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News: Zen Studios DLC For Star Wars Pinball and CastleStorm Landing on the Wii U eShop This Week

Zen Studios DLC For Star Wars Pinball and CastleStorm Landing on the Wii U eShop This Week

That's in North America and Europe

Zen Studios has shown solid support for the Wii U eShop to date, releasing multiple titles and accompanying DLC on Nintendo's system. While there have been slight delays to the arrival of DLC, in particular, it's nevertheless pleasing for Wii U owners to get access to all of the content in some of the developer's...

News: Nintendo of Europe Warns of Intermittent Club Nintendo Downtime on 11th March

Nintendo of Europe Warns of Intermittent Club Nintendo Downtime on 11th March

It's all going maintenance crazy

It seems that Nintendo is rather busy with maintenance at the moment, with Nintendo of Europe now confirming some upcoming disruption to Club Nintendo. No specific time frames are given, just an apology for anticipated patches of downtime on 11th March; perhaps some changes are on the way to the website, or it could...

Video: This Pokémon XY The Movie - The Cocoon of Destruction & Diancie Trailer is Rather Dramatic

This Pokémon XY The Movie - The Cocoon of Destruction & Diancie Trailer is Rather Dramatic

Stuff is happening

Pokémon X & Pokémon Y have done particularly well since arriving on 3DS, selling an impressive number of copies and — with follow-up apps such as Pokémon Bank — is likely still keeping plenty of players entertained months after release. As is always the case with those Pocket Monsters, though, there's always something...

News: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Pokémon X & Y the Last Nintendo Games Standing in UK Top 40

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Pokémon X & Y the Last Nintendo Games Standing in UK Top 40

Modest performance in multi-platform releases, too

The latest UK software chart results are in, and they make worrying reading for Nintendo. With 2014 well under way and new releases increasingly arriving on multiple platforms, weekly sales of Nintendo titles — and multiplatform titles on Wii U and 3DS — are being increasingly pushed out of the...

News: These NES Remix 2 Screens Are Full of 8-Bit Goodness

These NES Remix 2 Screens Are Full of 8-Bit Goodness

Dem Boos

NES Remix was a pleasant surprise when revealed as an imminent Wii U eShop release following the last Nintendo Direct of 2013, a slightly wacky compilation of memorable NES games with twists to the gameplay. Great for reminiscing or experiencing 8-bit games for the first time, and featuring a star and stamp collection system to keep the...

News: Pikachu And His Pokémon Pals Are Throwing Their Support Behind Japan's World Cup 2014 Campaign

Pikachu And His Pokémon Pals Are Throwing Their Support Behind Japan's World Cup 2014 Campaign

Pocket Monsters join forces with kit maker Adidas

One of the biggest sporting events of 2014 is the World Cup in Brazil, which will attract an audience of millions of fans from all over the globe. That of course means ample opportunities for advertising, and Adidas — which makes the kit of the Japanese national soccer team — has announced that...

News: Electronic Arts CEO Discusses The Company's Plans For Virtual Reality At SXSW

Electronic Arts CEO Discusses The Company's Plans For Virtual Reality At SXSW

Virtual reality is becoming a solid reality

The trend of virtual reality gaming has been picking up speed ever since the Oculus Rift was demoed at E3 back in 2012. Although VR has been done in the past, it left gamers wanting a better experience. Though the Oculus Rift is not on the market yet, we've seen some pretty interesting demos of games like...

News: Festival of Magic Kickstarter Relaunches With a Fresh Name

Festival of Magic Kickstarter Relaunches With a Fresh Name

Earthlock is already well on its way

Late last year we reported that SnowCastle Games had launched a crowdfunding campaign for Festival of Magic, an RPG that had been in the works for a number of months and including a Wii U eShop release. That original campaign was put on hold, however, and was due to go live once again on 20th February; it's taken...

Soapbox: The Nintendo Wi-Fi Disconnection Reminds Us Why Local Multiplayer Still Matters

The Nintendo Wi-Fi Disconnection Reminds Us Why Local Multiplayer Still Matters

Tom Whitehead goes on about online multiplayer's pitfalls, like an old man

I was disappointed to learn about Nintendo switching off online play on the Wii and DS; at the time I was on a short break spending some time with my family and, funnily enough, getting ready for some memory-jogging multiplayer gaming with my older brother. Growing up...

