Latest Articles News - Page 20

News: Ex-Castlevania Chief Koji Igarashi Is Grateful For The Term "Metroidvania", But Was Actually Aiming For Zelda In 2D

Ex-Castlevania Chief Koji Igarashi Is Grateful For The Term "Metroidvania", But Was Actually Aiming For Zelda In 2D

"When you turn Zelda into a 2D platformer, it resembles Metroid"

We reported yesterday on the news that Koji "IGA" Igarashi has parted company with Konami after 24 years of service. Igarashi-san is perhaps best known for his work on the Castlevania series, an association which began with the seminal Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. The game...

News: Level-5 Has No Plans To Launch The eShop Version Of Inazuma Eleven In The UK

Level-5 Has No Plans To Launch The eShop Version Of Inazuma Eleven In The UK

"Established" nature of the franchise to blame

The recent release of Inazuma Eleven on the North American 3DS eShop got many UK gamers wondering if they'd also get to see an updated edition of the Nintendo DS classic on their machines. However, Level-5 has issued a statement explaining why this new version of the game will remain exclusive to the...

Review: Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (3DS)

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (3DS)

A puzzling crossover to be solved

It's no surprise that the announcement of Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney back in 2012 in Japan caused quite a buzz among keen Nintendo portable gamers. The two franchises typify much of what made the DS a phenomenal success — even if Ace Attorney had its beginnings on Game Boy Advance — by...

News: Guitar/DJ/Band Hero DLC Catalogues Getting Unplugged at the End of March

Guitar/DJ/Band Hero DLC Catalogues Getting Unplugged at the End of March

One last encore of a sale until then

There was once a time when the rhythm game genre brought about by Guitar Hero felt like it would last forever, clacky plastic instruments with rainbow buttons becoming a living room or game room mainstay. Unfortunately, it just wasn't meant to be, with many of those instruments lying silent in closets and on...

News: Koji Igarashi Discusses Leaving Konami and Being Inspired by the Mighty No. 9 Example

Koji Igarashi Discusses Leaving Konami and Being Inspired by the Mighty No. 9 Example

"If you have the fans, you can provide them the games they want"

Earlier this week we reported the news that Koji Igarashi, best known for the Castlevania series, had left Konami. Affectionately known as IGA, his role with Castlevania: Symphony of the Night before going on to lead the Castlevania franchise throughout its exceptional years on Game...

Interview: Nocturnal on Flowerworks HD's Blossoming Development for Wii U

Nocturnal on Flowerworks HD's Blossoming Development for Wii U

"The eShop is much improved over the Wii Shop"

In February it emerged that Flowerworks HD: Follie's Adventure was coming to the Wii U eShop, an updated version of the thoroughly enjoyable Flowerworks on WiiWare. Developer Nocturnal Entertainment, which had been relatively quiet after the WiiWare release, joined the ever-growing list of small...

News: Walmart Announces Foray Into Pre-Owned Games

Walmart Announces Foray Into Pre-Owned Games

Program begins on 26th March

Walmart has announced today that stores across the United States will begin participating in a new pre-owned video game program as of 26th March this year. Citing the $2 billion used game market as incentive to enter its own bid, Walmart promises an easy trade-in program that follows much the same business model as...

News: Strategic Card Battler Gundam: Try Age SP Announced For The Nintendo 3DS

Strategic Card Battler Gundam: Try Age SP Announced For The Nintendo 3DS

Suit up, soldier

It's no secret that we love Gundam here at Nintendo Life — our resident import expert Kerry has a collection of scale-model Mobile Suits that would make even the most seasoned Otaku green with envy. Taking this into account, you can imagine how excited we are by reports that the latest issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu carries an...

