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Preview: Getting Inside The Curiously Undemanding World Of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

Getting Inside The Curiously Undemanding World Of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

"I love what you've done here!"

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is one of those titles which has been instrumental in selling the Nintendo 3DS to the wider gaming public. When it launched in the west back in 2013 it appeared to trigger a rush of interest in Nintendo's portable system, and everyone seemed to be talking about it - sharing their...

News: Amazon Now Offering Nintendo Games For Direct Digital Download

Amazon Now Offering Nintendo Games For Direct Digital Download

"Seamless redemption experience" promised

Online retailer Amazon is now offering digital downloads of "over 50 Nintendo digital game titles" which can be downloaded directly to your 3DS or Wii U console using a "seamless redemption experience". It works like this. You purchase the game on Amazon as you would normally, and then link your Nintendo...

News: Kirby and Mega Man Nendoroids Are Tough to Resist, and Can Now be Pre-Ordered

Kirby and Mega Man Nendoroids Are Tough to Resist, and Can Now be Pre-Ordered

Not cute with your bank balance

It's hard not to love Nendoroids. They're the equivalent of a cuddly husky puppy, all fluffy fur and cheeky dog grins; cute little video game figurines with interchangeable items and outfits? Where do we sign up! The downside is that they can be relatively pricey. Earlier this Summer Mega Man and Kirby Nendoroids...

News: Ace Attorney 6 Confirmed to be Headed to 3DS

Ace Attorney 6 Confirmed to be Headed to 3DS

We're still hoping for The Great Ace Attorney to be localised

The Japanese market sure loves a marketing slow burn with drip-fed information, and Capcom has now kicked that off with another entry in one of its most beloved franchises. It's been confirmed in Famitsu Weekly that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 6 is in development for the 3DS and will...

News: Devil's Third Fails to Hit UK Top 40 in Poor Week for Nintendo Titles

Devil's Third Fails to Hit UK Top 40 in Poor Week for Nintendo Titles

A low point

We suspect that most Nintendo fans in the UK would acknowledge that the company's having a tough time in the country. Splatoon has been an exception in holding its own this summer along with a couple of other evergreen games, and the 3DS remains popular, but in the overall picture the big N is struggling in this particular market. This...

News: Itagaki Accepts "Fair" Devil's Third Criticism But Feels Online Modes Haven't Been Reviewed Properly

Itagaki Accepts "Fair" Devil's Third Criticism But Feels Online Modes Haven't Been Reviewed Properly

"That’s extremely unfortunate for everyone involved"

Devil's Third is out now in Europe and the reviews haven't been glowing. Tomonobu Itagaki's Wii U exclusive has been given something of a drubbing by critics, with outlets such as IGN, Eurogamer and GameSpot handing it dire critical assessments. Itagaki has taken to

Video: PolyKid’s Wii U Adventure Platformer Poi Has A Charming New Trailer

PolyKid’s Wii U Adventure Platformer Poi Has A Charming New Trailer

Kickstarter ends at midnight on Wednesday

As previously reported, PolyKid’s 3D Adventure Platformer Poi is slated for release on Wii U, with a Kickstarter campaign being used to raise funds. The indie team behind the title are drawing inspiration from the classic platformers they grew up with including the likes of Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooi

News: See How Plague Knight's Moveset Was Concocted

See How Plague Knight's Moveset Was Concocted

Yacht Club Games gives a crash course in character mobility

When a character controls well, its motion might seem purely natural and intuitive. What we don't often see from the playing side of the experience, however, is all the work and tweaking developers likely did to make it feel that way. With the free Plague of Shadows campaign coming soon to...

News: The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming to North America

The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming to North America

Rejoice!

Nintendo of America has confirmed the news that some 3DS fans in the region have been waiting for - the smaller New Nintendo 3DS model is coming to North America. Initially it'll just be released as part of a special Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer bundle; this'll include a white system, the game, two cover plates and an amiibo card...

Interview: Engine Software and Orangepixel on Bringing Gunslugs 2's Chaos to 3DS

Engine Software and Orangepixel on Bringing Gunslugs 2's Chaos to 3DS

"There's a lot of room for these "oldschool" arcade games on the eShop"

It can seem like the Wii U eShop gets the most attention in the 'Nindie' stakes, which is certainly the case. Nevertheless, there are still some highly promising downloads on the way to the 3DS, with plenty of life in the portable yet. One such example is Gunslugs 2, originally...

