashed its way to fame and glory

Despite its immense popularity — not to mention the frenzied hype and anticipation that comes during the lead-up to each new instalment — the origins of the Super Smash Bros. series are in fact remarkably humble. When its creator, Masahiro Sakurai, initially came up...

News: Nintendo Confirms Two More Virtual Console Titles Coming in the Next Week

Nintendo Confirms Two More Virtual Console Titles Coming in the Next Week

'Street Fighter' with an odd release date and Nobunaga's Ambition

As is now the norm, Nintendo of America's most recent Nintendo Download Update also confirmed two additional titles on the way soon. In this case there are a couple of surprises and an uncommon release date. Both of the confirmed releases are for the Wii U Virtual Console, and...

Nintendo Download: 28th August (North America)

28th August (North America)

SteamWorld, The Fall, Azure Striker Gunvolt, Mega Man X3 and much more

It's that time again, North American gamers, as we learn what download treats will be joining the eShop stores today. There's plenty on offer, too, with enticing new titles on both Wii U and 3DS, alongside a range of DLC and discounts. There's a lot to consider, so let's get on...

News: Miyamoto States That Nintendo Is Sticking With "Revolutionary" Hardware For The Foreseeable Future

Miyamoto States That Nintendo Is Sticking With "Revolutionary" Hardware For The Foreseeable Future

"Unique software can always be realized with unique hardware"

The Wii U's commercial struggles and the massive rise in popularity of smart devices has seen many within the industry predict that Nintendo will go multi-platform sooner rather than later, but Shigeru Miyamoto has poured a large bucket of cold water all over such prophecies in a recent...

News: Win a Copy of Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright from Nintendo of America

Win a Copy of Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright from Nintendo of America

Just point at something with your mouth open (or not)

To celebrate Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney's arrival in the far west, Nintendo of America is holding a sweepstakes to give away copies of the game to fourteen lucky winners who can point convincingly and with a certain judge-pleasing style. To enter, take a photo of yourself...

News: New Legend Of Zelda "Only Possible" Thanks To The Wii U Hardware, Says Eiji Aonuma

New Legend Of Zelda "Only Possible" Thanks To The Wii U Hardware, Says Eiji Aonuma

"We can achieve this thanks to the hardware features of Wii U"

This year's E3 was notable for showing us the first footage of the next Legend of Zelda title, which is due to hit the Wii U next year. This new release promises a massive game world to explore, and has predictably become one of the most hyped Nintendo launches of next year. Producer...

News: Limited Edition Steelbook Bundles Announced for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire in the UK

Limited Edition Steelbook Bundles Announced for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire in the UK

Steel your nerves

Nintendo have surprised us yet again by following another modern gaming trend – steel book special editions. Both versions of the upcoming Pokémon remakes will have their own very appealing steel book version which comes with a miniature version of the Primal forms of either Kyogre or Groundon, depending on which version of...

News: Fret Not, A World of Keflings Is Still On Its Way To The Wii U eShop

Fret Not, A World of Keflings Is Still On Its Way To The Wii U eShop

Will include visual enhancements and all three DLC packs

We might not have heard about A World of Keflings since the start of this year, but the folks at NinjaBee Games have recently reassured Wii U owners via their official Twitter page that the eShop title is indeed on its way to Nintendo’s latest home console. In addition to the news,...

News: Shigeru Miyamoto Confidently Outlines Nintendo's Move From Casual To Core

Shigeru Miyamoto Confidently Outlines Nintendo's Move From Casual To Core

"People take games for granted now"

The Wii and DS consoles were systems which achieved incredible global success and marked Nintendo's shift from "core" players to a much larger market, dubbed "casual gamers". Titles like Wii Sports, Wii Fit and Brain Training made gamers of people who had historically never taken any interest in interactive...

News: Siesta Fiesta Patch Goes Live in Europe

Siesta Fiesta Patch Goes Live in Europe

Fixes a medal saving issue we didn't know existed

We're big fans of Siesta Fiesta here at Nintendo Life, as it takes the classic Breakout formula and shakes it up with scrolling levels, power-ups and varied environments. At a budget price it's a reminder that enjoyable, great value games with a high level of polish are still possible. It clearly...

News: Patch 1.01 For ZaciSa’s Last Stand On The Wii U Goes Live

Patch 1.01 For ZaciSa’s Last Stand On The Wii U Goes Live

Half-price to celebrate!

Wii U owners familiar with the 2D tower defence title ZaciSa’s Last Stand — released last month on the eShop — will be pleased to hear the latest patch adds extra meat to the game, bringing many improvements such as refined balance – helping ensure the experience remains challenging – and a plethora of new content...

News: EarthBound Celebrates 20 Very Strange Years of Existence

EarthBound Celebrates 20 Very Strange Years of Existence

Proving that fighting piles of puke only gets better with age

It's almost hard to believe that EarthBound (Mother 2) is 20 years old with the way it continues to pop up nowadays. The 27th of August marks the RPG's 1994 release in Japan, however, and paved the way for its strange journey through other parts of the world. Brought to North America in...