News - 2013, Week 21

Monday27th May 2013

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    Wii U eShop / SNES

    Review Kirby Super Star

    Dedede-lightful

    Kirby Super Star is a smorgasbord of creativity, as if the developers at HAL Laboratory had a game jam for two weeks straight and came out on the other side with a beautifully disheveled collection of Kirby’s best. Nine sub-games, ranging from one-button tests of reflex to multi-hour adventures, are stuffed onto the SNES with no...

Sunday26th May 2013

  • News Former Conker's Bad Fur Day Project Leader Plans Wii U Development

    Through his aptly named studio, Gory Detail

    Christopher Seavor may not be an immediately recognisable name, but he was the project leader and widely-acknowledged creator of iconic Nintendo 64 title Conker's Bad Fur Day; it was a game famous for its poor taste and crude humour. Seavor's also voiced a fair number of characters and has credits on...

  • Round Table Let's Talk About the 3DS

    You've come a long way, little one

    So, the 3DS approaches its third E3 in good shape, having passed its second Birthday while enjoying a run of strong sales worldwide. It also has a games library, both current and coming in the next six months, in exceptionally rude health; the upcoming lineup in 2013 is packed with potential blockbuster hits, so...

  • News Samus and Link Figma Figurines Finally Battle to the West

    No more importing required

    Last year we told you about a rather awesome Link figuring being released in Japan, and a member of our team even imported it and showed it off. Max Factory also released a Samus figurine styled from Metroid: Other M, but in both cases they were only released in Japan. It looks like Western distribution is at hand,...

  • News Mega Man X Blasting Its Way Onto Wii U Virtual Console This Week

    X marks the spot

    Mega Man X, Capcom's first entry in the 'X' series of games for the Blue Bomber, is set to release on the Wii U Virtual Console in North America this week, on the 30th May; considering how synchronised many of the Wii U VC releases have been to date, there are decent odds that it'll also arrive in Europe's next download update...

  • News John Leguizamo: We Were Pioneers With The Super Mario Bros. Movie

    The actor who played Luigi gives his 20th anniversary speech

    As you may or may not be aware, the Super Mario Bros. live-action movie is now two decades old. Attacked by critics and gamers alike when it originally hit cinemas, the film has nonetheless gained a cult following in the past twenty years. LA's Nuart Theatre played host to a special...

Saturday25th May 2013

  • 16

    Wii / Neo Geo

    Review The King of Fighters '99

    Different, but still impressive

    The King of Fighters is a series that's long been a staple of the Neo Geo platform. But with a few new twists and added bells and whistles, the developers have kicked things up a notch. While not as revered as its predecessor, considered by many to be the pinnacle of the series, King of Fighters '99 still adds enough...

  • News Shin'en Multimedia Defends The Wii U Hardware

    Upcoming Wii U game is likely a sequel to FAST

    Shin'en Multimedia has amassed a wealth of experience in developing games for Nintendo systems. For the 3DS it has Nano Assault Ex, Art of Balance TOUCH! and the upcoming Jett Rocket II - The Wrath of Taikai, while it has also developed Nano Assault Neo for Wii U. While many people s

  • News Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Comes With Free Mario Lost Levels at Best Buy

    A $4.99 bonus

    Nintendo of America has confirmed a promotion being run by Best Buy (in the U.S. only), where a purchase of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D comes with a free download code for Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels on the 3DS eShop.

  • News Need For Speed Rivals Not Screeching Onto Wii U

    It'll only be available on rival consoles

    A couple of days ago, EA announced the next game in the Need for Speed series. This one will be known as Need for Speed Rivals and is being developed by Swedish studio Ghost Games. This iteration is set to come into view later this year and features an open-world environment where players can either take on...

