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Weirdness: Playing as Peach Online is Triggering Auto-Bans in Japan

Playing as Peach Online is Triggering Auto-Bans in Japan

Would be autobahns in Germany (Google it)

In a special Smash Bros. Direct earlier this year Masahiro Sakurai announced a feature that made as gaze skywards to praise the divine idea — moderating in online play. If players are constantly rage-quitting, playing with an awful connection, targeting a particular player or being naughty in any other...

Feature: Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Issue One: Hunter

Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Issue One: Hunter

Wherein I get my start and pick on the local wildlife

In the first part of a regular series, Karen takes on Fantasy Life in a variety of 'lives' and documents her adventures. One of Fantasy Life's most notable features — the upcoming life sim/action RPG from Level-5 and Brownie Brown — is that it has twelve jobs, or Lives, that players can...

News: Retailer Lists Super Smash Bros. Wii U for 21st November

Retailer Lists Super Smash Bros. Wii U for 21st November

November's a no-brainer

As Nintendo steps up its efforts to hype Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, it's no surprise that the Wii U version remains undated, with formal details no doubt coming after the portable brawler is on store shelves. Sensible predictions typically peg the HD version of the fighting game, along with the amiibo toy range, for...

Watch: Heat 4 - The Final Lap Of Our Mario Kart 8 Championship - Live!

Heat 4 - The Final Lap Of Our Mario Kart 8 Championship - Live!

Only three places left for the Grand Final

As you've no doubt noticed over the past few weeks, we've teamed up with the Official Nintendo UK Store to run the Mario Kart 8 Championship 2014 in the UK, looking for the country's fastest racer; there are some awesome prizes up for grabs. This Championship has multiple online Heats, with the top three...

News: SmileBASIC Will Bring Petit Computer Game Development to 3DS Next Year

SmileBASIC Will Bring Petit Computer Game Development to 3DS Next Year

To be unveiled at Tokyo Game Show

Petit Computer, despite its staggered arrival in the West, remains one of the most intriguing DSiWare apps available. It allows you to create simple games using the BASIC programming code and is a useful tool for budding developers to learn some, well, basics. It was confirmed last year — with the web image above...

Weirdness: Here Is A Super Famicom On Top Of Mount Fuji

Here Is A Super Famicom On Top Of Mount Fuji

Reaching new heights since the '90s

The Super Nintendo goes down in history as one of the greatest video game systems of all-time, for a variety reasons – be it the at the time revolutionary controller design, the cutting edge graphics and audio, or the stunning library of games. So how do you make one of the most legendary Nintendo consoles to...

Talking Point: The Super Smash Bros. 3DS Demo Has Been an Easy Triumph for Nintendo

The Super Smash Bros. 3DS Demo Has Been an Easy Triumph for Nintendo

The 3DS brawler is given a chance to shine

With around 24 hours passed since its announcement, we can't help but be slightly amused by the understated nature of Nintendo of America's announcement of a Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS demo. Two of the Nintendo Treehouse staff stood outside their venerated department and, with a mixture of...

Player Profile: Mario Kart 8 Championship - Finalists 1-4

Mario Kart 8 Championship - Finalists 1-4

Meet our first batch of finalists

As we hope you're aware, we've teamed up with the Official Nintendo UK Store to run the Mario Kart 8 Championship 2014 in the UK, looking for the country's fastest racer who'll receive some fantastic prizes. This Championship has four online heats, with the top three in each of those heats then progressing to a...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Expo Banner Raises Questions With Wii U Logo

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Expo Banner Raises Questions With Wii U Logo

Harmless printing error or accidental leak?

A curious banner is currently advertising Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate at a German expo that displays the Wii U logo in the corner. As of now there's be no indication that the latest entry in the Monster Hunter series was planned for any console other then the 3DS. Chances are that this is merely a mistake...

News: Little Orbit Bringing Falling Skies: The Game To Wii U as eShop-Only Release

Little Orbit Bringing Falling Skies: The Game To Wii U as eShop-Only Release

Fight for humanity’s survival

Following news back in June that Little Orbit was bringing a video game adaption of DreamWorks’ critically acclaimed sci-fi television series Falling Skies to the Wii U, the publisher has now revealed that the system's version will be released on the eShop, not at retail as with PS3 and Xbox 360. The initial...

