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Feature: Five Reasons To Choose Wii U This Holiday Season

Five Reasons To Choose Wii U This Holiday Season

To borrow Nintendo's slogan, The Time Is Now

We're approaching a time of year defined by many things. Great times with friends and family, lots of food and plenty of fun. Of course, before the big Holiday itself we have lots of shopping and — with that — plenty of choices to make. For gamers there are a number of treats on offer, with...

News: Mario & Donkey Kong Double Set and Nintendo Pocket Football Heading to Retail in Europe

Mario & Donkey Kong Double Set and Nintendo Pocket Football Heading to Retail in Europe

Boxes with download codes, no cart

In the past year or so we've seen Nintendo make a variety of moves, across different regions, to promote key eShop titles in stores. The UK market has a number of download games available as code cards in GAME stores, for example, while the NES Remix Pack is coming to North America on Wii U. It's a growing list of...

News: This Mario Kart 8 Badge Set Brings Some Extra Style to Club Nintendo

This Mario Kart 8 Badge Set Brings Some Extra Style to Club Nintendo

Available right now in Europe and Australia

Club Nintendo sometimes gets criticism for not providing regular updates of neat collectibles, but the latest arrival in Europe and Australia may satisfy those with some Stars to spend — there's now a Mario Kart 8 badge set. A rather nice presentation box, pictured above, contains three metal badges...

News: Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Storm Japanese Charts, New 3DS Sales Climb in Unison

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Storm Japanese Charts, New 3DS Sales Climb in Unison

There's 1,500,000 or more to see

Not content with securing first place in the Japanese sales charts, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire also managed to secure second place as well with the Double Pack variation. This amounts to over 1,500,000 physical sales for the monster-catching experience in its first week of sales, an astounding feat which...

Weirdness: This Back To The Future-Style VR Hoverboard Game Uses The Wii Fit Balance Board

This Back To The Future-Style VR Hoverboard Game Uses The Wii Fit Balance Board

"The Wii Fit board is actually a really awesome device"

The Back to the Future series is packed with memorable moments, but one of the most iconic has to be the hoverboard sequence in the second movie. Inspired by the classic film, Australian developer Kieran Lord has created Hoverboards Inc, a title built in Unity that uses Oculus Rift and the Wii...

Weirdness: A Fox amiibo Placed Rather Well in a Tournament, Crushing Mere Mortals

A Fox amiibo Placed Rather Well in a Tournament, Crushing Mere Mortals

Smashing like a fox...

We've little doubt that a number of gamers in North America are already mastering the intricacies of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, while plenty are surely training up their favourite amiibo to accompany them. Of course, those that consider themselves to be serious players will question just how good the amiibo can get. Based...

News: Science Tries To Ruin Our Fun As Zelda's Hookshot And Mario Galaxy's Planets Come Under Scrutiny

Science Tries To Ruin Our Fun As Zelda's Hookshot And Mario Galaxy's Planets Come Under Scrutiny

Don't watch the Zelda video if you're squeamish

We all know that video games are pure fantasy, and that they should rarely be considered accurate representations of reality. Even so, it's fascinating to consider how popular franchises would fare if they were governed by the proper laws of the universe. If you've ever wondered what games would be...

Soapbox: Sonic, It's Time to Talk

Sonic, It's Time to Talk

Tom Whitehead bemoans the blue blur's struggles

A grim reality struck me this week. A new Sonic game was out and I couldn't, personally, care less. If brief demo time and video footage wasn't evidence enough, the word of those in the team that own Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric was enough to convince me that it wasn't worth my time or money. When both...

News: Assets For Cancelled Nintendo DS Version Of Crash Tag Team Racing Emerge

Assets For Cancelled Nintendo DS Version Of Crash Tag Team Racing Emerge

Was apparently only months from completion

Back in 2005 Sierra released Crash Tag Team Racing on a variety of formats, including the Nintendo GameCube. The game was a sequel of sorts to the well-received PlayStation classic Crash Team Racing and its follow-up Crash Nitro Kart, and was also due to hit the Nintendo DS at the same time. That port...

News: 1.5 Million Copies Of Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Sold In Japan Within Three Days

1.5 Million Copies Of Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Sold In Japan Within Three Days

Gotta sell 'em all!

With Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire being two of the most anticipated 3DS releases of 2014 – as well as one of the most requested remakes from the Pokémon line – it comes as no surprise that over 1.5 million copies of the latest entries in the series have been sold in Japan within the first three days of its...

Video: New Rodea the Sky Soldier Footage Shows Off Progress

New Rodea the Sky Soldier Footage Shows Off Progress

Looks like a modest upscale from the Wii version

For quite a while Rodea the Sky Soldier seemed destined to remain in publishing purgatory, with original developer Prope and project lead Yuji Naka declaring the Wii version finished and simply awaiting release, while the 3DS iteration was mostly ready. Whatever happened behind the scenes, publisher...

News: Image & Form Reveals That Steam Powered Giraffe is Producing the SteamWorld Heist Soundtrack

Image & Form Reveals That Steam Powered Giraffe is Producing the SteamWorld Heist Soundtrack

Will appear in-game, too

SteamWorld Dig, the 3DS eShop title — since ported to other platforms including Wii U — propelled Image & Form to prominence among Nintendo gamers and the wider gaming community, so there'll be plenty of attention on the upcoming SteamWorld Heist. Less a sequel and more of a spin-off, it sees the steam-driven robots...

News: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Sells Nearly 500,000 Copies on Launch Weekend, Sets US Record

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Sells Nearly 500,000 Copies on Launch Weekend, Sets US Record

Nintendo promises "a few more surprises" for its fans

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has now been out for a good few days in North America — European gamers don't have long to wait — and has, unsurprisingly, gone down rather well. Critically acclaimed and praised by most that have jumped right in, the brawler has had quite an impact. Nintendo of...

News: The Lost Worlds of Power eBook Arrives This Week to Fulfil Your Retro Life

The Lost Worlds of Power eBook Arrives This Week to Fulfil Your Retro Life

"12 unique literary adaptations of classic and not-so-classic NES games"

Earlier this year we told you about The Lost Worlds of Power: Volume 0, a free eBook — led and collated by Nintendo Life alumni Philip J Reed — which included five new tales inspired by the notoriously awful Worlds of Power video game novels from the NES era. That was...

News: Spidey’s Arch-Nemesis Venom Is Receiving His Very Own Table In Zen Pinball 2

Spidey’s Arch-Nemesis Venom Is Receiving His Very Own Table In Zen Pinball 2

Releases on the Wii U eShop next month

The ongoing support for the Wii U version of Zen Pinball 2 continues with Zen Studios announcing Spider-Man’s symbiotic nemesis, Venom, will receive his very own themed table. The Marvel Comics-inspired table – also featuring the heroic web slinger Spider-Man, Eddie Brock as the empowered villain, and...

News: Sami Cetin Breaks The NTSC Super Mario Kart World Record On Mario Circuit 1

Sami Cetin Breaks The NTSC Super Mario Kart World Record On Mario Circuit 1

He's a Time Trial master

Super Mario Kart SNES has just had another barrier broken on the Time Trial Mode. You may recall us reporting that UK-based Mario Kart expert Sami Cetin was the first person to break the sub-58 second barrier on the PAL Version of Mario Circuit 1 on Christmas Day, 2013. After this amazing Christmas present it was almost...

News: Pokémon Omega Ruby And Alpha Sapphire Version 1.1 Now Available To Download

Pokémon Omega Ruby And Alpha Sapphire Version 1.1 Now Available To Download

Gotta patch 'em all!

Following the release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire in North America, Australia, and New Zealand last week, The Pokémon Company has released an update for the new entries in the series that irons out various bugs and provides a smoother game experience. All 3DS owners who have a copy of either of these games will...

Video: Man at Arms Crew Forges Link's Fierce Deity Sword

Man at Arms Crew Forges Link's Fierce Deity Sword

We can't mask our enthusiasm

Certain people make a hobby of taking fictional pointy things and bringing them into reality. The Legend of Zelda series' iconic swords are a natural part of these dream projects, with a replica of Dark Link's Sword recently brought to light. This time, however, the swordsmiths of Baltimore Knife and Sword have taken on...