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News: Rare's Gregg Mayles Shows Off The Scribbled Origins Of Banjo-Kazooie

Rare's Gregg Mayles Shows Off The Scribbled Origins Of Banjo-Kazooie

Work in progress

Banjo-Kazooie is one of Rare's most beloved properties, and while the series is now firmly entrenched on Microsoft hardware following the company's purchase of the famous British developer, Nintendo fans will always have a soft spot for the bear-and-bird duo thanks to the fact that they made their official début on the N64. Over...

News: Nindies@Home Promotion Arrives In Australia & New Zealand Tomorrow

Nindies@Home Promotion Arrives In Australia & New Zealand Tomorrow

Better late than never

The Nindies@Home Wii U eShop promotion arrived in North America and Europe last month, but was noticeably absent in Australia and New Zealand on launch day due to local classification laws. Nintendo Australia released the following statement via Facebook explaining it was at the time working with developers to make the...

Feature: Hands On With The Spooktacular Luigi's Mansion Arcade

Hands On With The Spooktacular Luigi's Mansion Arcade

Don't cross the streams

Deep in the dimly lit bowels of Japanese arcades lurks a surprisingly wonderful new first person shooter (sucker?) with an unlikely arcade hero. It's not surprising that Luigi is running the show this time around. After all he's saved Mario from the notorious King Boo on two separate occasions at this point. The surprise...

Video: Catch Up With Extensive Monster Hunter X (Cross) Details From Famitsu

Catch Up With Extensive Monster Hunter X (Cross) Details From Famitsu

So, yeah, #MHXForTheWest

For Monster Hunter fans there can never be enough of a good thing, which Capcom seems to know with its monthly deliveries of DLC. Of course gamers in the West don't get all of the spin-offs and variations that grace Japan - we're hoping that Monster Hunter X (Cross) will buck that trend. With a renewed action focus and...

Review: Xeodrifter (Wii U eShop)

Xeodrifter (Wii U eShop)

Muddvania

Renegade Kid has shown Nintendo a lot of support in the form of nicely crafted downloadable titles for the 3DS, including its the retro-styled Mutant Mudds and Metroid-esque adventure Xeodrifter. Like Mutant Mudds, Xeodrifter has made its way to the Wii U eShop, and like Mutant Mudds, Xeodrifter is a very good game - if you don't mind...

News: ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimension! Dated for Europe, Aims to Draw You In With a Discount

ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimension! Dated for Europe, Aims to Draw You In With a Discount

Fully updated with improvements from NA launch version

There have been a number of Nintendo Web Framework releases on the Wii U eShop that haven't made it to Europe, for a host of reasons. One that is making the transition - however - is ZaciSa's Last Stand, though as announced earlier in the year it'll be called ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon...

Video: Lego Dimensions Story Trailer Features Squabbling Batmen, Scooby Doo And Much Middle Earth Mayhem

Lego Dimensions Story Trailer Features Squabbling Batmen, Scooby Doo And Much Middle Earth Mayhem

Plus Marty McFly taking it to eleven

Lego Dimensions aims to combine Skylanders-style NFC toys with a full video game adventure, and Warner Bros. has just released a story trailer which hints at the kind of action you'll be enjoying when the game launches later this year. The trailer features the game's primary antagonist, Lord Vortech, and shows...

News: 3DS Software Is Getting Patched To Work With The New NFC Reader/Writer Accessory

3DS Software Is Getting Patched To Work With The New NFC Reader/Writer Accessory

Amiibo at the ready

Nintendo is launching its NFC Reader/Writer accessory for the non-New models of the 3DS family this Thursday in Japan, and as a result many NFC-compatible games are getting updated so that they support the amiibo-granting dongle. Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., Fire Emblem If (or Fates, if you prefer), Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy...

News: Muramasa: The Demon Blade And Trauma Team Hitting The Japanese Wii U eShop Next Month

Muramasa: The Demon Blade And Trauma Team Hitting The Japanese Wii U eShop Next Month

Classic Wii titles inbound

Nintendo has revealed that two fan-favourite Wii titles will be coming to the Wii U eShop next month. Vanillaware's Muramasa: The Demon Blade and Atlus' Trauma Team (known as Hospital: 6 Doctors in Japan) are the titles in question, and will launch on August 19th for 2,700 Yen each. "Muramasa: The Demon Blade and games...

Video: This Japanese Super Mario Maker Overview Is Surprisingly Well-Constructed

This Japanese Super Mario Maker Overview Is Surprisingly Well-Constructed

Game details and amiibo footage, it's all here

It's not long until Super Mario Maker graces Wii U systems all over the world, and our own personal interest surrounding this intriguing DIY title grows with each snippet of fresh news. Today's interesting titbit is a new video from Nintendo of Japan which shows off the game's mechanics in a...

Event: Movies, Mirth And Mario Kart Mastery At The First Nintendo Life Gaming Night

Movies, Mirth And Mario Kart Mastery At The First Nintendo Life Gaming Night

Hosted at the Centre for Computing History, Cambridge

As you'll no doubt be aware, here at Nintendo Life we've got a real soft spot for vintage gaming. Keeping this in mind, our recent event at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge, England was something of an eye-opener. Our relationship with the museum itself goes back some time - thanks...

News: The Miiverse Redesign Has Gone Live

The Miiverse Redesign Has Gone Live

Up and running on Wii U, 3DS and web browsers

As promised, Nintendo has launched its Miiverse redesign, which is structured to re-shape the platform back into a game-centric social network. It's changed how our posts are categorised, and a 30 post a day rule - which doesn't include all in-game posts - is certainly the most controversial move,...

News: The Legend of Zelda on Wii U Still Has a TBC Release Date, Project Guard is Still a Thing

The Legend of Zelda on Wii U Still Has a TBC Release Date, Project Guard is Still a Thing

Project Giant Robot also given a TBD date

Alongside the main document that announces Nintendo's latest financial results, there's also typically a 'Supplementary Information' document; it's as exciting as it sounds, but does occasionally have snippets of interesting information. Mostly this revolves around the upcoming games list, which provide the...

News: Wii U Squeezes Past 10 Million Lifetime Sales as Nintendo Remains on Target With Profits

Wii U Squeezes Past 10 Million Lifetime Sales as Nintendo Remains on Target With Profits

Splatoon "contributed to vitalizing the Wii U platform"

Nintendo has today revealed its financial results for Q1 of the 2015 / 2016 year, with the three months reported representing a relatively quiet spell in terms of major software arrivals. With that said, the results bring profits, and notably Nintendo is sticking with its original projections...

News: High-Speed Action Platformer Spark The Electric Jester Seeking Support On Kickstarter

High-Speed Action Platformer Spark The Electric Jester Seeking Support On Kickstarter

Inspired by classics such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man X

Modern games inspired by classic 16-bit titles from the 90s are all the rage as of late. With the release of Freedom Planet for the Wii U eShop just around the corner, it appears a new game of a similar variety, titled – Spark the electric jester – is next in line for a potential...