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Editorial: Linkle May be a Clunky Introduction For a 'Female Link', But Opens Up Interesting Possibilities

Linkle May be a Clunky Introduction For a 'Female Link', But Opens Up Interesting Possibilities

Tom Whitehead ponders a more open world for The Legend of Zelda

From now until the start of the new year we're going to be republishing some of what we feel are our best features of 2015. Hopefully this will offer the chance for newer readers to catch up on content they might have missed and allow long-time fans to reacquaint themselves with...

News: Bowser And Donkey Kong Skylanders Superchargers amiibo Releasing In Cheaper Combo Packs

Bowser And Donkey Kong Skylanders Superchargers amiibo Releasing In Cheaper Combo Packs

No need to shell out for the starter pack, collectors

Skylanders Superchargers was pretty unique on Nintendo formats as the starter pack launched with either Bowser or Donkey Kong, and the figures could be toggled between Skylanders and amiibo functionality by turning the base. The problem for serious amiibo collectors is that you have to purchase...

News: Blitworks Will Be Publishing The Next Penelope on Wii U

Blitworks Will Be Publishing The Next Penelope on Wii U

It's in good hands

Some of you may remember some coverage we gave on a game called The Next Penelope about this time last year. At the time, it was due out on PC in a few months and it was promised to be on its way to the Wii U later in the year. While it may be that Aurelien Regard wasn't quite able to push it out before the new year, the game is...

Weirdness: Gamer Keeps Super Famicom On For 20 Years To Preserve Umihara Kawase Save Data

Gamer Keeps Super Famicom On For 20 Years To Preserve Umihara Kawase Save Data

That's over 180,000 hours

Back in the days when cartridges used batteries to store save data, your precious save files would only remain in existence as long as the battery itself had juice - when the power ran out, the data was lost forever. Collectors of retro games will know this fact all too well; many RPGs from the '80s and '90s are now...

Feature: A Year in Development - Yacht Club Games Reflects on the First Half of 2015

A Year in Development - Yacht Club Games Reflects on the First Half of 2015

"Not for a moment were we just resting"

Shovel Knight was one of the biggest success stories of 2014, yet it remained a significant part of the download scene in 2015. In the fourth article of this 2015 'Year in Development' series we chat to Ian Flood and David D'Angelo of Yacht Club Games, talking in detail about the studio's year. In this first...

Talking Point: 2015 - A Peculiar Year of New, Old and Surprising Nintendo Games

2015 - A Peculiar Year of New, Old and Surprising Nintendo Games

Not quite the expected

Reflecting on Nintendo's 2015 isn't a simple task. There has been great sadness and disruption due to the passing of Satoru Iwata, and the company has been in a general holding pattern for large parts of the year. Let's consider the key releases or updates that have fallen back to 2016, in no particular order. Most...

Feature: How Mario Kart Brought Two Soul Mates Together

How Mario Kart Brought Two Soul Mates Together

The road to true love is littered with red shells

From now until the start of the new year we're going to be republishing some of what we feel are our best features of 2015. Hopefully this will offer the chance for newer readers to catch up on content they might have missed and allow long-time fans to reacquaint themselves with features they enjoyed...

News: Koei Tecmo's President Seems To Think NX Is A Home Console First And Foremost

Koei Tecmo's President Seems To Think NX Is A Home Console First And Foremost

"Nintendo announced a new 'machine' called the NX"

2016 is the year that Nintendo reveals more about the NX, which - it has been rumoured - could unify the company's handheld and domestic console markets. Despite the chatter, no one really seems to know what NX is all about, but Koei Tecmo President and CEO Yoichi Erikawa has hinted in an...

News: There'll Be More Senran Kagura Bursting Onto the Scene in 2016

There'll Be More Senran Kagura Bursting Onto the Scene in 2016

Will you be tempted to see what the fuss is about?

It's quite an understatement to say that the Senran Kagura series is controversial. While it could be argued that the actual gameplay is pretty solid, taking one look at the box art is enough to see what really gets copies flying off shelves. On one side, there are the people who appreciate it for...

Random: Here's Where All the Koopalings Got Their Names

Here's Where All the Koopalings Got Their Names

Another mystery solved

The Koopalings are a colorful and varied cast of characters that add a nice layer of personality to the Super Mario series. The seven characters are all wacky in their own way and, oddly enough, they technically aren't Bowser's children. Nonetheless, they have nothing but mischief on their minds and they offer up some pretty...

News: Japanese Hyrule Gold New 3DS LL Tying in with Hyrule Warriors Legends

Japanese Hyrule Gold New 3DS LL Tying in with Hyrule Warriors Legends

A costume and fairy for the portable quest

The Hyrule Gold New 3DS XL that has been exclusive to GameStop will be making its Japanese debut this January alongside the release of Hyrule Warriors Legends. Although the game does not appear to be packaged with the system, Japan's Hyrule Gold 3DS LL will still come with a couple incentives for it. A...

