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Editorial: Gamers Remember and Celebrate Satoru Iwata in Their Own Special Way

Gamers Remember and Celebrate Satoru Iwata in Their Own Special Way

​His legacy remains

We're going to kick off our run of year-end features with this touching piece by long-time reviewer and news writer Tim Latshaw. He reflects on the way gamers commemorated and remembered Satoru Iwata following his passing, and how his legacy lives on. An interesting form of tribute to Satoru Iwata was observed in the weeks...

News: ​Super Mario Maker Director Shares Details About the Upcoming Update

​Super Mario Maker Director Shares Details About the Upcoming Update

Still no slopes, though...

As many of you are aware, a new update was recently announced for Super Mario Maker. The update seems to be fairly meaty; it'll be adding a clown car that can spit fire, bumpers, P-Switch doors, a world record leaderboard, and functionality with the new website. Of course, this is all completely free of charge, and it'll...

Video: Check Out This Footage of Paradise Lost: First Contact

Check Out This Footage of Paradise Lost: First Contact

Another promising Indie game for the Wii U eShop

It seems like 2D Metroidvania games are all the rage these days among Indie studios. This isn't necessarily a bad problem to have, considering that Nintendo and Konami don't seem keen to make more Metroid or Castlevania games in this vein, but these Indie attempts do tend to blend together. It's nice,...

News: Minecraft: Wii U Edition to Get Update 1.8.8 in 2016, Out Now on Sony and Microsoft Systems

Minecraft: Wii U Edition to Get Update 1.8.8 in 2016, Out Now on Sony and Microsoft Systems

A slow build

Earlier this week we tuned in to Microsoft Studios' Minecraft Monday to see if it was worth hosting on Nintendo Life; in other words, to see if Minecraft: Wii U Edition was being shown off. Unfortunately it wasn't, but the regular viewers over on Twitch were hugely excited; that's because update 1.8.8 - which is a notable one despite...

Editorial: Xenoblade Chronicles X Has Tiny Text - Time for an Update?

Xenoblade Chronicles X Has Tiny Text - Time for an Update?

Tom Whitehead's not really seeing it, are you?

This week we received an interesting email from one of our readers, Victor, which made a very good point. The text in Xenoblade Chronicles X is too small, and it should be improved; it was a lightbulb moment when we realised we should have brought it up far sooner - I certainly should have. In my...

News: Shovel Knight amiibo Delays Continue in the UK, With Amazon Listing it for 8th January

Shovel Knight amiibo Delays Continue in the UK, With Amazon Listing it for 8th January

Can't dig his way out of customs

For UK-based Shovel Knight fans there's a bit of sad news: various customers - including your humble writer - have had emails from the Official Nintendo UK Store advising that their amiibo figures have, once again, been delayed. Originally due earlier in the month, it seems as if the figures may now slip into early...

Video: Final Fantasy Explorers Multiplayer Trailer Shows That Teamwork Pays Off

Final Fantasy Explorers Multiplayer Trailer Shows That Teamwork Pays Off

It's coming West in January, don't forget

With the recent arrival of Cloud in Super Smash Bros., Square Enix and Nintendo seem to be bringing Final Fantasy back into the frame, even if the mainline entries continue to elude the latter's hardware. It's easy to forget with all of the current distractions, of course, that Final Fantasy Explorers is...

Video: Behind The Scenes On The GameCube Star Wars Rogue Leader Games

Behind The Scenes On The GameCube Star Wars Rogue Leader Games

Stay on target

The world is going Star Wars-mad at the moment, what with The Force Awakens hitting cinemas this week. To mark the event, Nintendo Life contributor Gonçalo Lopes has uploaded the behind-the-scenes documentaries which were included on Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader and Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike as...

News: The Tri-Slosher Nouveau is The Next New Weapon in Splatoon

The Tri-Slosher Nouveau is The Next New Weapon in Splatoon

Posh name for a green bucket

Splatoon is heading towards the end of its weekly benevolence that brings us free extras, so we should make the most of it while we can. As is often the case the development team is serving up a fresh weapon in time for the weekend, and this time it's the Tri-Slosher Nouveau. Well, it's a green bucket, so the name seems...

News: Mr Saturn and Master Belch Are Heading to Super Mario Maker on 19th December

Mr Saturn and Master Belch Are Heading to Super Mario Maker on 19th December

The Mother lode

In recent times Nintendo's been upping the ante with Super Mario Maker Course Events, with unlockable Mystery Item outfits related to first- and third-party games, TV shows, magazines and even cars. The next two are, we suspect, going to be rather popular among retro aficionados. Both Mr Saturn and Master Belch, of EarthBound fame,...

