Latest News

Mario Kart Month: What Mario Kart Means To Me

What Mario Kart Means To Me

Dave Letcavage shares his experiences with the series

In this personal reminiscence, Nintendo Life contributor Dave Letcavage explains how important the Mario Kart franchise — and gaming in a broader sense — are to him, recounting events of his life in which they've been invaluable sources of entertainment, fun and escape. You don’t need...

Play: Mario Kart 8 With Nintendo Life on Twitch - Live!

Mario Kart 8 With Nintendo Life on Twitch - Live!

It is time

Earlier this week we told you about the Tournament we've launched for Mario Kart 8's opening weekend, and as promised we'll be hitting up Twitch for some fun races in Nintendo's Wii U blockbuster. This writer and Anthony Dickens will be your hosts and victims, as we'll be jumping into the Tournament to race, well, whoever shows up. If...

Talking Point: The GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U Should Open Some Doors

The GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U Should Open Some Doors

Such a simple idea, but perfect for pleasing dedicated fans

Let's kick this off with a remark that may, when read with fire in the belly, be interpreted as a tad controversial. The GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U, unveiled by Nintendo in a video advertising its upcoming Super Smash Bros. E3 Invitational event, is unlikely to excite or even...

Video: Days Of Our Tomodachi Lives Goes Down Under And All Over

Days Of Our Tomodachi Lives Goes Down Under And All Over

Don't forget to take part in the caption competition

This week's Days of Our Tomodachi Lives episode is a little bit later than usual, but we can assure you that it is well worth the wait. Once again, we use the medium of Tomodachi Life to create a weird and wonderful soap opera which is uncanny in its reflection of what it's actually like to work...

News: If You Like Rainbow Road Music, This Album Is For You

If You Like Rainbow Road Music, This Album Is For You

Shiryu brings us Rainbow Road Adventures

As you may have guessed from all the Mario Kart 8 articles, today is the Wii U title's launch day. A happy occasion for many Wii U owners, certainly, and one being celebrated in various ways. One such celebration that we think you'll enjoy is this album, Rainbow Road Adventures from musician and Nintendo...

Mario Kart Month: The Developers Who Tried To Beat Nintendo At Its Own Game

The Developers Who Tried To Beat Nintendo At Its Own Game

Improving On Perfection

Veterans of the 16-bit era will vividly recall the first time they played Super Mario Kart. Nintendo's seminal racer was a genuine revolution; it took what had previously been quite a staid and serious genre and turned it into something light-hearted, yet immensely challenging and addictive. While Super Mario Kart had an...

Video: Comcept's Latest Mighty No. 9 Footage Shows Off Some Tasty Gameplay

Comcept's Latest Mighty No. 9 Footage Shows Off Some Tasty Gameplay

"The pew pew heard you, friends"

Mighty No. 9 on the Wii U and 3DS eShop is still a good while away, currently planned for Spring 2015. As the result of living up to one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns ever seen, however, developer Comcept has ensured that it's continued to update its Kickstarter page with regular updates. The latest...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Shows Off Touch Screen Usage in Super Smash Bros. on 3DS

Masahiro Sakurai Shows Off Touch Screen Usage in Super Smash Bros. on 3DS

Steady those expectations...

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is a game in a slightly odd position. It's due this 'Summer', yet is being consistently overshadowed by its Wii U brethren; the latter has its own E3 Invitational and is still getting a lot more coverage of Masahiro Sakurai's Super Smash Bros. Director's Room. Fear not, 3DS fans, as Sakurai-san...

News: Pikmin 3 Update Adds New Stylus Control Style

Pikmin 3 Update Adds New Stylus Control Style

Fling away, Merrill

An update to Pikmin 3 has arrived just in time for its inclusion in the Mario Kart 8 free game promotion, introducing a new way to send your minions hither and yon. In addition to the original GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, and Wii Remote/Nunchuk options, planetary explorers can now use the stylus and GamePad's touch screen to...

News: Nintendo Announces The GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U

Nintendo Announces The GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U

Geoff Keighley to host Smash Invitational, challengers confirmed

It's safe to say that fans of Super Smash Bros. will be looking forward to the live Invitational event at E3. Nintendo has today ramped up the hype for the event by revealing the competitors, hosts and rules, but also an exciting peripheral that will allow players to use GameCube...

Guide: Getting Started in Mario Kart 8

Getting Started in Mario Kart 8

Don't drive into the deep end

As some of the Nintendo Life team still like discs that come in boxes, our original plan was to release a getting started guide on 30th May; then we remembered some of you trendy types may download the title as soon as it pops up on the Wii U eShop, which may or may not be at midnight. You just can't wait, right? So...

Video: Experience the Blue Shell Blues in Mario Kart 8 With The Brett Domino Trio

Experience the Blue Shell Blues in Mario Kart 8 With The Brett Domino Trio

We've all been blue shelled at some point

Mario Kart 8 does a lot right, including the fact that the blue / spiny shell moves along the ground to take out others en-route to the race leader, but the mere presence of that item is enough to irritate some. It likely annoys stronger players the most, as their reward for being rather good at the game is...

Nintendo Download: 29th May (North America)

29th May (North America)

Mario Kart 8, Ittle Dew, Badgers defying gravity, Mega Man and more

It's that time again, North America, as we go through the download treats on the way to the eShop stores. A certain Wii U retail game is likely to steal the headlines, but there are also some promising new download-only titles and enticing Virtual Console games, along with a few...

Interview: Goodbye Galaxy Games on Tappingo 2 Improvements, With Hints at What's Next

Goodbye Galaxy Games on Tappingo 2 Improvements, With Hints at What's Next

Working on an "FPS with guns and blood"

Just recently we published an interview with Hugo Smits of Goodbye Galaxy Games, discussing the studio's move into self-publishing on the 3DS and exploring the details of the bold 'Gomba' development tool that's in progress. Beyond that, of course, it's a company known for clever, innovative download games on...

News: Mario Kart TV Web App Goes Live

Mario Kart TV Web App Goes Live

It actually works

One of the new features of Mario Kart 8 is the ability to save, edit and share video highlights through Mario Kart TV. As we reported yesterday, those that have received copies early didn't take long to start uploading highlights to YouTube and Miiverse. The game is now out in Japan — in fact, Japanese gamers have had most of...

News: Pokémon X & Y 2DS Bundles Coming to Australian Shelves

Pokémon X & Y 2DS Bundles Coming to Australian Shelves

Hitting retailers on 26th June

Even with E3 on the horizon, and new games to be announced, Nintendo is showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to many of its previously released titles. This trend can be seen with the most popular franchise available on Nintendo's handheld, Pokémon X & Y. Beginning on 26th June, Nintendo will begin to...

Video: Shaun White and Shaquille O'Neal Appear in Latest Tomodachi Life Commercial

Shaun White and Shaquille O'Neal Appear in Latest Tomodachi Life Commercial

They're hungry, too

Ahead of its surprisingly close 6th June release date, Nintendo's keeping up efforts to show 2DS / 3DS owners the charms of Tomodachi Life, with the latest trailer introducing another two celebrity Mii characters that'll be promoted along with the game. This time around we have legendary basketball player and mascot of awful...

News: Check Out This Incredible Valve / Super Smash Bros. Melee Mash-Up

Check Out This Incredible Valve / Super Smash Bros. Melee Mash-Up

The right game in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world

Although Nintendo and Valve have never worked together, the two companies actually share quite a lot in common. For starters, they've both produced some of the most critically acclaimed and best loved video game franchises in history. While a joint collaboration between the...