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Mario History: New Super Mario Bros. - 2006

New Super Mario Bros. - 2006

The 'New' new

In this series of articles we'll write about one or more Mario games per day, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. Assessing 2D Mario games in the 'New' series in 2015 naturally features arguments of repetition, frequency of releases and some calls for fresh ideas. Those...

Guide: 9 Tips for Playing Runbow

9 Tips for Playing Runbow

Get up and running

Runbow is finally out in both North America and Europe. But did you know that to Runbow properly you need to follow a series of steps? It is scientifically proven by a group of proven scientists that running is more difficult than walking. Write that down as a fact! Luckily for you we have come up with the perfect guide; no no,...

News: New Difficulty Settings, 3D Title Screen and More Revealed for Dementium Remastered

New Difficulty Settings, 3D Title Screen and More Revealed for Dementium Remastered

Bringing horror back to 3DS

The 3DS has had a few horror experiences, though it's not a game style that's been particularly common on the portable. With Dementium Remastered by Renegade Kid now being in the closing stages of development, it'll help to change that. A remake of the DS retail title that's heading for the eShop, it could certainly...

News: This Monster Hunter X New Nintendo 3DS Cover Plate Makes Us Want the Game Even More

This Monster Hunter X New Nintendo 3DS Cover Plate Makes Us Want the Game Even More

Just look at it

Based on the ease with which we're still able to fill an online lobby, plenty of gamers are still enjoying Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate in the West. Of course, lucky Japanese gamers have Monster Hunter X (Cross) to look forward to later this year, a fresh take on the series that introduces new approaches to combat and an action-centric...

News: Chieftain Bob Meets Gunman Clive, You Won't Believe What Happens Next

Chieftain Bob Meets Gunman Clive, You Won't Believe What Happens Next

Brokeback Clive

Unless you've been hiding behind a tumbleweed, you've probably noticed that the Gunman Clive HD Collection is now on the Wii U eShop. In our review we awarded it a gunslinging 9/10 and said buying it is an absolute no-brainer. For the low price of entry, you are getting HD versions of not one, but two of the most impeccably-crafted...

News: A Supercharged Star Fox amiibo Hybrid Was A Possibility for Skylanders SuperChargers

A Supercharged Star Fox amiibo Hybrid Was A Possibility for Skylanders SuperChargers

I can't let you do that, Star Fox!

We're still kind of amazed that Nintendo allowed supercharged versions of Bowser and Donkey Kong to be included in the upcoming Skylanders SuperChargers game. In addition to being playable characters they also get their own amiibo figurines which have a handy switch in the base to flip into Skylanders mode...

News: Some Western Splatoon Players Would Prefer Not To Compete With Japan

Some Western Splatoon Players Would Prefer Not To Compete With Japan

Online technicalities causing tension?

Reports have recently surfaced via Japanese video game blogs that certain clusters of Western Wii U owners do not enjoy playing Nintendo's competitive online squid shooter Splatoon with players from Japan. Some have even taken to social media to demand that Nintendo enforce regional servers for the game. The...

Video: Even Reggie Is Crazy About Runbow

Even Reggie Is Crazy About Runbow

All hail the Reggie-lution!

With Runbow now available in both North America and Europe, Nintendo of America has posted an amusing video on its YouTube channel revealing Reggie’s addiction to the recently released Wii U eShop title. The clip, which can be viewed below, lasts a minute and a half and also features Nintendo of America’s Damon...

News: Monster Hunter Stories Will Bring Its Own Brand of Turn-Based Battling to 3DS

Monster Hunter Stories Will Bring Its Own Brand of Turn-Based Battling to 3DS

Screens and concept art paint a pretty picture

Monster Hunter Stories was an intriguing and exciting reveal earlier this year; it was described as five years in the making (conceptually, two years in development) and a major diversion from the series norms. Due for a 2016 release on 3DS in Japan, its cartoonish style and neat concept of a young...

