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News: ​Activision Blizzard Has Acquired Major League Gaming

​Activision Blizzard Has Acquired Major League Gaming

Aims to create the "ESPN of eSports"

For those of you that like to follow the more competitive side of gaming, you've no doubt heard about Major League Gaming, or MLG. The organization regularly puts on tournaments and competitions for games such as Starcraft, League of Legends, Super Smash Bros., and Call of Duty; pitting the very best of the best...

News: ​PictoParty's Release Has Been Pushed Back to Late January

​PictoParty's Release Has Been Pushed Back to Late January

A bug is the cause of the delay

Many of you have no doubt played Pictionary at parties before; it can be a wonderfully chaotic competition when everyone's really getting into it. Naturally, a game such as this which channels one's inner artist is a perfect fit for the Wii U GamePad and it was only a matter of time before one would appear on the...

News: Wii U eShop Exclusive 3Souls Will Aim to 'Break New Ground' With the GamePad

Wii U eShop Exclusive 3Souls Will Aim to 'Break New Ground' With the GamePad

From Berlin-based developer Red Column

The Wii U eShop has been home to a variety of new developers with bold ambition, and Berlin-based Red Column is the latest to set out its stall for the store. It's bringing 3Souls exclusively to Wii U in Q2, with the goal of utilising the GamePad "to break new ground in how you control your character and play...

News: Check Out The Upcoming Star Fox Collaboration in Monster Hunter X (Cross)

Check Out The Upcoming Star Fox Collaboration in Monster Hunter X (Cross)

Makes us want the game more

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate had some fun downloadable crossover events and unlockable outfits; it was possible to earn items for your hunter and Palico that paid tribute to franchises such as Street Fighter, Sonic the Hedgehog and more. Nintendo's franchises also featured, with notable examples being The Legend of Zelda and...

News: A Neat New Pokémon Arcade Game Goes For a Literal Approach

A Neat New Pokémon Arcade Game Goes For a Literal Approach

A bit like those basketball machines, but better

We're often bemoaning the state of the arcade industry in some parts of the West - especially in the UK - especially when compared to its continued role in Japanese culture. For major Japan-based developers it can be a key part of business, with Bandai Namco being one of a few big-name companies...

Feature: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2016

The Biggest 3DS Games of 2016

Fire Emblem! Hyrule Warriors! Metroid Prime-ish! Old Pokémon! More!

2016 has arrived, and with it comes optimism and potential for an exciting gaming year ahead. Though plenty of eyes are turning to the next generation of Nintendo hardware, of course, we nevertheless have a fairly busy line-up on the way for 3DS, the portable that continues to...

Video: Catch Up With the Early Nintendo Goodness from Awesome Games Done Quick

Catch Up With the Early Nintendo Goodness from Awesome Games Done Quick

Splatoon, Diddy Kong Racing, Super Mario 64 and more

During the Holidays we pointed your attention to Awesome Games Done Quick 2016, which will be live all week to raise huge sums of money for charity. It achieves admirable results every year, in addition to showing off impressive speedruns and gameplay from skilful and passionate gamers; naturally,...

News: Blind Gamer Completes Five-Year Quest To Finish The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time

Blind Gamer Completes Five-Year Quest To Finish The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time

A true legend

Last year, we reported on the news that someone had 100 percent finished The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time whilst blindfolded - an impressive achievement which undoubtedly took a lot of determination and skill. However, we'd argue that Terry Garrett has gone one better - he may not have collected every single item but he's tota

News: Xenoblade Chronicles X Voice Actress Is In Favour Of Lin's Western Costume Change

Xenoblade Chronicles X Voice Actress Is In Favour Of Lin's Western Costume Change

"People are calling it censorship. I really see it as localisation"

Xenoblade Chronicles X is now out in the west, and it's great - as you'll know if you've read our review or played it yourself already. However, changes made for the North American and European launch of the game - one of which involved the removal of a revealing costume worn by the...

News: Nintendo Games Absent from UK Top 40 to Kick Off 2016

Nintendo Games Absent from UK Top 40 to Kick Off 2016

Things can only get better

The first UK chart results are in for 2016, covering the New Year week up to 2nd January, and they bring an unwelcome landmark for Nintendo. For the first time we can recall in recent times there are no Nintendo games in the all-format or single-format top 40. It's a grim state of affairs, with the post Holiday dip in...

