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Video: Nintendo Australia Gives Us A Jaunty Tour Of The New 3DS

Nintendo Australia Gives Us A Jaunty Tour Of The New 3DS

Turn the volume up

As you may be aware, Australia got its first Nintendo Direct today, and the big news is that it's going to be one of the first regions outside of Japan to get the New 3DS and New 3DS XL. As well as putting the Direct online for non-Aussies to watch, Nintendo Australia has produced another, shorter clip which shows off the console...

Nintendo Direct: New Nintendo 3DS Models Coming to Australia and New Zealand on 21st November

New Nintendo 3DS Models Coming to Australia and New Zealand on 21st November

Still not coming elsewhere until 2015

In a surprise Nintendo Direct in Australia and New Zealand — the first that's been unique to the region — it's been announced that the New Nintendo 3DS and XL model will be coming to the two countries on 21st November; it's also been reiterated that the systems will not come elsewhere in the West until 2015...

News: Meme Run is Coming to Troll Your Wii U Very Soon

Meme Run is Coming to Troll Your Wii U Very Soon

So impress. Wow such tempt. Much memes.

Following on from their Wii U eShop debut with mediocre brain bamboozler IQ Test, Ninja Pig Studios has revealed some early details of Meme Run, which will be their next game developed in Unity and promises to be one of the more subversive games in the short time that Nintendo has welcomed indies using Web...

Talking Point: History Shows Us That Nintendo's Here to Stay

History Shows Us That Nintendo's Here to Stay

125 years and counting

On 23rd September 1889 Nintendo was founded as Nintendo Koppai, meaning the company is now 125 years old; it's been known as Nintendo Co., Ltd since 1963. The history of the company is particularly fascinating, and also reminds us of some important lessons regarding Nintendo; it's not solely a video game manufacturer,...

News: Film Something Cool At EGX London, Win Tickets To Future EGX Events For Life

Film Something Cool At EGX London, Win Tickets To Future EGX Events For Life

Lights, camera...

EGX London — the UK's biggest gaming event — kicks off this week. With massive support from Nintendo — as well as the official Mario Kart 8 UK Championship (being overseen by none other than Nintendo Life, we might add) — you'd think there were already enough reasons to get very excited about the show, but our friends at...

Feature: A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Fifty Six

A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Fifty Six

Conquest! StreetSmash! Castle Siege stage! More!

Super Smash Bros. is now only a little over a week away in the West, helping to ease the jealousy around lucky gamers in Japan; many will be rather familiar with the demo, too. As a result the hype levels continue to build ahead of millions more gamers getting their hands on the title. Masahiro...

Video: Nintendo Broadens its Girls Club Advertising with Help from Olympic Gold Medalist

Nintendo Broadens its Girls Club Advertising with Help from Olympic Gold Medalist

Getting sporty

Nintendo appears keen to spread the word about its Girls Club YouTube channel, and to help do so it's recruited Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams. Featuring games such as Tomodachi Life and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Nicola expresses her fondness for the 3DS and indulges us in her gaming past. Starting out on the SNES with games...

Video: These Mario Games Have More Secrets Than You May Think

These Mario Games Have More Secrets Than You May Think

And it's not even Easter

Continuing the series of discovering hidden Easter eggs in games, Did You Know Gaming has released the final part of its dissection of main series Mario games. It's always a joy to see hidden little details and secrets in video games, it shows just how much developers care about the creations that they make. Unsurprisingly,...

Player Profile: Mario Kart 8 Championship - Finalists 9-12

Mario Kart 8 Championship - Finalists 9-12

Rounding out the top 12

As we hope you're aware, we've teamed up with the Official Nintendo UK Store to run the Mario Kart 8 Championship 2014 in the UK, looking for the country's fastest racer who'll receive some fantastic prizes. This Championship has four online heats, with the top three in each of those heats then progressing to a live final...

Rumour: Secret Chant Within Super Smash Bros. 3DS Hints At Last-Minute Withdrawal Of The Ice Climbers

Secret Chant Within Super Smash Bros. 3DS Hints At Last-Minute Withdrawal Of The Ice Climbers

"Nana, Popo, Nana, Popo!"

We all know that The Ice Climbers were supposed to make the cut in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, but they were removed from the roster due to technical issues. However, it would appear that a reference to the pair is still contained within the game, and that their removal happened a little later in development than...

