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Video: Teens Race and Talk Smack in Mario Kart 64

Teens Race and Talk Smack in Mario Kart 64

"Yo dawg I've got the golden mushroom"

YouTube has plenty of ways to entertain us, and one formula that's hugely successful is the React series in which different groups encounter games and are filmed as they get to grips with them. With Nintendo battling for attention against its big rivals, it can be fun to watch teens - particularly - getting to...

Video: Hacker Demonstrates Fully Functional Game & Watch amiibo in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Hacker Demonstrates Fully Functional Game & Watch amiibo in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Creation, editing and levelling

Just recently a YouTube channel titled Mema Haxx posted a video that - very briefly - showed hidden Duck Hunt amiibo data being activated; the basic suggestion reinforces what we half expected, that Nintendo's set up code within the game to support amiibo for still unannounced figures. Considering the fact the company...

Feature: A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - January to March

A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - January to March

Kicking off a vital year

As is an early New Year tradition here at Nintendo Life, we're going to look back at Nintendo's last year to consider what went well, areas that were problematic and to remind ourselves of how the company shaped up. 2013 was a year of contrasting tales for Nintendo - the 3DS was a major success (the best-selling system in...

News: Awesome Games Done Quick Gears Up For More Records and Good Deeds

Awesome Games Done Quick Gears Up For More Records and Good Deeds

There's a new Ocarina of Time world record to beat, too

It's that time again, speedrun fans, with Awesome Games Done Quick set to kick off for another week of record attempts and raising money for charity. One of Nintendo Life's longest-serving reviewers is even taking on Shovel Knight, too. This event, which takes place twice every year, gathers...

News: Toys "R" Us amiibo Pre-Orders Cancelled Again

Toys "R" Us amiibo Pre-Orders Cancelled Again

What now for Lucario?

Late last year Toys "R" Us attracted the wrong kind of attention when it emerged that amiibo pre-orders were being cancelled en-masse, causing justifiable consternation among affected customers. The company promised an update over the festive period and issued coupons to enable customers to re-order their amiibo figures from...

Video: This Incredible Retro Gaming Collection Will Blow You Away

This Incredible Retro Gaming Collection Will Blow You Away

And it has a rare Sega item as its latest centrepiece

It's amazing what you discover when you're travelled across North America's vast expanse. Video producer, Sega fanatic and Nintendo Life contributor Tyler Esposito has uncovered a pretty special retro collection that contains items from Atari, Nintendo and Sega -- and is almost certain to attract...

Feature: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2015

The Biggest 3DS Games of 2015

Majora's Mask 3D! Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate! Code Name: S.T.E.A.M! More!

We've now kicked off into a New Year, and to get us going we've already published our feature for ten of the biggest Wii U games of 2015; now it's the turn of the 3DS. While Nintendo has been going all out to emphasize a relatively busy 2015 line-up for Wii U, it's been a lot...

News: Here's a Handy amiibo Compatibility Infographic 

Here's a Handy amiibo Compatibility Infographic 

Fan-produced graph includes Japanese releases

With two waves of amiibo toys available in stores and a number of compatible games out in the wild, we perhaps need an infographic to clarify which figures work with what game. Well, it's not that complicated yet, but we do like a good infographic regardless. Below is an effort from amiibo fan MoldyClay...

Video: Hacker Allegedly Shows Hidden Duck Hunt amiibo Data in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 

Hacker Allegedly Shows Hidden Duck Hunt amiibo Data in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 

Reinforces expectations of toys for the whole cast

Way back during E3 2014 Nintendo stated that it could, potentially, give the whole cast of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS amiibo toys; there's clearly some demand, if the reaction to fake wave 4 amiibo figures is anything to go by. It seems that a hacker has demonstrated that data for...

News: Keiji Inafune's New Year's Message Includes Fresh Mighty No. 9 Stage Footage

Keiji Inafune's New Year's Message Includes Fresh Mighty No. 9 Stage Footage

"We're pretty much finished"

Mega Man and Mighty No. 9 creator Keiji Inafune has posted a New Year's greeting in which he reveals that production on his latest epic is almost complete -- as well as showing off a hitherto unseen level. He refers to the development of the game as a "pleasure" and states that he can't wait for players to experience...

News: Mario Kart 8 Beats Stern Competition To Become Eurogamer's Game Of 2014

Mario Kart 8 Beats Stern Competition To Become Eurogamer's Game Of 2014

Racing to the finish

The Wii U had a solid 2014 in terms of software, with titles like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Bayonetta 2 and Super Smash Bros. all gaining high scores and securing plenty of admirers. Nintendo's console also picked up some much-needed momentum in commercial terms, too -- although as many industry analysts will tell...

