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News: New Dr. Mario Title Released on 3DS in Japan

New Dr. Mario Title Released on 3DS in Japan

Features online matches, download play and also has Luigi

In today's Nintendo Direct a couple of new downloads were given immediate releases in Japan. One of these is Super Mario Galaxy on the Wii U eShop, but there's a fresh option for 3DS owners too in the form of a new Dr. Mario title for the handheld. Also featuring Dr. Luigi, this new en

News: Parent Trap: ​Splatoon Gets Family Tested, And Comes Through With Flying Colours

Parent Trap: ​Splatoon Gets Family Tested, And Comes Through With Flying Colours

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson investigates Nintendo's new smash-hit

With Splatoon out in the wild we can get a first proper impression of how the game is going down with families. With this in mind I checked in with the Huo family to see how they'd taken to the local and online components of Nintendo's new shooter. They took a while to get used to...

News: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, amiibo 3DS Portal and New Nintendo 3DS Hardware Dated for Japan

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, amiibo 3DS Portal and New Nintendo 3DS Hardware Dated for Japan

It's actually quite pricey

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer remains a bit of an oddity, at least in the opinion of this writer. It appears to be a rather simplistic game in which you decorate homes to satisfy cute characters, adopting one small part of AC charm into one package. It's also a vehicle for the first range of amiibo cards, which will...

News: Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is Dashing to Wii U and 3DS

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is Dashing to Wii U and 3DS

Rugby and golf make the cut

Whenever the summer or winter Olympics roll around there's a certain tradition for Nintendo fans - contemplating whether to pick up the latest Mario & Sonic release. A big deal when it first happened, we're now used to seeing the former enemies battling it out over a 100 meter sprint rather than in bizarre '90s...

News: Fire Emblem If Allows You to Build and Manage a Town, All Four Current FE amiibo Supported

Fire Emblem If Allows You to Build and Manage a Town, All Four Current FE amiibo Supported

Ten minute presentation video released

It may not be coming to the West until 2016, but Fire Emblem If is hard to ignore as a result of its rapidly approaching release in Japan. With two distinct versions - and a third arc available via download - it's a title ambitious in scope, expanding upon the excellent Fire Emblem: Awakening. Today's Japanese...

Video: First Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon Footage Revealed

First Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon Footage Revealed

It's super effective!

In the latest Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation we were gifted with some footage of the previously announced Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon for 3DS. We've grabbed the footage below to show you how the game has developed upon its predecessors, but unfortunately we don't have any confirmed release date for the West just yet...

News: First Footage Emerges of Bandai Namco's Project Treasure on Wii U

First Footage Emerges of Bandai Namco's Project Treasure on Wii U

Free-to-view

Earlier this year Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada appeared in a Nintendo Direct broadcast to announce free-to-play Wii U title Project Treasure. It was described as a four-player co-op action title, as you battle through stages and tackle dangerous foes; there was no footage, however. In today's Japanese Nintendo Direct that changed,...

News: Monster Hunter X (Cross) Confirmed for Japanese Release

Monster Hunter X (Cross) Confirmed for Japanese Release

Monster Hunter fabulous

Although the dust has only just settled for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Capcom has wasted absolutely no time in announcing the newest game in the series, Monster Hunter X (Cross). Taking inspiration from the arguably more dramatic Frontier series, this game seems to build heavily upon the engine and assets found in Monster...

News: Splatoon's Ranking Battle 'Splatometer' is Supposedly Creeping Upwards to Unlock Mode

Splatoon's Ranking Battle 'Splatometer' is Supposedly Creeping Upwards to Unlock Mode

Sure, Nintendo, the 'Splatometer'

Splatoon seems to be rather well received so far by many that have been splatting each other online, but it's arguably somewhat light in online content at launch. There's the single player campaign, yes, but in online matches we're currently limited to one default mode in the 'Regular Battle' category - 4 vs 4 with...

Weirdness: The Second Player Can Have Motion Controls in Splatoon's Battle Dojo Mode

The Second Player Can Have Motion Controls in Splatoon's Battle Dojo Mode

Erm, OK

Splatoon may be gracing plenty of Wii U systems worldwide, but the official Tumblr account is still rolling on, and has shared a rather peculiar and fun trick. It seems that both players can use motion-based aiming controls in the local multiplayer Battle Dojo mode, with a bit of bizarre customisation. By quite literally strapping a Wii U...

Video: Retro Music is Hard-Wired Into Your Brain Because of Science, Not Just Because It's Awesome

Retro Music is Hard-Wired Into Your Brain Because of Science, Not Just Because It's Awesome

Jumping to the beat

When playing retro games it's common to admire the music, with a sense among some that chiptunes of the 8- and 16-bit era are a cut above modern soundtracks. There are still spectacular soundtracks in modern gaming, particularly those performed by live bands and orchestras, yet for some retro music can't be topped. There are...

Out Now: Splatoon Brings Some Colour to the Wii U

Splatoon Brings Some Colour to the Wii U

Like Platoon, but less grisly

It's been eagerly followed since its surprise reveal at E3 2014, and now Nintendo's colourful, creative and chaotic shooter - Splatoon - is in stores. There are already players running around at level 15+, courtesy of a) lots of free time, b) getting the game early through pre-order deliveries or c) a mix of both...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Splatoon, Project CARS, World's Largest Game Boy

Splatoon, Project CARS, World's Largest Game Boy

All the reviews, releases, and top news from the past week

It can be hard to keep up-to-date with everything that happens within the world of Nintendo, so we've once more condensed all the best bits from the past seven days into one easy-to-swallow video. This week we focus on Splatoon (surprise, surprise), the grim situation regarding Project...

News: ​Lego Jurassic World Pre-Order Freebies Coming To PlayStation and Xbox, But Not Wii U

​Lego Jurassic World Pre-Order Freebies Coming To PlayStation and Xbox, But Not Wii U

"You didn't say the magic word"

The latest Lego Jurassic World trailer shows more of the game and its customisable dinosaurs. It also comes with details of pre-order bonus for PlayStation and Xbox owners - but there's no news of anything similar on the Wii U. In the trailer we see the usual Lego hub world and platforming game-play along with the...

News: Konami Not Turning Its Back On Consoles After All, Says Sorry For Causing Such A Fuss

Konami Not Turning Its Back On Consoles After All, Says Sorry For Causing Such A Fuss

Japanese company admits "conjecture" has caused "anxiety"

We recently reported on an interview with Konami boss Hideki Hayakawa which stated that the company was putting all of its eggs in the basket marked "mobile". However, these comments were translated from what was little more than a summary of the interview and the full, official transcript -...