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News: Atlus Just Can't Stop Offering Discounts, With Another Round Live on 3DS

Atlus Just Can't Stop Offering Discounts, With Another Round Live on 3DS

Crazy about deals

We often get a sense of déjà vu when producing the weekly Nintendo Download Update for North America, as we frequently include details of more Atlus discounts. The venerated publisher and developer — much loved for bringing distinctly Japanese experiences to the West — simply can't resist offering enticing deals to lure more...

News: Nintendo Unleashes Wacky Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS Commercials

Nintendo Unleashes Wacky Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS Commercials

"Settle it in Smash!"

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is less than two weeks from launch in the West, exciting news after well over a year of build-up. Nintendo, of course, will be unleashing a sizeable marketing campaign to push sales for the portable version, no doubt hoping it'll prompt some to also go for the HD version upon its release on...

Video: New Bravely Second Trailer Sets The Scene for Gorgeous 3DS Sequel

New Bravely Second Trailer Sets The Scene for Gorgeous 3DS Sequel

Wait a second...

In some respects the 3DS is representative of rapidly ageing technology, with low resolution screens and modest processing power necessitating the 'New' model upgrades to make a Xenoblade Chronicles port possible, for example. Some developers clearly struggle to make the hardware sing, yet there are numerous examples of games that...

News: Capcom Releases Awesome TGS Trailers for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and The Great Ace Attorney

Capcom Releases Awesome TGS Trailers for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and The Great Ace Attorney

We sure love a bit of hype

In recent days the Tokyo Game Show has dominated the gaming scene in Japan; it's an event that doesn't often have any concrete details for Western gamers to latch onto, but it does bring more footage and details on titles confirmed or expected for localisation. That trend continued this past weekend, and two of Capcom's...

News: Shovel Knight Triumphantly Exits Final Testing Phase For International Release

Shovel Knight Triumphantly Exits Final Testing Phase For International Release

"We’ll be shipping up and shipping it out the door!"

North American players have been playing — and enjoying — the excellent Shovel Knight for what feels like an eternity now, but the game still hasn't launched in other parts of the world. Thankfully, the wait for non-Americans is finally drawing to a close, as developer Yacht Club Games has...

News: Engine Software Announces MindFeud For 3DS eShop

Engine Software Announces MindFeud For 3DS eShop

A social board game for the mentally nimble

Dutch-based outfit Engine Software has announced it will collaborate with Norwegian developer Monkeybin to release the classic social board game hit MindFeud on the 3DS eShop later this year. The revival promises to be true to the iOS, Android and Facebook originals, but adds a completely exclusive single...

Nintendo Download: 25th September (Europe)

25th September (Europe)

Fantasy Life, Art of Balance, FIFA(!), loads of discounts and much more

It's time to brighten our Mondays with the European Nintendo Download Update, once again, and this week serves up a lot of options across the Wii U, 3DS and even DSi. There's a major retail arrival on 3DS, new titles on both eShop platforms along with Virtual Console entries,...

News: Mitchell Corp Is Keen To Bring Strider's Spiritual Sequel To Home Formats

Mitchell Corp Is Keen To Bring Strider's Spiritual Sequel To Home Formats

Along with many of its other arcade titles

Mitchell Corp might not be a household name with most gamers, but the more astute among you will recognise the name from such hits as Pang, Puzz Loop and Polarium. Founded by former Data East staffer Roy Ozaki, the firm has enjoyed a very close relationship with Nintendo in recent years, with its last title...

Feature: Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Week Two: Tailor

Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Week Two: Tailor

A stitch of mine makes you look fine

In the second part of a regular series, Karen takes on Fantasy Life in a variety of 'lives' and documents her adventures. In addition to this series you can check out our review of the game. *Last week I got my start in Castele and surrounding kingdoms as a hunter, which was nice for exploring the environmen

Developer Profile: Masahiro Sakurai

Masahiro Sakurai

About the man behind two of Nintendo’s most significant franchises

"I decide what goes in the game; nobody else." These were the words of Masahiro Sakurai during a 2008 interview with Official Nintendo Magazine about Super Smash. Bros. Brawl. It's a quote that stands out because it contrasts quite starkly with the modest way in which the man...

