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Reaction: The Concept of eShop 'Early Access' is Both Exciting and Slightly Terrifying

The Concept of eShop 'Early Access' is Both Exciting and Slightly Terrifying

Tom Whitehead thinks it would be the best of times, and the worst

Nintendo is rapidly disproving the suggestion that it's behind-the-curve or old fashioned in the download gaming space. Aspects of the company's decision-making remain cautious, but the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores have not only brought Nintendo up to speed with a number of modern...

Reminder: North American Club Nintendo Rewards Will Disappear Very Soon

North American Club Nintendo Rewards Will Disappear Very Soon

You have until 11:59pm Pacific on 30th June

Club Nintendo, oh how we'll miss you. A new rewards program is due this Fall, and the curtain is starting to close on the service that - despite some flaws - had become part of the furniture in Nintendo gaming. In PAL territories such as Europe the service and its catalogue will remain open until 30th...

News: Pokémon Shuffle is Heading to Android and iOS, to the Surprise of No-One

Pokémon Shuffle is Heading to Android and iOS, to the Surprise of No-One

Micro-transactions are Super Effective!

Pokémon Shuffle remains a trailblazer on the 3DS, a free-to-play match-three title on the portable reliant upon micro-transactions to actually return the development investment. It's been downloaded about 4.5 million times, though we don't know whether it's actually made Nintendo any notable profit. If...

Guide: How to Get Involved in Splatoon's First Splatfest

How to Get Involved in Splatoon's First Splatfest

Ink-capable of resisting

After a short delay, Splatoon's fabled Splatfest event is arriving in the West this weekend beginning on the 4th July. If you're in North America the theme is Cats vs. Dogs, and if you're in Europe the choices are more musically orientated: Rock vs. Pop. We'll be taking part alongside our chosen teammates, but just in case...

News: The Captain Toad Figurine Lamp is Now Lighting Up Club Nintendo in PAL Territories

The Captain Toad Figurine Lamp is Now Lighting Up Club Nintendo in PAL Territories

Just look at it

Club Nintendo is going through a longer farewell in PAL territories than in North America - which closes very soon, we'll post a reminder - and is still introducing some charming new items to separate us from our final stars. One that was promised was the Captain Toad Figurine Lamp, which has now popped up in Europe and Australia...

News: Nintendo Is "Exploring" The Idea Of Early Access Games On Its Consoles

Nintendo Is "Exploring" The Idea Of Early Access Games On Its Consoles

"There could be some benefits there"

Nintendo of America's third-party relations and indie development boss Damon Baker has revealed that the company is currently pondering the idea of "Early Access" games on its consoles. Speaking to Polygon, Baker said: We don't have anything to announce, but I can say that we're certainly exploring options and...

News: Capcom Turns to Comedy Duo in Quirky Marketing for The Great Ace Attorney

Capcom Turns to Comedy Duo in Quirky Marketing for The Great Ace Attorney

No objections

The Great Ace Attorney is approaching its court date - oh alright, release date - in Japan, and Capcom is ramping up its marketing for the new 3DS entry. While we may be hoping for news of localisation, in the meantime we can enjoy the attention the game is getting in its homeland. With a 19th Century setting and Sherlock Holmes...

News: Analogue Nt Starts Shipping To Buyers, Pitched As "The Leica Of Home Consoles"

Analogue Nt Starts Shipping To Buyers, Pitched As "The Leica Of Home Consoles"

"We've always looked up to the standards of companies like Leica"

Analogue Interactive's Analogue Nt has completed its initial production run and is now shipping out to consumers. The aluminium-cased console - which plays NES and Famicom carts - comes from the same company which gave us the wooden SNK Neo Geo AES and features a wide range of AV...

Matters Of Import: 3D Gunstar Heroes Is Hyperactive Run And Gun Action At Its Finest

3D Gunstar Heroes Is Hyperactive Run And Gun Action At Its Finest

Another classic to treasure on your 3DS console

Gunstar Heroes charged onto the Sega Mega Drive in 1993, significantly marking the début of quirky developer Treasure, having been formed from ex-Konami staff wanting to go it their own way. Often seen floating near to the top of many 'best game ever' lists, Gunstar Heroes is a bona-fide classic of...

Weirdness: T-Pose Result Screen Glitch Found In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

T-Pose Result Screen Glitch Found In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Although very difficult to perform

YouTuber Master0fHyrule has created a video of a glitch found by Miiverse user Glob in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and for once it's not one that can turn the tide in mid-battle. The glitch results in the winning character/team poised in a 'T-Pose' position during the results screen after a match. For those...

News: Super Mario Maker Producer Tells Fans Not To Expect Zelda Maker Any Time Soon

Super Mario Maker Producer Tells Fans Not To Expect Zelda Maker Any Time Soon

"I think that might be a difficult task"

Super Mario Maker might not have been a brand-new title at this year's E3, but it certainly turned a lot of heads with its inventive mechanics and use of iconic Mario imagery. It also had many people wondering if Nintendo could perform the same trick with any of its other classic IPs - Legend of Zelda...

