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News: Splatoon Fashion in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and Nintendo of America Goes All Out With Its Theme Song

Splatoon Fashion in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and Nintendo of America Goes All Out With Its Theme Song

Check that guitar solo

It's been a bit of a Splatoon weekend, so we thought we'd wrap it up with a couple of neat little snippets based on the game. Well, one is particularly cool, one may get a mixed reception. First up we have some outfits for those of you still checking into Animal Crossing: New Leaf on a regular basis, with some user created...

Reaction: There is a Positive Angle to Nintendo's Splatoon Global Testfire Issues

There is a Positive Angle to Nintendo's Splatoon Global Testfire Issues

Lessons learnt

When Nintendo announced the first round of Splatoon Global Testfire sessions we described the idea as a clever Nintendo Direct highlight, as it achieved multiple goals. It created 'event'-style hype, gave curious Wii U owners a look at the game, and also allowed Nintendo to stress-test the online component with an audience of a...

News: Splatoon Global Testfire Suffers Major Problems in Final Pre-Launch Session

Splatoon Global Testfire Suffers Major Problems in Final Pre-Launch Session

Splatoon Global Backfire

Update: Surprisingly, servers re-opened shortly after the session was due to close, with connection issues initially intermittent before performance improved to near-perfect levels. Nintendo formally extended the session to 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 1am UK / 2am CET, with that extra hour largely running as smoothly as the...

News: Little Devil Inside Hits Its Target and is Coming to Wii U

Little Devil Inside Hits Its Target and is Coming to Wii U

Made it with two days to spare

Little Devil Inside is a success story on Kickstarter based not on the heritage and star power of its developers, but through the quality of the pitch. Having previously hit its goal of $250,000AUD, it's now successfully passed its Wii U stretch goal of $270,000AUD with two days to spare. If you missed it before, this...

Feature: What the Heck is Puzzle & Dragons? - A Brief History, and Why Mario Got Involved

What the Heck is Puzzle & Dragons? - A Brief History, and Why Mario Got Involved

Match three with a difference

YouTube recently released a presser in anticipation of its 10th anniversary. Listed in acknowledgement of the milestone were several "top 10's", including the top 10 most viewed video game videos, as ranked by watch time: Minecraft Grand Theft Auto (series) League of Legends Call of Duty (series) FIFA...

Video: This New PoPoLoCrois: Harvest Moon Trailer Will Scratch Your Fantasy Life Itch

This New PoPoLoCrois: Harvest Moon Trailer Will Scratch Your Fantasy Life Itch

Who needs Fantasy Life 2 anyway?

PoPoLoCrois: Harvest Moon is a mash-up of two famous Japanese RPGs and is coming to Japanese Nintendo 3DS systems on June 18th. Another trailer has just been released in Japan which shows off some gameplay footage, as well as some charming animated sequences. While the Harvest Moon series needs no introduction, the...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Metroid Fan Prequel, UCraft, Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon

Metroid Fan Prequel, UCraft, Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon

News, reviews, the whole kazoo

Keeping up with everything amidst a busy lifestyle is a tricky task, so once again we've condensed all of the top news stories, reviews, releases, and videos from the past week into one convenient audio-visual treat. This week we take a look at news surrounding Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, the infamous UCraft, a...

News: The Most Recent Media Create Japanese Charts Brought the Lowest Sales Since 2001

The Most Recent Media Create Japanese Charts Brought the Lowest Sales Since 2001

Tough times

The Media Create Japanese chart results for this week were particularly bad, with lousy software numbers and falling hardware sales. Nintendo had enjoyed a strong few weeks in terms of units sold and number of games in the top 20, yet the overall numbers were so low this time that little cheer could be taken; the fresh release from...

News: An Impressive 1.79 Million Players Have Crossed Swords With Fire Emblem: Awakening

An Impressive 1.79 Million Players Have Crossed Swords With Fire Emblem: Awakening

...as of December 2014

Fire Emblem has traditionally struggled to make much of an impact in the West - we didn't even get to experience the franchise until the days of the Game Boy Advance - but it would appear that the turn-based series has finally caught the attention of players outside of Japan. A new promotional page has just gone live in Japan...

News: Inazuma Eleven GO: Light & Shadow Kicks Off In Australia And New Zealand July 18th

Inazuma Eleven GO: Light & Shadow Kicks Off In Australia And New Zealand July 18th

Better late than never

Level 5’s Inazuma Eleven game series has shipped more than 7 million copies worldwide since kick-off in 2008. Last year the latest localised entry in the series arrived on the 3DS in Europe as a dual release part of the second trilogy. With football steadily on the rise in the land of the Socceroos and All Whites, it’s...

News: Tappingo 2 Close to European Release

Tappingo 2 Close to European Release

Aiming for June

Puzzle games and the 3DS eShop are old, familiar allies - small screens suit leisurely puzzling, and there are some clever titles that scratch that itch on the system. Tappingo is one, which provides its own twist on a Picross-esque formula. Of course Tappingo 2 has been out in North America for a while, and we rather liked it in...

Hands On: Disney Infinity Toy Box 3.0 Brings A Fresh Mario Kart Rival To Wii U

Disney Infinity Toy Box 3.0 Brings A Fresh Mario Kart Rival To Wii U

Sumo Digital works its magic once more

Getting hands-on with the Toy Box for Disney Infinity 3.0 was more than a little interesting, not least because of the Star Wars content and characters therein. At an event in London yesterday we had a chance to experiment with the new game creator as well as try both the Toy Box Takeover adventure and Toy Box...

News: Waka-Waka-Well I Never, Pac-Man Turns 35 Today

Waka-Waka-Well I Never, Pac-Man Turns 35 Today

Everyone's favourite pill-popper is all grown up

Mario and Sonic may be two of gaming's most recognisable faces but even they are young pups when compared to the true elder statesman of interactive entertainment: Pac-Man. 35 years ago, Namco released Toru Iwatani's seminal title in Japanese arcades and began a gaming legend which endures even to...

Video: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Blame Could Largely be With SEGA, Not Big Red Button

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Blame Could Largely be With SEGA, Not Big Red Button

Seg-ah

Sonic Boom didn't do well on any metric; its sales failed to match those of fellow Nintendo exclusive Sonic Lost World, and it was panned by many critics and Sonic fans alike. Like any project it has its defenders, but many are agreed that it was a major disappointment, with Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric on Wii U being the biggest culprit. It...

News: Natsume Is Bringing Two Arc System Works Titles To North America In July & August

Natsume Is Bringing Two Arc System Works Titles To North America In July & August

More love for the eShop

Publisher of the Harvest Moon series, Natsume, has announced it has partnered with Arc System Works to release two titles for Nintendo’s eShop platform in North America over the coming months. Gotcha Racing, coming to the 3DS this July, is a top-down racing game where players gather parts from capsule machines to build a...