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Tomorrow: Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS National Championship 2014 (UK)

Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS National Championship 2014 (UK)

We'll be there, why don't you join us?

Super Smash Bros. fans across the UK have been battling it out for a chance to be crowned National Champion 2014. The qualifying heats took place at selected GAME stores which determined 32 finalists — 4 from each of the 8 regional heats — who are now ready to battle it out one final time tomorrow, Friday...

News: Nintendo Boasts New 3DS is its Best-Selling Remodelled Handheld System to Date

Nintendo Boasts New 3DS is its Best-Selling Remodelled Handheld System to Date

Grossly outselling its predecessors

Nintendo has announced that the New Nintendo 3DS and its bigger brother the New Nintendo 3DS LL have been privy to a success more uproarious than expected. In its latest financial report, Nintendo has claimed that over 400,000 New 3DS units have been sold in the mere three weeks that it has been available in...

News: "Pre-Download" Service to Kick Off With Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

"Pre-Download" Service to Kick Off With Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Download most of the game in advance

While the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores have taken great strides in bringing Nintendo towards current-day standards in digital retail, there are still various areas of improvement. Just recently Nintendo has begun to sell retail downloads online that can, by purchasing from the official website in North America...

News: Iwata Cites "Same-Generation Hypothesis" For Strong Smash Bros. And Pokémon Performance

Iwata Cites "Same-Generation Hypothesis" For Strong Smash Bros. And Pokémon Performance

You grow up, but the games stay with you

Nintendo's Financial Results Briefing is out, and in it company president Satoru Iwata outlines why its Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon franchises are enjoying such robust commercial success. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has performed better than expected on 3DS, and anticipation for the Wii U entry is...

News: Satoru Iwata Outlines Nintendo's First QOL Platform

Satoru Iwata Outlines Nintendo's First QOL Platform

Focused on improving sleep and reducing fatigue

Since its announcement in January this year, Nintendo intrigued and confused some observers when it outlined plans to produce a Quality of Life — or QOL — platform. It was explained that it would be an entirely separate product from game systems — with some potential for overlapping apps and...

News: System Update 9.2.0-20 Now Available On 3DS

System Update 9.2.0-20 Now Available On 3DS

Improved stability, but not much else

Earlier this month, the hotly anticipated 3DS System Update introducing HOME Menu themes went live across Europe and North America. Additionally, this update activated the new Theme Shop, enabled screenshots of the 3DS HOME Menu to be taken, added a 3DS Image Share shortcut button, and also improved eShop...

News: Runbow Developers Picked Wii U for its Massive Local Multiplayer Capability

Runbow Developers Picked Wii U for its Massive Local Multiplayer Capability

Nine is enough

The Wii U's position as a party console seems to be cementing itself lately. It's now well known that the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. can support 8-player offline play, but Toronto-based indie studio 13AM has been working on Runbow, a game that can cram a full nine people around the TV (well, one can probably sit to the side...

News: Awesome Fan Album Metroid Cinematica Released Today

Awesome Fan Album Metroid Cinematica Released Today

Music to our ears

A young composer by the name of Sam Dillard has been hard at work composing and compiling his tribute to the spectacular music of the Metroid series, and has announced that the album is available to download right now. The 16 tracks on offer are all based heavily on tracks from the Metroid series as you might expect, but these are...

Video: Super Smash Bros. Announcer Xander Mobus Talks About His Role in the Franchise

Super Smash Bros. Announcer Xander Mobus Talks About His Role in the Franchise

The man behind the powerful voice...

YouTube channel Super Mario's Channel has posted a 25-minute interview with the announcer of the latest instalments in the Super Smash Bros. series, Xander Mobus; known for his work on Eve of October OVA1, some may be left scratching their heads once they discover the face behind the epic Smash 4 voice. He...

Weirdness: Mike Tyson Fights Himself in Punch-Out!!

Mike Tyson Fights Himself in Punch-Out!!

K-Oh

While the NES version of Punch-Out!! now has 'Featuring Mr. Dream' in the title, before licensing issues and imprisonment in the '90s it was branded with the Mike Tyson name, who was one of the most ferocious boxers in Heavyweight history at his peak. He's now a somewhat mellow middle-aged man, of course, releasing books and conducting speaking...

News: Tournament Players Pass Judgement On 8-Player Super Smash Bros.

