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News: Mario Kart 8 Pre-Orders from Amazon Japan Get Sweet Mario or Rosalina Playing Cards

Mario Kart 8 Pre-Orders from Amazon Japan Get Sweet Mario or Rosalina Playing Cards

Full of win

With Mario Kart 8's release slowly creeping closer, Nintendo is gradually stepping up its pre-order marketing for multiple regions. Nintendo of Europe was first out of the gate with its Limited Edition software bundle, which includes a Spiny trophy along with the game, while the UK also has various offerings that include wheel...

News: Big Red Button Explains Its Sonic Boom Character Designs, and Admits They Could Have Been Wackier

Big Red Button Explains Its Sonic Boom Character Designs, and Admits They Could Have Been Wackier

Minus input "the character would have been a lot more alien and different"

When Sonic Boom was announced as a TV show, toy range and — perhaps most importantly — a game for Wii U and 3DS, there was an explosion of interest around the web. Much excitable chatter in those initial hours wasn't so much about the setting of the show of the potential...

Video: Nintendo Minute Gets a Little Random While Wishing You a Happy St. Patrick's Day

Nintendo Minute Gets a Little Random While Wishing You a Happy St. Patrick's Day

Getting into the 'spirit', it seems

We regularly post the Nintendo Minute videos here on Nintendo Life — not always, but when they're interesting, entertaining or both. Today's video opens up a new category: 'quirky'. It's 17th March, which means it's St. Patrick's Day, in honour of the patron saint of Ireland. As many will know it's not just...

Feature: A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Twenty Nine

A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Twenty Nine

Lumiose City! Fat Mac! Din's Fire! More things!

It's Monday, which means it's time for our Super Smash Bros. summary from last week. There are some good'uns, too. Masahiro Sakurai produced one post that we though worthy of its own article due to the size of the reveal, and that was Lumiose City as a playable stage; that was particularly exciting...

Ninterview: Legendary Designer Julian Gollop On Ghost Recon, Fire Emblem And Chaos Reborn

Legendary Designer Julian Gollop On Ghost Recon, Fire Emblem And Chaos Reborn

"Chaos Reborn would actually work really well on the Wii U"

A true veteran of the industry, British developer Julian Gollop has been making games for longer than many of this site's readers have been alive. His career started way back in 1983 with Time Lords, but it was with titles like Rebelstar and Laser Squad that he really made his name;...

News: Yoshi's New Island Makes UK Chart Début in 12th Place

Yoshi's New Island Makes UK Chart Début in 12th Place

Avoids getting egg on its face

Last week brought us the launch of Yoshi's New Island, which was met with a decidedly mixed critical reaction. Despite that its success rests not in reviews but in the final results — its performance at retail and, of course, on the eShop. We have a chance to gauge part of its early performance courtesy of the...

News: Nintendo Force Magazine Secures Second Year With Kickstarter Success

Nintendo Force Magazine Secures Second Year With Kickstarter Success

Nearly 2000 backers supported the cause

Last year brought the launch of Nintendo Force magazine (update: now simply known as NF Magazine), a publication with the goal of keeping the Nintendo Power spirit alive and kicking following the latter's closure. Contributors were found from across the web, including our own Corbie Dillard, and it completed a...

News: Level-5's President Discusses Professor Layton's Origins and Plans for More "Unique" Games in the Series

Level-5's President Discusses Professor Layton's Origins and Plans for More "Unique" Games in the Series

"We wanted to offer two intelligent characters"

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy has now arrived in stores around the world, bringing a close to the prequel trilogy and, it seems, the adventures of the iconic Professor Hershel Layton. It was a fantastic finale that was also tinged with sadness, as it closed the door on the top hat wearing...

News: Julius Caesar Will Be Taking the Battle to the Field in Mad Men Football

Julius Caesar Will Be Taking the Battle to the Field in Mad Men Football

Rome wasn't developed in a day...

Mad Men Football is one of the most intriguing recent reveals for the Wii U eShop, with developer AE Games initially grabbing attention with a call-to-arms for smaller developers to step into the places vacated by some major third parties. That aside there's a game in the works, nevertheless, which promises high...

