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News: Were It Not For Google's Love Of April Fools' Day, Pokémon Go Might Not Have Happened

Were It Not For Google's Love Of April Fools' Day, Pokémon Go Might Not Have Happened

"I think that kind of culture is one of Google’s assets"

Nintendo's smartphone drive doesn't just include the titles it is developing with DeNA - the company has already dipped a toe into mobile gaming waters with the Pokémon franchise, and with the forthcoming release of Pokémon Go, could make quite a large splash in the smart device arena. In...

Nintendo Download: 11th February (Europe)

11th February (Europe)

Oddworld! Old Pokemon Mystery Dungeon! Project X Zone 2! Much more!

Another week is underway, and as always we get up and running with the European Nintendo Download Update. This line-up is a bit of a corker, with a highly promising demo / prelude being joined on 3DS by two major retail releases, while on Wii U we have a long awaiting download-only...

News: Platinum Is Working On Collaborations That Have Yet To Be Announced

Platinum Is Working On Collaborations That Have Yet To Be Announced

"We never thought we’d get lent IPs from other companies"

Platinum turns 10 this year, and to mark this occasion Famitsu has conducted interviews with several key staff members - including Hideki Kamiya, arguably the studio's most famous (and outspoken) employee. Kamiya admits that his directorial style is quite abrasive, and that after finishing...

Soapbox: A Nintendo Fan's Hopes and Dreams for the NX

A Nintendo Fan's Hopes and Dreams for the NX

Jonathan Bee spells it out

It could be some time yet before Nintendo unveils its NX hardware. It's still a common topic among fans of the company, however, and in this article Nintendo Life reviewer Jonathan Bee outlines his thoughts (combined with information and details we already know about) on what the NX needs in order to achieve success and...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Mother 3 Localisation Rumours, New Splatoon Content Rumours, and More

Mother 3 Localisation Rumours, New Splatoon Content Rumours, and More

Whispers ahoy

Whilst it may not have been an especially explosive week for Nintendo news directly from Nintendo, special sources have been firing ten to the dozen this week bringing forth a wealth of new rumours with surprising validity. If you've been too busy doing other things that someone in your life claims are more important than video games...

News: All amiibo Will Be Compatible with Pokkén Tournament

All amiibo Will Be Compatible with Pokkén Tournament

What might they do?

Pokkén Tournament is only about a month away from release, and it seems like the wait only gets more difficult the closer we get to launch day. The roster of fighters has grown a bit over the past few months, and it appears to be a flashy and enjoyable fighter that'll be filling an otherwise quiet month for the Wii U. It's also...

Random: Don't Forget to Celebrate Mewtwo's Birthday

Don't Forget to Celebrate Mewtwo's Birthday

For he's a jolly good genetically engineered lifeform

February 27th is a big day for Pokémon, marking the series' 20th anniversary since its début games in 1996. However, information contained within those games mentions another special day too - February 6th is Mewtwo's birthday! Players of Pokémon Red/Green/Blue/Yellow/FireRed/LeafGreen will...

Feature: A Pokémon Retrospective: Generation 6 - 2013 to ????

A Pokémon Retrospective: Generation 6 - 2013 to ????

Talking 'bout this generation

As we build up to the 20th anniversary of Pokémon later this month, and look hotly ahead towards brand new things, we're concluding our journey through each generation of Pokémon; this month we cover the most recent generation, the one we are still in! Be sure to also check out our retrospectives on generation 1,...

Hands On: Searching for Clues in Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo

Searching for Clues in Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo

It's elementary

Joe Serebii Merrick goes hands on with the intriguing eShop release that recently arrived in Japan. Back in October 2013, when the NHK television show The Professionals focused on The Pokémon Company President, Tsunekazu Ishihara, it showed him going through the early work for two titles. One title became Pokémon Link! Battle on...

News: Shantae: Risky's Revenge Director's Cut is Nearing Release on Wii U

Shantae: Risky's Revenge Director's Cut is Nearing Release on Wii U

Both in Europe and North America

Shantae has had a bit of a comeback in the last couple years, and it was arguably all kicked off by Shantae: Risky's Revenge. After the original Shantae released on the Game Boy Color, there was a gap of about eight years before the game received its sequel on DSiWare. This was followed up a few years later by...

Video: Image & Form Discusses SteamWorld amiibo Prospects and SXSW GOTY Nomination

Image & Form Discusses SteamWorld amiibo Prospects and SXSW GOTY Nomination

It's possible, but which character should it be?

