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News: Diddy Kong Confirmed as the Latest New Challenger for Super Smash Bros.

Diddy Kong Confirmed as the Latest New Challenger for Super Smash Bros.

With a bunch of images inside

Barely a week passes at the moment without some form of interesting reveal for the new Super Smash Bros. titles on the way to Wii U and 3DS, with Little Mac recently confirmed as part of a Nintendo Direct broadcast. Announced today with a little less hype but not lacking in fan service is the news that Diddy Kong will...

Weirdness: Super Mario Bros. Record For Lowest Score is Beaten

Super Mario Bros. Record For Lowest Score is Beaten

A 500 point play-through done without tool assistance

Normally while playing a game, the goal for most people is to see how many points they can rack up; more often than not they aim for the most points possible. There are, however, a select few who flip that idea on its head and shoot for the lowest score possible. Going out of their way to avoid...

Talking Point: The Nintendo Web Framework and the Return of 'Old-School' Indies

The Nintendo Web Framework and the Return of 'Old-School' Indies

The Wii U eShop could have quite a mix of games

Considering the fact that Nintendo Life began in part — through the pre-merger WiiWare World — as a resource dedicated almost exclusively to covering download games, we've seen hundreds come and go in the continually evolving online stores. WiiWare was a big deal when it launched, as for the...

News: Mario Kart Ride-on Racing into the UK Later this Year

Mario Kart Ride-on Racing into the UK Later this Year

"Billy, why'd you peel all the bananas?"

Let's admit it: some things just feel wasted on the young. With Nintendo stating its desire to increase its IP licensing, those of us who are adults can at least get away with buying the new plushies and figures and such that will come of this. But a licensed replica of Mario's very own Mario Kart as a...

News: Tappingo Trailer Emerges as European Release Date is Pushed Back One Week

Tappingo Trailer Emerges as European Release Date is Pushed Back One Week

North American release date remains the same

According to Goodbye Galaxy Games developer Hugo Smits, his début 3DS eShop title Tappingo has been slightly delayed for European release. It's been pushed back to a 6th March launch due to translations taking a little longer than anticipated. It was only a few weeks ago that Tappingo received an...

News: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition Sneaking Onto the Wii U eShop

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition Sneaking Onto the Wii U eShop

A HD re-release of the 3DS title

Last year Nintendo gamers not only had the opportunity to enjoy Batman: Arkham Origins on Wii U, but also Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate on the 3DS, a 2.5D action game from Armature, a studio setup by former Retro Studios employees. Warner Bros. has now announced that the portable release — it was also on Vita...

Nintendo Download: 20th February (North America)

20th February (North America)

DK is back, NES action, forging weapons, kung fu rabbits and more

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 title from Retro Studios is the headline arrival on Wii U, while two NES games (one on each current Virtual Console) are joined by three promising...

News: Tengami's Wii U eShop Release Set to Unfold in June

Tengami's Wii U eShop Release Set to Unfold in June

Crafty

We've written a lot about Nyamyam's Tengami, as it looks like an intriguing prospect for the Wii U eShop. It incorporates an attractive pop-up book style, promises a relaxing adventure and features music from the highly regarded David Wise, composer of the soundtracks for Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, among...

Interview: Ripstone and Zoink on Prioritising Fun in Stick It To The Man

Ripstone and Zoink on Prioritising Fun in Stick It To The Man

"I just did something I thought looked cool"

Stick It To The Man by Zoink! promises to be an intriguing release when it arrives on the Wii U eShop in Spring. After previously arriving on PS3, PS Vita and PC, its arrival on the Wii U will make use of the GamePad to enhance the mind-reading mechanic, with Zoink! founder Klaus Lyngeled referring to...

News: Nintendo Wins Microprocessor Patent Dispute Over 3DS and DSi

Nintendo Wins Microprocessor Patent Dispute Over 3DS and DSi

More success for the legal team

Nintendo has endured its fair share of patent battles in recent years, with the Wii and DS in particular kicking off a range of proceedings against the company. Nintendo has prevailed the majority of times, with a rare blot in the form of a defeat to Tomita Technologies USA over the 3D camera functionality of the 3DS...

Weirdness: There's a Metroid in my Spelunky

There's a Metroid in my Spelunky

A cross-over too good to be true

Spelunky with a dash of Metroid — it sounds just as bizarre, yet as appetising, as pea and ham soup. That’s why this weird match-up has now been made a reality by mod maker, joey4track. To publicise his unique creation exclusive to the PC version of the game, he passed the modification onto YouTube personality...