Weirdness: Apparently Wario Was Mario's Childhood Friend and Bowser "Could Not Stand the Idea of Happy Fungi"

Apparently Wario Was Mario's Childhood Friend and Bowser "Could Not Stand the Idea of Happy Fungi"

Oh, and Mario's favourite music is opera or new wave Euro-pop

Last year we reported on some humorous details from the official Nintendo Character Manual of 1993 - it was provided to companies and brand agents to ostensibly provide key facts around these characters. The main revelation on that occasion was that Yoshi's real name is T. Yoshisaur...

Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2015

The Biggest Wii U Games of 2015

The Legend of Zelda! Star Fox! Splatoon! More!

2015 is here, and for Wii U owners it could be the most exciting year of HD Nintendo gaming yet. The past couple of years have delivered some truly fantastic games, of course, with the just-departed 2014 bringing two of Nintendo's biggest franchises into the current generation. Excitingly, though, the...

Nintendo Download: 1st January (North America)

1st January (North America)

Pokémon Pinball, Bionic Commando, discounted Shovel Knight and more

It's the start of 2015, and Nintendo of America's first Download Update is a fairly slim affair, with each system enjoying a Virtual Console arrival alongside a few tempting discounts. Let's get to the details. Missed the European Nintendo Download Update details earlier in the...

Reminder: Redeem Your Nintendo Network Deluxe / Premium Digital Promotion eShop Credit Codes by 31st March

Redeem Your Nintendo Network Deluxe / Premium Digital Promotion eShop Credit Codes by 31st March

You can't earn any more points, though

Just before Christmas we reminded you that the Deluxe Digital Promotion for Wii U owners was set to end on 31st December 2014. That is the case, so Wii U eShop purchases on 32GB units will no longer earn points to redeem for vouchers, but there's evidently been some confusion over a message posted on the...

News: Happy New Year From All at Nintendo Life

Happy New Year From All at Nintendo Life

Here's to an awesome 2015

Wherever you are in the world, it's now 2015. We leave behind a year in which Nintendo released some terrific titles for Wii U and 3DS, dealt with some disappointing sales, but nevertheless focused its energy on unique and enjoyable games. As any year teaches us it's tough to predict what's next from Nintendo, with some of...

News: No Protests Against this Holiday-themed Citizens of Earth Trailer

No Protests Against this Holiday-themed Citizens of Earth Trailer

Like a good fruitcake, it's still sturdy past its date

The holidays are all but over and it's time to move on to 2015... but wait, what's that? Behind the desk, against the wall over there. Why don't you go check it out? Why, it's a new trailer for the upcoming RPG Citizens of Earth! It must've been sitting here since Christmas Eve but got lost in...

Weirdness: Diddy Kong amiibo With a Horror Mouth and Dual Wielding Pit Join Defective Ranks

Diddy Kong amiibo With a Horror Mouth and Dual Wielding Pit Join Defective Ranks

Lacking a bit of bite

When amiibo launched in November it didn't take long for attention to be directed towards inevitable manufacturing errors. With millions of units sent out into the world mistakes are inevitable, and for a time silly amounts of money were being paid for 'rare' and defective amiibo; whether they were genuine bids or not, examples...

Feature: ​Tales From The Frontline Of Game Boy Development

​Tales From The Frontline Of Game Boy Development

The Rise And Fall Of Crawfish Interactive

As the video game industry lurches from one generation to the next, the multitude of companies involved with producing software for the endless conveyor belt of platforms never remains static; just as studios are created to cater for the demands of new hardware, established firms are forced to close due to...

News: Pixar Movie, Up, is Now Available for 3DS in Japan

Pixar Movie, Up, is Now Available for 3DS in Japan

Random but true

In the early days of the 3DS, Nintendo was keen to promote the portable as an all-round entertainment device; the Nintendo Video channel was relatively prominent with weekly updates, and in Europe there was even a Eurosport channel with regular videos. There were multiple issues with this approach - there wasn't enough content or app...

News: Platinum Hopes to Bring "More From Bayonetta" in 2015

Platinum Hopes to Bring "More From Bayonetta" in 2015

We dream of DLC, may be anime

Bayonetta 2 was one of our favourite releases in 2014, the action exclusive on Wii U providing a frenetic, memorable experience. There are some positive teases ahoy from Platinum Games to excite those that enjoyed the sequel and its predecessor, in that case, courtesy of an update from senior figures that worked on the...