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Nintendo Download: 27th November (Europe)

27th November (Europe)

Smash Bros., Pokémon, Thomas Was Alone, Hyrule Warriors DLC and much more

Another week begins, but the European Nintendo Download Update should have some exciting titles to cheer anyone up, with two of the year's biggest retail titles arriving on both Wii U and 3DS. Beyond those big contenders we have some enticing download options, so let's get to...

News: Shigeru Miyamoto Discusses Production of the Pikmin Short Movies in a Miiverse Interview

Shigeru Miyamoto Discusses Production of the Pikmin Short Movies in a Miiverse Interview

A new HOME theme for the 3DS also revealed

The creator of Mario, Shigeru Miyamoto, has dabbled in many new and exciting experiences this year, including the production of animated shorts – he even had the opportunity to show his recently released Pikmin movies at the Toyko International Film Festival. Now, in an interview with Nintendo’s...

Guide: Getting the Most out of Your amiibo with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Getting the Most out of Your amiibo with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Oh, amiibo!

Nintendo’s near-field communication figurines, amiibo, have finally landed in North America; what better way for them to punch and kick their way into our homes (and hearts) than to do so in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Nintendo’s latest home console version of the crossover fighting series offers in-depth support for the...

Feature: Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Week Eleven: Angler

Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Week Eleven: Angler

The never-ending quest for fewer fish in the sea

In the eleventh part of a regular series, Karen takes on Fantasy Life in a variety of 'lives' and documents her adventures. After last week’s work as a mercenary defending Castele and other associated kingdoms from the scourge of overgrown lizards and smaller nuisances, I wanted a change of pace...

Video: Two Smash Bros. Instructional Videos to Get You Brawling with the Best of Them

Two Smash Bros. Instructional Videos to Get You Brawling with the Best of Them

One's perhaps more advanced than the other

Did You Know Gaming and Nintendo have both released some instructional videos for the Super Smash Bros. series. Did You Know Gaming focuses on the advanced techniques from the earlier games such as wave dashing and directional influence, but Nintendo has taken a much more basic approach. It's the first part...

News: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter Sold Out Already in Most US Stores

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter Sold Out Already in Most US Stores

eBay prices skyrocket

Nintendo were right to release the GameCube Controller Adapter for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, as it appears the popularity of the peripheral was far greater than many stockists of the device were anticipating, leaving it out of stock already in most US stores. Many Smash Bros. veterans swear by the GameCube controller as...

Video: Nintendo Minute Shows Off Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and amiibo Gameplay

Nintendo Minute Shows Off Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and amiibo Gameplay

They have a Mario graphic on their phones...

With the release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in North America, it's no surprise that weekly video series Nintendo Minute is taking the opportunity to show off the game and the accompanying amiibo range. After some four-player matches regular hosts Kit & Krysta — with guests Mike and Adam —...

Weirdness: Factory Error Results in Dual-Wielding Samus amiibo

Factory Error Results in Dual-Wielding Samus amiibo

Can't grapple it

Factory defects usually have hilarious consequences, but one plucky Nintendo fan managed to get their hands on an amiibo unlike any other: No doubt this figurine will become exceedingly sought after if kept in its original packaging. Of course you could quite easily make your own by buying two of the amiibos and swapping the arms...

Feature: A Day in the Life of a Self-Confessed Super Smash Bros. Fanatic

A Day in the Life of a Self-Confessed Super Smash Bros. Fanatic

It's always a smashing day

Martin Watts regularly thrashes his Nintendo Life colleagues in online Smash Bros. matches, and now we know why. In this article he outlines a typical day now that two versions of the brawler are available. Nintendo’s decision to release not one, but two Super Smash Bros. games in a single year has always been...

Video: Nintendo Shows Off More 3DS HOME Themes as Smash Bros. and Pokémon Options Arrive in North America

Nintendo Shows Off More 3DS HOME Themes as Smash Bros. and Pokémon Options Arrive in North America

Gotta buy 'em all?

Though Nintendo of America doesn't like to advertise new 3DS HOME themes in its download update — unlike its European contemporary — there's good news for owners of the portable in the region. The four Super Smash Bros. and two new Pokémon themes are all available to pick up at $1.99 each, bringing the Western regions...

Video: GameStop Shows How It Faked 'Karissa the Destroyer' at Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Event

GameStop Shows How It Faked 'Karissa the Destroyer' at Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Event

Cue silly music and excessive high-fiving

Earlier this month shaky-cam footage emerged of a 10-year-old gamer thrashing the competition at Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, duly being given the nickname 'Karissa the Destroyer'. It all took place at a supposedly random GameStop preview event for the game. It did seem fishy, however, prompting us to...

