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News: Satoru Iwata Chipped In To Make Sure Super Smash Bros. Melee Made It To Market On Time

Satoru Iwata Chipped In To Make Sure Super Smash Bros. Melee Made It To Market On Time

"Aaah, I wonder if it's alright to admit this?"

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata wasn't always in charge of Nintendo -- once upon a time, he was a humble programmer sat at his keyboard with dreams of becoming the next Miyamoto. In a recent interview with 4Gamer, Iwata admits that before he moved into management he had aspirations of being the...

Review: A World of Keflings (Wii U eShop)

A World of Keflings (Wii U eShop)

What a wonderful world

Originally finding a home on Xbox Live Arcade, NinjaBee's A Kingdom for Keflings charmed players with its colourful worlds, fun simulation gameplay and creative use of Microsoft's then-new Live Avatars. Six years after that début, the gnome-like beings make their first appearance on a Nintendo platform with this re-release of...

Poll: Which is the Best Pokémon Game?

Which is the Best Pokémon Game?

Choose the most Super Effective of the main series

With the festive reveal of our staff and reader awards results, we realised that the release line-up of 2014 had given us an opportunity to re-assess some of Nintendo's biggest franchises and determine current-day favourites. In our first poll Mario Kart 8 boosted away with over 50% of the v

Review: NES Remix Pack (Wii U)

NES Remix Pack (Wii U)

Two for the price of two?

Nintendo's NES Remix Pack, a retail compilation of eShop titles NES Remix and NES Remix 2, contains two great games but feels like a bit of a missed opportunity. While both games are quite good, Nintendo has opted to simply package the two together and not made an attempt to make them feel like a cohesive whole. We didn't...

Review: Plenty of Fishies (Wii U eShop)

Plenty of Fishies (Wii U eShop)

Plenty of fishies, not enough frames

There's a curious debate about resolution and framerate currently detonating across communities of "serious" gamers right now, one that this reviewer finds frankly ridiculous. There's no denying the higher aesthetic quality of games running at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second — they look amazing —...

Poll: Which is the Best Super Smash Bros. Game?

Which is the Best Super Smash Bros. Game?

Five choices, endless debates

Following the announcement of our staff and reader awards results, we decided that the release line-up of 2014 had given us an opportunity to re-assess some of Nintendo's biggest franchises and determine current-day favourites. In our first poll Mario Kart 8 boosted away with over 50% of the vote for that IP. Th

Video: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's Palicoes Shown Off as Both Cute and Deadly

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's Palicoes Shown Off as Both Cute and Deadly

Felyne fine

In Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate felyne characters, the quirky walking cats, were NPCs that added some comic relief and minor assistance away from the complex web of crafting, combining and hunting. In the upcoming Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, however, they take the place of miniature warriors - the Shakalaka - as your colleagues on the hunt,...

News: Iwata Saw Miyamoto As A Rival When He First Started Out

Iwata Saw Miyamoto As A Rival When He First Started Out

"That’s embarrassing to admit now"

Shigeru Miyamoto is arguably the world's most famous game designer, and not someone you'd want to set yourself against in a professional capacity. However, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has admitted in a recently-translated interview with 4Gamer that when he was starting out in the industry, he decided to make...

Poll: Which is the Best Mario Kart Game?

Which is the Best Mario Kart Game?

Will you go retro, HD or portable?

It's a time of year in which plenty of time is spent with friends, family and fellow web gamers debating all manner of topics. Is Kirby Nintendo's cutest mascot? Has Mario's moustache become bushier in the HD era? Will F-Zero ever return? It's a time of opinions, and having checked out the Game of the Year...

News: Nintendo Rolls Out Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Footage and Details

Nintendo Rolls Out Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Footage and Details

May transform opinion

One of the first retail releases on Wii U in 2015 will be Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, at least in North America and Japan, which will bring its brand of stylus-controlled rolling gameplay to the system; its clay-based look and animation has certainly caught the eye. Nintendo took the opportunity, on Christmas Day, to spruce...

Guide: The Hottest Boxing Day 2014 Deals for Wii U and 3DS

The Hottest Boxing Day 2014 Deals for Wii U and 3DS

US and UK covered

It may seem mad to say this at the time of writing, Christmas Day, but the Boxing Day sales are already underway (particularly in the UK) and are being advertised by various retailers. Rather like the Black Friday shenanigans of late November, the traditional Boxing Day sales - previously New Year sales in days of yore - creep ever...

News: Crunchyroll Arrives on Wii U as a Free App in North America

Crunchyroll Arrives on Wii U as a Free App in North America

Over 25,000 episodes and 15,000 hours of content, apparently

While this 25th December has brought us festive Nintendo Download updates, and a host of treats and discounts around the world, North American Wii U owners have an extra treat - a free Crunchyroll app to access a lot of anime, manga and Asian dramas. That'll no doubt be music to the ears...

Review: Duck Hunt (Wii U eShop / NES)

Duck Hunt (Wii U eShop / NES)

Old dog, same tricks

Despite Nintendo's refusal to acknowledge the Duck Hunt character in Super Smash Bros. until long after the 3DS version was released, we all knew that the duo – or trio – were in the game. What we didn't know at that time was that Duck Hunt was due to release on the Wii U's Virtual Console, and now it has. The question is...

Review: Shadow of the Ninja (3DS eShop / NES)

Shadow of the Ninja (3DS eShop / NES)

Gaming pleasure and pain, oh look it's ninjas again

There's a great moment early on in Shadow of the Ninja where an armoured trooper stands atop a ledge occasionally shooting at you. You can't simply wait for the firing to stop before attacking as the gun doubles as a shield against your slashing blade. As you contemplate jumping between bullets to...

Game of the Year: Nintendo Life's Reader Awards 2014

Nintendo Life's Reader Awards 2014

Your favourites of the year

2014 is drawing to a close, and the festive spirit is no doubt getting plenty into the gaming mood. We've already revealed our Game of the Year Staff Awards, but now it's time to see which titles have most excited the Nintendo Life community over the past year. We opened voting for the Game of the Year Reader Awards on...

Nintendo Download: 25th December (North America)

25th December (North America)

Festive delights with Duck Hunt, Shantae, classic Mario and more!

It's Christmas Day, and there's also a Nintendo Download update to make the day even better. In the absence of an official press release we've pieced together details from Nintendo's official website, but be sure to jump on the eShop and see what else you can find. Missed the...

News: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Nintendo Life

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Nintendo Life

Have a wonderful Holiday

It's that time again, as we celebrate Christmas Day and a Holiday season that provides ample opportunity to spend time with family and friends, or connect with and embrace friendly souls on the internet. However you're spending the day, everyone at Nintendo Life wishes you a fantastic day. It's been quite a year for...

News: Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Martin Watts

Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Martin Watts

What does the festive season mean to Martin as a gamer?

Christmas was obviously always an exciting time for me as a child. Waking up to a bundle of presents, with a wish list to Father Christmas magically fulfilled was everything a kid could wish for. Well, that and copious amounts of chocolate to see me through the day. As a gamer, it was a crucial...

Review: The Voice: I Want You (Wii U)

The Voice: I Want You (Wii U)

Desafinado

Since American Idol first graced the airwaves back in 2002, a number of similar shows have stepped up to deliver the singing superstar search process season after season, including - since 2011 - NBC's The Voice. In this Wii U title based on the show, The Voice translates into a karaoke game with a tournament structure, a soundtrack split...