Talking Point: The Easily Forgotten Hardware Release of 2015 - New Nintendo 3DS

The Easily Forgotten Hardware Release of 2015 - New Nintendo 3DS

Reflecting on the lovely but underutilised system

Nintendo released new hardware in 2015. Yes, it really did. It can seem so long ago now, but the New Nintendo 3DS arrived in the West in February, having made its début in Japan and Australia in late 2014. We were rather excited about it here at Nintendo Life, too, landing as it did with both The...

News: New Super Mario Bros. Wii Looks Set to Hit Europe on 7th January

New Super Mario Bros. Wii Looks Set to Hit Europe on 7th January

Wahoo!

Though the Wii U Virtual Console is missing a few obvious platforms and release - ahem, GameCube - it has brought some goodies. One of the welcome additions has been Wii downloads; a number of excellent games have arrived, including some that are relatively hard to find or expensive in physical form. It's certainly had its successes in terms...

Video: How to Get a Skell in Xenoblade Chronicles X, Including Locations of Rare Items

How to Get a Skell in Xenoblade Chronicles X, Including Locations of Rare Items

Alex shows the way

We love Xenoblade Chronicles X, yet we're aware that it has a few negatives. The text and user interface could be better, and there are some difficulty spikes and awkward collectathons. The latter is particularly prominent when trying to secure your Skell licence, which you predictably need to get your own cool mech. For those of...

Talking Point: Five Key Challenges Nintendo Faces with the NX

Five Key Challenges Nintendo Faces with the NX

With talk of dev kits out in the wild the next generation is on the agenda

From now until the start of the new year we're going to be republishing some of what we feel are our best features of 2015. Hopefully this will offer the chance for newer readers to catch up on content they might have missed and allow long-time fans to reacquaint themselves...

Video: Super Mario Maker Gives Us That Excitebike Platformer We Always Wanted, and a Small Update

Super Mario Maker Gives Us That Excitebike Platformer We Always Wanted, and a Small Update

Birdo is shown off ahead of New Year's Eve release, too

Super Mario Maker is not only a terrific creation tool and platformer in its own right, but it keeps us on our toes with its quirky updates. Next up on 31st December we'll have new Course Events that'll unlock Excitebike and Birdo costumes, with the former certainly tickling our fancy. The NES...

News: First Edition Pokémon Trading Cards Are Getting A Reprint For The 20th Birthday Of The Franchise

First Edition Pokémon Trading Cards Are Getting A Reprint For The 20th Birthday Of The Franchise

Gotta catch 'em all, again

1996 saw the introduction of the Pocket Monster - or Pokémon, as it is better known - series in Japan. That means that next year is the 20th anniversary of the birth of the franchise, and to celebrate this milestone fans will be able to purchase the very first base set of Pokémon cards - in Japan, at least. The set...

News: Yusuke Hashimoto Talks Star Fox Zero and Collaborating with Nintendo

Yusuke Hashimoto Talks Star Fox Zero and Collaborating with Nintendo

A dream come true

It came as something of a pleasant surprise when Star Fox Zero was officially announced and it was revealed that Platinum Games was to be involved in the production. The studio that's made itself famous by producing over the top action games such as Bayonetta seems to be exactly what the dormant Star Fox series needs, and it will...

News: Get Up to Speed with Awesome Games Done Quick 2016

Get Up to Speed with Awesome Games Done Quick 2016

Nintendo games new and classic are among speedruns for charity

Sure, holidays are cool and New Year's Eve lets you stay up late watching awful musical acts on the telly, but some look forward even more toward another event just beyond the first of January. Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 will be speedrunning games nonstop from 3rd-10th January in...

Video: Get on the Starting Blocks With Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Footage

Get on the Starting Blocks With Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Footage

Portable putting

The snappily-titled Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be an interesting arrival in 2016. The series has evidently been popular to date, but seeing how the latest entry fares in the current generation will be worth following; Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games was only on Wii U and didn't seem...

Giveaway: Grab Yourself a Free Copy of Cube Life: Island Survival

Grab Yourself a Free Copy of Cube Life: Island Survival

We have 100 copies to give away (North America only)

It's the season for giving, so we have a giveaway of a Wii U eShop release for those among you keen on adventure and creativity. Developer Cypronia has kindly offered to give-away 100 free copies of Cube Life: Island Survival to Nintendo Life readers because, well, it's Christmas! It's a sandbox...

News: Piranha Pit is Heading to Splatoon Very Soon

Piranha Pit is Heading to Splatoon Very Soon

Depending on your time zone...

The festive Splatoon updates continue to roll in, with a new stage next to grace the game before we move into 2016. Piranha Pit is coming 'tomorrow morning', as confirmed by Nintendo of Europe; based on typical update times that should mean the stage goes into rotation at 7pm Pacific The video below gives a glimpse...

Editorial: Satoru Iwata Embodied The Playful Brilliance of Nintendo, and His Legacy Will Endure

Satoru Iwata Embodied The Playful Brilliance of Nintendo, and His Legacy Will Endure

"In my heart, I am a gamer"

From now until the start of the new year we're going to be republishing some of what we feel are our best features of 2015. Hopefully this will offer the chance for newer readers to catch up on content they might have missed and allow long-time fans to reacquaint themselves with features they enjoyed the first time...