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Reaction: Pokémon Shuffle Isn't Quite Microtransaction Hell, But It's Getting There

Pokémon Shuffle Isn't Quite Microtransaction Hell, But It's Getting There

Tom Whitehead scratches his head, waits 30 minutes, then scratches it again

Microtransactions. It's a grubby phrase in the eyes of many, mainly because it represents a concept that thrives on being small and inoffensive, yet has the capability to lead to extravagant costs or to simply wreck a game's momentum. It's worse than 'free-to-play', as a...

News: KnapNok Games and Nifflas Exploring Idea of Affordable Space Adventures on 3DS

KnapNok Games and Nifflas Exploring Idea of Affordable Space Adventures on 3DS

Focused on the Wii U version for now

Affordable Space Adventures is certainly on our radar here at Nintendo Life - its unique use of the GamePad and integration of co-op has caught our attention, and we've already named it as one of the biggest Wii U games of 2015. A development partnership between KnapNok Games - Spin The Bottle: Bumpie's Party -...

News: Eiji Aonuma Explains Why Tingle is Such a Peculiar Character

Eiji Aonuma Explains Why Tingle is Such a Peculiar Character

Even more peculiar is a question on his sexuality

When Tingle appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask he wasn't well-received by everyone - that's a little odd, considering this is a franchise with talking rock-based creatures, a villain that transforms into an enormous hog-thing and more. Nevertheless, he's a character that some just don't...

Weirdness: Pokémon Fan Finds a Way to Trade First Generation Pocket Monsters With Himself

Pokémon Fan Finds a Way to Trade First Generation Pocket Monsters With Himself

No retro-loving friends required

Most Pokémon fans have friends, but they may not have buddies that are still rocking a Game Boy, link cable and a copy of Pokémon Red and / or Blue. After all, millions of fans have moved on to online trading and match-ups in the latest 3DS releases. If you still like to go retro, though, a 'mon fan called Pepijn...

News: Pre-orders Now Open at GameStop for the Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter

Pre-orders Now Open at GameStop for the Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter

Comes with purchase of Gamecube Controller

Fans of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U were doubtlessly celebrating when the GameCube adapter was announced alongside the Super Smash Bros. Invitational for this year's E3; many say that the GameCube controller offers up the best control scheme for the fighting game. Nintendo clearly underestimated its...

News: Humphrey, of SPIKEY WALLS Fame, to be a Guest Character in Blocky Bot on Wii U eShop

Humphrey, of SPIKEY WALLS Fame, to be a Guest Character in Blocky Bot on Wii U eShop

Because why not?

Earlier this week we told you about Blocky Bot, a budget-priced title on the way from Mobot Studios. Though typically associated with fairly substantial download titles, the developer explained that it wants to produce a fun game that's suitable for short, snappy gaming sessions. It'll be "a bit of a mash up" of styles and genres...

News: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Tops Japanese Charts and Boosts New Nintendo 3DS Sales

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Tops Japanese Charts and Boosts New Nintendo 3DS Sales

The XL is still the model of choice

We already know that The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D has been an early success since its launch last week, and we now have strong début sales in Japan to add to the picture; it gave the New Nintendo 3DS hardware a boost, too. The Zelda remake was the comfortable winner in the Media Create software top 20...

Video: Feast Your Eyes on Another Slick Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Trailer

Feast Your Eyes on Another Slick Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Trailer

Battles continue to show smoother performance

We're now less than two months away from the arrival of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, the portable re-release of the massive Wii RPG. It'll include support for the Shulk amiibo to unlock in-game extras, but most importantly it could be a hugely impressive experience to play through the adventure and its...

News: Nintendo Confirms Japanese eShop Release Dates for Sin & Punishment 2 and Pandora's Tower in Japan

Nintendo Confirms Japanese eShop Release Dates for Sin & Punishment 2 and Pandora's Tower in Japan

Videos show them off and hopefully point to similar Western releases

After a two week absence for Wii downloads on the eShop, this week's European Nintendo Download Update details confirmed the arrival of Kirby's Adventure Wii in the region. With that confirmed, focus for Wii fans inevitably turns to the remaining games that have already been...

News: Gold Mario amiibo Set to Shine as Walmart Exclusive in North America

Gold Mario amiibo Set to Shine as Walmart Exclusive in North America

What about Europe?

Not long ago a credible rumour emerged of Gold and Silver Mario amiibo toys being prepared for sale, with web pages discovered showing documentation for health and safety testing on these figures, specifically in the Super Mario design. The pages related to Nintendo of America, and it now seems that the gold figure is certainly on...

