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News: Ballpoint Universe Coming To The North American Wii U eShop On March 18th

Ballpoint Universe Coming To The North American Wii U eShop On March 18th

A scribble-driven adventure

While the retail side of Wii U isn't so dandy right now, the system’s digital library continues expanding at an impressive rate with a lot of indie developers pouncing on the favourable opportunities to be had. Part of the excitement is Arachnid Games' involvement, along with its side-scrolling shooter and platform...

News: Dutch Developer Ronimo Games Working On Swords & Soldiers II For Wii U

Dutch Developer Ronimo Games Working On Swords & Soldiers II For Wii U

A sequel to the 2009 WiiWare original

Ronimo Games is best known by Nintendo fans for its release of Swords & Soldiers on the WiiWare service back in 2009. Less acclaimed was the release of the 3D version of the game on the 3DS eShop last year. However way you've heard about the Netherlands-based studio and its side-scrolling strategy game, the...

News: Darksiders 2 Slashing Its Way Back to the EU eShop

Darksiders 2 Slashing Its Way Back to the EU eShop

Nordic Games "watching the Wii U situation"

Last April, Nordic Games picked up several of THQ's IPs including the Darksiders series. After almost a year's absence, the Austrian publisher has returned Darksiders 2 to the European Wii U eShop; according to business and product developer Reinhard Pollice, it is still continuing to monitor what he...

Video: Experience The Acute Embarrassment Of Owning A Physical Copy of Senran Kagura Burst

Experience The Acute Embarrassment Of Owning A Physical Copy of Senran Kagura Burst

Thank goodness for the eShop version

Senran Kagura Burst launches this week in Europe, both digitally on the 3DS eShop and in physical form. While North Americans still bristle with anger at the fact that they missed out on a boxed edition when it launched in that region last year, it least it means that they didn't have to endure the shame of...

Exclusive: Nintendo UK Confirms Extra Pokémon Battle Tournament Event At EGX Rezzed 2014

Nintendo UK Confirms Extra Pokémon Battle Tournament Event At EGX Rezzed 2014

Still time to prove yourself as the UK's best trainer

Last week, we announced that Nintendo UK was running a Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Battle Tournament to decide the nation's best trainer, with a trip to Japan as the main prize. Interest in the nationwide contest has been overwhelming, with many of the regional qualifying events now reaching...

Nintendo Download: 27th February (North America)

27th February (North America)

Professor Layton, Renegade, Tappingo and farming

The time has come, North America, for details of the goodies that'll be available to download on the eShop stores this week. The latest Professor Layton title makes it's arrival on the 3DS, along with some other VC classics and downloadable delights. Without further ado, let's get to it. Missed the...

News: Mario Kart 8 Racing Wheel Available For Preorder In The UK, Looks Suspiciously Like The Old Wii One

Mario Kart 8 Racing Wheel Available For Preorder In The UK, Looks Suspiciously Like The Old Wii One

Because we all need more plastic accessories, right?

Remember the Wii Wheel? It’s a plastic peripheral that some would rather forget, and others will have fonder memories of. Despite mixed reactions, the wheel was ultimately an integral part of the Mario Kart experience on the Wii. Nintendo strongly marketed the product offering a new way to play,...

News: Investor Wants Nintendo To Create Mobile Titles With Game-Altering In-App Purchases

Investor Wants Nintendo To Create Mobile Titles With Game-Altering In-App Purchases

"Just think of paying 99 cents just to get Mario to jump a little higher"

Please understand, Nintendo isn't keen on bringing its library of games to mobile right now — company president Satoru Iwata has been pretty firm on that point. However, Nintendo is an organisation which has shareholders, and that means it constantly faces pressure from...

News: Donkey Kong Country's Fate Was Determined By A Risky Rare Investment

Donkey Kong Country's Fate Was Determined By A Risky Rare Investment

"The rendering of each 3D model would take ages"

With Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze currently entertaining Wii U owners, it's only natural for those with long memories to cast their minds back to where the franchise began. Donkey Kong Country on the Super NES remains one of the 16-bit system's most iconic games, and sits at the forefront —...

News: Nintendo Switching Off Wi-Fi Connection Service On Wii And DS

Nintendo Switching Off Wi-Fi Connection Service On Wii And DS

You've got until May 20th to play online

Online gaming may be a big part of our hobby these days, but it doesn't come for free — companies have to spend cash to keep the infrastructure in place and running smoothly. That also means that over time, services will be switched off when they're no longer deemed to be as vital as they once were. That's...