News: Nintendo Rolling Out New In-Store Digital Distribution Service For The UK And Europe

Nintendo Rolling Out New In-Store Digital Distribution Service For The UK And Europe

Pick your game and DLC, get a unique download code

For some time now, you've been able to walk into your typical European high street games retailer and buy download cards — like the ones shown above — for 3DS and Wii U eShop titles. However, Nintendo is looking to dramatically expand the remit of this in-store service by offering an even more...

News: Nintendo Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary

Nintendo Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary

Founded in 1889

Nintendo has celebrated its 125th Anniversary today, with the company founded on 23rd September 1889 in Kyoto, where its headquarters remain. The company has had an extraordinary history that goes well beyond video games, console wars and Mario, a fact that can be easily forgotten. Founded initially as Nintendo Koppai by Fusajiro...

News: Nintendo Region Locks Consoles To Get More Hardware Sales, Says Mitchell Corp Boss

Nintendo Region Locks Consoles To Get More Hardware Sales, Says Mitchell Corp Boss

"They want more people to buy their hardware"

Mitchell Corp founder Roy Ozaki thinks that Nintendo's region locking policy has more to do with shifting additional units than it does with controlling releases in different territories. While Nintendo has always exercised some kind of regional lock in its home systems, its portable devices have...

News: Nintendo Confirms Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version

Nintendo Confirms Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version

We'll have UK demo codes to give away, so watch this space

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire both launch in November, and Nintendo UK has confirmed that a special demo of the new monster-catching adventure will be made available on October 15th. This "Special Demo Version" contains "gameplay that players won’t experience anywhere...

News: Atlus Just Can't Stop Offering Discounts, With Another Round Live on 3DS

Atlus Just Can't Stop Offering Discounts, With Another Round Live on 3DS

Crazy about deals

We often get a sense of déjà vu when producing the weekly Nintendo Download Update for North America, as we frequently include details of more Atlus discounts. The venerated publisher and developer — much loved for bringing distinctly Japanese experiences to the West — simply can't resist offering enticing deals to lure more...

News: Nintendo Unleashes Wacky Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS Commercials

Nintendo Unleashes Wacky Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS Commercials

"Settle it in Smash!"

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is less than two weeks from launch in the West, exciting news after well over a year of build-up. Nintendo, of course, will be unleashing a sizeable marketing campaign to push sales for the portable version, no doubt hoping it'll prompt some to also go for the HD version upon its release on...

Video: New Bravely Second Trailer Sets The Scene for Gorgeous 3DS Sequel

New Bravely Second Trailer Sets The Scene for Gorgeous 3DS Sequel

Wait a second...

In some respects the 3DS is representative of rapidly ageing technology, with low resolution screens and modest processing power necessitating the 'New' model upgrades to make a Xenoblade Chronicles port possible, for example. Some developers clearly struggle to make the hardware sing, yet there are numerous examples of games that...

News: Capcom Releases Awesome TGS Trailers for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and The Great Ace Attorney

Capcom Releases Awesome TGS Trailers for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and The Great Ace Attorney

We sure love a bit of hype

In recent days the Tokyo Game Show has dominated the gaming scene in Japan; it's an event that doesn't often have any concrete details for Western gamers to latch onto, but it does bring more footage and details on titles confirmed or expected for localisation. That trend continued this past weekend, and two of Capcom's...

News: Shovel Knight Triumphantly Exits Final Testing Phase For International Release

Shovel Knight Triumphantly Exits Final Testing Phase For International Release

"We’ll be shipping up and shipping it out the door!"

North American players have been playing — and enjoying — the excellent Shovel Knight for what feels like an eternity now, but the game still hasn't launched in other parts of the world. Thankfully, the wait for non-Americans is finally drawing to a close, as developer Yacht Club Games has...

News: Engine Software Announces MindFeud For 3DS eShop

Engine Software Announces MindFeud For 3DS eShop

A social board game for the mentally nimble

Dutch-based outfit Engine Software has announced it will collaborate with Norwegian developer Monkeybin to release the classic social board game hit MindFeud on the 3DS eShop later this year. The revival promises to be true to the iOS, Android and Facebook originals, but adds a completely exclusive single...