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News: The Virtual Boy is 19 Years Old, Probably Hasn't Received a Celebratory Cake

The Virtual Boy is 19 Years Old, Probably Hasn't Received a Celebratory Cake

We still love it

The Virtual Boy is 19 years old in North America today, having arrived in the region on 14th August 1995. It doesn't have a European anniversary to celebrate, as it never had a release in the region. It's a system that shows us a few aspects of Nintendo that remain today, in some ways representing its key strengths. Nintendo...

News: Azure Striker Gunvolt Blasts Onto 3DS eShop on 29th August

Azure Striker Gunvolt Blasts Onto 3DS eShop on 29th August

At a thoroughly reasonable $14.99, EU version in the works

It's of little surprise that there's some excitement around upcoming 3DS eShop release Azure Striker Gunvolt, as it's a retro-style 2D action title from the developers that are also working on Mighty No. 9; a certain Keiji Inafune has been involved in the project, too. After previously...

News: Charming Zelda-Themed Carry Case Appears on European and Australian Club Nintendo Catalogue

Charming Zelda-Themed Carry Case Appears on European and Australian Club Nintendo Catalogue

Stars in their eyes

If you happen to live in Europe or Australia, Club Nintendo have a new Zelda-themed carry case available for you to order. A stylish dark green bag that promises to be of a size capable of carrying a 3DS as well as some games, and with dimensions of 19.5cm x 12cm x 6.5cm it's likely that a 3DS XL would fit in its stead. The...

Weirdness: How to Order Earthbound-Themed Japanese Old Folks' Undergarments

How to Order Earthbound-Themed Japanese Old Folks' Undergarments

Headline may be somewhat misleading

They may not be a must-have item for Lolita fashion, but the uniquely Japanese undergarment called haramaki has shed its reputation of being for grandparents only and enjoyed a resurgence of popularity among the young and fashionable in the last decade or so. A haramaki, or belly warmer, is a sweater-like...

News: Donkey Kong Jr. Math Arriving on the Wii U Virtual Console on 28th August

Donkey Kong Jr. Math Arriving on the Wii U Virtual Console on 28th August

Layton vs. Ace Attorney is the day after, remember

Last week Nintendo of America changed things up by giving a preview of a couple of choice Virtual Console releases on the way, highlighting Double Dragon II and Life Force as arrivals over the following two weeks. Thanks to that we already know Life Force is due on 21st August, yet the latest

Nintendo Download: 14th August (North America)

14th August (North America)

XType Plus, GAIABREAKER, Mega Man, Double Dragon and more

It's time again for the Nintendo Download Update news, and this week's North American list brings us multiple new titles on the Wii U, along with some retro goodies to consider. There's also a free demo on 3DS, a host of discounts across both current-gen systems and even a DSiWare game. Let's...

Play & Win: The UK Mario Kart 8 Championship, Heat One, Is On Saturday 16th August

The UK Mario Kart 8 Championship, Heat One, Is On Saturday 16th August

The first step to being National Champion

Recently we announced that, in partnership with the Official Nintendo UK Store, we'll be running the Mario Kart 8 Championship 2014 in the UK, looking for the country's fastest racer who'll receive some fantastic prizes. This Championship will kick off with four online Heats, with the top three in each of...

News: XType Plus Arriving Today on North American Wii U eShop

XType Plus Arriving Today on North American Wii U eShop

Short-notice squeals of delight

That's right ladies and gentlemen! XType Plus is finally out of the Web Framework hospital and will be released in North America on the Wii U eShop today, 14th August. It's been a while coming, but hats off to the developer for sorting the issue out instead of just ignoring it. You can now blast away all your worries...

News: Footage and Details Emerge of Mega Audino in Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Footage and Details Emerge of Mega Audino in Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Expanding on details from the previous leak

Earlier this week a premature post on the official Korean website for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire leaked Mega Slowbro and Mega Audino for the upcoming releases. The Pokémon Company has now taken the opportunity at Gamescom to reveal some official details and footage of Mega Audino,...

News: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Aims to be "Definitive" and Final Version

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Aims to be "Definitive" and Final Version

Curtain Call is an appropriate name, then

3DS owners with a love of rhythm-music games should certainly be on alert right now, as Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call is just a month away. The greatly expanded release of the original game comes with a huge library of 221 tracks, new characters and a local multiplayer Versus mode, with all of the...

