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News: Fresh Batch of New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Emails Looks Set for Monday 12th January

Fresh Batch of New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Emails Looks Set for Monday 12th January

One final opportunity

Just recently we reported that, through emails or simply trying their luck, more European Club Nintendo members were suddenly getting access to the New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador programme. It was hard to discern whether it was an intentional expansion of the scheme or the case that some accounts were simply receiving delayed...

News: Digital Foundry Ponders Next-Gen Hardware Options for Nintendo

Digital Foundry Ponders Next-Gen Hardware Options for Nintendo

Scalability and integration are the buzzwords

Although the next generation of hardware from Nintendo is unlikely to arrive before late 2016 at the earliest, we expect 2015 to be full of speculation and discussion - rational and otherwise - about what's next. The arrival of the New Nintendo 3DS, for example, arguably sets us up for the portable's...

News: Nintendo of America Partners Up With Apex 2015 for Super Smash Bros. Tournament Event

Nintendo of America Partners Up With Apex 2015 for Super Smash Bros. Tournament Event

Possibly the first of many eSports deals

Nintendo is clearly aware of the importance of eSports, a phenomenon that attracts millions of fans across a huge range of global events every year. The competitive gaming scene is perhaps biggest in the PC space, with titles like League of Legends being prominent, but Nintendo brands such as Pokémon and...

Guide: Collecting All the Gems in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Episode 1

Collecting All the Gems in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Episode 1

Episode 1: A New Toad

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is now available in North America and Europe, adding another excellent title to the Wii U library. In this game the goal for Captain Toad and Toadette isn't simply nabbing the star at the end of each stage, but also picking up three gems hidden throughout each level. These become vital in...

News: GetClose is Set to Grab a Few New Features

GetClose is Set to Grab a Few New Features

An update for RIVALS

The competitively controller-sharing Wii U eShop title GetClose: A Game for RVIALS should be receiving an update in the near future, adding some new levels and elements. Developer Wombat Source has stated that they've sent an update for Nintendo's approval that includes the following: Four New Levels - Two for Capture the...

Feature: A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - July to September

A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - July to September

Hysteria over the Smash Bros. demo and all-round hype

We move into the New Year at pace, and our retrospective of Nintendo in 2014 continues at its own - slightly slower - tempo. The April to June entry covered a number of big announcements and the E3 festivities, so as we shift into the third quarter of the year we can reflect on Nintendo picking...

News: Nintendo Steps Away From The Brazilian Market

Nintendo Steps Away From The Brazilian Market

High tariffs blamed

In disappointing news, Nintendo has announced that it'll be ceasing operations in Brazil, effectively leaving the marketplace for the foreseeable future. As of this month distribution of systems and games in the country will stop, taking the company out of a sizeable but also troublesome market. The issue appears to be linked to...

News: New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Edition Promotion is Suddenly Available to More Club Nintendo Members

New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Edition Promotion is Suddenly Available to More Club Nintendo Members

Not everyone, though

This week's announcement of an early New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador promotion in Europe certainly rocked the boat, offering select Club Nintendo members an opportunity to pick up a system before its release date has even been announced. It was exciting for those lucky enough to be included but frustrating for those left out; oddly,...

Video: Unboxing The New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Edition

Unboxing The New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Edition

Hands on with the limited edition bundle

The announcement of the New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Edition promotion was a pleasant and unexpected surprise this week, offering European consumers -- traditionally the red-haired stepchildren of Nintendo's fandom -- the chance to get their grubby hands on the latest 3DS model before its official launch in...

News: Natsume Thanks Fans for Strong Launch of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley in North America

Natsume Thanks Fans for Strong Launch of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley in North America

Performing beyond expectations in the region

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is a diversion for the series, as Natsume took the franchise in some new directions, with the title being the first to go "fully three-dimensional". Story of Seasons, previously released as a Harvest Moon game in Japan but being published under a different name - due to IP...

News: Tri-Strip Brings That Vintage Game Boy Feel To Your Wii U

Tri-Strip Brings That Vintage Game Boy Feel To Your Wii U

Green piece

It has been confirmed that Form Up Studios and Sc0tt Games (yes, that zero is intentional) are bringing Tri-Strip to the Wii U eShop, a puzzle game that comes with a unique visual style which brings to mind the classic Game Boy screen. The aim of the game is to create squares out of triangles to clear room on the screen. You'll be able...