News: Little Inferno Has Sold A Million But Gamers Didn't Get The Message Behind It, Says Tomorrow Corporation

Little Inferno Has Sold A Million But Gamers Didn't Get The Message Behind It, Says Tomorrow Corporation

Wii U launch gave the chaotic project renewed focus

Little Inferno has sold a million units across all platforms since it launched in 2012, but Tomorrow Corporation's Kyle Gray still thinks he and his company could have done a better job. To that end, he has given a talk at this year's GDC about the many mistakes made during the production of the...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Takes Us Through the Multifaceted Super Mario 3D Land Stage for Super Smash Bros.

Masahiro Sakurai Takes Us Through the Multifaceted Super Mario 3D Land Stage for Super Smash Bros.

It's quite a tour

The daily Miiverse posts from Masahiro Sakurai for Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS remain a highlight, as even on days without major reveals there are often some tasty details for fans to enjoy. Today's post goes above and beyond, however, as Sakurai-san gives us a tour of what promises to be a particularly dynamic stage in the...

News: Aztez Is MadWorld Meets Empire-Building Strategy, And It's Coming To Wii U

Aztez Is MadWorld Meets Empire-Building Strategy, And It's Coming To Wii U

Monochrome madness

Team Colorblind has announced at this year's GDC that its brawler and strategy hybrid Aztez is coming to the Wii U eShop, as well as the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One. Aztez is described as a game of "conquest and brutality" which combines empire expansion with side-scrolling action sequences. The entire package...

Feature: Looking Back on the Year of Luigi

Looking Back on the Year of Luigi

What a year...

It's had a good run, but the Year of Luigi ends today, 18th March. It's been a year of highs and flutter jump-enabled slightly better highs, with green taking over the Nintendo universe and the unappreciated Bro getting the recognition he deserves. Cruel meme generators may accuse Luigi of overseeing a bad year for Nintendo as a...

News: Super Mario Kart Action Replay Code Discovered Which Grants Access To CPU Weapons

Super Mario Kart Action Replay Code Discovered Which Grants Access To CPU Weapons

Payback time

Super Mario Kart veterans will be aware that the CPU-controlled racers in the SNES classic don't always play fair — they've got access to exclusive weapons which aren't available to the player. We've lost count of the number of times we've seen Bowser reach for that deadly fireball and wish that we could get some of those amazing...

News: XSEED May Bring Physical Copies of Future Senran Kagura Titles to North America

XSEED May Bring Physical Copies of Future Senran Kagura Titles to North America

And all potential awkward situations inherent in such

While European players were able to get their hands on a physical copy of the robust brawler Senran Kagura Burst, North America was left with the 3DS eShop as their only option for accessing the game. This may change for future iterations of the series, however, according to posted responses on...

Weirdness: This Super Mario 64 Fan Remake is Fairly Impressive

This Super Mario 64 Fan Remake is Fairly Impressive

It's HD Mario, which was a novelty once!

Fans just can't get enough of retro Nintendo games, often recording themselves on speed-runs or producing animations, short films and music albums dedicated to various classics of years gone by. Some go a step further and decide to do their own remakes of the classics, no doubt hoping that their humble...

News: Mario Kart 8 Pre-Orders from Amazon Japan Get Sweet Mario or Rosalina Playing Cards

Mario Kart 8 Pre-Orders from Amazon Japan Get Sweet Mario or Rosalina Playing Cards

Full of win

With Mario Kart 8's release slowly creeping closer, Nintendo is gradually stepping up its pre-order marketing for multiple regions. Nintendo of Europe was first out of the gate with its Limited Edition software bundle, which includes a Spiny trophy along with the game, while the UK also has various offerings that include wheel...

News: Big Red Button Explains Its Sonic Boom Character Designs, and Admits They Could Have Been Wackier

Big Red Button Explains Its Sonic Boom Character Designs, and Admits They Could Have Been Wackier

Minus input "the character would have been a lot more alien and different"

When Sonic Boom was announced as a TV show, toy range and — perhaps most importantly — a game for Wii U and 3DS, there was an explosion of interest around the web. Much excitable chatter in those initial hours wasn't so much about the setting of the show of the potential...