  • News Sidekick Mode Returns For Scribblenauts Unmasked

    Wii U players can have their family and friends help out

    Scribblenauts Unmasked is the latest iteration in Warner Bros' imagination-focused Scribblenauts series and it's set to be made available later this year on Wii U and 3DS. Of course, frustrated Europeans are still waiting for Scribblenauts Unlimited to

  • News EnjoyUp Games Has Some Unannounced Wii U And 3DS Titles In The Pipeline

    The developer also wants to make a game on a much grander scale

    EnjoyUp Games has been a big supporter of the download platform on Nintendo's systems and has many WiiWare and DSiWare titles in its catalogue including La-Mulana, Abyss and Armageddon Operation Dragon. In an interview with Spanish site Nintenderos, EnjoyUp revealed it has some unan

  • Review Banjo-Kazooie Symphony by The Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra

    A Rare treat

    Rare is a company that is fondly remembered by many Nintendo fans. While it had success on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System with the Donkey Kong Country series, it was during the years of the Nintendo 64 that the development studio truly came into its own. It produced hit after hit, arguably saving the 64-bit system from the...

  • News Capcom USA Senior VP Responds to Ace Attorney Concerns

    Future unclear, but sales could prove a factor

    Ace Attorney fans outside of Japan have waited some time for the return of the series to their shores. The announcement of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies arriving in Europe and North America this fall brought out the confetti for the faithful, but concerns arose when it was also revealed...

  • News Aksys Games To Reveal Two New Titles At E3

    Both games will be available in North America at least

    Aksys Games will be revealing two unannounced titles at this year's E3 alongside PlayStation Vita title Muramasa Rebirth and Xbox Live Arcade game A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX. Both new titles will be playable, but fear-not, there will also be trailers shown off during the event as well for...

  • News Square Enix Will Be Livestreaming From The E3 Showfloor

    Full schedule of titles to be announced soon

    Square Enix has announced it will be livestreaming from the show floor throughout the entire three-days of E3. The livestream, which will be aired on YouTube, is called Square Enix Presents and has been set up to bring its designated E3 booth to the poor souls who unfortunately cannot attend. Square...

Friday24th May 2013

  • News Consumers Go Crazy For Wii U Following Xbox One Reveal

    One of Amazon UK's biggest movers and shakers

    It’s no secret that the Xbox One reveal did not go as smoothly as Microsoft might have hoped. For some, the idea of buying a giant Betamax-styled brick that blocks used games and requires the Kinect camera to function was a big turn-off — even if it does make changing the TV channel a fraction of a...

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    3DS eShop

    Review The Denpa Men 2: Beyond The Waves

    Love is in the air

    The Denpa Men: They Came by Wave was a wonderful 3DS eShop surprise last year, combining elements of Dragon Quest and Pokémon with AR functionality and a delightfully bonkers style all its own, so we were definitely excited to spot The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves washing up onto our shores as well. This sequel pulls out all the...

  • News Sniper Elite V2 on Wii U Lacks Online Co-Op and DLC

    Hardly the "definitive version"

    Sniper Elite V2 has arrived in stores in Europe and North America with next to no fanfare. When little is said about a port landing on Wii U, and its publisher hasn't even arranged a downloadable eShop version, alarm bells should ring. Yet there's no escaping Miiverse, and it's quickly emerged — thanks to early...

  • Hands On Going for the Combos in Project X Zone

    Pure pixelated madness

    When Project X Zone was announced for Japan, we could barely contain our glee. Here was a game with retro-styled visuals, rocking music and popular characters from Capcom, SEGA and Namco Bandai all rolled into one — oh, and Monolith Soft was one of the developers. And then, it underwhelmed in the Japanese charts. It didn't...

  • News This Custom Twin Famicom Is The Stuff Hardware Dreams Are Made Of

    Remember when console designs actually mattered?

    We hate to keep going on about it, but Microsoft revealed the Xbox One to the world this week. We're obviously biased, but we happen to think it looks a little underwhelming in purely physical terms — Nintendo Life Operations Director Darren Calvert said it best when he described the console as...

  • News Dying Light Set To Skip Wii U

    Newly announced survival horror title won't be coming to Wii U

    Warner Bros. Interactive announced a new first-person survival horror game yesterday in the form of Dying Light. It's being developed by Polish developer Techland - the studio behind Dead Island - and was announced for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, as well as current-gen systems...