Nintendo Download: 2nd July (Europe)

2nd July (Europe)

Going rogue, Ocarina of Time, Fire Emblem, Advance Wars and much more

Another week begins, and as usual we have the Nintendo Download Update for Europe to get us started. This week seems to have a pretty strong line-up, with three excellent retro experiences accompanying a retro-style Nindie release on the Wii U. A delayed retail title also lands on...

News: Mercenaries Saga 2 Is The Closest You'll Get To A New Final Fantasy Tactics On 3DS

Mercenaries Saga 2 Is The Closest You'll Get To A New Final Fantasy Tactics On 3DS

Launches this week in North America

Final Fantasy Tactics fans should be interested to know that CIRCLE Entertainment is publishing Rideon Japan's Mercenaries Saga 2: Order Of The Silver Eagle on the North American 3DS eShop. The game - which originally launched on smartphones - looks almost identical to Square Enix's legendary turn-based strategy...

News: Stay Fresh With This Funky Splatoon Themed Album From GameChops

Stay Fresh With This Funky Splatoon Themed Album From GameChops

Name your price

If you want to be the coolest squid on the street you’re going to need some fresh beats. With this in mind, the record label dedicated to electronic video game remixes – GameChops – has just released a new album to celebrate Nintendo’s latest hit, Splatoon. A collaboration between the GameChops “Squid Squad”, the album...

Interview: Warren Spector Discusses Game Choices, Development Leadership and Shigeru Miyamoto

Warren Spector Discusses Game Choices, Development Leadership and Shigeru Miyamoto

"I'm a Link to the Past guy. It's maybe my favorite game."

If you only began telling Warren Spector's history by the time he joined the game company Origin in 1989, you will have glossed over a career that already included professional film critiques, his time producing tabletop games for the ubiquitous Steve Jackson Games, and a thesis about...

Talking Point: The Mystery of Devil's Third and Its Drift Away from the Spotlight

The Mystery of Devil's Third and Its Drift Away from the Spotlight

Nintendo of America remains silent while Europe has a release date

Cast your mind back to E3 2014 - Nintendo's first 'Digital Event' had finished and, by many accounts, had gone down rather well. It was a broadcast designed for all audiences, so a surprise immediately followed with the announcement that mature title Devil's Third, originally...

Video: Mario is Unreal in This New Take on The Plumber's Adventures

Mario is Unreal in This New Take on The Plumber's Adventures

Utilises Unreal Engine 4 and goes viral

Though we now have Mario looking fabulous in HD, most notably in Super Mario 3D World, fans and those keen to work on their coding still like to create their own flashy re-imaginings of the plumber's adventures. A recent example that went viral was a Unity-based recreation of one stage from Super Mario 64 in...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transforming Franchises Clashes With Fan Expectations

Nintendo's Approach to Transforming Franchises Clashes With Fan Expectations

New ideas that haven't necessarily been welcomed

It's safe to say that Nintendo's E3 efforts have been received with mixed responses from fans. Especially given that Microsoft and Sony arguably brought the thunder this year, many expected that Nintendo would have some similarly headline grabbing announcements to match. What we received instead was...

Nintendo Life Weekly: F-Zero Wii U, Octolings, and Same-Sex Marriage

F-Zero Wii U, Octolings, and Same-Sex Marriage

Go week at the knees

Being the veritable saints that we are at Nintendo Life we've once again thrown together a way for you to take in all the biggest Nintendo news of the week, as well as all the reviews and releases you'd expect. In the video this week we talk about playable Octolings in Splatoon, a cancelled F-Zero title for Wii U, same-sex...

News: Shigeru Miyamoto Suggests Low Key and Accessible amiibo Support in Star Fox Zero

Shigeru Miyamoto Suggests Low Key and Accessible amiibo Support in Star Fox Zero

"I’m really not thinking about there being locked content"

Just recently we all had our first real look at Star Fox Zero, and the response to its various E3 showings seemed to be a mix of excitement and hype, combined with some mutterings of disappointment and divided opinions on the control scheme. Nintendo has a number of months to convince...

News: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is Hitting the Wii U Virtual Console Very Soon

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is Hitting the Wii U Virtual Console Very Soon

Confirmed for Europe, NA surely not far behind

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is, by popular concensus, one of the finest video games of all time. Following its original Nintendo 64 release it's appeared on GameCube and the Wii Virtual Console, while also having a fabulous remastered version on 3DS. For fans who simply can't get enough of it,...

First Impressions: Getting Into The Spirit With Yo-Kai Watch

Getting Into The Spirit With Yo-Kai Watch

An Inspiriting Invasion

Yo-Kai Watch's Western début has been a long time coming - two 3DS games, several anime and manga series, and a mountain of merchandise have already conquered the imagination of young Japanese players, and now the first portable RPG in the series is making its way to the rest of the world courtesy of Nintendo and Level 5...