News: Reggie Fils-Aime Emphasizes the Nintendo Difference and Considers Competitors Such as Steam and Amazon

Reggie Fils-Aime Emphasizes the Nintendo Difference and Considers Competitors Such as Steam and Amazon

Expresses confidence for the Holiday season

Reggie Fils-Aime, the President and COO of Nintendo of America, has been rather busy in the past week doing the rounds with the US media, primarily mainstream consumer and business outlets. With the absolutely vital Black Friday and Holiday seasons around the corner, it's an important time as the company...

Talking Point: Super Smash Bros. Can Finally Reach Its Money-Spinning Potential

Super Smash Bros. Can Finally Reach Its Money-Spinning Potential

All the pieces have come together

We often talk up Nintendo's alternative and unique approach in the current games market, primarily that of generally focusing on colourful, fun games that often run at a silky smooth 60 frames per second; when it comes to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, we're even looking at a native 1080p resolution to round off the...

News: Details Uncovered of Upcoming Update for Zelda Spin-Off Hyrule Warriors

Details Uncovered of Upcoming Update for Zelda Spin-Off Hyrule Warriors

Caps off to you

The official Japanese website for Hyrule Warriors has revealed that an upcoming update for the game will feature more than just stability. The update is said to make the following changes: Increase level cap Increase maximum materials count New potions New medals amiibo functionality It's interesting to see Koei Tecmo's choices...

News: The 3DS Proves to Be a Popular Music Player in Japan

The 3DS Proves to Be a Popular Music Player in Japan

Exposed shoulder buttons not an issue

Contrary to the West, Japan has an app that allows 3DS owners to download and listen to music, and despite the prominence of smaller and more dedicated media devices, many Japanese gamers are taking full advantage of the system. Recently hitting 3 million downloads, RecoChoku is the app in question. The site...

Out Now: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, amiibo and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (North America)

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, amiibo and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (North America)

Don't forget your free Shiny Beldum in ORAS

If you're in North America this is a rather exciting day — delay the hype by seven days in Europe — as two monstrous first-party titles arrive alongside the amiibo range. If you're a fan of retail downloads chances are you're already playing these games, while a trip to stores or eagerly awaiting the...

Anniversary: The Nintendo DS is Now 10 Years Old

The Nintendo DS is Now 10 Years Old

Went from baby phat to slim

It's a big day for the original DS, as it's 10 years to the day since the first model in the iconic family of systems — commonly referred to as the 'phat' — arrived in North America. Few will forget the E3 reveal of the DS by Reggie Fils-Aime, and its clamshell Though it signalled the beginning of the end for the...

Anniversary: 20 Years Ago Today, Rare Resurrected The Donkey Kong Brand

20 Years Ago Today, Rare Resurrected The Donkey Kong Brand

Donkey Kong Country is now two decades old

Donkey Kong is Nintendo's first major star, having made his début in the arcade game that effectively turned the company into the global monster it is today. However, when Mario decided to become Super on the NES and take his place as Nintendo's number one mascot, DK was bumped down the pecking order and...

News: NINJHAX Exploit Is All About Nintendo 3DS Homebrew And Not Piracy, Says Creator

NINJHAX Exploit Is All About Nintendo 3DS Homebrew And Not Piracy, Says Creator

Hack intended to attract bedroom coders to the 3DS, not stinkin' pirates

Today marks the launch of the much-hyped NINJHAX exploit, which allows 3DS owners a backdoor to run unofficial software on their consoles. The hack is the work of 22-year-old student Jordan Rabet, and is so called because it requires a copy of the obscure puzzle platformer...

News: Peculiar Outfits and Details Revealed for Twilight Princess Hyrule Warriors DLC

Peculiar Outfits and Details Revealed for Twilight Princess Hyrule Warriors DLC

Link to the Pants

The "Twilight Princess" DLC pack is just around the corner for Hyrule Warriors, and Famitsu has revealed the downright quirky content that'll be included. The headline — for us, anyway — is the emergence of a Link costume in which he's dressed like the Postman; it's quite a bizarre sight, and fans of Twilight Princess may also...

News: Thousands In Australia & New Zealand Attend Midnight Launches For New Nintendo 3DS And Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Thousands In Australia & New Zealand Attend Midnight Launches For New Nintendo 3DS And Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

A momentous occasion for Nintendo fans down under and across the ditch

Last night, Australia and New Zealand were treated to the release of a brand new Nintendo system before both North America and Europe. In a similar scenario to Nintendo’s homeland, Japan, existing models of the 3DS had reportedly reached the point of complete market...

News: Child of Light's Creative Director Paints a Picture of its Artistic Process

Child of Light's Creative Director Paints a Picture of its Artistic Process

The game also made green, ended up in the black

Released back in spring Ubisoft Montreal's Child of Light possessed a uniquely gorgeous visual style that few, if any, have matched. In a talk at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) earlier this year, Creative Director Patrick Plourde discussed the journey from concept art to bringing the 2D RPG to...