  • News Tomodachi Collection Famitsu Article Falls Foul Of Unfortunate Timing

    "Whaddaya think of this happy face my husband is making?"

    Japanese star Mari Yaguchi used to be in the band Morning Musume, and is no stranger to the world of video games — she starred (virtually) in Sega's Yakuza 4. She's also a regular columnist in the popular Japanese video games magazine Famitsu. Her most recent column was based around the...

  • Talking Point What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Thirteen

    Here comes the Sun (doo-doo-doo-doo)

    As we glance out of Nintendo Life Towers we see something a little unfamiliar — there's an enormous ball of fire in the sky, and it's bathing us in warmth. We would go and bask in its magnificence, but we've got some video games to play. Of course, as our team is scattered around the world — like...

  • News Second Project X Zone Demo Hitting 3DS eShop On June 27th

    Lucky, lucky Europe

    European 3DS owners are currently getting their hands on the recently-released Lethal Surprise demo for Project X Zone, which showcases characters from Sakura Wars, Cyberbots, Space Channel 5 and Valkyria Chronicles and offers a glimpse of what the final game will look like when it launches in the region on July 5th (the North...

  • News Fresh Details On Treasurenauts Have Been Excavated

    Interview with the developer unearths new information

    Back in March, we reported that developer Renegade Kid was working on a new title called Treasurenauts, as the trademark had been spotted on the USPTO website. Very little information was given about the game at the time, so all we could do was sit and twiddle our thumbs. Two months later, the...

  • News Nintendo UK Wants To Know Why You Love Your 3DS

    "3DSreasons" campaign hits YouTube and other social networks

    The 3DS is having a bumper 2013, with titles like Fire Emblem: Awakening, Luigi's Mansion 2, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate thrilling fans all over the globe. However, killer software isn't the only reason to love Nintendo's popular portable —

  • News Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers European Release Date Emerges

    Courtesy of a fresh trailer

    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers may not have the snappiest of titles, but in our view it's a top notch game, earning 9/10 in our review. Originally a SEGA Saturn first-person dungeon crawler, it has some notable additions and improvements in this 3DS entry, and is also a good starting point for those new...

Thursday23rd May 2013

  • News E3 Nintendo Direct Date and Time Confirmed

    Wii U hype mode... ENGAGE!

    After promises and statements about a Wii U-centric Nintendo Direct around the time of E3, the big N has now confirmed that a global broadcast will take place just before the expo opens. Both Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe have stated that the subject matter will be future Wii U releases; this backs up a...

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    Wii U eShop / SNES

    Review Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts

    Bring fresh underwear

    There’s a school of thought which argues that modern gamers have it too easy, and that this generation of players has grown soft thanks to the fact that developers are all too happy to provide helpful tutorials and short-cuts intended to reduce frustration. You only need to spend a few painful minutes in the company of Super...

  • Nintendo Download 23rd May (North America)

    It's Kirby week, with some portable fun and reduced Denpa Men joining in

    So it's Nintendo Download time once again, North America, and what this week lacks in volume it makes up for with some quality and a lot of Kirby. Wii and DSi miss out, so you'll have to be rocking Nintendo's current hardware to enjoy some downloadable goodies. All of the...

  • News Microsoft: If You're Backwards Compatible, You're Really Backwards

    Xbox creator claims only 5% of players make use of the feature

    Always online. Games tied to a single console. Indie developers can't self-publish. Just when you thought Microsoft couldn't have made a bigger hash of its Xbox One announcement, along comes the company's head of interactive entertainment Don Mattrick to attack backwards compatibility...

  • News Children Of The Sun, Take Note: The Mysterious Cities of Gold Is Coming To Wii U And 3DS

    Classic anime series is getting the video game treatment

    We reported back in February that Neko Entertainment revealed during an interview that the studio was developing a new game for the Wii U, but no specific details were given on the subject. The developer has announced that it's bringing The Mysterious Cities of Gold to the Wii U and 3DS this...