Weirdness: Titanfall Gets a Glorious Yoshi Write-Up in The Times

Titanfall Gets a Glorious Yoshi Write-Up in The Times

We'd totally buy Titanfall: Yoshi Edition

There's no getting around the fact that Yoshi's New Island had mixed reviews — we awarded it a 5/10 score, with various major outlets varying from 4 to 8 out of 10; there's little denying that it divided opinion. It's out in the wild now, however, and consumers will make their own decisions on how the...

Play: Mario Kart 7 with Nintendo Life

Mario Kart 7 with Nintendo Life

Time for pure racing...

Earlier this year we had our first Mario Kart 7 community event of 2014, and unsurprisingly it was a lot of fun. Since that time the release date for Mario Kart 8 has been confirmed, and we've realised that we need a lot more practice before the new Wii U title rolls around. Besides, the 3DS game is still a blast to play over...

Feature: Baby Mario's Global Adventure Through Twitter

Baby Mario's Global Adventure Through Twitter

More social networking hijinks from Nintendo

During February Cranky Kong took over Nintendo of America's Twitter account for a day in order to promote Wii U release Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Nintendo had made much of the character's inclusion in the game, even officially revealing him at the VGX Awards, and took the opportunity to have a...

News: Twitch Claims Victory in Pokémon Crystal

Twitch Claims Victory in Pokémon Crystal

Adventure in Hoenn Begins Next Week

TwitchPlaysPokémon has spawned a massive following and fanbase. An insane amount of artwork and history have been created by thousands of dedicated fans of the series. Now, with two games under its belt, the internet phenomenon will begin its journey in Hoenn next week. The stream defeated the Elite Four and...

News: Kiki's Koi Koi Is Coming To The Wii U eShop

Kiki's Koi Koi Is Coming To The Wii U eShop

Here fishy, fishy, fishy!

This year will mark the 125th anniversary of Nintendo as a company and its humble beginnings as a Hanafuda card maker. It seems fitting then that developer How Seven! – previously known as Cobalt Ceiling Games – has recently announced that it’ll be bringing Kiki’s Koi Koi to the Wii U’s eShop. The title, which was...

Weirdness: This Footage Of The Famicom Disk Writer Kiosk Is A Bit Awesome

This Footage Of The Famicom Disk Writer Kiosk Is A Bit Awesome

Bored of a game? Turn it into another one...

For gamers in the West the NES came in one basic form. There were alternative models with a tray or a top-loader, but it was a cartridge based system that fired up those famous carts over its whole generation. Some retro fans reading this are more than likely aware of the Famicom Disk System, however,...

Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women In Games Won't Make the Problem Go Away

Ignoring The Objectification Of Women In Games Won't Make the Problem Go Away

Should we boycott Senran Kagura Burst's balloon-breasted characters?

Long-time readers of Nintendo Life will be aware that we've given a fair amount of coverage to Senran Kagura Burst, a 3DS fighting game which recently launched in Europe amid a campaign which focused almost entirely on the title's bevy of busty female combatants. To be honest, I...

News: Club Nintendo in North America to Remove Post-Play Survey Coins for Wii and DS Games

Club Nintendo in North America to Remove Post-Play Survey Coins for Wii and DS Games

Sad face

Times keep on changing, and Nintendo is reminding gamers still rocking the Wii and DS that they should really consider an upgrade. There's the sledgehammer approach of disconnecting the Wi-Fi online multiplayer service on the systems, which is as loud a prompt as possible, but there are more subtle ways the message is being made. For those...

News: Wii U eShop Exclusive I've Got to Run! Will Hurry to North America in Q2 2014

Wii U eShop Exclusive I've Got to Run! Will Hurry to North America in Q2 2014

Another new studio making its début on the system

4 Corner Games, a one-woman studio operating out of Wisconsin in the U.S., has announced its first commercial foray into gaming. Syrenne McNulty's Wii U eShop-exclusive I've Got to Run! is a randomly generated auto-running platformer making its début in Q2 2014 in North America. Starring original...