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News: 3DS Homebrew Hacker Makes Progress on New Nintendo 3DS

3DS Homebrew Hacker Makes Progress on New Nintendo 3DS

Can of worms, re-opening...

In recent months we've been following the efforts of Smealum, a hacker who's been developing a homebrew channel for the 3DS. As it approached its final stages of development it was emphasized that although the channel will not run illegal 3DS ROMS, it will support homebrew games and apps. The fuzzy moral ground comes with...

News: Nintendo UK Executive Says Wii U Has Had "Quite a Good Year So Far"

Nintendo UK Executive Says Wii U Has Had "Quite a Good Year So Far"

Moving on up

The "Wii U has had quite a good year so far," according to Shelly Pearce, head of UK Marketing, in an interview with MCV Magazine. The system has been picking up momentum as of late in the UK with an impressive 60% increase in sales; Pearce puts much of this improvement down to the success of Mario Kart 8. We've really seen momentum...

Review: Horse Vet 3D (3DS eShop)

Horse Vet 3D (3DS eShop)

Horse pucky

Two things became apparent during Nintendo Life's time with TREVA's Horse Vet 3D. The first is that, apparently, everyone owns a horse; the second is that these horses needed a lecture in safe mating, as nearly all the horses treated had scabies at one point or another. Horse Vet 3D, like TREVA's recent offerings Top Model 3D and Outback...

Review: Secret Empires of the Ancient World (3DS eShop)

Secret Empires of the Ancient World (3DS eShop)

Trash as old as time

Do you have too much money and space on your SD card? Are you the type of person who enjoys finding objects hidden in low-resolution images? Do you adore games with lengthy and misleading titles? Then we've got just the thing for you! Welcome to the depressing experience that is Secret Empires of the Ancient World! This is the...

Feature: Ari Pulkkinen's Quest to Turn the Volume Up on Game Music

Ari Pulkkinen's Quest to Turn the Volume Up on Game Music

Music is "the biggest emotional aspect in any game"

There's surely little debating that music is absolutely integral to a video game experience. Nintendo has successfully riffed on iconic themes for decades, while still producing terrific new soundtracks in its current-day efforts that can only add to the excitement of the gameplay. This is...

News: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Announcement Revealing its "True Potential" is on the Way

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Announcement Revealing its "True Potential" is on the Way

Development isn't finished yet

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U isn't far away, due in late November / early December depending on your region. Logically development should be drawing to a close, as a result, though Masahiro Sakurai — in his most recent Weekly Famitsu column — has said "I'm not done yet...". There's still work to be done. Of course,...

News: Nintendo Confirms Retro Halloween Scares for the Virtual Console

Nintendo Confirms Retro Halloween Scares for the Virtual Console

Castlevania! Gargoyle's Quest! Erm, Kirby. More!

Today has brought us the usual North American Nintendo Download Update details, which delivered a fairly handsome line-up, and the big N has also outlined a range of Virtual Console titles that'll be haunting our systems up to Halloween — in most cases, anyway. Below are the four titles that are...

Nintendo Download: 16th October (North America)

16th October (North America)

Harmony of Dissonance, Lone Survivor, Ballpoint Universe and much more

It's that time again, North American gamers, for Nintendo Download Update details to brighten your day and lighten your wallet. This week sees a collection of promising new download games across Wii U and 3DS, along with high quality retro options on both systems. Throw in a...

News: Trailer Shows Off Today's First Batch of Hyrule Warriors DLC

Trailer Shows Off Today's First Batch of Hyrule Warriors DLC

"Master Quest Pack" gallops its way onto the eShop

The first batch of Hyrule Warriors DLC arrives today in Europe and the US, bringing a treasure chest full of exciting extras. The "Master Quest Pack" (the first of four announced DLC packages) will provide Hyrule Warriors owners with the following downloadable content: Three new playable...

News: Here's A Closer Look at Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire's PokéNav Plus

Here's A Closer Look at Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire's PokéNav Plus

More features than you can shake a Shiftry at

Ever since the second generation, every entry in the main Pokémon series has had some sort of little gadget that helps you navigate the world of tall grass and impossibly hardy shrubs. Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire are no exception to this rule, and bring back the classic PokéNav from the...

News: Transport Yourself To The Eighties With This Totally Dope Ultimate NES Remix Cap

Transport Yourself To The Eighties With This Totally Dope Ultimate NES Remix Cap

Ships with the game when you buy from the UK online store

Ultimate NES Remix is a collection of mini-games inspired by some of Nintendo's finest 8-bit escapades and — we we're sure you're aware — hits the 3DS next month. Just in case the game's considerable retro vibe isn't strong enough for you, you can now pre-order the title from the...

Feature: Brawl With The Nintendo Life Team in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Brawl With The Nintendo Life Team in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Fight club

Many 3DS owners will already be well into their time with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS by this point, customising their fighters and pinning down their 'main' for tough online battles. A fun feature of this game, of course, is its Mii integration: you can choose from three core Mii Fighter types — Brawler, Swordfighter and Gunner...

Nintendo 64x64: Pokmon Stadium

Pokmon Stadium

THE PRE-BATTLE HAS BEGUN!

Transferring data between games is a common feature nowadays, but in 1999 it was a huge deal for Pokémon fans who could finally see their favourite creatures battle it out in 3D. The pure focus on battling -- with various rule sets to choose from -- makes for a change of pace from the Game Boy original. The mini-games,...

News: Eiji Aonuma Wants Mario Kart 8's DLC Master Cycle In Future Zelda Games

Eiji Aonuma Wants Mario Kart 8's DLC Master Cycle In Future Zelda Games

Extra horsepower for the Zelda franchise

It's not long now until November, which means the first batch of DLC for Mario Kart 8 will arrive. As it's The Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 8 and will include Link as a playable character, there's understandable hype. The recent reveal of The Master Cycle naturally grabbed our attention, then, a rather slick...

News: Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Lead the Way in New Nintendo 3DS Kisekae Faceplates

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Lead the Way in New Nintendo 3DS Kisekae Faceplates

Animal Crossing! Plumber's moustaches! More!

The New Nintendo 3DS is now out in Japan and has enjoyed a strong start in the charts, shifting nearly 235,000 units in its launch weekend. The smaller model was actually outsold by the LL (XL), which surprises us for one reason — Kisekae faceplaces. We can't help but be charmed by these faceplates,...

News: Junichi Masuda Talks Pokémon Snap and Listening to Fans

Junichi Masuda Talks Pokémon Snap and Listening to Fans

Get your Game Freak on

In a recent interview about Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, director of the Pokémon games Junichi Masuda talked about the fans' desire to see a new Pokémon Snap game. Masuda-san was clear to point out that the N64 cult classic "wasn't originally developed by Game Freak", although it does seem that he has a certain...