  • News Fire Emblem: Awakening Could Have Been The Swansong For The Series

    Ultimatum spurred the developers on

    Fire Emblem: Awakening has been a commercial and critical triumph, gaining positive review scores and bringing a whole new generation of fans to the series. However, had sales been lower, it could have been the final entry in the franchise. Producer Hitoshi Yamagami was told that if the game sold less than a...

  • News Nintendo Hosting a Pokémon X & Y Developer Roundtable At E3

    Expect lots of new information

    Earlier today, Nintendo announced that a new Nintendo Direct broadcast will take place on 11th June, before the E3 Expo opens; the broadcast will focus on future Wii U releases. That isn't all that Nintendo has to offer, as it will also be holding a one-and-a-half-hour developer roundtable / Q&A on upcoming 3DS...

  • News SEGA Teases Sonic Lost World Characters

    Those little scamps

    The announcement of Sonic Lost World's Wii U and 3DS exclusivity, as part of an agreement between Nintendo and SEGA, was possibly the biggest news to come out of the most recent Nintendo Direct. Sonic may have struggled to live up to his glorious 16-bit days, but he has had his good moments recently, one of which we'd argue was...

  • News Microsoft To Announce Sequel To "Historic" Rare Franchise At E3

    Time to get jealous?

    In case you hadn't noticed, Microsoft lifted the lid on the Xbox One this week. The new system is the successor to the popular 360 console and will be getting plenty of support from the company's stable of internal developers — one of which is former Nintendo partner, Rare. The UK-based studio was purchased by Microsoft over...

  • News EarthBound Listing Materializes on Amazon UK

    You cannot grasp the true form of Amazon’s listing

    We already know that the kooky SNES RPG EarthBound is making its long overdue appearance on the Wii U Virtual Console in Europe and North America sometime this year. Then what’s up with this odd listing for the game on Amazon UK? It may just be a placeholder for a download code, but the £44.99...

  • Video Capcom Gets Silly With Monster Hunter X Street Fighter

    Because... why not?

    Capcom Unity is a fun resource for fans of the company's franchises, and useful for those that get utterly confused by the many intricacies of something like Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. It's also a site where the company's community mods aren't shy of self-parody, which is worthy of some credit. Often happy, it seems, to amuse us...

  • News Capcom UK Cancels Resident Evil "Blood Swimming Pool" PR Stunt After Fatal Attack

    Bizarre promotional event pulled following suspected terrorist killing

    At the start of the month we reported that Capcom UK was planning a grisly and macabre PR stunt to mark the HD release of Resident Evil: Revelations. The plan was to fill a swimming pool with blood-coloured water and dismembered body parts, as well as employ "zombie" lifeguards...

  • News Japanese 3DS Owners Can Download Double Dragon II Next Week

    8-bit classic is punching its way to the 3DS eShop in Japan

    Nintendo has confirmed that the popular side-scrolling fighter Double Dragon II: The Revenge will be coming to the Japanese 3DS eShop on 29th May, priced at 500 Yen. Once again, the heroes of the hour are Billy & Jimmy Lee, who must avenge the brutal murder of Marian at the hands of...

Wednesday22nd May 2013

  • Talking Point The Wii U's Next-Gen Challenge Starts to Take Shape

    Microsoft, Sony and others start to show their cards

    Yesterday, as we're sure most — possibly all — of you are aware, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One, the company's offering for the "next generation" of gaming. And so we finally have a situation where, piece by piece, the rumours, leaked design documents and outright fibs are making way for hard...

  • News Tecmo Koei Hints At A Pokémon Conquest Sequel

    "There was a lot of unfinished material for Pokémon Conquest"

    The Pokémon Company and Tecmo Koei recently collaborated to make a strategy RPG crossover called Pokémon Conquest that took the Nobunaga's Ambition style of gameplay and threw in a flurry of Pokémon to do the battling. Even though the 3DS had been out a while at the time of the...

