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News: Koei Tecmo's President Seems To Think NX Is A Home Console First And Foremost

Koei Tecmo's President Seems To Think NX Is A Home Console First And Foremost

"Nintendo announced a new 'machine' called the NX"

2016 is the year that Nintendo reveals more about the NX, which - it has been rumoured - could unify the company's handheld and domestic console markets. Despite the chatter, no one really seems to know what NX is all about, but Koei Tecmo President and CEO Yoichi Erikawa has hinted in an...

News: There'll Be More Senran Kagura Bursting Onto the Scene in 2016

There'll Be More Senran Kagura Bursting Onto the Scene in 2016

Will you be tempted to see what the fuss is about?

It's quite an understatement to say that the Senran Kagura series is controversial. While it could be argued that the actual gameplay is pretty solid, taking one look at the box art is enough to see what really gets copies flying off shelves. On one side, there are the people who appreciate it for...

Random: Here's Where All the Koopalings Got Their Names

Here's Where All the Koopalings Got Their Names

Another mystery solved

The Koopalings are a colorful and varied cast of characters that add a nice layer of personality to the Super Mario series. The seven characters are all wacky in their own way and, oddly enough, they technically aren't Bowser's children. Nonetheless, they have nothing but mischief on their minds and they offer up some pretty...

News: Japanese Hyrule Gold New 3DS LL Tying in with Hyrule Warriors Legends

Japanese Hyrule Gold New 3DS LL Tying in with Hyrule Warriors Legends

A costume and fairy for the portable quest

The Hyrule Gold New 3DS XL that has been exclusive to GameStop will be making its Japanese debut this January alongside the release of Hyrule Warriors Legends. Although the game does not appear to be packaged with the system, Japan's Hyrule Gold 3DS LL will still come with a couple incentives for it. A...

Talking Point: The Easily Forgotten Hardware Release of 2015 - New Nintendo 3DS

The Easily Forgotten Hardware Release of 2015 - New Nintendo 3DS

Reflecting on the lovely but underutilised system

Nintendo released new hardware in 2015. Yes, it really did. It can seem so long ago now, but the New Nintendo 3DS arrived in the West in February, having made its début in Japan and Australia in late 2014. We were rather excited about it here at Nintendo Life, too, landing as it did with both The...

News: New Super Mario Bros. Wii Looks Set to Hit Europe on 7th January

New Super Mario Bros. Wii Looks Set to Hit Europe on 7th January

Wahoo!

Though the Wii U Virtual Console is missing a few obvious platforms and release - ahem, GameCube - it has brought some goodies. One of the welcome additions has been Wii downloads; a number of excellent games have arrived, including some that are relatively hard to find or expensive in physical form. It's certainly had its successes in terms...

Video: How to Get a Skell in Xenoblade Chronicles X, Including Locations of Rare Items

How to Get a Skell in Xenoblade Chronicles X, Including Locations of Rare Items

Alex shows the way

We love Xenoblade Chronicles X, yet we're aware that it has a few negatives. The text and user interface could be better, and there are some difficulty spikes and awkward collectathons. The latter is particularly prominent when trying to secure your Skell licence, which you predictably need to get your own cool mech. For those of...

Review: Sketch Wars (Wii U eShop)

Sketch Wars (Wii U eShop)

Worse than a pen and paper

Sometimes, drawing with a time limit can be funny. Other times, it's pure frustration. Sketch Wars falls into the latter, giving the player a clumsy set of tools, a poor choice of words, and some awful presentation and sound just to round the whole unpleasant experience off. How does one even manage to mess up a game where...

Talking Point: Five Key Challenges Nintendo Faces with the NX

Five Key Challenges Nintendo Faces with the NX

With talk of dev kits out in the wild the next generation is on the agenda

From now until the start of the new year we're going to be republishing some of what we feel are our best features of 2015. Hopefully this will offer the chance for newer readers to catch up on content they might have missed and allow long-time fans to reacquaint themselves...

Video: Super Mario Maker Gives Us That Excitebike Platformer We Always Wanted, and a Small Update

Super Mario Maker Gives Us That Excitebike Platformer We Always Wanted, and a Small Update

Birdo is shown off ahead of New Year's Eve release, too

Super Mario Maker is not only a terrific creation tool and platformer in its own right, but it keeps us on our toes with its quirky updates. Next up on 31st December we'll have new Course Events that'll unlock Excitebike and Birdo costumes, with the former certainly tickling our fancy. The NES...