Video: Splatoon's Rainmaker Mode is Possibly the Game's Most Cultural Match Type

Splatoon's Rainmaker Mode is Possibly the Game's Most Cultural Match Type

'Culture Shock' YouTube show explains why

Splatoon has a decent splattering (sorry) of modes nowadays, with frequent updates over the course about three months adding plenty of content. A recent addition was the Rainmaker mode in Ranked Battles, in which you try to take possession of the powerful relic and progress into the opposition's territory...

News: The Club Nintendo Goodbye Coin Has, Well, Said Goodbye

The Club Nintendo Goodbye Coin Has, Well, Said Goodbye

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen...

What happens when you release a relatively cheap silver-plated coin with a little velvet bag, and it happens to be a 'Goodbye Coin' for Club Nintendo in PAL territories? The hosting website struggles to survive the influx of hits, of course. Our very own editorial director Damien McFerran - in the interests of...

News: Rare's Gregg Mayles Reveals It Was Miyamoto Who Suggested Donkey Kong Should Sport Neckwear

Rare's Gregg Mayles Reveals It Was Miyamoto Who Suggested Donkey Kong Should Sport Neckwear

Rare staffer reveals the pre-history of Donkey Kong Country

Gregg Mayles is one of Rare's longest-serving employees and can list some of the firm's most famous titles on his impressive CV. He's currently hard at work on the studio's next offering, Sea of Thieves, but has taken the time to post some interesting info relating to the SNES classic...

News: Wii U Offers "The Best Realisation Of The Second Screen Experience", Says Watchup CEO

Wii U Offers "The Best Realisation Of The Second Screen Experience", Says Watchup CEO

Unique newscasting app now available on Wii U eShop

Earlier this week, news app Watchup appeared on the Wii U eShop without warning or fanfare, and has strangely been missed off this week's download update. Even so, Watchup CEO and Founder Adriano Farano is keen to make some noise about the Nintendo version of the download, which - in its Android...

News: Freedom Planet Wii U Fix Making Progress, GalaxyTrail Aiming to Reveal Release Date Soon

Freedom Planet Wii U Fix Making Progress, GalaxyTrail Aiming to Reveal Release Date Soon

"We believe we’ve found the source of the problem"

Freedom Planet, which has achieved some success on PC, has been on a number of Wii U eShop gamer's wishlists. It started out as a Sonic fan-game, before GalaxyTrail evolved the idea into its own IP; it incorporates some aspect of classic Sonic titles but nevertheless has plenty of different ideas...

Nintendo Download: 3rd September (North America)

3rd September (North America)

Gunman Clive! Excitebike! Mario Golf!More!

It's that time again, North American gamers, for the Nintendo Download Update details. This week brings an excellent download option on the Wii U from Hörberg Productions, along with a much-loved Mario sporting spin-off and another retro début in the West. Pickings are slimmer on the 3DS, though there are...

Weirdness: Bask in the Madness of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes in This Japanese Marketing

Bask in the Madness of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes in This Japanese Marketing

Even Ganondorf would love this

Sometimes Nintendo's weirdness can brighten any sky and make the sun shine that bit brighter. OK, we're exaggerating a little, but it can make us smile - the concept of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes fits into this. Any plot that puts fashion at its core in Hyrule is always going to be a bit bonkers, and its...

Interview: Here's Your Chance To Ask The Voice Of Mario Anything You Wish

Here's Your Chance To Ask The Voice Of Mario Anything You Wish

What burning questions do you have for Charles Martinet?

Next week Nintendo Life will be meeting up with the one and only Charles Martinet - otherwise known as the voice of Super Mario and many other characters from the Mushroom Kingdom - and we're giving you, our dear readers, the chance to pop a question to one of the most famous vocal talents on...

News: ThinkGeek to Open Its First US Store in Florida

ThinkGeek to Open Its First US Store in Florida

Nintendo merchandise likely to have notable role

ThinkGeek is one of the better known online retailers that specialises in collectibles and geek-gear, which often has plenty of Nintendo and retro-themed goodies up for sale. It's not exactly unique in the market, of course, but it did take a major step ahead of rivals when it was acquired by GameStop...