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Talking Point: Nintendo's Major Wii U Retail Titles Can Benefit From More eShop Trials and Demos

Nintendo's Major Wii U Retail Titles Can Benefit From More eShop Trials and Demos

A taste before taking the plunge

Whether you want to call them free trials or demos, the ongoing absence — for the most part — of these offerings on the Nintendo eShop stores is noticeable. What's peculiar, at least from our perspective, is why that gap exists with some of Nintendo's finest first-party releases; in an increasingly competitive...

Weirdness: The Legend of Zelda's Master Sword Appears to be in PS4-Exclusive inFAMOUS: Second Son

The Legend of Zelda's Master Sword Appears to be in PS4-Exclusive inFAMOUS: Second Son

Heavily inspired by it, at least

Any members of the Nintendo Life community with a PS4 — it's OK, many of us have multiple consoles — may currently be playing a bit of inFAMOUS: Second Son. It's the latest major release on the hardware, and is on the front line of the 'console war' arguments for this week that we all love so much. Nevertheless,...

Video: 3D Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Brothers Shoots Down The Competition

3D Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Brothers Shoots Down The Competition

Pastel coloured pew-pew

We gave you a brief overview of Sega's latest 3D Classic Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Brothers last week, but now we've finally got our hands on it we can show you some real footage of our own. It should come as no surprise at this point to hear that M2 has once again produced an exceptional port, arcade accurate in the most minute...

News: The Videogame History Museum's GDC Nintendo Exhibit Was Full of Retro Delights

The Videogame History Museum's GDC Nintendo Exhibit Was Full of Retro Delights

The Virtual Boy even appeared

GDC (Game Developers Conference 2014) has drawn to a close, and it brought us some snippets of Nintendo news, mainly focused on the download market. Nintendo showed off various games on the way to the eShop, promised there were plenty more, and showed off Mario vs. Donkey Kong running on the Nintendo Web Framework. The...

Weirdness: Square Enix Reproduces Deadly Final Fantasy XIV Boss in 16-Bit Style

Square Enix Reproduces Deadly Final Fantasy XIV Boss in 16-Bit Style

We'd play a Super NES version any day

Final Fantasy XIV, an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) for the franchise, has had a troubled history. The first version was such a disappointment that Square Enix eventually dropped it, reproducing the game and changing up the development team that eventually released the far-improved A...

News: The Wait for Mario Kart 8 Is Filled With Sunshine in This Week's Course Update

The Wait for Mario Kart 8 Is Filled With Sunshine in This Week's Course Update

More goodness flies into view

In recent weeks Nintendo — through social network accounts including its Wii U UK Facebook page — has been teasing out additional courses for the upcoming Mario Kart 8. As a result it's become a slightly unexpected weekend routine of skimming the previous seven days to see what new tracks are on show, and the happy...

News: Delayed Saber Rider And The Star Sheriffs Game Is Still Happening, And Still Coming To 3DS

Delayed Saber Rider And The Star Sheriffs Game Is Still Happening, And Still Coming To 3DS

Remains very much in the saddle

If you're in your thirties then chances are that the name Saber Rider And The Star Sheriffs may trigger a flash of recognition in your addled and aging brain. Based on a Japanese anime series called Sei Jūshi Bisumaruku, Saber Rider was picked up for western localisation in the '80s by World Event Productions (the...

News: "Dark And Edgy" Sonic The Hedgehog Film Reportedly In Development

"Dark And Edgy" Sonic The Hedgehog Film Reportedly In Development

He can really move

According to Hollywood insider website The Tracking Board, a “dark edgy” movie adaptation of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is on its way courtesy of Columbia Pictures. The film, which is aimed squarely at older audiences, will use a combination of live-action and animation. This news comes less than two months after the...

News: Nintendo Highlights Over 50 Unity Games on the Way to the Wii U eShop

Nintendo Highlights Over 50 Unity Games on the Way to the Wii U eShop

"We’ve got a lot of Unity content on the way"

It's no secret that the Wii U eShop is set to play a prominent role in delivering a high volume of diverse content to the home console in the coming weeks and months. After much promise of a substantial collection of download-only games the library is starting to grow, with a varied range due in April...