News: Gamer Proposes To Girlfriend During Mischief Makers Speedrun Livestream

Gamer Proposes To Girlfriend During Mischief Makers Speedrun Livestream

Awesome Marriages Done Quick

This year, gamers all over the globe got together for Awesome Games Done Quick, a gaming marathon that raises money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The event has delivered many memorable moments -- including our very own Marcel blasting through Shovel Knight -- but one of the most heart-warming has to be this...

News: Update For Arrow Time U Improves Overall Game Experience

Update For Arrow Time U Improves Overall Game Experience

XenoHorizon also reveals a Wii U exclusive announcement is on the way

Despite poor sales, indie title Arrow Time U has received an update to improve the overall game experience. Ohio-based developer, XenoHorizon, has followed through with its previous promise, making adjustments to time limits in certain levels, removing an irritating voice clip,...

News: Nintendo's NES Predecessor, Unveiled at CES 31 Years Ago, Was Rather Different From the Iconic Home Console

Nintendo's NES Predecessor, Unveiled at CES 31 Years Ago, Was Rather Different From the Iconic Home Console

The Advance Video System was a more literal family computer

This week has brought us the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, which has been particularly light on gaming goods. It's an opportunity for companies big and small to show off their technology, ranging from expensive high-end gear to slightly quirky or silly 'innovations'. For...

News: GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U Stock on Nintendo of America Store Disappears as Quickly as it Arrives

GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U Stock on Nintendo of America Store Disappears as Quickly as it Arrives

Either incredible demand, terribly limited stock or a mix of both

Nintendo had a few stock woes over the festive period, with a particularly tricky item being the GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U - only functional with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, it's nevertheless been in heavy demand from fans keen to enjoy the latest title with their...

Video: Nintendo Life's CapnDrake Blasts Through Shovel Knight in Awesome Speedrun

Nintendo Life's CapnDrake Blasts Through Shovel Knight in Awesome Speedrun

Yacht Club Games provides commentary

Shovel Knight was one of the major successes of 2014, scooping multiple Game of the Year awards (including our own) and achieving impressive sales on Wii U, 3DS and PC; it's also headed to PSN later this year. With the title having made such as impact with its retro-styled gameplay, it's naturally become part of...

News: Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition Credited With Boosting Nintendo's Share Value

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition Credited With Boosting Nintendo's Share Value

2.3% increase for Nintendo, 4.1% for GungHo

Earlier today it was announced that Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition will be coming to the 3DS around the world, a crossover that undoubtedly has significant sales potential. The Puzzle & Dragons brand is sizeable, with tens of millions of downloads for the smartphone game worldwide...

Nintendo Download: 8th January (North America)

8th January (North America)

Chariot, Mega Man battling, Shantae discount, mazes and more

It's that time of the week once again, when an assortment of goodies are revealed in the North American Nintendo Download Update. This week brings a variety of titles for Wii U and 3DS, including a particularly stylish effort from Frima Studio; there are also some discounts on both systems...

News: Nintendo Adds a Bunch of Virtual Console Titles to North American Web Store

Nintendo Adds a Bunch of Virtual Console Titles to North American Web Store

Over 100 retail and VC games across Wii U and 3DS

Last year Nintendo of America began selling retail downloads on its website, in what we hoped was a baby step towards a future where any game on the eShop can be easily bought online. Utilising the online capabilities of the Wii U and 3DS, it's possible to buy a game directly from the website and...

Weirdness: Jimmy Fallon Missed Out On Dating Nicole Kidman Because Of Super Mario Bros.

Jimmy Fallon Missed Out On Dating Nicole Kidman Because Of Super Mario Bros.

Nintendo: ruining potentially famous relationships since 1889​

Today, Jimmy Fallon is a successful comedian, actor and producer, and the current host of The Tonight Show -- but he wasn't always so smooth an operator. During his recent interview with Hollywood star Nicole Kidman, it was revealed that the two met many years ago and that Fallon...

News: Play-Asia is Taking Orders on This Multitap Mayflash GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U

Play-Asia is Taking Orders on This Multitap Mayflash GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U

Apparently supports Super Smash Bros. for Wii U...

When Super Smash Bros. for Wii U launched last November, quite a few gamers opted for bundles and special editions that included the official GameCube Controller Adapter; unfortunately stock was extremely low, to the point that retailers as large as Amazon were failing to fulfil all pre-orders...

News: Nintendo and GungHo Online Entertainment Announce Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition For 3DS

Nintendo and GungHo Online Entertainment Announce Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition For 3DS

Coming to Japan this April

Nintendo has announced it will collaborate with Tokyo-based publisher & developer GungHo Online Entertainment to release an exclusive Mario-themed variation of the company's popular mobile hit, Puzzle & Dragons, on the 3DS later this year. The 3DS adaptation, Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, will...