Nintendo Download: 3rd September (Europe)

3rd September (Europe)

Runbow! Gunman Clive HD! StarTropics 1 & 2! Sin & Punishment! More!

Another week begins with Nintendo Download Update details for Europe; due to a public holiday in the UK this information came through later than normal (hat tip to Daan Koopman who forwarded the Dutch information to us). This week is particularly good on the Wii U, it must be said,...

Feature: Handheld LCD Gaming Past And Present

Handheld LCD Gaming Past And Present

For those times when an original Game Boy just isn’t retro-chic enough

Nintendo first hit the LCD game scene all the way back in 1980 with Ball, a simple but thoroughly playable affair at the time that may be familiar to fans of the Game Boy Camera or those brave souls who ventured onto the DSi shop. From these humble beginnings Nintendo's LCD...

News: Pokémon Shuffle Rolls Out on iOS in North America and Europe

Pokémon Shuffle Rolls Out on iOS in North America and Europe

And so it's come to pass

The Pokémon Company has a steady history of iOS and Android releases, but it's not common for titles to be published by Nintendo on the 3DS eShop and to then rock up on smart devices. Pokémon Shuffle has always had the potential to change that, arriving on the 3DS eShop as a free-to-play title with plenty of optional...

News: Sin & Punishment Confirmed to be Blasting it Up on Wii U This Week in Europe

Sin & Punishment Confirmed to be Blasting it Up on Wii U This Week in Europe

An absolute Treasure

Around about this time on a Monday we'd normally be posting the European Nintendo Download Update, but unfortunately for us it's a public Holiday that the big N seems to be observing. It's a bitter pill to swallow, we know, but we'll all just need to wait an extra 24 hours. We do know two games that are coming to Wii U in...

News: Runbow Dashes Across To Europe Later This Week

Runbow Dashes Across To Europe Later This Week

Get ready!

Following the North American release of Runbow last week, 13AM Games has announced the Wii U eShop title will arrive in Europe on 3rd September. The news, as promised, was delivered via the Toronto-based studio’s Twitter page: Users who participated in the Nindies@Home promotion will also receive a 15 percent disco

News: VS. Excitebike Launches Into Some Races Very Soon In North America

VS. Excitebike Launches Into Some Races Very Soon In North America

A Monday treat

At the start of last week Nintendo of America announced that VS. Excitebike was on the way to the Virtual Console. It was clarified that this would be the Famicom Disk version that was previously only released in Japan - in addition to extra tracks and music it has a track editor feature. The release date wasn't announced, as NoA...

Talking Point: Nintendo Continues to Shift Its Third-Party Focus to Nindies

Nintendo Continues to Shift Its Third-Party Focus to Nindies

Necessity, forward thinking or both?

The Wii U and 3DS have been part of a truly first-party generation for Nintendo. As the leading dedicated gaming handheld - by a mile - the 3DS has had some decent support and occasional major third-party exclusives, yet for the Wii U it's been a different affair. Its sales struggles have seen most publishers...

Video: Catch Up With Nintendo's PAX Xenoblade Chronicles X Panel and Nindies Presentation

Catch Up With Nintendo's PAX Xenoblade Chronicles X Panel and Nindies Presentation

An extra look

PAX Prime is now in its last day, with announcements out of the way and booths setting up for the final group of attendees. Nintendo's been particularly active this year, using the US event to make some notable announcements and to show off attractive releases. It's now released video of its main events for everyone to enjoy. First up...

News: Gorgeous Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition Confirmed for North America

Gorgeous Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition Confirmed for North America

Will cost $89.99

There's plenty of excitement around the 4th December arrival of Xenoblade Chronicles X, though fans in North America have been wondering if they'd get the same treatment as European gamers. EU Wii U owners, for example, have a handsome special edition on the way, and the onus has been on Nintendo of America to offer something...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo, Star Fox Zero Release Date

Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo, Star Fox Zero Release Date

A basket of roses

Have you caught up on the sheer volume of news that's happened over the past week? We know it can be tough to keep track so we've compiled all the reviews, releases, and biggest news of the past seven days for you in video format! This week we focus on the incredible Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo, Star Fox Zero's release date, and much...

Poll: The Battle of the Nindies and Questions on amiibo

The Battle of the Nindies and Questions on amiibo

Are Nindie amiibo on your wishlist?

PAX Prime is now right in its peak, with the Seattle event attracting thousands of attendees eager to soak in all there is to offer. Nintendo's been particularly active, too, not only running a booth with plenty of contests and retail games, but also a neat Nindies Lounge with a range of exciting download games...