Video: Ghirahim Looks Creepy and Deadly in Hyrule Warriors

Ghirahim Looks Creepy and Deadly in Hyrule Warriors

Still does that thing with his tongue...

Koei Tecmo is continuing to rattle through its video introductions for the Hyrule Warriors cast, and now we have a video for playable villain Ghirahim. A villain in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Ghirahim has been one of Nintendo's most edgy, downright creepy creations in recent times. He's a menacing...

News: Ubisoft Clarifies Reasoning For The Crew Skipping Wii U

Ubisoft Clarifies Reasoning For The Crew Skipping Wii U

It's now coming to Xbox 360, but also skipping PS3

Ubisoft has had an interesting history with the Wii U to date, showing early support but following up that strong start with a controversial delay of Rayman Legends and missing DLC in major releases. Sales figures for Wii U games from the publisher do explain, however, why the company has been...

Video: The Demon Legion Look Fiendish In This New Swords & Soldiers 2 Walkthrough

The Demon Legion Look Fiendish In This New Swords & Soldiers 2 Walkthrough

Still due this year

Swords & Soldiers II isn't just a sequel to one of the best WiiWare games, but is also lined up to be a Wii U eShop exclusive. Ronimo Games seems to be going all out to deliver a top-notch experience, too. The developer is currently showing the game off at Gamescom in Cologne, and has also released a new video to showcase...

News: A Pre-order of Sonic Boom Will Bag You an Exclusive Sonic Figurine

A Pre-order of Sonic Boom Will Bag You an Exclusive Sonic Figurine

3DS or Wii U version, it doesn't matter

Any Sonic fans out there might be interested in this; if you pre-order either Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for the Wii U or Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for the 3DS you can get your mitts on an exclusive figurine of Sonic holding the Ancients' Crystal. The model itself looks fairly nicely done, Sonic has...

Video: Check Out Some Exclusive Skylanders Trap Team Features on Wii U

Check Out Some Exclusive Skylanders Trap Team Features on Wii U

Tickle those bad guys

Skylanders Trap Team will be one of the most lucrative releases of the year when it arrives in early October on various platforms. Nintendo — and publisher Activision, naturally — will be hoping for big sales on Wii U, Wii and the alternative version on 3DS; the strange but welcome promotion of a free Wii U download with...

Feature: Kickstarter's Wii U and 3DS Campaigns - 13th August

Kickstarter's Wii U and 3DS Campaigns - 13th August

Our weekly (maybe) summary is back

Earlier this year we kicked off a series of weekly Kickstarter summaries, with the intention of providing handy regular updates of what's happening in terms of crowdfunding projects on the platform that are targeting Wii U and 3DS. The last entry was on 2nd June, after which we took a hiatus for two reasons — E3...

News: Yokai Watch 2 Passes Two Million Sales in Japan as Wii U Sales Increase

Yokai Watch 2 Passes Two Million Sales in Japan as Wii U Sales Increase

3DS hardware also holds momentum

To the surprise of no one, Yokai Watch 2 has once again dominated the Japanese charts, bringing its sales to 2 million, and this figure doesn't even take into account any digital downloads so the total number is bound to be significantly higher than that. Not only this, but Level-5's original Yokai Watch takes ninth...

News: The Walking Dead's New Table is Shambling Onto Zen Pinball 2 on 28th August

The Walking Dead's New Table is Shambling Onto Zen Pinball 2 on 28th August

Yep, that's for the Wii U version

Earlier this week Zen Studios clarified to us that pinball news "is coming soon" for Wii U, as we followed up on some vocal discontent that had been expressed by some Nintendo gamers on the developer's forums. The company has been good on its word, having today confirmed that the latest new table in Zen Pinball 2...

News: The Letter Version 1.1 Update Has a New Trailer

The Letter Version 1.1 Update Has a New Trailer

Reaching for more stars?

Notorious indie title The Letter has had a storied history at Nintendo Life, being something of a poster child for quality control on the Wii U eShop and the recipient of a rare if not prestigious single star rating, with the major complaint being that there wasn't much to do, and what content there was ultimately didn't add...

News: More Single Player Details Enter The Battle in Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS

More Single Player Details Enter The Battle in Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS

Kid Icarus-style difficulty adjustment, branching paths, Multi-Man Smash

We've seen some glimpses of the single player component in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS over recent months, with footage of a character of choice marching across an overworld with multiple paths. In a series of updates to the official website, one that's caught our eye is...