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Feature: Tales From the Front Line of amiibo Collecting

Tales From the Front Line of amiibo Collecting

The good, the bad and the ugly

Nintendo's amiibo have been a hit at retail, with around 5.7 million sold through January, and counting. Yet that sales success doesn't mean that supply is plentiful, and for the most eager of fans collecting some of the toys - particularly those that are a little most niche - have been a tale of endurance. This...

News: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Developers Discuss the Art Style and Sources of Inspiration

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Developers Discuss the Art Style and Sources of Inspiration

Blessing or a curse?

Just this Friday, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse released in North America to general critical acclaim. We awarded it a 7/10; while praising the excellent art style, we felt there were underutilized gameplay applications of the clay theme. As part of the buzz surrounding the game's release, GameSpot recently conducted an interview...

News: Eiji Aonuma Explains Several Design Choices in the Creation of Majora’s Mask

Eiji Aonuma Explains Several Design Choices in the Creation of Majora’s Mask

“It’s almost like another dimension”

It's no secret that many are enjoying The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D at the moment. The much-anticipated remake of the Nintendo 64 classic rectified some of the issues present in the original release and streamlined the whole experience to make it more enjoyable. Just recently, Game Informer con

Review: Blek (Wii U eShop)

Blek (Wii U eShop)

Pure and Simple

Every so often a video game will emerge which further dissembles the division between games and art; it's fair to say that Blek is one of those titles. Its miminimalistic, unsophisticated presentation and engaging puzzles garnered it resoundingly high praise following its release on iOS and Android, and resulted in developer Kunabi...

Review: Flipnote Studio 3D (3DS eShop)

Flipnote Studio 3D (3DS eShop)

Striking a nearly perfect note

From its launch in late 2008 until its eventual discontinuation five years later, Flipnote Studio was a smash hit among both the casual and professional creative types. As an application that assisted in creating flip-book style animations on the DSi, the concept was simple, but the amount of creativity that users put...

Weirdness: Nintendo Tries to Jump on the Oscars Bandwagon With Its Own Film Awards

Nintendo Tries to Jump on the Oscars Bandwagon With Its Own Film Awards

Uh-huh...

The world of PR stunts is rather peculiar, often involving tenuous links to major events in order to gain attention. The latest effort from Nintendo of America made quite a few of us raise an eyebrow, and in a bout of irony and counter-productiveness we're sharing it with you. Because it's a bit silly. It's Oscars weekend, in which movie...

News: Super Smash Bros. Pros Explain Competitive Theories in Reading, Zoning and the "Neutral Game" 

Super Smash Bros. Pros Explain Competitive Theories in Reading, Zoning and the "Neutral Game" 

If you fancy brawling with the best, watch this

Your humble writer, like many in the Nintendo Life team, likes Super Smash Bros. a lot, with the latest entries on Wii U and 3DS pushing our buttons. While some of us in the broader community may be decent players that can compete well in occasional online matches, competitive pro players are naturally...

News: Our Colleagues at Pure Xbox Are Playing Loads of Games for a Good Cause

Our Colleagues at Pure Xbox Are Playing Loads of Games for a Good Cause

Broadcasting live right now

Let's kick this off with a quick disclaimer. No, this isn't about Nintendo. It's important, though, as it's about some friends raising money for charity. In the past we've shared details about a host of live streaming fundraisers, from the incredibly successful Awesome Games Done Quick, to Mario Marathons, Zeldathons and...

Review: Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Slightly less than super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts

Once upon a time when arcades were vibrant and 2D platform games were all the rage, Capcom struck gold with the original Ghosts 'N Goblins. The legendary tale of Sir Arthur and his quest to save Princess Prin Prin from demons was a huge success, but also notoriously difficult. Super tough from the off, in...

Video: Watch The Virtual Boy's Galactic Pinball In Full 3D On Your New Nintendo 3DS

Watch The Virtual Boy's Galactic Pinball In Full 3D On Your New Nintendo 3DS

Wiz, ball!

Last week, we experimented with releasing a 3D video of Virtual Boy Wario Land, and you said you wanted more. So we're giving you more! Released in 1995, does Galactic Pinball successfully translate the exciting, fast gameplay of pinball, with the addition of migraines? In this video, we take a look and quickly realise that we're not...

News: Sonic and Mega Man amiibo Available Again from Nintendo UK Store, But Reports of Cancelled Shulk Pre-Orders Also Surface

Sonic and Mega Man amiibo Available Again from Nintendo UK Store, But Reports of Cancelled Shulk Pre-Orders Also Surface

Pre-order customers aren't all feeling it

Update: Nintendo UK has provided us with the following statement on the issue of cancelled Shulk amiibo pre-orders. Nintendo UK can confirm that the Nintendo Official UK Store has had to cancel a very limited number of pre-orders for the Shulk amiibo. Nintendo is in the process of contacting those...

Feature: A History of Full Fat Games - From Nintendo Portables to Smartphones and Back Again

A History of Full Fat Games - From Nintendo Portables to Smartphones and Back Again

"I'm just pleased to have a game on the 3DS"

In the past week we brought you the news that Flick Golf 3D is coming to the 3DS eShop, which will be an interesting test to see whether a hugely popular smartphone game can grab a sizeable audience on Nintendo's portable. To those unfamiliar with developer Full Fat Games there could be a perception...

News: Nintendo Unleashes Video Guides for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Nintendo Unleashes Video Guides for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Including that pesky Gore Magala

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has now been out for one week, and early indications suggest that its arrival in the West has brought improved sales over its predecessors - perhaps it's finally establishing a stronger foothold outside of Japan. It's also proof that there are plenty of committed gamers with a 3DS, as the...

Review: Best of Arcade Games - Air Hockey (3DS eShop)

Best of Arcade Games - Air Hockey (3DS eShop)

Error Hockey

Step into the dimly-lit, sticky-floored interior of any arcade, pizza place, or bowling alley you can find, and there's bound to be at least one air hockey table somewhere. They're an iconic fixture, always ready to lure you and a friend over for just one game, no matter how many hockey pucks you've sent flying across the room in the...