  • News Wii U Lens Cleaning Kit Appears on Nintendo Store

    In North America, anyway

    When it comes to console accessories, they're not always exciting or particularly necessary, but can still be useful. If you're worried about disc reading issues on your Wii U, maintenance and salvation is at hand with the official Wii U Lens Cleaning Kit. If you did regularly use a cleaning kit on the Wii, it's worth...

  • Weirdness Theories on the Inside of a Poké Ball

    PETA would choose the "ideal environment theory"

    Video games are often silly, fantastical things, which is one of the reasons that we love them. Still, that silliness can sometimes be fun for theoretical nonsense, such as the real estate value of Hyrule Castle. The same group that came up with that theory has now asked that all-important question...

  • News Rewind, EA Is In Fact Developing Games For The Wii U

    Um, what?

    It's been less than a week since we brought you the news that Electronic Arts confessed it had zero games in development for the Wii U. This didn't sit particularly well with you lovely readers, especially when Senior Software Engineer and Architect at EA, Bob Summerwill, blasted Nintendo's latest console on Twitter. Time to backtrack...

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    3DS eShop / NES

    Review Mega Man 5

    Super fighting robot

    Capcom has been very fast with releasing the original Mega Man series on 3DS Virtual Console, and now we're already up to the fifth entry. As you might expect, Mega Man 5 is quite similar to the four games before it; eight new Robot Masters have appeared, and it's up to Mega Man to stop them and their leader, who appears to be...

  • News Target Weighs In With Wii U Basic Model Price Cut

    Similar to moves by retailers in the UK

    As the Wii U awaits high profile games to join its library in the second half of the year, the short term pressures on retailers to sell the systems are clearly taking a toll. Earlier in May, UK supermarket chain Asda sparked a mini retail war by slashing the console's price, with some — not all — rivals...

  • News Media Outlets List Call of Duty: Ghosts for Wii U

    Based on past form, official confirmation may take a while

    Activision has been rather coy about whether its latest FPS extravaganza, Call of Duty: Ghosts will be coming to Wii U, being suitably cryptic on the subject. Vagueness has left the door open to optimism for fans of the series that happen to primarily use Nintendo systems, especially as the...

  • News Flipnote Hatena Data to be Automatically Switched to Flipnote Studio 3D World Gallery

    Unless you opt out

    As announced earlier in this year, Flipnote Studio 3D is coming to the 3DS eShop as a free app this Summer, finally taking the place of the DSiWare title that's been non-transferable to the new hardware. As explained with that announcement, the new and free app will split the online sharing component of your creations into two...

  • News Fantasy Life Expansion Heading to 3DS in Japan

    We're still hoping for localisation

    Level-5's Fantasy Life, which was developed along with Nintendo subsidiary 1-Up Studios — formerly Brownie Brown — has performed well in Japan, so much so that the publisher has announced a new upgraded version of the title, called Fantasy Life Link!. As an RPG that allows you to choose a career, set off on a...

  • News 3D Altered Beast is Ready to Kick Some Shins on the Japanese 3DS eShop

    Wise-ing Fwom Its Gwave

    While, admittedly, Japanese gamers currently suffer from comparatively empty eShop platforms — particularly on Wii U — due to tough publishing rules, as always there are some extras in the region that make us jealous. Notably, there's been a SEGA range of 3D Classics, including Sonic the Hedgehog and Space Harrier. Now...

  • News Japanese Hardware Sales Slow Down For the Second Consecutive Week

    Tomodachi Collection: New Life knocked off top spot

    This week's Japanese chart results are in, and show that the slow software release schedule in the past couple of weeks is causing a hit on hardware sales across the board. Only the PSP enjoyed a small boost, which can be attributed to the fact that this week's number one is for Sony's ageing...

Tuesday21st May 2013

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    Wii U

    Review Resident Evil Revelations

    Not quite as revelatory

    Resident Evil Revelations on 3DS was, and still is, one of the most impressive and well-crafted demonstrations of the handheld's capabilities. With accomplished visuals — combined with outstanding stereoscopic 3D — it delivered a return to form for the franchise, with large sections reverting back to older, and better,...

