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Feature: Handheld LCD Gaming Past And Present

Handheld LCD Gaming Past And Present

For those times when an original Game Boy just isn’t retro-chic enough

Nintendo first hit the LCD game scene all the way back in 1980 with Ball, a simple but thoroughly playable affair at the time that may be familiar to fans of the Game Boy Camera or those brave souls who ventured onto the DSi shop. From these humble beginnings Nintendo's LCD...

News: Pokémon Shuffle Rolls Out on iOS in North America and Europe

Pokémon Shuffle Rolls Out on iOS in North America and Europe

And so it's come to pass

The Pokémon Company has a steady history of iOS and Android releases, but it's not common for titles to be published by Nintendo on the 3DS eShop and to then rock up on smart devices. Pokémon Shuffle has always had the potential to change that, arriving on the 3DS eShop as a free-to-play title with plenty of optional...

News: Sin & Punishment Confirmed to be Blasting it Up on Wii U This Week in Europe

Sin & Punishment Confirmed to be Blasting it Up on Wii U This Week in Europe

An absolute Treasure

Around about this time on a Monday we'd normally be posting the European Nintendo Download Update, but unfortunately for us it's a public Holiday that the big N seems to be observing. It's a bitter pill to swallow, we know, but we'll all just need to wait an extra 24 hours. We do know two games that are coming to Wii U in...

News: Runbow Dashes Across To Europe Later This Week

Runbow Dashes Across To Europe Later This Week

Get ready!

Following the North American release of Runbow last week, 13AM Games has announced the Wii U eShop title will arrive in Europe on 3rd September. The news, as promised, was delivered via the Toronto-based studio’s Twitter page: Users who participated in the Nindies@Home promotion will also receive a 15 percent disco

News: VS. Excitebike Launches Into Some Races Very Soon In North America

VS. Excitebike Launches Into Some Races Very Soon In North America

A Monday treat

At the start of last week Nintendo of America announced that VS. Excitebike was on the way to the Virtual Console. It was clarified that this would be the Famicom Disk version that was previously only released in Japan - in addition to extra tracks and music it has a track editor feature. The release date wasn't announced, as NoA...

Talking Point: Nintendo Continues to Shift Its Third-Party Focus to Nindies

Nintendo Continues to Shift Its Third-Party Focus to Nindies

Necessity, forward thinking or both?

The Wii U and 3DS have been part of a truly first-party generation for Nintendo. As the leading dedicated gaming handheld - by a mile - the 3DS has had some decent support and occasional major third-party exclusives, yet for the Wii U it's been a different affair. Its sales struggles have seen most publishers...

Video: Catch Up With Nintendo's PAX Xenoblade Chronicles X Panel and Nindies Presentation

Catch Up With Nintendo's PAX Xenoblade Chronicles X Panel and Nindies Presentation

An extra look

PAX Prime is now in its last day, with announcements out of the way and booths setting up for the final group of attendees. Nintendo's been particularly active this year, using the US event to make some notable announcements and to show off attractive releases. It's now released video of its main events for everyone to enjoy. First up...

News: Gorgeous Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition Confirmed for North America

Gorgeous Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition Confirmed for North America

Will cost $89.99

There's plenty of excitement around the 4th December arrival of Xenoblade Chronicles X, though fans in North America have been wondering if they'd get the same treatment as European gamers. EU Wii U owners, for example, have a handsome special edition on the way, and the onus has been on Nintendo of America to offer something...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo, Star Fox Zero Release Date

Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo, Star Fox Zero Release Date

A basket of roses

Have you caught up on the sheer volume of news that's happened over the past week? We know it can be tough to keep track so we've compiled all the reviews, releases, and biggest news of the past seven days for you in video format! This week we focus on the incredible Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo, Star Fox Zero's release date, and much...

Poll: The Battle of the Nindies and Questions on amiibo

The Battle of the Nindies and Questions on amiibo

Are Nindie amiibo on your wishlist?

PAX Prime is now right in its peak, with the Seattle event attracting thousands of attendees eager to soak in all there is to offer. Nintendo's been particularly active, too, not only running a booth with plenty of contests and retail games, but also a neat Nindies Lounge with a range of exciting download games...

Mario Memories: Basking in the Glow of Super Mario Sunshine

Basking in the Glow of Super Mario Sunshine

"It introduced me to a passion I still hold to this very day"

In this series articles celebrating the upcoming 30th Anniversary of Super Mario, various members of the Nintendo Life extended family will share their memories and thoughts on the iconic franchise. This time we have Pokémon expert Andrew Karklins. When I was younger, my first home...

