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Feature: A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - April to June

A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - April to June

E3, a major Wii U arrival and more

As 2015 gears up we continue this look back to the major headlines of Nintendo's 2014, assessing the best and worst of the big N's year. The January to March entry covered the year's first Nintendo Direct and some serious issues for the company, with Satoru Iwata coming under pressure over poor business...

News: Nintendo Quest, a Collector's NES Journey, to Launch a Fresh Kickstarter Campaign 

Nintendo Quest, a Collector's NES Journey, to Launch a Fresh Kickstarter Campaign 

The NES Club returns

Last year we interviewed Rob McCallum, the man behind the NES Club, about his planned documentary to follow "Jay Bartlett, as he tries to amass the entire NES library (NTSC retail games) in 30 days with no online purchases". Beyond the road trip vibe the film is aiming to highlight and explore retro gaming culture and Nintendo /...

Gallery: Here's a Batch of Awesome New Year Art from Japan's Biggest and Best Publishers

Here's a Batch of Awesome New Year Art from Japan's Biggest and Best Publishers

Nintendo! Atlus! Bandai Namco! More!

As the first Monday of 2015, today will represent - for some - a dark, distressing day. It's back to work or school for many of us, which is about as exciting as a trip to the dentist. The festivities are over, it's back to the grind. It's not all bad, of course, and we've encountered a colourful collection of...

News: Curve Studios Talks About The Future Of The Hydroventure Series

Curve Studios Talks About The Future Of The Hydroventure Series

Or Fluidity, if you're in North America

UK-based Curve Studios is the name behind the Hyrdroventure / Fluidity series and the recent Wii U exclusive Stealth Inc 2, and has also broadened its business by moving into publishing -- Thomas Was Alone , The Swapper and Last Survior were all published by the firm on the Wii U eShop. The company has

Nintendo Download: 8th January (Europe)

8th January (Europe)

Chariot, Crunchyroll, Underground, Turtles, discounts and more

After a quiet start to 2015 in terms of new download releases, we see things ramp up in the most recent European Nintendo Download Update details. The Wii U is the main beneficiary with some promising arrivals, while on 3DS one of our favourite HOME themes previously released in Japan...

Video: Super Mario 64 Is Getting A Fan-Made HD Remake, And It Looks Gorgeous

Super Mario 64 Is Getting A Fan-Made HD Remake, And It Looks Gorgeous

And is totally unofficial, needless to say

Super Mario 64 is one of the finest video games ever made, but aside from a Nintendo DS remix, it has rather been forgotten by Nintendo. Thankfully, dedicated fans still love the title enough to bring it back from the dead, and four such individuals -- Aryoksini, mStuff, Callum Martin and Chadtronic -- are...

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...