  • News New Wii U System Update Goes Live

    Don't get excited, though

    If you have good timing you'll have already seen it, but if not then be prepared - a Wii U system update awaits. On our system it kicked in automatically when the console was booted up, and it's clear from the download and install time that it's a spit and polish effort, not a major change. Having checked the Nintendo of...

  • Poll Do You Follow and Watch Rival Console Reveals?

    Microsoft's new Xbox is next up

    We're just going to come out and do it, and gauge just how much you, the Nintendo Life community, have been following the rival console reveals of the PS4 and today's Xbox Next/Infinity/they-might-just-call-it-Xbox event. As a network that includes www.pushsquare.com and www.purexbox.com, the latter of which is also...

  • News Capcom Outlines June DLC for Resident Evil Revelations

    And no, it doesn't include new levels

    A good while ago we picked up on the news that the Resident Evil Revelations re-release would have paid-DLC for its Raid mode, the arcade-style single and multiplayer shooting-fest that's actually a bit of a highlight. Details have now emerged via Capcom Unity, for those that just can't resist spending money on...

  • News A.N.N.E Developer Confirms Wii U Version, Regardless of Kickstarter Stretch Goal

    Failure to hit target will merely delay eventual release

    In recent times we've seen plenty of Kickstarter projects offer up stretch goals for Wii U or 3DS releases, and a number of them have hit those targets. A.N.N.E, on the other hand, doesn't look likely to hit its amended Wii U target of $140,000, as it's resting on just under $90,000 — at the...

  • News Day One Resident Evil Revelations Update Adds ResidentEvil.net Support

    Link your game to the custom rewards site

    We're currently in the final stretch of bringing you our Resident Evil Revelations review, and have noticed that Capcom has enabled a day one update — the title releases in North America today — to activate functionality for www.residentevil.net. This website tracks your progress through the title, both...

  • News Kevin Conroy Inadvertently Confirms Role in Future Batman Arkham Game

    Lets the cat out of the bag, can't get it back in

    So, yesterday there was some confusion. Kevin Conroy, the well-known voice of Batman, spoke about appearing in Batman: Arkham Origins, or so we thought, before it then emerged that a new actor was voicing the younger Caped Crusader. We rationalised that Conroy would probably appear as the grisly old...

  • News Former Rockstar Producer Considers the Challenges Facing Home Consoles

    Believes that gaming needs to push itself artistically

    The games industry is undoubtedly in flux, with Nintendo putting in motion plans to boost the sales performance of the Wii U, while Sony and Microsoft prepare for the challenge of releasing their own systems. When you consider the rise of alternative gaming platforms, such as the phenomenally...

  • News Recent Taiko Drum Master Games Ship Over 500,000 in Japan

    Rhythm games aren't fully dead just yet

    While the manic clacking of plastic guitars has largely fallen quiet across the world, Japan still has a place in its rhythm gaming heart for a different instrument: the humble-yet-iconic taiko drum. According to Siliconera, Namco Bandai has announced more than 500,000 combined units shipped for two titles in...

  • News New Mega Man Graphic Novel Lands in North America on 22nd May

    Order now for a pre-order discount

    If you like Mega Man and if you also like comics/graphic novels, then chances are you know about the Archie publications on the franchise. The graphic novel releases combine multiple comics into one juicy bundle, with the story-lines covering enough lore and background to the many games to satisfy the most ardent...

  • Video Splinter Cell Blacklist Co-op Goes for the Kill

    More shoot-shoot-bang-bang than sneaky

    Splinter Cell: Blacklist is one of a few major Ubisoft titles heading to Wii U, set to perform a sneak kill on the system in mid-August. It's shaping up reasonably well, based on recent footage, with reassurances that stealth can be prominent and information showing that the GamePad's capabilities will be put...

Monday20th May 2013