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Weirdness: Here's Some Olympic Speed Skating, Mario Kart Style

Here's Some Olympic Speed Skating, Mario Kart Style

Can we start the petition for a 2018 inclusion?

The heat of competition burns at your pounding heart, rivulets of sweat drip down your brow but you can't afford even a second to wipe it away. Your pulse marks each passing second, the weight of the world gathers on your weary shoulders and as the finish line comes into sight, you know the true...

News: Bravely Default Producer Outlines a Continued Focus on the Story for Upcoming Sequel

Bravely Default Producer Outlines a Continued Focus on the Story for Upcoming Sequel

Player choice with battle frequency customisation included again

With Bravely Default now available worldwide, it's naturally no surprise that the sequel is already confirmed for Japan, ensuring a likely scenario that gamers in the West will have to patiently await localisation news as those in the homeland of Square Enix enjoy the follow-up. The...

Video: The Legend of Zelda Brings the Epic in Oculus Rift

The Legend of Zelda Brings the Epic in Oculus Rift

This whole 3D Zelda thing could really catch on...

Have you ever wanted to be Link? To really see through his eyes and experience his realities for an entire adventure: traversing, exploring, swordfighting, tights management? OK, maybe not the last one. Thanks to Oculus Rift, the concept of first-person Link is being realized; at least for the...

News: Mario Golf: World Tour Takes The Action Under The Sea

Mario Golf: World Tour Takes The Action Under The Sea

Well out of bounds

In the recent Nintendo Direct broadcasts it was confirmed that Mario Golf: World Tour, after a fairly lengthy delay, will hit the 3DS in North America and Europe on 2nd May. With Camelot at the helm and the promise of customisable Mii characters, online play and communities, there's certainly cause for optimism. Nintendo has...

News: Super Mario Bros. Stop Motion Pixel Art Kickstarter Campaign Hops Over Its Target

Super Mario Bros. Stop Motion Pixel Art Kickstarter Campaign Hops Over Its Target

Funding goal passed with weeks of funding remaining

Nintendo's titles, particularly of the retro variety, inspire many fan projects in the form of music albums and, of course, videos. One example we highlighted in the past was an impressive stop motion video featuring the original Donkey Kong, which was remarkably produced with beads. That was the...

Feature: When Cranky Kong Took On Twitter

When Cranky Kong Took On Twitter

Madness? Brilliance? Both?

With Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze now on sale in Europe and North America, Nintendo of America celebrated the big launch by having 'Cranky Kong' takeover its official Twitter account. The elderly ape — the original Donkey Kong from the arcade according to lore — has been promoted for his entertaining character,...

News: Nintendo Launches Animal Crossing: New Leaf Miiverse Drawing Event

Nintendo Launches Animal Crossing: New Leaf Miiverse Drawing Event

Shake the metaphorical trees of creativity, or something...

Nintendo has been making good use of Miiverse and Wii U title Art Academy: SketchPad in recent months, running events for the Year of Luigi and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Its latest event is for Animal Crossing: New Leaf; while it might seem late in the day for an event...

News: UK Retailer, GAME, To Hold Special Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Day Next Week

UK Retailer, GAME, To Hold Special Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Day Next Week

In select stores, of course

Yes, at last it’s finally here, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has landed in the UK and US. It’s been three years since the primate pilgrim had his own private outing, but we’re just as happy to see him now as we were all those years ago; to celebrate the simian superstar’s frosty return UK retailer, GAME,...

News: Shinji Mikami Prefers The Sega Version Of Aladdin, Even Though He Worked On The SNES Game

Shinji Mikami Prefers The Sega Version Of Aladdin, Even Though He Worked On The SNES Game

"The Genesis version had a sword, actually"

Those of you old enough to recall the epic 16-bit console wars will remember that Sega and Nintendo fans utilised every available weapon they could to belittle each other. SNES owners boasted that they had Street Fighter II first, and Sega fans wore unbearably smug grins on their faces when they got an...

Remake Request: Virtua Fighter 2

Virtua Fighter 2

A 3D 3D fighter, if you see what we mean

It may be celebrating its twentieth anniversary in November this year, but Sega’s classic 3D fighter is a game that’s arguably showing little sign of age. A technical marvel in the '90s both in arcades and at home on the Saturn, the passage of time has done nothing to this game other than prove that it...

News: Buy A 3DS XL Or 2DS With One Of Six Games And Get Pokémon X Or Y For Free

Buy A 3DS XL Or 2DS With One Of Six Games And Get Pokémon X Or Y For Free

North American March promo leaks at Toys "R" Us

It would appear that Nintendo is planning a pretty sweet promotional deal for North America this March, where new 3DS XL and 2DS owners will get the chance to grab a free download copy of Pokémon X or Y. An image has been snapped in a Toys "R" Us branch which details the deal. All you have to do is...

News: Persona Q: Shadow of Labyrinth Soundtrack and 3DS XL Announced

Persona Q: Shadow of Labyrinth Soundtrack and 3DS XL Announced

More goodies for Atlus fans

We've looked at Atlus' upcoming dungeon crawler Persona Q a few times before, and once again the publisher has released a pair of videos, this time for the lead characters of Persona 3 and 4. Normally that would be all, but with the Japanese release oh-so-slowly drawing near it's also let slip that customers who get their...

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...