Video: Check Out This Footage of Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories

Check Out This Footage of Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories

Isn't it relaxing?

As we reported a few weeks ago, Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories will release on the Wii U sometime in 2016. It's releasing on multiple platforms, however, and the iOS version is supposedly due out sometime in the next few weeks. In an effort to promote the game more and to build some hype, Natsume recently shared some footage of...

Video: Check Out the Nintendo Badge Arcade Rabbit Costume in Super Mario Maker

Check Out the Nintendo Badge Arcade Rabbit Costume in Super Mario Maker

He's right at home in a platformer

Nintendo Badge Arcade launched about a month ago in the west, finally giving western gamers an opportunity to customize their screens even more than before. The free to start game has drawn some criticism for being a little cheap when it comes to value per play, but it nonetheless remains an infuriatingly addicting...

Talking Point: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS Set a Standard That'll Be Tough to Follow

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS Set a Standard That'll Be Tough to Follow

What can Sakurai-san do next?

Though some DLC and amiibo are still to arrive, leaving the development team with some work to finish off, it's certainly the end of an era for this generation of Super Smash Bros. The very nature of the Final Video Presentation was always going to be a tad divisive - the Fighter Ballot, in particular, had been a red...

Gallery: Gawk at This Super Mario Maker Infographic and Its Impressive Stats

Gawk at This Super Mario Maker Infographic and Its Impressive Stats

Nintendo Badge Arcade event course coming on 18th December, too

Nintendo's keen to make a fuss about Super Mario Maker today, outlining details for a neat update that's coming on 22nd December. There's more, however, including an announcement for the next Event Course. That next goodie will be a Nintendo Badge Arcade course, which will arrive on...

Nintendo Download: 17th December (North America)

17th December (North America)

Minecraft, Smash Bros. DLC, Temple of Yog, discounts galore and more

It's that time once again for the Nintendo Download Update, and this week brings us a long-awaited sandbox game, a promising Wii U eShop exclusive, some enticing 3DS eShop options, DLC, a lot of discounts and more besides. There's plenty to cover, so let's get to it. Missed the...

News: The Retro VGS Is Reborn As The Coleco Chameleon

The Retro VGS Is Reborn As The Coleco Chameleon

Industry veteran behind the Colecovision reenters the console market

Remember the Retro VGS? It was a console that looked a lot like the Atari Jaguar and aimed to bring back the glory days of cartridge-based gaming. However, its crowdfunding campaign faltered and the project was effectively put on ice - although the team of industry veterans behind...

News: Upcoming Super Mario Maker Update Adds P Warp Doors, the Fire Koopa Clown Car and More

Upcoming Super Mario Maker Update Adds P Warp Doors, the Fire Koopa Clown Car and More

World record times will be shown for courses

Nintendo continues to improve and enhance its biggest Wii U releases, and Super Mario Maker is now all set for its next major update on 22nd December; it'll add three new items and a neat feature in the course selection area. To start with the latter, each course entry will now display who completed it...

News: Prepare to Get Creative With Minecraft-Inspired Game Discovery Coming to Wii U eShop Soon

Prepare to Get Creative With Minecraft-Inspired Game Discovery Coming to Wii U eShop Soon

Minecraft competition

The long-awaited Minecraft: Wii U Edition finally arrives on the Wii U eShop today, so you'd be forgiven for thinking that the mighty Mojang-developed game would have sent pretenders to the throne running and screaming into their blocky pixel castles. Not so, Cube Life: Island Survival continues to receive updates, uCraft is...

News: Splatoon Update Improves Matchmaking, Tinkers With Rainmaker And Generally Tightens Things Up

Splatoon Update Improves Matchmaking, Tinkers With Rainmaker And Generally Tightens Things Up

Full list of changes in 2.4.0 update included within

A new update for Splatoon goes live today, and we've got the full list of changes for you to gaze at in wonderment. These include improvements to the matchmaking service, the addition of prohibited areas in the Rainmaker mode and the closing of certain level shortcuts in all game modes. You can...

Video: Mother 3 Hits Japanese Virtual Console With Impressive Trailer In Tow

Mother 3 Hits Japanese Virtual Console With Impressive Trailer In Tow

Will we ever see this classic in the west?

The Game Boy Advance title Mother 3 hits the Japanese Virtual Console service today, and to mark the event Nintendo has released a surprisingly comprehensive trailer. Mother 3 is the sequel to EarthBound - which was known in Japan as Mother 2. Originally intended for release on the N64's 64DD drive, it...