Weirdness: Modder Recreates Donkey Kong Country In Doom Engine

Modder Recreates Donkey Kong Country In Doom Engine

Scary in a different way!

Rare’s Donkey Kong Country was a huge feat in itself when it was released on the Super Nintendo in 1994. Now imagine recreating the iconic jungle-based platformer within an entirely different game engine from around the same era. Enter Doom, and insert the reminder here of just how crazy modders of the classic...

Video: Who's Up for a Rousing Game of Smash Potato?

Who's Up for a Rousing Game of Smash Potato?

Last clobbered by a tree wins!

We know there's plenty of game modes to be found in the upcoming Super Smash Bros., but that hasn't stopped people from creating their own custom diversions. One such activity is "Smash Potato," utilizing the tree-chopping and pocket moves of the Villager. Smash Potato is better seen than explained, but be warned of a...

Weirdness: There Are Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Demo Codes Being Sold on eBay

There Are Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Demo Codes Being Sold on eBay

Madness

Nintendo's live Treehouse broadcast kicked off with a bang when it announced details around a Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS demo. It will launch worldwide (with a 30 use limit) on 19th September, but select Club Nintendo members in North America and Europe have today been emailed four download codes to be enjoyed and shared with...

Preview: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Goes Big on the Portable

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Goes Big on the Portable

Will Nintendo's portable brawler smash it out of the park?

It may be less than a month to go until Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is finally released in North America and Europe, but that doesn’t change the fact that the wait over the next few weeks is going to be unbearable for its most ardent fans. The game — which at the time of writing...

News: Mega Man 7 Storms onto North American Wii U eShop

Mega Man 7 Storms onto North American Wii U eShop

Tears fall for Europe

Nintendo has revealed via its current Treehouse live stream that the coveted Mega Man 7 is available right now on the North American Wii U eShop! The SNES classic joins over half a dozen other Mega Man games on the eShop. Thanks should be aimed towards Capcom for bulking out the Virtual Console so effectively. There's no...

News: Demo for Super Smash Bros. 3DS Announced for North America and Europe

Demo for Super Smash Bros. 3DS Announced for North America and Europe

Club Nintendo members may get it even earlier

Update: Nintendo of Europe has now confirmed this demo for the region with very similar terms to North America. It'll be available to everyone from 19th September, while "selected Club Nintendo members" will receive an email with four download codes. The demo has unlimited plays — in North America and...

Video: We Battle Through Our First Twenty-Five Minutes Of Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS

We Battle Through Our First Twenty-Five Minutes Of Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS

Smash hit, or a (Ninten)dog?

In our first video with the retail version from Japan, Kerry jumps straight into Classic Mode, completing a run and tackling a recently leaked new character. Don't watch if you want to avoid spoilers. The latest version of Nintendo's epic brawler finally hits 3DS — in Japan. Luckily Nintendo Life is on the case and...

News: Standard 3DS Consoles Will Have Limited Online Functions When Playing Super Smash Bros.

Standard 3DS Consoles Will Have Limited Online Functions When Playing Super Smash Bros.

Miiverse and Internet Browser unavailable – please understand

The 3DS isn't an especially new piece of tehcnology, and in order to stay ahead of the curve Nintendo have taken a bold move in order to maintain pinnacle performance from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. When the game is running, players will not be able to access Miiverse or use...

Play & Win: Mario Kart 8 Championship - Heat 4 - Sunday 14th September

Mario Kart 8 Championship - Heat 4 - Sunday 14th September

The Final Lap!

As we hope you're aware, we've teamed up with the Official Nintendo UK Store to run the Mario Kart 8 Championship 2014 in the UK, looking for the country's fastest racer who'll receive some fantastic prizes. This Championship has multiple online Heats, with the top three in each of those Tournaments then progressing to the live final...

News: Image & Form Teams Up With Zoink In Self-Publishing Partnership

Image & Form Teams Up With Zoink In Self-Publishing Partnership

"Together, we’ll be a real powerhouse"

Two highly respected Scandinavian download developers, Image & Form and Zoink!, have announced a formal publishing collaboration. Image & Form is best known for SteamWorld Dig on 3DS and — recently — Wii U, while Zoink released the excellent Stick It To The Man on Wii U. This formal partnership...