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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...

News: First 4 Figures Aims to Slash Your Bank Balance With This Meta Knight Statue

First 4 Figures Aims to Slash Your Bank Balance With This Meta Knight Statue

Pay extra for LEDs

We have an interesting relationship with First 4 Figures here; we admire the company's figurines / statues, but as they typically cost the same as a full game console we don't often convert that admiration into a purchase. Sure, it's tempting, with various Legend of Zelda, Mega Man and Kirby figures, among others, trying to lure...

News: Nintendo of America is Bringing Three 'Classic Kirby Games' to the Wii U eShop This Week

Nintendo of America is Bringing Three 'Classic Kirby Games' to the Wii U eShop This Week

Celebrating the pink one's birthday

Pretty soon Kirby will turn 23 in the West, and Nintendo of America has announced that the mascot will have a a few classics on the Wii U eShop this week to celebrate. The download update is on 30th July, a couple of days before the 23rd Anniversary of Kirby's Dream Land being released in North America. As you...

Video: Enjoy the Glitchy Glory of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric in This Summer Games Done Quick Speedrun

Enjoy the Glitchy Glory of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric in This Summer Games Done Quick Speedrun

Don't forget to tune in all this week

As per the reminder we gave at the weekend, Summer Games Done Quick is currently providing round-the-clock entertainment with speedruns and competitions, covering classic games both old and relatively new. At the time of writing it's already raised over a quarter of a million dollars for the Doctors Without...

News: The Legend of Legacy is Coming to Europe... in Winter 2016

The Legend of Legacy is Coming to Europe... in Winter 2016

NIS America believes in providing plenty of notice

The Legend of Legacy is another promising RPG on the way to the 3DS in the West. It's due in North America towards the end of this year, and we were left with high hopes after going hands on during E3. But what about Europe? The good news is that NIS America is picking it up for the region - Atlus...

News: Freedom Planet is Speeding Onto the Wii U Soon

Freedom Planet is Speeding Onto the Wii U Soon

Retro Sonic fans, get ready

Update: Well, we said these Nintendo website listings aren't 100% right. Freedom Planet's developer has tweeted that the game will actually come after the RTX convention (which is 7th-9th August) as development has taken longer than expected. Thanks to Grumblevolcano for the heads up in the comments. Original Article:...

Interview: Game Artist Orioto Discusses his Creative Process and Which Game Creator Wasn't So Hot on his Tribute

Game Artist Orioto Discusses his Creative Process and Which Game Creator Wasn't So Hot on his Tribute

"I want to get the tone, the mood, the mystical elements right"

Marked by dreamlike brushstrokes and an uncanny mind for fan service, Orioto's artwork is the type to stick with you after you've seen it. For years, this Paris-based digital artist has created moving portraits of a who's-who in the fictional gaming sphere: Link, Ryu, Sonic, and many...

News: Suda51 Isn't Done With No More Heroes and Travis Touchdown

Suda51 Isn't Done With No More Heroes and Travis Touchdown

More No More Heroes please

Were you a fan of Travis Touchdown's beam katana slashing action in No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle on the Wii? Both titles were interesting arrives on the system, with their adult humour and different censorship per region - the blood was edited out of the first game in Europe, for example. Series...

News: Nintendo NX Might Be The First Social VR Platform, Claims Analyst Firm Digi-Capital

Nintendo NX Might Be The First Social VR Platform, Claims Analyst Firm Digi-Capital

Virtual insanity?

It's no secret that the Virtual Boy - which recently had it's 20 year anniversary - wasn't the greatest success for Nintendo. Launched in 1995 to almost complete consumer apathy in North America, it bypassed Europe entirely and was discontinued the following year. Could this negative experience in launching a VR product have put...

News: Dragon Quest XI Is Coming To The Nintendo 3DS And Nintendo NX

Dragon Quest XI Is Coming To The Nintendo 3DS And Nintendo NX

Dragon Quest X also confirmed for NX

Square Enix has confirmed that the next entry in the best-selling Dragon Quest series is coming to the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo NX. The news was delivered at an ongoing special event in Japan. The Nintendo versions will be joined by a version for the Sony PS4. The game's full title is Dragon Quest XI: In...

News: Mattel Is Releasing Mario Themed Hot Wheels Racers

Mattel Is Releasing Mario Themed Hot Wheels Racers

Lead the way

As of late, Nintendo has been collaborating with a wide variety of companies to help increase its brand exposure. Just last week, for example, it announced a special partnership with social media giant, Facebook, to promote the upcoming Wii U title, Super Mario Maker. This week, news has surfaced via Brazillian toy site T-Hunted, that...

Editorial: Super Smash Bros. Should be Integral to Nintendo's NX Future

Super Smash Bros. Should be Integral to Nintendo's NX Future

Tom Whitehead attended a fighting tournament and had his eyes opened

As I'm somewhat reliant on Nintendo success to put food on the table and amiibo on the shelf - the clue's in the site's name - I sometimes ponder and get genuinely concerned about the company. I think Nintendo will be 'fine', courtesy of its talented staff and billions of dollars...