Tournament Players Pass Judgement On 8-Player Super Smash Bros.

Could we see 8-player matches in professional events?

Nintendo recently confirmed that the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. will showcase 8-player battles, and the reaction from fans was predictably positive. However, it's worth considering how will this addition will impact professional Smash tournaments. Could we see chaotic 8-player matches...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Rushes Towards 2 Million Sales, New 3DS Continues to Sell Well

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Rushes Towards 2 Million Sales, New 3DS Continues to Sell Well

A monster success in sight

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is utterly thwarting its competition with nearly 2 million physical copies sold, even with new Sony-system titles being released thick and fast such as the acclaimed The Evil Within. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS drops down a good number of places, but this is largely due to the fact that...

News: Yet More Mario 3DS HOME Themes Arrive in Japan, Smash Bros. Options on the Way

Yet More Mario 3DS HOME Themes Arrive in Japan, Smash Bros. Options on the Way

There's even one for the Cat Mario show

The range of 3DS HOME Themes is expanding rapidly, but it's in Japan where the most variety is available on a weekly basis. There's now yet another batch in Nintendo's homeland celebrating Mario games and the Mushroom Kingdom cast, while some Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS themes are on the way in early...

Video: Let's Celebrate The Game Boy That The West Never Got

Let's Celebrate The Game Boy That The West Never Got

Shedding some light on a handheld classic

Nintendo's Game Boy range was massively successful all over the world — heck, even Kurt Cobain had one — but not every variant of the system made it out of Japan. Just before the launch of the Game Boy Color, Nintendo produced a revised backlit version of the original monochrome system which was...

News: Satoru Iwata Returns to Regular Work Following Surgery

Satoru Iwata Returns to Regular Work Following Surgery

Has lost weight but feels healthier

When Satoru Iwata missed E3 this year for medical reasons, there was some concern over the Nintendo President's well-being — it was then confirmed that he'd undergone surgery to remove a growth from his bile duct, and he subsequently missed the company's AGM (annual general meeting). Nintendo said little but to...

News: Capcom Offering Spooky Savings In North America On Resident Evil eShop Titles

Capcom Offering Spooky Savings In North America On Resident Evil eShop Titles

Three games available for absolutely killer prices

If you live in North America and want to ramp up the scare factor this Halloween, then Capcom might have just the offer to get you in the mood. In a special Nintendo Halloween sale, Capcom will be offering three Resident Evil titles at significantly reduced prices across both the Wii U and 3DS...

News: Pixel Paint Lands On North America’s Wii U eShop This Week In All Its Retro Glory

Pixel Paint Lands On North America’s Wii U eShop This Week In All Its Retro Glory

Relive the pixelated past

If you’ve ever wanted a tool outside of a regular computer program to assist you with the recreation of retro pixel art, then Pixel Paint – brought to you by developer and publisher Two Kernel Connection – might just be the game for you. Due out on the North American Wii U eShop on 30th October for the price of...

News: Super Smash Bros. 3-Poster Set Now Available from Club Nintendo in North America

Super Smash Bros. 3-Poster Set Now Available from Club Nintendo in North America

Ringtones and wallpapers available in Europe

Club Nintendo may not keep fans happy at all times, but there are moments where appealing items and treats appear to part us from our collections of coins and stars. Both Nintendo of America and Europe have updated their catalogues in recent times, each with a different flavour. To start with the most...

Video: Try Not To Overheat As You Watch Excitebike Arena Footage From Mario Kart 8's DLC

Try Not To Overheat As You Watch Excitebike Arena Footage From Mario Kart 8's DLC

Very excite

It's not long now until Mario Kart 8 gets its first helping of DLC, and to keep you keen Nintendo has released a video which shows off the amazing Excitebike Arena course — inspired, of course, by the NES game Excitebike. The course is packed with bumps which are perfect for trick boosts, and even features a massive status of the...

News: Developers Reflect on F-Zero As It Passes Ten Years in the Wilderness

Developers Reflect on F-Zero As It Passes Ten Years in the Wilderness

"F-Zero is really something special to me"

Barely an E3 or Nintendo Direct goes by without someone in the Nintendo Life team muttering that maybe, against all odds, F-Zero will return. It's now been over ten years since F-Zero Climax, a thoroughly disappointing Game Boy Advance entry that's ignored by many, arrived in stores. It was an inglorious...