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Nintendo Download: 16th April (Europe)

16th April (Europe)

StreetPass extras, Elliot Quest, SEGA 3D goodness, Smash DLC and much more

Another week begins, and that means Nintendo Download Update news for European gamers. This week has plenty to offer, with Super Smash Bros. DLC arriving on 3DS and Wii U, a high profile indie effort on the home console, a SEGA 3D Classic, demos, another Wii title and much...

News: Project X Zone 2 Crosses Over to the West For a Fall Release on Nintendo 3DS

Project X Zone 2 Crosses Over to the West For a Fall Release on Nintendo 3DS

The Super Smash Bros. of SRPGs gets a sequel

For those of you out of the loop, Project X Zone was a massive SRPG from Bandai Namco, Sega, and Capcom. Featuring over 200 characters (most of which you probably hadn't heard of) from 30 franchises between the three companies, it was quite the mashup. The unique combat system and the roster on offer made...

Talking Point: Splatoon Is a Typically Colourful Nintendo Dabble in the Mainstream Market

Splatoon Is a Typically Colourful Nintendo Dabble in the Mainstream Market

It can't be gory with all that ink

When Splatoon was revealed at E3 2014, this writer was rather unimpressed, which in the clear perspective of hindsight was a very narrow-minded reaction. Eager to see more 'hits', the oddball, super colourful third-person competitive shooter seemed like a peculiar announcement - both fundamentally Nintendo-esque...

News: Mario Maker Japanese Website Points to Inclusion of Yoshi and, Maybe, Kuribo's Shoe

Mario Maker Japanese Website Points to Inclusion of Yoshi and, Maybe, Kuribo's Shoe

8-bit Yoshi, HD Kuribo's Shoe? Sign us up...

Sometimes it pays to look for clues and information on official Nintendo game pages published for the Japanese market. Some eagle-eyed Mario Maker fans over on NeoGaf have been looking around the Japanese website for the game and found some interesting pointers on potential content. For starters, as you...

Video: Learn More About the SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive and Its Battle With the SNES

Learn More About the SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive and Its Battle With the SNES

Did You Know Gaming does its thing

The 'console wars' of the '90s are the stuff of legend for some, and an important part of personal gaming history for those of us 'of an age'. Unless you were rather flush there were decent odds back then of being in one camp or the other - the SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive or the Super Nintendo / SNES. Friendships...

News: Capcom Announces Monster Hunter Stories for 3DS

Capcom Announces Monster Hunter Stories for 3DS

Oh... Snap...

The Monster Hunter franchise is certainly a favourite among many in the Nintendo Life team, with the recent arrival of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate being very welcome indeed. While the formula for the franchise has remained largely consistent, Capcom is now planning to shake things up with a cartoonish RPG experience - Monster Hunter...

Review: Donkey Kong 64 (Wii U eShop / Nintendo 64)

Donkey Kong 64 (Wii U eShop / Nintendo 64)

He's finally back, but does he still kick some tail?

At the mere mention of Nintendo's first 64-bit console, many of us find it difficult not to get swept up by a wave of nostalgia. We drift through countless memories of flickering TV screens and eye-popping graphics, washing up on the shores of 3D gaming's first bold steps onto a Nintendo platform...

Video: The Importance of Co-Op Gameplay in Modern Gaming

The Importance of Co-Op Gameplay in Modern Gaming

Featuring Affordable Space Adventures

It's no lie that due to the popularity of the ultra-competitive gaming scene that co-operative gameplay has taken rather a sideline in recent years. Luckily all is not quite lost, and a handful of developers are still keen to provide this style of gameplay for the fans who crave it, and there's no example better...

News: Each Splatoon amiibo Will Unlock 20 Special Challenges

Each Splatoon amiibo Will Unlock 20 Special Challenges

Worth splashing the cash?

The most recent Nintendo Direct broadcasts unsurprisingly devoted a segment to Splatoon, a major release on Wii U that's arriving at the end of May. Part of this segment was confirmation that the rumours of Splatoon amiibo were accurate, with three toys on the way - Squid, Boy Inkling and Girl Inkling. Clarity on what...

Review: Mega Man Zero 3 (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Mega Man Zero 3 (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

(Mostly) Zero changes

After releasing the previous two Mega Man Zero titles and having them almost universally liked, it would've been crazy to end the series there; so, naturally, Capcom produced Mega Man Zero 3 for the Game Boy Advance. Just as before, the game follows the events of the previous instalments pretty directly. Picking up two months...

Reminder: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Out Now for the New Nintendo 3DS XL in North America

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Out Now for the New Nintendo 3DS XL in North America

Are you really feeling it?

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D has now arrived in North America, completing its roll-out across all territories. The first exclusive on the New Nintendo 3DS XL, it sees Monster Games succeed in porting one of the most sizeable Wii U experiences onto a portable. In our Xenoblade Chronicles 3D review (where we awarded 9/10) we...

Rumour: Project X Zone 2: Brave New World Heading to 3DS

Project X Zone 2: Brave New World Heading to 3DS

More cross-over goodness seems to be on the cards

Project X Zone on 3DS isn't perfect, but its bonkers storyline and mashups of Capcom, Sega and Bandai Namco certainly aren't dull. A lengthy, occasionally odd game, for fans of those companies and their storied franchises it can be a slice of anarchic strategy heaven. The good news is that a sequel...

News: Xenoblade Chronicles X Will Use Downloadable Data Packs To Expedite Loading Times

Xenoblade Chronicles X Will Use Downloadable Data Packs To Expedite Loading Times

Only for the disc-based version, naturally

The disc-based version of Xenoblade Chronicles X will use free downloadable "data packs" to cut down loading times, it has been revealed. Developer Monolith Software is recommending that players download all of the packs, but if hard drive space is limited there is the option to pick and choose which ones...

Feature: The Final Xenoblade Chronicles X Presentation - Dolls and Online Features

The Final Xenoblade Chronicles X Presentation - Dolls and Online Features

Info on how mech suits will work in the game, along with online mechanics

Well, there you have it. With this latest Japanese Xenoblade Chronicles X presentation, Nintendo and developer Monolith Soft have spilled all the beans they're willing to spill before the game releases in Japan on 29th April. In the past we've seen the planet of Mira detailed,...

News: Nintendo's Super Spring Sale Shines Light on Some Top Wii U and 3DS eShop Deals 

Nintendo's Super Spring Sale Shines Light on Some Top Wii U and 3DS eShop Deals 

If you're in North America check them out

In addition to discounts announced as part of Nintendo's Download Update for North America, there are a range of enticing offers also available as part of a 'Super Spring Sale' in the region. It's Spring Break season, so there's that bit more time for games. The discounts stretch across Wii U and 3DS retail...