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News: Wii U Shooter Splatoon Almost Starred Mario As The Main Character

Wii U Shooter Splatoon Almost Starred Mario As The Main Character

"There were heated debates over who the main player character should be"

Splatoon was one of the big surprises of Nintendo's E3 showing this year, and looks set to offer an exciting new take on the tried-and-tested squad-based shooter template. It's also refreshing in that it's an entirely new IP — although according to Shigeru Miyamoto, it very...

Feature: The History of Super Smash Bros.

The History of Super Smash Bros.

How Nintendo's crossover fighting series smashed its way to fame and glory

Despite its immense popularity — not to mention the frenzied hype and anticipation that comes during the lead-up to each new instalment — the origins of the Super Smash Bros. series are in fact remarkably humble. When its creator, Masahiro Sakurai, initially came up...

News: Nintendo Confirms Two More Virtual Console Titles Coming in the Next Week

Nintendo Confirms Two More Virtual Console Titles Coming in the Next Week

'Street Fighter' with an odd release date and Nobunaga's Ambition

As is now the norm, Nintendo of America's most recent Nintendo Download Update also confirmed two additional titles on the way soon. In this case there are a couple of surprises and an uncommon release date. Both of the confirmed releases are for the Wii U Virtual Console, and...

Nintendo Download: 28th August (North America)

28th August (North America)

SteamWorld, The Fall, Azure Striker Gunvolt, Mega Man X3 and much more

It's that time again, North American gamers, as we learn what download treats will be joining the eShop stores today. There's plenty on offer, too, with enticing new titles on both Wii U and 3DS, alongside a range of DLC and discounts. There's a lot to consider, so let's get on...

News: Miyamoto States That Nintendo Is Sticking With "Revolutionary" Hardware For The Foreseeable Future

Miyamoto States That Nintendo Is Sticking With "Revolutionary" Hardware For The Foreseeable Future

"Unique software can always be realized with unique hardware"

The Wii U's commercial struggles and the massive rise in popularity of smart devices has seen many within the industry predict that Nintendo will go multi-platform sooner rather than later, but Shigeru Miyamoto has poured a large bucket of cold water all over such prophecies in a recent...

News: Win a Copy of Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright from Nintendo of America

Win a Copy of Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright from Nintendo of America

Just point at something with your mouth open (or not)

To celebrate Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney's arrival in the far west, Nintendo of America is holding a sweepstakes to give away copies of the game to fourteen lucky winners who can point convincingly and with a certain judge-pleasing style. To enter, take a photo of yourself...

News: New Legend Of Zelda "Only Possible" Thanks To The Wii U Hardware, Says Eiji Aonuma

New Legend Of Zelda "Only Possible" Thanks To The Wii U Hardware, Says Eiji Aonuma

"We can achieve this thanks to the hardware features of Wii U"

This year's E3 was notable for showing us the first footage of the next Legend of Zelda title, which is due to hit the Wii U next year. This new release promises a massive game world to explore, and has predictably become one of the most hyped Nintendo launches of next year. Producer...

News: Limited Edition Steelbook Bundles Announced for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire in the UK

Limited Edition Steelbook Bundles Announced for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire in the UK

Steel your nerves

Nintendo have surprised us yet again by following another modern gaming trend – steel book special editions. Both versions of the upcoming Pokémon remakes will have their own very appealing steel book version which comes with a miniature version of the Primal forms of either Kyogre or Groundon, depending on which version of...

News: Fret Not, A World of Keflings Is Still On Its Way To The Wii U eShop

Fret Not, A World of Keflings Is Still On Its Way To The Wii U eShop

Will include visual enhancements and all three DLC packs

We might not have heard about A World of Keflings since the start of this year, but the folks at NinjaBee Games have recently reassured Wii U owners via their official Twitter page that the eShop title is indeed on its way to Nintendo’s latest home console. In addition to the news,...

News: Shigeru Miyamoto Confidently Outlines Nintendo's Move From Casual To Core

Shigeru Miyamoto Confidently Outlines Nintendo's Move From Casual To Core

"People take games for granted now"

The Wii and DS consoles were systems which achieved incredible global success and marked Nintendo's shift from "core" players to a much larger market, dubbed "casual gamers". Titles like Wii Sports, Wii Fit and Brain Training made gamers of people who had historically never taken any interest in interactive...

News: Siesta Fiesta Patch Goes Live in Europe

Siesta Fiesta Patch Goes Live in Europe

Fixes a medal saving issue we didn't know existed

We're big fans of Siesta Fiesta here at Nintendo Life, as it takes the classic Breakout formula and shakes it up with scrolling levels, power-ups and varied environments. At a budget price it's a reminder that enjoyable, great value games with a high level of polish are still possible. It clearly...