With the Shovel Knight amiibo out in the wild, Yacht Club Games has cleared the path for other Nindies to contemplate their own amiibo figures. As the studio explained to us, once Nintendo gave the all clear the Nindie did the vast majority of the work; as the first company to do its own amiibo, it...

Video: Digital Foundry Tackles the Native Resolution and Framerate in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Digital Foundry Tackles the Native Resolution and Framerate in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Yep, native 1080p

There's been plenty of chat about The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD this week, with Nintendo's embargo lift meaning we could share our full preview of the title. In that preview we wrote of a "crisp and clear presentation" along with a "buttery smooth" framerate, but the key questions of the actual native resolution, in...

Soapbox: If Nintendo Took On Virtual Reality, Would It Be A Disaster Or Gaming's Holy Grail?

If Nintendo Took On Virtual Reality, Would It Be A Disaster Or Gaming's Holy Grail?

Virtual insanity?

Virtual reality - or, as the cool kids these days like to call it, VR - famously died a long, slow death many years ago only to resurrected in recent years thanks to devices such as the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR. It's perhaps a little too early to brand it a full-scale comeback; the support of the mainstream player will be...

Rumour: New Splatoon Mini-Game Arriving Soon with Fresh amiibo Figures in Tow

New Splatoon Mini-Game Arriving Soon with Fresh amiibo Figures in Tow

And this time there's evidence

After the tide of free content updates in Splatoon was stemmed many fans of the game wondered whether there might yet be more on the horizon for Nintendo's colourful shooter. Recent rumours from data miners regarding references to potential new amiibo figurines got tongues wagging once again, and now even more secrets...

News: Mario Kart Flashmob Surprises And Potentially Terrifies UK Shoppers

Mario Kart Flashmob Surprises And Potentially Terrifies UK Shoppers

The UK's own Coconut Mall

We love a good flashmob here at Nintendo Life Towers - unless it's threatening to make us late for our train ride home, of course. The crazy thrill seekers on YouTube channel Base37 certainly know how to do a flashmob in style, as they recently descended on London's Westfield Shopping Mall armed with motorised go-karts in a...

News: Pokémon's Ash And Gary Are Getting The Nendoroid Treatment

Pokémon's Ash And Gary Are Getting The Nendoroid Treatment

Plastic fantastic

As we all know, the Pokémon turns 20 this year, and we're seeing plenty of promotional activity to mark this fact - including digital re-releases of the games that started it all on the Game Boy. There's more good news for Pokémon fans, as stars Ash and Gary (or "Red" and "Blue" if you'd prefer) are getting immortalised in...

News: Chasing Aurora Dev Broken Rules Offers To Port Undertale To Wii U

Chasing Aurora Dev Broken Rules Offers To Port Undertale To Wii U

Keep determined

Yesterday, we reported on the news that Undertale developer Toby Fox was open to the idea of his unique RPG coming to Nintendo systems, with the caveat that he'd need outside assistance to create the port. Undertale - a critically-acclaimed PC release built entirely with Game Maker - would need to be re-written from scratch, and Fox...

News: Here's Exactly What Has Changed With Fire Emblem Fates' "Skinship" Petting Mode

Here's Exactly What Has Changed With Fire Emblem Fates' "Skinship" Petting Mode

Not as bad as you might think

Reports that Nintendo has removed the "petting" mini-game from the western version of Fire Emblem Fates caused the predictable level of consternation among fans online, many of whom are concerned that the company is taking self-censorship to the next level, having recently made changes to the likes of

News: PlatinumGames Explains Shift to Contract Work and Ambition to be One of the World's Top Studios

PlatinumGames Explains Shift to Contract Work and Ambition to be One of the World's Top Studios

"IP holders also are like ‘Let Platinum Games do what they do'"

PlatinumGames has been celebrating its 10th Anniversary, and in this writer's opinion has deserved all of the plaudits that have come its way. Few studios can boast Platinum's mastery of the action genre, and it's also proven itself to be increasingly flexible in its projects. In its...

Video: See How Far The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has Come Since the Wii & GameCube

See How Far The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has Come Since the Wii & GameCube

Things can only look better

If you were in any doubt that the visuals in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD surpass those of the original Wii and GameCube versions, let us clarify that the visuals have indeed surpassed those of the original Wii and GameCube versions. If you need further proof of just how much tastier things are in this...