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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...

News: Keiji Inafune And Inti Creates Announce Azure Striker Gunvolt For Nintendo 3DS

Keiji Inafune And Inti Creates Announce Azure Striker Gunvolt For Nintendo 3DS

Releases this summer on the Japanese 3DS eShop

If you’re a fan of Mega Man franchise creator Keiji Inafune, you'll probably be aware of the fact that he’s currently busy with the upcoming Wii U and 3DS eShop title, Mighty no. 9. Despite this, it appears Mr Inafune still has time for other projects. He's working with Japanese developer Inti...

Weirdness: These iPhone Mock-Ups Suggest That Mario On Mobile Might Be A Bad Idea

These iPhone Mock-Ups Suggest That Mario On Mobile Might Be A Bad Idea

Place your tongue firmly in your cheek before reading

Industry experts and jumpy investors are screaming at Nintendo to make games for smartphones right now, but company president Satoru Iwata is adamant that the future of the firm lies in dedicated gaming hardware, rather than diluted, cash-grab experiences on the likes of iOS and Android.

News: Cube Tactics Is Storming American And European 3DS eShops On March 13th

Cube Tactics Is Storming American And European 3DS eShops On March 13th

Tactical cube warfare just got serious

Polish online game publisher Teyon, in collaboration with Japanese developer and publisher Fun Unit, will release Cube Tactics on the American and European 3DS eShop next Thursday for $4.99 and €4.99 respectively. Players will embark on an epic journey to become the ultimate cube master and defeat all evil...

News: Yumi's Odd Odyssey Casting Into North American Waters this 20th March

Yumi's Odd Odyssey Casting Into North American Waters this 20th March

Catch this release

It's been a long journey, but puzzle platformer Yumi's Odd Odyssey, known as Farewell Umihara Kawase in Japan, will finally be available on the North American 3DS eShop on March 20th, according to publisher Natsume: Natsume also confirmed a $29.99 price tag for the title. This is the first time the series has ever ventured...

News: Disney Interactive Cuts Around 700 Jobs, A Quarter of Global Staff

Disney Interactive Cuts Around 700 Jobs, A Quarter of Global Staff

Mobile and Disney Infinity likely to remain as priorities

In news surprising for its scale if not, unfortunately, its occurrence, the Disney Game and Internet Division — better known as Disney Interactive — has laid off around 700 employees today. The strong performance of Disney Infinity last year helped improve the financial performance of the...

Rumour: Wii and DS Wi-Fi Disconnection May Be Tied To Glu Mobile Takeover of GameSpy Technology

Wii and DS Wi-Fi Disconnection May Be Tied To Glu Mobile Takeover of GameSpy Technology

Both system's online infrastructures use GameSpy middleware

News last week that Nintendo is switching off the Wi-Fi connection services for Wii and DS on 20th May understandably caused some disappointment. While the Wii Shop and DSi Shop will remain open, online multiplayer and some services on both systems will cease to be, which will affect major...

News: Watch_Dogs Wii U 2014 Release a "Possibility", Bucharest Studio to Make "Good Use" of the System

Watch_Dogs Wii U 2014 Release a "Possibility", Bucharest Studio to Make "Good Use" of the System

"We wanted to be ambitious with it, be able to go full-on"

We suspect the name Watch_Dogs will prompt a similar reaction from some Wii U owners as Rayman Legends, and not in a positive way for Ubisoft. The company's decision to delay the Wii U version to arrive after other platforms unsurprisingly didn't go down well, so confirmation of a 27th May...

Guide: The Building Blocks Of Success In Pokémon X & Y

The Building Blocks Of Success In Pokémon X & Y

Serebii's Joe Merrick is back with another essential guide

Continuing our in-depth look at everything Pokémon X & Y and following on from the Breeding Guide, we're now looking into the in-depth building blocks of Pokémon, with a focus on the most recent entry in the series. Stats: Let's start off with a bit of basic Pokémon knowledge...

News: Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn Wants Your Money

Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn Wants Your Money

What the Fu?!

Last year we brought you the disturbing news that Mine O'Mine, a company owned by Shaquille O'Neal, registered a series of trademarks for possible use in video games. As Shaq Fu on the Super NES is widely regarded as a shockingly bad game, it was news to prompt shudders rather than celebrations. Well, a new game is possibly on the...

Nintendo Download: 6th March (North America)

6th March (North America)

Retro golf, dropping Bloks, golden cities, discounted Running and more

It's that time, North America, with another batch of downloads arriving on the Wii U and 3DS eShop platforms. This week brings new and Virtual Console games to both systems, as well as a discount to celebrate the one year anniversary of one of the finest Wii U eShop titles to...

News: Valve's Gabe Newell Thinks Super Mario 64 Is Just Swell

Valve's Gabe Newell Thinks Super Mario 64 Is Just Swell

Esteemed developer lists it as his favourite non-Valve game

Gabe Newell is arguably one of the most important people in the games industry right now. He's the co-founder and managing director of Valve Corporation, a company which has created some amazing titles and is behind Steam — a popular digital distribution platform which many predict will...

News: Nintendo of Europe Confirms Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition Software Bundle

Nintendo of Europe Confirms Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition Software Bundle

The Spiny Shell is back

With Mario Kart 8 set to be a major release for the Wii U on 30th May, Nintendo of Europe has now started its engines on building hype and encouraging pre-orders. Having confirmed Super Mario Kart for the Wii U Virtual Console, along with a tempting eShop discount, it's also outlined physical retail options to tempt you to...

News: SNES Classic Super Mario Kart Is Racing To The Wii U Virtual Console This Month

SNES Classic Super Mario Kart Is Racing To The Wii U Virtual Console This Month

Download and get a discount on the cost of Mario Kart 8

Nintendo UK has announced that Super Mario Kart will be hitting the European Wii U Virtual Console later this month — March 27th, to be precise. What's more, as part of a special promotion in the run up to the release of Mario Kart 8, if you download Super Mario Kart you will receive a...

Video: The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part Two

The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part Two

How many have you played?

So, with part one of our exciting rundown of the best Wii U retail titles available right now under our belts, there's only one thing left for us to do — run part two. Our video expert Rory Cocker is once again in the director's chair, so if you have any issues whatsoever with the running order, please send your hate...

News: EnjoyUp Confirms Abyss for the Wii U eShop

EnjoyUp Confirms Abyss for the Wii U eShop

HD depth

Way back in April last year EnjoyUp Games showed Abyss running on the Wii U, leading to thoughts of a sequel or HD remake of the well-regarded DSiWare title. The latter has now been confirmed, with the studio confirming to us that it's aiming for a release in April or May, while there'll be a budget price — $1.99 in North America, for...