News: Extended Nintendo Network Maintenance on Wii U and 3DS Scheduled For 13th March

Extended Nintendo Network Maintenance on Wii U and 3DS Scheduled For 13th March

One month after the last Nintendo Direct...

Nintendo can be accused of many things, often unfairly, but sleeping on the online job surely isn't one of them. The current generation of Wii U and 3DS has seen the company drastically evolve and update its online infrastructure, and system maintenance has been a regular feature of just that. Sometimes...

News: Mario Kart Arcade GP DX Now Available To Play At Dave & Busters

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX Now Available To Play At Dave & Busters

Never drink and drive, kids

Last year we announced the good news that Mario Kart Arcade GP DX would be hitting Western arcades some time in 2014. While everyone has been busy revving their engines in anticipation, the popular chain of arcade/bar/restaurant/super-fun-place Dave & Busters recently announced that it'll be stocking the machines...

News: Armillo Release Date Pushed Back Into May

Armillo Release Date Pushed Back Into May

Was originally aiming to roll into the Wii U eShop on 24th March

Armillo has long been on the watch lists for some Wii U owners; it was originally revealed in early 2013. Plenty of effort has clearly gone into the project, which has promising-looking gameplay and will be a timed exclusive on Nintendo's home console. It had been targeting a release...

News: Californian Mobile Developer Robot Invader Expresses Interest In Wii U and 3DS Development

Californian Mobile Developer Robot Invader Expresses Interest In Wii U and 3DS Development

"Maybe someday" for Wind-up Knight

Californian game studio Robot Invader has recently expressed interest in bringing its medieval platform runner Wind-up Knight to the Wii U and 3DS. A question posed to the Android and iOS developer via its official Twitter account asked if it had any plans to bring Wind-up Knight to the 3DS or Wii U in the near...

Feature: Lifting the Curtain on Game Ratings and the Headache of Worldwide Releases

Lifting the Curtain on Game Ratings and the Headache of Worldwide Releases

Developers and publishers give us the details

In recent weeks some headlines have been made by the ratings agencies and processes for getting eShop games from development studios and onto our Nintendo consoles. An early shot was fired by Renegade Kid in an interview with us late last year, in which co-founder Jools Watsham explained why, to this...

News: Former Criterion Boss Alex Ward Laments Issues With Releasing Need For Speed On Wii U

Former Criterion Boss Alex Ward Laments Issues With Releasing Need For Speed On Wii U

"Neither Nintendo or EA gave a s*** about it"

Criterion co-founder Alex Ward recently parted company with the studio to found his new firm, Three Fields Entertainment. Yesterday, he took to Twitter to partly explain the reasons behind this move, as well as highlighting some of the issues he and his staff faced when porting Need for Speed: Most...

Video: Now Wind Waker Has Had the Oculus Rift Treatment

Now Wind Waker Has Had the Oculus Rift Treatment

A look through Link's eyes

Earlier this week we showed you a video of Metroid Prime played with Oculus Rift; now it's the turn of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker to take a step into virtual reality. It is, once again, the work of YouTube user Chadtronic, and like all of these demonstrations admittedly uses slightly naughty means to bring us the...

Video: This Steel Empire Footage Makes Us Jealous of Those With a Japanese 3DS

This Steel Empire Footage Makes Us Jealous of Those With a Japanese 3DS

Gosh...

Our past coverage of Steel Empire, a 3DS conversion of the cult Mega Drive / Genesis shooter, may have betrayed the fact that some of the Nintendo Life team have fond — and increasingly distant — memories of Sega's 16-bit machine. More importantly, however, this shooter was loved by those who played it because it's rather good, so the...

News: Tortimer Island Confirmed as a New 3DS Stage in Super Smash Bros.

Tortimer Island Confirmed as a New 3DS Stage in Super Smash Bros.

Bells of heaven

Masahiro Sakurai's daily Miiverse posts of screens for the new Super Smash Bros. entries remain hugely popular, often showing humorous poses or revealing details on mechanics, moves and features of the games. Reveals are often made through this Director's Room community, too, and Sakurai-san has now unveiled a new stage for the 3DS...