Review: Bubble Pop World (3DS eShop)

Bubble Pop World (3DS eShop)

Burst in line

The hardest part of starting Bubble Pop World might be remembering where you left the “?” box AR card you’ll need to play it. Precious few 3DS games have taken advantage of the system’s augmented reality feature, with the majority employing it just for an amusing little extra. Developer Cypronia, however, has fully dived into...

News: Crytek Confirms a "CRYENGINE as-a-service" Subscription Model for Small Developers

Crytek Confirms a "CRYENGINE as-a-service" Subscription Model for Small Developers

$9.90/€9.90 monthly cost per user to access latest updates

Last year we reported that Crytek's latest CRYENGINE tool-set includes support for Wii U, a welcome inclusion due to the popularity of the technology with various developers. It's a powerful engine that produces some of the strongest visuals currently available, and is utilised in some...

News: Capcom Unity Celebrating Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate's Anniversary With a 12 Hour Live Stream

Capcom Unity Celebrating Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate's Anniversary With a 12 Hour Live Stream

Monsters beware

It may not necessarily feel like it, but Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate has been available in the West for a year, celebrating the landmark on 19th March in North America and 22nd March in Europe. Whether it was the commercial smash Capcom desired or not, it's gathered a loyal, passionate following of Wii U and 3DS owners. Capcom Unity,...

Ninterview: TriForce Johnson - A Journey From Game Master to First in Line

TriForce Johnson - A Journey From Game Master to First in Line

"Video games kept us off the streets"

In recent weeks we've spoken to a number of people with an exceptional passion for gaming, with that dedication centred on Nintendo. Isaiah TriForce Johnson's love of Nintendo is well known, as many will recognise him for the fact he's been first in line to multiple major launches in the U.S., all while...

News: Unepic Gets a Fresh Update for Wii U

Unepic Gets a Fresh Update for Wii U

Includes a new "stick and poo" wand

Unepic's arrival early this year gave a solid start to the Wii U's year; we were certainly fans, awarding 8/10 in our Unepic review. A platforming RPG with doses of humour, it certainly provides an experience a little different from its contemporaries on the download store. In good news for fans, developer...

News: I Am In The Movie Hits North America on 27th March, Launch Trailer Enters Oscar Contention

I Am In The Movie Hits North America on 27th March, Launch Trailer Enters Oscar Contention

Watch out Hollywood, a new player is in town

You thought DSiWare was finished. It's OK, most of us did, but then we have I Am In The Movie coming to North America soon, which was announced late last year. Using the DS camera — or the 3DS camera pretending to be the DS — this app will film you and allow you to add all sorts of filters and...

News: Nintendo Preparing to Ship New Animal Crossing: New Leaf Poster Sets, Fixing Club Nintendo Error

Nintendo Preparing to Ship New Animal Crossing: New Leaf Poster Sets, Fixing Club Nintendo Error

Applies to North American Club Nintendo Members

Nintendo is no stranger when it comes to attention to detail. Whether it’s the latest game or the classics, the company thrives on precision throughout its development and production processes. These production values appear to carry over to the Club Nintendo division as well, with a North American...

News: Wii Sports Club Free Trial Swings Into Play in Europe and Australia

Wii Sports Club Free Trial Swings Into Play in Europe and Australia

Starting... now

Last week we reported that, in addition to a free worldwide content update that added the Wii Sports Resort Wuhu Island course to Wii Sports Club: Golf, North American gamers were also receiving another free trial weekend, which kicks off today. We enquired at the time whether there'd be an equivalent trial in Europe and Australia,...

Video: Allow This Epic Swords & Soldiers II Trailer To Pillage Your Eyeballs

Allow This Epic Swords & Soldiers II Trailer To Pillage Your Eyeballs

Shaping up to be quite a (Viking) saga

We recently revealed that Swords & Soldiers II is bound for the Wii U eShop, and today we can show you the first full trailer for the game, which comes complete with gameplay footage, a booming soundtrack and electrocuted livestock. You can watch the full trailer below — be sure to let us know what you...