News: Namco's Klonoa: Empire of Dreams & Mr. Driller 2 rated by Australian Classification Board

Namco's Klonoa: Empire of Dreams & Mr. Driller 2 rated by Australian Classification Board

Expected to arrive on Wii U VC soon

As reported last week, Game Boy Advance titles will finally be released on the Wii U Virtual Console from April onwards. While there’s still no pricing or release dates beyond the initial month, what we do know is the first batch arriving on the service will include Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigi: Superstar...

Video: Nintendo Minute Shows Off Two Favourite Levels From Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Nintendo Minute Shows Off Two Favourite Levels From Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Tough but fun

With Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze now so close that we can smell the bananas, Nintendo's YouTube show 'Nintendo Minute' has naturally pitched in to show a little more of the game in action, with the co-hosts each picking a favourite level. First up is world 3-3 (Frantic Fields) which includes some heroic charging with Rambi...

Video: These UK and US Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Adverts Are Islands Apart In Tone

These UK and US Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Adverts Are Islands Apart In Tone

Bongo-drumming up interest

By now you might have seen our coverage of the Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze commercial currently airing to promote DK's latest outing, and it's a fun showcase of gameplay and character that definitely paints a charming picture to drum up some anticipation. Today, a UK version of the same trailer has just arrived to...

News: Monster Hunter Executive Producer, Ryozo Tsujimoto, To Appear At London Community Event

Monster Hunter Executive Producer, Ryozo Tsujimoto, To Appear At London Community Event

On the hunt

While keen Monster Hunter fans can still meet on the Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Wii U servers to take on some enormous beasts, Capcom continues to host regular community events in London to celebrate the title. It's the local multiplayer of the 3DS version that gets an airing at these events, while there are often contests and prizes for...

Video: These Are The Ten DS Games We Want To See On The Wii U Virtual Console

These Are The Ten DS Games We Want To See On The Wii U Virtual Console

Which one did you vote for?

The news that Nintendo is bringing DS games to the Wii U had us dreaming of all the amazing titles we wanted to see arrive on the eShop. Like some kind of benevolent moving-image god, our resident video guru Rory has transcoded these desires into magical lights and sound, and has lovingly deposited the results onto the...

News: Minor Miiverse Update Improves Options For Following, Screenshots and Videos

Minor Miiverse Update Improves Options For Following, Screenshots and Videos

X marks the screenshot

Nintendo's bespoke Miiverse social network — on Wii U, 3DS, web browsers and with future plans for smart devices — has evolved a fair bit since its début with the Wii U launch in November 2012. As it's a web-based service it can be easily updated without down time or the need for gamers to download updates; as a result...

News: Nintendo UK's Store Offers The Mario and Sonic Winter Olympics Wii U Bundle

Nintendo UK's Store Offers The Mario and Sonic Winter Olympics Wii U Bundle

Going for gold

With the Winter Olympics well under way in Sochi, Nintendo UK has issued a reminder that its official store is offering a special Wii U bundle to celebrate the occasion, which represents a saving over buying each part of the package individually. Unsurprisingly this bundle includes the appropriately themed game, details below: Wii...

News: Retro Studios Outlines "Symbiotic Relationship" With Nintendo Teams

Retro Studios Outlines "Symbiotic Relationship" With Nintendo Teams

"We spent a lot of time working on fur as requested by Iwata-san"

With Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze swinging into Western stores this week, eager fans are no doubt continuing their own personal countdowns. Ahead of the release Official Nintendo Magazine has published its interview with Retro Studios CEO Michael Kelbaugh and Nintendo SPD...

News: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Only Sells Just Over 35,000 Units in Japanese Launch

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Only Sells Just Over 35,000 Units in Japanese Launch

No notable Wii U hardware boost

The latest Media Create Japanese chart results are in, and while there are positives for the 3DS there's little cheer for Wii U. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze arrived in Japan on 13th February and, despite coming in second in the charts, has failed to make a significant impact. Top honours in the software...

News: Stick It To The Man on Wii U "Feels Funnier" Thanks to GamePad Functionality

Stick It To The Man on Wii U "Feels Funnier" Thanks to GamePad Functionality

Klaus Lyngeled tells us "it's like you get the gold version"

After a degree of speculation, it was confirmed last week that Stick It To The Man is coming to the Wii U eShop, targeting a Spring release. Currently available on PC, PS3 and PS Vita, it's a distinctive title from Zoink!, with UK publisher Ripstone stepping in to bring the title to...

Video: Hanging Out With Arino In The Japanese GameCenter CX 3 Demo

Hanging Out With Arino In The Japanese GameCenter CX 3 Demo

Short and sweet

Japanese 3DS users are now able to get their hands on a demo of GameCenter CX 3, perhaps better known outside Japan as the latest game in the Retro Game Challenge series. The demo's a short slice of the story mode, with your chosen character (male or female) bumping into a youthful Arino back in a little 80's shop and eventually...