News: SteamWorld Heist to be Playable At Upcoming US and UK Events

SteamWorld Heist to be Playable At Upcoming US and UK Events

PAX East, EXG Rezzed and The Steampunk World’s Fair

SteamWorld Heist is set to be one of the most intriguing download releases of 2015. A follow-up - but not sequel - to the hugely popular SteamWorld Dig, developer Image & Form is aiming to release the title across multiple platforms, including the eShop on Wii U and 3DS. It's a departure for...

Interview: Nintendo's Damon Baker on the eShop Team, Reaching Out to Indies and Finding Games That Matter

Nintendo's Damon Baker on the eShop Team, Reaching Out to Indies and Finding Games That Matter

Talks self-publishing, New Nintendo 3DS XL and more at Indiecade East

Nintendo recently attended Indiecade East 2015 in New York, where Damon Baker - Senior Manager in Marketing and Licensing - met with fans and developers alike, and led a seminar called "Self-Publishing with Nintendo." Nintendo Life attended the informative seminar and then had a...

News: Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Budoten is Fighting Its Way to Japanese 3DS Systems This Summer

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Budoten is Fighting Its Way to Japanese 3DS Systems This Summer

Over 100 fighters to be included

Fans of Japanese culture, including games and TV, are sure to be familiar with Dragon Ball Z, a franchise that's been relatively common on Nintendo hardware since the days of the original Famicom. Though not all modern entries make it to Nintendo systems there's still decent support, particularly in the handheld...

News: Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the New Nintendo 3DS XL Decision and Desire to Engage With the Community

Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the New Nintendo 3DS XL Decision and Desire to Engage With the Community

"The core audience... we weren't going to win with them on that decision"

Nintendo of America has been an active supporter of Indiecade in recent years, and recently attended the New York based Indiecade East event to showcase eShop releases and to promote the Wii U and 3DS as valid platforms for small developers of all types. It was in attendance...

Video: YouTube Musician Smooth McGroove Performs Majora's Mask Milk Bar Acapella

YouTube Musician Smooth McGroove Performs Majora's Mask Milk Bar Acapella

Milkin' it at the perfect time...

Popular YouTuber Smooth McGroove is at it again, and this time he tackles the 'Milk Bar' from Majora's Mask with a great level of detail and precision (as always). His 'Oath to Order / Calling the Four Giants' upload a week ago proved to go down exceptionally well with all the hype surrounding Majora's Mask 3D this...

Reaction: Satoru Iwata Holds Off on Major Announcements as Investors Appear Settled

Satoru Iwata Holds Off on Major Announcements as Investors Appear Settled

A comfortable, unremarkable Investor Briefing

As those that follow Nintendo closely know only too well, major announcements and shocks aren't just reserved for E3 and the occasional Nintendo Direct. The company has a habit of dropping major news like it's a minor affair, and in the past couple of years has also reserved some notable news for...

News: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Comfortably Out-Sell Predecessors at Launch

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Comfortably Out-Sell Predecessors at Launch

Majora's Mask already approaching 0.5 million in U.S and Europe

Joining the New Nintendo 3DS as notable releases on 13th February - in North America and Europe - were The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, both very different titles seeking to deliver big sales for their respective franchises. The UK chart results -...

News: New Nintendo 3DS Launch Sales in the West Surpass 3DS XL Equivalents

New Nintendo 3DS Launch Sales in the West Surpass 3DS XL Equivalents

Satoru Iwata talks up momentum of 3DS software sales

Nintendo has issued the full English translation of today's Investor's Briefing - though we already reported on plans for amiibo and Virtual Console integration through free software, we can now gain a clearer perspective on the full briefing. For starters, the briefing's delay from earlier in...

News: Hyrule Warriors 'Ganon Pack' DLC to Bring Fresh Mayhem in Final Season Pass Arrival

Hyrule Warriors 'Ganon Pack' DLC to Bring Fresh Mayhem in Final Season Pass Arrival

Play as Ganon in his beast form

Hyrule Warriors has delivered plenty of DLC, but those that picked up the Season Pass will have observed that only one more major pack is included in the deal. It's been listed as 'Boss Pack' with no further details, but confirmation of the Japanese release of this DLC next week has also brought further details on...

News: Nintendo to Introduce Free Software With NES and SNES Experiences Activated Through amiibo

Nintendo to Introduce Free Software With NES and SNES Experiences Activated Through amiibo

North America shown to be dominant in amiibo shipments

Nintendo's Investor Briefing and Q & A is underway after its postponement of a couple of weeks, and Satoru Iwata's Presentation has been uploaded to the company's Japanese website. It's heavily focused on sales patterns rather than outlining new products or core strategies, but one new...