Video: Hudson's Abandoned R&D Lab Still Has Its Miniature Train Track In Place

Hudson's Abandoned R&D Lab Still Has Its Miniature Train Track In Place

All aboard the depression train

Those of you who have been gaming since the 8-bit era will no doubt be very familiar with the name Hudson Soft. A prolific developer during the Famicom / NES, PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16 and Super Famicom / SNES eras, the firm was responsible for titles such as Bomberman, Adventure Island, Bonk, Star Soldier and many...

Nintendo Download: 7th January (Europe)

7th January (Europe)

New Super Mario Bros. Wii! Temple of Yog! Drill Dozer! More!

It's the first Nintendo Download Update of the year, kicking off with the European arrivals that are on the way. This week we have an enjoyable platformer from the Wii era and the EU debut of a Game Freak GBA title, along with a few varied fresh releases on both Wii U and 3DS. There are a...

News: Alien Dinosaurs Will Be Invading The Wii U And 3DS eShops Soon

Alien Dinosaurs Will Be Invading The Wii U And 3DS eShops Soon

Do the dinosaur

Indie developer Ratalaika Games is bringing its action title Alien Dinosaurs to Nintendo platforms. The run-and-gun shooter - which wouldn't look out of place on the Game Boy - sees the player character getting abducted by alien reptiles who then set up a gauntlet of challenges to ascertain if the planet Earth is ripe for conquest...

News: ​Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Developers Explain Why Paper Mario Was Included

​Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Developers Explain Why Paper Mario Was Included

Somebody had to occupy that Y button

It won't be long now until Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam releases in North America, finally giving gamers there a chance to experience this great RPG. Though it crosses over with the Paper Mario series, this is technically the latest entry in the Mario & Luigi series of RPGs for Nintendo handhelds. Considering...

News: ​The Teaser Site For Fire Emblem Fates Has Just Gone Up in North America

​The Teaser Site For Fire Emblem Fates Has Just Gone Up in North America

Just a few more weeks to go

As most of you are aware, Fire Emblem Fates is only less than two months away from release at this point. The highly anticipated strategic RPG will be following up on 2013's Fire Emblem: Awakening, leaving it with some very big shoes to fill. Nintendo really seems to be doubling down on it, too, as the main unit, Corrin,...

Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2016

The Biggest Wii U Games of 2016

The Legend of Zelda x2! Star Fox! Pokkén Tournament! More!

2016 has arrived, and with it comes optimism and potential for an exciting gaming year ahead. Though plenty of eyes are turning to the next generation of Nintendo hardware, of course, there's still plenty of interest for current Wii U gamers. The number of confirmed games may be low, but...

Weirdness: Homebrew Enthusiast Gets Windows 95 Working on the New Nintendo 3DS

Homebrew Enthusiast Gets Windows 95 Working on the New Nintendo 3DS

Just... because

There's an enthusiastic homebrew scene around the 3DS, less interested in piracy and more fascinated with pushing the boundaries of the hardware. This often revolves around getting unexpected software - or operating systems - to work on the portable. One humorous recent example is from a certain shutterbug2000, who has managed to...

Feature: Our Staff's Hopes and Dreams for Nintendo's 2016

Our Staff's Hopes and Dreams for Nintendo's 2016

NX, Legend of Zelda, Mother 3 and more besides

It's now 2016, and hopefully the beginning of an exciting year for Nintendo and its fans. With various big games, products and reveals either dropping out of 2015 or always being planned for this year, we're set for what could be a bumper 12 months. Your humble writer will be looking ahead at what...

News: Happy New Year from Nintendo Life

Happy New Year from Nintendo Life

So, how was 2015 for Nintendo Life?

It's been 10 years since Nintendo Life first began and we're just about ready to wrap up our coverage of 2015, so far we've looked back over Nintendo's most notable moments in 2015, a year in development with a selection of indie developers, we've selected

News: ​Get Ready to Add the Octobrush Nouveau to Your Splatoon Arsenal

​Get Ready to Add the Octobrush Nouveau to Your Splatoon Arsenal

Ring in the new year with this fresh new paintbrush

As of now, the near constant updates to Splatoon are nearly upon their final hour. Though Splatfests and occasional balancing updates will be continuing for the foreseeable future, the stream of new equipment and stages is set to end in January. All the same, there's still a bit more content that's...

Poll: What Did You Think of Nintendo's 2015?

What Did You Think of Nintendo's 2015?

Final reflections

As we write this some parts of the world have already welcomed in the New Year, while some of us are getting ready to celebrate the occasion; this writer is preparing to sign-off for Hogmanay, which is the Scottish term for the occasion. Perhaps it's time, then, for a final reflection; it seems apt that the final word therefore...