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News: Donkey Kong Country's Fate Was Determined By A Risky Rare Investment

Donkey Kong Country's Fate Was Determined By A Risky Rare Investment

"The rendering of each 3D model would take ages"

With Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze currently entertaining Wii U owners, it's only natural for those with long memories to cast their minds back to where the franchise began. Donkey Kong Country on the Super NES remains one of the 16-bit system's most iconic games, and sits at the forefront —...

News: Nintendo Switching Off Wi-Fi Connection Service On Wii And DS

Nintendo Switching Off Wi-Fi Connection Service On Wii And DS

You've got until May 20th to play online

Online gaming may be a big part of our hobby these days, but it doesn't come for free — companies have to spend cash to keep the infrastructure in place and running smoothly. That also means that over time, services will be switched off when they're no longer deemed to be as vital as they once were. That's...

News: Razor Global Domination Pro Tour Bringing Its Grinding Skills to Wii U in 2015

Razor Global Domination Pro Tour Bringing Its Grinding Skills to Wii U in 2015

Renegade Kid on development duty

Do you have scooter skills? Or even 'skillz'? Are you wondering why we're going on about scooters on Nintendo Life? Well, Razor Global Domination Pro Tour is coming to the Wii U — as well as Xbox One and PS4 — in 2015; it'll be published by Scarab Entertainment and developed by eShop download favourites Renegade...

News: Wii U Lifetime Sales in Japan Overtake the Xbox 360

Wii U Lifetime Sales in Japan Overtake the Xbox 360

Hey, it's a landmark

At the end of 2014 we're hopeful, even optimistic, that we'll be looking at a far brighter scenario for the Wii U. We don't have the facts and figures to start talking comebacks at the time of writing, however, so are restricted to looking ahead and taking the positives that we can. There is one, too. Earlier today we reported...

News: The 3DS Celebrates Its Third Birthday in Japan

The 3DS Celebrates Its Third Birthday in Japan

Happy 3dees day

Put on the party hats and break out the bunting, the 3DS is three years old today. Or it is in Japan which, judging by the time we're posting this and thanks to the vagaries of time zones, is actually yesterday in Nintendo's homeland. But still, we'll celebrate anyway. The 3DS was greeted with plenty of launch day buzz in 2011,...

Video: The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part One

The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part One

Just got a Wii U? These are the titles you should consider

The Wii U has now been with us for over a year, and in that time we've perhaps not seen quite as many titles as we'd like. Still, that's not to say that the machine is lacking in quality retail releases — far from it. In fact, it could be argued that Nintendo's console is home to some of...

News: Italian Developer Mixed Bag Teasing a Wii U Reveal for 28th February

Italian Developer Mixed Bag Teasing a Wii U Reveal for 28th February

Its two current games look promising

In the continuing trend of download developers showing enthusiasm for the Wii U, Italian studio Mixed Bag has been in touch to tease a reveal for the system on 28th February — with the company's history of iOS and PC download software the eShop seems a likely destination. The official website for the company...

News: LEGO The Hobbit Questing Onto Wii U and 3DS in April

LEGO The Hobbit Questing Onto Wii U and 3DS in April

Will block up the charts

With two movies down and a third on the way, LEGO The Hobbit finally has release dates for its arrival on Wii U, 3DS and pretty much every gaming console on the market. It'll begin its epic quest on 8th April in North America and 11th April in Europe. This game entry will take in events from the first two movies — An...

Video: The Dubious Charm Of Senran Kagura Burst Is Explained In Thirty Slightly Awkward Seconds

The Dubious Charm Of Senran Kagura Burst Is Explained In Thirty Slightly Awkward Seconds

Scantily-clad female fighters, you say? We hadn't noticed

Senran Kagura Burst hits Europe this week, and the game has already caused quite a stir thanks to its racy content, which is largely based around huge-chested Japanese schoolgirls shedding their clothing as they get beaten up (when they're not fighting in their swimsuits, that is)...

News: PS4 Launch Sales Close to Wii U Equivalents, 3DS Remains Best of the Rest

PS4 Launch Sales Close to Wii U Equivalents, 3DS Remains Best of the Rest

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze swings past 50,000 sales to date

It's been a big week for the games industry in Japan, with Sony's PS4 arriving in the market. Naturally it's made a splash in both the hardware and software charts, leaving efforts on 3DS, Wii U and other systems up against a new group of launch games. To start with software,...

News: New and Sealed Xenoblade Chronicles Copies Available in North America

New and Sealed Xenoblade Chronicles Copies Available in North America

A rare opportunity

For a Wii game released in 2012 in North America (2011 in Europe), Xenoblade Chronicles has shown an impressive ability to remain relevant to enthusiastic Nintendo gamers. Its limited run in Nintendo of America's domain took on a controversial tone when retailer GameStop began charging $89.99 for copies, while there were even...

News: Gargoyle's Quest II and Street Fighter 2010 Could Be Heading to the 3DS Virtual Console

Gargoyle's Quest II and Street Fighter 2010 Could Be Heading to the 3DS Virtual Console

Retro-heads Rejoice!

The Virtual Console has been an incredible asset to Nintendo over the years. Not only has it served as a method of playing yesterday’s games today, but it’s also come in handy when bridging the gap between retail releases. One of its downsides of course is that with every new console’s release, the back catalogue of games...

News: Upcoming Retro City Rampage: DX Update Will Add Music Jukebox

Upcoming Retro City Rampage: DX Update Will Add Music Jukebox

Almost 3 hours of music to go with your mayhem

Retro City Rampage: DX on 3DS has worked hard to earn its deluxe subtitle with a slew of additional features not seen in other versions of the top-down action game. Even further bonuses and tweaks are set to come in future updates, and as the title is one big love-letter to the '80s and '90s, it's only...

News: Sega Unleashes Sonic Boom Behind The Scenes Video

Sega Unleashes Sonic Boom Behind The Scenes Video

All aboard...

Sega prompted an internet meltdown in early February when it announced Sonic Boom — a new branch of the Sonic universe that'll feature a TV show, toy range and, most excitingly, games exclusive to the Wii U and 3DS. Though the portable version of the game from respected developer Sanzaru Games is something to look forward to, there's...

News: Pre-orders for Mario Kart Ride-on Available at Toys 'R Us in the United States

Pre-orders for Mario Kart Ride-on Available at Toys 'R Us in the United States

Comes with a 100,000-mile or 1-Blue Shell warranty

Remember that sweet-looking Mario Kart ride-on we reported was coming to the UK later this year? Turns out Toys 'R Us customers in the United States can already put money down on the same set of wheels. Pre-orders for the Super Mario Kart Ride-on are currently open at the Toys 'R Us website. The 6V...

News: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Heading to 3DS in North America This Fall

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Heading to 3DS in North America This Fall

A first for a Nintendo system

In recent times we've been posting some information on Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth as the build up continues to its June release in Japan. Thankfully we no longer need to consider it a matter for import, as Atlus has confirmed the title will come to North America in Fall this year. This game blends characters...

Talking Point: NFC And The GamePad Can Succeed If Nintendo Gives Players Control

NFC And The GamePad Can Succeed If Nintendo Gives Players Control

Lessons to be learned from successes such as Minecraft and Disney Infinity

This year is vitally important for Nintendo, just like 2013 and 2012, admittedly. 2013 was a strange year in that notable successes and triumphs were overshadowed by missed targets and Nintendo's own disappointment. It was a year of contradictions — 3DS was the...