Ninterview: We Talk Bits and Beats With Mega Ran

We Talk Bits and Beats With Mega Ran

Bringing nerdcore to the masses

Raheem Jarbo, known as Random or Mega Ran, is a popular American underground rapper, Chiptunes DJ, and record producer. To those that love retro game music and the creativity it can spark he can perhaps be considered as a trailblazer; best known on the Nerdcore Hip-Hop scene, Mega Ran has also coined the term...

News: Nintendo Unleashes its Plans for EGX London 2014

Nintendo Unleashes its Plans for EGX London 2014

Almost too much to do

Nintendo has a rammed event schedule for us this year at EGX London 2014. Many of you will already know that we'll be in charge of the Mario Kart 8 tournament at the show, but Nintendo has much more in mind than that. No-one will be surprised to hear that Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS will be available to play, but you'll...

News: Giana Sisters 2 In Development, Could Be Coming To Wii U As Early As Next Year

Giana Sisters 2 In Development, Could Be Coming To Wii U As Early As Next Year

Black Forest Games fills us in

Nintendo Life editor Tom Whitehead is currently lording it up at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, but fear not — in-between consuming vast amounts of alcohol from a beer stein and gorging himself with tasty bratwurst, he continues to have the best interests of Nintendo Life at heart, and to that end has been...

News: Disney Infinity Toy Box 2.0 Backward Compatibility Tested On Wii U

Disney Infinity Toy Box 2.0 Backward Compatibility Tested On Wii U

Stepping back in time

While this year’s Disney Infinity 2.0 may not be coming to the Wii, the Wii U game benefits from all the upgraded features of the new game creator Toy Box mode. You can access this by purchasing the Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes starter pack or upcoming Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box Combo starter pack. If you have...

News: Nintendo Reveals Details on the Third Week of its Super Smashing Sale on the NA eShop

Nintendo Reveals Details on the Third Week of its Super Smashing Sale on the NA eShop

Pokémon! Metroid! Wii Fit! Oh my!

Nintendo of America is continuing its promise of low, low prices for its Super Smashing eShop sale, a four-week string of promotions set out to celebrate the upcoming release of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Be sure to make the most of what Nintendo has to offer for this week. The following games are...

News: Cancelled Mario Volleyball/Wrestling Wii Title Comes to Light

Cancelled Mario Volleyball/Wrestling Wii Title Comes to Light

As strange as it sounds

The clever boffins over at Unseen 64 have managed to dig up some information on a cancelled Mario volleyball game that incorporated some of the elements of wrestling into the gameplay. Known as Super Mario Spikers, the game was set to be released on the Wii and was being developed by Next Level Games, who was responsible...

News: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Demo Smashes onto the EU eShop

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Demo Smashes onto the EU eShop

The wait is over

Today all the tears and howling have ended, as Nintendo has officially released the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS demo on the EU eShop! A version was released a week ago to random members of their Club Nintendo scheme, but now it has been made available to all. You can find it by navigating through the standard menus or you...

Player Profile: Mario Kart 8 Championship - Finalists 5-8

Mario Kart 8 Championship - Finalists 5-8

Round Two!

As we hope you're aware, we've teamed up with the Official Nintendo UK Store to run the Mario Kart 8 Championship 2014 in the UK, looking for the country's fastest racer who'll receive some fantastic prizes. This Championship has four online heats, with the top three in each of those heats then progressing to a live final at EGX London...

News: Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric Speeds To Earlier Release Date On Wii U

Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric Speeds To Earlier Release Date On Wii U

Now launching alongside the 3DS edition

Sega has confirmed that Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric will launch in North America a week earlier than originally planned. The Wii U title — being developed by Big Red Button — was given a November 18th release date not so long ago, but this has now been pushed forward to the 11th — the same day that Sega...

Book Review: The Untold Story Of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 1

The Untold Story Of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 1

Charting a golden era

When journalist and novelist John Szczepaniak launched his Kickstarter campaign back in 2013 to record the hitherto undocumented story of Japan's game development community, there were a few raised eyebrows around the web. His funding goal was a lofty one, and the task seemed almost herculean in scope — he planned to travel...