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Hands On: Blast Ball Brings Crude Button Mashing and is a Poor Advert for Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Blast Ball Brings Crude Button Mashing and is a Poor Advert for Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Tom and Anthony scratch their heads at Nintendo's Prime demo

Blast Ball had a peculiar reveal and presence in recent weeks. It first appeared in the Nintendo World Championships without Metroid branding, and was then revealed in the E3 Digital Event to be part of Metroid Prime: Federation Force, the divisive 3DS title in development by Next Level...

News: F-Zero 'Spiritual Successor' Kickstarter Makes Classic Crowdfunding Mistakes

F-Zero 'Spiritual Successor' Kickstarter Makes Classic Crowdfunding Mistakes

No video pitch, uses a Blue Falcon model that won't be in the game

F-Zero fans have had little to cheer them in recent times, thought the barnstorming - but brief - showing of FAST Racing NEO on the Nintendo Treehouse broadcast during E3 was a positive; it's not F-Zero and has its own style, but it is super fast futuristic racing that's looking...

News: Happy Independence Day / 4th of July / Random Saturday!

Happy Independence Day / 4th of July / Random Saturday!

Wherever you are, it's still a weekend

Today is a notable Holiday for Nintendo Life readers in the US, as it's Independence Day. Writing this as a Brit, your humble writer is pleased that bygones are bygones and that battles of the past are now blown away in a cacophony of fireworks. We're all winners. If you're not in the US, however, today's...

Feature: A Tale of Adventure and Totemic Chaos in The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

A Tale of Adventure and Totemic Chaos in The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

Three brave heroes seek triumph

This is the tale of identical triplets living in a quiet, uninteresting corner of Hyrule, each with an earnest desire to escape and see the world. Their section of Hyrule isn't on the lavish maps produced in honour of their hero Link, but is off the edge and out of view. Not even smashing pots is much fun in their...

News: Project H.A.M.M.E.R. Exposé Reveals Torrid State Of Affairs At Nintendo Software Technology

Project H.A.M.M.E.R. Exposé Reveals Torrid State Of Affairs At Nintendo Software Technology

The game that humbled a studio

Project H.A.M.M.E.R. was supposed to be a Wii title which catered for the needs of serious gamers, thanks to its gritty setting and focus on intense destructive action. Developed by Nintendo Software Technology - the North American studio responsible for titles like Wave Race: Blue Storm, Metroid Prime: Hunters and...

News: The Man Who Found The SNES PlayStation Thinks It Will Probably Be Sold

The Man Who Found The SNES PlayStation Thinks It Will Probably Be Sold

"Sure my dad would think about selling it because he's pretty broke"

Yesterday we reported on the stunning news that a SNES PlayStation has been located in the wild. The existence of this almost-mythical machine was never in doubt - Sony released promotional images back in the early '90s - but it was believed that all of the prototypes were either...

News: Bill Trinen Will Compete at Evo 2015 as a Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Competitor

Bill Trinen Will Compete at Evo 2015 as a Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Competitor

"Just dipping a toe in the water"

We know that Nintendo Treehouse staff are serious gamers, and a former member of the club and now a well known Senior Product Marketing Manager at Nintendo of America is aiming to show his commitment to a favourite game. Bill Trinen, well known for his Nintendo Direct appearances and ongoing role as translator for...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Nintendo NX Release Date Rumour, Super Mario Maker, Federation Force

Nintendo NX Release Date Rumour, Super Mario Maker, Federation Force

Everything you need to last a week

Having trouble keeping up with everything that happens in the world of Nintendo? Don't worry, it happens to us all, so here, we've bundled everything you'll need to get up-to-date on the biggest and best news from the site as well as all the reviews and releases so you're no longer left in the dark, all in one...

News: Pokkén Tournament Dated For 16th July in Japanese Arcades, as Charizard and Weavile Are Revealed

Pokkén Tournament Dated For 16th July in Japanese Arcades, as Charizard and Weavile Are Revealed

Still dreaming of a console port...

Pokkén Tournament is a luxury that many of us can't hope to enjoy at present. The Bandai Namco-developed fighting game is still only confirmed as an arcade release in Japan, leaving us to gaze on with envy. It now has a release date, too, with the flashy new trailer confirming its arrival in the country on 16th...

Video: Watch Acclaimed Manga Artist Kozaki Yusuke Draw Felicia From Fire Emblem Fates

Watch Acclaimed Manga Artist Kozaki Yusuke Draw Felicia From Fire Emblem Fates

The long and short version

Art design is vital in any game, and it's particularly important when there's a sizeable cast of characters to consider. It's with that in mind that the return of acclaimed manga artist and character designer Kozaji Yusuke to work on Fire Emblem Fates - called Fire Emblem: If in Japan - is such welcome news. Yusuke-san's...

News: New Skylanders SuperChargers Trailer Plays Up Bowser and Donkey Kong as IP's First Ever Guest Stars

New Skylanders SuperChargers Trailer Plays Up Bowser and Donkey Kong as IP's First Ever Guest Stars

Will the tie-in pay off for Nintendo and Activision?

While Skylanders SuperChargers isn't - according to our surveys - particularly high up the wishlists of active Nintendo Life readers, it could be a notable release for Wii U, in particular. During E3 Nintendo and Activision confirmed a smart and unique collaboration that brings Bowser and Donkey...

News: ​Fire Emblem Fates Birthright Edition Is The Popular Choice In Japan

​Fire Emblem Fates Birthright Edition Is The Popular Choice In Japan

Which path would you choose?

We know Fire Emblem Fates will be released in Europe and North America sometime in 2016, but that doesn't stop us from enjoying the action in Japan, where the game is already available. Fire Emblem: If - as it is known in Japan – has sold incredibly well, with the Special Edition Bundle being so much in demand that a...

News: Prototype SNES PlayStation Found In The Wild, Unicorn And Big Foot Expected Next

Prototype SNES PlayStation Found In The Wild, Unicorn And Big Foot Expected Next

Update: Video of console now live

Before Sony entered the home console arena it worked with Nintendo on a CD-ROM drive for the SNES. The aim was to eventually release a combined console - called the PlayStation - which would play SNES carts and SNES CD-ROM games. Of course, this never came to pass - at the 1991 CES Sony officially announced the...

Video: Here's a Brief, and Entertaining, History of Donkey Kong

Here's a Brief, and Entertaining, History of Donkey Kong

Iconic and diverse

We don't yet know what's next for Donkey Kong and his many relations, but we can certainly celebrate the mascot's diverse history to date. From transforming the fortunes of Nintendo's video game business with the self-titled arcade cabinet, to dazzling in the Rare and then recent Retro Studios days, with plenty of games in...

Talking Point: The Pros, Cons and Questionable Likelihood of a Nintendo NX Release in Summer 2016

The Pros, Cons and Questionable Likelihood of a Nintendo NX Release in Summer 2016

A new pillar? Is July 2016 too soon, or even likely?

In the first of what are sure to be multiple rumours before Nintendo lifts the lid on its 'NX' hardware in 2016, Taiwanese press site DigiTimes has made a range of claims around a potential release in July next year. Its general statements revolve around Foxconn handling much of the...