News: Patch 1.01 For ZaciSa’s Last Stand On The Wii U Goes Live

Patch 1.01 For ZaciSa’s Last Stand On The Wii U Goes Live

Half-price to celebrate!

Wii U owners familiar with the 2D tower defence title ZaciSa’s Last Stand — released last month on the eShop — will be pleased to hear the latest patch adds extra meat to the game, bringing many improvements such as refined balance – helping ensure the experience remains challenging – and a plethora of new content...

News: EarthBound Celebrates 20 Very Strange Years of Existence

EarthBound Celebrates 20 Very Strange Years of Existence

Proving that fighting piles of puke only gets better with age

It's almost hard to believe that EarthBound (Mother 2) is 20 years old with the way it continues to pop up nowadays. The 27th of August marks the RPG's 1994 release in Japan, however, and paved the way for its strange journey through other parts of the world. Brought to North America in...

Talking Point: Mario Kart 8's Diverse DLC Sets Up Endless Potential for the Franchise

Mario Kart 8's Diverse DLC Sets Up Endless Potential for the Franchise

A vehicle that could be vital in future

It's safe to say that Nintendo caught us off guard with its recent DLC announcement for Mario Kart 8, with these extras bringing new franchises into the MK world and, just as importantly, serving up a significant dose of content. Once both packs arrive the number of courses will have doubled, which is...

News: September Update for Hyrule Warriors Adds New Challenge Mode, Retro Sword, and BGM Settings

September Update for Hyrule Warriors Adds New Challenge Mode, Retro Sword, and BGM Settings

A few bug fixes thrown in for good measure

While the western world is still waiting on the release of Hyrule Warriors, it appears Nintendo and Tecmo Koei already have many of the future updates for the Wii U title well and truly laid out. Due out on the 1st of September in Japan, the incoming update adds a new challange mode, a new weapon, BGM...

Weirdness: Hearthstone Game Boy Demake Is An Experience Nintendo Fans Can Never Have

Hearthstone Game Boy Demake Is An Experience Nintendo Fans Can Never Have

At least we’ll always have the Pokémon Trading Card Game

If you’ve ever wondered what Hearthstone would have been like on the original Game Boy, wonder no more. A digital artist by the name of Pixelpowerluke from Game Boy Demakes is currently teasing fans with images of what Blizzard’s online card game would have possibly looked like if it...

News: The Last of Us Fails to Overtake Yokai Watch 2, 3DS and Wii U Sales Fall

The Last of Us Fails to Overtake Yokai Watch 2, 3DS and Wii U Sales Fall

Down but not out

Yokai Watch 2 has continued to obliterate the competition in terms of sales this week in Japan, and the remastered release of The Last of Us for PS4 makes less than half the sales of the 3DS title that has taken the country by storm. Sony's has a fairly strong week overall, taking all but the very highest of the top five slots with...

Video: Capcom Posts San Diego Comic-Con Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Panel

Capcom Posts San Diego Comic-Con Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Panel

Never mind the concussion grenades

2014's San Diego Comic-Con is long over, but Capcom has prepared for online consumption and posted the video of their Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate discussion panel featuring several Monster Hunter staffers, including the game's director Kaname Fujioka as a special guest. Most of the information concerning the game...

Video: Bravely Second Gameplay Footage Revealed

Bravely Second Gameplay Footage Revealed

The second time around

The first footage of gameplay from Bravely Default's sequel has emerged. The gameplay was broadcast during Square Enix's live stream earlier today and shows the same beautiful watercolour art style we saw in the original. The video also shows off some of the jobs that will be available in the sequel as well as the outfits...

News: Minor Web Miiverse Update Allows You to Show Off Favourite Genres

Minor Web Miiverse Update Allows You to Show Off Favourite Genres

The Miiverse equivalent to system stability

When it came to system updates in the Wii and DS era, Nintendo typically didn't get too carried away with frequent changes and additions. That's all changed in this Wii U and 3DS era, with system stability changes on a regular basis, while Miiverse — as a browser-based service — regularly has minor...

Video: This Moody Trailer for The Fall Sets The Scene

This Moody Trailer for The Fall Sets The Scene

Available now in North America, coming to Europe in the future

Crowdfunding on Kickstarter has brought us a select group of enticing games on the Wii U eShop, one of which has arrived this week in North America. The Fall seems to be a stylish adventure title that cites Super Metroid as a major influence; it arrived in North America on 26th August...