Video: Ink Yourself Over Splatoon's Two New Weapons, the Bamboozler 14 Mk I & L-3 Nozzlenose D

Ink Yourself Over Splatoon's Two New Weapons, the Bamboozler 14 Mk I & L-3 Nozzlenose D

Nozzle up your nose

Splatoon's ever expanding list of weaponry has just grown even bigger with the addition of two brand new weapons: The Bamboozler 14 Mk I and the modified L-3 Nozzlenose D. The new Bamboozler 14 Mk I comes equipped with a Splash Wall and a Killer Wail/Megaphone Laser, and whilst it's quick to charge and has decent range the...

News: The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth New 3DS Patch is Now Live

The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth New 3DS Patch is Now Live

Finally made it out of the basement

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is the first 3DS eShop title exclusive to the New model, utilising its extra oomph to deliver a portable version of the title that's graced a host of platforms, including the Wii U. A remastering handled by Nicalis, it had a long route to Nintendo hardware. This portable iteration...

News: Netflix Update Goes Live on Wii U

Netflix Update Goes Live on Wii U

Now you can hide your streaming shame in profiles

The Wii U doesn't have the same range of apps as its competitors, but it has been able to boast of Netflix since day one. The app itself did its best to put the GamePad to use, but was never as slick or feature-rich as it could have been. A fresh update has now gone live to improve matters, with a...

News: Gunman Clive HD Collection Will Shoot Its Way to North America, Europe and Australia Next Week

Gunman Clive HD Collection Will Shoot Its Way to North America, Europe and Australia Next Week

We're all winners

Due to the vagaries of localisation it's not always possible for download games to be released simultaneously, though that's something that Bertil Hörberg's successfully done with his next release. Gunman Clive HD Collection combines both of the excellent 3DS games in one Wii U package, and it's landing in North America, Europe...

News: Bandai Namco's Project Treasure Is Now Called Lost Reavers, Beta Test Incoming

Bandai Namco's Project Treasure Is Now Called Lost Reavers, Beta Test Incoming

Gameplay revealed via new trailer

Bandai Namco has revealed today that its free-to-play Wii U eShop title Project Treasure has a new name: Lost Reavers. As if a name change wasn't enough, the publisher has also stated that the Japanese version of the game will enter a phase of public beta testing in the next few days. The game's Japanese site has...

News: Cypronia Outlines Details For Extensive Cube Life: Island Survival Version 1.1 Update

Cypronia Outlines Details For Extensive Cube Life: Island Survival Version 1.1 Update

New multiplayer modes, items, fixes and more

While we now know that Minecraft: Story Mode will bring a relatively linear take on the series to Wii U later this year, download-only Indie efforts inspired that that franchise continue to seek attention and to improve their efforts across Wii U and 3DS. One of the more notable arrivals on the home...

News: SteamWorld Heist Q & A Confirms New Game+, a Typical Playtime and a Silly Number of Hats

SteamWorld Heist Q & A Confirms New Game+, a Typical Playtime and a Silly Number of Hats

"You won't be able to finish in less than 10 hours"

SteamWorld Heist is due in Fall, which means it's not particularly far away. Coming to 3DS first it's the follow-up - not sequel! - to the hugely popular SteamWorld Dig and, as a result, is likely to be one of the portable's biggest download releases this year. As release approaches developer...

News: European Club Nintendo Has a Lovely Last Hurrah With the Nintendo Sound Selection Double CD

European Club Nintendo Has a Lovely Last Hurrah With the Nintendo Sound Selection Double CD

The end is nigh

Club Nintendo ends in PAL regions on 30th September, and Nintendo of Europe has been adding various goodies to its catalogue in the EU and Australia in the run up to its closure. It's now added what appears to be the final hurrah for the service, and it's rather attractive. It's a double CD of "credit rolls and ending themes",...

News: 3DS Saber Rider Game Back In Development, Kickstarter Campaign Mentions Wii U, PC Engine, SNES And amiibo

3DS Saber Rider Game Back In Development, Kickstarter Campaign Mentions Wii U, PC Engine, SNES And amiibo

We're not pulling your leg, honest

Remember the Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs video game that was in the works a while back? Based on the '80s anime TV series known as Sei Jūshi Bisumaruku in its native Japan, the title began development at German studio Firehazard in 2010. The aim was to release the game on iOS and 3DS the following year,...