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Nintendo Download: 5th June (North America)

5th June (North America)

Tomodachi comes to life, 1001 Spikes, Minish Cap and much more

It's that time, North America, for the latest Nintendo Download Update with the details of new goodies available this week. There's a high-profile retail title on 3DS along with an assortment of new download-only titles on both current systems; there's some welcome retro Zelda and more...

Poll: Should Nintendo Patch The Controversial Fire Hopping Technique In Mario Kart 8?

Should Nintendo Patch The Controversial Fire Hopping Technique In Mario Kart 8?

New trick shaves seconds off lap times

Every new Mario Kart release comes with its own little tricks, but sometimes these speed-boosting techniques are seen as largely unintentional on Nintendo's part, leading fans to decry them as "exploits" rather than recognizing them as legitimate strategies. In Mario Kart 8's case, the "Fire Hop" is dividing...

News: AiRace Xeno Speeds Onto the 3DS eShop on 12th June

AiRace Xeno Speeds Onto the 3DS eShop on 12th June

At a budget price along with some QubicGames discounts

Fans of flying very, very fast may be familiar with the AiRace series from Qubic Games, which most recently arrived on 3DS with AiRace Speed. That was a fun title that earned a solid 7/10 in our review, so we're pleased to see that a new entry in the franchise is dropping in next week's...

News: Nintendo@E3 2014 Community Now Live on Miiverse

Nintendo@E3 2014 Community Now Live on Miiverse

Announcement community included

Following hot on the heels of a platform update, Miiverse has another exciting addition for social Nintendo gamers to enjoy. It's formally launched its Nintendo@E3 2014 Community, and a sub-community that'll host official announcements through 'news, videos and events'. The main community is already buzzing with...

News: 1001 Spikes Creator Believes Trends Are Shifting Back Towards Tough, Challenging Games

1001 Spikes Creator Believes Trends Are Shifting Back Towards Tough, Challenging Games

"We are at a cusp of a new revolution"

1001 Spikes is available now on the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores in North America, and early noise around the platforming title is that it's pretty darn tough. Retro in looks and, it seems, retro in style, it's sure to endanger 3DS systems and GamePad controllers now that it's nestling on some systems. Though...

News: Zen Studios Collaborates With Telltale Games and Creator of The Walking Dead to Create Themed Pinball Table

Zen Studios Collaborates With Telltale Games and Creator of The Walking Dead to Create Themed Pinball Table

Wii U release inconclusive

Fans of The Walking Dead are in for a treat with pinball masters Zen Studios announcing it has partnered with the series creator and writer Robert Kirkman, Skybound, and Telltale Games, to release an all-new digital table for Zen Pinball 2 based on the popular episodic game series of the same name. In a true collaborative...

News: Miiverse Update Eases Comment Restriction and Boosts Post Character Limit

Miiverse Update Eases Comment Restriction and Boosts Post Character Limit

Down to two minutes and up to 400 characters, that is

After a major Wii U system update this week, Nintendo has applied a smaller yet potentially rather popular update to its bespoke Miiverse social network, with tweaks that will give users a little more freedom on the platform. The ever evolving platform's changes have been applied across the Wii...

Talking Point: Nintendo's System Updates Bring The Wii U to Another Level

Nintendo's System Updates Bring The Wii U to Another Level

A major leap from day one

For those that owned the Wii U since day one, cast your mind back to its UI (user interface) and OS (operating system) when you fired up the system for the first time. It was, to be rather blunt, a mediocre experience, mainly due to its excessively slow performance. Don't forget that a popular video of a Japanese fan...

Play: The Nintendo Life Mario Kart 8 GP Is Now Open

The Nintendo Life Mario Kart 8 GP Is Now Open

Come join our rolling tournament

As we all know, Mario Kart 8 is now available worldwide, and many of you will already have spent countless hours navigating its various courses and taking out rivals with red shells. With the view of bringing the Nintendo Life karting community together, we've opened up a rolling tournament called Nintendo Life GP,...

News: Nintendo to Host Special Google Hangout on Tomodachi Life Launch Day

Nintendo to Host Special Google Hangout on Tomodachi Life Launch Day

Hosted by Krysta of Nintendo Minute

Tomodachi Life is now just days from release, with Nintendo keen to communicate its charms to as many 3DS owners as possible. Nintendo of America will be doing this with a live Google Hangout to chat about the title on launch day, 6th June, rather conveniently at a time that should suit gamers in Europe, too...

News: Chocobo Racing 3D Was Canned Because Square Enix Wasn't Happy With The Quality

Chocobo Racing 3D Was Canned Because Square Enix Wasn't Happy With The Quality

Spitting feathers

Remember Chocobo Racing 3D? It was announced for the 3DS some time ago, but Square Enix has shown nothing of the game for months, and last year Takashi Tokita — the creator of the original Chocobo Racing for the PlayStation — said that the project had been closed. We now have further confirmation of this fact from Square Enix...

Weirdness: Luigi's Mario Kart 8 'Death Stare' Is Deemed Noteworthy By Fox News

Luigi's Mario Kart 8 'Death Stare' Is Deemed Noteworthy By Fox News

More exposure for Mario Kart 8, though

One of the more amusing memes to come out of Mario Kart 8 has to be Luigi's "Death Stare", which we're pretty sure you've seen several times in the game itself, as well as on various social networking sites. It would appear that this particular element of Nintendo's new Wii U racer has well and truly "gone...

News: Brain Training / Brain Age Makes DS Début on Wii U Virtual Console in Japan

Brain Training / Brain Age Makes DS Début on Wii U Virtual Console in Japan

Suddenly released for free

Nintendo caused a minor stir earlier this year when it announced DS titles for the Wii U Virtual Console, with the accompanying concept image showing both screens side-by-side on the GamePad; it's an idea that may not suit all games released on the portable, at least not without some alternative formatting. In any case...

News: Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition Confirmed for Wii U and 3DS

Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition Confirmed for Wii U and 3DS

There's a new trailer to prove it

Not long ago we reported on a rating — which was quickly taken down — that appeared to show that Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition is coming to the Wii U and 3DS; as it's one of the most iconic games of the '90s, that was pleasing news for some of us with long memories. At the time publisher The Digital...

News: Nintendo's E3 Plans Are Outlined Further, With Nintendo Minute to Follow Digital Event

Nintendo's E3 Plans Are Outlined Further, With Nintendo Minute to Follow Digital Event

The unscripted Treehouse coverage still has us intrigued

Nintendo's E3 plans are fairly well-known now, with the mystery now revolving around what will be shown in its Digital Event and accompanying demonstrations; fans of Super Smash Bros. can also look forward to the Invitational event or finding a demo station at a local Best Buy store. A press...

News: Natsume Announces Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley for a 2014 Release on 3DS

Natsume Announces Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley for a 2014 Release on 3DS

Moving into a three-dimensional setting

Natsume has been teasing multiple E3 reveals for titles on Nintendo systems, and has fired an early shot today with the announcement of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley for 3DS, the newest entry in the series which will arrive — in North America at least — later this year. For its part the publisher is keen...

Feature: Nintendo Moments You Never Saw Coming

Nintendo Moments You Never Saw Coming

Expect the unexpected at E3

With Nintendo, some things are always certain. Mario and friends will get together for a platforming or sporting excursion, the number of Pocket Monsters will gradually increase, Princess Zelda will find herself kidnapped, Samus will inexplicably lose all of her abilities at the start of another adventure and the F-Zero...