News: Razor Global Domination Pro Tour Bringing Its Grinding Skills to Wii U in 2015

Razor Global Domination Pro Tour Bringing Its Grinding Skills to Wii U in 2015

Renegade Kid on development duty

Do you have scooter skills? Or even 'skillz'? Are you wondering why we're going on about scooters on Nintendo Life? Well, Razor Global Domination Pro Tour is coming to the Wii U — as well as Xbox One and PS4 — in 2015; it'll be published by Scarab Entertainment and developed by eShop download favourites Renegade...

News: Wii U Lifetime Sales in Japan Overtake the Xbox 360

Wii U Lifetime Sales in Japan Overtake the Xbox 360

Hey, it's a landmark

At the end of 2014 we're hopeful, even optimistic, that we'll be looking at a far brighter scenario for the Wii U. We don't have the facts and figures to start talking comebacks at the time of writing, however, so are restricted to looking ahead and taking the positives that we can. There is one, too. Earlier today we reported...

News: The 3DS Celebrates Its Third Birthday in Japan

The 3DS Celebrates Its Third Birthday in Japan

Happy 3dees day

Put on the party hats and break out the bunting, the 3DS is three years old today. Or it is in Japan which, judging by the time we're posting this and thanks to the vagaries of time zones, is actually yesterday in Nintendo's homeland. But still, we'll celebrate anyway. The 3DS was greeted with plenty of launch day buzz in 2011,...

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

The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part One

Just got a Wii U? These are the titles you should consider

The Wii U has now been with us for over a year, and in that time we've perhaps not seen quite as many titles as we'd like. Still, that's not to say that the machine is lacking in quality retail releases — far from it. In fact, it could be argued that Nintendo's console is home to some of...

News: Italian Developer Mixed Bag Teasing a Wii U Reveal for 28th February

Italian Developer Mixed Bag Teasing a Wii U Reveal for 28th February

Its two current games look promising

In the continuing trend of download developers showing enthusiasm for the Wii U, Italian studio Mixed Bag has been in touch to tease a reveal for the system on 28th February — with the company's history of iOS and PC download software the eShop seems a likely destination. The official website for the company...

News: LEGO The Hobbit Questing Onto Wii U and 3DS in April

LEGO The Hobbit Questing Onto Wii U and 3DS in April

Will block up the charts

With two movies down and a third on the way, LEGO The Hobbit finally has release dates for its arrival on Wii U, 3DS and pretty much every gaming console on the market. It'll begin its epic quest on 8th April in North America and 11th April in Europe. This game entry will take in events from the first two movies — An...

Video: The Dubious Charm Of Senran Kagura Burst Is Explained In Thirty Slightly Awkward Seconds

The Dubious Charm Of Senran Kagura Burst Is Explained In Thirty Slightly Awkward Seconds

Scantily-clad female fighters, you say? We hadn't noticed

Senran Kagura Burst hits Europe this week, and the game has already caused quite a stir thanks to its racy content, which is largely based around huge-chested Japanese schoolgirls shedding their clothing as they get beaten up (when they're not fighting in their swimsuits, that is)...

News: PS4 Launch Sales Close to Wii U Equivalents, 3DS Remains Best of the Rest

PS4 Launch Sales Close to Wii U Equivalents, 3DS Remains Best of the Rest

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze swings past 50,000 sales to date

It's been a big week for the games industry in Japan, with Sony's PS4 arriving in the market. Naturally it's made a splash in both the hardware and software charts, leaving efforts on 3DS, Wii U and other systems up against a new group of launch games. To start with software,...

News: New and Sealed Xenoblade Chronicles Copies Available in North America

New and Sealed Xenoblade Chronicles Copies Available in North America

A rare opportunity

For a Wii game released in 2012 in North America (2011 in Europe), Xenoblade Chronicles has shown an impressive ability to remain relevant to enthusiastic Nintendo gamers. Its limited run in Nintendo of America's domain took on a controversial tone when retailer GameStop began charging $89.99 for copies, while there were even...

News: Gargoyle's Quest II and Street Fighter 2010 Could Be Heading to the 3DS Virtual Console

Gargoyle's Quest II and Street Fighter 2010 Could Be Heading to the 3DS Virtual Console

Retro-heads Rejoice!

The Virtual Console has been an incredible asset to Nintendo over the years. Not only has it served as a method of playing yesterday’s games today, but it’s also come in handy when bridging the gap between retail releases. One of its downsides of course is that with every new console’s release, the back catalogue of games...