News: First Edition Pokémon Trading Cards Are Getting A Reprint For The 20th Birthday Of The Franchise

First Edition Pokémon Trading Cards Are Getting A Reprint For The 20th Birthday Of The Franchise

Gotta catch 'em all, again

1996 saw the introduction of the Pocket Monster - or Pokémon, as it is better known - series in Japan. That means that next year is the 20th anniversary of the birth of the franchise, and to celebrate this milestone fans will be able to purchase the very first base set of Pokémon cards - in Japan, at least. The set...

News: Yusuke Hashimoto Talks Star Fox Zero and Collaborating with Nintendo

Yusuke Hashimoto Talks Star Fox Zero and Collaborating with Nintendo

A dream come true

It came as something of a pleasant surprise when Star Fox Zero was officially announced and it was revealed that Platinum Games was to be involved in the production. The studio that's made itself famous by producing over the top action games such as Bayonetta seems to be exactly what the dormant Star Fox series needs, and it will...

News: Get Up to Speed with Awesome Games Done Quick 2016

Get Up to Speed with Awesome Games Done Quick 2016

Nintendo games new and classic are among speedruns for charity

Sure, holidays are cool and New Year's Eve lets you stay up late watching awful musical acts on the telly, but some look forward even more toward another event just beyond the first of January. Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 will be speedrunning games nonstop from 3rd-10th January in...

Video: Get on the Starting Blocks With Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Footage

Get on the Starting Blocks With Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Footage

Portable putting

The snappily-titled Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be an interesting arrival in 2016. The series has evidently been popular to date, but seeing how the latest entry fares in the current generation will be worth following; Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games was only on Wii U and didn't seem...

Giveaway: Grab Yourself a Free Copy of Cube Life: Island Survival

Grab Yourself a Free Copy of Cube Life: Island Survival

We have 100 copies to give away (North America only)

It's the season for giving, so we have a giveaway of a Wii U eShop release for those among you keen on adventure and creativity. Developer Cypronia has kindly offered to give-away 100 free copies of Cube Life: Island Survival to Nintendo Life readers because, well, it's Christmas! It's a sandbox...

News: Piranha Pit is Heading to Splatoon Very Soon

Piranha Pit is Heading to Splatoon Very Soon

Depending on your time zone...

The festive Splatoon updates continue to roll in, with a new stage next to grace the game before we move into 2016. Piranha Pit is coming 'tomorrow morning', as confirmed by Nintendo of Europe; based on typical update times that should mean the stage goes into rotation at 7pm Pacific The video below gives a glimpse...

Review: The Delusions of Von Sottendorff and his Square Mind (3DS eShop)

The Delusions of Von Sottendorff and his Square Mind (3DS eShop)

He's no square

The Delusions of Von Sottendorff and his Square Mind is one of the weirdest - and consequently, one of the most interesting - 3DS titles we've encountered. It has just a single play mode, in which the titular baron must escape the confines of his own home. The trick, however, is that the baron is insane and believes himself to be...

Editorial: Satoru Iwata Embodied The Playful Brilliance of Nintendo, and His Legacy Will Endure

Satoru Iwata Embodied The Playful Brilliance of Nintendo, and His Legacy Will Endure

"In my heart, I am a gamer"

From now until the start of the new year we're going to be republishing some of what we feel are our best features of 2015. Hopefully this will offer the chance for newer readers to catch up on content they might have missed and allow long-time fans to reacquaint themselves with features they enjoyed the first time...

Nintendo Download: 31st December (Europe)

31st December (Europe)

1080° Snowboarding! Wave Race 64! Story of Seasons! More!

Well, we have the final European Nintendo Download Update details of 2015, and there are a couple of iconic N64 games and an enticing 3DS option included. It's not exactly a packed week, but those with a taste for the slopes or the waves should be happy. At the time of writing we've only...

News: Minecraft Has Become the Ninth Best-Selling Game on the Japanese eShop

Minecraft Has Become the Ninth Best-Selling Game on the Japanese eShop

A meteoric rise

Rumours of Minecraft: Wii U Edition - and its subsequent release - happened rather quickly, but it was something that wasn't entirely surprising. The eShop already had its fair share of Minecraft clones and they'd proven that there was demand for that particular type of game on the console. While it's maybe a bit of a stretch to say...